I hope everyone had an awesome spooky October! I went into October hoping to read all the thriller and mystery books…that did not happen. I sadly only read a few thriller/mystery books. What other books did I read if not those might you ask? Well good question, your about to find out!
The first book I finished in October was the last book in the Five Dark Crowns series Five Dark Fates. I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed all the action it had. I was not a fan of the ending in any way and if I could I would change it. I enjoyed this series overall and thought this was a nice conclusion to the series. I gave this 4/5 stars.
My first spooky book of the month was Never-Contended Things by Sarah Porter. This was a book. It’s pretty hard for me to gather thoughts on this book(its a wonder how I managed to write a review about it) and I’m still not that sure on how I feel about it. It touches on some important subjects like consent which I thought was a good aspect of the book. If you want to read more of my thoughts click the link here to read my review. I gave this 3/5 stars.
I strove away from the spooky books and read Defiance Falls Revolution by Ali Dean. I was not a huge fan of this. I definitely found it better than the first which was good. However it felt like nothing, absolutely nothing of importance happened in this book. But the plot was less messy than the first one which made it easier to read. There was also no character growth or depth that I hoped would happen. I gave this 3/5 stars.
Then I reread a childhood favorite of mine The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. I loved this book as a young one and this time was no different. The characters are my favorite part of the book. They have more depth than some YA books I’ve read which honestly surprised me a little because it is a middle grade book. All these characters are so fun and different and I loved seeing/reading them interact with each other and solve the mystery. You can read my full review here.
I finally went back to a spooky book because Spookathon started(which I triumphantly failed!) The first book I read was Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach. I was a bit disappointed by this book. It didn’t quite turn out as I expected and it seemed a little bit anticlimactic throughout the book. I gave this 3/5 stars.
My second and last book that I read for Spookathon was Nightbird by Brian Freeman. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! This is definitely a thriller book I think people should read. The whole main concept is so interesting and crazy at the same time. The main characters were alright. This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and threw in some twists toward the end. I gave this 4/5 stars.
Next I picked up When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. I enjoyed this book. I liked how relatable the main character was with applying to collages and the stress of it. If you want to read my full review it is here. I gave this a 3/5 stars.
I finally read my last spooky book of the month, Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie. This was definitely not my favorite of her books that I have read. I didn’t find the mystery all that interesting and it took me a while to finish. The ending where they were discovering who the murderer was was my favorite part and probably the most interesting part to me. One thing I like about Christie’s books are the person who did it is never who you think it is. I always think I’ve guessed it only to realize I was so far off the course. I gave this a 4/5 stars.
The last book I read for October was Defiance Falls War by Ali Dean. This was a decent conclusion to the series. It was a lot more anti-climatic than I thought which made the book a little disappointing to me. Still no character depth for Hazel very much but I was happy to see we get a little character depth from Cruz. There are chapters in this book from Cruz’s point of view and through these chapters we got to see a bit into Cruz’s mind. Like I said earlier I was expecting more from this story action wise and it felt like nothing really happened. Some things just felt rushed and felt like they could be explained better which left me a bit confused at some parts, especially the whole “we have the power now” dynamic. The ending was so rushed and I did not like it. There was this one thing that happened at the end of a chapter and it could of been something major in the plot but by the next chapter it was all solved and I wonder why the author even included it because it didn’t even really plot all that much. In the end, I wouldn’t say the books in this series were Ali Dean’s best works
So there it is, all the books I read in the month of October. I have to say, I read a lot more than I thought I did which I’m happy with.