I took a few months off from my reading challenge, but I managed to get back in the swing of things in October. With moving back to Michigan, our new dog, my new running habit and my recommitment to cooking dinner nightly, time has been valuable.
I was able to finish a few books this month though and I’m still ahead in my goodreads reading challenge. In fact, I’m almost finished with a 47/50 books.
1. Warrior (Blades of Rose #1) by Zoe Archer
While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.
When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Thoughts: Warrior has been on my list for years. I found it on Oyster and decided that it was finally time to read it. I was not disappointed. It was full of action and fun, plus I love the two main characters. I think the next book focuses on a different character, which I’m a little disappointed about.
2. Canvas Bound (Captive Art#1) by Laura M. Kohler
Sixteen-year-old Libby Tanner’s art comes to life. Her painted skies turn from day to night, leaves rustle on trees, and sometimes, a mystery boy appears.
While attending England’s Aldridge Art Academy, Libby meets charming Brent Henderson, a performing arts student who showers her with attention. But his rival, gorgeous Dean James, is the one who occupies her mind, even though he’s very much attached to his current girlfriend.
Libby soon learns there’s more to both Brent and Dean than she ever imagined. In order to save her future and the boy who’s captured her heart, she must unlock the secrets behind her art by entering the most dangerous place of all… the world within her paintings.
But once she steps into the canvas, she risks being trapped forever.
Thoughts: This was an interesting read. It was definitely a creative concept and it held my interest, but I wasn’t in love with it. I’ll keep reading the series, but it’s not on the top of my list.
3. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.
Thoughts: This was so much fun. I’ve read other books by Carriger in the past, but for some reason put this series off. It was actually a bit better that way, because I could read some of them back to back. This series is quirky, fun, light and hilarious. Can’t wait for the next books!
4. Ever Night by Gena Showalter
The New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld series transports readers to a new and dark world in this sexy, paranormal novella…
Rose Pascal is swept into a dark, haunting realm every year on her birthday, only to return home the next day. She dreads each visit…even as she craves appearing before the realm’s warrior king, a deliciously maddening man who has spent his life hunting and killing her kind—with good reason. They are supposed to be enemies, but neither can deny the passion sizzling between them. With time running out, can they find a way to be together forever?
Thoughts: I don’t know how to feel about this one. It was short – it was originally in an anthology, but it was certainly interesting. I can’t say that I loved the story, in fact, parts of it kind of irked me. But I did keep reading it because I needed to know what was happening.
5. Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger
Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy–won’t Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.
Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.
In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.
Thoughts: I don’t even know what to tell you. I love these books. Gail Carriger is a queen.
6. Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark #2) by Gina Showalter
Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless-and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions, at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never known before.
Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation-or her ultimate damnation?
Thoughts: Guys, I actually really liked this one. I thought the storyline was pretty addictive. It was well paced, exciting and intriguing – can’t ask for more. From the setup, I think the next book will be about someone else… which I’m not a huge fan of. We’ll see though.
What I’ve Read This Year