Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2020

November has been a surprisingly good reading month for me. Although it wouldn’t seem so from this post you can trust me (and my Goodreads) that it was. I am still on that Christmas book grind and I’m getting so close to being finished with the posts I have planned but because of these posts, I won’t be talking about them here.

In the end, I finished a massive ten books this month, which I want to say is down to the UK being in a second lockdown so I’m at home all day. However, I actually haven’t really been reading much during the day. Instead, I am writing blog posts all day every day because I wanted to challenge myself to do six posts a week. It’s now week four of this and I’d like to say I’m doing well with it. 

Anyway enough with my rambling here are the three books I can actually tell you about! 

Clover by Nicole Kilpatrick

Read: 9/11/20 – 14/11/20          Rating: 3/5

*I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Fire and Ice Books and Nicole Kilpatrick*

This book is out on December 1st so if you like the concept make sure to check it out. 

I really enjoyed the twist on the leprechaun trope in this book. Rather than being the short, top hat-wearing creatures, they are widely known as they instead take on an appearance which is more like the high fae. 

The concept was interesting and overall it wasn’t a bad book, however, I gave it three stars because one part didn’t sit well with me. If you want to know what I’m talking about you can check out my full review here. However, do be warned there are minor spoilers. 

Goodreads synopsis: “When a handsome leprechaun reveals himself to Clover O’Leary on her eighteenth birthday, she is faced with three hard facts. One: he is the reason for her remarkably charmed life; Two: her luck has now taken a turn for the worse. Three: her name is a curse; a malicious gift from the powerful leprechaun who named her while she was still in the womb.

In order to get her life back and undo the evil spell, she must travel to Ireland to seek the only creature who may be able to help: the Seelie Queen. With her intriguing leprechaun in tow, Clover crosses into the Faerie Realm, where fairies and mythical creatures abound and where finding her luck may ultimately lead to finding her love.”

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black 

Read: 7/11/20 – 16/11/20          Rating: 5/5

I don’t think I can express just how much I loved this series. I really put off reading this because I did not want it to end, but at the same time, I wanted more Cardan in my life so I finally gave in. 

It looks like it took me a really long time to finish this, but it actually didn’t. I read it in two days, but these days were not next to each other because of those damn Christmas books I keep mentioning. 

This book had me really worried for a moment and if you’ve read it you probably know what I’m talking about. I literally gasped…out loud. I NEVER react to books in this way so if that doesn’t tell you how good it was I don’t know what will. 

Goodreads synopsis: “He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…”

A Deal With The Elf King by Elise Kova 

Read: 18/11/20 – 23/11/20          Rating: 4.5/5

I wrote a full review of this yesterday so instead of talking about the book here I’m just going to point you in the direction of said review. This one doesn’t contain spoilers so no need to worry!

Read it here

Goodreads synopsis: “The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.”

Let me know your favourite read of the month in the comments!


One comment

  1. LOVED the Cruel Prince trilogy! Dreaded it ending but I also thought Queen of Nothing was a great way to end it – so excited for How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, so I can have more Cardan in my life haha!

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