MALLORY’S SEPTEMBER WRAP UP + OCTOBER TBR

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I’m having a hard time believing it is my favorite time of year already. Where has this year gone? October is my absolute favorite, with the beautiful colors, the gorgeous weather, the yummy pumpkin treats and Halloween, what’s not to love?

September was probably my worst month of reading so far this year. I only ended up reading eight books when I usually try to get in the double digits. So here are the books I read in September.

1. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★
Not my favorite of the series but I am still loving every minute of these books. I will be very sad for the series to end. I am waiting to finish this series to do a full series review.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★★★★★
Absolutely adored this book. Do not be fooled by the plot, this one has some pretty heavy content in it. Full review to come this month.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ★★★★★
An absolute fabulous way to end out the series. I will forever love Stephanie Perkins and I hope she starts working on new books right away. Can’t get enough of her writing.

4. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ★★★★
My book clubs choice for the month. I was very intrigued with this one and was blown away by the ending. A great thriller thrown in between the contemporary I was reading.

5. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp ★★★★
Not what I was expecting at all but still enjoyable. We did a group discussion on this one and you can find our thoughts here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/book-discussion-the-spectacular-now-by-tim-tharp/

6. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter ★★★
One of my monthly reads with Maria. We are still making our way through this series and we will have a full review of this one to come.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry ★★★★
Another one of my reads with Maria. We have already reviewed this one and you can find that right here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/book-review-the-giver-by-lois-lowry/

8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman ★★★
Definitely not what I was expecting. As a dragon lover I had a hard time learning to love these dragons. But I have a full review of this one coming up next week and will let you know more of my thoughts then.

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I’ve got a lot on my plate for October. We have received quite a few books for review, Maria and I have a ton of books to read together and I have lots of Halloween and horror posts planned for this month. So I’m going to try and not let myself get overwhelmed with all that. So here are the books I plan to read in October.

1. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. Currently reading this one and am halfway through.
2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Reading with Maria.
3. The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Reading with Maria.
4. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter. Reading with Maria.
5. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Reading with Maria, Marissa and Mackenzie.
6. Storm Siren by Mary Weber. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
7. The Swallow by Charis Cotter. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
8. When War Calls by Zy J. Rykoa. Making my way through this one and will be reviewing with Maria.
9. Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. My book clubs choice of the month.
11. Horns by Joe Hill. Was on my list last month but didn’t have time to get to it.

As you can see the two of us will have our hands full this month. But you can expect our blog to be very busy this month.

Hope you all have a great month of reading!

Mallory

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MARIA’S AUGUST WRAP UP + SEPTEMBER TBR

1. Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls 3) – C.C. Hunter ★★★★

An enjoyable read. I had high expectations after loving the first book in this series, but I’m not finding the other ones quite as great. Hoping number 4 will be better. This book did get alot more interesting towards the end and things are finally starting to come together – so I did end up giving the 4 stars.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter 7) – J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

This would have to be one of my favorites of the series! I loved every minute of it.

3. This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith ★★★★

Cute, happy contemporary. I really had fun reading this!

4. Obsidian (Lux 1) – Jennifer Armentrout ★★★★★

Fun and addicting! I picked this up randomly and am loving this series so much!

5. What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick ★★★★

Huntley Fitzpatricks books never disappoint me! I really loved reading this. One of my favorite books of the summer. I want to give this the full 5 stars, but there were a few minor things that bugged me.

6. Before I Go To Sleep – S.J Watson ★★★★★

This was surprisingly an amazing read for me! I read it in one sitting- staying up way to late. I couldn’t put it down. So much suspence!

7. The Murder Complex – Lindsay Cummings ★★★

I wish i wouldn’t have had such high expectations for this one. I enjoyed reading it, but it didn’t stand out like I thought it would.

8. Onyx (Lux 2) – Jennifer Armentrout ★★★★

Great second book of the series! Falling even more in love with the characters.

9. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins ★★★★
Really great contemporary read! Looking forward to reading Stephanie Perkins other books.

10. Spirit Bound – Richelle Mead ★★★★
So happy to have gotten back into this series! I loved reading about Rose again. She is such a great book character. I just love her.

11. The Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead ★★★★★
This was the perfect conclusion in my opinion. I devoured this book!

12. Opal (Lux 3) – Jennifer Armentrout ★★★★

Once again – the lux series continues to be my number one series at the moment. I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

September TBR

September for me means back to university! Unlike my past years in school, I will also be working this year – so I hope to find just as much time for reading. I think I have a pretty good schedule this fall to make it work, but we will see.

1. The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp

2. Just One Day – Gayle Forman

3. The Giver – Lois Lowry

4. Whispers at Moonrise – C.C Hunter

5. Origin – Jennifer Armentrout

6. Opposition – Jennifer Armentrout

7. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

9. Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead

10. Every Day – David Levithan

11. Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

These are just some books that I would love to be able to read RIGHT NOW. They could change, but I am going to do my best to stick to it.

