October was a steady month for me. There hasn’t been a ton going on. The colder weather has created a great reading atmosphere. I do know that my posting schedule has slipped a little. I didn’t post nearly as much as I would have liked but that will be a trend until after November I am sure.
I am up to 47 books read for the year, that is a record number for me. I love to read but I can’t always find the time. This month I read four books and all of them were great. I read a few that I have been dying to read all year and nothing disappointed me. I am hoping to keep up this trend throughout the coming months!
Books I read:
Vengeful – V.E. Schwab – This was a great sequel to the first book. I love these books because you fall for characters who are not good people. They are not supposed to be either. I find it fascinating how Schwab is able to make you feel sympathy for “villains.”
Realm of the Reaper – K.A. Applegate – I am still loving my reread of this series.
The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas – This is one of those books that everyone needs to read. The insights it gives to our current time is invaluable.
What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – I have been anxiously waiting for this book for months. It was exactly what I wanted, a sweet and adorable love story.
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley – Shaun David Hutchinson- Review
Book Tag: It’s Finally Fall
Down the TBR Hole #10
Vengeful – V.E. Schwab – Review
Realm of the Reaper – Everworld #4- K.A. Applegate – Review
The ABC Challenge (B)
The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas – Review
The Spooky Would Your Rather Book Tag
What If It’s Us – Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli – Review
I haven’t watched too much TV this month but I have been wanting to watch the new “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” show. I have heard mixed things about it. Has anyone watched it? What do you think?
I enjoy certain type of puzzles. There are ones that I love called Conceptis Puzzles. They are slightly like Sudoku but involve filling in blocks to make a picture. I have found a new type that are sticker puzzles. You take the stickers and they go in certain places to make a picture. I love them! I love doing these things because they are logic puzzles but are also entertains to do.
Do you have favorite logic puzzles you like to do?
How was your October? Productive? My November is going to be insane so that wrap-up post should be fascinating!
Being an EO sounds great in theory. You get awesome powers and can do anything that you want. But you have to die in the process. You have to experience you breath stopping, your heart beat going silent. You wake up and then have to live with those memories. What if your death is caused by someone else? How do you live day to day with that memory in your head? What if revenge is all that you want and need? Can you be stopped? Should you be stopped?
(This is a review for a second book in a series. There will may be spoilers from the first book.)
I have been waiting for this book since it was announced. I love V.E. Schwab, she is one of my favorite authors. I liked the first one because of how it concentrates on anti-heroes. Victor and Eli are not good people, they destroy what is around them and enjoy watching the world burn. Yet you are drawn to them, you understand them. I was curious how their story could and would continue.
This book picks up five years after Vicious. We see the results of Sydney bringing Victor back from the dead. We learn that bringing people back from the dead doesn’t always goes as planned. I enjoyed Victor’s journey throughout this book. He is desperate to find a way to save himself. As he dies over and over again he looks for anyone who can save him.
It was interesting because Victor is still his selfish self. His first concern is about how to save himself. He wants to live and he wants to survive. Though there is this small piece of him that really cares about Sydney. This is his saving grace. We see him trying to find a way to save himself without harming her.
I like how Schwab is able to make us care about these characters even though they are not good people. All of them kill at one point or another. They destroy lives yet I wanted them all to win. She does a great job and giving us a sympathetic side to them, giving us something to latch onto and relate to. Victor wants to keep Sydney safe. He wants her to not turn into him.
The new characters Marcella and June are two people who have been broken down and are now standing on their own two feet. Marcella was treated like a side piece. She was nothing but a figure to admire and use. After she rises again she takes her power back. She is no longer weak but a strong woman you can’t fight or deny. She is easy to relate to.
Once we see how she was treated, especially at a certain party scene you want her to win. You want her to kill and destroy those who hurt her. You want her to show that she can be just as strong as any of the men. I didn’t despise her. She was a woman wronged and she found a way to make things right for herself.
I loved June, she is my new favorite character. June is mysterious and I want to know everything there is to know about her. She has a past were don’t quite know. She was killed, but we don’t know how. She is a shape shifter who refuses to use her real face. I want to know why? I want to know what destroy her self image. I need to know why she is hiding.
Even though she is hiding though she still is strong. She is able to stand on her own two feet and she doesn’t let anyone tell her who she is. She can be anyone and she can take on any form. She is hiding but she is also showing the world who she can be. I want a whole book about her.
I had this same issue with Vicious, the end was quite quick. I felt like the book was setting up this huge fight. There were so many players and we saw them setting up so many elements. But the end fight was done quite quickly. I pictured a sort of cinematic fight, with all the people going after one another. In the end we got a quick fight with a definite end. I just wanted a bit more.
There was nothing that threw me out of the book. I loved the characters. I was impressed how much I felt connected to these despicable people. I thought the plot kept things moving.
I have this book five stars because I adored the characters so much. The end fight left me wanting more but the end it self left room for more and I hope to see these characters again.
“Eyes were fickle. Minds were weak.” – pg. 57
“But there was, it turned out, a crucial difference between destroying things and destroying people.” (pg. 132)
“‘What does normal look like?'” (pg. 165)
“Men ahead of their time were always, by definition, outside of it.” (pg. 215)
“How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously?” (pg. 266)
“People can see an awful lot, and believe none of it.” (pg. 275)
“Every end may be a new beginning, but every beginning had to end.” (pg. 460)