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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-14 10:15
October 2017 — A Belated Wrap-Up!

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on November 14, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things are starting to get just a bit darker and the stakes higher when it comes to Ms. Marvel’s life! She has to think whether she should be blindly following orders, even if they do come from someone she has looked up to all her life:

 

She has to concede that she can’t go fight crime somewhere she hasn’t lived long enough to understand what is happening:

 

 

She realizes that others can be surprisingly kind even when they don’t have to be:

 

 

We are also shown a glimpse of her ancestors migrating during the Partition of the Subcontinent in 1947:

 

 

 

As hauntingly beautiful as ever! A good installment where we finally discover that people who loved Maika do exist! She remains her courageous self throughout the story.

 

 

 

Review to come later.

 

 

Read my review and the status of Project Frankenstein.

 

 

As long as you expect the MC not to talk to each other and resolve the major conflict in two pages or one of them just picking up and leaving the other to”protect them” or the big baddie being dealt with in the last two pages, you will enjoy this series. I do, so I did! The humor shines through in the books and I love reading them when I need something funny and light. My favorite quote from the book:

 

 

 

 

Simply beautiful and so on point with the current events that it is scary! These four issues are just the beginning though. I hope it continues to be this awesome. Here are some scenes for you to feast your eyes on:

 

 

 

 

Take a cute cozy mystery and add some seriously messed up and furious ghosts to it and you will have created Southern Spirits. I liked the upping of the violence level, which kept this book from becoming just another cozy mystery. I also liked that the MC didn’t wait around and got down to work even when she was quaking in her boots. My favorite quote from the book:

 

 

 

 

Read my review here.

 

 

So, this is one of those instances where not reading the book blurb or any reader reviews came back to bite me in the ass! The story is the original Mary Shelley story; this book has simply some steampunkish art strewn about. Visually appealing? Hell yeah! Original? Not so much! Even so, I can now cross off this book from my list.

 

 

Review to come later.

 

 

 

While playing Work Book Bingo, I got: A Book Purchased for its Cover. That was when the misery began! I looked around in all my bookshelves trying to spot a book that I had purchased just for that reason. There weren’t any.So, I searched my Kobo library and this was the best that I could come up with.

 

I had so many issues with this book that began with the inclusion of overused tropes and ended at a TSTL protag. Yeah, I didn’t like it and these quotes can easily show why:

Ciardis gave her a look like a deer facing the glow of a bright lantern in the dark forest.

(after talking about candidates dying of asphyxiation)…I hope I never hear of such a thing happening with you, Ciardis.”

“No, of course not!”

Prince Heir or not, Sebastian’s hand-kissing technique, with a bit too much saliva involved, left a lot to be desired.

There was a scene from the book where a prophecy is made about one of the characters coming into enough power to “rend the Empire asunder”. On hearing it, the characters remained unaffected and the prophecy wasn’t even mentioned again!

There was a sprinkling of terms like the Madrassa and Hammam that have an Arabic origin. Yet the worldbuilding included none of the other elements common to Middle Eastern culture.

 

The protag gets whole dossiers full of information about her patrons-to-be. They mention everything about the persons in question. Yet they fail to mention that one of them, a General, has a bastard son who is also a mage. How do you leave out that important a bit of information? If the information gatherers didn’t know, then what good were they?

 

The protag had to undergo a 3-day long contest that would decide if she is worthy of a patron or not. One of the rules for the contest was that the activities of the first day must be hidden from her yet she could be told what would happen in the next two days. I mean, why? Was the author simply making it up as they went?

 

Another major character, the Prince Heir (who gives hand-kisses with too much saliva) went on a quest. This quest was supposed to unite him with the land he is to rule. Yet…yet…he forgot to take matches with him to light a lantern as part of the ceremony in that quest. WHY?! Oh wait, he also forgot to pack a knife that he would need for the bloodletting part of the same ritual.

 

 

A fun if a bit slow paced cozy mystery.

 

 

 

A short, classic horror read. It wasn’t even marginally close to the world-changing Frankenstein, which was also written during the same horror story writing “contest”. Yet I liked it! Like the vampires of old, this one also exuded an aura of evil that affected its victims immensely more than the actual drinking of blood did.

 

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Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- October 2017

Before I knew it, October was coming to a close.  I feel like it was just a couple days ago that I started reading Bingo books, and posting my first few Halloween Bingo updates.  But September, and then October, seemed to just fly by pretty quickly, and now, here we are, moving into November.

A lot has been going on in my non-bookish life, and maybe that contributed to time flying by so quickly.  But a new chapter in my life is starting up, and I honestly think it will be for the best.  I'm going to be exchanging my late night third shift graveyard hours for a day time position--maybe this will actually allow me to get some sleep when my hours start following a more normal rhythm.  I will actually feel like I have more time to spend with my family and friends, rather than ending up sleeping my entire day away because I can't seem to find the right time to sleep anymore.

