March’s huge book haul including Stargazing for Beginners, Royce Rolls and more


It’s a biggie, this month!

The first few books were all acquired in the first week of March, which is a little troubling…

Orcs by Stan Nichols

Available in the UK and the US.

This is the bind-up of all three stories in the Orcs series. Tales told from the literary bad guy’s perspectives are all interesting, but none more so that the king of the fantasy villains: orcs. This explores why they might not be as bad as Tolkien and the likes make out.

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Available in the UK and the US.

This is the first instalment in an epic three-part fantasy series. I was sold by the dragon on the cover and the intimidating size.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Available in the UK and the US.

Ebury Press were kind enough to send me a copy of one of the most exciting thrillers of 2017. I had already read (and loved) a digital copy of this in January but was excited to receive this physical copy in all its pink-page-edged glory!

The Scrivener’s Tale by Fiona McIntosh

Available in the UK and the US.

This one was passed along to me by my mother. We have such different reading tastes that is rare to find a book we will both enjoy. This fantasy stand-alone became one of her favourite ever reads and one she said I would be mad to not enjoy. I’m excited to find out!

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Available in the UK and the US.

This is the second instalment to the Rebel in the Sands series. Have I read the first instalment? No. Does that stop me collecting the rest of the series? Of course not.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Available in the UK and the US

This is the third of four books in the Red Queen series, and Aveyard’s most recent release. This fantastical YA has such a unique magic system and I am looking forward to immersing myself in this world, when I reread the series, before getting to this book, in April.


I was sent the next set of exciting titles for review, so look out for those, next month!

I Have no Secrets by Penny Joelson

Available in the UK and the US.

This is a thriller told from the perspective of fourteen-year-old Jemma, who has severe cerebral palsy. I am eager to read this book soon as it fits with my 2017 goal to read more diversely. I have yet to hear of another book that features a character with cerebal palsy so I am looking at this to broaden my own understanding and to hopefully become a catalyst for change in the amount of diverse books on the market.

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

Available in the UK and the US.

Science-obsessed Meg is left to care for baby sister, Elsa, when here free-spirited mother suddenly deigns to leaves them alone for ten days. This sounds like a heartbreaking insight into family dynamics with some exciting NASA-involved elements for an added fun factor!

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Available in the UK and not yet available in the US

Armi is forced to abandon her home on a secluded island when government officials deem it to become a next settlement for lepers. This sounds like another emotional story and the sneaky first page I have already read is full of lilting and evocative penmanship.

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Available in the UK and the US.

We all need some fluffy, light relief in our reading schedules and, judging from the synopsis, that is exactly what this will deliver. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Tokyo, this sounds like the perfect romantic interlude for all the heavy-hitting fiction I have planned for next month.

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

Available in the UK and the US.

This book has been everywhere recently and I am excited to jump in on the hype! The sounds like it will combine my passion for reading with my guilty pleasure pastime, as it centres around a reality TV star family!


Disney has commissioned the release of two Disney retelling trilogies. One trilogy, by Liz Braswell, focuses on the hero and heroine of the original stories and the other, by Serena Valentino, focus on the villain’s perspectives. As well as LIVING for their dark, minimal beauty, this concept was just too intriguing not to check out! This month I picked up the last book in each trilogy, ready for me to binge the entire two series.

Disney A Twisted Tale: As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

Available in the UK and the US.

With the live action remake, starring Emma Watson, arriving this month this is probably the title in the collection I am most excited about.

Disney Villains: Poor Unfortunate Soul Novel by Serena Valentino

Available in the UK and the US.

Despite being a little disappointed by the slimness of these volumes, I am absolute trash for any form of retelling, especially one from the villain’s perspective. These three would all make for a perfect readathon binge read.


If you live in the UK you should be pretty familiar with The Works. This discount store sells a selection of books, stationary and crafts. Their 3 books for £5 deal is far too good to be passed up and they always have a wide and varied selection of titles to choose from.

