November 2016 Wrap-Up


It has certainly been a month, both in finishing NaNoWriMo (squeaked right on by in the final hours) and in worldly news (especially the US election). I didn’t get much reading done this month, but here’s a wrap-up my month.

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DNF: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco


Author: Rin Chupeco
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 400 pages (Hardcover)


Book, I wanted to love you. I really did. This book has magic and the main character raises her brother from the dead! And look at that cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? So why would I DNF this book? I only managed to read about 15% and I’m sorry, you guys. It’s just really boring. The story is told from two different time periods that alternates in and out. There’s a third party narrator who questions the main character, Tea, in the future and there’s Tea telling her story from the past. It actually reminds me a lot of how Nevernight started out, but just…with less murder.

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Review: For Real by Alexis Hall


Author: Alexis Hall
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 437 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Reading this book was pretty wild. The story is told from two first-person POVs. There’s thirty-seven year old, Laurence “Laurie” Dalziel whose last real, and only relationship ended six years previous. He’s tired of the BDSM scene, but his friends manage to convince him to go out with them one night and that’s where he meets nineteen-year-old, youthful and exuberant, Toby Finch. Laurie guards his heart and keeps any potential lovers at a distance. But Toby, young, loving Toby, wants nothing more than to feel loved by someone who can be as kind as Laurie.

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ARC Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall


Author: Louise Gornall
Publication Date: January 3, 2017 (US)
Format: ARC
Page Length: 320 pages (Hardcover)
My Rating: 2 / 5 stars

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies is an okay book by debut author, Louise Gornall. While I didn’t dislike the book, I don’t really feel myself loving it either. The protagonist is Norah, a  girl who has agoraphobia and OCD. She struggles leaving her house and finds it difficult when things are done out of her normal schedule. She overthinks and takes everything to the worst case scenario. The story is told from a first-person perspective and it’s certainly interesting to read Norah’s story from that perspective.

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Review: Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell


Author: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 229 pages
Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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UPDATE: November 9, 2017. I FINISHED THIS BOOK. Okay. I’m embarrassed I DNF’d this the first go around, so I thought I’d switch to an audiobook so see if I would like the story that way (switching formats has helped before). And wouldn’t you know it? I do like this book now and I will rate accordingly. This comes after having read the other three Cyberlove books and loving those. So, it was weird that this book never clicked with me the first time. Maybe it was because I was still such a newbie to romance books when I read this? WHO KNOWS.

Dual narrators in audiobooks isn’t actually my favorite because the voices for the same characters changes between chapters, but it worked…okay for this book? I mean, I finished it? It was still an enjoyable audiobook overall.

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Review: Stygian by Santino Hassell


Author: Santino Hassell
Publication Date: October 26, 2015
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 204 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Stygian was a strange book read, you guys. For the most part, I did love this book, but the ending leaves me feeling a little empty knowing this was a standalone and not a series of some sort. The book is about Jeremy Black, the newest addition to an indie rock band called Stygian. The band is made up of four people, Watts, Kennedy, Quince, and Jeremy. They’re all on a summer retreat in a mansion in Louisiana in order to write music and just feel inspired to put together songs for their next album. The home they’re rented for the summer is owned by the mysterious and hot Caroway brother and sister who seem to live out in a shack in the middle of the woods instead of in the mansion.

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Review: Interborough (Five Boroughs #4) by Santino Hassell


Author: Santino Hassell
Publication Date: October 24, 2016
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 249 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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Interborough is a continuation novel of book two’s, Sunset Park, characters, Raymond and David. Since we’ve already been introduced to them, there’s less introduction needed in the storyline, but more than a year has passed since they first got together. Boy, this book will sucker punch you in the feels. Raymond is still working at his crappy office job, but now he’s also juggling night school and working late night shifts at the docks. With all of Raymond’s time away, David’s own insecure feelings about their relationship starts bubbling up and everything begins to spiral out of control.

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