Hello! November is here and it is getting colder and yucky in Ohio right now. My TBR for this month will have a lot of thrillers, mystery and historical fiction books in them. I am doing only one reading challenge. I am doing TBR and Beyond Book Club’s Crime Detective Agency Reading Challenge. It is a follow those clues to solve a murder that we match books with the clues that are given. It sounds like a lot of fun and I do love murder, mystery books.
Here is the TBR and Beyond Book Club’s reading challenge. We have 11 clues to solve the murder.
Also the November group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club can be used for some of the clues. I am hosting The Night Swim by Megan Goldin in the group and I am going to be reading the other two. This month group reads are:
My November TBR are below but I might have some changes to them. It depends on my mood at the time but I am going to try to stick with them for the challenge. I do have some books this month that I have to read for blog tours.
What are your TBR for November? Are you doing any reading challenges?
Hi Everyone! It is the end of October….definitely went too fast but I am happy about 2020 ending because it has been a shitty year. Let’s hope that 2021 is better and we can get back to normal lives. I am pretty proud of myself, I have read a lot this month compare to the other months, I am hoping that means my reading slump is over for now. I read 9 books this month between blog tours and TBR and Beyond Book Club’s game this month.
Horrid by Katrina Leno: After the death of Jane’s father, her mother and Jane move from California to Maine to live in her late grandmother’s dilapidated old house. It is where Jane’s mom grew up. The history behind the house and a lot of dealing with grief in the present and past. This book was perfect TBR and Beyond group read for October, it was creepy without all of the goriness of a horror book. I enjoyed the book, it was perfect for October with the fall and Halloweenish environment. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending, I was looking for more to end of it. If you are looking for a mixture of horror, mystery/thriller and paranormal book then this would be perfect. Rating: 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by various authors: Will post detail review for each story later. It was a nice book of short stories to do with vampires and I like some of stories and other ones left me with wanting more information about the story. Rating: 🧛♀️🧛♂️🧛♀️🧛♂️
The Haunting of Beatrix Greene: Vol. 1 by Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons, and Vicky Alvear Shecter: Received the eARC from NetGalley for this book and I really loved this book. It had all of the elements of a horror book, the book is set Victorian England with Beatrix Greene posing as spiritual medium. She meets James Walker, who is going around disapproving psychics and mediums. When he offers her a job to go Ashbury Manor to see if it is haunted or not, she couldn’t pass it up with the amount money he was offering her. James has a dark secret which only a true medium can uncover. This book was definitely creepy and kept you on your toes at every corner. I hope we get a Vol. 2 of this book. Rating: 🔮🔮🔮🔮🔮 https://www.serialbox.com/serials/the-haunting-of-beatrix-greene
A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe: Find my review post here. Rating: 💜💜💜💜
I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan: Find my review post here. Rating: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore: Find my review post here. Rating: ❄❄❄❄
The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman: Find my review post here. Rating: 💜💜💜💜1/2
Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Find my review post here. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜
Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz: Find my review post here. Rating: 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷
I did enjoy this months books…next month I am hoping to top my read count (hopefully).
My October book haul was lot this month but some were gifts from book gift exchange that I belong too and some were from box subscriptions. I am looking forward to read these.
How did you all end your October month? Did you have a good month of reading? What book did you get this month that you were looking forward to getting in?
Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman hosted by Good Choice Reading. Thank you to the publisher and Good Choice Reading for selecting me to be part of the blog tour and read the second book in the series that I fell love with last year.
For a small New England town, Shadow Grove has an uncanny ability to attract the worst kind of trouble. Not that the residents are too concerned about the various horrors living among them.
As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.
Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.
Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or editing.
Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.
I really like the first book, The Night Weaver and I was part of the blog tour when it came out. I was excited to see that Good Choice Reading was doing another tour for the second book of the series and be able to see what has happened this Rachel’s defeated the Night Weaver.
In this second book, we found Rachel going back to school after the summer fighting and defeating the Night Weaver. She is trying to get back to normal life with trying to continue with her goals and achieving them but it is causing Rachel a lot of stress of trying to achieve all of her goals in getting into a top-notch college. Of course, nothing can go back to normal and easy for Rachel.
