Mini Reviews: Oct/Nov Edition!

So I’ve fallen behind yet again in my reviewing! I have a good excuse this time! I swear! You see…. I’m engaged!! My boyfriend proposed in early October so I’ve been busy these past few months getting a head start on my wedding planning! As a result, my book blog has unfortunately suffered. Now that the main wedding details are all taken care of I’m hoping that I can get back on track! Until then, here are some mini reviews for some of the books that I have enjoyed over the past month!

blackmoreBlackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
Earlier this year I read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson and I LOVED it! Naturally, when I was in the mood for another historical romance I knew exactly what author to turn to! Edenbrooke focuses on Kate, a young woman who has decided never to marry. Her plan is to move to India to live with her aunt, but Kate’s mother has other ideas. She makes a deal with Kate that she must receive and turn down three marriage proposals by the end of the summer. If she does, Kate is free to go to India, but if she doesn’t, she must marry the man of her mother’s choosing. The result is a fun and charming romance that I adored! I can’t wait to read what Donaldson comes up with next!

jA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
My friend Kaley from Books Etc. recommended this book to me, so I knew from the start that it would be great! The story focuses on Lea and Gabe, two university students who happen to be in the same creative writing class. As you might suspect, the two end up falling in love with each other, but there is a unique twist! Rather than giving the play by play from the perspective of the main characters, Lea and Gabe’s love story is told from the viewpoints of everyone around them, including a squirrel! If you are in the mood for a cute and refreshing romance that is a “little something different,” then this is the book for you!

walledThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Taking place in the near future, The Walled City tells the tale of Dai and Jin. Sent into the city to fulfill a mission, Dai only has a few days left to escape before he is trapped there forever. Jin, on the other hand, is a girl pretending to be a boy while she desperately searches for her lost sister. As you might guess, their paths intersect, and the two decide to work together in order to accomplish their individual goals. I enjoyed the author’s decision to narrate this novel from multiple perspectives, and the initial story was addicting and hard to put down. As the novel neared the end, however, I began to lose my interest and was ready to move onto another book. Despite my waning interest The Walled City is an enjoyable read with a great cast of characters.

gloryGlory O’Brien’s History of the Future
After drinking a concoction of beer mixed with the remains of a petrified bat, Glory O’Brien finds herself with the ability to see the future and the past. And the future that she sees is far from hopeful. This dark and fascinating tale took me completely by surprise! I was entranced by the future world that Glory was envisioning, and I raced through the pages to find out how it would all turn out in the end. Check out my full review for Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future here!

salemSalem’s Lot by Stephen King
After researching many of King’s books, I decided to make Salem’s Lot my horror novel choice for the month of October. The story follows a slew of characters who find their town quickly being overtaken by evil, blood thirsty vampires. These aren’t the handsome and sparkly vampires who frequent romance novels, but the traditional, scary kind who won’t hesitate to kill. While the novel was enjoyable, it failed to scare me at all! Check out my post on scary books here!



5 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Oct/Nov Edition!

  1. Congrats on your engagement Natalie!! When’s the wedding? I hope we can see snippets of your wedding planning on here 🙂
    And great reviews! I’ve fallen so behind on reading, but these sound great…especially Blackmoore!

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