Annd I’m back with my November wrap up. If you missed my last post about what I hoped to read, you can check that out here. I’ve also realised that every time I do a monthly tbr post I hardly ever read the books featured haha. It’s almost like I subconsciously decide to rebel against myself!
I either tend to read fantasy or crime fiction and this month I’ve been on a real Icelandic Noir kick, which I promise isn’t as pretentious as it sounds haha. One of my favourite series is the ‘Children’s House‘ series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Feauting Freya, a child psycholigst and Huldar, a detective, as they aim to solve crimes featuring children. I read the first book ‘The Legacy‘ earlier this year and then the other two in the series ‘The Reckoning’ and ‘The Absolution‘ this month.
(TRIGGER WARNINGS) Now, these books do feature dark, graphic and messed up crimes and children/teenagers are always involved in someway so if that’s something you don’t agree with then these books probably aren’t for you.
You can check out what the books are about by clicking the links above but omg I love this series so much! Like I previously mentioned they are pretty grim and The Reckoning was definitely the hardest to read. They’re both great police procedural novels and I love the chemistry between the two main protagnists; Freya and Huldar. The topics are dealt with in a sensitive manner though, and they’re not sensationalised either. This series also makes me really really want to visit Iceland! 5 STARS FOR BOTH BOOKS.
I think my favourite book I’ve read this month thus far has to be The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh. I managed to read this in five days thanks to the Fairyloot readalong (which has also revolutionised my reading haha).
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, it’s also a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life in Paris. Quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its extravagant soirées and even its danger, she soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, and particularly the group known as La Cour des Lions.
But when a body is found in their lair, Celine is forced to battle her attraction for the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain, and suspicions about his guilt, along with her own secrets.
As more bodies are discovered, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose – one who seems to have Celine in his sights. But when she finally takes matters into her own hands, she finds herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.
All I can say about this book is that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I’m going to do a review so I’m not going to discuss any further but if you’d like to see my review then keep any out 😉 5 STARS
Another book I’ve managed to read is The Deathless Girls by Kiran M Hargrave, which is Hargrave’s imagined orgin story of the brides of dracula.
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.
On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.
Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.
They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…
I loved the tale of sisterhood, it’s lovely to read about two sisters who have to overcome and deal with horrific circumstances, have different ways of coping but still being there for one another. The story really focuses on the girls’ backgrounds and their traveller ancestry and how the traveller community are marginalised by society. We’re taken to the homes of some seriously depraved characters and this is all before we’ve even met our dracula. I was expecting to read more about the strigoi and Dracula himself but they were only featured towards the end of the story. I was expecting a little more to be honest but it was an enjoyable read. 4 STARS
One quick read I enjoyed this month was My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and what a read!
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…
This book is exactly what you think it’s going to be and not at the same time, it’s interesting, the chapters are quick and easy to read, in fact it only took me a couple of hours to read. I like that it shows how our childhood can affect our later/adult lives, though I’ll be honest I was a little disappointed with the ending! 3.75 STARS
Annd just in the nick of time I managed to finish reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. This is the second book in a four book series following Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell as they investigate horrendous crimes. I love this series so much, if you enjoy a slow burn friends to lovers trope then this series is for you. 5 STARS
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.