Book Review

October Wrap-Up

October was a very bad month. There was a death in my family and that’s all I’m going to say about it here.

So, I was away for most of last month but I did read a good bit at the beginning of October.

Books Read

North and SouthClean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Moon Shine (Takhini Wolves, #4)Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)StardustFeralLothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)Frenchman's CreekFables, Vol. 11: War and PiecesToil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2)The Queen of the TearlingSylvester, or the Wicked Uncle

Highlights

North and South

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ★★★★☆

Written in the 19th century and follows Margaret Hale after she moves with her family from a tranquil life in the south of England to turbulent life in the North. There she becomes entangled in the lives of the middle and lower classes of the masters and the workers. Gaskell uses Hale’s relationships to explore societal issues during the industrial revolution using Hale’s romance with one of the masters for progression. It’s basically Pride and Prejudice set during the industrial revolution (though I think I prefer Mr Thornton to Mr Darcy shh don’t tell anyone…).

I was inspired to read this after watching the mini-series on Netflix (about 5 times). I fell in love with the characters and the social economic themes and grew to love them even more with the book.

Get the book –  Amazon / Book Depository 

Clean Sweep 1

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★★

I had no idea this was science fiction before I read it. I fully expected an urban fantasy about witches but it’s definitely science fiction. There are some elements of urban fantasy but with strong leanings towards sci-fi. If I had known it was sci-fi I probably wouldn’t have read it but I’m glad I did. I really shouldn’t doubt Ilona Andrews, they know how to tell a story!!

The story follows Dina Demille who is an Innkeeper which is a guardian of a kind of way station to travellers from other worlds. Her Inn is neutral ground and she is not meant to get involved but breaks the rules when the people in her neighbourhood are in danger from alien monster dog things.

Get the book –  Amazon / Book Depository

down among the sticks and bones

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★

I read Every Heart a Doorway this month as well which was very good but Down Among the Sticks and Bones was great. I kept thinking of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when reading Every Heart a Doorway though they are only similar in the sense that they’re both set in a boarding school run by a strange woman. Every Heart a Doorway is about children who have returned from adventures in other worlds like Narnia and are having trouble adjusting to being back. Down Among the Sticks and Bones follows two of the characters from the first book while they were in their magical world. It’s set before Every Heart a Doorway but I wouldn’t recommend reading it first. I listened to an audiobook which was read by the author and her narration was fantastic.

Get the book –  Amazon / Book Depository

Lothaire Kresley Cole paranormal romance

Lothaire by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

I really wish I could be a fly on the wall when Kresley Cole is writing. I want to know how she writes such captivating stories. Every time I read one, even if I think I’m not in the mood for one of her books, as soon as I start I cannot stop until I finish the book.

This is the 12th book in the Immortals After Dark series and follows Lothaire (of course). It also introduces a group of vampires that were hinted at once or twice in previous books. Lothaire has been mentioned a lot in previous books so I was excited for this and it didn’t disappoint.

Get the book –  Amazon / Book Depository

Frenchman's Creek Daphne du Maurier ebook

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier ★★★☆☆

An enjoyable story but not her best in my opinion. I found it to be predictable so I got a bit bored but I admired the main character for her strength of will.

The story follows Lady Dona St. Columb who has abandoned London society and seeks refuge in the country. There she encounters a French pirate, falls in love with him and craves adventure with him. He is eventually caught and she must decide whether to risk her family and save him or return to the boring life she led before.

Get the book –  Amazon / Book Depository

toil and trouble hp mallory urban fantasy

Toil and Trouble by H.P. Mallory ★★★★☆

The 2nd book in Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series picks up where the last one left off and is just as enjoyable. The only thing that annoys me in this is the love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles in stories as long as they make sense but here it felt like Sinjin wanted her just for sake of there being a complication in her relationship with Rand.

Get the book –  Amazon / Book Depository


That’s it for October. What did you read last month?

Advertisements

My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

Highlights

Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

IMG_8633 edit

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.


So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!

Ride the Storm – Karen Chance

Ride the StormTitle: Ride the Storm
 
Author: Karen Chance
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Cassie Palmer #8
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.34/5
 
 
Synopsis: Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯ 
 
What I thought about the book:
Wow!! I said finally so many times reading this book!!!
Amazing, it was everything I wanted and so much more and of course now I’m dying for the next one.

My only complaint is that the action scenes sometimes slow down the story and I ended up skimming them a bit after a while. Chance writes great action scenes but I’ve noticed with the last 2/3 books they’re getting more frequent and it kinda stalls the story. Cassie does often make important discoveries during them but there’s more than one way to do that.

***Some Spoilers Ahead***
Some great things about this book:
  • Cassie finally starts taking charge of situations
  • We get so many questions answered
  • Pritkin!!! So much amazing Pritkin stuff
  • We find out what Mircea is really about
  • A certain someone finally makes an appearance

There’s a lot of really interesting character development in this one, especially with Rosier and Roger. Fatherly love seems to be a bit of a theme here with three Dads influencing Cassie in major ways.

