the book list: what I'm taking on holiday

26 October 2013

I am going to be going on holiday today, so i decided to share with you all the books i am taking with me. (NOTE: I am going away for a week and the journey there is LONG, hence the amount of books).
One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. - from goodreads
what can i say other than ASDFGHJKL ALLEGIANT. All i've been doing is dodging spoilers so far, and i've managed to evade the *huge* one some people have stumbled upon. THANK YOU VERY MUCH YOU LITTLE MUNDIE FOR RUINING SOME PEOPLE'S READING EXPERIENCES *shakes fist* I've heard so many scary things about the ending but ahhhhh...
It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.
For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.
But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.
Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.
- From Goodreads
Having just done the 1920s in my history GCSE I am SUPER excited to read this, I've heard loads of good things about it and i do love a bit of historical fiction. Also, the cover is gorgeous and big books are perfect for long journeys!
There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.
This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.
There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.
These people are dangerous.
And wanted. Desperately wanted.
Apprentice hedgewitch Vela Rue knows that she is destined for more. She knows being whisked off from a dull country life to a city full of mystery and intrigue is meant to be. She knows she has something her government wants, a talent so rare and precious and new that they will do anything to train her in it.
But she doesn’t know that she is being lied to. She doesn’t know that the man teaching her about her talent is becoming obsessed by her, and considered by some to be the most dangerous man alive ... - from goodreads
This book looks awesome. I have a hardback. I'm also a fearsome dreamer. Need i say more?
The Bourne Identity meets Inception in this futuristic YA thriller.
For years, Elissa has suffered nightmarish visions and unexplained bruises. Finally, she's promised a cure, and an operation is scheduled. But on the eve of the procedure, Elissa discovers the truth: she's seeing the world through another girl's eyes. A world filled with wires, machines and pain. Elissa follows her visions, only to find a battered, broken girl. A girl who looks exactly like her. A twin she never knew existed. Elissa and her twin Lin go on the run, but even after changing their looks and clothes, they're barely a step ahead of the government agents who are ruthlessly tracking them down. For Lin and Elissa are too valuable to let go, and the dark truth at the heart of it all is too shocking to risk exposing...
-from goodreads
I've been wanting this book for absolutely ages and then Amber very kindly sent it to me, i may have jumped up and down in delight...(this book had BETTER be good...;))
Romney Marsh, July 1940. When invasion threatens, you have to grow up quickly. Sixteen-year-old Peggy has been putting on a brave face since the fall of France, but now the enemy is overhead, and the rules are changing all the time. Staying on the right side of the law proves harder than she expects when a plane crash-lands in the Marsh: it's Peggy who finds its pathetic, broken pilot; a young Polish man, Henryk, who stays hidden in a remote church, secretly cared for by Peggy. As something more blossoms between the two, Peggy's brother Ernest's curiosity peaks and other secrets come to light, forcing Peggy and Henryk to question all the loyalties and beliefs they thought they held dear.
In one extraordinary summer the lives of two young people will change forever, in a tense and gripping historical drama from Lydia Syson, the author of the acclaimed A WORLD BETWEEN US. - from goodreads
As i said before, I LOVE historical fiction, andd i've heard great things about this! :D Although i have Lydia Syson's debut novel as well, i decided to take this one, not sure why..I think it appeals to me more? :)
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival. - from goodreads
To be honest i had actually never heard of this book until i stumbled upon it in The Works, it was 3 for £5 and it looked interesting so i decided to buy it. When i got home i looked it up on goodreads and read some reviews. It looks like my sort of thing so i am excited to read it and am really glad i happened upon it. :)
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. - from goodreads
So there's kind of a funny story to go with this book. When i got it i stroked the cover (it's so pretty!), saw the two faces on it and got all excited to read it then put it in my bookshelf for later. A while later i was color-coded my book shelf (^_^) and took the book out, but saw two weird, objects looking like they were sucking stuff out of each other on the cover, no faces. It was still the same book but i got kind of freaked out thinking, OMG THE COVER CHANGE WHAT HAPPENED WHO DID THIS AAAH. And as i was holding it i tipped the book slightly downwards and the faces appeared again (because of the different angle it changed my perspective on the cover image) so then i was all O___________O WHAT'S HAPPENING, until i realized it was just the way you look at it that depended on what you see... #awkward (and yes i am hash-tagging in a blog post. ;P)
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. - from goodreads
This is another book i snapped up as it was on offer at Waterstones and...i liked the cover...also it reminded me slightly of Angel by L.A Weatherly which i enjoyed. I looked it up when i got home and all the reviews look amazing and, it's a pretty short book, which will be a nice break from the massive ledgers i'm taking with me!
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. - from goodreads
When i got this i was really excited for it, having heard rave reviews for it, then i started hearing mixed opinions on it, some were totally against this book, some loved it. My dad read it before me and he said it was ok, 'nothing amazing', one of my friends's DNF'd it, another gave it 5 i was kind of torn between wanting to read i to see what i thought, and not wanting to be let down. But now..i guess it's time for me to dive in and see for myself what everyone is talking about! If nothing has an AMAZING cover..;P
Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practice the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.
Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.
Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series. - from goodreads
Having one this i had to put it on the side so my review books could take priority so I hadn't been able to read it yet but now..I do! :)
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. - from goodreads
I won Prodigy, the second book in this series ages ago on Megan's blog and only just got the first one, finally! I haven't heard such good things about the first one as I have the second to be honest, but i'm going to give it a try, and even if i don't like it amazingly, i will still probably read the second, just to see if what everyone said is true. ;)
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team. - from goodreads
HISTORICAL FICTION FTW! Having LOVED Rose Under Fire when i read it about a month ago i decided i was definitely taking it with me. I would have read it earlier but i didn't think i could cope with reading two of Elizabeth Wein's novels one after the other! I have heard most people saying they enjoyed this book better than Rose Under Fire but i don't think anything can top it! Apparently Rose Under Fire was much more emotional and gritty than Rose Under Fire but some people connected to Code Name Verity more, we shall see! ;)
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.
Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. - from goodreads
I HAVE WANTED THIS BOOK FOR AGES AND AGES AND AGES, and then the awesome Rachel gave it to me..a HARDBACK no less (i am obsessed with hardbacks) *strokes cover* I am soooo excited to read this!! At first i though it was only published in the UK and then when i realized it wasn't it was too late to get a review copy and i didn't have any money (i still don't -.-) so i couldn't buy it and now..HOORAY! I HAVE THE BOOK AND I CAN READ IT AND...
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission.
Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place... - from goodreads
I think i'm taking a bit too many historical fiction books but..whatever... I loved The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and this looks quite cute too, i can't actually remember reading Noah Barleywater although i have; but the cover looks similar and it's a nice short book, HARDBACK...i can't wait to read it! ;D
And that's it! Have you read any of these? How many books do you usually take on holiday?


