November 2017 Wrap Up

Hello!

I am here with my November 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in November. I took part in Nonfiction November and am very pleased that I read 3 nonfiction books, which doubles the nonfiction I’ve read this year.

I read a total of 10 books which was way more than I thought. I read 3 Nonfiction, 1 Contemporary, 2 Historical Fiction, and 4 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!


 

★★★★★

The Boy Made of Snow by Chloe Mayer
I have already done a  full review on this book and in case you’ve missed me going on and on about this book; I loved it. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for sending a copy my way. I adore this book, which was a big surprise for me since I’m not a fan of WWII fiction. But Mayer’s writing is stunning. I found myself slowing my reading pace and rereading paragraphs just so I could savuor it. This a beautifully crafted novel that takes the dangers of living during WWII, twists them with the whimsy of fairytales and lets you deep inside a broken family who are trying to hard to be ‘normal’. This is a story that I’ll be hard-pressed to forget. I highly recommend

Monstrous Creatures (The World of Lore #1)  by Aaron Mahnke 
I adore the podcast and am so thrilled to have a copy of some of the transcripts in one book. The way Mahnke weaves the stories are amazing and had me reading faster to find out what happened. I loved his sarcastic little comments as they reflect what any modern person would like. If you love all things creepy and spooky this book o for you. Warning if you’re get creeped out by dolls don’t not read, Unboxed, that story still hunts me and has me jumping at shadows!


 

★★★★

Bayou Born (The Foundling #1)  by Hailey Edwards 
I have already done a full review on this book and in case you’ve missed me going on and on about the world in this book. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for sending a copy my way. This was such a fun read. I adore Luce and sense of humour had me laughing aloud numerous times. Definitely wasn’t expecting it to go in the direction it did but am super glad it did. I cannot wait for the next book and see what Luce gets up to next!


Wild Embrace (Psy-Changeling #15.5) by Nalini Singh

So I rounded out this month by reading more of the Psy-Changeling books—I am sad to say I only have 1 more short story collection left until the next one comes out, It is going to be a long wait! This is a collection and features 4 stories which take place in and around the later books in the series. Echo of Silence features human engineer Tazia Nerif who work in a deep-sea station where the lines between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander. We get a look at Dorian exploring his new found leopard form in his self-titled story. Partners in Persuasion we see the relationship develop between dominant leopard Dezi and submissive wolf Felix who’s still raw for being burnt by a dominate female. Lastly we get to look at wolf lieutenant’s Kenji and Garent deal with the fall out of their complicated past. Safe to say I loved these little bite size stories. I adore getting to see more and more of this world.

 

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling #16 Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh
StoneWater alpha bear, Valentine, has never met a more fascinating woman than psy Sliver Merchant. I loved getting to see the bear and all I can say is why did it take so long?! This is the first book in the next join series which Nalini describes as being like season 2. I love getting to look at Silver who’s a character who’s being floating around for a while.

Secrets at Midnight (Psy-Changeling #12.5) by Nalini Singh
Bastian, a dominate leopard changeling, is frustrated. He should be able to follow the sent of his mate anywhere but he lost the scent after finding it two weeks earlier. However it’s not long before he finds her, Kirby is an all-too-human woman with a raging chaos inside of her that he doesn’t understand, secrets that whisper awake at midnight and cause her terrible pain. I saw these two in Allegiance of Honor and thought they were so adorable so I’m very happy to read what happened with these two even if it did give the twist away.


★★★1/2

The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi
I really enjoyed this book! I loved seeing the ways in which the Greek Gods’ presence has continued through the ages. Just goes to show the empires don’t destroy their the culture of those it conquers but rather adapts it for its on purpose.

Live by Night (Coughlin #2) by Dennis Lehane 
I did not know that this was part of a series when I picked it up. But I didn’t feel lost reading it so that’s a plus. Live by Night follows Joseph “Joe ” Coughlin embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. I really enjoyed looking at the organised crime that sprung up thanks to Prohibition. It was also refreshing to see it set in somewhere other than New York or Chicago. I might have to track down copies of the other books in the trilogy.


 

★★★

Royal Pains: A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds by Leslie Carroll
Really great overview of some of history’s most controversial royals. For me I didn’t enjoy some because they feel in time periods I’m not a fan of. Overall Carroll’s written is entertaining and structured in a way that’s easy to digest.

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1)  by Nalini Singh
Since I had finished most of the Psy-Changeling books I thought I’d try one of Nalini’s other series and this one had the whole bad boy rockstars. I’m not a huge fan of contemporaries so safe to say it wasn’t really for me. It was a fun read however I had a few problems with it mostly how fast the romance moved along for a protagonist who had spent most of the book saying how she didn’t want to open up to someone as she’d be hurt before. This book really lacked the intricate world building that the Changeling series has. But I did enjoy that it was set in New Zealand.


 

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read in November was.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

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