So much as been on my mind lately that the only way to keep myself sane had been books, mind-numbing 'click-click' games, and reading games such as Halloween Bingo.  Hopefully things will settle for me soon, and I can have myself some sort of lifestyle that will benefit me.

 

 

October Reads

 



Also Read:  Kidnapping in the Black Hills (short story) by Paige Tyler -- no cover

 

 

Books Dropped/Put On Hold

 

None this month!  Yay!

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

 

October Reading Stats

 

Total works read: 18

  • 13 print/e-book novels / 1 audio book
  • 1 novella (e-book) / 1 novella (audio)
  • 2 short stories


Average rating: 3.56 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  7 titles // 4.0 Stars
    • (1) Jaxson by Alisa Woods
    • (2) Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
    • (3) Deep As The Dead by Kylie Brant
    • (4) The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin
    • (5) The Liar's Dice (novella) by Jeannie Lin
    • (6) Jace by Alisa Woods
    • (7) Kidnapping in the Black Hills (short story) by Paige Tyler
  • Lowest Rated:  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James // 2.5 Stars

 


Series I started reading:

  • Keepers of the Veil by Zoe Forward

 

Series I completed:

  • In the Garden by Nora Roberts
  • The Pingkang Li Mysteries by Jeannie Lin
  • River Pack Wolves by Alisa Woods

 

Series I have made progress on:

  • Moreno & Hart by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
  • X-Ops by Paiger Tyler
  • Mindhunters by Kylie Brant

 


Favorite reads:  The books read for the month of October weren't entirely outstanding, but nothing really came out completely disappointing either.  My favorite book would probably be Jeannie Lin's The Jade Temptress; another book that kind of stands out was probably Jaxson by Alisa Woods.  Oh yes, and a little shout out for Kylie Brant's newest Mindhunters installment, Deep As The Dead.

Disappointing reads:  The truth is, my biggest disappointment was probably Deanna Raybourn's The Dead Travel Fast.  That's not to say it was a bad read or anything, but it wasn't exactly what I'd been hoping for... and maybe if I'd gone into it after reading the Julia Grey books, I wouldn't have expected much more than now that I've read her two Veronica Speedwell books.  Another disappointment might be Just Past Midnight by Amanda Stevens, if only because I've read her Graveyard Queen books, which are much more mature, much better written, and with less romance cliches.

 

 

Reviews & Notable Posts

 

Reviews Written

 

Memes

 

Other Posts

 

 

Coming Up In November

 

Tentative TBR

 

 

 

Other Stuff

With Halloween Bingo finished, the next game to look forward to is going to be a holiday themed one that will be hosted at Booklikes by Themis-Athena and Murder by Death.  What, exactly, the game would consist of, was still a big question mark, since they were keeping everyone in excited suspense up until their big reveal!  The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season will be a fun time of reading books or performing some fun activities, then sharing with all the community.  I hadn't planned on participating in another game this year, and wanted only just to focus on my year-long ongoing reading challenges... as well as settling some non-bookish stuff in my life.

But after reading the posts for all the tasks (above link) and the rules, I started thinking and planning and making lists and creating spreadsheets... and the next thing I know, I'm so deep into the game already that I'd be damned if I pull back out without at least finishing some of the tasks!

Anyway, I will probably try to have a tracking/summary page up soon, as well as a few update posts.

I've still got a few series I'm wanting to finish up before the end of the year, as well as a few books I really want to get to reading.  But as I'm trying to keep things light in my reading life, I won't be too overly disappointed if I don't finish them.  Although my ultimate goal is to finish Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series, mainly because I'm dead stubborn about reading the last novella, about Sawyer and Chloe, during the Christmas season, since it's a Christmas novella... and maybe see if I can't figure out how to insert that book into the 16 Tasks while I'm at it.

I'm also still working on housekeeping items for my blog, such as transferring the rest of my reviews from Goodreads and Booklikes, and finishing up some static menu pages.  Obviously, this will also still be an ongoing project that will last into the new year, and then maybe a couple months after.

Truth is, I'd really, really, really like to finish transferring my reviews, but time has been limited as of late with all the things going on in my non-bookish life.  And also, I get lazy really easily.  And also, reading is my first choice, obviously.

 

 

2017 Wrap-Ups 

 

Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/11/monthly-reading-wrap-up-october-2017.html
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Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – Oct. 2017

 

 

As you are reading this The Angel Clan will be on vacation in Florida, so for the first week and half of November the blog will be mostly quiet. I’ll share when I get back all the fun we had on our vacation.

