GUYSSS!!! So this month I went to the UAE -Dubai for a couple of days (YAY!!!) and of course, I had to continue my tradition of buying a book from each country I visit. I have heard so much about Kinokunia in Dubai Mall and I just had to visit that bookstore (it was my first time ever). If you saw my Instagram story,NyQuil would know that I went crazy at the size of that bookstore. I mean really, IT IS HUUUUGE!! So without further ado, here are the books I got from Dubai:
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee:
Right after I visited Burj Khalifa, I went to Kinokunia and saw this book and knew I had to get it. Well, I kinda wanted it before it came out but visiting Burj Khalifa was a great excuse to buy it. 😛
Synopsis from Goodreads: “NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.
A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?
WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….”
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes:
I have seen this book so much on bookstagram and really wanted to read an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I mainly got it thanks to Hayaisreading ‘s posts.
Synopsis from Goodreads: “As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.
When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.
Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.
Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson:
I got this book because I had the first one and wanted to start it while I had the second book ok at hand. Plus the synopsis sound amazing.
Synopsis from Goodreads: “Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.”
To Hold The Bridge by Garth Nix:
So this was one of my most prized books. I haven’t seen it sold in Bahrain so I grabbed it as soon as I saw it. It is a collection of stories for the fans of the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix with a Novella. I wanted to get Goldenhand as well but I couldn’t find a paperback copy.
Synopsis from Goodreads : “Far to the north of the magical Old Kingdom, the Greenwash Bridge Company has been building a bridge for almost a hundred years. It is not an easy task, for many dangers threaten the bridge builders, from nomad raiders to Free Magic sorcerers. Despite the danger, Morghan wants nothing more than to join the Bridge Company as a cadet. But the company takes only the best, the most skillful Charter mages, and trains them hard, for the night might come when only a single young cadet must hold the bridge against many foes. Will Morghan be that cadet?
Also included in this collection are eighteen short stories that showcase Nix’s versatility as he adds a fantastical twist on an array of genres including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure. “