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Mini Reviews | November 2019

So I have no idea how I read so many things in November, but it happened! I didn’t feel like reviewing everything, and I do have a series review coming up, but here’s some reviews for a bunch of stuff that I read last month! Fingers crossed that December will be just as full of good books.

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How to Marry A Werewolf (Claw & Courtship #1) by Gail Carriger
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m pretty sure that my love of Gail Carriger is well documented so it should be no surprise that I absolutely loved this novella. It was a typical book set in this world, it was funny and ridiculous and so much fun and so cute. I loved Faith as a main character, she was so much fun to read! And Channing has always been one of my favourites so learning more about him and reading from his point of view was amazing. It’s just a super fun romance and I was so happy to be back in this world.

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 by G.J. Meyer
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I started this one a couple months ago but it’s a bit dense so it took me until this month to power through it. Even though it took me a long time to read it I did really enjoy reading it. It’s just a super detailed account of WWI, and it was really well done. It gives a play by play of the war and it also gives background information on different aspects, whether it’s different families in power at the time or the impact of poetry during the war, it was just full of information and was easy to read. It obviously left some things out, but I think that writing an all inclusive book that covers everything from every single country involved is just impossible so I’ll let it slide.

How to Deal: Tarot for Everyday Life by Sami Main & Marisa de la Rena
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is pretty simple but it was really good! It gives an overview of all the cards in the tarot deck and ways to interpret them for modern life. It also finishes with some different layouts to get some more specific information from the cards. It was a really easy read and I can’t wait to bust it out again when I do my next reading.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5
I don’t really know how to review this one because I have some conflicted feelings on it. It wasn’t bad, I did enjoy it, but I didn’t enjoy it that much and I thought it was a bit dull at times. I don’t know if I was disappointed because it didn’t live up to the hype for me or if I just didn’t really like it. The story itself was interesting, and the worldbuilding was absolutely beautiful. I also liked the characters. But overall it was just a bit meh for me and I don’t know why! It was beautifully written and the story kept me mostly interested, but something about it was just a bit forgettable to me. There was also a trope that came up that I’m not a fan of so that left a bad taste in my mouth as well. I still gave it 4 stars though so I honestly don’t even know.

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve been wanting to read this one for years and it moved to the top of my TBR after reading Lovely War earlier this year and I’m so glad that I finally read it because it was stunning. It takes place in the 1200’s, which is a time period that barely comes up, and it was so well written that I could just vividly picture everything that was described. The characters are really what made the book though, they were so well done and so fleshed out. All the different characters have such well thought out motivations and all their relationships are so well developed and I just loved it so much. Such a good book and I now need to read everything by Julie Berry.

The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Okay I loved this one, it was everything that I wanted it to be and then some. I’ve never read the original stories but I knew enough going in that I had a decent idea of what was going on. The world building was probably my favourite thing in this book, Camelot is just so vividly described that you can picture everything that’s going on. The characters were so fun and well rounded too! I loved all of them! And the twists and turns! Oh my it was so great and I want the next book right now.

The Wren Hunt (The Wren Hunt #1) by Mary Watson
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only read this one because I needed to read and review the second book in the series but I’m so glad that I picked it up because I ended up loving it. It’s a story that features druids and takes place in Ireland. It’s a pretty dark book that’s full of twists and it’s such a compelling story that draws you in and keeps you reading. I read most of it in one day because I just had to find out what happens. It was great and I’m so glad that I read it.

The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one snuck up on me. It took a little bit for me to get into the groove of the story, and then it took me a while longer to get invested in what was happening, but then all of a sudden I was completely hooked and couldn’t put it down. It’s a steampunk story with faeries and a main character who hunts faeries and invents stuff. Including weapons. She’s just such a great main character and I really loved all the side characters as well, the angst and suspense was too good. I told myself that I was going to wait until the new year to read the next two books but after that cliffhanger I might need to bump it up on my tbr.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I can now confirm that I really like everything that Julie Berry writes. This was definitely not my absolute favourite, and it had some weird elements to it. Like the fact that it’s about 12 – 14 year olds but there’s some hints at romance? I mean honestly the main problem I have is that I have no idea how old anyone in this book actually is. Otherwise it was a good time, nothing like a good murder mystery to keep you entertained.

 

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