What I’m reading – October & November 2018 Wrap Up

Hello readers,

Last October I had a bad case of the reading slump😱. I barely read anything and so writing a wrap up felt unnecessary, hence this two in one article. A quick warning though, I definitely got over the reading slump in November… So get yourself a snack this article won’t be short.

Time to wrap things up👇

bilan lectures - Son of NeptuneSon of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Number of pages: 521

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Mythology

Synopsis: Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no.

Franz is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes, but his bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – This book has my boy Percy in it, so it’s obviously a great one. I especially love finding out about the roman side of things. And although the ending remains very frustrating, this reread was epic.

The Wicked Ones (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #6)

Author: Cassandra Clare, Robin Wasserman

Number of pages: 60

Genre: Young Adult – Fantaisie

Synopsis: Celine Montclaire goes to the Shadow Market to escape. She would go anywhere in Paris, or the entire world, to escape the suffering she experiences at the hands of her family. She did not expect to meet Valentine Morgenstern there, or to have him promise her freedom and the heart of the man she secretly loves. On one condition, of course. At the Shadow Market, nothing is for free.

Rating and review: 4/5 – This novella was an interesting one which gave us a great insight into Valentine and his influence. I found Céline to be a fascinating and endearing character. But overall this didn’t do much for the Shadowhunter storyline.

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)

Author: Rick Riordan

Number of pages: 586

Genre: Young Adult – Fantaisie – Mythologie

Synopsis: Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

Rating and review: 5/5 – The first time I read The Mark of Athena it was my favorite of the series. This time around was no different. This novel is a masterpiece and I absoluetly adore it. Also that ending is cruel and I hate and love Riordan for it. 

bilan lectures - Neverseen Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities #4)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Number of pages: 672

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantaisie

Synopsis: Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she’s not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

Rating and review: 5/5 – Book after book I can’t help falling in love with this series. It’s seriously addicting, and this fourth book is quite epic. I couldn’t put it down and I especially didn’t want it to stop.

kingdom of ash sarah j maasKingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Number of pages: 992

Genre: Fantaisie – New Adult

Synopsis: Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

Rating and review: 5/5 – Finally! In November, I finally got to read the conclusion to one of my favorite series. Hard to tell you all about it in just a couple of sentences. So you can check out my review of Kingdom of Ash.

House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)

Author: Rick Riordan

Number of pages: 597

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantaisie

Synopsis: Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Rating and review: 4.75/5 – I had forgotten how dark and creepy this book is… Which is probably why I love it so much. It was a fun reread and I truly enjoyed it.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)

Author: Mackenzie Lee

Number of pages: 450

Genre: Historical Fiction – Young Adult

Synopsis: A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

Rating and review: 4/5 – Although it dragged on a bit at times, I really liked this The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue spin-off. I still adore Felicity, she’s such a badass especially in the face of this frustrating patriarchy.

The Land I Lost (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #7)

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan

Number of pages: 122

Genre: Young Adult – Fantaisie – Mythologie

Synopsis: Alec Lightwood, partner of the High Warlock of Brooklyn and father of a warlock child, is sent to Buenos Aires to re-establish the Shadowhunters amidst the ruins left by the Dark War. When he arrives, he is not welcomed by the Shadowhunters there. He believes it is because of his companion Lily, the head of the New York vampire clan, until a Shadowhunter orphan confides a dark secret to him under cover of the Shadow Market.

Rating and review: 5/5 – This novella is by far my favorite from Ghosts of the Shadow Market. Getting to know Max and his story was great, and obviously I would ide for Malec.

Through Blood, Through Fire (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #8)

Author: Cassandra Clare, Robin Wasserman

Number of pages: 58

Genre: Young Adult – Fantaisie

Synopsis: Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray are finally united after waiting over a century to be together, but they become aware a dark threat is looming over a child of the Shadow Market: a lost Herondale, from a line of Herondales who have used the Market to hide from their fellow Nephilim. Now is the time for the lost Herondale to be discovered. Jem and Tessa have to find him before his enemies can.

Rating and review: 4.75/5 – Although not as good as the previous one, this novella from Ghosts of the Shadow Market was still quite great. It wrapped things up perfectly, right on times for Queen of Air and Darkness coming out December 4th.

archenemiesArchenemies (Renegades #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Number of pages: 471

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction

Synopsis: Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

Rating and review: 4/5 – Earlier this year I looooooved Renegades, so I was obviously looking forward to this sequel. I can now officially say that I have a new favorite series. And even though I thought Archenemies was a bit less exciting than the first one, Ioved it and will tell you all about it soon.

That’s it for this wrap-up! Feel free to tell me about the books you’ve read in the comment section.

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