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Wrap Up – November 2016

This month I mostly swore off all of my favorite TV shows and reserved evenings for reading only. Because of that, I managed to read 10 books and I am very, very proud of it!

1. EMPIRE OF STORMS (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

I loved this book!
I’ve posted a review, which you can read here.

My Rating: 5/5

2. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

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In this historic romance, young Elizabeth Bennet strives for love, independence and honesty in the vapid high society of 19th century England.

To be completely honest, I haven’t expected that I would like this book as much as I had.Mr Darcy is everything he was said to be.
The book was really great and I can see why it is a classic.

I’ve read this book as a part of my Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge. I doubt I would pick up a classic sometime soon.

I am glad I’ve read this book, because it made me feel smarter and more sophisticated. I know this seems silly, but reading a classic or even picking up a classic on my own made me feel really good. I am looking forward to decide for december which book I will read from before mentioned challenge.

My Rating: 5/5

3. S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret, #1) by L. Marie Adeline

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No judgments. No limits. No shame.
Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.

Interesting and easy read.

My Rating: 4/5

4. S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared (Secret, #2) by L. Marie Adeline

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“I, Cassie Robichaud, solemnly swear to serve S.E.C.R.E.T. to the best of my abilities. I will do what is necessary, what is right and what is within my power to assist in the execution of sexual fantasies for our participant(s)…”
And so begins S.E.C.R.E.T. II, which opens with Cassie’s initiation into this mysterious organization, one that helps women experience their most potent sexual fantasies. Cassie spends the next year as a “S.E.C.R.E.T. member-at-large,” not quite a guide, she’ll assist Committee members (including two new ones, Kit DeMarco and Angela Rejean) in recruiting men and helping to execute a new inductee’s fantasies.
After a false start with the first potential inductee, Cassie makes the acquaintance of Dauphine Gray, a 31-year old who works at the Funky Monkey vintage clothing store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Geeky, gawky and easily distracted, Dauphine has no idea how attractive she really is because her face is forever in a book. Reading is her passion, music is her pleasure, and Dauphine’s all but given up on sex, especially after a painful rejection that still haunts her. Then Cassie and the women from S.E.C.R.E.T. show her it’s possible to reignite that flame.
Meanwhile, Cassie must work through her resentment over losing Will to Tracina and their future baby. But when paternity questions surface, Tracina threatens to expose Cassie’s S.E.C.R.E.T. membership to the one man both women love. Will Tracina expose Cassie to Will, and if she does, what will he make of his secret love’s S.E.C.R.E.T. life?

Easy, quick and enjoyable read. I will definitely check out the rest of the series.

My Rating: 4/5

5. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friends by Jenny Colgan

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What does an It girl do if she loses all her money?
Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town – she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn’t really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world. to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever.
Scraping a living as an assistant to a ‘glamour’ photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can – this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back – but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?
Full of warmth and humour, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend is the charming new comedy from the wonderful Jenny Colgan.

Truly entertaining read!

My Rating: 3.5/5

6. The New Hunger (Warm Bodies, #2) by Isaac Marion

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The end of the world didn’t happen overnight.
After years of societal breakdowns, wars and quakes and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a final blow no one could have expected: all the world’s corpses rising up to make more.
Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America, a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.
Hungry, lost, and scared, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.
And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence—right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly. The New Hunger is a glimpse of the past and a path to an astonishing future…

I think this is a must read for fans of Warm Bodies. That prequel makes us appreciate and understand some of the characters.

My Rating: 3/5

7. LIBRARY OF SOULS (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #3) by Ransom Riggs

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A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

This book is best to be read immediately after you’ve finished the Hollow City.

I was ready to start ranting about how I didn’t like the ending, but luckily that wasn’t necessary.
It was perfect.

Perfect.

My Rating: 4/5

8. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (Harry Potter, #1) by J. K. Rowling

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

This was a re-read for me. Is it possible for a book to get better every time you read it?

My Rating: 5/5

9. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Harry Potter, #2) by J. K. Rowling

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The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

I just love Harry Potter. I wanted to get back into Harry Potter world before watching Fantastic Beasts (I loved the movie, by the way).

My Rating: 5/5

10. PLAYING AGAINST THE SISTER (Valentine Sisters, #2) by Desirae Clark

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Alyssa and Dana were twins but they were nothing alike.
Alyssa: popular soccer player and team captain, doesn’t need anyone to tell her what she wants.
Dana: head cheerleader and beauty queen, insecure and afraid of everyone’s opinions.
Both: searching for themselves while trying to survive high school.
But this story is about Alyssa. The girl who never cared much for makeup or boys. The girl who was overshadowed by her sister. She didn’t mind it until one day, when her first crush told her he preferred Dana over her. Let’s skip all that cliche stuff and the arch nemesis to when Alyssa was finally figuring out a lesson of her lifetime.
Something an actor Jamie Campbell Bower said a long time ago: “Who you are will always be sexier than who you pretend to be.”

This book was easy and fun read. It has one of my favorite characters ever!

That’s what I’ve read this month. Which books have you read? Have you read any books on this list?

Post written by Anya Blackhart-Clark

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