I need to wrap-up this month, mostly to share how I feel about some of these amazing (and mehhh) books I’ve read!
I feel like I read SO MANY books this month, but I think it just feels that way because, for the first time in a long time, I’m actually trying to actively keep track.
This is going to be long enough, so I think I’ll sort them into my ratings. Without further ado, my September wrap-up:
Five Drop Reads
I’ve been seeing this book pop up on my recommended reads for SO LONG and it FINALLY came up as available in my library. It was soooo good, and now I have to wait, like, eight weeks for the sequel. *Insert eye roll here* It had some romance, it had some throne over-throwing, some rebels, and some magic, and I highly, HIGHLY recommend it!
2. Long Shot
This book. THIS BOOK. I plan on writing a more in-depth review on this because I can’t fit all my feels into the space I have allotted to myself for this, so expect that to come sometime soon. But WOAH. I started this as an audio book because I had seen this author highly recommended by my favorite Booktuber, Chelsea Palmer (go check out her videos, you won’t regret it!), and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. HUGE trigger warnings for domestic violence and rape, but man, Kennedy Ryan does not shy away from serious situations. I was so into this that I got out of my car and immediately downloaded the book via Kindle Unlimited so that I could finish it by reading it. I literally read it in like…six hours and cried and laughed and smacked myself in the face.
Another Booktube recommendation, and it was so good! A YA fantasy novel that has weather magic and a badass female protagonist with a great romance, who at times frustrated me and made me laugh out loud. I loved it, and I need to track down the sequel that came out recently, because it left off on sort of a cliffhanger, and I CANNOT DEAL.
Four Drop Reads
1. Crown of Coral and Pearl
I received this as an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (which you can read here!). It was so good! This was another YA fantasy about a sea-bound village that was forced to send one young woman to a land-based country to marry the prince every generation. You can read the rest of my thoughts in my review!
I have seriously had this on my bookshelf for YEARS with the intention of reading it and I FINALLY DID IT! Yay, go me! And I don’t know why I put it off for so long, because it was delightful! I was in turn frustrated with the main character and amazed because I was chuckling so much during the read. The storybook tie-ins were great, and if you love fairy-tales you’d love this book! I can’t wait for the sequel, I have it on hold at my library!
3. The Night Circus
This book was soooo hyped, and I’m not sure it quite hit that note for me. It started so slowly, but got much better as the story went further and you knew the characters better! It’s probably more of a 3.5 than a 4 for me, but I rounded up. The romance was present, but a little…rushed? In my opinion. It just jumped around a little too much for me to stay in the story, but it has the bonus of being a standalone, which is so rare these days I feel. The ending for me was complete but just a little…unsatisfying. That’s probably an unpopular opinion. She is coming out with an unrelated second book that sounds interesting, so I’ll probably check that out!
4. Hunting Prince Dracula
I read the first book as a part of a Facebook book club I’m in, and I honestly didn’t get into it probably until the last quarter of that book, but this sequel was much better! I’d heard that the first one was the worst, and I have to say I agree. This book furthered the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas, and kept me intrigued the entire time! The mentions of Vlad Dracula and Elizabeth of Bathory, and the references to their places in history was so interesting! I will definitely be continuing with the series.
5. Red Queen
This is another book that I’ve had for years. I think I read it when it first came out? But I couldn’t remember a single thing that happened or how it ended, and I needed to re-read it because I have Glass Sword on my bookshelf as well that I plan on reading at some point. It was really good! I’m a sucker for most YA fantasies, and this had cool, mutant-like powers and a rebellion and all that fun-stuff. The romance aspect was…a little weird? I don’t know how I felt about all that, honestly, but I do want to read the sequel still.
6. Love Irresistibly
I’ve been reading this series by Julie James (out of order, oops haha) for several months now. It’s a great series of books for an easy, quick read. I love a quick, cute fluffy romance that just cheers me up. They’re my go-to when I get into a reading slump because they’re just so fun. This series always has me laughing and emotional all at the same time! They’ve got sexy-times (they’re pretty smutty, for those of you that would like to avoid anything like that) and great plots and fantastic, love-able characters! I highly recommend anything this woman writes, as she’ll be on my auto-buy list forever.
Three Drop Reads
1. Stalking Jack the Ripper
I mentioned before that I read this for a book club, and it really didn’t do too much for me, honestly. I didn’t actually start getting invested in the story until almost the end, and I figured out who the murderer was after the first couple chapters, which was disappointing. For the most part, I was honestly reading it for the romance aspect, and not at all the suspense, until the last quarter of the book. But that last bit encouraged me to read the sequel, which was WAYYYY better, honestly! So I do think I’ll continue on with the series, at least, even if this book was underwhelming.
2. Cupid’s Match
I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley in return for my honest review, which will be going up in the next couple of days. Honestly, this book was not at all for me, and you guys will be able to read why in the post I’ll be putting up later this week!
3. Block Shot
I…don’t really know what to say about this book. TECHNICALLY I haven’t totally finished it yet, but I don’t see it getting any better than this. At this point, I’d honestly give it a 2.5. I was so excited for the second book in the series because Long Shot was SOOOO GOOD but this had none of the hard-hitting situations, and all of the cheater-y vibes. They try to play it off as though that’s okay because the two main characters were meant to be together, but…yeah. I know that it happens, but just…ugh. I also felt like there were some consent-y type issues with the two main characters, but they try to resolve that later and it doesn’t really work. I’m over half-way through and it isn’t sitting well with me at all. I LOVED the first book, and this one just makes me feel kind of slimy.
So there you have it!
My first monthly wrap-up, and I read way more than I thought I would get to this month! What books have you been reading, and what’s on your TBR lists for October?
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