Monthly Wrap Up

October Monthly Wrap Up

This month wasn’t the best reading month for me. I didn’t read as many books as I wanted as I wasn’t well and I had decided to take part in blogtober but I found it really stressful to have posts up everyday and it meant I barely had time to read. So I decided to stop halfway through which really helped with my anxiety. But it meant I was able to review a lot more books I’ve read in the previous months.

But back to the books I read this month. I have read some great books and some not so great ones.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – I can’t believe that I didn’t read this before! I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

The Kiss of Deception – I was gifted this book and it came highly recommended and I’m glad it did not disappoint! You can read my full spoiler free review here

If Cats Disappeared from the World – any books that feature cats are automatically added to my tbr and this one was really interesting and thought provoking. You can read my full spoiler free review here

Stars Above – the last book in The Lunar Chronicles and a reread. I am so glad to have been back in this world and I’m sad that this is the last book. I hope we get more in this world!

Damsel – I just couldn’t get into this book at all.

OtherEarth – I really loved the first book and this one was even better! I was hooked right from the beginning! You can read my full spoiler free review here

Vengeful – I really enjoyed this book! I loved seeing more of Victor and Eli and Sydney. Though I think I may be one of the few who didn’t love it as much as the first book.

Love and Happiness – this is the second book by Yasmin Mogahed and I loved it! It’s full of reflections and short reminders and it was the perfect book for me to read right now

City of Ghosts – I’m not usually someone who reads books with ghosts but as it’s a V.E. Schwab book I thought I would give it a try. And I really did enjoy it more than I thought I would

Kingdom of Ash – I am dead. That is all.

I really loved most of the books I read this month even if I didn’t read as many as I wanted to read.

I also reviewed these books this month:

The Mime Order

Vicious

Miss Peregrene’s Home for Peculiar Children

No Fixed Address

Our Stories, Our Voices

So that’s all from me! How was your reading month? What was your favourite book this month?

Fiction Books, YA Books

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Book Review

This book was a gift by my lovely friend Aaliyah who I met through bookstagram. She raves about it all the time and so I went into this book with high expectations and it did not disappoint! I really loved this book and I cannot wait to continue with the series.

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Rating: 4/5

If you don’t know what this book is about then here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

One of the main reasons why I had put off reading it for so long was because I could see an obvious love triangle and I’m not a fan of them but this is not your average love triangle and had such an interesting twist that I just couldn’t stop reading once I had started!

We are told that Lia runs away on her wedding day and ends up spending time with both the prince she was supposed to marry and an assassin sent to kill her. But we don’t find out which is which until well over halfway through the book! I spent half the book thinking that I’m just going to read just one more chapter just so I could continue trying to figure out who is the assassin and who is the prince. Who do I like more? Which team am I on? For the record I’m team Rafe! What is even more interesting is that the story is told through all three points of view so we can see what each one of them is thinking but it still left me guessing who was who.

I really loved the writing style too, it flows really well and it kept me hooked from the first page. I mean even the first sentence had me intrigued and wanting to instantly know more. The way that the characters identities were kept secret from us until it was revealed later in the books was done really well too.

Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born

I loved that all the characters were complex and each had their own secrets which made them mysterious and interesting. Even the secondary characters had backstories that we slowly learn small details throughout the story and I’m really looking forward to learning more about all of them.

Lia is a really great character, she lives in a patriarchal society and is given no choice in her own future so she decides to take her future in her own hands. She is brave and smart and is so resilient despite everything that gets thrown at her. She’s also incredibly loyal and caring especially to her friends and brothers. She also knows that despite what she wants she has responsibilities and she doesn’t hesitate to fulfil them. She is also witty and sassy and I just loved how she stood up for herself and didn’t allow anyone to speak down to her.

Who was this girl who thumbed her nose at two kingdoms and did as she pleased?

