How is it the 30th November already?!?! This year has just flown by and before we know it we will being seeing in the New Year!
So for todays blog post if you hadn’t already guessed by the title it is my November Wrap Up. In this post I will be talking and doing mini reviews on the books that I have read this month. For me November hasn’t been the best month in reading… I have been ill and so has a couple of members of my family so reading hit the back burner I am however pleased I have read a grand total of 12 books this month.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud – 4
I didn’t know what to make of this book when I first started it. I think the sci-fi/alien element put me off until I got further into the book.
The writing style of this book was engaging and easy to read and follow and I enjoyed how Somaiya built the world. It gave me old world vibes with the element of tribes and royal families with references to unrest, rebels and war.
Check out my full review here.
The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal by Shadonna Ricahards – ⭐️⭐️
A sweet fun read to finish off the series with the Romero Brothers. It wasn’t a favourite of mine and felt that I should have probably stopped about 4 books ago but I couldn’t not see how Dr Romero the youngest brother I believe fall in Love. I felt that I just couldn’t quite click with these characters.
Halcyon by Rio Youers – 4
I have read many books of different genres but the synopsis of this book looked too good to pass up.
The book follows the Lovegrove family who are struck down by tragedy as well as having to deal with a daughter that has “visions”. The other main character Mother Moon aka Valerie Kemp runs the remote island Halcyon a place that is safe away from the world.
Check out my full review here
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart – 4
I really wasn’t sure I was going to like this at first but I gave it a go as it said “for fans of The Selection Series” and I loved that one so much I read the whole series in one sitting. So onto this mini review, I LOVED it, not quite a five star read but not too far off. Two sisters who are completely opposite of each other, one destined to become a Grace to the next ruler of the land and the other her Handmaid. Things don’t go according to plan… A highly enjoyable read that I read in one sitting. Fast paced at times where you can see the strength of the female characters shine through. Add in a power play between two brothers and a bit of romance and it was a hit! Full review to follow…
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The first book in a trilogy where you meet Veronica Speedwell – lepidopterist and a woman who knows her own mind. Follow her on an adventure where she is kidnapped and chased round London with a handsome and sarcastic companion Stoker. Thoroughly enjoyable book, love the sarcasm and with throughout this book.
Lost by Constance Roberts – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lost is a retelling of Peter Pan with a twist… Pan or rather Pandora is Chief of the Lost Girls and it’s her mission to save Neverland from extinction. Add in a forbidden human boy Wendall aka Wendy from London then you have not only an adventure but someone that Pan can fall in love with. I love a retelling and this book didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed that Pan was female and that she was Chief of the Lost Girls trying to make Neverland a sad haven again. Really enjoyable writing with humour, action and a bit of romance!
Find you In Paris by Alix Nichols – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
A romance book where enemies fall in love. Ok I’m a sucker of a romance book where love conquers all! Quick fun read where it ended happy!
Raphael’s Fling by Alix Nichols – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Following on from Find you in Paris… you follow second eldest D’Arcy brother Raphael the consummate bachelor fall and fall hard for Mia… but not all is happy sailing what with Mia having a secret in her past that could shatter everything or the little bundle of joy that arrives! Again another fun quick romance to read and enjoy between fantasy books!
The Perfect Catch by Alix Nichols – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Last in the D’Arcy trilogy you follow youngest brother Noah Masson fall in love with his landlady Sophie. I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first two but still a read that was quick and fun.
Clarissa and the Cowboy by Alix Nichols – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
An bonus book for the D’Arcy brother trilogy where Clarissa the D’ARCY archaeologist falls for the local farmer Nathan. Not all is plain sailing for these two but love conquers all. I didn’t feel that this had much of a connection to the trilogy but thought it was a quick book to read alongside. Full of love and heartache which is what a good romance is all about.
Whisper in the Dark by Emma Healey – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I found this a very well thought out psychological book and the ending was not what I was expecting and was slightly disappointed.
I did enjoy this book but not as much as I thought I was going to. It started off with promise I mean a girl who had gone missing for four days and turned up hurt and not knowing where she had been. Several scenarios wen through my mind and found that the beginning of this book showed much promise.
I liked how Emma wrote about the mental health subject of mental health especially in a younger person and how the parents cope with it.
So what was wrong with it…. I found the middle part of the book less engaging and even though I don’t mind a book that swaps from different time frames it just wasn’t for me in this book.
Overall a well thought out book with an ending that just wasn’t for me.
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What a heart-warming funny, down to earth read.
Goodbye, Vitamin was such an enjoyable read, I was able to pick this up and read it in one go! Rachel Khong has brought to reality what it is like when you are supporting someone with Dementia as well as the family dynamics round it.
So there you have it my wrap up for the month of November. I definitely enjoyed more books than I didn’t and I read a couple of review books!
What have you read this month and have you enjoyed them?