The ABC Challenge ||C||

Hi,

So I pretty much abandoned this series last year but I did have a lot of fun with it so I will pick up where I left off.

I’ll be uploaded a post every fortnight or so to share with you both my most memorable titles and the books that are still on my TBR which corresponds to each letter of the alphabet.

I’m not sure who the original creator on this challenge it — if you know please let me know! But I’ve see the challenge on Sofii from A Book. A Thought‘s blog and Sahi’s blog My World of Books. I really love their blogs, so if you haven’t checked them please do so!

All these books I rated 4 – 5 stars so I highly recommend them

On to the books!

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Previous Letters

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Memorable Titles Starting with ‘C’

 

 

Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh

I adore Nalini Singh’s paranormal series so I thought I’d try one of her contemporary series and I wasn’t disappointed. We follow Salior Bishop, a dedicated business owners, and teacher, Ísa Rain. I adore Ísa. Her whole focuses is to try and keep her siblings together. Also she is plus size lady, which you know I love in books. While she mostly confident in her body she’s still dealing with the negative comments from her ex-boyfriend.

The way Ísa and Salior meet is just! Ísa isn’t too sure that Sailor is the right man for her the foundation to create her family. First of he’s younger than her and second, he’s working crazy hours getting his landscaping business up and running. My heart melted as at each hurdle Sailor was there supporting Ísa and proving that they can make it work.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

Since this is series and I didn’t want to spoil anything I thought I just included all 4 books. I adore this world! I love how Prythian is split into the 7 courts — Spring, Autumn, Winter, Summer, Dawn, Day and Night. And as the series goes on we get to see more from each court. This was one of the first series that got me into Fae.

Feyre’s a likeable character and and risks her own life to help keep her family alive after her father lost their fortune. I enjoy seeing her character grow across the series. I adored the Beauty and the Beast elements from the first book, A Court of Mist and Fury, and it’s interesting to see how that influences the events in the rest of the books.

 

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi 

This book was an amazing and all kinds of magical. Princess Gauri of Bharata is taken as a prisoner of war. She’s facing exile and scorn has nothing to lose. Prince Vikram promises her freedom in exchange for use of her battle prowess. The pair team up and enter the Tournament of Wishes.

I adored Roshani Chokshi’s writing style. It’s lush and lyrical and is fitting on the Indian mythology it brings to life. I loved exploring the Tournament of Wishes and more of Indian mythology. There was poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds and a feast of fears. The romance between Gauri and Vikram is super slow burn and has an enemies to lovers vibe to it.

 

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom was a pretty perfect finale even though it kills me a little that we aren’t guaranteed another books with these characters. I will try and keep my through vague a spoiler free for those who haven’t read Six of Crows. 

Without the backdrop of the heist and being thrown into new danger, we got to see a lot more from the gang. There are more quiet spaces within the drama. We get to know more about them and how they ended up in the streets of Ketterdam. Also, we got to see their relationships solidify. Nina and Inje have one of the best female friendship I have ever read in any book. Nina and Mattias make my heart burst, I adore their relationship as they struggles against the racial prejudice they were taught. Waylan and Jesper are so sweet.

 

 

 

Cassandra (Delphic Women #2) by Kerry Greenwood  

This is an incredible retelling. We focus on Troy’s prophecy cursed princess, Cassandra, as the Trojan war unfolds and no one believes her. I love that we get to see Cassandra as I feel like she’s been omitted in a lot of the retellings I’ve read. I find her storyline once of the more dynamic side plots in the myth.

I’m in awe of the way Greenwood is able to balance the fantastic elements of the Gods with the historical setting and culture of the ancient world. All the characters feel very grounded in a real historical setting. And the Gods feel like accurate representation of what the Ancient Greeks believed them to be.

||My Review||

 

Canary Club (Canary Club #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin

This was the first book that I was approved to receive an ARC so it will always have a special place in my heart but on top of that I adored it! The 1920’s is one of my favourite time periods to read about. This book has everything I loved; historical setting which feels real and a swoon worth romance. I felt like I’d been sucked into the era from the very first page. Sherry D. Ficklin weaves in the 20’s slang which ease. It never felt odd or unnatural for the characters.

