Library Loot: Sequels and Secrets


Library Loot: Sequels and Secrets


What did I get from the library this week?

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

See my previous library loots here:

Mysteries, Paris and Hope

Feminism, Folklore and Body Positivity

Gymnastics, Mermaids and Achieving Your Dreams

Birds, Cages and Secrets

Dragons, Magic and Fairytales

Here’s what I picked up this week (so far!). It’s half-term for me now so will probably be back for more books before long!

Sorry for the terrible quality photo this time!

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.

I really enjoyed the first Caraval book, and am glad that I read it at a distance from all the hype so I was able to enjoy it as much as I did. I have a few reservations about this second book, mostly because I formed a slightly negative opinion of Tella in the first one. Also, this was originally supposed to be a duology but has become a trilogy – does that mean that this book will suffer from second-book syndrome? Still, am excited to read this!

Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

I really enjoyed Warcross (though seem to be in the minority in not really liking either of the covers!), although it has been a little while since I read it so I hope I won’t be too confused when reading Book #2! Looking forward to getting to know Emika even better and seeing what happens with Hideo. I also like that this is a duology so hoping for some explanations and resolutions in this volume.

Straw into Gold by Hilary McKay

This book was originally published in hardback as Hilary McKay’s Fairy Tales.

Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-Spun is a classic fairy tale collection to treasure. Featuring Hilary McKay’s imaginative retellings of key favourites, this ten-story collection includes the much-loved tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella, the Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the Swan Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Red Riding Hood, the Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel.

This gorgeous gift book features black-and-white line and tone illustrations throughout from the talented Sarah Gibb.

I was drawn to this one by the subject matter (I am here for anything fairytale-related!), the author and the illustrator – I own several picture books illustrated by Sarah Gibb and they are gorgeous. So far it only has two 3-star reviews on Goodreads which seems a little harsh – hoping to read this soon!

The Elsewhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

The Nowhere Emporium has been stolen.

The shop from nowhere has vanished without a trace. Will it ever reappear?

As they search for the lost Emporium, Daniel and Ellie encounter magical bookshops, deserted islands in the dead of night, and an array of magicians (both dead and alive). Meanwhile a dangerous force is attacking the Emporium from the inside, waiting for a chance to break free.

In this highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Nowhere Emporium, readers will once again be transported into a magical realm where imagination is power and anything is possible. Loyal fans will be astonished by the new wonders beyond the Emporium’s doors as the gripping mystery unfolds.

Yet another sequel! I read the first book (The Nowhere Emporium) and adored it so have been looking forward to this second book for a while now! I know that many people compared the opening unfavourably with The Night Circus, but I think that there is room for loving both!

What do you think of the books I have chosen?

Would you like to read any of them?

Or are there any you would recommend me moving straight to the top of the TBR list?

Do you have a library near you?

How often do you borrow books?

Do you ever buy books after having already read them?

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Thanks for reading!

15 Comments Add yours

  1. I read a proof of the Elsewhere Emporium in the summer and it’s even better than the first, imo. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it! 💜
    Amy x

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    1. Loved the first one so excited to hear that the next is even better!

      Liked by 1 person

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