Birthday Book Haul!

Hello book badgers!
Time for a bit of a haul from me, but the best kind of haul because I didn't actually buy ONE of these books! Some of them were birthday gifts from my boyfriend and my parents, and the rest were bought with a £50 Waterstones gift card two of my best friends gave me, free books, what could be sweeter?!

I'll start with the gifts I got from my boyfriend and my parents first, then move onto the Waterstones goodies!

Harry Potter Signature Edition Box Set by J.K. Rowling
Synopsis - Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
Starting with the best! Is there anything more satisfying than a complete box set of books?! If there is, I haven't found it!
My boyfriend bought me these beautiful Signature Editions of the Harry Potter books, they come in a lovely presentation box (see the first picture) and look gorgeous on my bookshelf!

Daughter by Jane Shemilt
She used to tell me everything.
They have a picture. It'll help.
But it doesn't show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.
She has a tiny mole, just beneath her left eyebrow.
She smells very faintly of lemons.
She bites her nails.
She never cries.
She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.
Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.
Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?
Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?
I think this book sounds so interesting and I've been really into these psychological thriller type books that really keep you guessing! 
My boyfriend bought this for me when we went to the supermarket to buy some stuff on my birthday, I spotted it on the shelf and he picked it up and bought it for me! He's a keeper :)

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
 Synopsis - Jasmine loves two things: her sister and her work. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is.
Matt loves two things: his family and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom.
One New Year’s Eve, two people’s paths collide. Both have time on their hands; both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom.
Sometimes you have to stop still in order to move on…
This is the last book my boyfriend bought me, it's the newest one from Cecelia Ahern! She's one of my favourite authors and I've read all of her books so of course I wanted to get my hands on this one, so Jamie got it from Amazon for me, and it got delivered the day it came out!
It's such a beautiful cover and I absolutely love the silver metallic hardback too, such a nice touch :)

The Hunger Games Foil Cover Box Set by Suzanne Collins
Synopsis - Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...
These covers were a bitch to take pictures of! But they're so beautiful in person, these are some of my favourite books so I wanted them in nice, pretty covers :)
My mam and dad bought me these and I couldn't be happier with them!

Animal Heroes by David Long
Synopsis - The PDSA Dickin Medal (regarded as the animals’ Victoria Cross) has been awarded to just 64 animals, from the Blitz to present day, for their courage in times of crisis. Among these incredible true-life stories you will meet…
G.I. Joe the plucky pigeon, who rescued over 100 lives by flying twenty miles in twenty minutes to deliver a message in World War II.
Theo the steadfast springer spaniel, who served as a bomb-detection dog in Afghanistan.
Rip the trusty mongrel, who saved many victims of the Blitz air-raids.
Olga the courageous police horse, who bolted from the path of a flying bomb in World War II only to return to the scene and remain on duty.
My best friend bought me this book, it sounds really heartwarming and a sort of Sunday afternoon read that you can relax with.

Now onto my mass of Waterstones books!

Crown of Midnight & Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I won't put a synopsis on these ones as they're the second and third books in the Throne of Glass series and I don't want to spoil it for anyone else, or myself!
I was in love with Throne of Glass and gave it 5 stars, and I've heard that these sequels are even better so I can't wait to read them!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Synopsis - The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?
I've heard quite a lot about this book and it sounds like the kind of standard fantasy with monsters and a ''dark and brooding'' leading man, plus it has a stunning cover!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Synopsis - Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.
Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful...
I really enjoyed Gone Girl so I've picked up Dark Places and Sharp Objects to read soon, I really like her writing style and, as I said before, I'm loving these thrillery books at the mo!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Synopsis - Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?
This sounds like such a sweet book, it'll be perfect when I need a nice, fluffy read!

Synopsis - Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache... and a pair of horns growing from his temples.
Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.
Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power - with just a touch he can see people's darkest desires - to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge; it's time the devil had his due.
With the film of this book coming out everyone seems to be talking about this at the moment! 
I didn't know that Joe Hill is actually the son of Stephen King, so he's got a good pedigree! 
I think the plot sounds really unique and interesting, this is definitely going to be the next book I read, sounds like a perfect Halloween read!

Synopsis - A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another.
One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys accompany the cat; the days have more light and colour. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife; they go walking together, talk and share stories of the cat and its little ways, play in the nearby Garden. But then something happens that will change everything again.
When I saw this book on the shelf in Waterstones I just couldn't resist it, it's a gorgeous cover and I'm three-quarters of the way through the book and I can confirm that the book is as cute as it looks! 
It's beautifully written and I'll post a review on it once I'm finished.

There we have it! Happy birthday to me :) 
I'm so happy with everything I got, I'm a very lucky duck!! 
Toodles! x


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