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November Wrap-up & December TBR|2015


It’s time for another monthly wrap-up. I am a little bit late. I wanted to finish all my reviews before I did this. Plus, it’s been a crazy week.

Shall we?

November’s TBR

Last month I planned on reading these books:

Dead of Night (Aftershock #1) by Carlyle Labuschagne

A Poisonous Journey: A Lady Evelyn Mystery

Imperfect Love by Isabella White

Can’t Lose You by J.R. Brown 

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy 

Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt

A Bit Witchy by Danielle Fisher 

November Wrap-up

The Visitor by J.L. Pattison

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The Visitor is a ~30 pages short story. While it does contain some time traveling, the main idea it’s not about that. The question is: if people would’ve been told what would happen in the future, would they a)believe it and b) do something about it?

The story revolves around this question. It also makes you question yourself, the reality, and the events that are happening in this world.

It is a great story, and I don’t want to say to much about it, since it’s so short.

I gave it a rating of 5/5.

If you want to know more about it, and read my full review click here.

A Poisonous Journey: A Lady Evelyn Mystery

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An adult crime fiction set in the 1920s. At least that’s the first idea you make after reading the synopsis. However, the novel covers more topics, such as women’s attitudes and rights in the 1920s, marriage, love, adultery, children, war, family, Crete. Of course, the main plot is about Lady Evelyn finding out who killed a house guest.

I loved this novel. The characters are great, the sub-plots and the main plots are very interesting, the romance is good, the plot twists are surprising, and there is enough mystery to keep you guessing who’s the killer.

There were a few downsides, like too much description of food, or Lady Evelyn rambling here and there (1st person narrative). However, these are minor problems, and easy to overlook.

I’m also happy that this will be a series, and there are at least 2 more books to come out. I’ll definitely read them.

I gave this novel a rating of 4.5.

I’ve also wrote a review, and you can read it by clicking here.

Can’t Lose You by J.R.Brown

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 A stand alone novel about a young women who was forced to leave her life behind, and live under a new identity.

The idea was good, but the execution was so-so. My biggest problem with this novel was the narrative. Way too much details about insignificant things, and too little action. Since it’s a 1st person narrative, the best way to get to know the main character is through dialog, which is lacking. The main character tells the readers what’s happening, instead of showing us.

Nevertheless, the experience of reading this novel wasn’t bad at all. It is not very boring, and it is interesting enough to make you want to finish it. It is a relaxing, fluffy read; perfect after a more serious novel.

I gave this novel a rating of 3.20.

You can read my full review here.

The Last of the Firedrakes
(Avalonia Chronicles #1)

by Farah Oomerbhoy

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The first novel in the Avalonia Chronicles series. It is an Young Adult, fantasy novel.

The description was good, and the plot line was interesting. The main concept is not unique, but the author had a nice idea.

There were a few problems with the narrative. Aurora is the narrator, since it is 1st person narrative. Therefore, we only get what she thinks, hears and sees. Sometimes it felt like some parts of the story were missing. They were mentioned briefly, but not showed; not even told. It was a fast paced story; maybe too fast paced. On the bright side, it is not a boring novel; it is quite entertaining, and if I was younger I would probably loved it.

I am sure that most teenagers will love this novel, and the series. I might give this series another chance; maybe the second novel will be better.

I gave this novel a rating of 3.58/5, which is a 4/5 on Goodreads (rounding up)

You can read my detailed review here.


I also started reading these two books:

Dead of Night (Aftershock #1) by Carlyle Labuschagne

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I am almost done with this novel.

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about – to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take – because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt

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Get ready for the next ‘must-have’ on your reading list. GONE GIRL meets THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN in this stunning, unsettling psychological thriller.**
A baby goes missing. But does her mother want her back?
When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.
Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…


 

December’s TBR

A Bit Witchy by Danielle Fisher 

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Eighteen year old Lena Ashlen is in the middle of an identity crisis, and the people in her life aren’t helping. Half of her school thinks she’s crazy while the other half has no idea she even exists. Her father and stepmother barely see her through the bottom of their wine glasses, and her only friends are guardian angels who are terrible cheats when it comes to poker. The only constants in her life are her obsessive crushes on both chocolate and Glenn Storm. In between losing her bra, her pride, and her best friend, Lena has no idea how she’ll survive her senior year.

When guardian angels begin disappearing and everyone thinks she’s to blame, Lena becomes trapped in a case of mistaken identity. But when Glenn and his chaotic family offer to help her find out the truth, she’s forced to ask herself whether she’s the one who’s mistaken. In between the lies and secrets of a past life gone bad, Lena soon learns that if she’s ever going to prove they have the wrong girl, she’s going to need more than just snark and cleavage to convince them.

XODUS (Astralis #1) by K.J. McPike

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Maybe we were both crazy . . . but what if we weren’t? What if my mother really could astral project? What if she wasn’t the only one?”

The first time it happened, Lali Yavari told herself it was just a dream. But when she starts flashing between realities during the day and seeing people disappear before her very eyes, she can’t deny that something is happening to her–something she’s sure is linked to her mother’s disappearance.

Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali discovers she has inherited her mother’s ability to astral project–with a surprising twist. Not only that, but Kai needs her help to get to a world she never knew existed. In exchange, Kai promises to help Lali find her mom using his own unique ability.

Now Lali must learn to control her budding power if she ever hopes to see her mother again. She’s not sure she can trust Kai, but with her mother’s life hanging in the balance, will she have a choice?


I know, only two books. It is December, and it’s a busy month. I’ll try to read more, but I don’t want to put a book on my to read list when I know it is a high possibility to not read it.

See you again in 2016, with a 2015 Wrap-Up post.

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