Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021

September has been an average reading month for me. I managed to finish four books, one of which is a festive arc that I won’t talk about yet as it will be included in my ‘12 books of Christmas posts. 

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake 

Read: 03/09/21 – 06/09/21

Rating: 4 out of 5.

*I was sent an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* 

This was by far my favourite read of the month. After reading so many festive romances (which I love) and also fantasies I really needed a change in pace and genre. This book gave me both of those. 

It was wholly gripping and the way in which it was written was really interesting. If you want a good thriller/mystery to read during October then I would definitely recommend All These Bodies. 

Check out my full review of All These Bodies here. 

Goodreads synopsis: Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation.

Summer 1958—a string of murders plagues the Midwest. The victims are found in their cars and in their homes—even in their beds—their bodies drained, but with no blood anywhere.

September 19- the Carlson family is slaughtered in their Minnesota farmhouse, and the case gets its first lead: 15-year-old Marie Catherine Hale is found at the scene. She is covered in blood from head to toe, and at first she’s mistaken for a survivor. But not a drop of the blood is hers.

Michael Jensen, son of the local sheriff, yearns to become a journalist and escape his small-town. He never imagined that the biggest story in the country would fall into his lap, or that he would be pulled into the investigation, when Marie decides that he is the only one she will confess to.

As Marie recounts her version of the story, it falls to Michael to find the truth: What really happened the night that the Carlsons were killed? And how did one girl wind up in the middle of all these bodies?

Mermaid Mimosa (Magic and Mixology #8) by Gina LaManna

Read: 06/09/21 – 16/09/21

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I went into this book having no idea whether or not it will be the last in the series, the ending suggests to me that it could be. But if Gina LaManna has managed to get eight books out of this world already then I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a new instalment pop up in a few months. 

I actually think I could write an entire review on this book/series so I think I may leave any real thoughts I have for then. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

Goodreads synopsis: When the king of the mermaids is poisoned, Lily is called to help with a problem she’s never faced before—one beneath the surface of the water. As she sets about creating a potion to save his life, however, she realizes this is only one part of a much, much larger problem.

One morning, Lily receives a letter from an anonymous source stating that The Faction is planning to launch an attack against The Isle. Can Lily stop her father and The Faction before it’s too late? Time is running out, and Lily can’t help but feel she’ll need a miracle to save the lives of the ones she loves…

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen m. McManus 

Read: 17/09/21 – 23/09/21 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’ve finally put my Audible credits to use and the first book I chose was Two Can Keep A Secret. Now I picked this because I thought it was going to be more of a thriller type read, but I was wrong. I did like the book, but I was disappointed that it wasn’t what I expected. This was obviously my fault as I should have looked into it more, but hey it was still good. 

I’m quite into this type of book at the moment and I love trying to solve the mystery myself. I couldn’t figure this one out, which is a good thing, and I think if you like a mystery set in high school then you will love this. 

Goodreads synopsis: Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

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


Like this post? Why not read this one too: To Be Read: October 2021


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