Both Rafe and Kadan are mostly a mystery, we do learn a little about them but I think we will find out a lot more in the next book. I’m also looking forward to seeing more of Pauline who is an amazing, loyal and brave friend to Lia and more of Gwyneth who I know has a lot of secrets.

Pauline is such a wonderful character, she is brave and strong and so resilient. She leaves everything behind to help Lia escape and then risks her life to help Lia by going back to Morrighan, knowing she could be killed for helping Lia escape. She also has to deal with hardships and perseveres even when she thinks she can’t go on. Her friendship with Lia is just so beautiful,, I love seeing truly amazing female friendships in books instead of women hating each other. They truly care for each other and make sacrifices on each other’s behalf. I hope we get to see more of them together in the next book.

Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky

This book was such a wonderful surprise and I’m so glad I read it. It’s a story of friendship, of self-discovery, of living life on your own terms and adventure. It’s full of people who for one reason or another hide who they are and deceive those around them. The second half of the book is a little slow for me at times but the story was still so interesting and full of plot twists I wasn’t expecting that I still wanted to continue reading. Really looking forward to what will happen next in the next book.

Booksish Discussions

Reading On A Budget

So many books so little money! Every month there are so many amazing books being released and I want to buy them all but my bank account is not so keen on buying them. But there is still ways to feed your reading habit without going bankrupt! And I’m going to share some tips that I’ve found to be really helpful in saving money.

1 Buy second hand books – I’ve found some great bargains buying second hand books both online and at book stalls. One stall in my local market sells books for 75p each! And they often look practically brand new!

2 The clearance or sale section at bookshops – here you can often buy newer books at a much cheaper price. I’ve often found hardbacks for £4/5

3 Bookbub – this is a website that is completely free to use and once you register with them they will send you daily deals on ebooks. Some are free and others are 99p or £1.99 This is the link to the website

4 The library – going to your local library not only helps support keeping it open but they have a wide selection of books from older books to new releases available. They can even get books in for you if you request them. My library also has a great online selection of ebooks and audiobooks that I can borrow.

5 Charity shops – I love having a look through my local charity shops for books and I also donate there. The money goes to a good cause and you can find books for a couple pounds

6 Ebook bargains – I use ibooks and they have a lot of books for cheap on there for a limited time. They also have a free ibook of the week and I’ve downloaded books like Throne of Glass and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m sure there will be something similar for android users

7 Shops like Poundland or B&M – they may not seem like places to find books but they do have a selection in their shops. You never know you may find a great bargain searching there.

So these are some ways in which you can read when you’re on a budget! Is there any tips I’ve missed do share in the comments! I always love a good bargain! Especially when I buy as many books as I read a month!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Read

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

This weeks topic is the longest books I’ve ever read.

Sometimes I put off reading a book because of the size of it. Long books can be so intimidating! But they are also some of my favourite books! And sometimes a book can honestly feel like it’s never going to end because I’m not enjoying it.

So here are some of the longest books I’ve read or own:

1 Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

2 Winter by Marissa Meyer

3 The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

4 Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

5 Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

6 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

8 A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

9 The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

10 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

So these are some of the longest books on my shelves. I’ve read most of these but some I’m still putting off because of the size of them and I know that they will leave me an emotional wreck!

Do you like short books or long books?

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Magic Systems

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

So this weeks topic is favourite magic systems

There’s so many ways that magic is incorporated into book and I love discovering all the ways that magic works in that world. They all work so differently from each other and some of my favourite books have magic in them.

1 Harry Potter by J.K Rowling – okay you knew I would mention this one! I mean who hasn’t wanted to go to Hogwarts?!

2 The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – I read this book recently but I quickly fell in love with the magic system in this world!

3 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – the system in this story is so unique and I just really want to go to Red London!

4 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – the way magic works in this world was so different to what I’ve seen and I loved it!

5 Everless by Sara Holland – I really loved the way magic was incorporated into the story especially as it played such a central role to the plot

So here’s some of my favourite magic systems. What books do you love that have unique magic systems?