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June Wrap-Up|2020

What a sad reading month this was for me aha. June 2020 was probably one of the worst reading months I have ever had. Last month I read only 3 books. On a good note though, one of those books is now one of my all time favorites!

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

I did not start the month out on a great note. I did not love this book, but I went in knowing I wouldn’t like it very much. Low expectations is the way to go when reading this book. I didn’t hate the beginning of it but around the 50-70% mark the book just started going downhill for me. I didn’t like any of the characters and the ending was not the best. I gave this 2.5 stars.

Check this out!Book Review of the Betrothed

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

We have now reached the book that has become a new all time favorite of mine. I cannot express how much I freaking love this book! I am a huge fan of the musical and I was so excited to read the book and I knew I was just going to love it! It was so cool to read the original storyline of the Phantom a.k.a Erik, Christine, and Raoul. I could not put this down and already want to reread it! This story is a tragedy, not only because of the events that take place, but also because of the characters and their storyline. I gave this 5 stars!

Check this out!Book Review of The Phantom of the Opera

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

I ended the month on a good note, I really enjoyed this book! I stayed up till about 1:30-2am to finish it and it felt so good to have such a strong feeling to read and stay up to finish a book! I’ve read two other books by Kasie West and loved them, this book was so exception! The plot is a cute one, the main character is forced to be the host of her schools podcast is the main gist of it, and the characters were all enjoyable. The romance was super cute and well done as well! I gave this 4.5 stars.

How many books did you read in June?

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May Wrap-Up|2020

May was not the reading month I hoped it would be. I read 5 books which isn’t too bad, but it feels like I read way less. So, onto the 5 books I read last month!

Becoming Brianna by Terri Libensom

This was the first book I read and I finished it all in one night. It follows Brianna as she studies for her bat mitzvah while also navigating school and friends. I could relate to Brianna as a character because I too had a bat mitzvah and I remember feeling things similar to the Brianna. I gave this 3.5 stars.

Check out! – Book Review of Becoming Brianna

Brazen Steele by Ali Dean

This book was a bit of a miss for me. It didn’t do anything for me and I felt like it didn’t add anything to the story. I gave this 2 stars.

Leave Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas

I enjoyed this but I think it was too long. The plot just felt dragged out and I think the author could of shortened the book. I did enjoy the romance in this book and the characters. I found the ending to be okay, I think the author tried to make this book something that it wasn’t, but I didn’t mind the little mystery it provided. I gave this 3 stars.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I loved this book! There is definitely a lot of hype surrounding this book so I was a bit nervous going into it, but I am so happy I loved it! I loved the enemies to lovers trope in this book, I thought it was well done! Josh and Lucy are great characters and their relationship development throughout the book was well done. I gave this 5 stars.

Check Out!Book Review of The Hating Game

S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett

This was the last book I read this month and I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy it. The writing style was the main issue for me, I almost considered DNFing the book because of it. I just couldn’t connect to it and it was making it a struggle for me to read the book. But the mystery of the plot is what kept me interested and reading. I was torn between giving this 2.75 and 3 stars but went with 3 stars because I was intrigued by the plot.

So those were the books I read in May! Some were good, others not so much, but thats just the way it goes.

How many books did you read in May? Which one was your favorite? Lets talk in the comments!

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April Wrap-Up|2020

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So I thought April was this terrible reading month but looking back on it, it wasn’t bad. It ended up turning out like one of my normal reading months which is great! I thought I ended up reading about 6 books but instead I read 8! So, onto the books I read in April!

Roar by Cora Carmack

This book took me a little bit to get into but I ended up enjoying it. I liked the characters in the book but my favorite part was the magic system. I think the magic system in this book is a unique spin on elemental magic. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I gave this 3.5/5 stars.

Check out! – Mini Review of Roar

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

This was the first book I started and finished in April and I really liked it. In the beginning of the book I did not like Auden(the main character) but by the end of the book I felt the opposite. There is the topic of grief in this book and it is something I wished Sarah Dessen explored a little more. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Check out! – Book Review of Along for the Ride

Empire of Dust by Elenor Herman

This is the second book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series and I did not love it as much as I loved the first. I think this book suffered from second book syndrome which is a bit sad. The first book grabbed my interest from the beginning but reading this book I just kept waiting for that to happen and it never did. I will continue with the series however with hopes that it will be better than book 2. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Brazen Rush by Ali Dean

This was an okay book. Something I think I’ve noticed as I’ve continued to read Dean’s books is her characters are very one dimensional. I feel as if she tries to insert dimension into them but it falls flat in my opinion. Jordan was an alright main character, I don’t really have any good or bad feelings toward her, mainly just neutral vibes. I did not like the love interest in this book, Beckett. I gave this 2.5/5 stars.

