Books & Coffee #6 – A Big Big Book Haul

So last year I put myself on book buy ban. I set a rule to only buy books in a series I was reading. I broke my rule a few times times but I think I did good overall. This year I set the same rule for myself. I had to finish a good amount of books I already owned before I could buy new ones. I can tell you one thing: I failed MISERABLY. Let me tell you what happened.

You see, there is this store in the town I live in called Boekenfestijn. They sell new books that are slightly damaged or have been printed too much (according to my dad) for very cheap. And because the store will be closing in a few months they now also sell all these cheap books for 30% off.
Now, I actually managed to steer clear of there for a good amount of time. But then 3 weeks ago my dad came to town. We went for lunch, and the place we had lunch at was right next to the bookstore. Dad wanted to check it out. I came out with 3 books🙊 But it only cost me €10!!

Then the next week my best friend came over. She had seen the store on my Instastories and wanted to check it out. Again I blacked out and suddenly found myself outside the store with 6 books in my bag. Or at least that’s what I told my boyfriend😂

So that’s how I ended up with 9 new books in less than a week for a little over €30. And now I definitely need to start reading. But before I finally start working my way through the enormous pile of unread books I thought I would share the books I got with the internet. I decided to just write down the description on the back because obviously I haven’t read any of these books yet so I can’t tell you what they’re about in my own words, but I will tell you why I picked them up. Why I was attracted to them, you know 😉

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The Affinity Bridge – George Mann

“Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution.
Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets, and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policeman and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. For this is also a world where ghostly policeman haunt the fog-laden alleyways of Whitechapel, where cadavers can rise from the dead and where Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, works tirelessly to protect the Empire from her foes.
When an airship crashes in mysterious circumstances, Sir Maurice and his recently appointed assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are called to investigate. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is baffled by a spate of grisly murders and a terrifying plague is ravaging the slums of the city.”

The Osiris Ritual – George Mann

“The second Newbury & Hobbes adventure is a thrilling mystery featuring rooftop chases, sword fights, an exhilarating steampunk car chase, and a race through the London Underground.
Death stalks London and the newspapers proclaim that a mummy’s curse has been unleashed. Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, is drawn into a web of occult intrigue as he attempts to solve the murders. And he soon finds himself on the trail of a rogue agent – a man who died to be reborn as a living weapon.
Newbury’s assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, has her own mystery to unveil. Girl are going missing from a magician’s theatre show. But what appears to be a straightforward investigations puts Miss Hobbes in mortal danger.
Can Newbury save his assistant, solve the riddle of the mummy’s curse, capture the deadly man-machine – and stop the terrifying Osiris Ritual from reaching its infernal culmination?”

Okay, so these are the first two books in a series I believe. I initially picked up the second book, The Osiris Ritual, on that first trip with my dad. I was drawn it by the back – I mean rooftop chases, sword fights and car chases? Yes, please – and figured it wouldn’t be a complete disaster to start with the second book in the series instead of the first. Goodreads even told me the second one was better anyways. But then, when I took my friend to the store, I saw that they had the first book as well so I kind of couldn’t leave it. I am so very excited to start reading these as they sound very fun and right up my alley. And also, the hardback covers are hella pretty.

 

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The Rome Prophecy – Sam Christer

“A woman has been arrested in the streets of Rome. She’s young. She’s beautiful. She’s covered in blood. And she claims to be an ancient prophet in search of a mystical amulet hidden within the city. Ex-priest Tom Shaman teams up with a headstrong policewoman to unravel the mystery. But within Rome’s churches and corridors of power, stealthy enemies are conspiring against them. And soon, the woman’s deadly visions begin to come true.”

This books gave me Angels and Demon vibes, which is why I picked it up. A bit of mystery, maybe some almost magical touches, and a lot action and suspense. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for. The author’s two other books are mentioned on the cover, so if I like this book as much as I hope I will, I might just hunt those down as well.

After my book buy ban, of course…

Alias Hook – Lisa Jensen

“Meet captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated, Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys, in a pointless war that never ends.
Then Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of the boys’ rules. From the lurid, erotic glamour of the Fairy Revels to the ceremonies of the First Tribes to the mysterious underwater temple beneath Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook.
In Hook himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain. With her knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be his last chance for redemption. Bu nothing is won in the Neverland without the forfeit of something else. And the price of Hook’s freedom may be more than he can bear to pay.”

How cool does that sound? A book based upon the classic story, but from the eyes of the villain, humanizing him. I am very excited to start reading this, I am hoping it still has those dreamy fairy tale vibes but more grown-up and sexy, maybe. I have never read Peter Pan, and I’ve only seen the Disney film once, so I don’t actually know the story that well, but still I am very interested to see how this book will change my view on this classic story. I will probably have to watch the film again though or pick up the book somewhere (again, after the ban).

