Sunday, 15 January 2017

A sequel that had A LOT to live up to and managed it magically // Windwitch

"There were advantages to being a dead man."

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2) by Susan Dennard

Publication: January 12th 2017 by Tor UK
Genres: young adult, fantasy
Format: UK paperback
Number of pages: 384

Goodreads summary: Sometimes our enemies become our only allies


The Windwitch Prince Merik is presumed dead, following a lethal explosion. He's left scarred but alive and determined to expose his sister's treachery. Yet on reaching the royal capital, he's shocked to find it crowded with refugees fleeing conflict. Merik haunts the streets, fighting for the weak. This leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.



Hunted by the Cleaved, Iseult is struggling to stay free while she searches for her friend Safi. When the Bloodwitch Aeduan corners Iseult first, she offers him a deal: she'll return what was stolen from him, if he locates the Truthwitch. Yet unknown to Iseult, there's a bounty on her head - and Aeduan intends to claim it.



After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. They find themselves amongst pirates, where a misstep could mean death. And the bandits' next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


REVIEW

Last year, Truthwitch was one of my most anticipated releases and I fangirled so, so much about it in my review (I was actually shocked myself). I was excited to read the sequel, but I was a little bit anxious about it, because I knew Susan Dennard had struggled a lot to write this one, and Merik wasn't my favourite character, while it was his arc book. I was so wrong to be scared, because I loved it so much and I'm back in my state of « I want the next book now », even though it's just been published.

I have to admit I struggled a bit when I started reading this one, but it was a time I didn't have much time to read, so I have no idea if it's my fault or the book's. I think it was because it took me a while to actually understand Merik, who was shaping the whole novel, but also because the main characters were all in different places and situations. But after about a hundred pages or so, I was completely hooked to the novel, to the point I couldn't stop reading and had to force myself to go to sleep.


The plot of this second novel is quite complex and dense, because it was made of so many subplots I was a bit overwhelmed at times, but it was very interesting to follow and it helped set up the pace of the novel. Moreover, because there were five points of view in the novel, with most characters separated, it was very interesting to follow their own paths and how they evolved while they were with different people. I loved how it set up so much for the rest of the series and I am very excited to see where the story is going in Bloodwitch, the third book (yassss, BAEduan!).

Because most of the characters were separated during this novel, I came to appreciate the ones I didn't get in Truthwitch. It was the case with Aeduan, because while I thought he was pretty badass in the first book, I wasn't a huge fan of his character and I didn't understand what the buzz was all about. But now guys, I definitely got it! We learnt so much more about him in Windwitch, I formed deeper bonds with him, because he felt more human in this instalment. The next book will be his arc and I'm so pumped for that! I also loved to read about Iseult, because she was separated of Safi and was more of her person, coming into terms with who she was and I want her arc book so much.


I don't think we got much of Safi in this one, because her arc was the first book, so I still liked her, but her part wasn't actually my favourite. Merik was hard to grasp in my opinion, but I understood his motivations in the end. He's far from being my favourite character of the series, but he had such an interesting character development, because he was so broken (or a dead man, like he said). But the actual revelation of the novel was Vivia. I didn't expect her to become part of the main characters cast but she actually did and while I wasn't a fan at the beginning... The more it was revealed about her, the more I loved her to pieces and she's now one of my favourite characters of the novel. Finally, I loved seeing that the author introduced (well, they were already there but we understood more about them) a diverse cast of characters, because it's quite rare in fantasy novel (but she had already done it in the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy).

Moreover, the world-building was expanded so much, because we totally left the ground the author covered in the first book. I also liked to read more about the witchery of different characters, as it helped me having a better understanding of the magic system. Also, I loved how some elements were presented as tropes in the first book, but then you doubt they're tropes, and then you're wondering again. The revelations made me doubt so hard about everything. In the end, I was just thinking that this is how you write a great fantasy novel. I'm mostly imprecise because I don't want to spoil you about anything, I just highly recommend you to read these books.