While she was stressing out about school, she went into a restroom at the school that is rarely used and something doesn’t seem right when she is in there. While in there, she finds a carving of another student Mercia which is contorted in pain. This doesn’t seem right to Rachel so she goes in search what the craving means with the help with some of the characters from the first book and we get to know some new characters that we didn’t get much information from the first book.
Overall, it was nice to go back to the story and see what is happening. Snyman writing and building the story gives you detail of what is going on and the suspense throughout the book that wants you to keep reading to the end.
Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittmore hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Thanks to the Netgalley and TBR and Beyond Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and share my review the book.
Winter, White and Wicked
By Shannon Dittemore
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published Date: October 13, 2020
Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking YA fantasy about a rig driver’s journey to save her friend.
Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child.
Sylvi likes the road, where no one asks who her parents were or what she thinks of the rebels in the north. But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, Sylvi must make a haul too late in the season for a smuggler she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team – Hyla, a giant warrior woman and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone – Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend.
But when the time comes, she’ll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter – or the future of the island that she calls home.
Shannon Dittemore is a young adult author, conference speaker, and mentor. Her books include the Angel Eyes novels (Thomas Nelson Fiction) and the forthcoming Winter, White and Wicked, to be published by Abrams Books in the fall of 2020. Since 2013, Shannon had taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She writes weekly for Go Teen Writers, a blog recognized by Writer’s Digest three years running as a “101 Best Websites for Writers” selection. Shannon’s stories often feature strong female leads grappling with fear and faith as they venture into the wilds of the unknown. In many ways, she’s writing her own life story.
I enjoyed this fast-paced fantasy about a girl named Sylvi who’s a rig driver. She is an independent and successful woman but she is also flawed. She is strong willed but she is selfish, bitter and lots of anger within her that can make you not really like her. You do see her grow throughout the book and at the end of the book you can see how much she grows.
Also we are introduced to other characters in the book and you get have some information and their histories about them. I thought it was nice to get their background and find out their stories throughout the book.
Overall, it was good fantasy book with lots of adventure and very fast-paced.
“Winter’s always talking.”
“I’m not entirely sure she was ever here.”
“Cause they’re ugly and mean and can’t find their way around a toothbush.”
Welcome to my stop for the blog tour for I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Another blog tour….I know I have been doing a lot of them lately but it is the best way for me to read some really awesome books. This book is an young adult mystery which I am a big fan of any mystery/thriller books so I was definitely happy when I got chosen to be part of this tour.
I Hope You’re Listening
By Tom Ryan
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.
In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.
At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.
When another little girl in town goes missing and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?
Tom Ryan is the award winning author of several acclaimed books for young readers. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and was the winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book. Two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections, and three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020. He was 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.
Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ottawa and Nova Scotia.
I started to listening to podcast this year and I am loving them but I am looking for some true crime podcast and this book has made go on a search to find them. Honestly, I couldn’t out this book down, I had to because I had to wake up for work at 5 am but it was really good. The mystery of the story is done good, it kept you wondering what was going on and if the new case of disappearing of a little girl was connected to disappears of Sibby.
The development of the main character Dee and new girl in town Sarah was nice to see in the book, especially when you can tell they really cared for each other and Dee can be herself with Sarah.
The mystery and how it ended up wasn’t what I had thought would happened, it was definitely unexpected but it work perfectly with the story and I thought having a podcast part of the story was awesome. I hope that they end up doing the audiobook for this book because it would be awesome to hear like an actually podcast.
If you like mystery/true crimes and podcast, I would definitely recommend this book for you to read. I am going to look into more of Tom Ryan’s books, I really like his writing style and how the story came together.
“I was lying awake in bed, wallowing in helplessness, when all of a sudden, something shifted. I’d had enough.”
“horror movie chime”
“This is the world, I think. This is the empty space of the world. No people, no structures. As many fences as they build, it all comes back to this empty, empty space.”
