What I Read October & November 2023

by - December 26, 2023

I have a confession. I have not read either of the books on my book club schedule for October or November. I did start "The Curse of Jenny Greene" in October, but it just wasn't what I was craving at the time, and I ultimately never went back to finish it. At this point, I don't know that I will. I enjoy Kimberly Loth's work usually, but this story just isn't one that I'm interested in at the moment. I'm going to blame it on the fact that I've been reading so much Edgar Allan Poe with my seventh graders. I need a break from the macabre.

I didn't even crack "From a Distant Star" in November. November was just a hectic month all the way around, and I spent most of my free time rereading some of my favorites. I heard that referred to as comfort reads, and that's exactly what I think it is. I said I would try to read this during December but  didn't make any promises, and so far it hasn't been opened.

I've said it in other posts, but I've got a lot going on, y'all, and I refuse to spend my time doing or reading something I'm not really into. Anyway, these are the books I did read in October and November.

Author: M. Sinclair

I've been reading a lot of M. Sinclair lately. I just really like how she crafts her characters...usually. This one was a miss for me. I finished the book, but I didn't really like the main character. Maya has had an abusive life. She spent her childhood living in the basement of a religious cult trying to rid her of a demon. When her mother and boyfriend move them out, things don't get better, although Maya does finally get to go to school for the first time where she meets a group of shifters who want to rescue her from her life. Oh, and turns out she's a rare and much sought after Phoenix shifter.

Author: Marie Mistry

Marie Mistry is a newly discovered author for me, but I quickly fell in love with her style. The Daughter of Cain series is a vampire-lycan-ghoul series, which is not something I've been into in the last several years, but this is definitely not your typical vampire romance. After unintentionally betraying her sire, Cain, by falling in love with a human plotting to overthrow him, Evelyn is trapped in silver coffin underground for almost two hundred years. When Cain brings her out, he forces her to bond with a pack of his warriors...who are part of the rebellion still trying to bring his evil reign to an end.

The Enchanter's Blood and The King's Bargain (Arsyn Morgan series book 1-2)
Author: J.A. Stowe

I've enjoyed what I've read of this series so far, but it's incomplete so I decided to take a break until it's closer to completion. Arsyn Morgan is a hunter who has left the fold of her evil family and put her skills and magic to a better use breaking curses. She's been living under the radar but it can't last.

Author: Sedona Ash

I'm not going to lie. All I remember about this series is all the ridiculous ways this girl dies. According to my Kindle history I read all of them...I just don't remember the actual plot. I think at the time I just needed something amusing. It must have had some substance if I actually finished the entire series, though.

Dead to the World (Crossroads Queen series)
Author: Annabel Chase

This author is an old favorite, and this first book of the Crossroads Queen series did not disappoint. I will eventually finish this series, but it's a bit more serious than I'm currently in the mood for. Lorelei Clay has just moved into a rundown castle in a small Pennsylvania town that's full of the supernatural - something she would have avoided had she known. While supernatural herself, Lorelei doesn't fit with any of the other species and is content to live in isolation until she's asked to help find a missing woman.

Conquered and Captured (Inertia series book 1-2)
Author: Devyn Sinclair

The first book of this series captured my attention, but it fizzled in book two for me. I might read the final book in the series eventually, but I kind of lost interest. Safiya is what's called an Inert, a person who has no magic of their own but can absorb excess magic from others. In the kingdom where she lives, Safiya is a nameless slave, but she's lasted longer and absorbed more magic than any other inerts before her, and now the king wants her for his own.

Author: Marie Mistry

Man, I fell in love with this beautiful series. Too bad the final book hasn't been released yet. The publish date on Amazon says October but the author note says first half of the year, so hopefully I won't have to wait too long. Rose is the lost queen of Faerie, raised in the human realm where she believed herself to be sick and weak. Now, she has returned to the home she's never known to claim the throne and right the realm, but first she will have to deal with the rulers of the different courts.

Jinxed (Lost Boys 5)
Author: Emilia Finn

Detective Banks finally gets his own book! This book takes a detour from the usual route of my favorite Emilia Finn books. It's set in the city instead of the Rollers' town, and the other characters are from a different series by Finn, Mayet Justice, of which I've only read book one. It's more of a cop series so I haven't dived into them...but now I might have to. Okay, so, Rory has the worst luck in the world. She's still recovering from an accident (that was in Lost Boys book 4) and her mom is dying from cancer. On her way home from visiting her mom one night, Rory witnesses a murder and is now at the top of the mafia hit list. When her case crosses his desk on the other side of the country, Detective Banks takes vacation and flies to her rescue.

Author: M. Sinclair

I told you I'd been reading a lot of M. Sinclair lately. Narcissa is literally the Queen of the Dead, at least in New Orleans where she also reigns over the supernatural population. It's a gig her family has had for centuries, and Narcissa is good at it. When two demons start making mischief and try to take her city, Narcissa pulls out all the stops to protect the streets she calls home.

Falling Shadows (Silvercrest Academy 1)
Author: KC Kean

I wanted this to be good, which is why I finished the book, but it just wasn't what I was looking for. Raven and her mom have spent most of her life living in Shadowmoor, a slum on the border of the country, where every day is a fight just to survive. Then, Raven's father shows up and forces her to attend Silvercrest Academy where she'll train to become a warrior. There's just one problem with his plan - Raven doesn't have any magic.

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