I adored both Benny and Masie. Masie is a strong character throughout the book when see her fight for independence. She’s constantly rebelling against her father and society. Benny is so sweet and will do whatever it takes to keep his family fed and healthy. But he has a habit of always winding up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

||My Review||

 

Circe by Madeline Miller 

I was a little worried that Circe wasn’t going to live up to her first book since I’m not familiar with Circe’s story as I was with Patroculs, Achilles and The Trojan War. But I am glad to be proven wrong. Miller is a gifted writer, as a reader, I feel content to sit back and let her weave the story. She has this way of bringing these myths to life and making the Gods seem relatable and human beneath their perfect looks and awesome power.

One of the most surprising things about this story was just how connected Circe is to the other famous heroes, including the monstrous Minotaur, doomed Icarus, the hero Jason and his dangerous wife Medea and of course cunning Odysseus. I want to go back to the myths and see where Circe is mentioned.

||My Review||

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book has assigned reading in my year 11 English class. For me, I got the most out of this book by studying and analysing it because I wasn’t a fan of it when I first read it. The writing style is mostly plain English and includes some illustrations and mathematical equations, which is vastly different from the lush lyrical writing style I normal like. But the writing style feels authentic to the narrator, Christopher Boone.

Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths . He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey. What I loved most about this book was it gave me a chance to experience a perspective which is different from my own.

 

 

Cross Stitch (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Cross Stitch or Outlander, as it’s more commonly known, is one of my all time favourite books — but weirdly I have yet to read the other books. We follow Claire who’s been reunited with her husband and on her second honeymoon in Scotland after WWII. She winds up in 1743 in the middle of a violent skirmish after walking through the stone circle in the Highlands. Claire finds herself in Jacobite Scotland trying to get back home. She in danger from the Jacobites, the Redcoats and her desire for Jamie Fraser. Jamie is everything a book boyfriend should be, and he has an awesome accent.

 

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco 

This was one of my favourite reads of 2019, it may also be my favourite book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. It was a fantastic ending even if I’m sad we don’t get more from the world and these characters. The events in novel pieced together loose ends from the earlier books seamlessly. I also love the way Kerri Maniscalco was able to twist the history of H.H. Holmes to her mystery.

Audrey Rose and Thomas have become two of my favourite characters. I love them.  The pair are studying forensic science. Audrey has have to fight tooth and nail to be able to study which is a big no no for Victorian Lady’s. I adore that Audrey assist with the autopsy while Thomas documents everything. Also I love the romance between the two. It makes my heart happy.

 

Control Freak by Brianna Hale 

When I pick this up I was expecting a quick, fun read and I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did! We follow university student and recovering anorexic, Lacey Petrou as she spends her summer working at a museum for the broody boss, Stein Blomqvist. She’s not all that thrilled at having to work with Stein, especially after he saved her from falling down the stairs and then preceded to yelled at her.

Stein is known for being controlling and difficult to work with, however, he is kind and patient enough to offer Lacey a Dominant/submissive relationship. Nothing ever happens without Lacey’s consent. In fact, this dynamic only starts when Lacey shows interest. Their relationship is formed by mutual trust, care, control and submission.

||My Review||

 

Challenge (The Harris Brothers #1) by Amy Daws 

This was the first soccer sports romance I’ve read and also the first one I’ve read set in London. Camden Harris is about to ink a deal with English Premier League team, Arsenal, however ends up in hospital after he injured his knee during a match. It’s at hospital where he meet Dr. Indie Porter. Indie is a smart woman, she’s skipped grades and is one of the youngest doctors in England. However since she’s thrown herself into study she’s left life, love and boys in the background.

Oh my god, the penis list had me laughing out loud, which is a lit Indie and her best friend Belle came up with to help Indie lost her virginity. Indie and Belle’s relationship is amazing. I love seeing strong female friendships in books. Also, Camden has leaped his way into my top 5 book boyfriends. I was completely charmed by him from the get go.

 

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Books Starting with ‘C’ on my TBR

 

 

I’m not going to talk about them individual because it would just be me rambling about how excited I am to get to these books and I’m sure you have more enlightening things to do with your time.

 

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That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what your most memorable read starting with ‘C’ is.

Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

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