To recap, Windwitch definitely lived up to the first book in the series, Truthwitch. The plot was intricate, complex and set up so much for latter novels. I really enjoyed the character development and found a new favourite with Vivia. The world was also expanded quite a lot and it helped understand how the magic actually worked – I think people had found it confusing in the first book – which was so fascinating. I have no idea how I'll wait another year for Bloodwitch, but I don't really have a choice, have I?

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Have you read this novel yet, or Truthwitch? What did you think about it?

Friday, 13 January 2017

End of hiatus + Goals for 2017


Hi guys, long time no see !

I had said I was going to come back in the middle of December, but it didn't end up happening, because life was crazy, I had personnal issues and my master's disseration was at war with me. So yeah, that was fun. Also, the truth is... I still wasn't ready to come back. I was waiting until I missed it so much, and the time has come, which makes me so happy.

But, I still haven't wished you an HAPPY NEW YEAR ! May your year be filled with health, happiness and success ! I'm determined to make 2017 my beast year yet and I hope it will be this way for you.

I also wanted to thank y'all for sticking with me for the past few months, even though I wasn't very active on the blog, it means the world to me to come back and see you were still visiting my little corner of the Internet : you're just the best !

I've read tons in the past few months, which means I'm very late in my reviews, but I won't try to catch up, because if I do that, we'll be there until Easter, but by then I'll have read other books and it will be an endless fight. But hey, it's a New Year, right? So I'm starting fresh and will only catch up on my January reviews. I also hope I'll find new content to post, because while I love sharing my thoughts on the books I read, I know it's not everyone's favourite contempt. But yeah, I'm back and over the moon about it. I'll post my first blog post on Sunday, so stay tuned for that!

For the second part of this post, I'm gonna share with you five goals I have for 2017 (or it would be rather pointless to make a post just about my return...).

  1. Travel to Scotland. I've been so obsessed with Scotland ever since I started watching Outlander back in June and have read the first three books by now. I also read The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher lately, which I highly recommend, and it made me want to travel to Scotland even more. I just need to go to Glencoe and Culloden to cry. I also want to go to Edinburgh and get lost there.
  2. Getting back into writing. I've graduated high school for three and a half years and I haven't really been writing since then, which is a shame. I'm intending to go back to it in 2017 and have already wrote 1.000 words, which is a start.
  3. To work on bookstagram. Which I have already started, even though I'm not the best at it.
  4. To stand up for myself. I'm such an introvert and anxious person, it is a struggle to have social interactions. So fighting for what I really want? I'm the worst at doing this but I intend to try and also to be nicer to myself.
  5. Continue to expand your reading tastes. Since September, I've started reading classics again, but also adult novels, I got back into reading in French. I've also been reading more diversely since the beginning of 2016, which makes me so very happy and I intend to continue with that.
Side note : I'm not teabooksandfun on social media anymore, but wishesandpages (the name of my blog in French), if you're looking for me. I'm also thinking of changing the name of the blog to wishesandpages (and something more, so maybe ofwishesandpages?), because I'm no longer happy with teabooksandfun as a name).

It wasn't the most interesting post, but I wanted to let you know I was back and am now tired of talking (erm, I mean writing), so tell me all about you. What happened in the book blogging community while I was gone? How are you? Anything interesting happening in your life? Do you have big plans for 2017?

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

October favourites


Apparently, I haven’t posted in a month two weeks actually, but I still have a lot of views on the blog and it makes my little heart full of joy. I’ll explain everything right after but I want to start on a happy note: books and favourite things of October!

Books I read in October

I’m not going to include books that are only published in French, because it’s no use for you, right? But yeah, I also read three books by French authors and it’s good to finally do it again! I’ll list the books from favourite to least favourite, for a change.

