What I Read September 2019 (Plus 2 Books I Didn't Finish)

by - October 15, 2019

I did a lot of reading in September, and this post does not contain everything because a lot of what I read was quick little novellas with easy plot lines. So I decided to share my favorites for the month, along with two books I didn't finish.

Charming (Bastan Hollow Saga Book 1)
Author: Jane Washington

My thoughts: I think it's important to note that this is not primarily a retelling of Cinderella. The main character is not a spin-off of Cinderella. The main character is a witch who must help steer the descendants of Cinderella and Prince Charming toward the appropriate ending to keep chaos from erupting. She puts together a band of comical misfits along the way and ends up saving the world in more ways than one.

The Librarian's Coven (Written, Warriors, Scrivens, Ancients)
Author: Kathryn Moon

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this series because it was such a different twist on witches and magic. A young woman who believes herself to be non-magical applies for and gets a job working in the library of a prestigious magic university where she discovers she has an all-but-forgotten type of written magic and is the final member of a coven. She learns just how powerful she is when an ancient evil surfaces, threatening all of humanity.

Terraway Novels
Author: Mary E. Twomey

My thoughts: For me, this one was all about the characters. The plot itself was good, but I was so invested in the main characters because of how much detail the author invested in their back stories. The main character has to overcome her past to save the future of two worlds. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, but this series did. More than once. (There are nine books in this series, but they're all fairly short. I linked to the first one to get you started.)

The Evelyn Maynard Trilogy (Variant Lost, Vital Found, Vivid Avowed)
Author: Kaydence Snow

My thoughts: You know I like strong female characters, and Evelyn Maynard is a strong female character with a rare supernatural ability thought to no longer exist. Her father wants to use her to steal other's powers so he can overthrow world governments and rule over everyone. Evelyn and her Variants risk everything to stop him.

Evergreen Academy Series (Marked, Broken, Bound, Unmasked)
Author: Ruby Vincent

My thoughts: Okay, so I feel like I should be too old for books about high school, but this series hooked me. It kind of has a Pretty Little Liars feel to it. Basically, a secret society of some of the world's wealthiest families run a prep school that churns out the next big achievers. This society runs off anyone that doesn't fit their standard one way or another, but this time they've picked the wrong girl.

BONUS: Two Books I Didn't Finish

Butterfly Island
Author: Corina Boman

My thoughts: I really wanted to love this book, but halfway in I still had no idea what the main character was looking for. Sure, it's supposed to be a family secret, but I had no inclination at all and that was frustrating. The plot was glacial and I didn't really connect to the main character.

The Impossible Girl
Author: Lydia Kang

My thoughts: After reading A Beautiful Poison, I was excited to tackle The Impossible Girl, but man was I so disappointed. I barely made it past the first chapter. The writing style just didn't appeal to me and the main character rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. I may circle back around to this book in the future, though, because it has spectacular reviews.

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