City Of Sins – Daniel Blake

“New Orleans, summer 2005
New FBI agent France Patrese is intrigued when the attractive PA to the city’s richest man requests a secret meeting. She has information regarding an unthinkable conspiracy, and will trust no one else.
The next day, she’s dead – the victim of a bizarre ritual murder – and Patrese finds himself drawn into the murkiest of underworlds, piercing together connections between the city’s seediest players and her top officials.
Only two things remain certain – there are huge secrets hidden in these cesspools of corruption and crime, and some people will do anything to keep them that way.
And all the while, the city’s apocalypse looms. Her name is Katrina, and she’s taking aim…”

Murder, mystery, politics and New Orleans. Sounds like a great combo to me! I love thriller/crime novels, especially the very very creepy ones, and I am hoping this one fits that category. I also like the fact it is set in New Orleans, because one of my favourite book series (and urban fantasy so completely different) is set there, but right after Katrina, and I am hoping this book will bring those same kind of vibes.

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Pariah – Thomas Emson

“Jack’s back, and he has unfinished business.
In 1888, five women are brutally murdered in the East End of London. The killer is never caught.
In 1996, four women die in similar circumstances, their corpses mutilated. Again, the murdered escapes justice.
In 2011, Charlie Faultless returns to the East End after fifteen years in exile. His mother and girlfriend were victims of the 1996 killings, and he has returned to deal with the demons of his past.
But his homecoming coincides with more atrocities, and the reappearance of history’s most terrifying serial killer:
Jack the Ripper
With old hatreds simmering, Charlie faces violent ordeals at the hands of revenge-fueled men and demons raised from hell. And as the identity of Jack the Ripper is revealed, the truth about Charlie’s past also comes to light.”

This is the only book I picked up at the Young Adult section. I don’t know if it’s YA, New Adult, or something completely different, but it sounds very interesting non the less. Murder, mystery, Jack the Ripper, and I believe some magic? Yes, yes, yes.

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure heard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.”

Does this book even need an introduction? I think not. I read this in Dutch years ago – I must haven been 12 or something – and I’ve been wanting to read it in English for quite some time now. So when I saw this very pretty edition I had to pick it up. I don’t know if it’s very high on my reading list with all these other yet unknown reading-journeys to begin, but I am very glad to have it for when I feel like going on an adventure! (see what I did there? 😉 )

Island Of The Phantoms – Stephen Alter

“In the flickering glow of a dying torch, three friends recite incantations from the yellowing pages of a rare book of sorcery. Little do they realize they are about to raise the dead.
The spirits they conjure are from a legendary island where the living and the dead once coexisted peacefully. All that ended, though, when a visiting missionary trapped the image of the spirits with a special camera nearly eight years ago. Now imprisoned in the pages of a few dozen books, the ghosts need the children, but should the children trust the ghosts?”

Sounds very spooky, I like it! It seems like I picked up a lot of creepy, ghosty books in this haul, apparently I need some thrill in my life. Just as long as it stays within the pages of the books..
Anyways, this sounds like a tropical ghost story, and I like it a lot!

The Feaster From The Stars – Alan K. Baker

“London, 1899. Something strange is happening on the Underground.
The ghosts which haunt the platforms and tunnels are being seen much more frequently than usual. There is something on the network of which even the dead are afraid, and the train drivers and other staff are becoming increasingly reluctant to work there. Queen Victoria instructs her Bureau of Clandestine Affairs to investigate.
Enter Thomas Blackwood, Special Investigator, and Lady Sophia Harrington, Secretary of the Society of Psychical Research. Along with detective Gerhard de Chardin of the Metropolitan Templar Police and the famous occultist Simon Castainge, Blackwood and Sophia plunge into a terrifying adventure which takes them from the dank tunnels of the London Underground to the depths of interstellar space and a dying planet known as Carcosa, where a horrific being from beyond the ordered universe has set its sights on Earth. The being is known as the King in Yellow, or the Feaster from the Starts, and unless Blackwood and Sophia can prevail, it will descent upon the Earth and consume every living thing upon it!”

Again with the ghosts, but very different from the last one. Also, like a lot of the books I got, set in London. This book actually reminds me a lot of the first two books I mentioned, by George Mann, but this one seems very sci fi, with the whole “other planet” thing. It is – again – a sort of magical detective novel. I guess I just like that stuff :).

Well, that was it, the 9 books I picked up recently. I am very happy with all of them, and very excited to start reading them. But I do really really REALLY need to stop buying books now until I finished a few.

I will, of course, share them all with you when I finished them, and let you know my thoughts in currently reading posts and book updates. Speaking of which, I did actually also finish a few books recently (yes, I didn’t spent all my time buying books, I also still read) so I will share those in a post very soon 🙂

Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by ❤

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