October Wrap Up

While I started off this month by not really reading the books on my TBR, I’m still content with the amount of reading I got done. And, yes, I only managed to complete 60% of my TBR. But in my defense I misplaced Part of Your World so I physically couldn’t read this book. And I started Lodestar, but on October 30th which didn’t give me any time to actually finish the book as I had plans both October 30th and 31st… Still, I’m content with my reading.

Onto the reading I actually got done…

I decided on October 1st that I needed to get back to listening to audiobooks while cleaning my apartment and walking Yzma since I’d gotten pretty much caught up on most of the podcasts I listen to regularly, so I went through my Audible library and picked a titled that I felt like listening to. Well, that started a trend for the month and I’m glad it did. This month has definitely been a better reading month than the last couple of months and for that, I’m glad. I managed a nice mix of physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks this month, making it possible for me to devour a wide selection of books.

 

Total books completed: 13

Total Pages read: 4591 (avg. 353 pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 4)[5 stars]
  2. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 1)[4.25 stars]
  3. A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale (The Legend of All Wolves, Book 2)[3 stars]
  4. Kisses from Hell by Richelle Mead, Alyson Noël, Kristin Cast, Kelley Armstrong, and Francesca Lia Block (Short Stories from Hell, Book 7)[3.5 stars average rating]
  5. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong (Nadia Stafford, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird, Book 1)[5 stars]
  8. Juba Good by Vicki Delany (Ray Robertson, Book 1)[1.5 star]
  9. The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong (Secrets)[3.75 stars]
  10. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 2)[3.5 stars]
  11. Curio by Evangeline Denmark (Curio, Book 1)[1.5 stars]
  12. Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga [4 stars]
  13. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman [4 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
  3. A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale
  4. Kisses from Hell Anthology
  5. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
  6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Juba Good by Vicki Delany
  9. The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Curio by Evangeline Denmark
  11. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
  12. Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

 


Wrap Up:

Industrial Magic:

The fourth book in the series, this book continues to expand the world and characters in a way that I love every time I read it. This book centers around Paige (a witch) and Lucas (a sorcerer) as they attempt to stop a serial killer, but you catch glimpses of many supernatural races within this world. Not only that, but Armstrong beautifully describes the political turmoil that the hidden supernatural world is facing within this series. If you’re a fan of supernatural stories, I suggest checking this series out. Start with the first book, Bitten.

Touch of Power:

In a world where being a healer is a death sentence, Avry of Kazan must fight against her own nature to survive. When that doesn’t work and she needs to be rescued from impending death, Avry finds herself with a group of people she can’t help but care for. If you’re a fan of fast paced travel stories and love a phenomenal magic system in a story I suggest giving this read a try. Not only does Snyder create amazing characters, she also creates a fantastical world that, if it weren’t in the middle of a hellish war, I might want to visit myself.

A Wolf Apart:

This is the second book in the The Legend of All Wolves series. A shifter romance series with a greater plot than just the individual books, I feel like the stakes could be higher. This book deals with Elijah overcoming his playboy ways and insecurities, with an underlying conflict that stems from the events in The Last Wolf. While it was an enjoyable read, I’ve read better werewolf/shifter stories. If these supernaturals are up your alley, you might like giving The Last Wolf a try.

Kisses from Hell:

This is a short anthology of 5 stories about vampires. Published in 2010, it contains stories that tie to some of the most popular vampire series of the time. If you’re interested in unique takes on what being a vampire is, or just want to check out the writing from these wonderful ladies, I’d suggest giving this anthology a try.

Exit Strategy:

This is the first book in a series about contract killers and Nadia Stafford finding a place in the world. When one of their own becomes a serial killer, Nadia teams up with a crew of “hitmen” in order to do what the police can’t and stop the killings. In this suspenseful mystery, Armstrong manages to give the reader enough to keep you wanting more.

The Summoning:

This YA trilogy takes place in the same world as Women of the Otherworld but with a completely different cast of characters. Chloe has her “first” supernatural experience and gets shipped off to a home for “troubled” teens. When things aren’t exactly as they seem, Chloe has to make some hard choices and find out who she can really trust. After all, her life might very well be on the line.

To Kill a Mockingbird:

A classic piece of literature that deals with issues of racial inequality and rape, To Kill a Mockingbird follows young Jean Louise “Scout” Finch through her conscious-shaping childhood experiences in rural Maycomb. Dealing heavily with the themes of good vs evil and loss of innocence, Lee does a fantastic job of making the events in this book feel real.

Juba Good:

While I can understand and appreciate a shorter novel, this one just didn’t do it for me. Ray Robertson’s investigation of a serial killer in Juba felt too convenient and the reader isn’t given a chance to figure things out before the plot is laid before you.

The Unquiet Past:

The concept of this series intrigued me. On top of Kelley Armstrong being one of my favourite authors (I sound like a broken record about her, don’t I?), I love the thought of a series being written by seven different authors and being published concurrently. What a great way to be introduced to new writing styles! This book deals with Tess and her mission to find out anything she can about her past, following the tiny clues she has in the hopes of figuring out who she is. While the ending felt a little rushed to me, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this world and look forward to picking up the other books in the series.

Scent of Magic:

The second book in the Healers trilogy, it unfortunately suffers from “second book syndrome” (also known as “middle book syndrome”). While the world is still amazing and I love the characters, the story seemed to drag on at times as the groundwork was being set for the third and final book of the series. As it is the middle book, there’s not much I want to say about the story itself. I still recommend picking this series up, even if this book isn’t as strong as the first. If you’re into kickass heroines, Avery might just be your girl.

Curio:

This steampunk inspired story has an intriguing premise – Grey is trying to save her friends and family from the magicians/scientists that abuse their power over the city and ends up sliding into a world full of porcelain and clockwork people – but does not manage the follow through. This plot leaves the reader with more questions than answers, and with no sequel story – there’s only a prequel – the reader has no hope of figuring these things out. I wouldn’t recommend this read as there are much better steampunk stories if that’s what you’re looking for.

Kiss of the Royal:

This YA Fantasy novel revolves around Princess Ivy and “Prince” Zach(ariah) needing to learn how to work together in order to reach their mutual goal and help turn the tide in the war their kingdoms are facing. I loved the glimpse into this world we got and the way the magic system worked. If you’re looking for a good standalone YA Fantasy novel, I suggest giving this one a try.

Beautiful Lies:

Alice and Rachel are monoamniotic-monochorionic twins, so identical that no one can tell them apart. When one twin goes missing, the other starts experiencing the same injuries and she knows right away her sister is in serious trouble. The remaining twin will stop at nothing to get her sister back – but just what will the cost be? If you’re a fan of mysteries and unreliable narrators, check this read out!

 


 

I ended up reading much more Kelley Armstrong this month than I expected to going into the month – not that I’m complaining. After reading Industrial Magic (and having a flash thunderstorm ruin my beautiful book), my love for Armstrong’s writing was reawakened. Overall, I’m content with the amount of other books I read this month and plan on getting through more beloved authors – Armstrong and others – throughout the rest of the year.

Sure, I didn’t go out of my way to read any spooky books this month, but I still enjoyed everything I read. While I enjoy Halloween, I love being able to spread out any “spooky” reads throughout the year instead of clumping them together just for the sake of Spook-tober. That being said, I hope that if you read any spooky books this month that you enjoyed them!

How was your reading this month? Did you pick up an old favourite or find a new one? Was there anything you read that stood out to you – either in a good way or a bad way?

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