Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2020

Happy Halloween! 👻 I hope you all had a great reading month! I can’t believe it’s already November. I’m hoping I’ll have some more time for reading and can get out of this reading slump I seem to be in. I think I just need a really great book to pull me out!


40550366BLOOD & HONEY: While I didn’t seem to dislike this as much as other people, I’m sad to share that it did not live up to my hype and expectation. I was still enchanted by the writing and easily transported in the world. However, you cannot call this book anything other than a filler. This series went from a planned duology to a trilogy and it shows. A whole lot of nothing happens for the majority of the book. ★★★½  [review]

51475325SOULSWIFT: The ending was heartbreaking beautiful and honestly I would expect nothing less from this author. The story follows two characters from opposing sides of a war who reluctantly work together to save their world. I really loved the presence of mythology/religion and the theme of doubts and beliefs. Such a wonderful story with beautiful storytelling.  ARC provided by the author as part of the blog tour.  ★★★★½ 

41187447A GOLDEN FURY:  Unfortunately, I really didn’t care for this book a whole lot. The plot and writing started out very strong: I was intrigued by the story, the setting, and the protagonist. However, the book started to go downhill very fast after the half-way point. The writing began to fall apart and the plotlines became over-the-top and silly.  ARC provided by Wednesday Books through NetGalley.  DNF @52%. 

50972370._SY475_CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE: By far my favorite book in the Bromance Book Club series. Noah and Alexis are the shining stars of these books (in my opinion) and their friends-to-lovers romance was nothing short of perfection. Everything about this book works: the characters, the plot, the chemistry, the themes. It was amazing to see Alexis and Noah support each other through thick and thin, and how that support was crucial to their relationship. They work so well as best friends that it was even more satisfying to see them finally admit their feelings for each other. ARC provided by Berkley through NetGalley.  ★★★★½  [review]

51075440WINTER, WHITE AND WICKED: This book definitely exudes a Frozen meets Mad Max dystopian vibe that just worked. It was exhilarating, page-turning, and full of non-stop action. I was hooked early on and the story’s forward moving-plot and non-stop action kept me reading page after page. The clear descriptions and vivid imagery throughout easily transported me into the book’s setting. One of the best parts of reading is getting lost in the world, and I was not disappointed.  ARC provided by Abrams Books through NetGalley.  ★★★★  [review]


OTHER

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers Featuring Skulls | WWW Wednesday #34 | Blog Tour: Winter, White and Wicked | WWW Wednesday #33


BLOGGER SHOUT-OUTS

Bookathon discusses the importance of breaks – Krisha talks about blogging burnout and how important it is sometimes to take a hiatus from reading/blogging to avoid feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated.

Happy Indulgence gives some great tips on blogging/instagramming on a budget – Bookstagramming and blogging can feel like you need to continually need to churn out money in order to succeed, but Bec provides some fantastic resources to show you don’t need to spend tons of money to blog/instagram!

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