  1. Allegiant! That's the only book I've been fangirling about all day. All these books look amazing! I hope you have an amazing holiday! :-)


  3. I just finished Allegiant and it ruined my life. I am permanently shattered and if I say anymore, I might burst into tears. So let's leave it at that. I hope you like The Diviners, it's quite lengthy but I haven't read it yet. I met Libba and she is actual one of the coolest people ever. She signed my copy and I'm so excited to read it. Hope you enjoy all your reads and your holiday. I'll miss your capitalization! Have fun!

  4. Wow, you're going to have such a great time with these! I love Fearsome Dreamer, and That Burning Summer, The Fifth Wave and The Diviners are great. And Code Name Verity! It will probably make you cry - it's just incredible. I read The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne a few weeks back and loved it, so I hope you enjoy Stay Where You Are & Then Leave (don't his books have such great titles?). ALLEGIANT!! Haven't got my copy yet but REALLY NEED TO, let us know what you think.

    Hope you have a fab holiday (when you're not reading and when you are)! ;)

  5. SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS! ALLEGIANT *sighs* I have also been dodging spoilers up to this point but, what to get my hands on a copy soon as! That cover is gorgeous! I'm currently reading That Burning Summer and it has a really good premise, I think you'll enjoy it and I also had Fearsome Dreamer last weekend so that's on my TBR Pile! I have the hardback and it's so pretty! The Diviners and Legend sound amazing too! OK, so I may be a little jealous over your awesome book-pile...!

  6. One thing certain: you will never be bored on your holiday. Those all look so fascinating! And their covers...yup, definitely eye candy. I'm still waiting for my copy of Allegiant to arrive, but I am both beyond excited and terrified to read it. Although I may or may not have stumbled across a *huge* spoiler by mistake. (NOOOO!)

  7. Partials and Angelfall are two of my all time favourite books. Especially Partials, as soon as you finish it you'll want to read Fragments. Can't wait to hear what you think of them all!

    Live to Read, Love to Read

  8. OOh, The Fifth Wave is BRILLIANT, it's such a good book and everyone seems to have really varied opinions on it, so I'm really excited to hear yours! Will you be doing a review? x

  9. Wowowowow. So many good books. Origin looks AMAZING. I need to read Fearsome Dreamer soon too. And ALLEGIANT. OMG when you get to the end... Not that I read it, but I was spoiled. -_-

    Oh, and The Fifth Wave isn't that good. Just sayin. :P

    Bye! :D

  10. I leave the best comments. :P

  11. Hey!! ALLEGIANT!!!! Need to read. Code Name Verity rules, and I have The Fifth Wave to read at some point... There are some total mixed reviews of that one, so I'm kinda nervous for it. Both Origin and Legend look amazing, too, so I shall add those to my TBR *scribbles on TBR list*.

    I love to read TBRs/taking where ever posts, and your's is particularly awesome :D

    Charli x

  12. You have chosen some fantastic books! I hope you love Code Name Verity, Allegiant, and The Diviners!

  13. What an amazing selection of books! I have many of these on my TBR pile such as The Diviners and Stay Where You Are and Then Leave... I'd love a week's holiday spent solely reading!


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