Check out! – Book Review of Brazen Rush

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

I’ve seen mixed reviews about this so I was curious as to what side I would fall on. I am sad that I feel on the not loving it so much side because I really did want to love this book, or at least like it. I think the main issue I had with this book was the pacing it. The pacing was just too slow for me and then all of a sudden at the end it just picked up out of nowhere and I felt thrown off course. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Check out! – Mini Review of The Guinevere Deception

Bear with Me by Lucy Eden

This was weird, but cute. The romance in this book is cute and I was all for it! I have to say though, the little plot twist in this book was just weird to me, felt a bit out of placed. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

I didn’t love this😭😭😭 I wanted to love this collection of stories so. damn. bad. but it just didn’t happen and I am so sad about it! Some of the stories in there I liked, like the one where Alec goes to Buenos Aires, I think that one might have been my favorite. I found the last one to be confusing, is Cassandra Clare trying to use it to lead into a new series in the future? Like how the stories with the Chain of Gold characters fill in some backstory for Chain of Gold. I gave this 4/5 stars.

They Went Left by Monica Hesse

This was the book I ended the month with and I couldn’t have ended the month on a better note! I loved this book so much, the writing was beautiful and I loved every minute of reading this book. This book takes place after liberation and not many books do that so this book is unique in that sense. All the characters in this book are developed, even the background characters. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Check out! – Book Review of They Went Left

So those were all the books I read in the month of April! Pretty happy with the amount I read, much more than I thought I actually read aha.

What were some of your favorite reads of April? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above, if so did you like them? Lets chat in the comments!

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March Wrap-Up|2020

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Hope everyone is doing well! March wasn’t the best of reading months for me but I did read some good books which is nice because the past months haven’t been many 4 star reads, So, onto the books I read in March!

Iphigenia Murphy by Sara Hosey

This was such a good book. I loved the characters, they all had my heart. The plot is also just wow and parts of this book just broke my heart. Iphigenia is the main character and she ran away from home and the book follows her journey as she looks for her mother who is homeless. I have a full review for the book here if you would like to read my full thoughts on the book. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

I started this before Iphigenia Murphy when I was in my mystery/thriller mood so I picked it back up after I finished Iphigenia Murphy. I was sad that I did not love this book. I read another book by Ruth Ware and enjoyed it and I wish that was the case for this book. I didn’t find the mystery aspect all that interesting, thought it fell flat a bit. I also wish the lying game played a bigger role in the book, after all, it is the title. I have a mini review for it up here for those who want to check it out. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

I just had to pick this book up next and omg I loved it! I was worried that I wasn’t going to love it because I was hearing some mixed reviews about it but I ended up loving it! The beginning of the book was a little hard to get into but once I got over halfway through it started to pick up and then I was hooked. I ended up staying up till 1:30 in the morning to finish it which is late for me. I love Hunt he is my new book bf and I also love Bryce. I gave this 5/5 stars.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I started two readathons at the end of March(failed miserably at both) and A Torch Against the Night was the first book I read for both. I didn’t love it as much as I did the first. I just didn’t find the plot all that interesting and it didn’t suck me in like the first one did. I am going to continue the series and I’ve been told its better so I am looking forward to it. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen

This was the second book I read for the readathons and also the last book I finished for the month. I really enjoyed this book. It follows a teenage boy named Even as he spends a summer in Alabama. He meets this girl named Juniper and together they go on different summer adventures. But, Ethan isn’t welcomed in the town because of the color of his skin and for the first time he’s faced with the hardships of discrimination in the south. This book has joyful and frustrating at times. I liked Ethan as a character but liked Juniper much more. I have a full review here if you want to read more of my thoughts on the book. I gave this 4/5 stars.

