So, the perfect way to end the month of March is obviously with a gigantic book haul! These seven books have now found a permanent home on my beautiful bookshelf and I cannot wait to delve into their pages where new and exciting adventures await.
I purchased these seven books from two different places. The first three I purchased somewhat spontaneously from my local bookstore yesterday (oops!), and the last four were ordered online from Booktopia last week — and the postman finally delivered them on my front step this morning!
From The Bookstore:
Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War, #1) by John Scalzi (Goodreads)
At seventy-five years old, John Perry is after a fresh star — so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth’s military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body, crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle.
But upgrades alone won’t keep Perry safe. He’ll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity’s colonies from hostile aliens. He’ll pay the price for his choices, and he’ll discover the universe is even more dangerous than he imagined.
Cruel Crown (Red Queen, #0.1-0.2) by Victoria Aveyard (Goodreads)
In a world divided by blood — Red or Silver — two women tell the stories no one else knows.
For Coriane of House Jacos, love comes at a terrible cost. In a secret diary, she recounts her heady courtship with the heir to the Silver throne, Prince Tiberias, and the dangers that lurk at the heart of the royal court.
Captain Farley is at the forefront of the Red rebellion. As she plans an attack on the Silver capital, she discovers a secret that could sway the balance of power for ever.
Two gripping stories. One fight for justice. Red vs Silver.
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) by Rick Yancey (Goodreads)
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1) by James S. A. Corey (Goodreads)
Humanity has colonised the solar system — Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond — but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is an officer on an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for — and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system, unless Jim can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trailer leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathiser Holden, he realises that this girl may hold the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations — and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
Caliban’s War (The Expanse, #2) by James S. A. Corey (Goodreads)
On Jupiter’s largest moon, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier.
On Earth, a high-level political struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting.
And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wrecking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.
Once again, Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante find themselves in the eye of the storm. A missing child may hold the key to humanity’s survival — but only if they can find her first.
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) by Lev Grossman (Goodreads)
Quentin Coldwater’s life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead — but a strange envelope bearing Quentin’s name leads him down a very different path to any he’d ever imagined.
The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript that it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it’s a world that seems to answer all Quentin’s desires. But the idyll cannot last — and when it’s finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected.
The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan (Goodreads)
Carter and Sadie Kane’s dad is a brilliant Egyptologist with a secret plan that goes horribly wrong. An explosion shatters the ancient Rosetta Stone and unleashes Set, the evil god of chaos…
Set imprisons Dr Kane in a golden coffin, and Carter and Sadie are forced to run for their lives. To save their dad, they must embark on a terrifying quest from Cairo and Paris to the American South-west and discover the truth about their family’s connection to the House of Life: an Egyptian temple of magic that has existed for thousands of year.
Have you read any of the above books? If so, what did you think of them?