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Hey Epic Geeks,
Can you imagine seeing my monthly wrap-ups ending in “2018”? Seriously. This upcoming month is the last month of 2017 and it has flown by! Last month, I realized I was behind on my reading goal of 75 and had to kick myself in the butt. I kind of cheated and added my textbooks to my Goodreads, but it is evening out for the books I have beta read but aren’t published yet! This month, I only read three books, but I also finished up some beta reading as well as one of my textbooks.
Last month, I claimed I’d finish The Night Circus by the end of November, but, well … that hasn’t happened yet. I’m still sitting somewhere around 33%. However, the option to join my book/writer-friendly group, feel free! Join me in my Goodread’s book club or Facebook group! I hope to have a live book chat about The Night Circus (as well as a full review) and other upcoming books!
What I read in November
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
The first book I finished up in November was Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I do plan to have a full review up soon so keep your eye out, but I will also update this mini-review when I post it.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth is a young adult science fiction novel revolving around Akos and Cyra. Akos is the son of a farmer and the oracle. He and his brother were taken after their fates were revealed. Cyra is the sister of the tyrant who kidnapped him. She has the currentgift that causes her pain but fills her with power. Akos and Cyra were chained together by invisible bonds, teaching each other many things. The question is if they will destroy or protect each other.
I really enjoyed Carve the Mark. I’ve been stingier with my 5 stars lately, so Carve the Mark received 4 stars. This being said, it was still really good. Please don’t go into Carve the Mark thinking it’s going to be another Divergent, action-packed novel. It revolved around a lot of mental battles and barriers. It is a more personal novel making emotional impacts. Even during death and battle scenes, there is little clashing metal.
Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha Trilogy (AKA Grishavere) is an amazing trilogy by out beloved Leigh Bardugo. You’d know and love her if you’ve read Six of Crows and it’s duo Crooked Kingdom. I read the first two books of the Grishaverse in November but I’ve already managed to finish book 3 as well as the short stories that accompany them
Shadow and Bone
The first book in the Grishaverse is Shadow and Bone. Alina Starkov is an orphan mapmaker in a world surrounded by wonderful and talented people, including Grisha. Grisha are basically magical soldiers. There are three basic groups of Grisha that are then divided into more specific sections. It is time for her to take her first trip across the Shadow Fold and doesn’t know if she, or anyone else, will survive. The Shadow Fold is a shadowy stretch of land filled with dangerous, unnatural creatures (I love to think of them as even scarier dementors). When she and her group are attacked, she unleashes a vast amount of power that she didn’t know existed. This starts her journey into the Grisha world, leaving her only friend behind. She must learn to control her gift and master it so her land can be reunited.
And no worries, there’s a tall, dark, mysterious man involved too. He, my dears, is the darkling.
Siege and Storm
The second book in this great trilogy is Siege and Storm. I can’t say much because SPOILERS. But, I still really enjoyed it. She gets more powerful and her journey continues, letting her destiny unfold.
I have heard people not continuing the series because they didn’t like book 1, but really, I highly suggest reading until the end. You may even want to try again after Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Your love for the world may have grown!
Unfortunately, those are the only three books I read in November, but I have already been killing it in December. I can’t wait to wrap up the year of 2017 and share with you my new goal!
Have a great day lovelies.
In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,