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November Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In November:

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Deserted (Shadow Beast Shifters #4) by Jaymin Eve – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, FANTASY ROMANCE – 3 STARS

I really liked reading more about Angel and her back story and I also liked the romance between her and Reece but I felt that Angel’s story was a bit overshadowed by Mera and Shadow’s relationship.

Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey – ADULT SCI-FI – 4 STARS

Abaddon’s Gate is the third book in The Expanse series and like the other books this book was fast paced and full of intrigue as well. I’m so excited about continuing on with this series.

A Single Thread of Moonlight by Laura Wood – YA HISTORICAL RETELLING – 4 STARS

A Single Thread of Moonlight is a YA Cinderella retelling and I really enjoyed it. I thought Iris, the main character, was a bit naive at times but I loved the writing and I really liked the romance.

Blog Posts I Did In November:

Merry Kissmas To You Book Review

Most Anticipated Book Releases of November 2021

October Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in November?

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October Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In October:

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – YA PARANORMAL – 5 STARS

I loved Cemetery Boys, it was the perfect read for October. It has such an autumnal feeling as it features ghosts and I really liked the characters. I liked how Yadriel and Julian interacted with each other and I thought their romance was well developed. This book also had some great themes and I would highly recommend reading it.

Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS (I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher after winning a giveaway)

I really liked this book and liked how it discusses feminism. I liked how Eliza realises different things about herself and others throughout the book and I enjoyed reading about her friendship with Len.

Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff – YA PARANORMAL – 4 STARS

I’ve heard a lot of hype surrounding this book series and a lot of people’s views on it seem to be mixed. This book is about a school full of different paranormal creatures and the main character who is thrown into the world without any clue of what’s going on. I did really enjoy this book and thought the writing had an addictive quality to it. It didn’t feel as long as it was and I’m interested to see what happens next in the story.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – YA HISTORICAL FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked this book and the talk of women’s rights and how it mixes that with witches. It was a really interesting read and I enjoyed reading about the sister relationships in it. It was a bit slow at times but I enjoyed it none the less.

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Merry Kissmas To You by Jenni Jennings – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS – (I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher for review)

I really liked Merry Kissmas To You and thought it was a great festive filled story. The characters all felt very real and I liked how this book has multiple povs because it gave each character more depth as you read from their pov. This is a great book to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw – YA PARANORMAL – 3 STARS

This book is about vampires, which I love, is set in the 90s and talks about horror movies and I really wanted to love it but I didn’t. I thought it was an okay book but I didn’t feel an attachment to any of the characters and I found their reaction to things a bit unbelievable. I also thought the romance was very quick but the book does have a nice spooky feeling to it which I liked.

The Ex Hex (Ex Hex #1) by Erin Sterling – ADULT PARANORMAL – 3 STARS

This was a fun witchy book and I liked the setting and atmosphere of it but I thought the romance was just okay. I also thought the story and romance were predictable but still it was a fun quick read.

Blog Posts I Did In October:

Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach Book Review

A Void of Magic by Sandy Williams Book Review

Book Covers That Have A Spooky Aesthetic

Book Recommendations for the Halloween Season

My Favourite Vampire Books

Most Anticipated Book Releases for October

My October TBR 2021

September Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in October?

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September Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In September:

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS

I’ve heard so many good things about this series and I’m glad I enjoyed it too. I liked the characters and I thought the world and plot was very interesting. I was also really intrigued by the romance and how it progressed, I liked reading about Lara and Aren together and I also liked how we see both povs of their relationship.

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS

I really enjoyed Not My Problem, I loved Aideen and her interactions with all the other characters. I loved how it focuses on friendships and I really enjoyed reading about all the different situations her and her friends found themselves in.

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – ADULT/NEW ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked the premise of this book and how everything centres on a hotel called The Rain which is key in keeping the peace between supernatural enemies like werewolves and vampires. I didn’t really care much about Kennedy throughout this book because she is a bit standoffish and I feel like you don’t see many sides to her besides being caught in the middle of the supernatural things but I hope I’ll like her more as the series progresses.

Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I had such high expectations of Redemptor because I loved Raybearer so much and I’m so happy that Redemptor not only lived up to them but surpassed them. I loved Redemptor and thought it was an amazing ending to this duology, I loved the themes of justice and found family throughout this book. The writing is so beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 5 STARS

I loved this book just as much as I loved the second book in this series. I loved that we see what the shock ending of AKOFAF means for not just Poppy and Casteel but for Atlantia as well. There was a lot of shocking information unveiled throughout this book and I loved that I was never bored. I liked reading how the different turns changes things for the characters and their interactions with each other.

Blog Posts I Did In September:

My Autumn TBR 2021

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth Book Review

Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn Book Review

Books That Will Make You Smile

Books On My TBR With Numbers In The Title

August Wrap Up 2021

I participated in both the Magical Readathon and Becca’s Bookoplathon in September and only managed to read half the books on my tbr before I got distracted by reading The Crown of Gilded Bones (which wasn’t on my tbr).  I still ended up passing the Magical Readathon since you only needed to read two books to pass and I loved all the books I read in September so I’m not disappointed in my reading. 

What books did you read in September?  Did you participate in any readathons?

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August Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In August:

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – ADULT PARANORMAL, HISTORICAL, HORROR – 5 STARS

I loved A Dowry of Blood, I loved the writing and the gothic setting of it. The writing and story were so captivating to read and I loved how this book is told in letter form from Constanta to her vampire creator. This book is filled with some beautifully poignant quotes.

Caliban’s War (The Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey – ADULT SCI-FI – 5 STARS

I loved Caliban’s War but I knew I would since it follows very close to the tv series of it and I loved that also. I loved reading from more povs in this book and I just really enjoy reading this series especially after watching the show because I can picture everything clearly in my head.

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer – YA FANTASY – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and loved how it’s about Cyrens (Sirens). The history of the Cyrens in this book was very interesting and I liked the descriptions of the setting. I also thought the trials were very exciting to read about.

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS
Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I’ve been meaning to start this series since it came out years ago and I finally did in August, I don’t know why it took me so long since I ended up loving them. This series has all the markers of a great urban fantasy series, it has a badass heroine who helps people and along the way there is a slow burn romance. The world building is also fantastic and I loved the writing of it too. I really can’t wait to read more books in this series.

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Hellbound Guilds & Other Misdirections (The Guild Codex: Warped #2) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS
Rogue Ghosts & Other Miscreants (The Guild Codex: Warped #3) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I thought these two books were okay reads but I don’t seem to be clicking with the characters as much as the characters from the other Guild Codex series’. I like Kit’s laid back style but sometimes I find him a bit annoying and I don’t think Lienna is an interesting character at all. The storyline is entertaining and I do love the Guild Codex world and the glimpses of other characters within this series.

Blog Posts I Did In August:

My September Bookoplathon TBR 2021

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson Book Review

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer Book Review

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

Life’s A Beach Book Tag

Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR That Have Pretty Covers

July Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in August?

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July Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In July:

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Monstrous Design and I like the atmosphere of this series but I didn’t like how the characters were separated for most of this book, I felt that threw off the pacing of the story a bit so I like this book less than the first but I still found it to be an enjoyable read and I was intrigued by the plot of it.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and loved finding out all about this fictional band through an interview format and seeing how each member of the band had different experiences with their rise to fame and what they went through to get there. This is one of those books that is so uniquely told that the characters and the music feel so real that it makes you want to learn more about them but obviously you can’t because they are fictional.

The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1) by Marie Rutkoski – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would. I didn’t like the world building and I felt a bit confused as to the characters own thoughts of the world, it’s hard to pin point why exactly but the world and the way the characters described it just didn’t mesh with me. Despite that though I thought the storyline was entertaining.

