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September Book Haul Part 2 @AlwTrustInBooks #StackedShelves #BookMail #BookPost

Good Morning! Welcome to another packed September Book Haul. You can tell that publishers are gearing up for the busy time of Fall/Christmas! The review copies are pouring in and there are some fantastic releases coming up that I can’t wait to show you all. I have a busy September with reviews and blog tours so it is nice to sit out for a while and just talk books :D. Thank you for stopping by to check out my recent haul and yes I do regret requesting the Hell Week book 😦 I will have to get off my bum and so some exercise! To the Books!

September Book Haul Part 2

10The Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness By Robert Winder

Published By: Little, Brown

I am looking forward to learning more about the history of England. I am fascinated by mythology and history so should be a good read for me.

Official Synopsis: What sort of a place is England? And who are the English? As the United Kingdom turns away from its European neighbours, and begins to look increasingly disunited at home, it is becoming necessary to ask what England has that is singular and its own.
It is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas. But in Robert Winder’s brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: the island setting that made it maritime; the rain that fed the grass that nourished the sheep that provided the wool, and the wheat fields that provided its cakes and ale. Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant.

In Bloody Foreigners Robert Winder told the rich story of immigration to Britain. Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history.

Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep . . . cathedrals built by wool . . . the first shipment of coal to leave Newcastle . . . marital contests on a village green . . . mock-Tudor supermarkets – the story is studded with these and other English things.

And it starts by looking at a very important thing England did not have: wolves.

2Hell Week: Seven days to be your best self by Erik Bertrand Larssen 

Published By: John Murray

Oh dear… Getting myself in order might be more than a one book job. Let’s see 😀

Official Synopsis: Imagine your life as a straight line. Now imagine that you could break that line and leave behind all your regular habits and nagging doubts for just seven days. Hell Week shows how you can change your life’s path in a single week, replacing your old self with your best self, by going through a specially tailored (and totally safe) version of the elite military exercise where participants are pushed to the limit to find out just how much they can take. Hell Week is about defeating limiting beliefs and demonstrating that you are capable of far more than you ever thought – and maintaining that level of performance for the rest of your life.

Norway native Erik Bertrand Larssen is many things: a veteran paratrooper who served in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, a successful entrepreneur, and a mental coach. He has helped catapult the success of countless high-achievers, including Microsoft and Stat Oil executives and Olympic medalists Martin Sundby and Suzann Pettersen. His life altering method improves performance by getting people to push themselves past the brink of self-imposed limitations.

Central to his technique is the commitment by clients to live and experience just one week as their best selves. It’s this week, Larssen says, that will be the catalyst to making the most of the rest of one’s life. Offering accessible tools and a pragmatic, inspirational advice, Larssen’s game-changing Hell Week shows readers how apply the principles of military ‘hell week’ to their every day lives, leading to lasting improvement, personal and professional success, and most importantly, a new way of living to a higher standard.

.4Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Volume 1 By Philip K. Dick

Published By: Gollancz

I have always wanted to read Electric Dreams so this is the perfect opportunity.

Official Synopsis: Based on the stories contained in this volume, the ten-part anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex), with Oscar nominated Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, Breaking Bad) both executive producing and appearing in the series.

Each episode will be a sharp, thrilling standalone drama adapted and contemporised for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers. The series will both illustrate Philip K. Dick’s prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized Sci-Fi novelist’s work. Other guest stars include Janelle Morae, Anna paquin, Timothy Spall and Benedict Wong.

The ten stories included are:


..1The Bastard Legion by Gavin Smith

Published By: Gollancz

Stevie from Gollancz sent this to me because she knows it is right up my street. I am excited to get into this high intensity SF novel!

Official Synopsis: Four hundred years in the future, the most dangerous criminals are kept in suspended animation aboard prison ships and “rehabilitated” in a shared virtual reality environment. But Miska Corbin, a thief and hacker with a background in black ops, has stolen one of these ships, the Hangman’s Daughter, and made it her own. Controlled by explosive collars and trained in virtual reality by the electronic ghost of a dead marine sergeant, the thieves, gangsters, murderers, and worse are transformed into Miska’s own private indentured army: the Bastard Legion. Are the mercenaries just for fun and profit, or does Miska have a hidden purpose connected to her covert past?

..2Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh

Published By: Gollancz

I am not usually one for Vampires etc… But this sounds badass and I am interested to see how I get on with it.

Official Synopsis: Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy grey underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman – it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalised by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerise her prey, and a poisonous bite.

Now, someone has put a bounty on her head . . .

Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself – because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening . . .

No one is safe.

..3Dinner at the Centre of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Published By: W&N

I am grateful for the opportunity to review for W&N. I have read the first 50 pages of DATCOTE and I am enjoying it. It is a tad out of my political comfort zone which is brilliant!

