BookExpo/BookCon Haul 2019

I started editing this and then WordPress doesn’t understand what an undo button is and just erases my entire progress, so a week later, I am FINALLY. Attempting to complete this long-ass post. Even though I was going to sleep three hours ago. And skip reading because sleep. Ugh I hate myself.

But anyway, this year I also attended BEA (BookExpo) and BookCon and it was super fun! My haul ended up being TWENTY books! INSANE! So I’ll show you what I got and hope you will end up feeling interested in some of these titles! I try to sum up the synopsis in a paragraph in my own words, but sometimes that doesn’t happen… so…. yea.

NOTE: With the exception of American Royals,  all ARCS (and finished copies) won’t be reviewed until at least September/October due to my reading schedule already being full for Summer, not to mention the books I have that need to be read at home.

These are pretty much in chronological order of when I get them; I don’t even know why this needs to be a thing but it is!

Cursed – Thomas Wheeler, Frank Miller (Illustrator)


This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on October 1, 2019 by Simon & Schuster.

What if it was never Arthur? What if it was the Lady of the Lake? Let that version of the story you know be twisted in this brand new tale, with illustrations featured inside and a Netflix series to come soon!

Hurricane Season – Nicole Medley


A stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out.

A middle grade novel about a girl trying to find her place within her own identity, her knowledge of and her relationship with her father amongst the stirring storms and the whirling hurricane winds of color.

Tarnished are the Stars – Rosie Thor


This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on October 15, 2019 by Scholastic Press.

A girl with an illegal clockwork heart, a boy doubting the trust he gave his father, an assassin ready to betray her heart to learn about something crosses paths as secrets are revealed and danger arrives.

Here There Are Monsters – Amelinda Bérubé


This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on August 1, 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire.

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secrets.

Two sisters, one stolen and the other one seeking goes on a journey of fear and love, and one knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

Shadowscent – P.M. Freestone

Shadowscent (Shadowscent #1)

This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final US edition will be released on November 5, 2019 by Scholastic.

Note: This book has already been published in the UK in February, 2019, under the full name “Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom”.

A nod to the classic “Perfume”, Shadowscent heightens smell and its importance within this universe as something starts smelling… fishy….

Wicked As You Wish – Rin Chupeco

45184250This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on March 3, 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire.

As the lost country of Avalon rises and a mysterious firebird appears in the world, along with the re-emergence of a Snow Queen, the life of a young little witch who is a descendant of a legendary Filipino heroine is about to get complicated as she perhaps will come to learn a hundred names for magic.

The Beast – Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs


This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on January 22, 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing.

A sequel to The Darkdeep (review HERE), the not four but now five kids in mysterious-town figure out their role as the guardians of the thing they accidentally let out last book… But things get worse in this one as you get not one but TWO. Entities. Coming after you.

Past Perfect Life – Elizabeth Eulberg


This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on July 9, 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Soon, Allison won’t find her steady and peaceful transition into for college that smooth as everything changes… as everything around Allison breaks apart, including everything she has known about herself and the friends around her.

There Will Come a Darkness – Katy Rose Pool


This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on September 3, 2019 by Henry Holt.

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between duty and heart.
A reckless gambler with a power to find anything.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.
One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?

Reverie – Ryan La Sala


This is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on Jan 1, 2019 by Sourcebook Fire.

Reveries are worlds born from a person’s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to resolution, and Kane, the protagonist must solve the mysteries about himself, deeply interlinked with these dream worlds and discover the power behind them and the secrets that lie beneath.

Roman Count Down – David P. Wagner


A thriller that sounds extremely hilarious and fun as Rick Montoya heads to Italy to experience its culture to connect better with his maternal roots. A mix of travel and suspense, Rick tries to find out what has happened after the death of his uncle and why it happened.

Angel Mage – Garth Nix

41951611This is an Advance Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on Oct 1, 2019 by Katherine Tegen.

Awake from her hibernation, angel mage Liliath’s powers are turned against her as she realises the world around her changed after a century.

And to fulfil her destiny and unite with her love, Liliath will manipulate four young individuals to become pawns in her grand scheme and game. No matter the cost.

All the Impossible Things – Lindsay Lackey

39407710This is an Advance Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on Sept 3, 2019 by Roaring Books.

In this middle grade fantasy, Red must learn how to control the wind power that she was given with as crazy things begin to happen to her hometown and storm rolls in one after another, swept into the troubles of her own tornadoes and now needing to find the family she needs.

Akarnae – Lynette Noni


Finding herself in a fantasy world full of impossibilities, Alex is desperate to find an answer from a professor of the world she came from… except he’s missing. And while Alex experiences the school for the gifted in the mysterious world, sinister things begin to happen, and the fearful feeling is looming closer.

The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern

43575115This is an Advance Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on November 5, 2019 by Doubleday.

A series of clues unravels before Zachary’s eyes when he discovers a mysterious book, its pages entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, nameless acolytes, and a story from his… childhood. These clues lead him to this curious place of lost cities and seas, the mystery and wonder of this world as Zach finds his purpose and fate within all of this.

The Orphan’s Song – Lauren Kate

42730294This is an Advance Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on June 25, 2019 by G.P. Putnam.

entire paragraph from official synopsis:

Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan’s Song takes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.

Ghosts of the Shadow Market – Cassandra Clare

36314220Not published at the time of obtainment, but officially published at the time of this blogpost. 

entire paragraph from official synopsis:

Follow Brother Zachariah and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festive celebrations, Anna Lightwood’s first romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Tessa Gray plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland’s soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah…

Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

37508837Review HERE!

I already have a few copies of this book but as a supporter of the series I went ahead and got into the signing line and got another book. I mean, I got it signed!

“A whirlwind, out-of-this-galaxy adventure!”

→ Sarah J. Maas

American Royals – Katharine McGee

43744300This is an Advance Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on September 3, 2019 by Penguin Random House.

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.

An alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones

36524503This is an Advance Reader’s Copy. The final book will be released on Sept 24, 2019 by Little Brown.

The risen corpses in the town of Colbren are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. Together, protagonists Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

That took me… one and a half hours to compose this list?


Anyway, must sleep soon. Goodnight and thanks for reading!

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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