November Wrap Up

Hello everyone! So I am actually doing this! Before I get started, I just wanted to quickly mention that I was going to do yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday, but I didn’t get around to it… which might be a good thing- more books to use in some upcoming posts!


TBR…. HOW DID I FARE…

  • The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • Das geheime Vermächtnis des Pan von Sandra Regnier
  • Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
  • The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
  • A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • The Man from Pomegranate Street by Caroline Lawrence
  • The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
  • Ruins by Dan Wells

Yep, I only read one book on my TBR this month. So not so great. But the ones in bold I am currently reading. I have taken Mockingjay off my TBR, as I only wanted to re-read it to refresh my memory before seeing the film, which I have already watched. I also gave back the George R.R. Martin library book during the month, in favour of reading it on my kindle in months to come.


 

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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is the first book in the Wicked Lovely series and is about fae. I gave this book 5 stars originally, but in retrospect I would have given it 4 stars, simply because some of the characters were a bit cliched. It was an enjoyable, quick read, meaning that it did not make me feel intenese emotions or cry, but it was fun to read and it made want to read the next book, which I will talk about in a moment. This is the only book that I read from my TBR in November. Let us hope that I do better this month.


 

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Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr is the second book in her Wicked Lovely series. I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first one, because I found the characters to be a bit less cliched and the concept of tattoos acting as a connection was really interesting (I won’t say anymore so as not to spoil anything). I found the male fae characters were a bit more developed than in the first one. This again, though, was just an enjoyable read- nothing particularly amazing. 4 stars.


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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski is the second book in the Winner’s Trilogy, the third book of which will be released in 2016. I gave this book 5 stars. It was full of political and court dynamics (which I love in fantasy novels) and I would have to say that I enjoyed it even more than the first book. It made me think a bit of Game of Thrones, with the introduction of the new country thing. Overall a very successful book, with no hint of second book syndrome whatsoever.


 

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 12.23.05 Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. It is a prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments, and better, in my opinion. I also read books 2 and 3- Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess, which I found even more devastatingly heart-wrenching and beautiful. The progression of the relationships and the character development is wonderful, and the love triangle is done tastefully, artfully and meaningfully, with a personally satisfying conclusion. I gave all three books 5 stars.


Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 18.28.12 City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. I gave this book 4 stars. It was enjoyable, but the characters are little more boring (the main characters that is- Magnus Bane, The Iron Sisters etc. are plenty interesting). I will be continuing on to finish the series, as I want to find out the end, as well as read Clare’s new book coming out. Alec and Magnus’ relationship was really interesting in this book, and a certain something that happened near the end made me very sad. I hope it is rectified in the last book. In addition to this, I have a message for a certain vampire- go away and stop meddling!


91mwciyanyl-_sl1500_ Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine is the first book in her new series- The Great Library. It is a fantasy set in a near-future society (which is actually more ancient than ours) where the Library of Alexandria was never destroyed and books are valued more than human lives. It has a lot of political drama, complex plot twists and heart-wrenching moments. The ending of this book annoyed me (in a good way, I guess). I wanted so much more for the main characters. Luckily there is a sequel out next year! I gave this book 5 stars.


In conclusion, I read eight YA Fantasy books this month! It wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but I am currently ridiculously busy with schoolwork, so that’s okay.

See you soon for my Budapest Haul and Wrap Up as well as my November Haul (they will probably be combined).

Keira x

P.S. Check out my new feature- Readers Recommendations.

 

 

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