Hi everyone! Today’s #blogtober2020 post is all about the books that I read in September! I managed to finish six books, which is right around my average for monthly reads so I’m really happy with that! Of the six books, four of them were ARCs and all six of them were ebooks!
Eventide by Sarah Goodman – ★★★★☆
I’m really glad that I got a chance to read the ARC for this standalone historical fantasy, because it was really enjoyable! I liked the female friendships because they could’ve easily fallen into that girl hate stereotype but they didn’t. The setting was also really interesting because it’s set in Arkansas in the early 1900s, which isn’t often a location and time explored in fantasy but it just added to the creepy vibe that I got from the whole book. This one comes out in November, so I really suggest taking a look at it because it’s perfect as a fall read!
Related: Eventide Review
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – ★★★★☆
I was part of a blog tour for The Inheritance Games that was hosted by The Write Reads which is such an amazing group to work with! I really enjoyed the puzzles and mystery within this book, and Avery as a character was likeable and relatable. The mystery of why Avery was named in the will was really interesting, and with there being a second book I’m curious to see how this mystery expands and changes. I’m still not sure how I feel about the four brothers, they were your stereotypical mysterious and aloof YA protagonists but they didn’t feel like they had anything to really back that up.
Related: Blog Tour: The Inheritance Games
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★★
I’m still kind of at a loss on how to fully describe my feelings on this book, because it was just so….personal. You could truly feel how much this story means to Schwab, and it just makes the book so magical and powerful. The pacing was slow, but it never felt like it was slow. It’s a book that’s meant to be savored, and it’s such an emotional rollercoaster! The themes of hope, inspiration, strength, and loneliness were so powerful. Can you tell that I adored this book? My only complaint would be that the way it was marketed as a love story isn’t really that accurate, but V.E. Schwab has said that this is the closest she will get to writing an actual love story.
Skyhunter (excerpt) by Marie Lu – ★★★☆☆
I got an extended excerpt of Skyhunter through NetGalley, and as it was only an excerpt I didn’t mark this book as read anywhere and I didn’t post a review here on my blog just because it’s hard to judge a whole book based on the excerpt. However, what I read was interesting enough, but I don’t know if it hooked me enough to want to read the full book. There was quite a bit of info dumping at the beginning and it was a lot of “this is what this looks like” instead of having the characters witnessing it. For example, if the book was describing what the country looked like while the character consults a map (since they’re scouts), that would be a way to weave the descriptions into the story instead of just having it kind of sit there.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout – ★★★★☆
I’ve never read a Jennifer L Armentrout book before this one, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I had pretty high expectations for this because so many people were saying great things about it, and it’s been showing up on some best fantasy romance lists, and I can say that it lived up to my expectations for the most part! I didn’t see a lot of the twists coming, especially the thing with the Atlantians. I don’t know why they surprised me so much given that I think all of Armentrout’s books have been paranormal romances, but not knowing that when I went in to this one really added to the shock factor for me. My one negative for this is the way Poppy gets treated at the end and the whole controlling male trope came into the book and how Poppy was just….okay with it? That kind of irritated me especially since she was shown to be such a strong willed character. Maybe things change in the second book though, so I’m excited to continue the series!
A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe – ★★★★☆
I don’t want to say too much about my thoughts on this book in this wrap up because I’m actually a part of the blog tour for this books release and my stop isn’t until October 14th, so I’ll keep it brief here. I thought the idea of the philosopher’s stone having a curse on it was interesting, and the story took that concept in a direction that I really wasn’t expecting! Mental illness and madness does play a really big part in this story, so please be aware of that if you plan on picking this one up. Once my review goes live, I will link it here as well!