Ah, so the month on Novemeber had draw to an end and we can breathe a sigh of relief as we delve into the greatest month of the year. Considering how much I had to do this month, I’m pretty chuffed with how much reading I did get through.
The first book I finished in the month of November was a lovely ARC of A Torch Against The Night by Sabba Tahir, courtesy of the lovely people at Harper Collins and Goodreads. This is the second book in a YA fantasy series and I absolutely loved it, giving it a very easy 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟[5 stars]. The story developed really nicely from the first book in the series, and I needed up enjoying it even more than I did it’s predecessor. I have full review here, if your interested in some more in-depth and SPOILER FREE thoughts.
Next, on my kindle I read a mystery/thriller called Night Film by Marisha Pessel which also got an instant 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟[5 stars]. This follows a reporter as he investigates the mysterious suicide of the daughter of a reclusive horror director. It also incorporates a lot of mixed media, so photos, web pages and supposedly an app that will give you even more information, Unfortunately, I’m not sure if this was a failure on my part or because I’m from the UK I couldn’t find this app, which is a real shame. However, you don’t need that extra content to be able to follow the story and I absolutely devoured this book that was balanced on the perfect knife edge between horror and thriller. I’m thinking of doing a full review, partly so I can read it again and partly because I keep thinking about it.
After that things went downhill briefly with the epic-fantasy Prince of Fools by Mark Lawerence. I have also written a full review for this, even though it only got 🌟🌟[2 stars] and I really didn’t enjoy t vey much at all. There were a lot of propels with certain characters and by the end just the writing style in general and I’m sorry to say that it is not a series that I will be continuing with. If you want to know more about my feelings you can read my full SPOILER FREE review here.
My next book was a super quick read at it was the graphic novel Bucky Barnes; The Winter Soldier Vol. 1: The Man on the Wall by Ales Kot and a whole load of illustrators. This was actually a collection of comics, issues 1-5, in this story line, which is not something that I’m aware of reading before. I really enjoyed the story, even though I have no background knowledge, and thought it had Marvel written all over it. However, I struggled with the illustration. I am not an art expert, I’m not even well versed in graphic novel art, but it was so obvious when the illustrators changed over, to go from these stunning full colour, almost acrylic paintings to line drawings on the next, during the same comic, was just really disappointing. It’s such a shame because this was well on the way to a 5 star rating if only the illustrations had been consistent, so I ended up giving it 🌟🌟🌟 [3 stars].
Also, another quick one was the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K Rowling. I loved the film and ended up buying this hours after I came out of the cinema and I wasn’t disappointed. I relished the chance to visit the film, almost like a close analysis of the whole thing, where there were bits and pieces, certain lines, that in my excitement, I missed the first time around. Needless, to say I couldn’t find any reason not to give it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟[5 stars].
Next I read a YA urban fantasy by an author I only start reading this year but is right up there amongst my all time favourites, and that is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. After reading both Vicious and This Savage Song this year, I thought that there was no way this could be as good as those two, but I was so wrong. A Darker Shade of Magic revolves around the concept that there are found different Londons, parallel universes if you will, Grey London, Red London, White London and Black London, or as Lila puts it, Boring London, Kell’s London, Scary London and Dead London. We primarily follow Kell, an Antari, one of the very few who have the ability to travel between them. I loved everything about this book, from the characters to the setting, to the magic system, and was really surprised by a lot of plot points, twists and turns. Luckily I have the second ready to go, because I gave this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟[5 stars].
For one of my university modules I had to read Mrs Warren’s Profession a play by George Bernard Shaw, which I did quite enjoy and ended up giving 🌟🌟🌟🌟[4 stars]. I don’t really have anything to say, it’s just that I’m counting it toward my reading goal.
And that’s all folks. I ended up reading 7 books which I’m pretty impressed with considering all the other things I also got done. It’s pretty obvious what my least favourite book was, and I’ve even got a full review to explain why, and I think my favourite was A Darker Shade of Magic.
What was your favourite book you read this month? Do you have a least favourite of the month?
Thanks for reading!