November Wrap Up and Stats

November saw me getting stuck into 7 new books! And, after being sad in my October Wrap Up & Stats post that I hadn’t found a book this year yet where I completely fall head over heels in love, I’m happy to report that I FOUND THE BOOK!

Happy December everyone! Who can actually believe we’re nearly at the end of 2021 and getting ready to start 2022! It feels like just yesterday I was setting my reading goals for the year and getting stuck into my first book!

November saw me getting stuck into 7 new books! And, after being sad in my October Wrap Up & Stats post that I hadn’t found a book this year yet where I completely fall head over heels in love, I’m happy to report that I FOUND THE BOOK!

So, what did I read in November? Remember, always check for those trigger warnings!

Little Fire by Hollee Mands

Rating: ★★★

Little Fire follows the story of Evangeline and Declan (an archmage) who find themselves thrown together in the Shadow Realm after Declan throws himself through a portal after an attack on his people. The story follows their journey to get back to their realm, where they can finally unpick why they find themselves weirdly drawn to each other (a connection that is beautifully portrayed.

I thoroughly enjoyed Little Fire. Evangeline, although small and tender, has fire in her heart and isn’t afraid to to say how she feels. I really loved Declan as a male protagonist, and Hollee really planned and executed some beautiful writing to tell their story, even when it was heartbreaking.

Enjoy strong world building, strong protagonists and territorial male leads? Then this book is gonna be perfect for you! I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I was happy. Be prepared to go through ALL the emotions! Don’t worry, there is a brilliant chuck of the ol’ sexual tension too 😉

The best bit: seeing Evangeline come out the other side of her trauma

Reactive by Becky Moynihan

Rating: ★★★

After being kidnapped, Lune finds herself being the adopted daughter of the Supreme Elite… She’s stuck behind a caged wall and desperately wants out. Unfortunately for her, the only way to finally escape the walls of this unescapable city is to complete in the Elite Trials – a set of three deadly trials – and become Title of Choice, where she will hopefully be able to barter for her freedom. But, one day, the boy from her past suddenly turns up and his presence has the potential to screw up all the the plans that Lune put in place.

This was a quick read. There were many parts I enjoyed (particularly the relationship between Lune and the boy she thought as her enemy) but for me there was just something missing.

The best bit: seeing Lune finally put trust into someone and working through her trauma

A Shield of Water by Aleera Anaya Ceres

Rating: ★★★

A Shield of Water is book 3 in a series Fae Elementals series where the rag tag group of fae are trying to get their lives back in a world where it’s illegal to be fae. Constantly having to hide who they are, the resistance are desperately trying to claw back the advantage and fight back against the humans who are repressing them. But, in order to do that, they need the help of the fae elementals: the emperor needs them to finally win control over the race; the resistance needs them to win back their lands and take back control of their lives. But, it’s not always plain sailing… politics easily gets in the way, and when there’s matters of the heart involved, is anything ever straight forward?

I won’t go into the synopsis of this book too much, seeing as it’s book 3 in the series, however if you’re interested in the series I highly recommend checking out book one: A Dance with Fire, which was easily one of my favourite books of 2020.

I have a massive soft spot for this series and Aleera ALWAYS keeps me hooked on every word she writes. I LOVE the squad of fae that have come together (especially my baby, Clay), their different personalities and watching their hearts heal from the trauma of loosing their land has caused them. A Shield of Water is no different. Although Shula’s story will always have a special place in my heart, Corvina’s story was carefully mastered. Don’t get me wrong, it was utterly heartbreaking, but to see her come out the other side and take back control was really beautiful. And, of course, my main man Clay finally found his mate.

In all honesty, I would have liked more time to see the relationship with Corvina and Clay grow… it seemed like they could have had more time together but, as always, the squad had a real place in my heart and it’s really something special to see how much they’ve all grown since book one. It was EVERYTHING I wanted and an automatic 5 stars for me!!

Love fated mates and a good squad with excellent banter – this one is for you!

The best bit: anything to do with my main man Clay and ALL of the chats I had with Aleera on Insta while reading (there’s something that makes reading a book 10000 times better when you can discuss every plot point!)

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Rating: ★★★.5

Flawed is book one in the Flawed series by Cecelia Ahern, and follows the story of Celestine North. She lives the life of a perfect human, until one day she makes a mistake and is suddenly seen as Flawed. As more time goes on, Celestine starts to question everything she has ever known and really wonders what it means to be a human being in a world where being flawed is against the law.

I’ve had this on my TBR for a long time and actually missed out on reading it a few years ago when a group of my friends decided to read it. However, when I was off work sick, one of my friends dropped around a copy and, seeing as I had such high hopes, I decided to jump right in. It was certainly an easy read and I am definitely team Celestine in all the decisions she made – her growth and strength through the story was really something special.

That being said, I found that there was something just lacking… I really wanted more of Carrick and was disappointed that he didn’t make a reappearance until the end. That being said, I do feel it was a good, first book that set up well for the rest of the series!

The best bit: seeing others on the perfect ‘inside’ doing what they could to support Celestine and tell her story

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood Hargrave

Rating: ★★★.5

Another book read for a unit at work! It’s very descriptive and a different style of reading for the kids to get into, but not my favourite story that I teach!

Lady of Darkness by Melissa Roehrich

Rating: ★★★

All I’m going to say is this was THE BOOK!!!! I fell in love, I cried, I laughed, I BAWLED MY EYES OUT, and I loved it so so much. A full review is coming very soon, so do watch out for it, because this book is PHENOMENAL and everyone needs to read it.

In the mean time, if you want to know more, check out the synopsis here.

The best bit: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING

7th Circle by Tate James

Rating: ★★★.5

Set in the same world as Tate’s Madison Kate series, Hades follows the head of the Timberwolves gang:

Five years ago, Hades masterminded the take down of her fathers gang, the Timberwolves. Every since then, the public thing the gang doesn’t exist. Little do they know, it’s actually running Shadow Grove (both in illegal and legal affairs). She took the gang, built them back up and now she’ll do anything to keep her empire thriving. But, when a ghost comes back from her past and weird things start happening, does Hades have what it takes to protect those she loves and stay on top?

I chose to come to the Hades series after reading the Madison Kate series earlier in the end which I completely loved and then some, despite it being my first ever reverse harem story. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Hades and, as always, Tate James really delivers on those plot twists, however, so far, I have found it missing the something that made me fall in love with the MK series! I’ll definitely keep going though – Tate always has me HOOKED on her stories, especially as she’s the queen of cliff hangers!

The best bit: seeing Hades slowly lower her walls and finally see she deserves to be loved too

And here’s the stats:

Books read: 8

Pages read: 3,516 pages

Format: 8 physical books

Average star rating: 4.0

Favourite book: Lady of Darkness

Least favourite book: The Girl of Ink and Stars

What did you read this month? Let me know below!

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