NOVEMBER WRAP UP: a surprisingly good month for me

 

December is officially upon us! I mean, this year went by so fast  and I still have books that I have to read before the end of it .

But thankfully this November I was able to get a few off my TBR, so many that I have been meaning to read, and FINALLY got to this month!

Also that means I have so many reviews that I need to write 😬.

Along with my research assignment for university which I am doing on post colonialism. And another one I need to do on the marketing of a product of my choice.

Fun stuff.

So, without further ado, here are the books that I read this November:

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor 

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The final book in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series !

For me, this series peaked at the first book. The others were simply… o-kay. It definitely was unique but both Karou and Akiva’s character arcs as well as romance just fell flat for me. I wanted more of Zuzana and Mik and Ziri and Liraz.

Full review to come!

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The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

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This one I was really surprised by. In a good way.

I really enjoyed reading it and was definitely engaged the whole time. The author is also doing a retelling of King Arthur but gender swapped? I can’t wait for that.

Check out my full review here

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The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden 

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What a beautiful book! I still don’t think I am completely over it. It was just so magical and reading it really was really one of the best things I decided to do this month.

Full review to come.

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 The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutoski

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I finally read this!!! I mean, this has been on and off my currently reading list just because I was never in the mood. But then I decided that I wasn’t going to read and new releases this month and would read some of the books of my TBR.

And I am glad to say, I enjoyed it! It was so much better than the first book. It had a lot more politics and overall was a much better book. The romance had been pushed to the background which made you long for it more and also gave the characters more time to develop and I learned a lot more about each of them as individuals

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 The Bird and The Blade by Megan Bannen 

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Ok, I am not going to lie. I thought that this was a sure DNF after the first few chapters. Why? Because every other sentence was a description of Prince Khalaf and how he was better than anybody else that had ever lived at Every .Single .Thing

But towards the end it got better and had a lot more about to say about the  other  characters. Thank god.

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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

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This was bloody good. ( pun intended)

Another one that has been on my TBR forever and finally got a chance.

This book truly was a lot of fun to read and I really do recommend it to anyone who isn’t afraid to read books where there are plenty of morally grey heroines who are willing to do whatever it takes to survive.

Full review to come.

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This one was an ARC and also my first book by this author.

Unfortunately, even though I liked the main character. The storyline was too predictable and the love interest as well as the romance fell flat for me.

Full review to come.

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Probably my favorite book abouy time travel ever.

The concept was so well executed and really well done. This book was fast paced, engaging and really shows how the choices we make and the way we react to certain events in our life can define out future.

Full review to come!

 

So overall I read some pretty good books this November and also I have decided to catch up on my ARCs this December.

So, how did your November go? Have you read any of the books that I did? Tell me in the comments!

 

Review: A Muse Of Nightmares ( Strange the Dreamer #2)

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“For an instant, at least, they seemed one and the same, as though all anguish exists in the same deep well, no matter what loss or misfortune leads us to it. We might be at odds, hate each other, and desired each others destruction, but in our despair, we are lost in the same darkness, breathing the same air as we choke on our grief.”

I honestly can’t think of the appropriate words to describe my feelings after reading this book. It is an absolute masterpiece. I don’t think that i have ever read a book that left me reeling, like this did. There are books that after i was finished i was left in shock by the plot twists and all the drama. This was not one of those books. After finishing it, i felt like i was in love. All i could think about was this book and how i never would be able to get over it. At some points I just wanted to go rip my heart out of my chest, because it is so full of emotions and feelings and other things i can’t even describe.
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This book starts right where Strange the Dreamer left off, with the fates of Sarai and the people of Weep being in the hands of Minya. If Lazlo wishes to be with Sarai, then he must be willing to let the people of Weep face Minya’s fury.
The first book, was mostly the story of Lazlo and Sarai and the world as they saw it. However, this book gives us a look into the lives of the other characters as well.
It ‘s a story of gods and humans, of love and hate, of hope and pain and family. But mostly, it was a story about love.
The love between siblings, the love between family and the love between two people. It was also a story about hate and pain and how it can consume you, like love, and make you capable of things you never thought possible.