Checkout the rest of the bloggers on the tour and the Instagram tour at the below link:
Welcome to stop for the blog tour for Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours.
By Amparo Ortiz
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Experience the World Cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds compete in an international sports tournament
Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.
But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.
Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology PUERTO RICO STRONG (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical. Her debut novel, BLAZEWRATH GAMES, hits shelves on October 6, 2020 from Page Street Kids.
I have never done an ownvoice reflection before for a book tour so this a little different for me and somewhat difficult for me to come with what I wanted to type about. When I saw that Hear Our Voices has a blog tour for a young adult fantasy book written by a Puerto Rican author which included a story with Puerto Rico, I was excited and wanted to support the author and the book.
I am a 48 years old Puerto Rican women who loves to read YA books and I had always wished that when I was growing up there were books that were written by authors who were the same nationality and who had characters in their books that look like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t find those books growing up but it so refreshing to see more and more Latino and Latina getting the opportunities to be able to tell stories that are reflected of who they are and show the younger generation that they can find a book which will have character or story that they can relate too.
I was not born in Puerto Rico and I do know how it feels when you thought of not being Puerto Rican enough because you spent most of your life in the mainland so I was able to understand how Lana felt in the book for being push aside from it and dealing with racism because of my skin toned.
Not only do I wish that this book was written when I was growing up but I wish it was around when my son who is 21 years old was growing. I think he would have benefited with seeing a characters that were like him because he is biracial and had dealt with discrimination most of his young life.
If you are Latina/Latino and want to see yourself in a book, I would encourage you to pick up Blazewrath Games and the plus it has dragons (which are awesome)!
“Dragon are better company than people. Not that I hate people. Some are okay. People can’t fly, though.”
“Puerto Rico made me who I am but Blazewrath is the reason I was born.”
“I need to get out of this place drenched in nightmares. Deep down, I know it’s useless. Tomorrow I won’t just belong to the monsters. I will become one of them.”
“I once told you to believe in the world that’s coming. That was a mistake. The world I wanted to live was filled with anger, but your heart and your courage gave me hope.”
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was excited to be given the opportunity to read this book and give an honest review.
A Golden Fury
By Samantha Cohoe
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 13, 2020
In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter.
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philospher’s Stone – whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold – but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.
In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.
When I got the email about the book tour signup for A Golden Fury, I fell in love with the cover and then when I read what it was about I knew I needed to read it. I have always been fascinated with the Philosopher’s Stone and alchemist .
This book has everything a historical fiction should have with the setting of the verge of the French Revolution, the history, the complex main character and the story about the stone. It was slow in the beginning of the book but it did pick up during the book.
The author did a good job with building the characters, I enjoyed how Thea was already strong but became even more stronger throughout the book with her facing so many different obstacles on creating the stone and the betrayal of people she trusted and loved.
Overall, if you enjoyed Staking the Jack Ripper series, you will like this book, it has almost the same feel with the historical and characters.
“Never pin your hopes on a man”
“The Stone chooses the last alchemist, but woe to whom it does not accept”
“I had been where he was and felt what he felt. If there was a hell, there could not be worse torments there than he now suffered. And he had done it for me, expecting nothing in return.”
“Power to do harm is still power, said my mother’s voice. That power in your hands becomes the power to do good. To do anything.”
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Welcome to the Book Blitz for Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I am really excited about this book, I have enjoyed everything that Sarah has written.
Dread the Harvest Moon
By Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 13, 2020
A companion novel to Fear the Drowning Deep, an NPR Great Read of 2016.
Three tasks. Two worlds. One deadly queen.
Always follow the rules.
That’s what seventeen-year-old barmaid Liss Corkill does. She’s never cursed or kissed a boy, and until two years ago, when a mythical serpent kidnapped her, she was never late to anything. She knows that if she were like her free-spirited older sister Bridey who sailed to America just before the Great War, her mother would be devastated. Liss is determined to be what everyone expects, even if that means giving up her dreams.
Unless the faeries make you break them.