Official Synopsis: Prisoner Z, held at a black site in the Negev desert for a dozen years has only his guard for company. How does a nice American Jewish boy from Long Island wind up an Israeli spy working for Mossad, and later, a traitor to his adopted country? What does it mean to be loyal, what does it mean to be a traitor, when the ideals you cherish are betrayed by the country you love?

From Israel and Gaza to Paris, Italy, and America, the story shifts back in time, providing a kaleidoscopic glimpse of Prisoner Z’s improbable journey to his desert cell.

Englander’s irresistible hero brings wit and heartbreak to his predicament and the plight of a damaged and riven nation.

6The Legion Prophecy by Mark A. Lantham

Published By: Titan Books

I need to get into this series. I recently did an interview with Mark Latham and he his answers really grabbed me. Will have to invest time in the whole series 😀

Official Synopsis: London, 1893. The Order of Apollo, investigator of mysterious events for the Crown, has been uncovering artefacts and refugees from another world, smuggled through boundaries that seem to be thinning. A breach would mean disastrous consequences for the entire universe. Meanwhile, rumours abound of an enemy the Order thought long-since dead, alive and gathering followers. Colonel John Hardwick, an embittered veteran of Apollo, is forced to join the fight again, with his former friend Captain Jim Denny and mysterious adventuress Marie Furnival. But facing this new threat brings them to dark secrets that implicate whole nations and threaten the very fabric of reality.

7Vows and Honor by Mercedes Lackey

Published By: Titan Books

This is a big book! It will take a while to get through but I will do my best 😀

Official Synopsis: Born of the Clan of the Hawk, Tarma saw her entire tribe slain by brigands. Vowing blood revenge upon the murderers, she became one of the sword-sworn, the most elite of all warriors. Trained in all forms of death-dealing combat, she took to the road in search of her enemies.

Born to a noble house and sold into a hateful “marriage”, Kethry fled life’s harshness for the sanctuary of the White Winds, a powerful school of sorcery. Unlike other sorcerers, Kethry could use wordly weapons as well as magical skills. And when she became bearer of a uniquely magical sword that drew her to those in need, Kethry was led to a fateful meeting with Tarma.

Vows and Honor chronicles the adventures of Tarma and Kethry, swordswoman and sorceress, bound by a blood oath to carry on their mutual fight against evil. Together they will set forth to fulfill a destiny neither could have imagined…

8The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

Published By: Titan Books

Kate Moretti is a brilliant author. I thought A Vanishing Year was a top title for 2016. This looks a far reach from her last book but I am still eager to get involved. I am on the Blog Tour for September 2017 so stop by and check out a guest post from Kate 🙂

Official Synopsis: Where did they come from? Why did they fall?

In a ​quie​t​ town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community. Beloved coach and teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alecia, are well respected throughout town. That is, until one of the​ ​reporters investigating the bizarre bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a student, Lucia Hamm. Lucia soon buoys the scandal by claiming that she and Nate are ​having an affair, throwing the town into an uproar and leaving Alecia to wonder if her husband has a second life. And when Lucia suddenly disappears, the police only have one suspect: Nate.

Nate​’​s coworker, Bridget Harris, is determined to prove his innocence. Bridget knows the key to Nate​’​s exoneration and the truth of Lucia​’​s disappearance lie within the walls of the school and in the pages of ​t​h​e missing girl’s journal.

The Blackbird Season is a haunting, psychologically nuanced suspense, filled with Kate Moretti​’​s signature chillingly satisfying twists and turns.

9Split Feather – Daughter of the Midnight Sun by Deborah A. Wolf

Published By: Titan Books

Deborah is bringing her A game in 2017! First The Dragon’s Legacy and now this. Good times. I have done an interview with Deborah which I will be sharing this month so check it out soon!

Official Synopsis: Siggy Aleksov sees demons and talks with creatures she knows aren’t really there. Taken from her family as a child, she is dogged by memories of abandonment, abuse, and mental health issues. Siggy suffers from a hot temper, cluster headaches, caffeine addiction, and terminal foul language.

She complicates her life even more when she saves the life of a talented assassin sent to kill her. Deciding to get the hell out of Dodge, Siggy travels to the Alaska bush to find out who she really is. The answer is more fantastic that she could have imagined—and she can imagine a lot.


1The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others by Tali Sharot

Published By: Little, Brown

I am doing Non Fiction November this year. I know :O wish me luck 😀 The Influential Mind is going to head the pack so please come and support me through a difficult month.

Official SynopsisA cutting-edge, research-based inquiry into how we influence those around us, and how understanding the brain can help us change minds for the better.

Part of our daily job as humans is to influence others; we teach our children, guide our patients, advise our clients, help our friends and inform our online followers. We do this because we each have unique experiences and knowledge that others may not. But how good are we at this role? It turns out we systematically fall back on suboptimal habits when trying to change other’s beliefs and behaviors. Many of these instincts-from trying to scare people into action, to insisting the other is wrong or attempting to exert control-are ineffective, because they are incompatible with how the mind operates.

