october wrap up!! // the one where i read eight books and reviewed none of them

That headline is 100% clickbait because I review one of the books I read this month! The other 7 are drowning in despair but this ain’t about them. Anyways, I watched both live-action Scooby-Doo movies this month and I love them so much!!! This has nothing to do with the post but it’s Scooby-Doo so maybe it’s always relevant. Anyways, I’m going to be discussing these from least favorite to most favorite so buckle in!

Full Disclosure: I hate myself for this month’s reads because I participated in a Bingo (I’ll let you know which ones were Bingo picks) and then I randomly listened to a duology on audiobook. Unfortunately, most of these books were by white authors??? Like, a disproportionate amount and I’m very ashamed of myself. Hopefully, I can remedy that in November!

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this book is terrible.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco | Like, no offense. I hated the last two books in the STalking Jack the Ripper series but when I got the chance to read this for Bingo, I jumped on it. This follows a twin named Emilia whose other twin Vittoria is murdered, so she’s forced to team up with the demon prince Wrath to solve the mystery in 18th century(?) Italy. THIS WAS SO TERRIBLE. The first 150 pages were actually amazing since Emilia actually had some personality and her banter with Wrath was enjoyable. But then, it just felt like the setup for the second book, and I honestly don’t trust Maniscalco to deliver for the rest of the series. I hated how the last two books in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series turned Audrey Rose incredibly stupid and lorded the romance over the plot. Unfortunately, Emilia turns stupid in this book, so I fear for whatever brainpower is left in the rest of the series. Also, I’ve seen multiple reviews that say that the romance overwhelms the plot so…I think Kerri Maniscalco and I need to have a break. A very long break. I gave this 2/5 stars.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage | So…I really thought that this was by an author of color. But then it turns out it’s not??? So I’m grumpy??? Anyways, this follows a mom named Suzette whose daughter Hanna’s behavior becomes more aggressive and cruel to her, while she’s still an angel in her husband Alex’s eyes. This was enjoyable enough while I was reading it, but then I realized Suzette could just be filming Hanna’s behavior to show her husband on tape? That was the moment I lost all respect for her. Also, no one went through any kind of character development. The characters were the exact same at the beginning as they were at the end. So I’m giving this 2/5 stars.

How The King of Elfhame Learned To Tell Stories is actually surprisingly good. The art is stunning, and there’s a cool, overarching common element that ties this novella (short story collection?) together. I mean, I didn’t need to read it but hey, it worked for Bingo. I’m not rating this one because it was good! But it wasn’t a must-read if you know what I’m saying.

These Hollow Vows Duology by Lexi Ryan | This series is so basic. The faeries aren’t true to the lore, the characters are ripped straight from other YA books, and the worldbuilding is meh. BUT what Lexi Ryan does really, really well is finding a way to incorporate romance into the politics of the world, meaning that the romance doesn’t really take away from the plot. So I’m giving this 3/5 stars!

Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra | Wait, I actually reviewed this book?! This is a fun YA fantasy standalone that’s full of betrayals, Indian mythology, and monsters! I’n giving it 4.25/5 stars.

Gilded by Marissa Meyer | I really enjoyed this! This is definitely Marissa Meyer’s darkest outing, and the atmosphere is literally out of this world. The romance didn’t quite capture me, and it dragged a little in the middle, so for that i’m giving it 4/5 stars. I read this for Bingo too!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater | Yeah yeah yeah, I read this for Bingo. So what if it’s my third time reading this book even though I can never figure out whether or not I like it? And so what if I’m probably going to reread the whole series now even though I haven’t reread some of my all-time favorite books? No rating because I swear this book is simultaneously a 3 star and a 5 star read and it’s very confusing but on my 3rd time around I’m getting closer to figuring out my feelings!

So that’s it! All I want is to read YOUR posts (and review these dang books) but unfortunately, my ability to read does not extend to blogging. I’ve already read 3 books in November and I haven’t typed ONE WORD of my Ninth House review from June. Help me! Anyways, what’s your favorite book you read this month?

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20 thoughts on “october wrap up!! // the one where i read eight books and reviewed none of them

  1. Great wrap-up! You’ve 100% captured my thoughts on The Raven Boys—some parts of it were undoubtedly 5-stars but then other parts were like a confusing mix of 3-stars and I don’t know what. 😂 I still need to continue on with the series but I do hear it gets better? I was also very lukewarm on The Kingdom of the Wicked when everyone else seemed to love it so I’m glad that I’m not the only one who felt the same “meh” about it. I think Maniscalco just might not be the author for me. 👀 I hope your November is amazing, Kaya!

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    1. YES omg that’s exactly it!!! it’s the weirdest thing!! idk i have weird opinions on the series as a whole and i’m not sure if it gets better exactly??? but the more time you spend with the characters the more you love them! YES i’m so glad i’m not the only one who feels that way about kingdom of the wicked!! i think i might have to renounce kerri maniscalco too :/ i hope your november is amazing as well dini!!

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  2. finally someone else who didn’t like kingdom of the wicked????? i also hated the last two stalking jack the ripper books. the first two were so good, but the last two??? fyi, don’t do what i did and read kingdom of the cursed in hopes that it gets better. it doesn’t.

    on another note, i’m glad to see you enjoyed gilded! i haven’t read any of her other books yet, but i adored it! i’m so excited for the release of cursed.

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    1. YESSSS omg i thought i was the only person on earth who didn’t love them😭 plsss thank you for being honest about kingdom of the cursed, i don’t think i’m going to waste my time on it now💀

      omg gilded was fantastic!!! i’d totally recommend her other books if you enjoyed gilded, she’s the queen of fairytale retellings tbh. and that cliffhanger was insane! i’m so excited for cursed!

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  3. Hahaha! I never picked up KOTW because I knew it wouldn’t be for me. I don’t think I would ever pick up a book from the author again. 🤷‍♀️

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  4. Oh, I love that Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove is a standalone!! Really good to know for future reading and this probably bumps it up my list since I won’t have to commit to so many books.

    LOL @ your comments for the Lexi Ryan duology. I really enjoyed These Hollow Vows and have been looking forward to the next book. I have it in my library holds list, but I keep suspending it because of other reading commitments.

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  5. You’ve convinced me to add Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove to my reading list! Thankfully my library actually has it… But I’m sorry October was such a poor reading month for you! It seems like a lot of the books just didn’t have strong characters. Fingers crossed November is better.

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