October Wrap Up

October Book Wrap Up

Oh my gosh it’s November – NaNoWriMo month! I didn’t even manage to read much in October so I don’t hold out much hope for November – GAH!

Books I finished this month


Queen of the TearlingI had to DNF Queen of the Tearling this month. I just could NOT get into it. I was listening to it on audible and I listened to over 2 hours and when I still wasn’t loving it, I had to leave.

My reasons were mainly because it was a bit of a slow burner. Also the narrator just did not suit the character in my opinion. It’s a shame as I had high hopes for it. Incidentally I have an ARC of it so if anyone is looking to trade for it, hit me up!


Wunderkids: (Part 1: Wildwood Academy)Wunderkids: by Jacqueline Silvester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and… two very different boys.

However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal.

Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run.

I loved Wunderkids so much. It was different than what I expected, and I was surprised so many times! It was written so well, there were hints that something more was going on but at no point was it really obvious and in your face (I’m still not sure exactly what’s going on!)

The characters were developed well, with some needing a bit more to go. I loved that they were somewhat unconventional. Amber had to be my favourite! There’s a cliffhanger at the end and I am chomping on the bit waiting for the next one.

I was part of the blog tour so to read that and see how Jacqueline and I fancast the book check it out here

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.


Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

So I read this in just over a day and I have such a book hangover it’s unreal! It’s the first arc that I’ve gotten from Netgalley!

“Hunger Games in space”

I read this description of the book somewhere and it stuck with me, yet it doesn’t quite do it justice. It is so much more than this. I won’t give any spoilers as it’s not my thing, but just know this book is AH-mazing.


The story is fast paced and gripping. I was hooked from the get go, intrigued from the start. The worldbuilding (or spaceship-building?) was amazing, it was subtle in the way that it didn’t hit you over the head but you weren’t lost on what the world was about.

I definitely recommend this book. It has amazing world/space building and awesome characters and rep. Check it out guys!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

I really enjoyed Red Queen, I felt it was well paced and I was surprised numerous times. I enjoyed all of the characters and felt they were well developed. I listened to this with an Audiobook and the narrator was wonderful, I really thought she encapsulated the main character, and is really good at adding differences for all of the characters so I know who is talking.

I also like the mix of a fantasy land that seems to be set in the future, so has electric and everything. It’s refreshing as I haven’t read anything similar.

I’m currently listening to Glass Sword – not enjoying it as much. A full review of both to come.

Books I’ve started this month

The long way to a small angry planetThe Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

After reading Nyxia I was on such a sci-fi binge I jumped into this beauty after I had SO many good recommendations on my image on bookstagram of it.

I love it so far, it’s beautiful, interesting and just makes me feel great. I can’t wait to finish and do a full review.


Glass SwordGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

So I started listening to this, and at first I was enjoying it after Red Queen. Then I made the mistake of reading other people’s reviews of it and how they didn’t enjoy it as much and it started to colour my opinion. Then it just got a bit… slow, and Mere (I don’t know how to spell her name as I’m listening to it) got very whiny and very repetitive. I’m not giving up as I like the story line though so we’ll see.



This month wasn’t as successful as last month, but hey!

Did you read any of these recently? What did you think?

9 thoughts on “October Wrap Up

  1. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!! Queen of Tearling was on my “Should-I-Add-This-To-My-TBR?” list, but I’ve been reading some mehhh reviews about it… think I’ll skip it!

  2. it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy queen of the tearling. I got into it halfway through and really enjoyed the second book even if it was a little hard going. I’m yet to start the third one though so I can’t have LOVED it.

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | http://www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

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