Blood be Damned (Demons of New Chicago #3) by Kel Carpenter – 3 STARS

I like the relationships between the characters in this series. I like Piper and Natalie’s friendship and I like the romance between Piper and Ronan but I didn’t like the surprise near the end of this book. It’s a trope (I don’t know if you’d call it a trope but it is a sort of spoiler so I won’t say exactly what it is) that happens in a lot of books that don’t really need it and I felt this book didn’t really need it.

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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey – 5 STARS

I watched the tv series of The Expanse last year and loved it so much that I just had to read the books too. I loved Leviathan Wakes and I can now see how well the tv series was adapted, the overall world/universe is so intriguing and complex that it really sucks you in.

The Blood Is Love (Dark Eyes #2) by Karina Halle – 3 STARS

I thought this book was okay but I don’t think this sequel was much needed. I felt like the relationship that was established in the first book went back and forth on the same things that the characters had already discussed in the first book so it made the characters seem kind of annoying to me but I was still interested in the plot so it ended up being an okay read.

This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart #1) by Kalynn Bayron – 3 STARS

I was very excited for this book to be released but I ended up being disappointed by it. I still enjoyed the book, it was atmospheric and intriguing and I liked the descriptions of the greenery and Briseis powers but I thought the plot was just too convenient and there was a lot of telling and not showing within the story.

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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS

I’ve really enjoyed the first three books in The Murderbot Diaries series so far and I love reading about Murderbot, they are such a relatable character. I like that so far each book has had different characters interact with Murderbot but the overall plot is still all very much connected and very intriguing. I really like this series and can’t wait to read more of Murderbot.

Blog Posts I Did In July:

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown Book Review

June Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in July?

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June Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In June:

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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

This book is a continuation to Jack and Jill’s story and I didn’t enjoy this book as much as previous books. I feel like The Moors wasn’t as atmospheric as it was previously but I did like seeing what had happened to Jack and Jill.

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

I think I prefer the darker stories of this series like In An Absent Dream and Down Among the Sticks and Bones compared to the brighter whimsical stories like Beneath the Sugar Sky and this one. I enjoyed the writing of this book but the story with the unicorns just wasn’t as compelling to read.

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Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) by Helen Harper – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Brimstone Bound and thought it was a fun read. I liked the overall mystery and liked how the main character gets dragged into it but I also thought some of the story was predictable.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruins (A Song of Wraiths and Ruins #1) by Roseanne A. Brown – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book and found the story and world so captivating that I wanted to just keep reading. I really enjoyed the dual pov and seeing the different choices Karina and Malik both had to make. I loved the writing and how the magic was described, I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ADULT CONTEMPORARY HISTORICAL – 3 STARS

I have some mixed feelings on this book. I loved the writing and the setting was described in such a great way that you could vividly picture the scene of 1950s to 1980s Malibu and I loved the focus on siblings but I just found this book to be a bit lacklustre, it felt like it was building up to an explosive moment that never really happened. I’ve loved a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and they’ve all been so emotionally poignant but I just found that Malibu Rising lacked a bit of that complex emotion.

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Asterion (The Court of the Underworld #1) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and thought the world was interestingly set up it focuses on mythological figures (like Medusa and Hades and more) who rule the city in this book and a group of humans rebelling against them. I really liked the romance of this book and I thought the plot was interesting too.

Medusa (The Court of the Underworld #2) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

This is the second book in this series and I liked that Medusa was the main character of this one because I found her interesting in the first book. I also like the over arcing storyline that is still following on from the previous book.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book, I loved how the great libraries were described and how each book had their own personality and danger level. I liked the characters and thought they worked really well together which made their interactions interesting to read. I enjoyed the overall storyline and loved how this was a standalone fantasy.

Blog Posts I Did In June:

Most Anticipated Book Releases For July, August and September 2021

My Summer TBR 2021

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews Book Review

Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Bookish Memory Check #1

May Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in June?