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November Reading Round-Up: Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, and Middle Grade

Hi everyone! We’re leaning towards December. Hard to believe that November flew on by so quickly. How was your month? For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo, how’d it go? I managed 30,000 words. I have half a mind to try and reach 50,000, but that would mean two 10K days and I’m not sure I have it in me πŸ˜‰ We’ll see.

November Reading Round-Up

Anyways, I thought I would share what I’ve read this month.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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I started this series in 2012. Wow. I was so excited to dive into this final book. With how Empire of Storms ended, I started reading with nervousness and dread.

I’m not going to share too much because I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read. I’ll just say that I thought it was a satisfying ending with a few threads left unfinished. I wonder if Sarah would ever return to this world? πŸ™‚

Two Thousand Years by M. Dalto

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This story, guys! MB was one of my mentors during #WriteMentor from May-August 2018. She’s funny, clever, and kind. I’m grateful she shared her expertise and insight with me. I brought THE LOST SAGES to another level, with MB’s and Amber’s help.

When I received an ARC from Parliament House Press, I got so excited :). This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018, and it did not disappoint one bit! MB won a Wattpad’s Watty Award in 2016 for this novel πŸ™‚

Check out this summary from Goodreads:

“Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.”

I love Alex so much. She is someone I would want to be friends with. Treyan and Reylor, eep ❀ My loves. Alex goes through so much in this story. I’m continually impressed with her and how she faces many challenges. She’s relatable and compassionate. I love her strength so much.

Treyan is swoony and romantic. I love him. Reylor is such an interesting and complicated character. Some wild things happen in this novel but my heart still goes out to him. I’m so excited because next year, MB is releasing two novellas from Reylor and Treyan’s perspective.

If you enjoy romance, fantasy, and real relationships, you’ll devour this. It releases on December 11th, 2018. Pre-order it here!

Clouded Envy by Candace Robinson

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I’ve read two of Candace’s previous books: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault and The Glass Bride. I knew a bit about her writing style. She has a fresh and unique voice that you don’t forget πŸ™‚ I met Candace through #WriteMentor, and am so glad we’re friends.

This book blew me away. It’s so different from anything I’ve read before. The characters are quirky and three-dimensional. I loved Bray so much. I wish I had a friend like her ❀ She is so sweet, funny, and completely herself. My heart went out to Brenik.

If you enjoy stories about fairies, magic, heartbreak, and family, you’ll love this. Pre-order it here πŸ™‚

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)

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Okay, so I grew up on mysteries. I LOVE mysteries so much. It doesn’t hurt that one of the main character’s is a slightly broody, kind, and intelligent British detective. Strike ❀ Also, the other lead, Robin, is such a fantastic character. I love everything about her. She is clever, insecure at times, suffers from PTSD, and a darn good detective.

This novel is a biggie. I think it’s over 600 pages. The mystery was multi-layered and had me guessing throughout. When I read the dialogue and setting, I felt homesick for England. I spent five months in Nottingham and absolutely fell in love with the country. Someday I will go back πŸ™‚

This is the fourth in the series, so start with The Cuckoo’s Calling πŸ™‚ You won’t be disappointed.

Moonlight and Whiskey by Tricia Lynne

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I’m part of a romance writing group on Facebook called “All the Kissing“. I’ve met some wonderful fellow writers there. One of the ladies who started this group is Tricia. I remember when she first posted her Publisher’s Marketplace photo of her book deal. I was so excited to see her novel on NetGalley, so I requested it immediately.

This is a hot romance novel. I loved Declan and Avery’s story. Avery is clever, sparky, and fun-loving. She and her friend Kat go on a trip to New Orleans, and she literally bumps into Declan πŸ˜€

I enjoyed watching their relationship develop throughout the novel. Tricia captured the magic of New Orleans in her descriptions without over-describing. I loved their journey so much ❀ Thanks NetGalley and Tricia for the amazing ARC <3. Pre-order here if you’re interested.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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I picked up this novel at a used bookstore a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to give it a read and see if this might be a story I could use in some of my tutoring sessions with my students.

Last Sunday, I sat down and started reading this novel, not sure what to expect. Well, a few hours later, I finished it πŸ™‚

It’s such a remarkable story of light and darkness, friendship and honor, romance and loss.

We follow Despereaux Tilling, a cute mouse who loves stories, music, and a princess named Pea. We also follow a rat, Roscuro, who lives in the dank basement, in darkness. He wishes to live in a world of light. Then there is Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who grew up in horrible conditions.

It is a lovely story, and I recommend it to everyone πŸ™‚

After by Anna Todd

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I was on Instagram earlier this week and saw a trailer for a movie called After. I vaguely remembered seeing this book a few years ago. I googled it and found out it was a romance story on Wattpad about Harry Styles and a young woman, Tessa.

It’s had a billion views online, so I decided to try it. I must say, I flew through it. Anna Todd has a way of balancing the right amount of conflict, drama, and romance. I tore through the pages, wondering what would happen to Hardin and Tessa.

The ending was quite upsetting, I must say. I’m not sure I’ll continue on, but I can see the appeal.Β Have you read this before? What do you think? I’d love to hear below.

Currently Reading

WinterDream is a Nutcracker retelling written by the lovely Chantal Gadoury. I posted an interview with her, and you can read it here.

Five Poisoned Apples is a magical anthology releasing fromΒ Rooglewood Press. There are five unique Snow White fairytale retellings in this book. Anne Elisabeth Stengl graciously sent me an ARC to review. It releases on December 1st. You can pre-order here, if interested πŸ™‚

Wintersong is a magical and dark fairytale about the Goblin King and a young girl by S. Jae-Jones. I’ve just started, but I’m enjoying it so far ❀

Well, there you have it, my friends. That’s my monthly round-up of the books I read this month. It was a great reading month. I think this is because we’ve had three massive snowstorms, haha.

What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Loie xo

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