Hello readers! I hope your 2020 started with amazing books and have managed to stick to your resolutions and read books from shelf that were sitting there for ages. Well, I haven’t done any of that so far. I read books that I received in 2019 from authors and publisher and managed to read more than I expected. I read 11 books. 3 were short stories but 8 is really a good number for a person who couldn’t read more than 6 for long time.
So here is my month in numbers:
Books Read 11
Book Reviewed: 10
Total Pages Read: 2919
What I read:
Books read in December last year but reviewed in Jan~
Perfect Match by Zoe May — [Review] ★★★★★
Perfect Match was entertaining and charming chick-lit that revolved around Sophia and her many attempts to find true and perfect love through online dating. It was about quirks of online dating, dream of perfect love vs the reality, taking time to know a person over a first sight sparks and fireworks, character over look, and beauty of imperfection. Overall, it was fun and lovely romantic comedy with amazing characters and many hilarious and dramatic situations. I definitely recommend this book if you’re into Romcom and Chick-Lit.
Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray — [Review] ★★★★☆
Mrs P’s Book of Secrets was amazing historical fiction with concoction of mystery, history, romance and ghost. It was about life after war and death of loved ones, tragedy of WWII, loss, grief, setting the soul free of that loss, finding friendship and love, and haunting shadows. It was slow and bit confusing around climax. Overall, it was interesting, intricate, and inspirational historical fiction which was both beautiful and poignant.
Books Read and Review this month~
An Expat’s Guide To Falling In Love by Cristina Hodgson — [Review] ★★★★☆
An Expat’s Guide To Falling in Love was entertaining Romcom with a suspense and many turns. It revolved around Alexandra- an expat in Spain- and her new life in this colorful but sweltering country. It was about finding home, freedom, and love in new country, friendship, trust, honor and kindness. And culture and tradition of Spain. I loved the style and story but was not wow like other books I read by author. I found myself distracted and losing grip on story at few points. Overall it was entertaining and interesting romantic suspense with lots of fun facts and quirky characters.
Dreams of Fire (Book #1) by Christian Cura — [Review] ★★★☆☆
Dreams of Fire was interesting paranormal, urban fantasy that revolved around Kara Hartman who forsaken her magic after tragedy. It was bout loss, vengeance, friendship, love and magic. I had mixed feeling for this. Some things were good while some I didn’t like. Concept was really good and promising, no doubt there, but I didn’t like the execution. Overall, it was interesting, enjoyable and really promising urban fantasy but I had some issue that kept me from enjoying it completely.
A Woman to Blame by Vincent Panettiere — [Review] ★★★★☆
A woman To Blame was first in Mike Hegan mystery series. This book was packed with murder, drama, horse race gambling, mafia feud, exploitation and swindling along with grief, loss, guilt, and romance. Though story was interesting and engaging, it moved slowly, maybe because of length. I didn’t like that dramatic turn at his sister’s house. Overall, it was interesting, cleverly written, complicated mystery with many characters and twist and turns.
A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall by Jane Linfoot — [Review] ★★★★★
This was best book of the month. A Cozy Christmas in Cornwall was sweet and delicious Chick-Lit that revolved around Ivy and her very dramatic but cozy Christmas in a Cornish castle. It was about living life at fullest no matter how many times life throws you down, standing up and kicking the troubles in back, take control of life and move on; not to settle for something or someone that makes you unhappy and turn into something that you’re not comfortable with; about Christmas, a holiday of good thing and good luck; and of course romance. There was so much drama and hilarious moments. Loved characters, food and setting. Overall, it was sweet, lovely, entertaining and cozy chick-lit that I highly recommend.
Lullaby of Flames by Candace Robinson — [Review] ★★★★★
Lullaby of Flames was another twisted tale by Candace Robinson. It was a short story, Cori’s journey down the hell hole, about unlikely friendship and surviving the darkness and evils of hell. Yup, a twisted Alice in the wonderland. Overall, it was intriguing, entertaining, and very devilish dark fantasy. I highly recommend this book. Stay away from pits.
The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier — [Review] ★★★★★
The Bus Ride was a humorous busnapping adventure that revolved around a bus driver, a busnapper and 5 other passenger and a family. It was about unlikely friendship, never stop trying to live better life and what you desire, let other help you, and confronting problem. Overall, it was fun, entertaining and enjoyable busnapping adventure. I highly recommend this to all readers who love short stories and entertaining travel adventure.
The Way Home (Ashes of Olympus #1) by Julian Barr — [Review] ★★★★☆
The Way Home was Greek Mythology, a story of Trojan hero, Aeneas, and his journey to find a new homeland when Troy fell by Greek warriors led by Odyssey. It was about love and vengeance, strife between goddesses, dangerous prophecy, and Gods’ politics. As mentioned in synopsis, it’s a retelling of Virgil’s epic poetry- Aeneid. I get the depth of story and conversion. I wish there was more depth to characters. Overall, it was interesting, entertaining and adventurous mythical fantasy. Readers of any age who loves Greek Mythology will enjoy it.
The Falconer’s Apprentice by Malve von Hassell — [Review] ★★★★☆
The Falconer’s Apprentice was a historical and cultural adventure of falconer’s apprentice that take place in Holy Roman Empire in the thirteenth Century. The book was about Falconry, trade, life on road through Europe during the period of political unrest, humanity and compassion. A coming of age story of young boy who discovers a path of his life through this travel. I couldn’t know characters, especially Andreas, that deeply. Overall, it was interesting historical book with amazing characters and their journey.
I’ll post reviews of Cupidity, Diary of A Wimpy Kid and The Neighbours next month.
Best book of the month-
How was you month in reading? What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books? Are you going add any to your TBR? Which book(s) was your favorite this month?
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