November Wrap-Up

IMG_5386How is everyone doing!? November was actually a really good month for me. It didn’t feel like it was going to turn out to be a good month but when I checked Goodreads, I was surprised I read 8 books!

So the first book on my list is one I actually started in October but finished in November and that is Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J, Maas. Guys! I cannot believe this series is over. This is one of the series that got me into reading. I love all these characters so much and I’m sad their story is over. This book was 980 pages and I was really worried that it was going to be to long and dragged out. But, thankfully it did not feel that way. I personally thing it was 980 pages to short. I love Maas’s writing style so much, and the war scenes were described awesomely. The characters were all well written but to me, Manon showed the most character growth out of everyone. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the ending and I could not have asked for a better conclusion to this awesome series. Rating: 5/5 stars

Before Spookathon started and before KoA, I started reading Heartless by Marissa Meyers. But I had to put in hold due to Spookathon and KoA coming out. So once I finished KoA, I decided to finally finish Heartless. This was not my favorite book. I found it enjoyable but I didn’t fully get sucked into the story. The writing style was good, but to be honest I felt confused at sometimes. The plot was predictable for me. As soon as Jest was introduced and had a few interactions with Catherine, I predicted the ending. Also, what seemed to be the main sub plot was also a tad bit confusing to me. In the end, I gave this a 4/5 stars.

After Heartless I decided to go for a more light and quick read so I picked up Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. I have a review here so this little review will be brief. I did not like this book. There were issues with both the characters and no character growth really. I gave this a 2/5 stars.

Ever since I picked it up, I have been wanting to read Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely and after Once and For All, I felt in the mood for it. For a debit novel, I thought this was really good. This book had its issues, but I feel that they are easily overlook-able One of the issues I saw was a lack in clarity for the world. I  felt that some things within the world were just glanced over even though they played a part in the story. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

I was shopping at Target and as usually I stop by the book section. There I found a signed first edition of Broken Things by Lauren Oliver. I have a fickle relationship with Oliver’s books. What made me buy, who knows but I did. You can check out my review here. So, to no surprise, I did not like this book. Although, going into this book knowing the chances of liking it were slim, was probably for the best. My biggest issue with this book was the lack of originality. This book seems like Oliver took the book series Pretty Little Liars and twisted the story a little to create her book.  I gave this a 3/5 stars.

After a disappointing thriller, I wanted to read another thriller, in hopes that it will top the last one. At my local library I decided to pick up The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. This was a well done thriller and it definitely satisfied my thriller hunger. The whole story was just intricately woven and very well done. The ending is basically the most obvious,, but Thomas wrote in a way where you don’t suspect the person. There were so many layers to this thriller which made this a great mystery thriller book. My favorite thing about this book was that the main character was going through something that I haven’t seen a main character go through before and i absolutely loved that. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

After Cheerleaders I picked up Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake.  This is a novella about the Queens during their time at the Black Cottage and then about the Oracle Queen and the true story about her going mad. I enjoyed these stories but I felt that they didn’t add really anything to the story. It was nice to know how the girls acted before they were separated and it was nice to know the story about the Oracle Queen but was it necessary? No. Maybe these background stories will  play into the third book but so far, I have found them rather pointless.

My last book of the month was One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. This story was much more enjoyable to me than the first book. I don’t want to say much because it is the second book in a series. But with the events of the first book, I was happy to see how the events played out in the second book. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

So, those were all the books I read in the month of November. How many books did you end up reading?

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