“People are our safe places. I have one: a person who’s a home and a world to me.” 

I loved how Minya’s story was told. Not the one that we see through the eyes of Sarai and the others. But her story, told by her and through her mind. I honestly can’t imagine living in so much of fear as a child, and then at the age of five , going through what she did. She raised four children, not that much younger than she was. She had every right to be angry. However, it consumed her until it became a part of her. I really did feel for her and just wanted for her to find happiness in some way or another.
The writing in this is just incredible. It just flows . Its just so unique and pulls you in and never lets go until the end. Half of the reason that I loved this book was the writing. It was so beautiful and tragic and felt like i was reading poetry. I don’t think that anyone

writes like Laini Taylor does. It’s so unique and is an experience all on its own.

I really ashamed to admit that this wasn’t one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I decided to pick it up because-why not? I am so glad i did, because after finishing it, i am in an utter state of bliss. This book does leave room for a third installment and i really hope it happens!

Also, i just wanted to add some pictures of my gorgeous babies here:

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Ruby

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Minya

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Feral

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Sparrow

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Sarai

 

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Lazlo Strange

Go here to find out which godspawn you are!

Vengeful by V. E Schwab

There are good books, and there are really good books. This is a really good book. 

I finished  Viscous a day before starting this and i loved it. I thought it was good. This on the other hand, i LOVED! I was gripped from the very first page, something that recently, very few books have been able to do to me. 

This story starts five years after the events of Viscous. Victor Vale is alive and well, and also dying. After his resurrection, something is wrong with him and so he goes on a search for a way to heal himself. However, he still hasn’t forgotten about Eli and his need for vengeance. 

Eli Ever on the other hand is held captive by EON, an organization that captures EOs. He works with them, in helping them finding EOs 

Enter Marcella, the newest EO and also the most bold, daring and has no sense of things in moderation. If she wants it, you better believe she will get it. Working alongside her is June, who is an EO with the ability to change her appearance.

This book did one thing, I never thought was possible: it made me feel sorry for Eli Ever. Yeah, i know. The author gives us more of his backstory and it explains a lot about his behavior.

Eli didn’t know how he was broken, but he wanted to be healed.

He wanted to be saved.”

Which is what annoys me, since i just wanted to hate him in peace. 

At least she gave us Marcella and June, who take being ruthless to another level. They give new meaning to the word badass. They are the definition of it. 

 How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously?”

Women shouldn’t be underestimated, especially when they have been wronged. You may as well do yourself a favor and die. Because if they want you dead, you’re probably going to be pretty soon. True Icons. 

Victor, Victor, Victor. I don’t think he will love me back as much as i love him. I just wanted to heal him myself and every time that he was hurt, I felt it. I know i am going all schoolgirl gushy over him, but whatever. I really and truly have a crush on him. 

The one complaint about this book would be Sydney. I wish we had more of her. She seemed like a side character that came in every now and then, and I really needed more of her and Victor. 

I really hope there is another book and that we won’t have to wait five more years for it.

It is definitely a book I would read. 

Author Interview: Elana K. Arnold

Damsel is the perfect book for anyone willing to read a dark, feminist, gripping story. It is a such a beautiful book that takes hold of the trope that we know and love so well -the prince saving the princess, they fall in love, they live happily ever after, the end- and twists it so that the princess is the one who has to save herself, and nothing is what you believe at first.

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This week, i was fortunate enough to receive a chance to interview the incredible Elana K Arnold, author of  Damsel.

1. What inspired you to write this book? Was it the original story of Sleeping Beauty? 

This book is the result of many books I ate growing up—original Grimm fairy tales,The Princess Bride, Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon, and Anne Rice’s The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, to name a few. The book was inspired by my friend Martha Brockenbrough, who asked me, one evening on a rooftop in San Francisco, a question that sent me on the journey of writing this book. I can’t tell you the question, because that might spoil the plot, but I attempt to answer it through writing DAMSEL.

