Reviews Wrap-up

October Wrap-up & TBR

My October has been insane so I must admit reading was not at the top of my priority list. I still managed to squeeze some bookish goodness into my days though.

I am a slow reader at my best, simply because I don’t like to rush through books and I want to enjoy escaping to those wonderful worlds for as long as possible. Also being a mood reader, I have multiple books in my Current reads list at all times. So which one gets picked up at any given time depends on how my day is going. These are the ones that drew me in the most this month.

The first book I finished in October was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I saw this book popping up everywhere last month, so when I received a sample chapter in the September Fairyloot box it gave me the final push. I wanted to dive into it right away but I was already reading a different book I was really into. Seeing I could not possibly time manage this, I decided to make it my Audiobook of the month.

It is a very fun and heart-warming romantic adventure set in the 18th century England. The main protagonist Monty, born and bred to be a gentleman, is going to inherit his father’s estate but wants to do everything but that. He sets out on a Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/crush Percy, expecting a yearlong escapade of gambling, drinking and pleasures of the flesh. Instead, one of his reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt and calls into question everything he knows. The book deals with some heavy themes but it never feels weighed down by it. I found myself laughing and swooning in equal measures with the help of Christian Coulson’s (yes, that is Tom Riddle a.k.a young Lord Voldemort) charming narration. 4/5*

Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popović is a book I was slowly reading from the day I received it in the September Fairyloot box (you can always trust Fairyloot to mess up my TBR order). I absolutely loved this modern day and original take on witchcraft. The story is about two twin sisters Iris and Malina who, like all the women in their family, have a unique ability or ‘gleam’ to manipulate beauty. In the wake of a mysterious attack on their mother, they discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line.The main theme is the portrayal of beauty as something dark and sinister and it eerily reminds you that something so powerful doesn’t come without a heavy price.

Hailing from a Slavic country myself I immensely enjoyed the Montenegro setting and the fact that it was Slavic folklore and mythology that inspired the story and the main villain. Popović has a poetic way with words and infuses them with a dark and mysterious atmosphere from page one. That makes it a perfect autumn read and a strong 4/5* for me.

The last book I read in October was one I was looking forward to for a very long time. It did not disappoint. It was finally the right time to read Six of Crows. I kept putting it off because I had a feeling it would be one of those in which I would get lost completely. I wanted to be able to enjoy every second of it, so it’s only logical I would read the whole thing in two days.

In and Amsterdam-inspired city Ketterdam, a criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. To pull it off, he needs to enlist a crew of the most dangerous people the city can offer.

Leigh Bardugo as an author is a mystery to me. If you read my review of Shadow and Bone (if you haven’t you can do so here) you know I did not start off as the biggest fan of her writing. But she keeps getting better with every book she writes (I will review the entire roller-coaster that is The Grisha Trilogy in time). I chose not to write a full review of this one because I simply felt everything about it has already been said. However, it’s here she is at her absolute best.

I love the Grishaverse so I was absolutely happy to find myself in this world again, but it was the characters that made me fall in love. Literally, Kaz is my new favourite book boyfriend. This fast-paced, action-packed heist epic with six fully-developed and diverse main characters and told from five perspectives fully deserves a 5/5* and possibly a spot on my All-time favourite list.

I am currently reading Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth the second volume to a sassy and fun comic series about a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire and also forever in my current reads are Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor and City of Heavenly Fire (the last book of The Mortal Instruments). I seem to have hit a wall with these two. Nevertheless, I fully intend to finish them before the end of the year.

In November I definitely want to get lost in Crooked Kingdom, a sequel to Six of Crows and then cry because it’s all over. I would also like to read another Leigh Bardugo book The Language of Thorns which is a collection of short folk stories from The Grishaverse (no stopping on the Bardugo content over here) and I will sit here and pray that the audiobook for A Destiny of Dragons, a sequel to my all-time fave The Lightning-Struck Heart gets released. If it does, you can expect me to dive into a cave and marathon-listen and die of happiness and laughs.

See you on the other side of November.

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