Book Haul #7: SDCC is the BEST

I spent last weekend at San Diego Comic Con! It was freaking amazing. Lots of posts about it coming up, but here’s the first one. This also goes along with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is the ten most recent books to come into my possession. Thirteen books came into my possession (FOR FREE!!!) this weekend. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House and Hachette for the books!!!!

The first stack of books are new books (some ARCs) that I got. The second stack is books that I already owned but that I got signed. I got to meet Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, and Renee Ahdieh! I fangirled and got to talk to them about their books, and you couldn’t tell how red I turned because the lighting was kind of dim. I can die happy now.

Look at these awesome signatures!

But let’s focus on the new books. (All descriptions are from Amazon)

The Shadow Revolution (Crown and Key #1) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

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As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

What’s to love? Werewolves in Victorian London! Fog and interesting characters and magic only makes everything better.

Reawakened by Colleen Houck 

(ARC, release date August 11, 2015)

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When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. 
And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. 
From New York Timesbestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

What’s to love? ANCIENT EGYPT!!! I’m a sucker for anything related to ancient Egypt and it reminds me of a middle grade story I used to love, but I love the YA angle.

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

(ARC, release date August 18, 2015)

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In the late twentieth century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins, the aftermath of a Great War between arcane powers. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires’ salvation—or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself.

What’s to love? I was sucked in by the title. The alternate historical setting and a destroyed Paris (with magic!) sealed the deal.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files 01) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

(ARC, release date October 20, 2015)

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

What’s to love? Just flipping through this book is fascinating. The dossier format looks really well done, and I’m interested to see how it will convey the story. Also, the idea of two exes having to work together in an apocalyptic situation is unique and intriguing–I wonder if I will want them to get back together or to go their separate ways.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

(ARC, release date September 15, 2015)

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Three students: dead.

Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”

Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

What’s to love? I don’t usually read scary novels, but the premise of this one is just amazing. I love the diary format and the fact that everything happened twenty years ago. I just feel like this will be a really unique and hair-raising read.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

(ARC, release date September 1, 2015)

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The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman—a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar—as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

What’s to love? The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers is a really great title. Add in fairyland and a historical setting with a promise of a discussion of social issues and I’m sold.

The Young World by Chris Weltz

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After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.

But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway–all in order to save humankind.

What’s to love? Dystopian road trip with gunfire and cults?! A society run by teens? I’m in.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

(ARC, release date August 25, 2015)

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After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

What’s to love? LIBBA FREAKING BRAY. I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for ages! Getting an ARC of it basically made my weekend.

What books have you guys gotten recently? Do any of these books look good?

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