Recent Reads

Hey everyone,

How are you? The weather has definitly gone a little chilly and already I am seeing Christmas stuff in shops.

I got myself a coat rack so I took a photo before I built it.

So since I have been on holiday and I haven’t done a book review in a while. I thought I would just catch-up on what books that I have read recently. The last book review I did was on Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (See blog post here) which was back in August. So let’s catch up.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I remember seeing this book multiple times on Booktube when it first came out. Initionally I wasn’t interested in in the book and I wasn’t going for Fantasy at the time so I didn’t really want to get it. And then I saw the new covers for the series and I thought why not give it a try.

While I did enjoy this book, I realised as to why I stopped reading YA books. The main reason is, is because of the recycled plot or theme. There was a continious recognition of similar plot when I was reading this book. I had expected how this book was going to go and I still enjoyed it, there is nothing wrong with it. I have purchased book 2 and 3 on my kindle, so when I am in the mood for it I don’t have to panic about it being on my physical TBR.

A little bit of Romance never hurt anyone

So I got into a bit of mood to read on my Kindle and read some romance books. I started the Eternal Mates series by Felicity Heaton, I got to book 6 of 15. I bought the whole series on Amazon because I didn’t want to buy the next one after finishing a previous one. I also got into The Untouchables series by Darcy Burke, I got a book from Netgalley called The Duke of Seduction and I really enjoyed it but I hadn’t read the other books before. I am on book 9 of 12.

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

I have had this book on my TBR shelf for a really long time and I had seen the movie multiple times so I couldn’t understand how it took me forever to read it. I listened to it mostly on Audible while I was redecorating my new room and also moving in as well.

I sometimes found myself gettig a bit confused as to what period it was because in the movie it was set in an era where not a lot of technology was intorduced and then there was a mention of a microwave. I don’t know if I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t getting to me as I had hoped.

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan

I saw the book in Waterstones and somehow was intrigued. This is an analogue of two stories, they both follow a girl who falls in love and would do anything to be with that person but then they both end up leaving alone because something or someone gets in the way.

I did enjoy the first story more because I was interested in the girl’s desire to break up the relationship her father had and I couldn’t get into the second one.

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

This was a re-read for me and I am also annotating the series as it is one of my favourite series. It took me a while to finish Visions, I found myself not getting motivated to pick the book up which lead to me reading this book in the space of two months.

I found myself really looking for clues and points that could affect a certain point to the later books and I even enjoyed finding Olivia’s quick remarks. I enjoyed this book and annotating the crap out of it. I do have intentions to pick up Deceptions but it will have to be in December because I am going to be participating in the Tome Topple readathon again in November.

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

If you loved reading fairytales or enjoyed the Disney movies so much, this book puts a feminist twist on it. Nikita Gill is a poet and has written a collection of poems on Fairytales but instead of the knight saving the princess, the princess saves herself. It is a really good collection of poems and I enjoyed all of them. I even purchased Gill’s next book Great Goddesses which I am very much looking forward to reading it.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Oh my god, this book was the highlight of my holiday in Granada, Spain. I started the book on my holiday because I thought the world written by the amazing Jay Kristoff would definitely fit into the streets of Granada. I took quite a few photo while I was on holiday.

This was a great conclusion to this trilogy, I didn’t want the book to end and I kept putting it down just to savor the last chapter. The evolution of Mia, Ashlyn and their friends was an intersting to see. I enjoyed the adventures, the magic and even the bloody actions. This is a great trilogy and I am glad to finish another series.

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss

I had comepletly forgotten about this book until it was released. I loved the first two books and I couldn’t put it down. I loved reuniting with Mary and her friends, I also really liked the adventure in this book. I don’t like spoiling things to people but this book has such a great collaborations of Victorian characters that it is a reinvented to live in one world. This is a good part two book from European Travel for the Monstrous Women because it picks up moments after and the book concludes some loose ends that were in book 2.

One of the things that I loved about this book is the added comentary from Mary and girls about how factual of the stuff written by the author. There are so many funny moments that the book manages to balance the bad things and find humor in other ways.

And that’s all the books that I have read in the last couple of months. I hope next month would be a busy month since Tome Topple starts in the middle of the month and it is a perfect time to push myself to read more but also to take down some of the larger books that have been on my shelf for a while.

I hope you are all ok, the weather has definitely taken a turn so stay wrapped up in bed with a good book.

Happy Reading xx

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