Christmas Book Haul || December 26

Hello everybody! I hope you all had yourselves a very Merry Christmas or celebrated any other tradition than Christmas. I had an amazing Christmas with my family and I received plenty of books. Our Christmases are usually the same every year but it is still fantastic getting together with our whole family, eating a nice meal and opening up presents that people have graciously bought for us. In my family, we go to our Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve to celebrate with my Mom’s side of the family and then go to our other Grandma’s house on Christmas Day to celebrate with my Dad’s side of the family. Sadly, Santa didn’t bring me any books to read but he did bring me a $30 gift card to Chapters, the Canadian version of Barnes and Noble. I am not bragging in any way or form. I’m just really glad that I got lots of books and decided that I would tell you about which ones I got.

I received seven books in total.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This was the only book that I got on Christmas Eve but I was ecstatic when I saw it. I’ve wanted to read this book since it came back out in October. But, I never have enough money to buy hardcover books. So instead, I asked for it for Christmas and I just so happened to be lucky enough to get it. Illuminae takes place in the future year of 2575. Kady and Ezra have recently broken up and never thought of talking again, that is until Kady’s planet is invaded. The two of them are then forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet. But that isn’t the end to a series of unfortunate events that are now turning the tables between Kady and Ezra’s relationship. A terrifyingly fatal plague has been released and is rapidly mutating. But even the plague isn’t the worst out of everything that is happening. The fleet’s AI, who should be protecting the two of them is teaming against, making him another enemy. While everything is happening, Kady is able to hack into the data in order to figure out the truth. But low and behold, there is only one person who can help her, the ex-boyfriend she promised never to speak to. This novel is written through a bunch of hacked documentations including emails, schematics, medical forms, interviews, etc.

Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I was so excited when I unwrapped this book. Oblivion has been my most anticipated book of 2015 and I finally have a copy. Instead of revolving around Katy, Oblivion takes place in the mind of Daemon. In this book, we get a view of the feelings Daemon experiences around Katy. This book isn’t a prequel or sequel to the LUX series but is counted as a book between Obsidian and Onyx, though it follows the story of Obsidian. When Katy moved in next door, Daemon knew that he was going to follow in the path of his brother Dawson. It wasn’t forbidden to date a human but it also wasn’t recommended. At first sight, Daemon knew that he was falling for Katy but he tried his best to ignore her. He had to stay up to his game, killing the Arum and keeping his little sister safe. But Daemon starts falling hard for Katy and can’t help himself. This could be the end to his kind or it could be a budding relationship. I highly suggest you read Obsidian before reading this book.

Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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I was in disbelief when I opened the box containing all four of these. I was only expecting to get the first book in this series but instead I received the whole series. Well, technically. There are supposed to be six books but there are only four that are out so far. This series follows young assassin Celaena Sardothien. In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2)

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Surprisingly, I received two copies of Cinder so sometime this week I’m going to return one of the copies and finally get myself an edition of Diamonds are Forever. All I know about this series is that it’s a bunch of fairy tale retellings that include cyborgs and androids and all of that fun stuff. Since I don’t know too much about this series, I’m going to do what I did with the Throne of Glass books and put in the Goodreads synopsis. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Happy Reading

~Alaina

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