And Mircea! I always really liked Mircea (but loved Pritkin) but after this, I’m not sure how I feel. Especially after the last few sentences of the conclusion.

Book Depository Link

✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯
 
My Rating:
 5 paws
Ride the Storm
I got this as an ARC from NetGalley.

Slade House – David Mitchell

28953095Title: Slade House
 
Author: David Mitchell
 
Genre: Horror
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5
 
 

Synopsis: Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯ 
 
What I thought about the book: This book sounds so creepy, right?… Well, it’s a little bit meh. It certainly has it’s creepy moments but with the story broken up into a cycle of decades, I felt like I was reading a prologue over and over again. The story only really takes off near the end and then it was really interesting (bit late by then though!).
I found out after reading that this book is set in the same world as The Bone Clocks which I haven’t read. I enjoyed this one enough to get The Bone Clocks, it seems to be a bit more popular (by a bit, I mean double readership).
 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯
 
My Rating: 
3 paws

Get the book on Book Depository

IMG_8141

Master of Seduction – Kinley MacGregor

714585Title: Master of Seduction
 
Author: Kinley MacGregor
 
Genre: Historical Romance
 
Series: Sea Wolves #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.92/5
 
 

Synopsis: The infamous pirate Black Jack Rhys never encountered a ship he could not board or a woman he could not bed. But the dashing brigand may have met his match in the fiery beauty who has vowed to bring him to justice . . .

A fearless, flame-haired enchantress, Lorelei Dupree believes she has a duty to her fiancé and to the city of Charleston to help end the reign of the notorious Black Jack. But when the bold pirate eludes her carefully set trap, she suddenly finds herself the prisoner of the irresistible criminal they call “Master of Seduction.” Once trapped in Jack’s intoxicating gaze, Lorelei feels herself falling under the handsome rogue’s sensuous spell. And now the terror of the high seas faces the one peril he never anticipated—for though he has stolen so many hearts, he never dreamed he’d meet a woman who could so effortlessly conquer his own.

 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯ 
 
What I thought about the book: I was so excited to read this more because of the ridiculous cover than anything else. I was disappointed with it, it turned out to be a bit boring. The swashbuckling adventure fell a little flat, the dramatic moments (the fire, Jack’s grand gesture) were a bit meh…. My expectations might have been set too high. I expected a wild raunchy affair (in fairness how could I not have with that cover) which it didn’t deliver. The best thing about the book was the characters. They were very well developed but the events they endured were a bit anticlimactic.
It was more like a romantic comedy than a pirate adventure.
 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯
 
My Rating: 
3 paws
Master of Seduction

Get the book on Book Depository

Into the Darkness – K.F. Breene

19162511Title: Into the Darkness
 
Author: K.F. Breene
 
Genre: Paranormal
 
Series: Darkness #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.76/5
 
 
Synopsis: Sasha has grown up with one surety: she’s not normal.

She sees things in the darkness that no one else can see. Mysterious men cloaked in shadow, moving through the night. The problem is, pointing out invisible people is a fast track to a padded cell. Orphaned at age five, Sasha quickly learns an important survival tip: keep her mouth shut and stay out of the spotlight.

Until one night, everything changes. She and her boyfriend, Jared, find themselves stranded on the wrong side of town. Suddenly, the men she was convinced were hallucinations, are very real. And very dangerous.

As a new world opens up around her, she meets him. The Boss. An alpha leader who entrances her mind and tugs on her body. Primal and sexual, his people have a different set of rules. And they don’t always play nice.

As danger rises up around her, her differences may be the only thing that saves her life. She must embrace what she’s tried so hard to hide while resisting the person her body craves most. Sasha has finally found her shadow men, and they will change her life forever.

 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯ 
 
What I thought about the book: I was scrolling through books on my kindle and opened this one by accident. I decided it was a sign from Seshat and read it. I read about 5/6 pages before I decided to check out the synopsis and then expected the book to be filled with sex but it surprised me. Ok, there was a lot of sexual situations but I really thought it was going to be worse (I’ve certainly read worse) and the story and characters were strong enough to make me want to keep reading. I like Breene’s take on vampires as well. They seem like a mix of traditional vamps and fae.
 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯
 
My Rating: 
4 paws
Into the Darkness

Get the book on Book Depository

Shift by Rachel Vincent

6938348

Title: Shift

 
Author: Rachel Vincent
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Shifters #5
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.23/5
 
Synopsis: Being the first female werecat enforcer isn’t easy. Scars accumulate, but I’m stronger in so many ways.

As for my personal life? It’s complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother’s death and my father’s impeachment, it’s all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.

With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option…

 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯ 
 
What I thought about the book: I wanted more from this book!!!! The Thunderbirds seemed like a pointless addition to the world just to have another book in the series. There wasn’t much progress anywhere else except in the worlds most annoying love triangle! Which is still not resolved. The love triangle in this series always seemed really forced to me as well which is probably why it annoys me. I do not understand why Jace is so into her!
As always the action scenes are really good and Faythe is no longer annoying at all.
Good addition to the series, not great but the next book is the last one so I’ll continue.
 
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯
 
My Rating: 
3 paws