Welcome to another wrap-up. I’m actually very proud of this reading month, not because I’ve read all of the books I wanted, I actually didn’t get to Into the Drowning Deep which I was very excited about (oh well, I’ll read it next month), but I managed to finish everything I started! I don’t have any carry-ons for November and that hadn’t happened once this year so far. November will be the first month I start with a fresh TBR and I couldn’t be happier!
The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang ‘5
This is the companion novel to the Kiss Quotient, which was one of my favorite romances from last year. This one, although with very sweet moments and a very cute couple, I didn’t completely love.
I though the characters were amazing, especially Khai. I loved the representation (Khai is Vietnamese-American and autistic, and Esme is also Vietnamese-American), and the fact that the relationship was very sweet. But there some instances with Esme and Khai’s mother that didn’t sit right with me.
The Simple Wild (Wild#1) by K.A. Tucker
This new-adult, romance novel was a roller-coaster of emotions for me. I started really liking the setting and where the plot was going; our MC is a city-girl through and through and decides to fly to Alaska for a week to meet her father, there she tries to rekindle a relationship with him while also meeting a pilot who’s close to her father but doesn’t really like her that much.
It had so many things to make me fall head over heels with the story: very complex and damaged family relationships and a potentially enemies-to-lovers trope.
I really thought this was going to be at least a 4 star book, What happened then? Well, I ended up adoring the father-daughter relationship, the Alaska setting and the side characters from the small village. However, I despised the love interest with a passion, and ended up not really liking the MC either.
I’m making a review on this in which I’ll go more into detail, but for now I’ll just say tht I’m disappointed.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This debut, standalone, fantasy novel was exactly what I was looking for in the month of October: atmospheric, creepy, a bit spooky and with the richest world-building. I adored the setting in here, the imagery was amazing, and I feel like this would make a brilliant movie adaptation.
However, I was a bit let down by the characters. I felt like they could have used more depth and development, and I also wasn’t completely sold on the ending reveal. However, I still think this was worth reading and I will read whatever the author comes up with next.
Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2) by Victoria Schwab
This next installment in this middle-grade, paranormal-fantasy series delivered on so many levels!
I’m so glad and relieved to say that I loved this volume just as much if not more than the last one! The stakes were even higher in here, we got to see a bit of Jacob’s background, we got some much needed answers, more mysteries to solve, new characters and a cliffhanger that didn’t feel cruel and definitely made me want to read the next volume ASAP.
Review to come!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I’m convinced Neil Gaiman is the author to read for Halloween if you’re not into horror and shy away from Stephen King.
His stories are just the right amount of spooky, they are atmospheric and interesting, with the most lovable characters ever.
I adored every single one in the story; I was worried about them and I loved being able to see Bod grow up. I even shed a few tears by the end. I might start reading a Neil Gaiman book every Halloween from now on.
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
Who would have thought, that what I believed to be my second least favorite installment in the series was going to become my second favorite upon reread? Not me.
The initial plan was to listen to the audiobook whenever I was working out or cleaning, but that quickly flew out the window. I became so hooked around the half-way mark that I had to physically read the rest of the story in two sittings because I couldn’t get enough.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I wasn’t planning on picking this up at all. But I was bored in class, I had my laptop and I needed a distraction. So I opened my kindle up and chose this book hoping it would entertain me enough to get me through that awful class. Little did I know, I ended up spending not only that entire class reading it, but the next two classes as well.
I finished this mystery-thriller in two days, I couldn’t read the pages fast enough. I was so engaged by the plot, addicted by the writing and mesmerized by the characters that this has now become my favorite thriller of the year. Possibly, ever.
Review to come!
How was your reading month? Did you have any 5 star reads? Let me know!
Until next time,