Happy day after Halloween Friends! Only 54 days to shop before Christmas!
I do not have a new release review for you this week due to the fact that I began and was unable to stop reading, Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series after Mandi gushed about it recently. I am a sucker and have no self control when one of my smexy girls gushes about a book they’ve read. Add to that the fact that this world is full of the fae and all manner of magical beings and I was hooked. But I was not in love right out of the gate.
Our heroine, Freyre, took me on a wild ride and while I was immersed in her journey, the fact that she kept putting herself in danger did not sit well with me. She is definitely a bad-ass female, her skills honed the hard way, through trying and failing over and over again,with grit and repetition, until she became a self-made warrior. I do not have a good track record with strong female lead characters in my reading, and when she continued to make rash decisions that put her in danger I began to worry this may not be the book for me. But I’m glad that I stuck with it, because everything changed for me once Freyre goes under the mountain toward the end of book 1.
Of course, I immediately downloaded and began to read book 2, A Court of Mist and Fury. The turn of events in this book, well, I really was not prepared for them and seriously didn’t see it coming. I had texted Mandi about some of my concerns and she was like, “I think you’ll like book 2, but maybe not.” This book is everything, and sadly I can’t talk about why. It truly is something you need to experience on your own. I did love it.
I am now reading book 3, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and at 30% in I have no idea where this is going or how it can possibly end well, because war is coming. Seriously, it could go either way for me. I’ll report back.
Coming up in November!
Out today, Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross. There was a time that Ms. Ross was an autobuy for me, but as I began reading more and more and was exposed to other genre’s and new authors, her books stayed on my TBR. Since I was kind of in a romance slump, I thought I’d try one of my tried and true romance authors. Review will post next week.
Really looking forward to Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. This writing duo has not failed me yet. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Keeland alone and together with Ms. Ward. This couple meets when a woman finds a note sewn into a fabulous dress she finds at a second hand store. I love couples who meet under odd circumstances like this. Out November 6.
Also out November 6, Ache For You by J.T. Geissinger. This is book 3 in her Slow Burn series; book 2 was my favorite so far. We’ll see how it goes with this one. Looking forward to a story told with Italy and the fashion world as a backdrop.
Unspeakable by Elisabeth Naughton, out November 20. This is book 4 in Naughton’s Deadly Secrets series. I had forgotten how much I loved stories with mystery and suspense elements, but after reading a few last month, I started looking for more. I’ve been a fan of Naughton’s paranormal books in the past, and I did read book 2 in this series (somehow missing book’s 1 & 3). Human trafficking, kidnapping and murder in this one, with an investigator who has the hots for the suspect. Hmmmmm.