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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Have Got Recently

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection. Most of my recent books are books I got for Christmas but I’ve also included the eBooks that I’ve got within recent weeks.

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Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune – I loved The House in the Cerulean Sea so I’m very excited to read this to see if I’ll like it too.

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All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue – This one sounds so good and I can’t wait to read it.

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Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) by James S.A. Corey – I’ve really been enjoying this series and I hope to finish it this year sometime.

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Crush (Crave #2) by Tracy Wolff – I’ve already read this one and I really liked it, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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The One and Only Crystal Druid (The Guild Codex: Unveiled #1) by Annette Marie – This is a new series set in the Guild Codex world and I’ve been very excited for this series since it was announced because I love the character it focuses on.

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Nightwolf by Karina Halle – This is a spinoff of the Dark Eyes series and I liked Black Sunshine but was a bit disappointed by the sequel so I don’t know what my feelings on this book will be like.

What books have you got recently?

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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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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?