September Wrap Up

In September I started off with every intention of reading 8-10 books but I’ve just been super busy this month and I’ve found it hard to find time to pick up a book and read. And then when I would find that time it would take me forever to actually pick a book that I would feel like reading. I don’t think I’m back in my slump just yet but I need to prioritise relaxing, sitting down and reading more because it’s what I love to do!

The books I read in September were:

A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow – ⭐️2/5 stars

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould – ⭐️3/5 stars

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing – ⭐️3/5 stars

Malice by Heather Walter – ⭐️4/5 stars

5 Quotes from Last 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

“I’m not a monster because I live in a world that gives me impossible choices.”

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Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

“We value things more when we know they won’t last forever.”

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”

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All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

“I would move mountains for you. I would chase down the stars just so you could hold one.”

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Namesake by Adrienne Young

“I left you there because I have never loved anything in my life like I love you. Not Isolde. Not the trade. Nothing.”

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A Song Below Water Review

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

I liked Tavia’s character. Having to constantly be on guard and quelling her powers so often would definitely have an effect on anyone and I thought she did a pretty good job of it for the majority of the storyline. I think having to overcome her father’s fears and constraints was her main obstacle throughout the course of the book. She is wanting to know more about her siren power’s and to connect with her grandmother but he is so against anything happening to her that she has to resort to sneaking and lying.

Effie’s storyline was definitely more intriguing. Originally thinking she wasn’t anything special and then to find out what happened in the park with the other kids and then eventually seeing her morph into who she truly is was quite a remarkable storyline. It’s frustrating knowing that the adults know what Effie is and just won’t tell her. Just locking her away without an explanation and being outed at the prom after being pushed to her limits.

However, I just feel like their whole magic system and the different beings in this world just wasn’t fleshed out enough for me. There was a lot of talk about myths and ethos but we really don’t get to dive right in and get a thorough explanation. I was left with more questions than answers and would of appreciated the book more had I maybe had more of a history of the siren’s and the network and how that was established.

This just isn’t my kind of fantasy I guess. I’m not even sure if this is labelled as a fantasy or whether it’s just a contemporary with some magical realism thrown in. I was just not all that invested and felt like the book dragged. The pacing might have been a little off for me and made the book seem longer than what it actually was.

⭐️2/5 stars Just wasn’t for me!

September TBR

This month I am going to try and complete the Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast on BookTube! There are quite a few prompts for this readathon and I am going to assign a book to each prompt however, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t manage to read them all! I am going to save the background and character prompts for a later date so for now it’s just the novice path for me in September.

Aeldia map in colourThe Novice Path

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O – The Novice Path Entrance: read a book with a map. 

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

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O – Ashtorn Tree: a book that keeps tempting you (or top of your TBR). 

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

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O –  The Mist of Solitude: read a standalone. 

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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O – Ruin of the Skye: read a book featuring ghosts/haunted house, or other supernatural elements.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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O – Obsidian Falls: read a thriller or a mystery book.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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O – Tower of Rumination: read a five star prediction.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

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O – Orilium Academy Arc: book with a school setting.

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

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Opening Lines

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a freebie so I decided to go with a prompt from around this time last year which was opening lines. Just like last year I decided to go with the first line from 10 books on my physical TBR! These are all very high on my reading list and seeing some of these opening lines definitely makes me excited to get into a few of them!! 

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

“It feels redundant to be at the pool on a rainy Saturday, even though it’s spring, and even though it’s Portland, but maybe I’m just more of a California snob than I want to be.”

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

 “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages comes and pass, leaving memories that become legend.”

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

“There’s no such thing as witches, but there used to be.”

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

“Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”

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Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

“Evan of Tarvos stood at the stern rail, his eyes fixed on the ship that had been following them for the better part of a day.”

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Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin

“Dark clouds gathered overhead.”

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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”

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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

“Veronyka kicked as hard as she could at Tristan’s face.”

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Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

“It was early morning when Harvey Gabbiano dug the grave.”

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Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

“Of course the Parshendi wanted to play their drums.”

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