So while I didn’t read many books in March they were all mostly good ones which I’ll take. I rather read less books but have them be 4 or 5 stars than read more books but they are 3 stars and under. I am hoping with the OWLS underway in April, April will be a much better reading month than March🤞🏻

What were some of your favorite books from March?

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February Wrap-Up|2020

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Hope everyone had a good February! My February reading wise was sadly not as strong as my January was. I only ended up reading a total of 7 books which isn’t bad, its normally my usual amount. Onto the books I read!


Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I started this in January but ended up finishing it February. In the beginning I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. It was a bit confusing in the beginning having Alex already in the secret society, I thought it would star out where she just joined it. But the flashbacks that appeared as the book went on made it easier to understand the society and magic. I am still not 100% clear on everything magic and society wise but it became less muddled as the book went on. This was an enjoyable read and I am very much looking forward to the next installment. I gave this 4/5 stars.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I did not enjoy this book. It took  me forever to get through and almost put me in a bit of a slump. I didn’t find the story enjoyable or the characters. Don’t really have much else to say about this book other than I did not enjoy it. I gave this 3/5 stars.

In Restless Dreams by Wren Handman

My main issue with this book was the length. It felt way too short, especially for a fantasy book. Because it was short the story felt rushed and not flushed out and the characters felt one dimensional. I did like Handman’s writing and how she describes the faerie world. I have a full review here. I gave this 3/5 stars.

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

This was a book that took me a bit by surprise. I thought I was going to get lost in all the political talk but I wasn’t! The main character is also new to the political side of things so having her being new to it made it easier for me to understand. The only issue I really had with this book was the magic system. It was confusing to me and it was never really explained. I have a full review here. I gave this 4/5 stars.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Wow. I really enjoyed this book. I loved every minute of it and I never wanted to put it down. Everything about it had me on the edge of my seat. This was such a well done debut book I cannot wait to read more of Jackson’s books. The only issue I had was with the cliché aspects of the book, did a little eye-rolling from time to time. I have a review here. I gave this 4.5/5 stars.

With Malice by Eileen Cook

I was disappointed by this book. It just turned out to be like every other cliché thriller/mystery book. It was also predictable and it was easy to see where the author was leading the book. Didn’t really like any of the characters, except maybe one of the doctors. Also didn’t really like the ending, wish there was some more explanation to go along with it. Very mediocre read. I gave this 3/5 stars.

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

I am not going to say too much about this book because I am planning on doing a full review for it. This was my last book of the month(finished it about 2hrs before midnight lol). I think the genre was misleading which made the book a little disappointing. Its pitched as a psychological thriller but I was searching for that whole aspect of the book while I was reading. This read more of a contemporary book. That being said, the plot was interesting and it really dives into toxic relationship, mainly the one in this book. I gave this 3.5/5 stars.

So, those were all the books I read this month! I’m hoping March will be a stronger reading month and also include a 5 star read or two, fingers crossed!

 

 

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January Wrap-Up|2020

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First Wrap-Up for the new year!! Hope everyone’s first month was good, bookish and non-bookish wise! I started the year off strong with reading 11 books this month! It was also a bit of a mixed month for me, some were good and others were not. So, onto the wrap-up we go!

Its a Whole Spiel

I started the year off with finishing Its a Whole Spiel, an anthology about Jewish teens. This was a book I was so excited was being published and so excited to read. I related to many different aspects of this book. This book also had me laughing so many times as well. I think this book does a good job of highlighting different aspects of being Jewish and I’m happy for a book with Jewish representation that isn’t a historical fiction book. I gave this 5/5 stars.

Reverie

Next I picked up Reverie by Ryan La Sala for Barnes and Nobles teen bookclub. This book fell short for me in many different ways. The whole plot sounded cool and interesting but I did not find it executed well. The whole idea of the Reveries was hard to imagine and wrap my head around, I just could not picture them happening like they do. I also couldn’t connect to any of the characters and I did not like the main character. There were other issues I had with this book but I don’t want to make this too long. To keep this not all negative, one thing I liked was the representation. It was cool to see the main villain be a drag sorceress. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Dead and Dateless

Next I picked up the sequel to Dead End DatingDead and Dateless by Kimberly Raye. I don’t really have much thoughts on this. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. Again, this book is considered a romance book but the romance was missing like it was in the first. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Starsight

I picked up the sequel to Skyward next, Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I loved this book! It was such a good sequel to the first book and I can’t wait for book three. The ending has me just scared and really really needing book three. But I loved all the action in the book and this book kept me on my toes. I gave this 5/5 stars.