The Secret City by C. J. Daugherty

Available in the UK and the US.

So this may or may not be the second book in the series, and I may or may not own the first one…

Messenger of Fear and the Tattoed Heart by Michael Grant

Available in the UK and the US

This duology, as well as being totally aesthetically pleasing, comes with warnings for sensitive readers. I am both terrified and intrigued!


I am completely incapable of going anywhere without purchasing a book, which the next lot of buys represents.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Available in the UK and the US.

This is another one of those really unnecessary purchases where I just couldn’t stop myself! Lady Midnight is the first book in Clare’s Dark Artifices series. To be properly understood, it is recommended that you read the 6 books in Her The Mortal Instruments series and the 3 books in her The Infernal Devices series prior to this book. So in 9 books time I can look forward to reading this…


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Available in the UK and the US.

This was 56p in my local library’s book sale, so there was no way I was not going to to get this. It is also a highly acclaimed piece of literature and one that has been on my reading list for some time.


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Available in the UK and the US

I saw an 800+ plus post-apocalyptic sci-fi and I just grabbed it! I also bought a jumper for my wardrobe that perpetually looks like it’s in the throes of winter.


The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

Available in the UK and the US.

This is the third and final instalment in the absolutely STUNNING Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy. Total cover buys and totally worth it for that book shelf aesthetic!


As usual, NetGalley has proven a constant source of distraction and I have acquired some exciting new advanced digital reader’s copies to keep me occupied in April.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Available in the UK and the US.

I have yet to read anything from Miss Taylor but have heard such great things about her evocative writing style. I jumped at the chance to read the first book in her latest series. I read the first chapter as soon as I had received it and it sounded every bit as haunting and bizarre as I had anticipated.




Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar 

Available in the UK and the US.

This was described as “An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery.” You say ‘space adventure’ and I am there!







All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Available in the UK and the US.

I have been seeing this book everywhere and just knew I had to jump on the bandwagon on reading it! I ended up picking it up not long after I received it, and I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. It was a good thriller storyline but the conception of it I found just too confusing.




Say Nothing by Brad Parks 

Available in the UK and the US.

As usual, my self-imposed thriller fiction ban went out the window, this month. After hearing such good things about this, I knew I had to request it. The cover and the topic of child abduction are also deliciously frightening!





The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Available in the UK and the US.

I requested this so long ago that I had honestly forgotten all about it. When I received the email proclaiming that my request had been approved, I got excited all over again. The plot concerns the late and great illusionist, Harry Houdini, and that is all I need to know.






Slip, Grip and Flip by David Estes

Available in the UK and the US.

I have never read anything by this renowned author, but when I saw his entire trilogy available to read, I thought that here would be a pretty good place to start.


The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber 

Available in the UK and the US.

This isn’t even due for publication until June so I was super grateful for this super early copy. This follows the narrative of an online gamer and is set in a futuristic dystopian world, which sounds so intriguing. I am feeling some Ready Player One and Ender’s Game vibes.




Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

Available in the UK and the US

“Reader, she married me.” This retelling is written from the perspective of the antihero from Jane Eyre. He is the embodiment of a book bae and has had ladies swooning for decades! I am so ready for my literary love to be reborn, again.





Sunshine by Melissa Lee Houghton 

Available in the UK and the US

By requesting one poetry anthology each month I thought it would make me stick to my 2017 resolution to read more of it. This collection was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry award 2016 and had this perfectly pretty cover, which demanded my attention.




The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

Available in the UK and the US.

This sounds like a psychological thriller with a difference, and I am looking for something to rival Gone Girl with its ingenuity. When high-school sweethearts fracture, the revenge they inflict is ugly. But neither of them could have foreseen the dark paths their actions would take them on.




So, that is the run-down of my crazy big monthly haul. Hopefully, I can get the vast majority of these read in April!

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.