October Wrap Up
Where has October gone? And now it’s already halfway through November? I’m so sorry that this post is so late—the months just seem to be getting away from me. I’ve managed finished four physical books, three audiobooks and got about halfway through another book in October, so we’ve got a lot to talk about. Let’s get to it!
Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
This month, I finished my re-read of the Dark Artifices in preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness by listening to both Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows on audiobook. There is such a huge contrast between this series and the Mortal Instruments, and you really see how Cassandra Clare has grown as an author. Both of these books grip you by your heartstrings and make you feel all sorts of emotions. And the end of Lord of Shadows? Had wrecked me as much as it did the first time.
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Seafire follows Caledonia Styx, who’s left alone with her friend Pisces after their families are killed by warlord Aric Athair and his army of Bullets. Caledonia now captains her ship, the Moris Navis, with her crew of girls and women who have also lost their loved ones at the hands of Aric and his men. They have strict rules—only trust your sisters and never trust a Bullet—and their one mission is to take revenge on Aric and his fleet. But when Pisces nearly loses her life but is saved by a Bullet looking to defect, Calendonia whether or not this boy will help them destroy Aric or if he’ll destroy the Moris Navis.
The tagline of this novel is “Sisterhood is Survival,” and this book was a great representation of sisterhood, and women supporting other women. The ladies in this story depended on each other like any family would, while still being strong, fierce women in their own right. This book is jam-packed with action and was a fun ride from start to finish. I did write a spoiler-free review and you can find more of my non-spoiler-y thoughts there.
There were a couple of critiques that I had for this book, so I ended up giving Seafire 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Lady’s Guide to Pettycoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is the sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and follows Monty’s sister Felicity, who is determined to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. After returning from her whirlwind adventure with her brother and Percy, Felicity returns to England with two goals, avoid potential suitors and get into medical school. She finds out that a doctor she idolizes is looking for a research assistant, but Felicity doesn’t have the money or the means to make the trip. That’s when a young woman offers to pay for Felicity’s way there, as long as she’s allowed to disguise herself as Felicity’s maid. Of course there’s more to this than the girl originally leads on and causes Felicity to go on a brand new adventure that she hadn’t expected.
It’s no surprise that I adored this book! It’s a crazy adventure just like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, but there were still a few twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. Felicity was probably my favourite character from the previous book, and I loved her more as the POV character of the story because we get more into her head and experience her struggles as a woman in the 1700s that doesn’t want to conform to societal expectations. We see some familiar faces, but also some new ones as well, and some new relationships form that had me on the edge of my seat as I was worried one of them wouldn’t make it.
Overall, this book is excellent and everyone should read it, so of course, I gave it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
The Dark Prophecy was the third and final audiobook that I listened to this month. Not going to lie, I had trouble listening to this one but not because of anything the book did. I was listening to the audiobook while I was doing a lot of other tasks and I think it required more attention than I gave it in order to grasp the story fully. That said, I did enjoy how Apollo’s story developed in this instalment, and I can’t wait to listen to the final book in the trilogy.
I gave The Dark Prophecy 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Typically, authors rarely come anywhere remotely close to Vancouver, but Hank was luckily doing similar stops to John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down tour and came to Bellingham, WA. So after about an hour and a half drive, we were at Western Washington University with this book in our hands!
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows April May, who stumbles across a giant sculpture—that looks like a ten-foot-tall transformer—in the middle of New York. With the help her friend, Andy, April films a YouTube video introducing the sculpture to the world as Carl. This video goes viral and completely changes April’s life overnight. It turns out there are different Carls all over the world! Now April is left with wondering who the Carls are and what do they want from us, all while being at the centre of a media storm.
Overall, this book was a great ride and surprised me time and time again. There were a couple of aspects of the story that I wasn’t so keen on, but I needed up giving it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
Wildcard by Marie Lu
I finally got to read Wildcard! As soon as I finished Warcross, I needed the next book stat.
Wildcard is the conclusion to Marie Lu’s Warcross duology. For those who haven’t read Warcross, this book takes place in a world where virtual reality has been fully integrated into people’s lives, and a game called Warcross is at the centre of it all. We follow Emika Chen, a badass hacker and bounty hunter after she accidentally hacks herself into the opening ceremonies of the Warcross Championships. Instead of getting arrested like she thought she would, she’s invited to Tokyo by the creator of Warcross to go undercover in the Warcross Championships to investigate a threat to the virtual reality. But through her investigation, she realizes that things may not be how they had seemed.
I found Wildcard to be a bit slower than Warcross, but it focused a lot more on internal struggles and character conflicts that I think Marie Lu always does a really great job of. Overall, the Warcross duology is up there with my favourite Marie Lu series and I gave Wildcard 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
I intended on City of Ghosts to be my spooky Halloween read, which it definitely has been, but I only got about halfway through by the end of October. I ended up finishing it within the first couple days of November, so you’ll be able to find out my thoughts in my November Wrap Up.
That’s all for the books that I read in October! It’s a little late to do a November TBR, and with NaNoWriMo happening this month, I’m doing my best to sneak in reading where ever I can.
What was your favourite book that you read in October? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!