May/June 2019 Book Haul

“Twilight: Director’s Notebook” by Catherine Hardwicke: This is the inside story. In this book you’ll follow me through the creative process that went into making Stephenie Meyer’s hypnotic novel come alive on-screen. Get the inside scoop on the wardrobe, storyboard, sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, and personal notes about making my favorite scenes.


While at the flea market in the beginning of June, I got a few graphic novels:

  • “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead, Emma Vieceli, and Leigh Dragoon
  • “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, Jose Villarrubia, and Attila Futaki
  • “The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Tamas Gaspar
  • “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, and Nate Powell
  • “The Throne of Fire” by Rick Riordan and Orpheus Collar

“Never, Never: The Complete Series” by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher: Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning…they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished. Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.


I received a hardcover copy of “Something Like Gravity” by Amber Smith on release day from the publisher.

“Something Like Gravity” by Amber Smith: Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start. A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her. But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds. But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?


I received two books from Giveaways:

“Minutes Before Sunset” by Shannon A. Thompson: Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful – too powerful – and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival. Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him – even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

“Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery – magical grimoires that whisper on the shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom for their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught – about sorcerers, about the libraries she so loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


I went on a little splurge at the end of June and bought some books.

“Stepsister” by Jennifer Donnelly: Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe…which is now filling with blood. When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she’s turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: It takes more than heartache to break a girl.

“Restore Me” by Tahereh Mafi: It’s been sixteen days since Juliette Farrars killed the supreme commander of North America and took over as ruler of The Reestablishment on the continent. Sixteen days since she assassinated Warner’s father. Juliette thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45 and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch, and now the rest of the world is carefully watching her every move to see what kind of leader she will become. Juliette and Warner have risked everything. But will they be able to control the power Juliette worlds, or will it control them?

“Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas: Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak, but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life – and her future – forever. Meanwhile, a brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength not only to fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

“The Modern Faerie Tales” by Holly Black: When Kaye saves the life of a strange, injured young man in the woods near her New Jersey home, she has no way of knowing that her life is forever changed. For she will soon become an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death. Elsewhere, Valerie is a runaway who has taken up with a gang of squatters in New York City. When one of them talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming. As Kaye and Valerie delve deeper into the realm of faerie, can they save themselves from the dark magic of the fey courts – and protect their hearts?

“Seafire” by Natalie C. Parker: After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet. But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

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