When Liss accidentally interferes in a fairy queen’s quest for true love, she’s pulled into the vast and dangerous world of Un-Mann, a magical realm as mistake, Liss must completed three tasks for the queen by the night of the Great Harvest Moonlight, the fairies’s biggest yearly celebration.
Or you find something worth dying for.
Liss’s attempts to complete her tasks are met with constant misfortune, as if someone doesn’t want her to win. But she has powerful friends: the town witch, Morag, and her sister’s best friend Cat, who she’s secretly falling for as they hunt sea monsters by night to protect their home. Sensing a need for inspiration as the final gruesome task draws near, the queen marks Liss’s little sister for death unless Liss succeeds.
Her sister. Her town. Her dreams. If she can’t own who she is and make some new rules, Liss will lose it all.
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.
When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.
Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.
Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited about letting you know a little bit about the book.
Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Mystery
Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
Sometimes there’s a town called Indianola.
And sometimes there isn’t.
Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There’s nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it’s run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.
Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something otherworldly.
But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it… and if you stay, you have to live with it every day.
Because there’s a confluence of energies at Indianola, a fissure in time and space, a gap in reality. Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town–the talkative lizards under the pecan trees; the honey-sweet but terrifying girl next door; the cute daughter of a powerful family, who would answer Claire’s questions if she had any answers; the pervasive sense of history coming unspooled, like a video tape–she might never leave.
Featuring a mindbending plot, heartfelt queer romance, brilliant writing, and intricate worldbuilding, Forget This Ever Happened is a lush and thrilling genre-bender perfect for the Black Mirror generation.
Cassandra Rose Clarke’s work has placed in the Rhysling Awards and been nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Pushcart Prize, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. She grew up in south Texas and currently lives in Houston, where she writes and serves as the associate director for Writespace, a literacy arts nonprofit. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2010 she attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in Seattle. Her latest novel is Halo: Battle Born, out from Scholastic.
Forget This Ever Happened is great for readers who enjoy YA mysteries and sci-fi combined together. I thought it was interesting the author had written the story in 1993, which (showing my age) was a couple years after I graduated from high school.
The book goes into the mystery behind the town and goes into the histories of the families in Indianola. This book was hard to put down with all of the background of the town and the supernatural element that is in the book, you don’t want to stop reading it. I thought the exploration of identity in the book was done well.
Overall, the book was good and unique story. It has the weirdness and mystery parts for a YA book and if you like books that have mystery, supernatural and sci-fi combined together then you will definitely enjoy Forget This Ever Happened.
Here are some quotes that caught my attention while I was reading the book. I had a lot more but these caught my attention.
“It’s a little glimmer of light in today’s darkness.”
“The music is out in the wind and it’s inside her head.”
“She understands that the future and the past are part of the same line. They cannot be separated.”
Welcome to my spot on the blog tour The King’s 100 hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Today, I am posting promo spot with a giveaway.
The King’s 100
By Karin Biggs
Publishing Date: July 26, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old princess, Piper Parish, is a disappointment to the citizens of Capalon, a STEM-structured kingdom where innovation is valued above all. Her older sister, the queen, views Piper’s tears during their parents’ funeral as a weakness, not to mention her strange affinity for singing. When Piper receives an anonymous note stating her mother is still alive and living in the enemy kingdom of Mondaria, Piper chooses to risk death and flees Capalon to prove once and for all that she’s not just the queen’s defective little sister. Posing as a Mondarian citizen named Paris Marigold, Piper bumps into a cute black-haired boy named Ari who encourages her to audition for the King’s 100, an esteemed performance court of singers, magicians, and drummers. Piper lands a spot as a singer and dives head-first into a world of glittering dresses, girl-code, sugar, blackmail, and physical contact-all while taking direction from an evil maestro.Under Mondarian law, Piper will be killed if her identity is revealed. But living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all.
Karin earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and served as an event planner for two Big 10 universities and various non-profits for over eight years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. She enjoys chocolate-covered peanuts, uninterrupted sleep and singing with other people. Karin lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, cat and dog.