Most Likely

My next read was Most Likely by Sarah Watson. I was worried that having four main characters would just clutter the book but I was glad to find it wasn’t. The author gives a unique voice to each of the characters that it is easy to distinguish who is who and Watson broke up the book so it didn’t feel as if we got so much of one character than the others. I have a review for this here! I gave this 4/5 stars.

Sons of Fire

From high school seniors to demons is where my next read took me. In the beginning I wasn’t super into the book but as the book went on it hooked me just a bit more! My main issue with the book is the plot. The whole reason Aiden and Keegan get sent to earth is to complete a task. But where was the task in the plot? The task doesn’t really come into play until the very end which was a little disappointing and made the whole thing a little rushed. I did like the characters and my favorite part of the whole book is watching Aiden learn to be human and discover human things. I have a review here if you want to check it out! I gave this 3/5 stars.

Shadow and Bone

My next read was a reread for me. I gave Shadow and Bone a reread for a bookclub and I enjoyed my reread! I think rereading it a second time I did see the issues with it more clearly, like the suddenness of Mal telling Alina his feelings and other things. But I still love this book and the series. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Loveboat, Taipei

This was a book I never really had my eye on but it was the pick for the Barnes and Noble book club and it did sound good. I really enjoyed this book and found it super entertaining. The whole experience and Loveboat itself reminds be of Birthright,(which is a trip to Israel for Jews who are 18 and up). Ever is a fun main character and watching her discover herself through this book proved a good character development for her. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang was my first like from a bookstore romance book and I will definitely be reading more! I enjoyed reading this book and ended up finishing it in two days. I love the characters and how they are with each other, its cute! The only thing that sucked while reading this was I knew the ending but thats just the price that comes with reading romance books, they are pretty predictable but in cases like this it doesn’t bother me. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Adorkable

Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman is a very cliché story, and usually those kind of books are what I like from time to time. But I just did not enjoy this and I really wish that wasn’t how I felt. I don’t think it was the plot and the predicability of it that bothered me, it was the characters. The main character Stella is super clueless and she has the whole “he doesn’t see me that way” outlook and just the way it was written in this book, I found it a little annoying. Didn’t love the background characters either. I wish I liked this book more than I did, I really wanted to. I gave this 3.5/5 stars.

White Rose

I ended the month with White Rose by Kit Wilson. This book has been on my to-buy and to-read list forever so I’m happy to check both boxes! I enjoyed this book, but the writing style wasn’t for me and thats mainly why this is a 3 instead of 4 star book for me.  The prose writing(is that what its called?) just wasn’t for me. I did find the story of Sophie and what she did interesting and I’m sad to hear what she did din’t have the effect she hoped for. I gave this 3.5/5 stars.

So there it is, all the books I read in January! I hope February will be just as good of a month as January was🤞🏻

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December Wrap-Up|2019

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I hope everyone had an awesome last month of 2019 and an awesome last reading month of 2019! I did not read as many books as I hoped to read in December but I did read some good ones! So, onto the books I read in December!

Finale

I finally finished Finale by Stephanie Garber. I really enjoyed the other books in this trilogy and this one was no exception. I really enjoyed the finale to this trilogy. I liked how it was mainly in both Tella’s point of view and Scarlett’s point of view along with a few others. One thing I wish of this book is that we got to see more of the fates and what they do. It is often said of their horridness but I feel like we didn’t get to see much of that horridness and I wish we did. Overall it was a solid conclusion and I really enjoyed it! I gave this 5/5 stars

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted

Next I read a book called The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted by Conor Grennan. I wasn’t sure if I was going to read this or not but it did sound interesting so I was hopeful! It was a little hard for me to get into but once it picked up I got into it! The ending was rushed and I was a bit confused on how everything wrapped up. If you want to read more of my thoughts on the book you can read my full review here. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The Queen of Nothing