2. This book isn’t a light, easy read. It’s bound to make many people uncomfortable. Why write a book that many would choose not to read? What would you say to those who aren’t sure if they should read it?

I don’t write books with readers in mind. I write to please myself, to better understand my insides and my outsides, and the world around me. I write to scratch an itch. I write to create. As I write, I remind myself that it’s none of my business who reads my book—it’s my business to write the best book I can, and then write a better one, next time. In answer to what I would say to people who are unsure whether they should read my book, I would say this: A book is a wonderful place to practice being uncomfortable, and to practice saying “No.” If, when reading a book, a reader feels dis-ease, she has the power to set the book down and walk away, and either come back to it later, or not. This is a great power.

3. The characters, especially Emory, were so different from the usual stories of princes and princesses. They were nothing like what we grew up believing. Were they inspired by particular figures in history or did you feel the need to write them differently?

I don’t know where the characters came from. They just came. Probably from real, lived experiences in my life, and from an amalgam of characters I’ve seen and read, that I’ve absorbed in any number of ways, from the cultural myths we perpetuate about the way men and women “should” be.

4. Some of the scenes in this book are so graphic, especially towards the end. Was it difficult to write them? 

There are definitely scenes in this book that were difficult to write, and that may be difficult to read. As a writer, I tell myself when I get to these passages, “Blinders on.” That means, I pay very close attention to exactly the next sentence that I must write, one after the other, without allowing myself to step further back. I immerse myself in the flesh of the story, and then, when it’s done, I walk away and do something deeply, physically pleasurable, like cuddling with one of my animals or taking a walk outside.

5. Are there any other YA books that you would recommend as a must read? 

There are many. I will make you a short list of some:
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                                                Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s Uses For Boys
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                                                        Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X
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                                                       Ibi Zoboi’s American Street
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                                                        Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion
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                               Martha Brockenbrough’s The Game of Love and Death
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                                            Sarah McCarry’s All Our Pretty Songs
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                                           Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel
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                                     Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez
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                                                    Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels
There are more! Some of the most shocking, exciting work currently being produced is in the YA sphere.
Thank you so much to Elana for agreeing to do this. Damsel should definitely be one of your top reads for this year. It releases October 2nd.
If you are planning on picking this up or currently reading it, let me know!

BOOK REVIEW: VISCOUS by V.E Schwab

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“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
This book is so cool.
i mean i really have no idea why i kept putting this off for some reason, but i am glad i finally decided to pick it up. It was so worth it. I can now add Victor Vale to my characters-who-just -want-to be-loved-and -i -will-love-them bookshelf.
This book focuses on Victor Vale and Eli Ever who as college students decide to test their thesis on EOs and it goes wrong when Victor kills Eli’s girlfriend by accident. This leads to Eli turning Victor in and deciding that all EOs were damaged and needed to be killed. Victor on the other hand, plans his revenge on his best friend to get revenge for what he did. The book alternates between the events of the past and the present day, where Victor is about to make Eli pay.
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Victor Vale is bent on getting revenge on Eli and probably spent every second, of everyday in prison picturing the day he finally did. However, he can’t do it alone and gathers a crew consisting of Mitch, who is a huge, convict, with bad luck and hacker and Sydney. Sydney is a 12 year old, who has necromancy powers and was picked off the road by Victor after she was betrayed by her sister.

Eli on the other hand, is someone i wouldn’t mind punching in the face a couple of times. He makes it his mission to kill all EOs because he thinks they’re “wrong” , despite the fact that he himself is one. He is self righteous, and though i usually love a good villain, i really hate him. WHO GAVE YOU THE RIGHT TO DECIDE OTHER PEOPLES’ LIVES FOR THEM, ELI? WHO? JUST DIE.
Eli’s “side kick” Serena, also Sydney’s sister, is probably the best thing that ever happened to him. She is just such a goddamn queen. She is feisty, smart and beautiful. She needs to have a statue.

I honestly don’t know how you guys survived the wait for the second book because i would have been six feet under by now. If you haven’t read this, please make sure you do. You can thank me later.