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Welcome to my first monthly October round up!
I think my favourite book this month has to be American Royals by Katharine McGee, I LOVED it. It was the perfect easy going book, interesting characters and I relished the royal family element. American Royals is relatively light hearted story, there’s some intriguing romances. I have fallen in love with one particular couple and I’m hoping there’s a happy ending in sight! There’s some relevant issues that arise throughout, such as double standards and how vicious the media are, there’s also parrells with Harry and Meghan as well. If you’re looking for something fun, drama filled and you’re a fan of Gossip Girl then this is your kinda book. 4 STARS
I’ve been reading quite a lot of YA fiction atm and was in the mood for something different so when I came across Gone by Leona Deakin, a psychological thriller around psychopaths. Gone is an interesting thriller with a gripping premise and some clever twists and turns. I won’t lie, it’s a little predictable in places but I still enjoyed it, I probably won’t re read it again but I am looking forward to the second book in the series! 3.75 STARS
Up next is Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning, continuing on from Sea Witch. Sea Witch Rising continues with the same fast pace especially given the four day limit the mermaids have to fulfil their end of the bargain. This is a very action packed book, a LOT happens, and some times it’s kinda hard to keep track of what happens. I liked the mentions of previous characters from Sea Witch such as Nik and Tante Hansa. I enjoyed hearing more about mermaids and life under the sea (get if? 😉 ), the elements of magic bought a more fantasy feel to the book and I also thought mentioning real witch trials was a nice touch. I didn’t see the war element coming so it there were a few good twists and in all honesty I didn’t find it predictable which is refreshing! 4 STARS
Another brilliant book I’ve read this month is The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, the second book in the duology. I found this to be an enjoyable read, I much preferred it to the first book. TRATD was so much more unpredictable than the first book but sometimes I feel like it jumped quite fast and I’m not sure what happened. TRATD is very action packed, there’s more elements of magic, interesting new characters and great character development. There’s a few twists which confirmed my suspicions about a certain character but luckily it ends well! I also found a new couple to ship but consequently turned into a shipwreck, if ya know ya know! 4 STARS
One of my most anticipated reads of the year and also my star buy from my buying books off ebay post is Romanov by Nadine Brandes. What a roller coaster of book! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really that impressed when to begin with. I’m quite interested in the Romanov dynasty so I think that might have something to do with my uncertainty. I’m pretty sure we’re all aware with what unfortunately happened to the real Romanov family, but reading a certain scene was still difficult/upsetting. It was still an enjoyable read and I enjoyed the ending, a solid Autumn read. 4 STARS
Now, I know I just said American Royals was my favourite book of the month, well… I’ve finished The City of Brass and omg what a book. I am kicking myself for not reading it earlier. I’d convinced myself I wasn’t in the right mind frame to read such a chunky book, what an idiot! The City of Brass is truly one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, it might even feature in my top 10 books of all time. There’s politics, history, supernatural creatures, budding romances, angst, death and destruction, intrigue. I’m just SO in love with this story and cannot wait to read the second one! 5 STARS
I’m kicking myself (apparently I’m doing that a lot this post!) for not reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalo, I LOVED Stalking Jack the Ripper. Hopefully I’ll get round to it next month so that’s it for the October round up. I’ll be honest, looking back at my October round up I feel like I’ve managed to read a lot this month, more than normal so hopefully I can keep this up next month!