It was time for me to read the long desired finale in the Folk of the Air series, The Queen of Nothing(is it just me or did anyone else not realize there was a ‘the’ before queen in the title). I was a bit disappointed by this. I felt like there was really no big climax or anything, and the resolution let me down a little. Even though the plot line of this book disappointed me, the romance did not. I sorta did not realize how much I was rooting so to say for the romance in this series until I was reading this. The epilogue was by far my favorite part and I wish there could be a novella on that scene. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Tweet Cute

I was in the mood for some contemporary so I picked up Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. I went into this with the expectation that it was going to have the hate to love trope. I was disappointed to find that it did not have that trope but it did have another trope that I liked so it wasn’t a huge disappointment. I loved the twitter battle going on in this book and it was fun to see some of the tweets they “tweeted.” Along with the lighthearted twitter battle raging on, there was some depths to this story which is nice. I gave this 4/5 stars. I’ll also have a full review up for this soon so look out for it!

Queen of Ruin

I picked up the sequel to Grace and Fury, Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart. This series needs more love!! I super enjoyed the sequel to Grace and Fury and thought it was a fitting conclusion. I loved seeing the growth of the two main characters. My favorite aspect of this book is all the strong female characters in this book and the sheer determination and strength they all have, I loved seeing that shine in this book. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Red Scrolls of Magic

I finally picked up The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare! Magnus is one of my favorite characters in the Shadowhunter world and I love him and Alec together! I feel like this book dove deeper into their relationship and we got to see how each of them feel about their relationship which I liked. The plot wasn’t amazing to me and for me, the time placement of this book was confusing for me since it happens in between the mortal instruments series but was published way after the series ended. I think the characters is  what makes this book so good and I definitely think they carried the book. I gave this 4/5 stars.

So, those were all the books I read in December. Not as many as I was hoping to read but I’m happy they were 4+ star ratings.

How many books did you read in December?

 

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November Wrap-Up|2019

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Hello guys! I hope the month of November was a swell reading month for you all! Sorry for this being a super late post, finals are approaching so I haven’t had much time to do anything else. Last month I read a total of 7 books which I think is around my normal. So, onto all the books I read last month!

The Fountains of Silence

The first book I read for November was The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the story and the time period it takes place. I loved the two main characters and thought they were well developed, along with all the secondhand characters. If you want to read more of my thoughts just click here for my book review. I gave this 5/5 stars.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

I picked up the second book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stuart. I didn’t;t enjoy the plot of this one as much as I did the first one. But I did like how the dynamics between the characters were further developed as well as tested. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Divine Empire

I quickly switched genres as I went from middle grade to some romance. Divine Empire by Brooke Ellis is the third book in the Empire series. I really did not think I was going to like this book considering I did not like the main character Thomas due to actions he did in the pervious two books. However as the story went on I found myself caring for him, just a little bit! I gave this book 3/5 stars.

Throw like a Girl

I picked up Throw like a Girl by Sarah Henning and quickly read it. It is such an easy contemporary read. This is a sports contemporary book but fear not if you do not understand anything about sports like I do, you will not be lost. I was a little worried when football practice and games were happening that I would be lost since I don’t watch football, but the author does a good job of describing it so I didn’t feel lost. I liked the main character a lot and I liked the determination she has when it comes to football. If you want to read more of my thoughts you can check out my review here. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Skyward

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson was a book I never intended to read. But it was the book for my library’s book club so I ended up reading. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this because the last Sanderson book I read, I wasn’t a huge fan of. But boy oh boy did I end up LOVING this book! I flew through this book and just never wanted to put it down! I have a full review here if you want to check it out! I gave this 5/5 stars.

She’s Powerful Trouble

I started She’s Powerful Trouble by Taylor Hartley earlier in the year but I stopped reading it because there were other books on my phone that I needed to read. But I finally decided to finish it and it was good! I liked the main characters and their romance. I do wish their was more magic involved because it just felt like a contemporary book with a hint of magic. Check out my full review here for my full thoughts. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Scythe

Scythe by Neal Shusterman was the last book I finished in November. The pacing was slow for me and I kept hoping it was going to pick up but it didn’t. Much to my surprise though, it didn’t interfere with me enjoying the book. It did take me awhile to finish but I overall enjoyed it. I liked Citra more than Rowan as a character but I liked Rowans development more. You can check out my full review here for my full thoughts. I gave this 4/5 stars.

So overall, it wasn’t a bad reading month for me! Mostly 4 star reads which is nice, nothing really amazing but nothing bad. I would say this was a very Goldilock month.