MALLORY’S AUGUST WRAP UP + SEPTEMBER TBR

Well August didn’t go quite as I planned it. I was on vacation for the last week and got absolutely no reading done. But I still managed to read 15 books in total.

Books I read in August:
1. Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter ★★★★
This was one of my monthly reads with Maria and hopefully we will have a full review up soon.
2. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Not quite as good as the third, but still a great read and continuation of the story.
3. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer ★★★★★
One of my favourite reads of the month. I have done a full review and you can find it here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/book-review-the-wishing-spell-by-chris-colfer/
4. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Another great installation in the Discworld series, this time about witches instead of wizards. Really starting to adore Pratchett’s quirky and snarky writing style.
5. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
The third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was totally craving this since I have been watching True Blood lately and they are a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young ★★★★
Closer to a 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed it but I’m not too sure when I will continue on with the series.
7. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I was so totally in the mood for this one, out of the blue I just HAD to pick it up and I am so glad that I did. I’m very happy to be back in this series and I never want it to end.
8. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ★★★
A great story line, fast paced and super intriguing but a solid build up to a let down of an ending. So many things could have been done better with this one.
9. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
Love the Chronicles of Narnia series, this one was much better than The Horse and His Boy. Can’t wait to continue on with the series.
10. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson ★★★★
This was so so good, especially for a debut novel. It has your mind racing from chapter to chapter. It is very wonderfully written and I highly suggest picking this one up.
11. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa ★★★★
I went into this one not remembering a single thing from the first book but I quite enjoyed it none the less. I will not wait as long to pick up the third book so I can actually remember what is happening.
12. Atonement by Ian McEwan ★★★
This may be one of those times that I enjoyed the movie a little more than the book. I found some parts to be very dull and I really dragged through. Other parts were beautifully written though and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
13. Allies of the Night by Darren Shan ★★★★★
As always, loved this book. This is the 8th book in the series and I am completely in love. I am dreading the end. Will do a full review once I have finished the series.
14. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I couldn’t resist picking this one up. I needed more Daemon in my life. Just as good as the rest.
15. The Lost World by Michael Crichton ★★★
This is the second book in the Jurassic Park series. I have a full review of this series coming soon.

Books I want to read in September:
1. Good Girl by Mary Kubica
2. Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
5. Horns by Joe Hill
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. Carrie by Stephen King
9. The Soulstice by Simon Holt
10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
11. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
12. When War Calls by Zy Rykoa
13. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
14. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
15. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
16. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
17. The Dinner by Herman Koch
18. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
19. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Let me know how reading in August was for you and what you plan to read in September!

Mallory

MARIA’S BOUT OF BOOKS 11.0 TBR

A quick post to let you all know what I plan on reading during the BOUT OF BOOKS 11.0 read-a-thon!

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This is going to be a challenge for me, but I would love to be able to finish those four books. I will be working quite a bit, and I also have a day planned to visit my family – but I am going to do my best!

I haven’t read anything by Stephanie Perkins and from what I here, she writes amazing contemporary. So I am very excited to start Anna and the French Kiss! It has been on my TBR for at least a year now… Everyone seems to love this book!

I chose to read Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout, because honestly – The Lux series is just so addicting. I finished Onyx the other day and I actually miss reading about Katy and Daemon, so I can’t NOT pick this one up!

Last but not least, I would love to finish the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I started this series last fall – flew through the first four books, but was waiting to get my hands on the last two books at a good price before continuing… I am still missing Spirit Bound, but for now I think I am going to read it on my Kobo, and purchase it another time. I will be VERY happy if I manage to finish this series during the read-a-thon! I am kind scared because Last Sacrifice looks like a pretty chunky book… SO excited to get back into this world.

WISH ME LUCK:)
Are you participating in the BOUT OF BOOKS 11.0 read-a-thon?
I would love to hear what you plan on reading!
Comment below!

MARIA

BOOK REVIEW: OBSIDIAN BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: September 2011 by Entangled Teen
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 361
Click here to find Obsidian on goodreads

Maria read and reviewed this book with her friend Mackenzie.
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Maria and Mackenzie’s thoughts:

Book blogger, Katy, is new to West Virginia. Forced to move and change schools after the death of her father, she would much rather be reading and reviewing books than making new friends. After the non-stop encouragement from her mother, Katy decides to pay her new neighbours a visit. That is when she meets Dee and her arrogant, but very attractive, brother Daemon. Daemon refused to welcome Katy into the neighboorhood and on top of that he did not want her to become friends with his sister. This offended Katy, of course, but she eventually learns why Daemon is so overprotective of his sister and how to live with her alien neighbours.

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Maria: I loved Katy. When she finds out about her neighbours being from another planet, it shows how much of a strong, confident and kick-ass character she truly is. Unlike a lot of female characters, Katy does not sit back and do what she is told. She will stand up and fight not only for herself, but for Dee and Daemon. Being human does not weaken her. Katy is also a very relatable and funny caracter, which makes this book so much better.

