What I Read November 2021

by - December 02, 2021


November was the month of getting sidetracked by random series and not finishing most of the books I started in favor of those. But I do not regret it. Not one bit.

In other reading news, I downgraded from my Amazon Fire tablet to a Kindle Paper White. For one thing, my Fire was pretty old and not running as fast as it should. I also was only using it for books, so it felt like a waste. There are some pretty big differences between the Fire and the Paper White. First, the Paper White is black and white, which kind of threw me for a loop the first time I visited the Kindle store. Going from colorful, vibrant covers to flat black-and-white ones was a shock to my system, especially considering the covers are what often gets me to click through to the blurb. Second, the Paper White is much smaller and lighter, which is nice. It's also glare-free and waterproof, which gives me some piece of mind when I read in the tub. I also like that I'm not constantly distracted by random notifications like with the Fire. And the battery lasts wayyyyyy longer.

So, all in all, no complaints on the downgrade. Now, on to the books!


Author: Jarica James

The second installation in the Spirit Vlog series has our ghost hunters investigating an old amusement park. But ghosts are the least of their problems on thus hunt. Brea and the Ghost Dudes call on the aid of a local coven to cleanse the park but soon discover Brea's number one fan isn't as harmless as she thought.

This is just a fun little series. I really like Brea, and I like the parallels to the ghost hunting show that I watch with my husband. If you're into that kind of thing, I recommend this.


Author: Jessica Park

Allison is a college junior who keeps to herself. Her only friend is a girl who grew up in the foster system with her. Then she gets roped into a social experiment with a social media sensation and her life completely changes. Now, Allison has a boyfriend and is being more social, but her best friend has really terrible news. News that Allison might not be able to overcome.

This book completely wrecked me, but in the best way. It is amazingly well written. Everyone should read it.


Woman of Blood & Bone (Rogue Ethereal book 1)
Author: Annie Anderson

Max is a witch...and something else. She's been exiled from her coven and has been making her way in the world for centuries pretty much on her own. She's died a lot, too. When she tries to save a pregnant woman from her abusive partner, Max somehow winds up with a demon's slave brand. The only way to break the connection is to kill the demon, but that won't be easy.

I'm not sure if I'll continue with this. I didn't dislike the first book, and it ends in kind of a cliffhanger, but I don't feel the call to read the next book.


The Harlequin Crew - Books 1-4
Author: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

Rogue finds herself back in the hometown she was cast out of after her boyfriend tried to kill her. She figures since she's there, she might as well get revenge on the group of guys who tossed her out like yesterday's trash and resulting in her life being less than ideal. Of course, she doesn't take into account the unbreakable bond they all share, and her murderous ex isn't as out of the picture as she'd like. Book four ended in a major cliffhanger, and I have to wait until January to find out what happens.

I'm a fan of this author duo, having recently read the Dark Fae series and loved it. I've been enjoying the character dynamics in these books, but will say that I feel like some parts of it have been overly drawn out. I'm not sure if I felt that way about the other series. There are also a lot of references to yet another series that I've been aware of but had no interest in reading.


Author: J'nell Ciesielski

I really enjoyed this historical romance. Svetlana, her mother, and her sister flee Russia as the Bolsheviks burn the city around them. They end up in Paris, where they are forced to live in the city's underbelly. There, Svetlana meets Wynn, a surgeon in the British army. When the Bolshevik threat continues to hound Svetlana and her family, she agrees to marry Wynn in name only. Of course, they can't deny their growing feelings for each other, but trust is easily broken.

This was a really interesting perspective on the Russian revolution. Most authors focus on the Anastasia myth, but I truly had no idea what happened to those members of the royal family who managed to get out of the country.


(Shadows and Shade, Shadow and Darkness, Kitten and Allure, Power and Pentad Part 1)
Author: Amanda McClure

When the Elorsin brothers venture onto the estate where Shade is an indentured servant, they're looking for some type of bird. What they find is Shade on the wrong side of her master's temper...again. In a move unforeseen by everyone, the brothers leave with Shade. There's just one problem: she doesn't want to go with them. But Shade's destiny is much bigger than she ever dreamed, and it all centers around the Elorisins.

I love this series so much and can't wait for the next (and hopefully final) book to come out this month. I also need to read the intermission book, The True Histories of the Shadowverse, which will give me something to hold me over for the next few days.

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