 

As for October it has been a quiet month. I’ve been in a reading rut. Nothing new has intrigued me, so I’ve been listening to a lot of my favorite reads/series. I LOVE the Andrews team, Patricia Briggs, and Nalini Singh, so I deiced to give their books a try in audio. I’m really enjoying audiobooks. I wasn’t sure how I’d like them, but they have their advantages. As for reading it just hasn’t been my thing lately, but audios have grabbed me. I did a post on the blog here in October about Discovering Audiobooks. I asked for some audio advice on subscriptions. Thank you to everyone who commented. Since that post I’ve been picking up what I can at my library, but I also signed up to try out the 30 day free trial of Audible. I wanted to do Kobo, because they where cheeper, but they are like my library and don’t have all the audios in a series yet. Maybe I’ll switch to them once they get a bigger selection, who knows.

 

What else did we do in October. Oh ya, we went to see The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017) together as a family in the theater. I had a migraine that day and so it wasn’t fun for me, but my son had a wonderful time. He was so happy!! AYSO soccer is going strong. My boy is getting better and having fun. Also Kindergarten has been fabulous! He loves it and I’m so happy he loves school.

 

 

 

October ends with a bang, a school halloween parade, a pirate grabbing for candy gold, & a balloon Ninjago. I hope everyone had a happy & safe halloween. My son’s school did a halloween parade and a party. Then we went out in the evening for trick-or-treating. 

 

 

 

For The Blog

 

Don’t miss out on the November Book Of Choice Giveaway Hop. I’m participating, so make sure to hop on over and enter, then check out the other stops for more chances at winning a 2017 November Release.

 

 

If you are an email subscriber I have an exclusive giveaway going on for the whole month of November. You could win a $10 Amazon GC. Sign-Up Now & Enter Daily Here!

 

 

I sent out a help wanted post for the Library Love Challenge. I’m hosting the challenge for the second time and would love to have one or two blogs host with me in 2018. If you are interested; shoot me an email and I’ll give you more details. 

 

 

 

The library is a great place to pick up books, movies, manga, audiobooks, magazines and more. I love my library and the freedom to borrow. This is October’s Library Love. 

 

Movies – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Angry Birds Movie, Hidden Figures

 

 

 

Audiobooks – Third Grave Dead Ahead, Must Love Hellhounds, Angels’ Blood, Slave to Sensation, Death Masks, Angels’ Flight, Visions Of Heat, Archangel’s Kiss, Caressed By Ice, White Hot, Magic Bleeds

 

 

 

Kid Books – Flap Your Wings, Frog and Toad Are Friends, Hooper Humperdink? Not Him!, Moo Who?, A Pet Named Sneaker, Tell Me About your Day Today, Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep, Time for A Bath, And Then Comes Halloween, Ghosts in the House!, Trick-or-Treat!, Mittens, Where is Max?, Trick ARRR Treat, Waiting Is Not Easy!, Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!, Goose on the Farm, The Very Fluffy Kitten, Papillon

 

 

 

Kid Movies – Lego Batman the Movie, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes, Lego Next Knights Season Two, Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash, Micky and the Roadster Racers Vol. 1, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, Transformers Rescue Bots (Return of the Heroes), Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom, LEGO Ninja Rebooted, My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths

 

 

 

 

 Make sure to double check $ pricing. Some books are still free while others are back to their original or sale price. 

 

Bought

 

Amazon Free – Ghoul of My Dreams, Rescuing Rayne, The Highlander’s Iron Will, Deader Homes and Gardens, Bitten by Love: Shifters in Love Romance Collection, Venom & Vanilla (Prime Member Freebie), GRIT, Caiden: Intergalactic Dating Agency

 

 

 

Amazon Bought – I love a good sale. I always try to wait for my favorite books to go on sale; before I purchase them: Ride Hard ($.99c), The Red Lily ($.99c), Wild & Sweet ($.99c), Ride Wild

 

 

Nook – B&N gave me more money back from the settlement and so I grabbed these books with that money: Magic Triumphs (Pre-Order), Magic Bleeds ($5.99), White Tiger ($1.99)

 

 

 

Audiobook – I signed up for the Audio Subscription & got 2 credits right away with my 30 day free trial, so I picked up Night Broken. I haven’t deiced on my second pick yet for my remaining credit. Before I subscribed to Audible I went onto the app and they offered me a FREE pick of any audiobook I wanted, so I grabbed Carrots. I have been wanting to try the Shelby Nicholas series for a while now. Also as a Prime Member they gave me for FREE Venom & Vanilla. I like the free goodies I got this month. 

 

 

 

Review Books

Thank you to the publishers, tour host, and authors for these lovely additions!

 

Author – Danger’s Vice by Amanda Carlson & Love of the Dragon by Anna Lowe

 

 

 

 

The only gift I won this month is Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker from Sourcebooks via Under The Covers Book Blog.