How many books did you read in November?

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October Wrap Up|2019

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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.

How many books did you read in October?

Wrap-Up

September Wrap-Up|2019

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Hope everyone has had a good September! My reading was pretty good this month, way better than I thought! I read 10 books this month which I am quite happy with, now onto those nine books!

The book I started the month off with was Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I loved this book so much! This was just the book I needed to get me back into the mood to read fantasy. I really loved the characters in this and how they were all well developed, even the background characters! I found the world in this very interesting and unique. I have a full review of the book here! I gave this 5/5 stars.

Still in the mood for some fantasy I picked up a recent purchase of mine which was Nocturna by Maya Motayne. I really enjoyed this book. The beginning was a little slow and it was a bit hard for me to get into. However once it picked up I was really into it. I am pretty sure this is book one in a series and with the ending of this book I am not quite sure what the plot for the second book is going to be. The magic was a little confusing to me and I wish the author better explained it. The characters were quite enjoyable, I really liked Finn. I gave this a 4/5 star rating.

My next read was one of my most anticipated releases of the year… Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco. I adore this series so much and I love all the books. This was such an amazing conclusion to the series and I couldn’t put it down. I told myself I was going to savor it and read it slow but I ended up finishing it in about two days. I loved Maniscalco’s writing a ton and I think it is very beautiful and just super well down. Love love love the characters in this book and their banter is my absolute favorite. I gave this 5/5 stars.

FaeCrate hosted a TBR Readathon and I decided to take part! The first book I read for this  readathon was A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai. This was an enjoyable and cute contemporary read. The basis of the plot was nothing extremely unique and the writing wasn’t anything enjoyable. The main character Simi wasn’t a bad main character. At times she would get a little annoying but would quickly redeem herself, she was a very I guess believable character. If you want to read more of my thoughts on this book you can check out my review here.

The second book I read was Skandal by Lindsay Smith. I don’t really have many thoughts on this book. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t super enjoy it. The whole power thing in this book was still confusing at times. There were points in this book where things happen very fast and I was a bit confused on what was happening. The ending was rushed as well and I’m still not 100% how the ending came to be. I gave this a 3/5 star rating.

Third I read Dead End Dating by Kimberly Raye. This book took me by surprise, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. This book is “pitched” as a romance book but there wasn’t much romance which left me a little disappointed. I really enjoyed the main character in this book, I think it is because of her I gave this book the rating I did. If you want to read more on my thoughts just click here to read my review. I gave this a 4/5 star rating.

Next I finally picked up this very controversial read, Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I didn’t hate this book but I also didn’t love it. The world building was a bit poorly done in my opinion. The plot I found to also be boring up until the very end which was the only part I found myself really engaged. I didn’t understand the whole magic system and felt that it wasn’t exactly explained or if it was it wasn’t done well. I didn’t really attach or care about any of the characters. But I did like how the characters were complex. I wish we got to have more interaction with some of the background characters, felt a little like the author spent so much time on the main characters that they didn’t really spend any time on the background. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Next I picked up Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. This was my first Shusterman book and I am happy to say it is not my last. My absolute favorite part about this book was the writing. I found this writing to be so beautiful and poetic at times. The whole aspect of this book is really amazing and the way it is composed is just wow. It is kind of hard to put my thoughts for this book into words. I gave this 5/5 stars.

The last book I read for the readathon was Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. This was an enjoyable fantasy read. My favorite part was the world building in this book. The book takes place in ancient Greece and Herman does such a good job describing the world! One thing that I didn’t like was the amount of P.O.V.S there were over four point of views throughout the book and it was a little confusing. Some of the characters were on their own plot line and I didn’t understand why they were in the book. I am sure they will come into play in the next book but I think it would of been better had their story started in the next book where their plot line will come into play. There is magic in this book but it isn’t really mentioned until the end. I don’t completely understand the magic and what people with it can do but I think/hope it will be further explained in the following books. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The last book I read for the month was Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali. This was a heavy book in my opinion. There are a few different issues going on in this book and the main character is trying to deal with it all. Ali painted and created a very realistic character. I was amazed by how real Janna seemed to me. Ali’s writing is nice and I enjoyed it. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Those were all the books I read for September!

How many books did you end up reading last month?