| BOOKHAUL | August 2017

This is always one of my favorite articles to write/publish; the monthly bookhaul. Last month’s haul was huuuuge, so in comparison with that one, this month’s haul is somewhat more refined shall I say? lol haha Whereas last month I added a lot of physical books to the collection, this month I added a huge pile of e-books to the collection. Amazon, Netgalley and iBooks are to blame, lol. Well, let me show you guys what I got to add to the collection this month!

Killing Keiko: The True Story of Free Willy's Return to the WildKILLING KEIKO: THE TRUE STORY OF FREE WILLY’S RETURN TO THE WILD by Mark A. Simmons
You may have already read here or there that I’m completely obsessed with killer whales. And Keiko – of course known as Willy from the Free Willy movies – is one of the main reasons I fell in love with these magnificent animals. Keiko was such a kind animal, who captured the hearts of many, including my own. I’ve followed his story throughout his life ever since I was a young girl and fell in love with killer whales. I loved seeing him returned to the wild – I’ve donated to his cause. Well my parents did since I was underage at the time but it was my own savings – and after I’ve always tried to get regular updates on him. I loved seeing people stand up for him – and orca’s in captivity in general – and made sure he got to enjoy freedom, at last.. When I came across this book, I just couldn’t stop myself from buying it. I’ve already read a couple of chapters and I’m really liking it so far. After seeing a lot of documentaries, it’s a nice change to being able to read about him in books as well. Keiko is where my love for killer whales started and he remains in my , and many other, heart(s) forever. He’s THE success story. He showed us orca’s in captivity could be returned to the wild and Keiko lived his last years in freedom. I’m so sad he got ripped from his family – especially knowing orca’s stay their whole life with their family makes my heart ache even more – and never found them again after returning to the wild again. At 6yrs old – at which he’s basically still an infant in orca terms – he got seperated from his mother and other relatives so he could go entertain people in a too small basin.. Heartbreaking. After Keiko, the world slowly opened it’s eyes and began to see how wrong captivity truly is. A lot of people – like Dr. Ingrid Visser – still fight for their freedom to this day. We’ve learned sooo much about these magnificent animals in the past years. And knowing how smart they are, how loyal they are to their family, capable of adapting in just about any situation and how kind they can be even though they’re referred to as ‘Wolves of the Ocean’, makes it even more painful to see they’re still being held captive and trained to do tricks, ugh. Yeah, sorry.. like I said; I have a thing for these animals and I can get a little enthusiastic when I start talking about them, lol..

In 1978, a young killer whale Keiko was collected off the east coast of Iceland and spent the next 18 years in human care. At Reino Aventura Park in Mexico, his home was not conducive to good health, and over time his condition deteriorated. In 1993, Keiko became the star of “Free Willy,” a Warner Bros. blockbuster movie, that enchanted the public and led children and adults to believe that a whale, long-held in the care of man, could successfully make its way in the wild.

Animal rights organizations lobbied for a real-life release program for Keiko, similar to his fictitious counterpart, and millions of dollars were raised to return the orca back to his home waters.

Author Mark Simmons was leader of the team of animal behaviorists brought to Iceland as part of the release project. But the program was doomed to failure from the start; plagued by hidden agendas and an organization unable to recognize that Keiko needed to learn to “be” wild before any chance at survival could exist.”

Long Way Home (Thunder Road, #3)LONG WAY HOME by Katie McGarry (#3 Thunder Road)
After reading the first book, Nowhere but Here, I was hooked. I needed book two and three asap. I got and read book two in July and book three arrived earlier this month and got read right away as well. This is definitely one of my favorite ya contemporary series. I read a lot of adult contemporary biker romance books, so I was extremely curious to see what Katie did with an YA biker romance story and she just blew my mind. They are addictive, sexy, romantic and thrilling to read. Definitely re-reading material as well!

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

The ForbiddenTHE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Jodi is one of my favorite erotica authors and her books are always an auto-buy for me. After receiving the book earlier this month, after it’s release, I didn’t wait long to read the book. It really was a ‘forbidden’ read and Jodi knows how to tiptoe around forbidden elements and makes it work. I fell hard for these characters and their story.

A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.

Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden.

Chasing the StarsCHASING THE STARS by Malorie Blackman 
This is one of the two books I bought when I was in Utrecht this month with my husband. The first thing I noticed was that beautiful cover and I was dying to know what the book was about. Seeing the title, I was hoping for sci-fi elements. My wish got granted, lol. It’s a YA sci-fi romance if I look in Goodreads and the synopsis sounds awesome and really like it’s going to be a ‘my kind of book’. I’m very excited to read this one!

Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased.

Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?

The SirenTHE SIREN by Kiera Cass
I really enjoyed the selection books by this author, especially the first three, and I’m a sucker for mermaid stories so this one was on my wishlist for a long time now. I’ve heard good things about the book and it’s a stand a lone, so it’s perfect to read in between other books and knowing the story will be wrapped up at the end. Have you read this one yet? What did you think of it?

Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

VallenVALLEN & OPSTAAN by Jackie van Laren
The first book, Vallen, is on discount at the moment so I just couldn’t resist buying it and also knowing it was a rockstar romance – got a weak spot for those haha. And knowing I’d probably want to read the second book right after, I decided to buy that one as well. I’ve read Vallen almost right away after buying it and finished it two days later. I haven’t gotten around to reading the sequel yet, but I’m sure I’ll get around too it soon.

De jonge journaliste Anne Miller werkt voor een blad dat op de rand van de schandaaljournalistiek balanceert en is verloofd met de keurige, kreukvrije Ian. Tijdens een interview met Rory Maquary, leadzanger van een wereldberoemde rockband, gelauwerd acteur en beruchte Hollywood Bad Boy, blijkt Anne een onverwachte connectie te hebben met zijn driejarige zoontje.

Het jongetje heeft het moeilijk sinds zijn moeder met de noorderzon vertrok en kan wel wat extra aandacht gebruiken. In een opwelling doet Rory Anne een aanbod dat ze niet kan weigeren: als ze drie weken meegaat met de Amerikaanse tournee van zijn band en op zijn zoontje past, mag ze een exclusief diepteartikel over de band schrijven. Anne pakt zonder aarzelen haar tas en gaat. Ze houdt zichzelf voor dat ze het doet voor haar carrière en voor het kind.

Maar bijna tegen wil en dank vallen Anne en Rory voor elkaar. De gevolgen zijn niet te overzien. Vallen is een roman over de verrassing van echte liefde, die er heel anders kan uitzien dan je ooit had verwacht…

Stuk van jou (A Pound of Flesh, #1)STUK VAN JOU by Sophie Jackson (#1 Pound of Flesh)
I’d already received book 2 and the novella book last month, and this month the first one finally came in. Now I’m ready to read all of them, so I can get myself fully prepared for the interview with Sophie next month – I’m sooo excited!! She’s coming to Amsterdam and I got asked, along with other bloggers, to interview Sophie. I couldn’t say no to that of course. The interview is on the same day as my birthday so I can get some drinks afterwards with my buddy Kwante and celebrate a bit.

Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Timesbestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, featuring a strong-minded prison tutor who discovers that her sexy bad-boy student is far more than he appears to be.

Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance.

As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another.

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1)OWN THE WIND by Kristen Ashley (#1 Chaos)
I’m a sucker for biker romance so when I came across this first book of the Chaos series in the bargain shop at the bookdepository, I just had to buy it haha. The book has a 4.22 rating on Goodreads with almost 40.000 ratings so that’s really good! I’m currently reading the book and I really love it so far. I’ll definitely want to read the rest of this series as well.

Too hot to handle…

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos–the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos’ leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby’s thinking about much more than friendship…

Tabby is everything Shy’s ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can’t have. She’s beautiful, smart, and as his friend’s daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more–much morehe feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn…

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)WONDER WOMAN:WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo
One of the highly anticipated books of 2017 is finally here; WONDER WOMAN WARBRINGER! I love love loveeeed the WW movie from DC Comics and just really like Diana’s character! I can’t wait to see what this amazing author has done with the character and her story.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

But that’s not all I got to add to the collection this month. Aside from physical books, my kindle and iBooks account got filled up as well. I received some pretty awesome e-arcs and free books this month, let me show you! The ones from Amazon are probably still free, so if you’re interested in one of them, go grab it!

AMAZON – The strike-through titles are the ones I already read this month as well


So yeah, my e-book collection has expanded quite a bit as well this month, oops haha. I’ve added 10 physical books to the collection and 37 e-books, yikes. I’ve completed reading 11 books this month from this haul, so that’s definitely something I’m happy with. What was your favorite new book this month?


  1. Bookhauls are also one of my favorite articles on your blog. I am so curious about Wonder Woman, I really want to read it soon <3 Killing Keiko sounds also interesting and nice to read.
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  2. How do you keep up with all the netgalley reviews though? O_O

    Great haul. I really love the cover of Heir of Illaria. I also received that one thorugh NG. I am curious about Wonder Woman because Leigh Bardugo but I’m going to wait and see what all the opinions are going to be on it.
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      Since a lot of NetGalley books are often books that already released, I don’t put too much pressure on myself. Titles that still have to release get priority so I try to read them first. Since I got my kindle last month, my reading speed is even better as usual so that helps a lot!

      And I’m very excited about WW too. Think that one will stay on the shelves for now here too, because Tower of Dawn is coming our way and I got enough to read for Netgalley/authors at the moment which gets priority. Heir of Illaria has been on my wishlist for quite a while now so when I saw it was on Netgalley I couldn’t resist haha.

  3. Eigenlijk wel grappig dat ik die eerste foto met elf fysieke boeken zie en meteen denk “Amai, Melissa is wel héél braaf geweest deze maand”. Om dan vervolgens te zien dat je ook je ebook-collectie hebt uitgebreid en dus nog wel even voort kan. 🙂
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