April 2016 Book Haul

Hey everybody!

The month of April was definitely a HUGE book-buying month for me. I’m going to give a synopsis of each book that I bought and it will be up to you guys whether you want to check them out or not! 🙂

“Fifty Shades Darker” by E.L. James: Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the handsome, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele had broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle Independent Publishing House (SIP); but desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sexual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and the envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

“Fifty Shades Freed” by E.L. James: When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all – love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving his Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, fate, and a sex addiction conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality. Ana, you better watch out!

“Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian” by E.L. James: Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he had known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him – past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart. Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

“The Glittering Court” by Richelle Mead: Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her sergeant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. Both a school and a business venture, the Glitterig Court is designed the transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court. When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise – first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor. But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han: Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved – five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

“P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. They were just pretending. Until they weren’t. And now Lara Jean has to learn what it’s like to be in a real relationship and not just a make-believe one. But when another boy from he past teturns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him suddenly return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? Lara Jean is about to find out that falling in love is the easy part.

“Legend” by Marie Lu: From different worlds, June and Day have to reason to cross paths…until June’s brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect. In a shocking turn of events, the two uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he disicbers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its  decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

“This is where it ends” by Marieke Nijkamp: 10:00am The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02am The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03am The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05am Someone starts shooting. Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculating revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

“In Real Life” by Jessica Love: Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since eighth grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with gifts, and know everything there is to know about each other. There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met. Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to do, but when her senior-year Spring-break plans are ruined by a rule breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She decides, impulsively, to road-trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friendship feelings for him. Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out the Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah know the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she had only one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

I also picked up a few small books of Bible verses for different feelings one can have.

Until later,

Stephanie

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