I’m taking part in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge!
This month I finished reading four books: two YA Fantasies, one Contemporary Romance, and one Historical Fiction novel. While I wish I got the chance to read more, I’m happy about the ones I completed!
I rated this story 4/5 Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Dream So Dark! It was a great sequel to A Blade So Black, as it follows Alice’s adventures through Wonderland’s nightmarish world. It left me wondering what will be covered next! You can catch my review of A Dream So Dark HERE!
I gave Jerusalem Maiden 4/5 Stars. This was a very powerful read, as it follows Esther Kaminsky’s religious journey throughout her life. She struggles with getting in touch with her passions while honoring God and the commandments. You can view my review for Jerusalem Maiden HERE.
I reviewed Keeping Her Close for Prism Book Tours, in which I received a complimentary copy from the author. I found this story to be quite a warm, feel-good story centered around trust. If you would like to check out my review, you can find it HERE.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
I gave Wicked Saints 4/5 Stars. I found this to be quite an interesting read that involved lots of esoteric discussion between two of the central characters. There was also an entertaining romance! My full review can be found HERE!
And that’s it! I began reading two other stories this month, which I will talk about more tomorrow.
This month I received two digital ARCs through NetGalley. I’m very much looking forward to reading them!
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi This is the sequel to The Gilded Wolves. I really loved the diverse range of characters in Chokshi’s book, and the issues of racism and colorism were clearly addressed. Severin and his crew find themselves in Russia in The Silvered Serpents, and some surprising revelations await them!
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan This is Emily A. Duncan’s sequel to Wicked Saints. I’m thrilled to continue the story with a re-imagined and magical Eastern European world. The monster romance is equally intriguing!
I hope all of you are having a stress-free Thursday!
Well, the first 10 day of October have flown by, and I finished one book in my TBR pile! I gave myself 6 stories to read, and I still have high hopes to complete that task!
I finished reading ‘A Dream So Dark’, and I loved it! It was quite an amazing book, and I can’t wait for Part 3!
I began reading Jerusalem Maiden last night. This story is historical fiction, set at the end of the Ottoman Empire (1911). I’ve read the first 50 pages, and I received quite a bit of information about Esther’s character, and her family culture. I’m wondering what my book group will discuss about this story next week!
I’m well aware that Spookathon is in two weeks, and I may take part in that as well…I just need to make a dent in this TBR pile. We’ll see if that happens lol…
How is your reading challenge/TBR pile progress coming along? Hopefully you’re making the most of it!
Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Blogtober Challenge.
Every time Autumn rolls around, I have a few ‘must-do’s’ to accomplish. It’s such a magical time of year, and I love taking advantage of the seasonal change!
Here’s a quick list of what I do during this time of year:
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
October (and Autumn in general) means that it’s time to hit up a pumpkin patch to seek out those special gourds to decorate!
Watch ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’
I watch this special every single year! Now that I have the DVD, there’s really no excuse to miss it…even though I almost did last year! Some exhaustion from long work days kick in!
Visit a Haunted House
I connect with one of my good friends from college to take part in this chilling activity! Schafer Farms has its Farm of Horrors attraction which lasts until November 2nd. People have the opportunity to enjoy a haunted hayride, a scary corn maze, and the usual haunted house with its freaky cast of characters!
The change of the seasons means that it’s time for everything pumpkin and leaf crafting (with the occasional animal decorations)!
Note: All of the Snoopy/Peanuts Gang figures featured in this post were purchased from Hallmark. I love bringing them with me wherever I go!
What are the things on your “Must-Do’ list for Autumn? Feel free to share in the comments! Many thanks to The Library Looter and Anniek for inspiring this blog post!
I’m very excited to receive some ARCs from NetGalley this week!
NetGalley is a service where you receive Advance Reader Copies for your eReader (Nook, Kindle, etc.), in exchange for honest reviews. I received two books this week:
Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…
In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.
That belief got Becca killed.
It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.
The night Heather killed her.
Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.
In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.
Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…
Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!
‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ by Erin A. Craig is an adaptation of the Grimm’s Fairy Tale ‘The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces’ (also known as ‘The 12 Dancing Princesses’). This story is due for release on August 6, 2019. I received an ARC of this novel through Net Galley, and the synopsis intrigued me: a wealthy Duke enduring the mysterious loss of a daughter year after year. I never read the fairy tale before taking on this story, but I decided to read the story based on the paranormal aspect.
‘House of Salt of Sorrows’ is set in Salann, an island territory in the world of Arcannia. Each territory follows its own deity based on the climate of the area (the residents of Salann worship Pontus, a god akin to Poseidon. The story follows the perspective of Annaleigh, who is now second in line to her father’s inheritance, due to the eldest daughters suffering tragic, unexplainable deaths. Annaleigh sets out to solve the mystery of her sisters’ deaths, and encounters disturbing elements of paranormal occurrences along the way. Her youngest sister endures quite descriptive images of paranormal activity, yet Annaleigh doesn’t acknowledge these signs until she is in the throes of her journey. She finds herself racing to discover the origin of her family’s dilemma before any further losses take place.
I loved how descriptive the death and violence were in the book. I enjoy reading books with tragic elements, and I was pleasantly surprised that I read this inside a YA novel. I love a good tale with mystery and paranormal elements.
‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ is a very good story, and I am thankful to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for giving me an eARC!
Now that 2019 is underway, I want to share my TBR list for the remainder of January. While I know that half of the month is now gone, I would still love to share what I want to take on after I finish ‘Shadow and Bone’. Since it appears that we’re going to be snowed in this weekend, I’ll have plenty of time to enjoy my books!
I only have two books listed in my TBR pile for this month:
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
This is book #2 in the Grisha trilogy. Since these books are going to be adapted into a series on Netflix, I wanted to read the books to have an idea of what the characters were all about. From what I understand, only the first book of the trilogy is going to be adapted, but I still want to read all three books anyway.
The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi
‘The Oyster Thief’ is an underwater tale that centers around a valuable ocean ecosystem. I placed a request for this book at my local library earlier this month, as they didn’t have the novel available. I’m looking forward to receiving the notification that the Faruqi’s book is finally in.