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Week One of Vlogmas

Well, the first week of vlogmas and blogmas is done. I’m amazed I’ve managed to keep up with videos so far. Fingers crossed for the next two weeks 🀞 This week I posted my December TBR, November Wrap Up, Cloak and Dagger Christmas TBR, The Nightmare Before Christmas tag, Decorating my Christmas Tree, and 2018 Travel Diary.

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November Wrap Up

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5)Racing Hearts Box Set 1: First HeatSpinning SilverA Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1)Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles, #3)Image result for chimes at midnight audiobookThe Winter Long (October Daye, #8)Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War IA Christmas CarolOnce Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane, #12.6)The Bite Before Christmas

I mentioned in my November TBR that I wanted to read more fantasy this month and I definitely managed it. I barely read anything else! I read Poison Princess for the group read in My Vampire Book Obsession and got totally sucked into the world and devoured the next two books as well. I’m trying to pace myself now and wait till closer to the release of the final book in the series next year.

Nonfiction November was happening this month too but I didn’t manage to read anything for it. I very much enjoyed my little fantasy binge though.

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Audiobooks

Image result for Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa DareDo You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Historical Romance

Very enjoyable historical romance with a mystery thrown in for good measure. The story follows Charlotte (who has crossed over from Dare’s Spindle Cove series to Castles Ever After) who attempts to warn Piers (who has crossed over from Dare’s Castles Ever After series to Spindle Cove) of her mother’s scheming ways but instead they end up entangled in a scandal and a mystery.

 

Image result for a night to surrender by Tessa DareA Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Historical Romance

This is the first book in Dare’s Spindle Cove series and it’s a bit lacking. It’s not as well written as her later books but works fine as an intro. The story follows Susanna who essentially runs a safe haven for women who are sick of society or don’t blend well into it and Victor who finds himself saddled with a position in the area.

 

Image result for spinning silverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Fantasy

I had super high expectations for this one that it didn’t quite meet but it was still a very good book. It’s a retelling of the Rumplestiltskin tale but with a lot more going on. My main issue with this was the number of points of view. There were a few occasions where I wasn’t sure who was speaking and it took me out of the story for a bit while I figured it out. The story closely follows Miryem who is a money lenders daughter that gains a reputation of being able to turn silver into gold which attracts the attention of this fairy being and Irina who’s father is scheming to marry her off to a tsar who isn’t quite what he seems.

 

Image result for chimes at midnight seanan mcguireChimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Urban Fantasy

This is the 7th book in McGuire’s October Daye series and it was fantastic! This book follows Toby trying to deal with the goblin fruit problem when she receives a serious amount of backlash from the Queen of the Mists. One of my favourite things in this book is the mystical library they visit to do research. Magical libraries are the best!

The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Urban Fantasy

Fantastic again! This book picks up some plot points from the first book and expands on them. I can’t really mention what happens in it without spoiling so much of the series but it’s great!

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Paranormal Romance, Short Story

I actually only read the first story The Gift by Lynsay Sands from this because the story from Jeaniene Frost that’s included is ahead of where I am in the Night Huntress series. The Gift is a sweet fluffy kind of story following vampire Katricia and chief of police Teddy. They both get snowed in over Christmas while staying in a mountain cabin.

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War ILast Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Historical Fiction

This was fabulous. It’s an epistolary novel consisting of letters and telegrams between friends and lovers during World War 1. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and made me shed a few tears at the end. I just loved it. The story focuses mainly on the romance between Evie and Thomas. Thomas has gone off to fight while Evie stays home and writes a column about the war from a woman’s perspective.

Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane, #12.6)Once Upon a Christmas by Elizabeth Hoyt β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Historical Romance, Short Story

This is another fun fluffy read for Christmas. Adam Rutledge is travelling with Grandmother to the country for Christmas when their carriage breaks down and they are stranded in the snow. They take refuge in Sarah St. John’s home while they have several guests visiting for the holidays.

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Classic

You must know this story!! It’s a pleasant read but one I’m so familiar with I can’t say that it stirred anything in me… It’s just a nice story to read.

 

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eBooks

Image result for racing hearts first heatRacing Hearts: First Heat by Ruth Gowan β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Contemporary Romance

I received a copy of this collection in exchange for a review. Each one centres on a different couple in the world of rally racing. The stories were good but the writing was lacking especially in the first book.

