October 2018 Wrap Up

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

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September 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with September  Wrap Up. This month I read a total of 4 books and 1,231 pages.

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June 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with June Wrap Up. This month I read a total of 4 books and 1,269 pages.

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May 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with May 2018 Wrap Up … and only a touch delayed. In May read a total of 5 books and 1,378 pages.

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April 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with April 2018 Wrap Up and it’s on time and everything! Who knew? Two months in a row!

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March 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with March 2018 Wrap Up and it’s on time and everything! Who knew? Still not really reaching the whole consistent blogging 😂 but all I can say is I’ll try my best next month. I’m pretty rubbish at getting organised so it seems.

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Febuary 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with a late Febuary 2018 Wrap Up! Still not really reaching the whole consistent blogging but fingers crossed I can get more organised this month and do the things.😂 Maybe by the end of the year you’ll get regular blog posts for me.

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January 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with my extremely late January 2018 Wrap Up! My one big goal of the year was to me more consistent with posting 😂 which has worked out so well but hey I can only go up from here since things are calming down at my new job.

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November 2017 Wrap Up

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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

October 2017 Wrap Up

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I am here with my October 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in October, I kinda failed on the horror, spooky reading but hey Halloween is every day so I’ll get to all those spooky books sometime.

I read a total of 11 books which was way more than I thought. I read 1 Poetry Collection, 1 Middle Grade, 1 Historical Fiction, 1 Horror and 7 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!

★★★★★

The Trials of Morrigan Crow

The Trails of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
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. I adore everything about it ! Nevermoor, Morrigan, Hawthorn, Jupiter, The Hotel Deucalion and even Fen! Prefect read for any fan of magic and whimsical worlds like Wonderland or Whoville. Waiting for my invitation to the Wundrous Society.

★★★★1/2

Chosen Queen

The Chosen Queen by Joanna Courtney
This is the first book in a series which looks at the three queens of the three man who wanted to rule England in 1066. The Chosen Queen follows young Saxon women, Edyth Alfgarsdottir. Edyth marries the first King of Wales, Griffin. Becoming his Queen catapults Edyth onto the opposing side of a bitter feud between England and Wales. She has to grow up fast but has the support and encouragement of her closest friend, Lady Svana. Years later she ends up in line for the thrown as Harold Godwin’s wife. I adore this book and the thing I love about it is that the friendship between Edyth and Lady Svana is really at the heart of the story. Highly, highly recommend for fans of historical fiction and English medieval history.

★★★★

Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10) by Nalini Singh
This month was definitely fuelled by my obsession of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling world. I can’t say much since it’s the 10th in the series. This story focuses on Snow Dancer Alpha Hawke and Psy Sieanna Lauren. The war brimming between the three races is still bubbling along under the surface. I think Hawke might be my favourite male lead, but since there’s so many I’d likely change my mind tomorrow.

Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh
Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to someone else. This was a twist on the whole mating/soul mate story line that I really enjoyed. I love Adria’s character and I think she’s really relatable.

Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12) by Nalini Singh
This is the first in the series to have two Psys be the main relationship. We get an inside in the morally grey, almost villain Councillor Kaleb Krychek which I really enjoyed! I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised.

Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13) by Nalini Singh
Another Psy/Psy coupling. Tall dark and brooding assassin solider, Vasic falls in love with the empath, Ivy Jane, he’s supposed to protect from danger. I adore Ivy and how determined she is to go after what she wants.

Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) by Nalini Singh
Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. Another Psy/Psy paring which I enjoyed but I was really missing the changeling but I did enjoy seeing what was happening in the Psy world and the arrows in particular.

Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling #15) Nalini Singh
I think this books broke my heart as it exploded with all the warm and fuzzies. This book is like the wrap of the series and is super domestic and adorable. We get snapshots of all the couple we’ve met along the way and it is everything I’ve ever wanted.

Dust of Many by Brian M. Oldham
I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy from the author, so thank you once again Brain! I have done a full review which was all my thoughts and feelings on the story. Overall this is a pretty great start to a new series! I have so many questions and I need to know the answers. Highly recommend if you’re interested in epic fantasy.

 

 ★★★1/2

Peluda

peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
I have a full review of this collection. I did enjoy the poems and would love to go back to a few of them. However, having no background in Spanish words and phrases I do think I missed some of the meaning. Raw, darkly funny and wholly feminist I would definitely recommend for those poetry fans out there!

 

★★★

Black Tom

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle 
This was my only spooky read for the month. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. Magic, gangsters in 1920s New York, what more could you ask for? LaValle’s writing is stunning and at times I had to stop and read over lines. It is a retelling or reimagining of one of HP Lovecraft’s stories and because I haven’t read it I think I missed on some important aspects of the narrative. Once I read the Lovecraft story I will definitely revisit this.

 

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