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon ★ ★ ★ ★
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters ★ ★ ★ ★
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ★ ★ ★.5
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu ★ ★ ★.5
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman ★ ★ ★
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by Willow G. Wilson ★ ★ ★
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by Willow G. Wilson ★ ★ ★
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie ★ ★.5
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith ★ ★.5
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess ★.5

October Favourites
I’ve been so obsessed with Outlander lately, it’s not even funny. I would love to read Voyager straight away but I should wait until winter break. I’m trying to be patient and it’s so hard. Right now, I would love nothing more than to move to Scotland where I could shield myself from life. JAMIE, TAKE ME THROUGH THE STONES. Anyway.

Obviously, he's waiting for me, right?

I’m also obsessed with Victorian England. It started when I read Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, which is hands down one of my new favourite classics, and the movie is golden. The music is a pleasure to the ears and is my new studying soundtrack. In October, I also watched the first season of Victoria and OMG, I need season 2 like yesterday. And Albert. With the face of Tom Hughes obviously please and thank you. Anyway, in a more serious way, Victoria and Albert are now some of the historical figures I look up the most to. They're my babies and have a pic of them on my lockscreen (the real ones, not the actors I swear!).

This is Albert.  He is so hot OMG. I must have turned on the heat a little too much in my room or something.
In October, I also finally tasted the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks (I’ve been there like three times in my life and that’s it) and it was glorious. I’m sad they don’t have them anymore because I’m not a fan of the Christmas beverages they’re having now, I think.

Also, I didn’t do this until November 1st, but I might be becoming a vegetarian. I haven’t eaten meat for eight days I think and… I don’t really miss it, so far. I’ll have to eat meat at my boyfriend’s this week-end though, because I don’t want to get in a fight with his parents on the subject… for now. But well, it’s not that hard to cut down on meat and I feel so much better about myself. I also won Alexandra's flash giveaway at the beginning of November and will be receiving Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer soon-ish and I'm definitely excited (that's new, for non-fiction books!).

I would also like to mention my internship in this ‘favourite’ section, because this is the place I’ve been happy the most since university started again. I feel useful and appreciated and this is seriously golden. I also went to a preview with my boss for a contemporary art exhibition and I still haven’t realised!! Anyway, the day I’ll have to leave, I will cry so badly and my heart will be broken, but in the meantime, I’m having fun there!

As a bonus, I'm also posting a pic of Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd, so y'all will want to watch the movie. I'm sorry for all these pictures but they're linked to my obsessions, okay?


The reasons I haven't been posting lately...
 I’m so sorry I hardly ever post these days guys, but life is getting busier every day. Between going to class, working on my master’s paper (I’m struggling so hard to find time to work on it though), homework, going at my internship, trying not to go insane and still going out and reading, it’s so hard to fit blogging in the mix!

I am beyond grateful I have my boyfriend these days because he helps me out so much and he's always there, answering the phone anytime. I would be going nuts without him tbh, so thank you, V ! 💕

Moreover, there has been so much negativity in the community lately and while I understand people’s point, especially with the man that seemed to have been elected as President of the United States, I don’t want to go on Twitter and see people fighting. My anxiety must be the worst it has ever been lately, with panic attacks and craving to stay in bed all day because the outside world scares me, that I want to see things that make me happy. I want blogging to be my happy place, but sadly… It’s not at the moment. *cries* Because of that and life being so busy, I’m officially taking a hiatus, until December 16th, when winter break starts.

Thank you for your support guys, because I see the views and I know I’m behind on comments, but I’ll be back as soon as I can <3


So, what have you been up to, lately? What’s your favourite book you read in October? Is anyone participating in NaNoWriMo (I sadly can't)? Are you excited for the holiday season, started buying gifts for your loved ones?

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

November & December 2016 Releases | Grabby Hands #11

I'm back for the last Grabby Hands post of the year! I can't believe I started to write these posts in January, it feels like forever ago, but at the same time, it means that the year is almost over, how is that even possible? This time, I decided to talk about the book I'm excited for the next two months, because I'm only anticipating two books in December, so it would have been ridiculous to have a post just for that. Anyway, let's get into it!

