Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Depository Haul and Review

Book Depository 
Review 
            I decided to try book depository since the local bookstores here in the Philippines does not carry A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. Also, a lot of booktubers get their books from Book Depository. Before ordering I read some reviews from some local bloggers to make sure that their parcels arrived, that it was not lost or got stolen (problems living in the Philippines) and that I did not have to pay extra for the handling fee or in the Bureau of Customs. 

         Furthermore, it took a long time to arrive (Mine arrived 10 days and more after the confirmation of the order), which is understandable since mine is shipped from the United Kingdom. Also, even though you ordered 2 or more books at the same time they will be packed separately and delivered separately. 3 out of the 5 books I ordered arrived 10 days later while the other 2 books arrived after 4 days. 

PROs 
- They have lower prices as compared to local bookshops here. 
- I think they have more selection of books as compared again to the bookshops here. 
- Free Shipping here in the Philippines. 
- They give you free bookmarks (I actually got an extra one so thank you!)

Book Haul 
This is how they packaged the book. It is individually wrapped, cardboard for the hard bounds
and paper lined with bubble wrap to protect the book. 


So I got Vicious by V.E Schwab 
Plot:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

A Darker Shade of Magic, which is also by V.E Schwab. This is the first book of the 
Shades of Magic Trilogy. 
Plot:
Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Then we have next book of the Shadows of Magic trilogy by V.E Schwab, which is 
A Gathering of Shadows. 
Plot: 
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift – back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games – an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries – a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
 

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Isn't the cover beautiful. Plus I got 5% off! 
Plot: 
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. 

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Lastly, we have the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and this is the first book of
 the Raven Cycle Quartet. 
Plot:
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
 

They also gave bookmarks!  

Well that is for this blogpost. Thank you so much for reading and if you guys want to check and try out Book Depository click here: Book Depository

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Isabel



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