Spring Book Haul


 

 

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix – “In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her? Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For decades she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realised someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece. But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife… they will never, ever give up.”
 
Force of Nature by Jane Harper – “Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.”
 
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – “A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”
 
Survive The Night by Riley Sager – “Charlie Jordan is being driven across the country by a serial killer. Maybe. Behind the wheel is Josh Baxter, a stranger Charlie met by the college ride share board, who also has a good reason for leaving university in the middle of term. On the road they share their stories, carefully avoiding the subject dominating the news – the Campus Killer, who’s tied up and stabbed three students in the span of a year, has just struck again. Travelling the lengthy journey between university and their final destination, Charlie begins to notice discrepancies in Josh’s story. As she begins to plan her escape from the man she is becoming certain is the killer, she starts to suspect that Josh knows exactly what she’s thinking. Meaning that she could very well end up as his next victim. A game of cat and mouse is about to play out. In order to win, Charlie must do only one thing… survive the night.”
 
The Divines by Ellie Eaton – “The girls of elite English boarding school, St. John the Divine, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cutting in the way that only teenage girls can be. But for Josephine, now in her thirties, her time at St. John feels like a lifetime ago. She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shut its doors in disgrace… But an impromptu visit reawakens blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the ugly secret at the heart of the school’s scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self.”
 
In The Clearing by J.P. Pomare – “Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head. Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town. As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town’s dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (August)

 

Sweet Valley University #55 – The First Time“Finn thinks it’s time for Elizabeth to prove her feelings… but Sam knows it’s time she ditched Dr. Cool. Nina’s new guy is way more enticing than 9 a.m. calculus… but can she blow off class again? Neil’s falling in love… but Jessica thinks he’s making a big mistake. Chloe likes Theta’s zany pledge requirements… until she’s told to betray her best friend.”
 
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition #10 – Channel X“When Nina Harper and Bryan Nelson see the sign, they think it’s too good to be true. All they have to do is watch television with electrodes strapped to their heads, some guy takes notes, and Nina and Bryan get paid. It’s a cinch. But nobody tells them about the side effects. Nobody tells them that every student who takes part in the experiment changes–really changes. At first the students’ behavior turns a little weird, then it gets disturbing. Before long it grows horribly, brutally violent. Nina seems safe from the side effects–for now. But will she be safe from the vicious attacks sweeping the campus… and from Bryan?”
 
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition #10 – Face It“For three thousand miles, Jessica’s trapped in a car with Elizabeth and her boyfriend, Sam. A guy she totally can’t stand! Like this cross-country adventure will really bring them all closer. Drive them further apart is more like it. But Jessica does get close to someone in that car. And Elizabeth goes farther away than anyone ever imagined…”

Nostalgic Book Haul (July)

 

Sweet Valley High Superstar #1 – Lila’s Story“Lila Fowler is the richest girl at Sweet Valley High. She wears designer clothes, lives in a mansion, and has an allowance at least three times the size of her friends’. And as an only child, she’s always had all of her father’s affection. Lila has everything a girl could possibly want. But before long Lila’s happiness is shattered. Her father brings home a beautiful new girlfriend, Joan. And Joan has a daughter, Jacqueline, who’s the same age as Lila. Soon it seems that Joan and Jacqueline are taking over Fowler Crest and Lila is furious. Then Mr. Fowler drops a bombshell – he and Joan are getting married! If Lila can’t stop them, her life will change forever!”
 
Sweet Valley High Superstar #2 – Bruce’s Story“The license plates on Bruce Patman’s Porsche read 1BRUCE1, and that’s exactly how he thinks of himself – as Number One. Handsome and arrogant, Bruce is used to getting everything he wants. Bruce’s cousin Roger, who lives with the Patman family is nothing like Bruce. Roger was penniless for most of his life. He only recently found out that his late father was a Patman and that he was heir to his father’s estate. Roger is still trying to adjust to his newfound wealth. The boys have only one thing in common – their grandfather, who is one of the richest men in California. A shrewd, hardworking businessman, Mr. Patman decides to set up a contest between Bruce and Roger. The winner will inherit the grandfather’s entire estate. The war is on – and Bruce will do anything to win!”
 