 

 

 

          

 

 

     

 

 

  • Tour: Sworn to a Highland Laird by Sky Purington ~ Excerpt/Giveaway
  • Release Day Blitz: Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold
  • Blitz: Elements of Mischief (Hijinks Harem #1) by C.M. Stunich & Tate James ~ Giveaway
  • Blast: Wickedly Ever After: Halloween Hijinks (Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery) by Lotta Smith ~ Giveaway
  • Tour: Ruin of the Gods (The Elysium Legacies #3) by Erin Hayes ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Tour: Light of the Spirit (The Muse Chronicles #4) by Lisa Kessler ~ Excerpt/Giveaway
  • Release Day Launch: Midnight Unleashed (Midnight Breed #14.7)(1001 Dark Nights) by Lara Adrian ~ Excerpt
  • Release Day/Giveaway: Once Upon a Ghost (Murder by Design #3) by Erin McCarthy
  • Release Day/Giveaway: Rescuing Bryn (Delta Force Heroes) by Susan Stoker
  • Cover Reveal: Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh ~ Excerpt
  • Tour: Tarnished Journey (Soul Dance #4) by Ann Gimpel ~ Excerpt
  • Tour: Immortally Yours (Argeneau) by Lynsay Sands ~ Excerpt
  • Haunted Halloween Spooktacular: Evil’s Unlikely Assassin by Jenn Windrow ~ Giveaway
  • Release Day: Sleeper (Hunter #3) by Lexi Blake ~ Excerpt
  • Feature: Other Worlds Featuring Resisting Darkness by Amy L. Gale
  • Excerpt Tour: Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3) by Laura Kaye ~ Giveaway
  • Release Day Launch & Excerpt: Hallow Be the Haunt (Krewe of Hunters #22.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Heather Graham
  • Tour: BRASH (Spartan Riders MC #4) by J.C. Valentine ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Release Day: Call to Redemption (Team Poseidon #3) by Tawny Weber
  • Release Day Launch: 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Twelve
  • Release Day: Ride Wild by Laura Kaye ~ Excerpt/Giveaway

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

Jeanne C. won the Swag Pack & Signed Book from Chloe Neill during The Hunt tour.
Denise S. won choice of a book from the Banned Book Hop and she picked If You Only Knew by M. William Phelps.
BookLady won a digital copy of Dance With The Devil during the book tour.
Linda H. won a digital copy of Rescuing Bryn during the book tour.
Jodi H. won a digital copy of Once Upon a Ghost during the book tour.
Megan S. won an eBook up to $5 from the Stuck In A Good Book Hop.
Febie won any October New Release from the Book of Choice Hop and she picked It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/11/angels-monthly-wrap-up-oct-2017
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October 2017 Wrap-Up
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe's First Nation-state - Freddy Silva
Lava Storm In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories) (Volume 1) - Paul D. Scavitto,Sharon Willett,Stephanie Baskerville,Robert Tozer,Shae Hamrick,Christian W. Freed,Rebecca Lacy,Douglas G. Clarke,Mike Boggia,Sylvia Stein,Gail Harkins,Glenda Reynolds,Lynette White,Randy Dutton,Joyce Shaughnessy,Amos Andrew Parker,Laura S
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2) - Richard Gleaves
Vampire - In the Beginning - Charmain Marie Mitchell
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

12 books for me this month! More than double my average. Add The thin Man and Turn of the Screw to the above pictured books.

 

Thanks to Bingo. Now time to get back to other things I do besides reading every spare minute, though it's been fun.

 

No samples again, but clearing that folder again will resume soon. I have 5 Netgalley books to clear and then I'll settle into keeping at least 1 A-list book going while working through the Bingo folder where I have a load of back-ups for some of the squares. I might even read something besides Horror soon.

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My October 2017
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb,Katharina Schmidt
Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper
Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - Barbara Neeb,Katharina Schmidt
Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - Stacy King,Edgar Allan Poe
Der magische Faden - Tom Llewellyn,Nina Dulleck,Ilse Layer
Süßer Ruf des Todes (Reihenfolge der Eve Dallas-Krimis, Band 29) - J.D. Robb,Uta Hege
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - 4 stars
Just One of the Boys - 4 stars
Approximately Yours - 5 stars
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - 5 stars
Blutzeuge - 5 stars
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - 4 stars
Der magische Faden - 4 stars
Süßer Ruf des Todes - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Just One of the Boys, Approximately Yours, Blutzeuge, Süßer Ruf des Todes

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken, Der Fledermausmann, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

So this month, I decided to just stop being an adult and completely dive into my books. Real life just was way too much these last few months, I needed that mental break. So I just read all the books. All of them. This is an insane number for me. Also, the quality, I seriously enjoyed all these books.


(I'm doing this wrap up super early. Look at me, having my shit together for once!!!)

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