July 2016 Book Haul

I am putting this Book Haul up early because I know I won’t be buying anymore books within the next few days.

I try to not buy books, but I don’t seem to succeed. I’m going to put the synopsis of each book and you guys can decide if you want to read them or not :).

I went on a little book shopping spree at Walmart and I got these:

“The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy (the summer I turned pretty, it’s not summer without you, and we’ll always have summer)” by Jenny Han: Belly has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things-swimming, the beach, and the Fisher boys: Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer of her life with them at Cousins Beach. All the while Belly has loved Conrad from afar, until finally, one fateful summer, it seems like he might feel something for her, too. But as it turns out, so does Jeremiah. As the summers go on, Belly must choose between the two brothers and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood-those with red and those with silver. Mars and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but a twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the King and all his nobles, she discovers an ability she didn’t know she had. Except…her blood is Red. To hide this impossibly, the kind forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart. Loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

“The Museum of Heartbreak” by Meg Leder: Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak. Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face-to-face with the devastating, lonely-making, butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately. But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of the wondrous time before you even knew things could be broken…

“Happily Ever After” by Kiera Cass: Before they found their happily ever afters, Amberly, Maxon, Aspen, and Marlee had other stories to tell.

I also bought volume 2 of “Keep Calm and Trust God”.


At Shore Leave this year, I bought 4 books (and got them all signed!).

“Every Kingdom Divided” by Stephen Kozeniewski: Jack Pasternak, a laid-back California doctor, receives a garbled distress call from his fiancée in Maryland before her transmissions stop altogether. Unfortunately for Jack, citizens of the Blue States are no longer allowed to cross Red America. He is faced with an impossible choice: ignore his lover’s peril or risk his own life and sanity by venturing into the dark heart of The Red States. When the armies of the Mexican Reconquista come marching into Los Angeles, Jack’s hand is forced and he heads east in an old-fashioned gas guzzling car.

“Artificial Absolutes” by Mary Fan: Deception spares no part of the Galaxy. Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone – until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account. Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder. With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she know to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the Galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her bothers innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she’s doesn’t know about the people she loves.

“Synthetic Illusions” by Mary Fan: Illusion is the only reality. Jane’s new career as a composer is a dream come true, but her blossoming relationship with Adam is marred by his terrifying nightmares. When Jane receives a warning that a shadowy agency is targeting Adam’s seminary school, she rescues him in the nick of time, but the only way she can protect him from such a powerful enemy is to run. In a shocking betrayal, her brother wasn’t the one who warned her about the attack on Adam. Instead, Devin was leading it. As Jane struggles to keep one step ahead of Devin, Adam’s exhaustion gives way to horror: His nightmares have begun to touch the real world. Jane can’t abandon Adam to a fate worse than death, and far more than Adam’s life hangs in the balance. As Jane pushes further into the dark unknown, she must challenge everything she once believed in, and she faces the most wrenching decision of her life: choosing between the two people she loves most.

“Virtual Shadows” by Mary Fan: Betrayal is the deadliest weapon. Life on the galaxy’s lawless Fringe isn’t easy. Nevertheless, Jane doesn’t regret sacrificing her comfortable life to protect the young man she loves. But the very place she took him for safety is slowly killing him, and her world is shaken again when her brother, Devin, renters her life. Determined to discover the identity of those behind a vicious bombing near his agency’s secret base, Devin defies her superiors and ventures into the dark corners of the universe. When he learns that the att jets have their crosshairs in the mysterious woman who saved his life, the mission becomes personal. Unable to remain in hiding and unwilling to stand by while danger looms, Jane joins her brother on his quest and battles a chilling adversary hell-bent on destroying her homeworld. Entangled in a web of interstellar intrigue, virtual deception, and murderous agendas, she races to find answers – before the enemy wreaks devastation upon all she once knew.


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