January Book Haul

2020, Book Haul, January

Hey guys…

I have purchased 8 books in the month of January, these were all purchased with money I received at Christmas.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

61ikfa6tmnl._sx324_bo1204203200_This is the 3rd book in The Mistborn Series. I have reviewed the first and second books in this series and I loved both of them

you can these reviews here and here.





Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid


The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died – and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.

Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid’s own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she’s looking at the people who do it for real. It’s a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern-day

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig


Hana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And, like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed

41VPTJzOuPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Page 2 of a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra (11 June 1799) in which she first mentions Pride and Prejudice, using its working title First Impressions. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious

 friend, Mr. Darcy, has moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, J

ane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of “most loved books.” It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes. Please provide your review after purchase for our future enhancements.

Watching you by Arne Dahl


Someone is watching.

At each abandoned crime scene there’s a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog. someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, someone who knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.

Someone knows.

When another teenage girl disappears without a trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest victim, Sam is forced to unearth long-buried personal demons. He has no choice if he is to understand the killer’s message before time runs out.

Somebody is killing just for him.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson 

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed …


They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman, forced into the army of a shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson 

downloadFrom the bestselling author who completed Robert Jordan’s epic WHEEL OF TIME series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness.

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

download (1)Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

The Chemist Review

2017, blog, January, REVIEW



Author: Stephenie Meyer 

Purchased: Amazon 

Finished: 27th  January 2017 



In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.


I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a well-written book and I would definitely buy another book by Stephenie Meyer.  

I have to admit the only reason I wanted to read this book was because I did really enjoy the book, The Host, written by this author. I wanted to give another book by her a chance.  

I had a few problems with this book, but they weren’t too massive to ruin the whole experience for me. There were parts mainly at the beginning of the book where I could see what were going to be happening next, I liked to be kept guessing and this was just too obvious even though it wasn’t for the main character, as well as the beginning there were places throughout the book when plot was pretty obvious. 

The male main character, Daniel, just got on my nerves. He just wouldn’t listen and for someone on the run and a school teacher (guessing he had some brains about him) you would have thought about his consequences of the actions he was taking. This did happen at numerous points. I am not trying to say it is easy being on the run (I have never tried it) but you would think about the actions before you take them. 

The next thing that really bothers me, was falling in “LOVE” at first sight. I am not going to say any more on this. 

The ending was something that really bothered me, I didn’t understand it. I DO NOT understand why Stephenie would end it the way that she did!


let’s get to the parts I thought were really good. I really enjoyed the way that the story flowed throughout the book. It flowed really easily and it did feel forced in any way. 

The character development I felt was good within two of the main characters. I felt like there was some development there. although some things could have been elaborated more. 

I also liked the action throughout the story to be really gripping as well. I felt that the things that happened action-wise were something believable and didn’t feel too far fetched at all. 

I liked the way that the female main character thought throughout the book and how logical she was, fitting with her scientist background. 

I would recommend this book to people but I would warn them about the few flaws I found, especially the ending.