October Wrap-up

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This month I read a total of eleven books, however, I did not do so well following my TBR for this month. But overall, I had a very good reading month. 

1. The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron

5/5 stars

Since I already reviewed this book I’ll link to it here

2. Valor by John Gwynne 

4/5 Stars

I really enjoyed the second book in the Faithful and the Fallen series. Valor continued the plot from the first book, expanded some plot lines and the plot lines became much bigger. Everything has more extreme consequences. Several of the characters that I thought had little storyline of their own have more independent storylines. However, I do think that I liked the first book just a little bit better. Probably because I always love reading the beginning of an adventure. But I still really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to continuing this series.

3. Son of Shadows by Juliet Marillier

4/5 Stars

Juliet Marillier has become one of my favorite authors and after picking up the Daughter of the Forest I knew I had to continue reading the series, Son of Shadows. And it did not disappoint. I loved being in this magical historical world. This time the reader follows the daughter of the main character in the first book. The strength of this book was in the main characters relationship with her family. (especially her father and mother) I will be picking up the next book in this series for sure.

4,5,6.  Dreamer’s Pool, Tower of Thorns, Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

5/5 for all three books

Confession time: after reading Son of Shadows I was left craving the world and characters of one of my favorite series of all time, The Blackthorn and Grim series. I love this series. I love the world. I love the mythology. I especially love the characters. Each book has a mystery that the characters have to solve which may or may not have to do with the various types of the mysterious fae that inhabit the world. But by far the best part of the series in the relationship that builds between Blackthorn and Grim.

7. Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey

4/5 stars

Since I already reviewed this book I’ll link to it here

8. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

3/5 stars

After loving the Kate Daniels series. I wanted to try another series by the same authors. This book was a fun and entertaining urban fantasy. The world was cool and interesting. But the story and especially the relationship between the two love interests seemed a little lackluster. After the Kate Daniels series, it seemed that the relationship was rushed as it only had one book to develop while Kate Daniels had an extended series. I also felt that this series lacked the humor of the Kate Daniels series. Overall, it was a rather meh read for me.

9. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by U.S. Grant

5/5 stars

Since I already reviewed this book I’ll link to it here

10. The Tempest by William Shakespeare

4/5 Stars

With Shakespeare, I always need a bit of an acclimation period, so the beginning always seems to go much slower than the rest of the play. This short play was one of Shakespeare’s more humorous ones. I had the chance to see it performed and I realized that it really is worth it to see the play performed. The actor’s body language and tone of voice add so much to the dialogue and play. Which is something I understood but I had not realized to what extent this was true. Now I want to see so many more of his plays.

11. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey 

2/5 stars

review coming soon

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