Book Haul #4: The Week of Auto-Approval

Posted December 7, 2013 by Debby in Uncategorized

Yep, I’m switching to periodical book hauls instead of monthly, because, well, it’s December 7th, and I have 12 books to show – despite not having bought anything. Soooo I’d rather have smaller book hauls so that I actually have room to talk about them a bit more πŸ™‚

For Review

This week I got auto-approval from Harper on Edelweiss! I know, pretty much everyone has this, but as I held to my no-ARC policy for about three months, I hadn’t requested anything. Now I did, and yay, auto-approval! I may have gone a bit crazy and downloaded 11 books. But in my defense, they’re spread out between the end of December and May, so that’s plenty of time. And I am actually interested in all of them.

The Promise of Amazing Avalon Uninvited Cruel Beauty Death Sworn Ask Again Later Elusion Don't Call Me Baby Exile Sleep No More Guy-in-Real-Life-by-Steven-Brezenoff

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine (December 31st, 2013): Yes, this book has not gotten very high ratings so far and for all intents and purposes I know I probably will dislike it… but I can’t help myself. I have to know — because of that cover. Otherwise I’ll buy it. And I’d rather not spend money on it if I’ll hate it. …This makes sense, right?

Avalon by Mindee Arnett (January 21st, 2014): The sci-fi lover in me squealed like heck for this one. Early reviews are pretty promising about it! But a space opera. I am all kinds of down for this.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan (January 28th, 2014): So this one is about a world where genetic tests can see if you are homicidal, and the main character is determined to be so. It sounds pretty darn interesting, but particularly Ashley’s review for this one put it on the map for me. Looking forward to it!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (January 28th, 2014): Beauty and the Beast retelling. I don’t need to know more than that – do you?

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess (March 4th, 2014): High fantasy! Magic! Assassins! I totally thought of The Burning Sky and Throne of Glass when I read the blurb, and even if it’s not as amazing as those two, I will probably thoroughly enjoy it. I’m just a glutton for fantasy.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas (March 11th, 2014): Helloooo, parallel timelines! Even though this is more contemporary, about prom and everything, it still sounds like it’s going to be great great fun, and totally something I would enjoy when I need something light. I sure hope so anyway!

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam (March 18th, 2014): I’ve been drooling over this since I first heard about it over a year ago. It’s just totally what I want to read. And the cover. *gushes* It will be hard for me to not read this immediately, but I’m going to try to stick a bit closer to release dates with these eARCs.

Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley (April 22nd, 2014): So this is about a girl whose mother blogged about her for her entire life. She finally grows up and decides to start blogging for herself, to sort of set the record straight. Um. I’m a blogger. I need to read this book. It sounds like a total Debby Book.

Exile by Kevin Emerson (April 29th, 2014): Ummm it’s about a girl who becomes a band manager and falls in love with the lead singer. Haha, I know it sounds wish fulfillment-esque, which I typically hate, but music, falling in love with musicians, that’s totally something for me.

Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike (April 29th, 2014): Fair enough, I have not heard good things about Aprilynne Pike’s writing. Quite the opposite, actually. But I still couldn’t resist this, based on the blurb alone. The MC sees visions of the future and decides to try to change things when she sees a vision of a classmate’s murder. But she’s not supposed to be able to interfere. SO. That’s timey-wimey goodness that I can’t resist.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff (May 27th, 2014): Teens who fall in love through role-playing games. The inner geek in me is screaming. This sounds hilarious, relatable, and awesome.

Thank you Harper for access to all of these beautiful titles!


428862 (1) This past Monday we celebrated Sinterklaas with the department at work. It was pretty freaking hilarious, with almost 30 adults writing hilarious poems to each other and then guessing who had who – we have this odd Secret Santa-like tradition. The non-Dutch trying to sing Sinterklaas songs was another highlight. Hilarious.

Anyway, I got a Wreck This Journal! I’ve been curious about it for a while, and it seems fun! Maybe I can make a series of posts about it when I get started with it.

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18 responses to “Book Haul #4: The Week of Auto-Approval

  1. Yeah it makes sense that you donΒ΄t like spending money on a book when it turns out you actually end up hating the book. ThatΒ΄s awful. It’s like, why did I waste my money on this? πŸ™ πŸ™
    Anyway, great haul! Cruel Beauty is the one I’m anticipating the most, and yeah the fact that it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling is all I needed to know to put it on the top of my wishlist!

  2. Ahh! Cruel Beauty is one of my most anticipated releases of next year. I can seriously watch Beauty and the Beast everyday and not get tired of it. Wreck this Journal is also loads of fun πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  3. Yey! Congrats πŸ˜€ That’s a completely reasonable number to have downloaded in my opinion πŸ˜‰ I both like and dislike that Harper has books up spanning so much time since it means that I can read the far off ones earlier, but then I feel unbalanced when we go awhile without more books added, haha *weird brain*.

    • Nah, I get that. It’s really weird to download titles now and have to resist posting reviews for like 4 months. Oh well, from what I can tell they still add new titles every 3-4 months, so that’s okay, I think.

  4. Yes, I have ARC envy. How do you even get auto-approval? Avalon, Uninvited, Elusion…I really want to read those. And I hadn’t heard of Death Sworn, but I love fantasy so I added that to my TBR list. Have fun reading!

    • Auto-approval is pretty random, they decide to give it to you — you can’t really apply for it or anything. But Harper’s been giving it out to almost everyone lately. If you just request a couple of their titles, they *might* give it to you.

    • Haha, I can already tell I’m going to need an extra push to start working on it, but it seems like so much fun πŸ™‚ Maybe a nice holiday activity? Heehee.

  5. Meg

    LOOK AT ALL THE AWESOME BOOKS!!! I’m really excited for most of those (Harper’s got some really good stuff coming up) but especially Cruel Beauty! I hope it’s amazing and you love it. I’m so glad you got Elusion! I know you’ve had your eye on that one for awhile πŸ˜€

  6. Ahh Debby I am so jealous of this haul! I will be keeping my eye out for these reviews! Congrats on auto-approval! I really need to start using EW more often.

  7. Congratulations!!!! I was in the same situation 2 months ago. I think that I downloaded like 12 or 13 books xD. I was very surprised when I got auto-approval, I’m Spanish, and all my reviews are in Spanish.
    I had all that books in my e-reader, and I still downloading more and more -.-
    I would love to read your opinion of those ones, cause I really like your reviews, they’re awesome!!!

  8. Out of curiosity, how did you know when you received auto-approval? Did you get an email to that effect, or did you just realize that you could suddenly download HarperCollins readers’ copies without having to request them first? I just joined Edelweiss after years on Netgalley, so I’m curious how it all works!

    • Nope, you don’t get any notification. You just suddenly see a download button next to all the review copies from that publisher, instead of a request button.