                                                                       November 1st                                                                     


A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray - I'm so excited to read this book, because it's the finale in a trilogy that I love so much. The world is so interesting, because it deals with parallel universes, science, but also history. After the ending of Ten Thousand Skies Above You (which was so cruel), I've been counting the days (or so) until I could read this one. Moreover, the covers are so gorgeous!

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon - Contemporary isn't a genre I read much of, but Nicola Yoon made a very good impression on me when I read Everything, Everything, last year. It was a cute novel but at the same time dealt with important topics and that's what I want in my contemporary novels. I think I might 100% relate to the characters in this one and I think it's set during a short period of time so it should be interesting. 

Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin - To be honest, I didn't think I would love Wolf by Wolf, because World War Two terrifies me and I avoid books set during that time period a lot, but also because I have zero interest of motorcycles. And yet, Wolf by Wolf was an amazing and original book, it took me completely by surprise! Ever since then, I've been anticipating the second book, because I need more Yael and Luka in my life (I haven't read the novella, btw).

                                                                       November 8th                                                                     


Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim - I need this book in my life. It's set in an alternate Victorian world with steampunk elements and deals with time. Actually, it makes me think so much of Alice: Through the Looking Glass and I love that movie! By now, you must do I'm obsessed with Victorian era (especially these days) and steampunk is my weakness. I've seen great reviews of this lately, so I'm even more pumped!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer - As a matter of fact, I have already read this one in August because I won an ARC in a giveaway (the only one I ever one but it was the BEST), so I'm not really anticipating it, haha. But I just wanted to mention it because guys, you need to anticipate it. It's a Alice in Wonderland prequel about the Queen of Hearts and it involves so much food. Also, I cried at the end, because as we all know Alice in Wonderland, we know how the queen is! So yes, it's basically a villain origin story and you will need it. It is different from The Lunar Chronicles though, so be warned!

                                                                        December 13th                                                                  


Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes - I can't hear you over the sound of my OTP calling my name. Frozen Tides was one of my favourite YA books I read this year, it ripped my heart out and made me happy at the same time, you know what I mean. I'm so emotionnally attached to this series, I can't. But, I have to say it's my least favourite cover (sorry, Magnus!). Anyway, I can't wait to have this in my hands but at the same time, it means I'll only have one book left before the series is ending. Nope. I refuse to accept that.


                                                                         December 27th                                                                 


Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Sumerill - Look, a high fantasy novel! Of course I'm anticipating this. To be honest, I had no idea what it was about, but I thought that if I had it on my TBR, I must have a reason, right? And oh my, it does look amazing. It's about the daughter of a bounty hunter that will need to hunt the boy she once loved to gain her freedom and avenge her father. This cover is also so gorgeous, I can't.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Can a hypnotist cure you of your dreams? | The Cure for Dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Published: October 14th 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
Genres: young adult, historical, paranormal

Summary: Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

REVIEW

For some reason, I have always been hesitant to pick up a book by Cat Winters, because I thought she only wrote books set during World War One and I’m not a fan of this time period, to be honest. But I kept seeing positive reviews for her books and added one to my TBR, in hopes to read it someday, before deciding October was the month to do so, with Halloween around the corner. Now I just want to slap myself for not reading The Cure from Dreaming sooner, because it was absolutely fantastic!

This novel captured my attention from the first page. I was swept away in 1900 Oregon and was walking along Olivia the entire time. The fact that Cat Winters added black and white photographs helped a lot to picture this era, even if it was pretty easy for me. The author really did her research perfectly, because she captured the feeling of that time period.

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about the suffragist movement before, but I was so involved along these women and now I would love to learn more about that. I was shocked to see women speaking against other women: I can understand women not fighting for their rights, but it’s so frightening to see women fighting for not having rights, even though it happened. It was so hard to read everything men said to women during the entire book, how they belittled them, but sadly it happened and the worst part… Is that it’s still happening. This book definitely made me go through a wide spectrum of emotions, and anger was definitely part of them, because seeing women being bullied is so infuriating.


