I have read so many books in October that I started to lose count. I love reading and when I get started I read about six books from a Friday evening to a Sunday evening. In total, I read 15 books in October.
Some of the books that I read are YA fantasy books because I enjoy them as well, although some of the ones I read were a little frustrating at times.
This is my October reading list that I completed:
Calming the storm by Melanie D. Snitker
About the book: A marriage of convenience isn’t exactly what she had in mind.
After a rocky start, Rachel Peters finally has her life on track. Then a tragic accident takes away her sister and leaves her to raise her niece, Kendra, alone. About to lose custody of her last blood relative, Rachel is desperate to prove she can adequately care for her niece. On the verge of running away to keep Kendra, a new friend offers Rachel an opportunity she can’t refuse.
Brandon Barlow has long admired Rachel. When her world begins to fall apart, he feels led to help. A marriage of convenience would enable him to provide Rachel and Kendra with a stable place to live, proper health insurance, and a viable shot at staying together. Once Rachel gained full custody of her niece, the marriage could be annulled.
His plan provides the perfect solution, until Brandon realizes he’s fallen in love with Rachel. Through love and patience, can he help Rachel realize that, even when she experiences storms in her life, she’s never alone?
My review: I really enjoyed this book. It has a Christian tone to it and the storyline has such a ‘Knight in shining armour’ feel to it. I love the way Melanie told her story and it was such a lovely Christian romance. I am truly impressed.
Sprinkled with love by Jennifer Faye
About the book: What does one do with a matchmaking cat named Romeo?
Spirited and beautiful, Jillian Parker is one of Marietta’s newest business owners. Still, her mother worries about Jillian’s bare ring finger. So, in order to give her mother something else to fuss over, Jillian adopts a cat named Romeo. He turns out to be anything but a docile lap cat.
One snowy night, Romeo makes a break for it. With Jillian right on his heels, they have a near miss with a passing pickup driven by Avery Wainwright, one of Jillian’s closest friends. A rodeo accident has the sexy cowboy returning home to recuperate, and he’s not happy about it.
So when Avery finds himself lassoed into the Bachelor Bake-Off, he turns to the one person who has always helped him out—Jillian. But will teaching him to take chances outside of the show ring have them both discovering that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they ever imagined?
My review: Another book that I couldn’t put down. This is such a lovely story with a bit of cowboy in it and who doesn’t love a cowboy? The main character makes beaded Jewellery like I do, so I enjoyed that as well. It had the usual type of storyline, but it was still a very enjoyable read.
Spark by Anthea Sharp
About the book: What if a high-tech game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie? Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley’s life might look easy, but she’s part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world. Aran Cole hacks code and sells his gaming cheats on the black market. It’s barely a living, and one he’s not proud of. But when he turns his skills to unlocking the secrets behind Feyland-the most exciting and immersive game on the market-he discovers power and magic beyond his wildest dreams. Spark’s mission is clear; pull Aran from the clutches of the fey folk and restore the balance between the worlds. But can she risk her life for someone who refuses to be rescued?
My review: This book was not as enjoyable for me. It had a lot of gaming references and I found it hard to stay interested. If someone likes gaming, they may enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it. It was not written badly though and the imagery was quite good.
Bound by duty by Stormy Smith
About the book: Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn’t even know his name.
Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she’ll be.
As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?
My review: I really enjoyed this book, but when I reached the end, I was deeply disappointed. The story and its subplots, do not really end at all and you need to get the rest of the series. So, by the end of the book I felt unfulfilled and frustrated. Especially seen as I couldn’t buy the rest of the series at the moment. I have, however, placed them on my wish list.
Children shouldn’t play with dead things by Martina McAtee
About the book: 17-year-old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns that her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a fairy and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
My review: This was a good book with many different elements that I liked. It didn’t have the usual storyline and wolf pack in it which was really awesome. The problem is that there are more books in the series and once again, I couldn’t get the rest of them. Also, the books are quite pricey compared to other books on Kindle, but they too, are on my wish list.
Paige’s Turn by Jennifer Peel
About the book: With the encouragement of her beloved Aunt Mitzi, plain and overlooked Paige James left her hometown of Bella Port ten years ago and never looked back. But free-spirited Aunt Mitzi had plans for Paige to stop being pushed into the background. Those plans included leaving Paige as sole heir to her fortune and owner of her bookstore, Paige’s Turn. Begrudgingly, Paige returns home to fulfil her aunt’s last wishes, no longer the girl who’d left in baggy jeans and an ill-fitting t-shirt.
Paige discovers, though, that Mitzi’s last wishes include a lot of meddling in her love life. From the grave, and with the help of some friends, Mitzi has set out to make sure Paige and Bella Port’s most eligible bachelor, Sam Kennedy, find true love together. What Mitzi didn’t foresee is the firestorm and gossip she created that paints Paige as a swindler and liar, leaving Sam to wonder about the grown woman Paige has become. It doesn’t help when Paige fires him after their first meeting. But as friendship blossoms between Paige and Sam, they find each other hard to resist.
Was Mitzi right about the two of them? Will Paige finally have her turn?
