Monthly Wrap Up

November Book Wrap Up

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Hey Epic Geeks,

I was horrible at keeping track of what I read by not writing it down in my notebook but I think I kept track of everything on Goodreads. I’m pretty sure I read nine books this past month. This is the first month that I’m transitioning into calling this series my “Monthly Book Wrap Up” rather than the “Books I Finished”.


I finally finished the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan with the House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus. I really enjoyed the end of the series. The Heroes of Olympus series was definitely an interesting mix of Greek and Roman mythology. If you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series, read it first, of course!



This is Where It Ends is a breathtaking novel by Marieke Nijkamp. She captured the emotions of a school shooting in a short read and I cannot understand how she did it so well. If you’d like to see all of my opinions and discuss this book with me, see my full review of This Is Where It Ends.



Hollow City is the second novel to Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. To read this, you should definitely read this first book first, however, it does have a different pace. This isn’t set in modern time and it’s definitely more adventure based. I will be having a review up of the first book and then of this one I do believe so stay tuned!



A Court of Thorns and Roses was my introduction to the author Sarah J. Maas. She is the author who envelops the rest of this month. I actually have a full review of A Court of Thorns and Roses. This includes a non-spoiler and a spoiler review of the book. Basically, it’s an amazing read by Sarah J. Maas. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but is in human and fae world … and nothing I say here will ever give it justice.



A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book to A Court of Thorns and Roses. I also have a full review of A Court of Mist and Fury. This also includes a non-spoiler and a spoiler review of the book. Sarah J. Maas tosses in and explores a lot of Hades and Persephone attributes in this book. Most times the second book/a sequel isn’t better than the first … this one is. I loved it so, so much.


The next three books are part of Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series. The entire series is a slight Cinderella retelling, however, without being told that, I don’t think you’d actually be able to tell. It’s just an underlining skeleton of the six books. Only five books are currently out and I’m pretty sure the sixth book is out in 2017.

The first book in the series is Throne of Glass. I have an entire review of Throne of Glass, both a spoiler section and a non-spoiler section. This post just got put up on Wednesday so go check it out! The second book is Crown of Midnight and the third book is Heir of Fire. I don’t have reviews for these out yet but they’ll be up soon. I really needed to get my November Wrap Up out because it’s already mid-December. Where has time gone?

I absolutely loved all of these books. Sarah J Maas, as I’ve mentioned a million times, is an amazing author and I cannot wait for her books to come out in 2017 to both series. Please note, if you’re going to read her novella, Assassin’s Blade, I recommend reading it after Heir of Fire and before Book 4, Queen of Shadows!


Thanks for catching up with my November wrap up! Sorry for it being a little delayed. I really can’t believe where the time has gone. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have a wonderful holiday season! Eat lots of yummy food for me!

In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,

Kayla

  • Mariah Kaercher

    Good for you! I’m reading Sex Criminals Volume 3 & Forever Red the Black Widow book right now. I did surpass my good reads goal for the year so that was exciting. 9 books though, I wish I could do that. I’m a slow reader lol

    • Ooooh, that’s awesome. Congrats on your goodreads goal! To be fair, most of my reads are audiobooks. I love listening to them at work! (:

      • Mariah Kaercher

        That still counts!

  • These all sound like great books and series. I actually have the Throne of Glass series on my Kindle just waiting to be read. I just added This is Where It Ends but with three young kids I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually read it.

    • I can see where “This is Where It Ends” could be conflict for you. ):
      It’s based in a high school but regardless it can be a hard read … it’s quick … but it’s still scary. For me, I have no kids and it was still very intense. Though I recommend the book due to it being well written, I don’t recommend reading something that would be too hard emotionally to read and I can definitely see how it can be.

  • SJMaas is one of my freaking heroes. While she tends to follow the typical romance tropes, she crafts some super compelling characters and heart wrenching plot twists in the process.

    • Even though her books definitely have romance, there is so much going on, it’s not the only compelling and amazing portion of her books. the ACOTAR series is definitely *more* romance based than Throne of Glass, but both series have amazing plots and characters that even without the romance aspect, I love them to pieces. Her writing still thrills me and I cannot believe HOW she does it … Seriously, her way with words, ugh. <3

      • I didn’t deny that. I have obsessed over her stuff to the point where I own Feyre/Rhysnad earrings and I bought my best friend the ToG series to force her into my fandom.

        • Oh, I know. When I talk about her … I have difficulties stopping. Ugh. <3
          She is so inspiring too. She has soooo many books and she's under 30. It's amazing. She wrote her first book when she was like 16? I don't know. They're making Throne of Glass a TV series and I'm SO excited. I hope they do well!

          • I’m a mixture of nervous and excited for the TV show. There are so few tv shows that actually do books justice.

          • That’s true … I remember that I was really excited for Vampire Diaries because I read the books … and I was turned off from the show as soon as she was brunette. Come on! The book starts with her reading her essay about her blonde hair cascading down her shoulders …

            I’ve not seen the Shadowhunter series … but I feel like Game of Thrones (from what I’ve heard) kind of sets a new bar for TV show adaptations of books. I really hope that means they do well. I’d rather a TV show over a movie though. So many more details!

  • You’re a danger… my to-read list is growing by the minute! 😮 I need a 40 hours day!!!

    • Heheheheh, but that extra time has to be for leisure only … and then we need some time of the day for sleep only. <3

      Don't think of me as a danger … just a good influence. <3

  • Kay

    I’m so curious about Sarah J. Maas’ books since I’ve heard so much about them!! I may need to dive into one of the series next year. Also, This Is Where It Ends sounds so intriguing.

    • I definitely suggest checking out Sarah J. Maas! She’s an outstanding writer.

      This Is Where It Ends is definitely intriguing.

      I have reviews on various Sarah J. Maas books (and more to come) as well as This Is Where It Ends.