December Digital Haul—my new job brought in some perks!

January 1, 2019

My new job as a youth librarian doesn’t start until tomorrow, but Netgalley gave me the go-ahead to change over to librarian status week before last, and, uh… well. You’ll see. ?

(Click the titles for Goodreads links!)



  • Wicked Saints — Emily A. Duncan (april 2nd, 2019)
    • YA gothic fantasy inspired by DnD clerics, involving assassinations, war, bloodshed, forbidden romance
      • (I screamed a little when I received this blog tour email and literally feel this WEIGHT of gratitude in my chest every time I remember I have this waiting for me because WOW talk about anticipated releases ??)
  • Love Looks Pretty On You — Lang Leav (jan 29th, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection, releasing
      • Lang Leav is my #1 fave modern poet and I LOVED this so much
  • Child of the Moon — Jessica Semaan (jan 8th, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection about abuse, healing, immigration, feminism, and self-love
      • The writing was okay but the themes were WONDERFUL
  • Chameleon Aura — Billy Chapata (jan 22nd, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection about love and loss from a Zimbabwean author
  • You Are Here — Dawn Lanuza (feb 12th, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection about self-love


  • soft magic. — Upile Chisala (released)
    • adult poetry collection about spirituality, gender, and blackness
  • The Devouring Gray — Christine Lynn Herman (april 16th, 2019)
    • YA urban fantasy about chosen ones and monsters, pitched for fans of The Raven Cycle + Stranger Things
  • Waves — Ingrid Chabbert (may 7th, 2019)
    • adult nonfiction graphic novel about two women and their struggles with infertility
      • this DESTROYED me but it was soooo good!
  • Bone Parish, Vol. 1 — Cullen Bunn (may 7th, 2019)
    • adult horror graphic novel about a New Orleans family who makes drugs from corpse ash
      • super creepy and gross, def recommend
  • Unfollowing You — Komal Kapoor (feb 5th, 2019)
    • adult nonfiction poetry collection about the end of a “situationship”
      • literally AWFUL and the entire thing was a build-up to an online dating site’s advertisement, yikes


  • Somewhere Only We Know — Maurene Goo (may 7th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about a K-pop star and tabloid reporter falling in love
      • also this title gets the Keane song by this name stuck in my head EVERY TIME I see it
  • We Hunt the Flame — Hafsah Faizal (may 14th, 2019)
    • YA fantasy, reluctant royals, inspired by ancient Arabia (wow please & thank you this sounds so good I’m emotional?) and it has ELVES
  • Girls on the Verge — Sharon Biggs Waller (april 9th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about a girl who enlists two friends on a road trip to get an abortion
  • Never-Contented Things — Sarah Porter (march 19th, 2019)
    • YA dark fantasy about cruel feyfolk



  • Goodbye, Perfect — Sara Barnard (jan 29th, 2019; already out in UK)
    • YA contemporary about a girl who must choose whether or not to rat out her missing bestie for her relationship with a teacher
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay — Laura Steven (june 11th, 2019; already out in UK)
    • YA contemporary about slut-shaming & misogyny
  • Hello Girls — Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry (august 6th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about 2 girls on a road trip to run away from the sexist men in their lives
  • Let’s Call it a Doomsday — Katie Henry (august 6th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about two girls—one who is a doomsday prepper and the other who has predicted the world’s end
  • Missing, Presumed Dead — Emma Berquist (may 21st, 2019)
    • YA paranormal about a teen who sees deaths before they happen and has to help one of “her” ghosts find revenge (confirmed f/f romance by the author, yes please give me queer ghost/human loves!!)

Misc. eARCs: 


  • Clouded by Envy — Candace Robinson (feb 19th, 2019)
    • YA fantasy about fae siblings and curses
      • thank you, Candace!
  • The Same Deep Water As You — Chad Lutzke
    • YA/NA horror/dark fiction, releasing january 11th—I’m not even sure what this is about, but I love Chad’s writing so I jumped at the chance to read it!
      • thank you, Chad!

Kindle Sales & Gifts:


  • GOTH — Otsuichi
    • adult horror manga (I think this is also available in standard novel formatting)
      • I read this and gave it 3.5 stars, it was pretty good
  • The Restorer — Amanda Stevens
    • adult paranormal, ghost hunter… falls in love with a ghost? maybe? PLEASE?
  • Fortune Box — Madeleine Swann
    • adult horror/bizarro about a company mailing out random disgusting/terrifying packages to unsuspecting strangers
      • thank you, Harker!
  • Fear the Drowning Deep — Sarah Glenn Marsh
    • YA historical fantasy/paranormal, witches & dangerous sea things!
      • thank you, Colleen!


  • Black Iris — Elliot Wake (formerly writing as Leah Raeder)
    • NA contemporary about sex, slut-shaming, queer romance, and bullying
      • thank you, Haley!
  • Naked in Death — J. D. Robb
    • adult mystery/romance, this book is the intro to a series that is currently 47 BOOKS DEEP, WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF
      • thank you, Haley!
  • Rolling in the Deep — Mira Grant
    • adult horror novella, prequel to Into the Drowning Deep
      • thank you, Jayme!
  • Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 — edited by Kevin J. Kennedy
    • adult Christmas horror anthology
      • free at the time I got it, but it’s now on Kindle Unlimited if you’re still needing some spooky holiday vibes!

How was your December haul?


More about Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

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      1. Thanks! I start my new job tomorrow so today has mostly been about spending time with family but I did manage to fit in the first half of one overdue ARC this afternoon. 🙂 Hopefully I can finish it tonight. How about you?

      1. I knooooow, it’s so hard to pick! I’m trying to focus on titles that are releasing sooner rather than later right now, but I think I’m gonna cave and end up reading Wicked Saints either this week or next. 😛

      1. Thank you soooo much! I’m so nervous I’ve been a wreck all day, haha. I’ve wanted this job for so long that it feels surreal that I’ve gotten it and I keep worrying I’m going to walk in tomorrow and say one thing and they’ll realize I have no clue what I’m doing and send me home. ??

    1. That is the most awesome job perk! Gah, all self-control would have gone out the window if it were me, I actually think you showed great restraint 😀

      1. Girl I flipped out when I realized they had auto-approved me and that was literally the first thing I ran to download!! I loved The Way You Make Me Feel so I am so excited. I hope you get an ARC of it soon!! And yes, I hope we both love those, too! ♥

    1. Wow, so much poetry! and it’s scary how many books you can get for free or super cheap. my TBR is crying.

      1. Netgalley, yo! Andrews McMeel Publishing puts up soooo many poetry collections and they’re in “read now” status (at least on the US Netgalley, that’s the only one I’m familiar with). It’s awesome!

    1. On the up the In Death books are pretty quick reads. I read the first 4 now and they are nice inbetween books.
      I’m curious what you will think of The Restorer. I’ve read all but the last one and enjoyed the series though it went a little up and down for me.

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