September was a pretty regular reading month – it seems that my normal amount of books each month is six, and September has added to the pattern 🤷‍♀️ There was only a little issue: I was supposed to read mainly thrillers for #SeptemberThrills but ended up only reading two thrillers… and the rest was all fantasy 😕 Well, fortunately, I did enjoy both of the thrillers, so it’s okay, right? My apologies to the creators of the challenge 😅

For October, I’m not entirely sure exactly what I want to read, but I’ll share my TBR with you soon! 😉

Books read: 6
Pages read: 2250
Favorite read of the month: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo ♡


 

I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz 

I was sent an eARC of this Urban Fantasy book by St. Martin’s Press – thank you so much! Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much as I had expected to 😅 It revolves around Egyptian mythology, so I was super excited, but it didn’t win me over. It was an okay read but it reminded me of Rick Riordan’s books due to the juveline tone.

Overall, it’s pretty fun and action-packed and it features innumerous cultural aspects of various locations around the globe. Unfortunately, although there was potential, it didn’t blow me away.

You can check out more of my thoughts by reading my review (includes Q&A with the authors!!)

★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars

 

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this upcoming release as well, and words cannot express how excited I was (and am) about it!! 😍

If you’ve been here for a while, you know one of my favorite reads of this year so far is The Wife Between Us, by the same two authors. I am very happy to report that their follow-up novel, An Anonymous Girl, is just as incredible!!

I haven’t posted my review for it because I’m waiting for the blog tour, but it’s been written for like a month. I started reading it the moment I got the ARC, and I couldn’t stop. It’s such a great and original thriller – simultaneously similar and different from their first, but amazing nonetheless. It won’t be out until January of next year, but I still had to share my excitement about it with you ☺️

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 

finally picked this back up – and actually finished it this time!! Good thing I’m a persistent person because wow… this was totally worth it!! When I first picked it up, back when it came out, I stopped because other books got in the way. This year, I picked it up again, but a slump decided to ruin it. Alas, I have finished and loved the crap out of this book.

It is such a different story, and I love the political aspect of it, as well as the setting. I’m also super invested in the characters and romance, so I cannot wait to dive into the second book (it’s on its way to me now 😉)

Oh!! And it counted for my new project, Read the World, since Kendare Blake is South Korean. One more country colored on my map!!

If you’d like to know more about Three Dark Crowns, you can read my review here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

A recent release by one of my favorite authors that, although I very much enjoyed it, left me with a bittersweet feeling. I feel as though there wasn’t a climax, that it’s missing a big twist.

The story itself is amazing, though, and it deals with a couple of shocking and taboo topics, so if you’re into good plots and well-thought-out stories, I do recommend it. There’s a trigger warning, however, for pedophilia, so keep that in mind.

If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, you can read my full review here.

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

 

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo 

A very pleasant surprise that automatically made its way onto my 2018 favorites list. It is a historical feminist retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – and it is epic!

I loved it so much that I immediately wrote a long-ass review about all the amazing different aspects of it… spoiler-free, of course! 😉

It just came out on Tuesday, October 2nd, and you can order it here if you’d like!

You can read my full, lengthy review here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Yet another amazing book by one of my favorite authors – the most painful and emotional one so far.

This is a collection of five novellas but, as the lovely Lexie said, it reads like a novel rather than a novella bind-up. The whole thing is incredible and it very much develops Celaena’s character as we delve into her past.

If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, you can read my full review here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars


Alright, my loves, those were the books I managed to read during September. Hopefully, I’ll read just as many good books this month as well! 😁

What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