Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fall into November 2016 Wrap-Up

Hello book lovers! One more month until it's 2017! So far, how has your year been treating you?
Today I'm going to be talking about my November 2016 Wrap-Up! So happy with all of my reads for this month! Each and every book was amazing, and I think that each story will stick with me for quite sometime.

1) While it Lasts by Abbi Glines 5/5 stars

I've only read up to this book in the Sea Breeze series, and it's been such a ride! Gosh I'm loving this series so much, the POV changes are right on point as well. While comparing all of the three novels I've read in this series so far, I have to say that the third novel is by far my favorite. The main character Cage has a lot of depth behind his character, which is something you don't see a lot in romance novels. I liked this book the most mainly because all of the "fluff" in this novel doesn't exist, I like how Abbi Glines cuts straight to the point and has a sharp edge with her writing.

2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Fourth book in the series) 4/5 stars

Some of you may not know this but, this is my first time reading the Harry Potter series! I'm honestly not sure why I haven't read this series sooner, but I had to jump on the bandwagon this year so that I can enjoy and talk about this series with all of you!

A lot of people really love this particular book in the series, but since I dragged it on for several months, due to reading other things and being busy with school, I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous ones. Although I can say that I'm willing to set aside time down the road to reread the Goblet of Fire with a fresh mind.

3) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black 5/5 stars

Man this book was such a ride, I'm almost tempted to reread it for the month of December! I actually listened to the audiobook (for the majority of the time) of "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown", which was fantastic! I loved how Christine Lakin's (narrator) voice adapted to every single character in the novel. She did a perfect job at changing her pitches to make the voices sound more authentic to what the actual characters would most likely sound like if there was a movie made out of "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown". I'm extremely thankful that I chose this book as my first audiobook to listen to, plus the story itself has such a cool concept to it!

4) The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

This book is the first steampunk themed novel I've read, and it was so mind-blowing! The POV changes were so on point that I honestly loved reading from all of the characters POV's. I'm also extremely intrigued by all of the guilds in "The Alchemists of Loom", and how they work. I'll be completely honest and say that my absolute favorite character is Cvareh, because I love how his character goes with the flow. His uniqueness is what really drew me to liking his character, and the way he thinks to me, feels natural. Plus I cannot forget that the amazing Dragon Queen who wrote this, (Elise Kova) has the best world building skills ever!! After finishing the AoL I feel out of place with reality because I just want more of the Loom Saga!
(Review to come soon)

5) Gemina (Illuminae Files _ 02 ) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My bookclub YADiversity read this for the month of the November! And I'm not entirely sure what to think because I thought that Illuminae was my favorite, but I think Gemina may be my favorite. Still somewhat indecisive about that. Anyways, I'm also pretty ashamed with myself because I'm still not done with this book, but I'm about 100 page from finishing the novel, so thankfully I don't have too much more to read. Also there's a live discussion going on for Gemina on YA's group discussion page on Goodreads, which I'll link here. So if any of you have read Gemina and want to fangirl/fanboy with me, then you're welcome to join! I already know that I'm giving this novel a 5/5 stars! The characters are so cunning and funny, and the illustrations inside the book were absolutely stunning. Fun Fact: Marie Lu, author of the Legend Trilogy actually did the illustrations for Gemina!

Anyways I hoped you all liked my November Wrap-Up! I'm noticing that the past two months I've enjoyed most of all of the books I read, which is great! So since this is the last month of the year, I plan to read as many books as possible! My goal is to finish up all of the trilogies and series that I started this year.

There are a couple of other things I wanted to quickly say, and one of them is that some of you were probably wondering why I do not "group" my Wrap-Up's with the rates I've given on each book. For example: grouping my 5 star reads together, grouping my 4.5/5 star reads together, and so on. I mainly do this because I want to stay true to the order of which book I read 1st in each month, I just feel more organized by doing this, and it makes sense since it's in chronological order.

Secondly I'd like to inform you all that my friend @kitkatdallibooks over on Instagram and I created a December book challenge for you all, so if you like to join, it's not too late to. Click the link here. We're also both doing individual giveaways on our Instagram so check that out as well!

And another thing is that my bookclub's book of the month for December is Heartless by Marissa Meyer! So please read a long with YADiversity this month. I love Alice and Wonderland, so I'm intrigued to see how Marissa adds her own twists to her retelling!