May 2015 Book Haul (#2)

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I found myself in another book buying spree right after I came home from college a few weeks ago.  Let me tell ya.. I now have so many books laying next to my bed (due to the lack of a sufficient bookshelf) that it has become my temporary nightstand!  I have sooo many great books that I have been wanting to dive into.  Here are the books that I have bought throughout the month of May. Each of the books’ description is the blurb off of Goodreads.  I have to get to work soon (gotta make the money for the book buying lol), but I will have full reviews of them soon! :


1. Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

-Young Adult Fantasy

-“Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.”


2. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

-Young Adult Fantasy

-“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.”


3. Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard

Splintered by A.G. Howard
Splintered by A.G. Howard

-Young Adult Fantasy

-“This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.”


4. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

– Young Adult Fantasy

– “Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.”


5. Fangirl: Barnes and Noble Collector’s Edition by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl (Special Edition) by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl (Special Edition) by Rainbow Rowell

-Young Adult Contemporary

– “Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?”


6. Dorothy Must Die: Stories by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die: Stories by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die: Stories by Danielle Paige

– Young Adult Fantasy/Retelling

– The novellas to the Dorothy Must Die series


7. Harry Potter Special Edition Boxed Set by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter (boxed set) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter (boxed set) by J.K. Rowling
What the box looks like from the back
What the box looks like from the back. Soo pretty!

– Young Adult Fantasy

– If you don’t know what Harry Potter is… go pick it up ASAP!!! Your life is not complete without it.  These editions are beautiful!


8. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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– Young Adult Fantasy

– “Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?”


I also bought a few bookish items when I binged at Barnes & Noble. They include:

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Funko Pop! : Hershel from the Walking Dead tv series


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Nook Glowlight stars book cover/stand.  This was the cutest cover that I have seen for the Nook Glowlight.  I got the purple zip sleeve when I purchased the Nook, but this is way more efficient.  I am able to prop it up and read on a flat surface, and at the same time, the cover itself is magnetic so it will not slip and close on itself.  It comes with the closure strap attached as well!  I love it!


I hope to get to each and every one of these before too long!  You will find reviews for them coming soon as well.

Off to work I go, so stay tuned for more bookish posts!  You can follow me through email by clicking the button down below for up to date news on Treestand Book Reviews.  You can also follow me on Instagram @treestandbookreviews and my #treestandbookreviews!  Many bookish pics coming yyour way!

Thank you guys for all of the support over the last few weeks!  I have doubled my followers in only 4 weeks, so thank you guys so much! The word of books is spreading 🙂

Happy reading everyone!

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