The principle idea of this book is that an attempt to change will be successful if it is well-matched with the core elements that govern how our brain works. Sharot unveils the hidden power of influence, good and bad, and enables us to identify instances in which we fall prey to delusions. The book will search deep below the surface-relying on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology-to provide new insight into human behavior.

3Codename Villanelle By Luke Jennings

Published By: John Murray

You gotta love espionage. Spy novels are always a good read!

Official Synopsis: She is the perfect assassin.

A Russian orphan, saved from the death penalty for the brutal revenge she took on her gangster father’s killers.

Ruthlessly trained. Given a new life. New names, new faces – whichever fits.

Her paymasters call themselves The Twelve. But she knows nothing of them. Konstantin is the man who saved her, and the one she answers to.

She is Villanelle. Without conscience. Without guilt. Without weakness.

Eve Polastri is the woman who hunts her. MI5, until one error of judgment costs her everything.

Until stopping a ruthless assassin becomes more than her job. It becomes personal.

4Lightning Men By Thomas Mullen

Published By: Little, Brown

I have heard many a good thing about this series from bloggers that I have a lot of appreciation for. This makes me excited to get into Lightening Men as soon as possible.

Official SynopsisAtlanta, 1950. In a divided city, crime comes home. 

White officer Denny Rakestraw joins Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith from Atlanta’s Negro Officer precinct to face the Klan, gangs and family warfare in their rapidly changing city.

Black families – including Smith’s sister and brother-in-law – are moving into Rake’s formerly all-white neighbourhood, leading Rake’s brother-in-law, a proud Klansman, to launch a scheme to ‘save’ their streets. When those efforts leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law.

Meanwhile, Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, whose dangerous ex-boyfriend is then released from prison. As Boggs, Smith, and their all-black precinct contend with violent drug dealers fighting for turf in new territory, their personal dramas draw them closer to the fires that threaten to consume Atlanta once again.

.2Sherlock Holmes: Cry Of The Innocents by Cavan Scott

Published By: Titan Books

I have been neglecting this Sherlock series so need to get back into it. I had a serious Sherlock fix at the beginning of 2017, it was fizzled out a bit so need to reignite!

Official Synopsis: It is 1891, and a catholic priest arrives at 221b baker street, only to utter the words “il corpe” before suddenly dropping dead.

Though the man’s death is attributed to cholera, when news of another dead priest reaches Holmes, he becomes convinced that the men have been poisoned. He and Watson learn that the victims were on a mission from the Vatican to investigate a miracle; it is said that the body of eighteenth-century philanthropist and slave trader Edwyn Warwick has not decomposed. But should the Pope canonise a man who made his fortune through slavery? And when Warwick’s body is stolen, it becomes clear that the priests’ mission has attracted the attention of a deadly conspiracy…

.3The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar By Matt Simon

Published By: Headline

More NF for November! I love books like this and What If? Humorous but relevant writing!

Official Synopsis: For fans of WHAT IF? and NEW SCIENTIST comes Matt Simon’s THE WASP THAT BRAINWASHED THE CATERPILLAR, a brilliantly funny and informative look at the stranger side of evolution.

Featuring: The Zombie ants mind-controlled by a fungus

Beautiful salamanders that can regenerate any part of their bodies, including their brains

The mantis shrimp, which fires its club-like appendage so fast that the surrounding water becomes as hot as the surface of the sun

The Antechinus, whose runaway testosterone levels cause them to have so much sex during their three-week mating season that they bleed internally, go blind, and drop dead…

Featuring quirky illustrations and the signature blend of science smarts and humour that make Matt Simon’s Wired column so entertaining, this is an ideal stocking-filler for every popular science aficionado…

Thank you as always for stopping by to check out all the books that have come to Always Trust In Books for review. I love doing these posts because it is great to celebrate all the brilliant releases coming out in 2017. I also get such positive and exciting comments about all the books you are all reading too which makes me happy. I can talk about books forever so please let me know if there are any books here you fancy reading or actually have read already! Until next time, Happy Reading!


15 thoughts on “September Book Haul Part 2 @AlwTrustInBooks #StackedShelves #BookMail #BookPost

  1. I’ve finished Electric Dreams, and it’s so good! I love classic sci-fi but somehow never managed to read anything by PKD. It was such a good introduction to his work. Are you watching the show?

    I’m currently reading The Bastard Legion and am really enjoying it! I’m actually reading kind of slowly for once in my life because I don’t want to miss any details from the amazing world he builds.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think about both!

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    1. I want to watch the series! Just finding the time these days… I haven’t read a PKD novel either, I had ED on my TBR but had to return it to the library so it was good to have a second chance.

      That is good news that you are enjoying TBL. It does sound pretty damn good. I shall await your review. Thanks for the brilliant comment.

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  2. What a brilliant variety of books! I love the look of your non fiction ones, also The Blackbird Season and Electric Dreams. Missed the first episode on Sunday but going to try and watch it on catch up before the next one comes on this weekend!

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