Olivia was an amazing heroine. She was headstrong, independent and wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted. In the fact, the more her father was trying to tame her, the bolder she became and I was admiring her so much. At first, she was a character with beliefs but didn’t act on them too much, until she truly became active as a suffragist and stood for herself. She was definitely relatable and likeable and she’s my new favourite.

At first, Henri appeared distant, because he was this mysterious hypnotist performer but the more we got to know him, the more we saw he was human and flawed. I personally loved his close relationship to his sister, because as you might know by now, I’m always a sucker for sibling bonds. Moreover, I was digging his French accent, as I’m French myself, because it’s so enjoyable to understand a ‘foreign’ language in a book, as it was written in English.

The secondary characters had an importance place in this novel, to the point they even saved the day, at some point. It was very interesting to read about all these women that fought for their rights and to see how mentalities were changing in this new century.

I loved Olivia and Henri’s relationship. This book didn’t focus on the romance and actually I would have loved for it to. For once, I’m complaining about that, who am I? Olivia and Henri were the perfect partenaires all along the book and it was interesting to see how Olivia came to trust him, even if she didn’t rely on him too much. Between the two, she was clearly the stronger one by the end, which is so rare in books. Nevertheless, these two brought out the best of each other and I would love to read a sequel or an epilogue about them.


I confess I was drawn to this book because of the hypnosis aspect, and I was completely satisfied. The first chapter of the book was dedicated to Henri Reverie’s first show and I felt in love right away with this book because of it. I love how hypnosis was part of the American folklore and that the author incorporated to her book so beautifully. Indeed, the ‘paranormal’ aspect, with Olivia seeing the world as it actually is, was just a metaphor for us as human beings, and the way we acted, because Olivia could actually see the wickedness in people, which was so interesting. Cat Winters never completely explains how Henri hypnotized people, but it was part of the magic of this book, but we still got to understand how to resist it.

The ending was definitely faithful to Olivia and for that, I think it wrapped the book perfectly. However, I thought I would get one more chapter after it, so when I realized the book was over, I started to cry, because I would have loved an epilogue. I’m feeling so bittersweet, because I do understand the ending, but I just want more time with these characters. It’s so rare I’m that attached to characters during standalone novels, but right now it’s the case and I need to see them again. Please.


Overall, this book came as a huge surprise and I know I will be thinking about it long after I’ve finished it. It is a story about equality, pursuing one’s dreams and how oppressing a minority will only make it fight harder. I adore this book with my whole heart, and I would love to see Olivia and Henri again. I think this one is a perfect read for Halloween, so go ahead, you won't be disappointed!


Have you read any books by Cat Winters? Have you read this one? What did you think? Have you read other books involving hypnosis? What do you like to read around Halloween?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

That awkard moment when you don't care about the characters anymore... | Ghostly Echoes


Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter

Published: August 30th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
Genres: young adult, fantasy, mystery, historical

Summary: Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.


Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

REVIEW

I remember really enjoying the first book in the series, last year, because it was original and I was digging the Sherlock and Doctor Who vibes. Nevertheless, when I picked up the sequel, I remember having a hard time getting through it and thought it was because I wasn’t the mood. But, it seems like it happened again with Ghostly Echoes, which makes me so sad.

I really liked the world Ritter created: it’s rich and has endless possibilities, which he showed at the end of this third book. However, I sometimes find it very confusing, because supernatural creatures are everywhere and they’re all so different. I can’t process all of the information most of the time, which leads me to forget some important parts of the stories.
Moreover – and I had this impression in the second book – I think that because of the endless possibilities, the resolution of the mystery comes out of nowhere, because you can’t really see it coming. What I want, with mystery novels, is to be kept guessing, not to be left in the dark 90% of the novel, which leads me to understand… Nothing.


I was very excited about the plot of this third novel, because we were about to resolve Jenny Cavanaugh’s murder, Jackaby’s local resident ghost and I wasn’t disappointed on that point, because it was part of a much bigger plot, which will be resolved in the fourth book. Thanks to this plot, we dived more into Jenny’s past and to get to know her. In this novel, because of the foes encountered, we also learnt more about Jackaby’s past, which helped me to understand him even more.

