Since I didn’t do a wrap up last month (because I was ashamed at how little I read), I thought I would do one for both months. I have been in a slump most of this year when it comes to reading and I just don’t have the motivation. So while it isn’t an exorbitant amount of books I am proud of the five I have managed to read. At this point I don’t even want to think about my Goodreads goal because I am so far behind. But, enough of my moaning, let’s move on to the books I did manage to read!
A Darker Shade Of Magic ⭐⭐⭐.5
A good start to the series and I seriously fell in love with Lila bard. The book didn’t hold up against my outrageously high expectations but I hope as I continue on with the series I will love it even more. It wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but I just found the book a bit predictable. The worldbuilding was a thing to behold and I loved it so much that I wanted to dive right into the book. So while I had my issues with it and it didn’t fulfil my expectations I have high hopes for the entire series. For some reason I got partway through A Gathering of Shadows and just lost steam. I hope to finish it in November though!
The Flight of Swans ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
An amazing middle grade retelling of the Grimm’s Tale The Six Swans. I adored this book and I believe everyone of all ages will enjoy reading it. I only recommend that you maybe familiarize yourself with the original Tale before jumping in so you can have an idea of what is going on. This has made its way to the top of my all time favourite middle grade books! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this story. I received an ARC copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son. You can read my full review of the book here.
Lost Property Office ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another middle grade read that I truly enjoyed. As a history buff I was immediately drawn to this story and the action kept me engaged until the end. I read this book in a few hours in a single sitting since I couldn’t put it down. There were times in the book where it was information overload, especially for a younger reader but the high octane action will keep them reading. I would describe this book as the middle grade version of the National Treasure movie. I definitely recommend you pick this one up!
Magpie Murders ⭐⭐
I had high expectations for this book which just weren’t met. To be honest I got quite bored with this book and had to push myself to continue on with it. I thought there would be more back and forth between the story and the real world within the book. Instead it was like reading two books one after the other. There were extensive casts in both stories and at times it made it hard to keep everybody straight. I found there were a few loose ends that didn’t get tied up that frustrated me, but the absolute part was the ending. I would say this book is an homage to the classic murder mysteries of the past but failed in the delivery.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle ⭐⭐⭐
This book started off really well and I was hooked until about 80% of the way through the book when we found out one fact. It kind of turned the book into more of a redemption story which kind of bored me. I wasn’t too impressed with the twist at the end either even though for the first time in awhile I didn’t see it coming. I had really high expectations coming into this book and just came out feeling meh. It was still an interesting read so if you want to pick it up then you should.
I managed to read two out of the three books I wanted to read in October which makes me happy. I’ve been really pushing myself to read in any of my spare time which is why I’ve managed to read five books instead of the two I probably would’ve gotten otherwise. I am hoping to get ahead in my ARCs and maybe get to some of my backlog books in November. Here’s to hoping I have a better reading month!