Books Amanda Read in October and November

Hello book friends!

I am a little behind here on our blog, so I am going to just list the books I read here with their ratings and thoughts for the months of October and November. I have recently been promoted at my job and it comes with the added benefit of having a little more time in my life, so I should be able to keep up with book reviews pretty consistently after this!

I am loving life and loving reading recently, and have been choosing books that I am really into. As a mood reader, I’ve really been figuring out what kind of books I like and what kinds of books I should just skip, and I have also been trying not to read for quantity, but really enjoy what I’m reading as I’m reading it


October

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sassy Sci-Fi // Adult // Mystery // Understated
– Different than I expected, but I loved the quiet tone and thriller-ish feel. Very creative. If I were marketing this book I would classify it as a mystery with clues and a quest with challenges to overcome. Can’t wait for the second one!

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My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder ⭐⭐⭐.5
Contemporary // Middle-Grade // Imaginative
– The best kind of bittersweet middle-grade: emotional and challenging

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All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey ⭐⭐.5
Contemporary // Middle-Grade // Hard-Hitting
– Was hoping for a fun and hopeful middle-grade but the writing was cold and flat

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // Adult // Bloody
– Heeeeelllloooo hype-train

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon ⭐⭐⭐
Contemporary // YA // Relationship Drama // Self-Discovery
– Yep, still not into contemporary — I think I just don’t like rolling my eyes at our main character while they make absolutely unrelatable decisions for the sake of plot and character

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // Adult // Worldbuilding
– Fun & well developed

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // YA // Alternative History // Hard-Hitting
– A seriously dark and awesome journey for YA, this book feels like it’s really shaking up the industry in a really good way. I felt so much and cried so hard, the ending is what really blew me away

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // YA // Witchy // Romance
– I don’t often love YA romances, but I cheered for this one all the way. The ending took an unexpected twist that latched another plot onto the end

November

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // YA // Quest Driven
– Thoughtful and deep, this book is a wonderful journey with one of my favorite romances of the year. Subtle, and written like a fall-feel fairy tale

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // YA // Historically-Inspired
– I’m bumping my rating of this book from a 3 > 4 because it has stuck in my head when I thought it was going to be forgettable, both in terms of the plot and characters. I think about it from time to time which means it was plotted well and well-written

Slay by Brittney Morris ⭐⭐⭐.5
Near Future // YA // Tech-focused
– This book is full of bravery and technology, which gives it a wonderful atmosphere to read through. I didn’t connect with our main character’s struggles but doesn’t mean it’s not personal to someone else.

A Treason of Thorns by Laure E. Weymouth ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // YA // Historically-Inspired
– Jane Austen in incredibly haunted houses. Must I say more

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
Fantasy // YA // Historically-Inspired
I put this one down for the moment. I had read about half of it and couldn’t remember one word – but I think it was my state of mind, so I’m likely to come back to this one. I love that it’s based on Swedish Mythology, that’s what really drew me in

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Urban Fantasy // Adult // Necromantic
Shoot this was a great set-up, only not five stars because I was sad that they left highly-developed London early on in the book

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy // Adult // Dark Fae
A classic Seanan McGuire, I can’t wait to read further into the series! I love dark fae in the modern setting

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Contemporary // Middle-Grade // Neighborhood
Adorable and sweet, I love the idea that you can make friends with anyone (even re-make friends)

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo ⭐⭐.5
Contemporary // Middle-Grade // Run-away
I love a Kate DiCamillo fantasy, and I love a bittersweet middle-grade, but this book just felt depressing, with no hopeful ending. Maybe I would have connected to it more if I had read the companion novels first?

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys ⭐⭐⭐
Historical Fiction // YA
Historical Fiction isn’t really my thing, so take it with a grain of salt, I just didn’t connect with the characters even though I really connected with the setting

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