October 2018 Wrap Up

Hello!

I am here with September  Wrap Up. This month I read a total of 7 books and 1,841 pages.

The genres I read this month were fantasy, contemporary and historical fiction. I read 2 standalones, 1 first book and 4 sequels.

Onto the ratings!

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★★★★★

When You’re Going to the Moon by Sasha Beekman and illustrated by Vivienne To

This is an adorable tale about all the things you might need when travelling to the moon. It’s also about dreaming your biggest dream and not stopping until you reach the stars. When You’re Going to the Moon has all the warm and fuzzy feelings of Dr. Suess’ Oh The Places You’ll Go.

The illustrations are stunning! It’s so good to see a child of colour as the main character. Also Rochelle the Iguana’s expressions are priceless.

 

Franklin and Luna Goes to the Moon (Franklin and Luna #2) by Jen Campbell and illustrated by Katie Harnett 

The second story by this duo follows Franklin and Luna’s quest to find Franklin’s family. I loved seeing more from Franklin and Luna. Campbell’s prose has this beautiful rhythm to it that you can’t help but read aloud. Harnett’s illustrations bring to life the whimsy of Jen’s words.

I cannot wait for the next book and see what this reading duo get up to next.

 

Beautiful Revolutionary  by Laura Elizabeth Woollett   

I have a full review of this book coming up, so I’ll try and keep raving to a minimum. Beautiful Revolutionary follows the devastating story of The People’s Temple and Jim Jones. This was one of my most anticipated read, as I loved her Woollett’s short story collection, The Love of a Bad Man. 

We follow Evelyn Lynden. How she got wrapped up in The People’s Temple and how she become Jones’ mistress. While she is the main character, we do get to see the point of view of other temple people including Jones’ wife and temple Mother, Rosaline. Through this perspectives we see just how one man affected so many people’s lives and all in different ways.

If you’re fascinated by cults, true crime or have an interest in Jonestown this one is definitely for you!

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★★★★1/4

 

The Silver Queen

 

The Silver Queen (Sovereign #2) by Josie Jaffrey

I have a full review for this one and I am very thankful to Josie for sending a copy my way. This is the second book in her YA dystopian series, Sovereign. I love Jaffrey’s take on the much love vampire and zombie tropes. It’s refreshing. She moulds them to fit this dystopian world and I’m not a fan of dystopian worlds.

I love the character growth we get from Jules and the horrors she goes through ultimately do lead her to achieve all that she’s wanted. Felix and Cameron’s slow budding romance make my heart burst! I love them so much. I’m so glad the next book is coming out early 2019. I need to know what happens next.

 

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★★★★

A Promise of Fire

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

I picked this book up as I heard it was a Persephone and Hades retelling and I flew through this. I really like that is wasn’t a straight up myth retelling. Greek Gods and Monster do lurk around all corners but Bouchet using them to fit her the world she’s created.

In this story we follow Caralia the Kingmaker who’s disguised herself as a soothsayer. She’s hiding from the danger and destiny that being a Kingmaker contains. Until, Griffin, an ambitious warlord wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm.

This really had everything I love—a travelling circus, Greek Mythology and a sweet but steamy romance. I am looking to see where the series goes next.

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★★★1/2

 

Blood Bound

Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs

We follow Mercy Thompson in the aftermath of the first book Moon Called. In this book we are focusing in on the vampires of the town. We’re drawn into new drama by Mercy’s somewhat friend, Stefan. These vampires are you’re more traditional, Bram Stoker type creatures. The romance in here continues it’s slow build, which I love. Over all a pretty good Halloween read.

 

 

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★★★

 

Iron Kissed

 

Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs

So much stuff happens in the Tri-Cities. Iron Kissed picks up right after Blood Bound and the main supernatural focus is on the Fae. I really enjoy that with the series we do get introduced to the supernatural creatures one at the time. Mercy’s character continues to grow and show depth. It’s was a fun fast paced read with engaging mystery. Interested to see what trouble Mercy get caught up in next and which creature they are up against next.

 

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That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read of October was.

Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

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