The latest editions to my TBR shelves: The Uninvited by Cat Winters, Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, and The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I’m able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I’m able to give them the love they deserve. I’ve included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a nice surprise in my mailbox as I’d forgotten that I’d accepted a review copy. Oops! Good thing I’ve started writing titles down! It’s a little outside my usual genres, but sounded intriguing.

The Uninvited by Cat Winters
The Uninvited by Cat Winters
From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel – a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.


I’ve been good and stayed off NetGalley for awhile, but somehow this one caught my eye and I just had to request it! Can you imagine if countries actually did this? If the world leaders had their children held hostage in order to maintain the peace? What a fascinating concept!

Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace – sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals – are raised together in small, isolated schools called Prefectures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.


This was a review request from the publisher and the synopsis really caught my eye! When I requested an ebook instead of a physical book, they were nice enough to hook me up on NetGalley. I know I shouldn’t be accepting any more requests, but this one sounded weird enough that I just have to read it!

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

A young wife’s new job pits her against the unfeeling machinations of the universe in this dazzling first novel Ursula K. Le Guin hails as “funny, sad, scary, beautiful. I love it.”

What did you receive this week?

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