Mackenzie: I liked Katy as a character because she is very strong and sticks up for herself. I love that she loves books and book blogging. I also like that she isn’t one of those annoying lead characters that can’t do anything for themselves.

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Maria: Daemon was pretty much an ass throughout the entire novel, but as ignorant and as obnoxious as he could be, I couldn’t help but love him. It helps that he is a total hottie with green eyes though 😉 I think that it’s safe to say that Daemon has mood swings. I loved that Katy wasn’t afraid to stand up to him, even when he made her feel like total crap. I want to learn more about his caracter and why he behaves this way most of the time.

Mackenzie: I actually really love Daemon. I love that he is protective of his sister and caring. Even though he acts like a jerk, it’s entertaining to read about. I think that Daemon is an interesting character in general to read about, especially since he is an alien.

The relationship between Katy and Daemon

Maria: Can we say love\hate relationship? Like Daemons frequent mood swings, their relationship is hot and cold. One minute they hate eachother, and the next minute they are literally inches away from kissing. It may sound annoying, but it worked very well in the story. Katy struggles with her feelings towards Daemon since the very first time she layed eyes on him. She tries so hard to convince herself that she hates him, when the sexual tension is so obviously THERE. I’m just really proud of Katy for not giving Daemon what he wants. If he gives her shit, she will give it right back. I also loved the fact that their relationship took time to develop. And it is still developing (they still hate each other half of the time).

Mackenzie: I really like how Katy can stand up for herself to Daemon. I really love when they get along because you see the other side of Daemon that he hides from the outside world.

The relationship between Katy and Dee

Maria: Dee befriended Katy very quickly, but instead of it feeling rushed, it showed how kind-hearted Dee really was. I feel like Dee just has a very friendly personality and would naturally go out of her way to welcome the new girl in town. They develop a very strong friendship, going against the wishes of Daemon and most of the neighboorhood. Dee makes Katy’s move alot easier. This may end up being a friendship that will last a very long while.

The setting

Maria: I loved the fact that Katy, Dee and Daemon were neighbours and I really enjoyed visualizing both houses next to eachother. The small town fit the alien aspect very well, not wanting to attract very many people to them. It was funny to read about people giving Katy such strange looks in town. Also, the typical highschool cafeteria was great (spaghetti scene though…).

The writing

Maria: Addicting. Sarcastic. Funny. Entertaining. Jennifer L. Armentrout did a great job at pulling her readers in and keeping them from ever wanting to put Obsidian down. Literally. The writting was hilarious. The entire 335 pages were interesting and never boring. I never wanted the book to hurry up and be over. I never wanted to be reading or doing anything else while reading this book. I really love that Armentrout chose to write about aliens and not our typical paranormal beings. I found this super original and interesting. Maybe that’s just me – I haven’t read very many alien-related books. I am convinced that Jennifer L. Armentrout is a brilliant author and I can’t wait to read the rest of her work! I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars and will be reading Onyx very very soon!

Mackenzie: I loved the writing. I really loved the dialogue between the characters and how fast paced it was. I also loved that there was always something happening to grab your attention. I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars!

As you can see, we both LOVED this book! We encourage all paranormal-romance lovers to pick up the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Big thanks to Mackenzie for reading and reviewing this book along with me. It’s always fun to get different point of views. I’m sure that Mackenzie will be helping with more book-blog posts in the future. – Maria

MARIA’S SHITIHAVETOOMANYBOOKS WRAP UP

The SHITIHAVETOOMANYBOOKS read-a-thon is officially over. I am happy with what I managed to read throughout my busy week. 3 books was actually my goal. Next time I participate in a read-a-thon I am hoping to read even more!

1. Taken at Dusk by C.C Hunter ★★★★

Finally finding out more about Kylie and what she really is. Enjoyable read, but I feel like it’s missing something. Like Mallory, I would probably rate this more of a 3.5. Looking forward to finishing the series. Review to come!

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling ★★★★★

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Now I know why everyone worships these books. Review on the Harry Potter series to come! I am going to miss Harry, Hermione and Ron!

3. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ★★★★

A cute contemperary that has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. It was a light read about falling in love with a movie star. What’s not to love?

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This read-a-thon was really fun. There’s no pressure, you just read as much as you can (or as much as you want) during the week to get through some of your TBR books! You should totally participate in the next one! It’s a great way to get some reading done.

Since the read-a-thon ended, I’ve been getting more reading time (of course that would happen…) and started two books.

Currently reading:

1. What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick

31% read and loving this summertime read so far! It’s way better than I expected!

2. Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

19% read, and loving it so much that I actually went out and bought the physical copy yesterday instead of continuing on my Kobo. The writing style is so witty and funny, it makes me not want to put the book down. Reading this with my friend Mackenzie. Review to come!