Sweet Valley High Superstar #3 – Enid’s Story“People who meet pretty, quiet Enid Rollins find it hard to belive that she ever ran with a wild crowd. She’s popular, a straight-A student, and is best friends with Elizabeth Wakefield. Finally, Enid seems to have her life together. Then everything starts to go wrong. She’s interested in Jeffrey French, Elizabeth’s ex-boyfriend, and thinks that he likes her, too. But it turns out he hasn’t gotten over Elizabeth. Then Enid’s father shows up drunk for his Christmas visit. The only person left in Enid’s life is Elizabeth, and when they have a terrible disagreement, Enid feels totally alone. So when Brian, a boy from her past, asks her out, Enid is thrilled. She knows that being with Brian is risky, but he’s the only person who seems to appreciate her. Can Enid resist temptation, or will she return to her wild life?”
 
Sweet Valley High Superstar #4 – Olivia’s Story“Olivia Davidson’s offbeat style sets her apart from the other students at Sweet Valley High. And until now, her mother has always encourage Olivia in her artistic pursuits. But ever since Olivia started spending time with James Yates, another intense artist, Mrs. Davidson has been pushing Olivia to change her ways and begin thinking about college and earning a living. Then Olivia’s career-oriented cousin Emily comes to town, and it’s more than Olivia can take. Emily’s got her whole life planned and organized in color-coded files; meanwhile, Olivia doesn’t even have the money to buy a paintbrush! She’s ready to give up her art and James forever. Then Mrs. Davidson reveals a startling secret about her own past that forces Olivia to make what could be the most difficult and important decision of her whole life.”
 
Sweet Valley High Superstar #5 – Todd’s Story“When Todd Wilkins and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Wakefield, land jobs as counselors at Secca Lake Day Camp, the summer is off to a great start-until Todd runs into a counselor named Kevin Holmes. Everyone else thinks Kevin is terrific-including Elizabeth. But Todd knows Kevin’s secret: Kevin was in jail, and Todd helped put him there! Todd suspects that Kevin wants revenge, even though Kevin acts as if he’s turned over a new leaf. When Kevin’s around, Todd becomes edgy, defensive, and rude. Soon even Elizabeth is siding with Kevin. But when a crime wave hits Sweet Valley, Todd knows he was right all along. Can Todd expose Kevin’s criminal scheme before Kevin gets his revenge… and hurts Elizabeth in the process?”

Adore Beauty Haul

Some days you just have to get paid and then drop a bunch of money on an Adore order, ya know? I blame this order on the number of “that girl” routine videos I’ve seen on Tik Tok lately, because a lot of those girls seem to use Olaplex as part of their daily routine. So I picked that up, and a few old favourites and one new skincare item (also a Tik Tok recommendation) as a little mid-week treat. Here’s what I bought –

 

Nostalgic Book Haul (June)

 

Sweet Valley University #40 – Private Jessica“Jessica Wakefield is rocking everyone’s world at the Florida Specialized Security Academy. The only person she can’t impress is her drill sergeant, Vanessa T. Pruitt. Jessica is tired of scrubbing toilets and getting stuck on night watch. Can she cook up a plan wicked enough to give Sergeant Pruitt a taste of her own cruelty? Elizabeth Wakefield’s off-Broadway dreams are turning into nightmares faster than she can say “Bravo!” Her co-producers are pretentious snobs. Her lead actress couldn’t act her way out of a shopping bag. And Tom Watt’s failure to get a job–any job–is driving her crazy! Is Elizabeth’s final curtain call coming sooner than she expected?”
 
Sweet Valley University #41 – Escape To New York“Jessica Wakefield is on the loose in the city that never sleeps! Her horrible memories of boot camp disappear when she’s shopping at exclusive Madison Avenue boutiques and partying at wild downtown nightclubs. But will she give up the high life in order to help her sister. With the off-Broadway debut of her play just around the corner, Elizabeth Wakefield hasn’t a nail left to chew–because her lead actress is a disaster! Can she convince Jessica to step in for opening night? Tom Watts has finally found the journalism job he’s been dying for. But now his boss wants him to review Elizabeth’s play! Will Tom find a way to give it a thumbs-up? Or will he be forced to report the cold, hard facts?”
 
Sweet Valley University #56 – Dropping Out“Todd thought dropping out of school meant full-time fun at work… so why are his co-workers giving him the cold shoulder? Sam can’t let Elizabeth know that their kiss meant anything… but pretending it didn’t isn’t easy. Nina used to be a straight-A student… but partying has its price. Neil and Jessica are best friends… until she turns on him.”