My review: I had this book in my last blog about my book list and I didn’t get a chance to finish it before. I did, however, finish it in October and I really loved this book! This book was a lot like the one I’m writing in that it gives a feel of girl power and a little love to boot. It was a very enjoyable read.
The Werewolf High Series by Anita Oh:
#1 The Truth Spell
About the book: As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I knew I’d made a big mistake. I could never fit in at such a snobbish school – I was more IT girl than “it girl”. But then I saw him.
Sam Spencer. My childhood best friend. But it couldn’t be. Sam Spencer had died three years ago, on the night that changed everything. I need to know what happened, why he’s suddenly not dead and is hanging out with a bunch of rich kids.
When the school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and his creepy new friends are hiding, but the weirder things get, the less I’m sure I want to know. Even for Sam, even for the free food, Amaris High might be more trouble than it’s worth.
#2 The Tiny Curse
About the book: Life isn’t going so well for Lucy at elite boarding school, Amaris High. Classes are a struggle. She has no leads on the evil magic user. Sam’s avoiding her, and the entire student population hates her.
But someone hates her more than the rest. Rumours start spreading that lead to Lucy being bullied worse than ever before. Just when she thinks she couldn’t feel smaller, she’s hit with a spell that shrinks her down to only two inches tall.
Forced to rely on Sam, Tennyson and the other Golden to survive, Lucy is determined to get to the bottom of things once and for all. But the more she learns, she finds that being tiny might not be her biggest problem.
#3 The Body Swap
About the book: As if the massive betrayal wasn’t bad enough, that evil jerk witch has cast the most dastardly spell imaginable on me! I’m stuck in Tennyson Wilde’s body and if I can’t find a way to break the spell before the end of term, I’ll be stuck this way forever!
#4 The Soul Bond
About the book: Sophomore year isn’t shaping up to be the cake walk that Lucy had hoped. Everyone still hates her. She can’t forgive Sam for his secrets. Her father is back and she can’t forgive him either. There’s been no sign of Hannah, and Lucy can’t help but resent her new roommate because of it.
And Tennyson Wilde is everywhere. In the dining room. In her dorm. In class. Even inside her head. She thinks it’s just a residual effect of being in his body, the fact that she can hear his thoughts, feel his feelings. But the more it happens, the worse it becomes and it seems to be awakening something inside her.
Lucy never wanted powers. She never wanted to be anything but a normal girl, but the longer she stays at Amaris, the more impossible that seems.
#5 The Love Potion
About the book: Being a werewolf is hard work. Lucy just wants to frolic in the forest chasing butterflies, but real life won’t give her a break. Classes are a drag, classmates even worse. Her dad is trying to kill Tennyson again and being part of a pack has its own problems.
Sam is complicated, Tennyson is a jerk, and her new alpha has no time for her. When a threat on Tennyson’s life goes wildly wrong, Lucy ends up the victim of a love potion, and that’s when things get really messy.
#6 The Time Loop
About the book: Lucy is having a bad day. Things are awkward with Sam. She’s failing history. One of her roommates is missing and the other is crazy. Her evil dad is at it again, and this time, he’s not playing around.
Lucy has a choice: leave the pack or stay trapped in this day forever. What do you do when the only way to save the people you love is to abandon them? Will Lucy fight to stay in the pack or fight to save them?
#7 The Fake Boyfriend
About the book: Lucy’s junior year starts off on totally the wrong foot when Tennyson’s cousin Henry arrives at school to spy on them. Lucy and Sam thought it would be easy to fake being a couple, but Lucy’s feelings for Tennyson aren’t so easy to ignore, and Sam is acting weird. They need to be convincing or she’s out of the pack but Lucy isn’t sure of anything anymore.
To top it all off, her dad has escaped police custody, Hannah is back, and Lucy has a bunch of new powers to deal with. If Lucy thought things were tough before, that’s nothing to what’s in store for her this year!
#8 The Rival Pack
About the book: t’s not easy being the newest wolf in the pack. Lucy’s just no good with pack hierarchy and werewolf politics. The alpha hates her, Tennyson’s giving her the cold shoulder and she still hasn’t mastered her powers.
Things get even worse when evil Cousin Henry allies with another pack and two of their members show up at school. Lucy’s sure they’re up to no good, especially when one catches Tennyson’s attention. Harper York is funny, beautiful, stylish and 100% werewolf… all the things that Lucy isn’t.
Even though she’s officially joined the pack, Lucy feels more like an outsider than ever. The rival pack has to go, but the threat might be bigger than even Lucy suspects.
#9 The Alpha Wolf
About the book: Following from the events of The Rival Pack, Lucy and the pack struggle to come to terms with everything that’s happened and try to find a way to fix it.
(I am going to review this series as one because I felt the same way about all of them.)
My review: This series was immensely enjoyable. I loved the different story lines and the tension and brooding of the one main character and I especially loved the female main character. I was very happy when she developed powers because it just felt right. There is a #10 book to the series which I am waiting for. She said it should be out this year and I’m really hoping it comes out soon because I can’t wait. This author writes very well and I was quite impressed.
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