 

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Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

I LOVE Kresley Cole but I had been putting off reading her YA series cause I just couldn’t see her writing YA. Her books are very mature normally but she really makes it work here. We do get her usual alpha male stuff but I’m totally fine that πŸ™‚ Poison Princess is the first book in The Arcana Chronicles which is about a group of teenagers that each represents a card from the major arcana in tarot in a battle to the death after an apocalyptic event. With this book, we follow mainly Evie and Jack in the days before the flash and 6 months later when the world is completely different and Evie discoveries she has strange powers.

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Image result for endless knightEndless Knight by Kresley Cole β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

Book 2 in Cole’s Arcana Chronicles picks up immediately after Poison Princess and we get a lot of world expansion in this one especially with the other Arcana characters. We learn a lot about Death in particular. There’s a definite love triangle in the series from this point but it isn’t annoying.

 

Image result for dead of winter kresley coleDead of Winter by Kresley Cole β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

Book 3 in the Arcana Chronicles and the love triangle gets annoying but I still loved this book. I really got invested in the characters and oh my god the cliffhanger at the end of this!!! I’m trying to pace myself with the books from here though or I will go insane waiting for the final book to be published.

 

Image result for red queenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

Red Queen is the first book in Aveyard’s Red Queen series. It’s YA dystopia about a future earth where certain humans have developed silver blood and powerful abilities. Regular red-blooded humans still exist but they are subservient to the silvers. We follow Mare, a red, who discovers she has an ability and is taken by the silver king to conceal her true identity from the people. She finds herself caught up in a world of political intrigue on the cusp of a red rebellion.

I enjoyed this way more than I expected to as well. This always happens me with YA I have got to stop saying I’m not a fan of it cause I almost always end of enjoying the books!

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

This book picks up directly after Red Queen. I was a bit disappointed with this one. I found it be even more predictable than the previous book and it felt like mostly filler. In this one Mare discovers how far reaching the Red Guard actually is and she looks for more people like her to join the fight.

 

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What did you read this month? Did you take part in Nonfiction November?

 

November Wrap-Up

I think this might be the smallest wrap up I’ve ever written. I read four books this month. Four!! Practically nothing!! Sorry, I know four is actually quite a bit to some so I’ll just shut up now and get on with it πŸ˜‰

Anyway, here are the books I read. A Historical, paranormal, non-fiction, and literary book. Variety is the spice of life after all. All of these books are available on Book Depository, click the title to get it.

VenetiaYou Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1)GritThe Vegetarian


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Venetia by Georgette HeyerΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

After I finished this I rated it 5 stars and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. I obviously really enjoyed it but when it came to writing this I couldn’t remember a single thing about it. Even after I read the synopsis again on Goodreads it took me a few seconds to remember reading it. The book follows Venetia and this guy who moves in next door to her. I can’t remember his name but he was a bit of a rogue and Venetia is a renowned beauty. I think the plot was a bit romantic comedy after that.

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I’ve heard great things about this series but this was a bit of a snoozer for me. I found the pacing slow and the plot predictable. The story follows Aisling Grey on her first courier job where she discovers she’s something called a guardian and, hey, dragons exist! Of course, she ends up being an alpha dragon dudes destined mate and so on. Maybe I’m just a bit tired of the PNR genre at the moment but this wasn’t working for me. I’ve been told the series gets better after this book so I will probably give it another go.

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By far the best book I read this month and possibly the best self-help book I’ve ever read. If you want to know how to be successful, this is the book for you. It really helps you realise how important it is to put the work in and not give up. And not to use talent as an excuse.

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The Vegetarian by Han KangΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

I’m not really sure what I expected from this book. The reviews on the cover make it sound kind of dramatic but I found it to be more quietlyΒ disturbing. It sneaks up on you and gets under your skin. The story revolves around Yeong-hye after her decision to become vegetarian and her descent into mental illness. It’s told from the perspective of the people she has the strongest effect on and the only time we see through her is when she dreams. Very interesting book and one I will definitely reread at some point.

As always I would love suggestions based on my reviews if you have any please comment. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚


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