However, I’m sorry to say that I didn’t care much for the characters in general. I had the feeling that Abigail was slowly fading, because we had so much backstory about other characters, but not about her in this one. The mystery aspect was very important but because of that, she was lacking a little character development, even if she was essential to the story at some point. However, for a few chapters, I felt like she was only a spectator and telling other stories. When finally, she had way more action, I thought it didn’t last long enough.


I felt exactly the same towards the ending. The revelation didn’t come as a shock, because I had been bored and confused for some time. In fact, the action I was interested didn’t happen until the last few chapters, which left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth, as I was disappointed.

Overall, I don’t know if, I, as a person that reads so many books, is the problem, or if the book is. It’s just that in the middle of all the books I read this year, I don’t think I’ll remember a lot from this book – which is already the case with Beastly Bones. I still think the concept of the series was original though, so I don’t regret reading three books about Jackaby and Abigail, but I’m not sure I’m attracted to this series anymore.

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Have you read any books in this series? If so, what did you think? Do you have recommendations for fantasy novels set in a historical setting?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Grabby Hands #10 | October 2016 Releases

I'm excited for a few books this month, but it wasn't as bad as in September where all the books were released. I didn't buy all of those I wanted and won't be able to get some until Christmas *weeps* But anyway, let's talk about the books I'm most excited for that will be published in October!

                                                                          October 4th                                                                      




Nemesis by Anna Banks - The cover is finally growing on me, but I'm still not a fan of faces on covers... I haven't read this author's mermaid series, but this is high fantasy and I can't resist it. I don't know much about it, except that the main character has great power and falls in love with her worse ennemy (like it's written on the cover...) and hate-to-love relationships are so exciting to read.


The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan - I know most people loved The Hidden Oracle but didn't love The Sword of Summer, but for me, it's the contrary. I'm very interested in Norse mythology, because it's something we don't learn enough about. Moreover, this series has a very diverse cast of characters and it's so funny (the humor didn't really work on me in The Hidden Oracle). I'm so excited to read about Magnus again !

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh - This novel seems perfect for Halloween! It seems so eerie, because it's set in 1913 on an island where the main character is a witch that's scared of the ocean, because his grandfather drowned with a smile on his face and now it's happenning again! It's so exciting and creepy and I need to read it for Halloween.




This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills - I’m not often excited for contemporary novels, but I had heard good things about Emma Mills’ first novel, First and Then, but also about this one. I’m intrigued about this one because it involves a missing painting and a family, and you know how much I love to read about fictional families. Moreover, one of the supporting characters is a social media star, which sounds fun!

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore - I'm ashamed to say I still haven't read The Weight of Feathers, even though I was so intrigued by it, because it reminded me of The Night Circus. I'm intrigued by When the Moon was Ours, which is a magical realism novel with LGBTQIA+ themes, the main character is transgender! Also, this cover is just gorgeous.


                                                                      October 11th                                                                      



The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu - The Young Elites is such a great trilogy, with an antihero as a protagonist, which I’m digging. The world is amazing, because it’s inspired by the Renaissance so the aesthetic is gorgeous! Considering where The Rose Society left off, I’m dying to get my hands on this sequel and conclusion.


                                                                      October 18th                                                                      



Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Illuminae was an amazing book, a crazy ride set in space, with a unique format. I think this trilogy functions in the same way than Starbound (the other trilogy Amie Kaufman co-wrote), because it introduces new characters, that will be the main ones, but we’ll still hear about the previous ones, which means it’s kind of a companion series? Because of the way the first book ended, I cannot wait to read this. Marie Lu took care of some of the illustrations and I’m so excited to see her art.

A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas - I haven’t read this author’s fantasy series but I’m so excited for this book! It is a gender-swap Sherlock retelling set in Victorian era (meaning the time he actually lived in) and I’m obsessed with this time period. I must have it.

Are you excited for any of these books? What's your most anticipated book that will be released this month (mine are Gemina and The Midnight Star)?