I read a lot of great books this month. So many more I wish I had time to read! Can't the publishing industry just take a month off so we can get 1/4 of our TBR pile read??
Look at all the beautiful covers in this list!!!
This list, in no particular order, highlights a few of my favorites:
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Growing up in the
shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet,
steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student
Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to
be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at
first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby
becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s
strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find
the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.
Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow
is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one
girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the
darkest corners of our history.
"The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie."
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but I did. I loved it. I recommend it to any reader, but especially to middle grade and older. This is a story all readers will enjoy and find something they can connect with.
The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack
Cassie, the youngest of
six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter
society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose
extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora
is now entering her third season, and since their father has
decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no
choice except to wait her turn.
Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken,
East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and,
though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he
struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.
A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything,
but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie
begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good
intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.
As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are
tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to
reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?
"Cassie fidgeted with the skirt of her day dress and said a silent prayer: Please help me remain calm."
is the youngest daughter (out of six) of the vicar and he and his wife
have decided that only one daughter will be out in society at a time.
This is frustrating for Cassie because her sister, Lenora, is shy and
anxious. To "help" Lenora, Cassie starts writing letters to Evan, a man
Lenora met at a ball, in Lenora's name. Cassie could not have seen the
problematic outcome of her innocent actions. This "help" proves to have a
ripple effect that is negative to those involved and those not. This is
really where the story sucked me in and held me tight.
in love with Evan. Evan fell in love with the woman in the letters but
was determined to get to know Lenora better. Lenora was happy Evan paid
attention to her. Then Evan proposed to Lenora and everything went
I wanted to keep reading to find out how in the world the
characters got out of this mess! It really seemed hopeless. Josi Kilpack
is an excellent writer who keeps her readers guessing and reading.
really, really loved the character arcs. Cassie's was especially
fascinating to read. She grew and matured so much in the story it was
delightful to read.
Thanks to netgalley for the early read. I loved it! 5 STARS
Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen
As a lethal plague
sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly
captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for
the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results
come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison
turned refuge—and quarantine colony—for the ill. The Scourge’s victims,
Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives
However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the
whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She’s been caught in a
devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means
to uncover just what is actually going on. But will she and Weevil
survive the Scourge—and the governor’s wardens—long enough to make
their escape and expose the cruel plan?
"Few things were worth the risk to my life, but the juicy vine fruit was one of them."
I listened to this one. Another great book from Jennifer Nielsen! I know any book I can pick up any of her books and enjoy them. Keep writing, Jennifer! 5 STARS!
Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B. Larson
On her eighteenth
birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally
access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter,
the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels
But while her mother, the queen, remains busy
at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is
plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will
fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.
order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come
into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir.
But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light
and Dark comes at a steep price.
"The jeweled forest blurred into a tapestry of color as Evelayn sprinted away from the castle."
I won this book in a contest and I was so excited! I've been wanting to read this pretty book since Sarah announced it would be published.
intriguing retelling, or the start, of Swan Lake. Princess, danger,
magic, bad guys, one cute guy, this book has it all plus a slow burn
romance. Is the next one out yet??
Dawn of Wonder (The Wakening #1) by Jonathan Renshaw
When a high-ranking
officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that
shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young
adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this
officer is not what he seems.
The events that follow propel
Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk,
leading him to the gates of the nation’s royal academy – a whole world
of secrets in itself.
But this is only the beginning of his
discoveries. Something is stirring in the land, something more ominous
than the rising threat of hostile nations. Fearful travellers whisper of
an ancient power breathing over Thirna, changing it, waking it. In the
very heart of these stirrings, Aedan encounters that which defies
belief, leaving him speechless with terror – and wonder.
"Even the wind now held it's breath."
This book is freakishly long, like Brandon Sanderson long! But so good and rich in character and world building! I made excuses to listen to it. I listened to it as I cleaned the house and worked in the yard.
A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden
London barrister Jason
Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a
gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when
fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds
himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is
infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience.
However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or
so he believes.
Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive
the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils
and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the
invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after
being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to
reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention
of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her
true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they
come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.
the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a
mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true
desire of their hearts.
commotion outside his office ought to have served as something of a
warning, but Jason Jonquil, barrister and proud perfectionist, had done
nothing more than glance up from his ruler-straight stack of papers when
the first noises had drifted through his closed door."
Hurrah! Another story about the Jonquil boys!!
Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore
“This woman was one of
the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she
did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one.
Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea
was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton
USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings
the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North
Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem
Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah
finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and
readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah
faces the magistrates in Salem.
woman was on of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this
world; and she did now throughout her whole trail discover herself to
such a one."
If you want a personal, beautiful and haunting look into the Salem Witch Trials, this is your book!
is the story of the author's 10th great-grandmother, Susannah North
Martin, who was hanged during the trials. Even though it was really hard
and frustrating to reading the chapters about the time of the trials
and Susannah's depraving time in jail, there were chapters of love and
hope as Susannah and George meet and court and marry. Heather knows how
to write romance so the "love" chapters were sweet.
What I liked too
was the quotes and dialogue from the actual accusers. Heather put a lot
of time and research into this book and it reads smoothly with the
history interweaving with the storytelling.
The story is disturbing
in that humans could treat other humans so badly. Just straight up lie
and someone would die. With that said, if it made me uncomfortable (in
the sense of lack of human kindness), it was well-written.
I'd recommend this book to anyone older reader (older teens and up).
are scenes where the victims are stripped to nothing and scrutinized
and abused; death; kissing; intimate touching; martial relationships
Thanks for the early read! I loved it! 5 STARS