September 2018 Review

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
“Things never stop going wrong. Life isn’t about waiting for peace to arrive, it’s about learning to thrive in the midst of war. There’s always another one on the way.”
This is book 9 in the Fever series, and my review can be found here.

High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning
This book picks up about four and a half months after the events of Feversong. That book ended on October 30, and this starts in mid-March. Mac and Barrons have left for a revolt in Faery, so they won’t be in this book. (And side note, but time works in Faery the opposite of what it does in the Silvers: while one week may pass in Faery, a whole year may pass on Earth.) Chesters is open again and Ryodan has been around, but Dani hasn’t really seen much of him. Now at the start of the book he tells her he’s leaving to go do something and that she can’t come with him because her place isn’t with him anymore. Not only is he leaving, but all of the Nine are, and he says he’s going to be gone for YEARS. What?

This is book 10 in the Fever series, and my complete review can be found here.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
This was just okay. There wasn’t really any big twist or anything that really kept me turning the pages.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before ★★★★
2. P.S. I Still Love You ★

This story picks up about a year after the last book left off, with Lara Jean graduating high school. It was an okay ending to the series. For some reason, I just feel like the Gen storyline wasn’t wrapped up/fully addressed in the last book, so I thought she would show back up in this book, which she thankfully didn’t. However, did Peter ever fully apologize for that? Because I don’t think he did. And that really annoys me.

Full review here.

The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker
This book was really slow and didn’t have as much romance as I expected (maybe the last 1/3 did). It had beautiful descriptions of Alaska, but it went on forever and eventually I got tired of it.

The Score by Elle Kennedy
Off-Campus Series
1. The Deal ★★★
2. The Mistake ★★★
3. The Score ★★★

This was just what I needed after reading The Simple Wild. It was light-hearted fluff (for the most part, although sadly, there was a character death in this one too).

But other reviewers are right in that all of her main characters kind of blend together, and there’s really not much to differentiate Dean from Garrett and Logan. It’s best to take a long break between her books because they ARE all kind of the same (although I believe her latest, The Chase, is her best written yet!).

Briar U
1. The Chase ★★★★

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

“Now summer was round and full, fruit ready to burst, a sun emerging fat, yellow, and happy from the sea.”
– Leigh Bardugo

This is a collection of twelve short stories that all take place in the summer, and they are definitely a perfect summer read (well, the ones I enjoyed anyway), but I think they can be enjoyed at any time of the year. This book was worth it for the stories by Leigh Bardugo, Libba Bray, Lev Grossman, and Veronica Roth. Others were a hit and miss, but I’ve written my thoughts on each of them so you can get an idea what they’re about.

My full review to come soon on this blog!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Book 6 in the Throne of Glass series. Nesryn and Chaol have come to the continent of Antica to ask the Khagan Urus if he will ally with them in this war, and so Chaol can meet with the healers at Torre Cesne about his legs/spine. Upon arrival, they learn that Nesryn’s hometown of Rifthold has been ransacked by Perrington and his demons, which must mean that her siblings, nieces, parents, are all dead.  Full review coming soon!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
“Everybody in this academy, Shadowhunters and mundanes, people with the Sight and without it, every one of them is looking to be a hero. We are all hoping for it, and trying for it, and soon we will be bleeding for it.”

Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison
I got this book from Audible after a random blogger recommended it, and that was a big mistake. I started listening to it when I first got it, but kept turning it off and listening to something else because I just couldn’t bring myself to care for the story or any of the characters. You know it’s a bad sign when you literally DREAD picking up a book/listening to it.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

I was wary of picking up another thriller after reading Lie to Me, but then this one had me hooked from the beginning! We start off the book knowing that the narrator is in a coma but aware of her surroundings, and the book alternates between three time periods.

Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen
An enemies to lovers romance, and this was probably my favorite book of the month besides High Voltage! I read it on Kindle Unlimited, but I loved it so much, I immediately went and bought a physical copy.

Yet again, I read 12 books!

Short stories I read:
The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare
“She would have rhapsodized about gothic spires spearing the clouds, cobblestone streets shimmering with rain, sunlight dancing on the Seine, and, bien sûr, the infinite varieties of cheese. She would have pointed out that Paris had been home to Baudelaire and Rimbaud, Monet and Gauguin, Descartes and Voltaire, that this was the city that had birthed a new way of speaking, seeing, thinking, being—drawing even the most mundane of mundanes a little closer to the angels.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
This was a nice, short thriller to listen to as an audiobook.

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The entire story is epistolary and takes place over the course of a year, with letters written between Carrie, who has just discovered her husband is cheating on her, and David, who is married to Janet, who is also “the other woman.” And it takes place in 1977 because it wouldn’t be realistic for people to be writing letters like this today when they could just e-mail, facebook, etc. Which makes me wonder why the story was written in 1977? Only to make it more believable why characters would be writing letters in order to draw the story out? Outside of that, I don’t see any real indicator of the year the story is taking place in, and it just makes me question her writing all the more. If you place your story in a different time, I just feel like there should be a why.

Three Faces of Me by R. L. Stine

“Ever think it might be nice to have two of you? You know, somehow magically split yourself into two people?” 

This was a nice little scary story for kids. I think it’s suitable for kids even as young as five and a good introduction to the horror genre without being too scary.

Previous recaps:
January 2018: 12 books read
February 2018: 8 books read
March 2018: 7 books read
July 2018: 12 books read
August 2018: 12 books read

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