What I Read November 2019

by - December 04, 2019

It's official. My to-be-read list is out of control. So is my in-progress pile. So I've committed myself to whittling both of those down in this last month of the year, or in the case of my TBR list, at least not add anything else to it. Easier said than done with Amazon constantly sending me book recommendations. I did finish two of the books I included in the currently reading section of my October roundup. I haven't given up on The Snow Gypsy just yet, but I haven't gotten into it like I thought I would. So without further ado, here are the books I read in November.

Girl on a Wire
Author: Gwenda Bond

To be honest, I had this book in my TBR list for months before I finally cracked it open. It showed up on my recommendations list on my Kindle after I read The Night Circus (review here). That said, the two books really weren't that similar. Girl on a Wire is about a traditional circus and the decades-old magical feud between two families: the Amazing Maronis and Flying Garcias. In addition to the magical aspects of this story, there's a sweet Romeo-and-Juliette-esque forbidden romance.

Accidental Knight
Author: Nicole Snow

When Bella's grandfather dies, he leaves her everything...including a husband. Bella is now the majority shareholder of one of the biggest oil companies in the world, and her disgruntled parents aren't the only vultures she's got to look out for. I've never read a 'marriage mistake' novel before and won't necessarily be seeking them out, but I do recommend this one. The characters were well-written, I'm pretty sure you'll fall in love with Edison the horse, and there's a surprisingly decent amount of action for a romance novel.

Author: Candace Wondrak

I debated on including this book on my list because I'm not sure if I recommend it. I finished it, but mainly because I have never read anything like this before and had a need to see how it ended. It is incredibly dark and twisted. It is full of triggers: murder, rape, stalking, kidnapping, and child molestation. It was well-written, and I can appreciate that the victim overcomes her past but I can't say that I necessarily agree with the ways in which she does it.

Dirty Letters
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

This was a fun read with a surprisingly serious undertone. Luca and Griffin were across-the-ocean pen pals until a tragedy her senior year of high school turns Luca's life inside out. Eight years later, Luca receives a surprising letter from Griffin, and despite her many fears, she sets out on a cross-country journey to finally meet him and discovers he's a bonafide rockstar. I loved the letters throughout the book, and Luca was seriously funny to me, not to mention her bird-loving therapist.

Traitor’s Masque
Author: Kenley Davidson

This retelling of Cinderella didn't hold many similarities to the original tale, I thought. There's a stepmother and stepsisters and a masqued ball to find the prince a wife, but that's where the similarities end. In this version, the prince has an older brother who's been overlooked for the crown, and a vengeful 'fairy godmother' who uses Trystan, aka Cinderlla, as a means to her revenge. If you're a fan of fairy tales, I definitely recommend this one. It's part of a series, The Andari Chronicles, so I'll be sure to let you know how book number two, Goldheart (a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin), turns out.

Currently Reading...
The Snow Gypsy
Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals (book 3 of the series - will wait to review until I've finished them all)
The Darcy Brothers (compete box set)
The Titanic Secret

My TBR List
Year One
The Rejected Writers' Book Club
The Night Crossing
Relative Fortunes
Voice of Power
How to Look Happy
Sunshine and Bullets
Wicked Webs: Black Widow's Revenge
Whisper of the Moon Moth
The Price of Time
The Mermaid's Sister
The Familiar
The Price of Scandal
Chameleon Assassin
Gods and Demons
Shadow Hunter
Elemental Magic
The Genesis of Evangeline
To Kill a Sorcerer
Charm (books 1-3)
Dark Water (books 1-3)
Storm Glass
The Firethorn Crown
The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury
Matchmaking for Beginners

See what I mean? I told you it was out of control, which is why I won't ask you to drop recommendations in the comments this month. Happy reading!

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