October 2019 Wrap Up

October Wrap Up

So October was a long as heck month for me. These last two weeks have been a particular kind of awful for my personal life, and I am so ready to take November off. Mostly to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I don’t have a novel set, I’m going to write some much needed fanfiction to feel like my soul is mine again.

And the only book I have plans to read is Call Down The Hawk. Which I am so excited about. I got my Owlcrate shipping notification this morning, so the book will be in my hands in a matter of days! Ahhh!

With all of that out of the way, I read 8 books this October. 4 eARCs from Net Galley, and 4 physical books.

This month I read two picture books, 2 graphic novels and 4 regular novels, one of which was one of my most anticipated books of the year, Weapon by Lynette Noni. The review for that book hasn’t gone up yet as I am a part of the Pantera Press book tour in a few days’ time, so I’ll be posting my full review and spoiler-free thoughts on the 8th!

I’ve also been reading a selection of books for my friend Sarah (LINK) and I’ve been a guest on her blog to review a few books, so I’ll post links to my reviews there, too, as well as link my own reviews below (Beautiful Mess review is to come).

Here is a list of the things I read this month:

 

The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent  (My review on Sarah’s Blog)

Weapon by Lynette Noni

A Little Bit Different by Claire Alexander

Monsters Are Afraid of Babies by Nicholas Tana

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian (My review on Sarah’s Blog)

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Brina The Cat: The Gang of the Feline Sun by Giorgio Salati

 

I think this was quite a successful reading month if I’m honest.

 

What about you – how did you think your reading month went? Let me know in a comment below!

 

Brina The Cat – Review

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Title: Brina The Cat: The Gang of the Feline Sun
Author: Giorgio Salati
Illustrator: Christian Cornia
Publication Date: 14th January 2020
Category: Children’s fiction
Genre: Graphic novel
Synopsis: Brina, a city cat, moved to the mountains with the owners for a summer holiday. Here she meets some stray cats who call themselves “The Gang of the Feline Sun”. The new friends convince her to escape her owners and become a free cat. But while Brina enjoys her newfound freedom and all the new types of delectable bugs the countryside has to offer, her young owners are panicking over losing her, a member of their family. Brina must make a choice to live with her owners, where it’s safe (but confined) or go in the wilderness. A heartwarming tender cat tale.
Format: eARC courtesy of Net Galley
Disclaimer: I received an e-Advanced Reader Copy of Tweet Cute from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Who doesn’t love a story about animals?

Brina is a city cat, who has gone on a summer holiday with her humans to the mountains. Brina wants to explore her new surroundings, and upon her travels, she discovers other cats. Specifically one cat, the leader of “The Gang of the Feline Sun”, Vespucci, who wants to ‘liberate’ Brina from her humans and show her what it’s like to be a real cat.

For Brina, who was born on a farm, this sounds like a wonderful idea – she can be free to explore all she wants, and she has other cats to do it with.

On the flip side, her humans Margret and Sam, are worried out of their minds looking for her when she goes missing.

 

This is a story about humans and animals. It’s touching in parts – knowing what lengths humans will go to for their animals. But it also touches on the darker side of what can happen to cats when a human deems there to be ‘too many’ in a litter.

The art work in this novel was so very beautifully done, and I think any younger child would really love the illustrations as well as the story line itself.

I’m intrigued to see what adventures Brina goes on next!

 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me – Review

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Title: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
Author: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrator: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Publication: 07 May 2019
Synopsis: Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.
Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book content warnings: cheating (lots of it), abortion mentions.
Representation: mc is a lesbian and Asian, an abundance of other queer characters.

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The Peacock Detectives – Review

The Peacock Detectives

Title: The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, #LoveOzMG
Publication: 01 June 2018
Publisher: Text Publishing
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family.

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Some spoilers for the book are below the cut.

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Tweet Cute – Review

Tweet Cute

Title: Tweet Cute
Author: Emma Lord
Publication Date: 21st January 2020
Synopsis: Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
Format: eARC courtesy of Net Galley
Disclaimer: I received an e-Advanced Reader Copy of Tweet Cute from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.

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Dear Martin – Review

Dear Martin

Goodreads synopsis

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

 

Book content warnings: racism, murder, police brutality, police profiling of POC, mentions of gang/gang violence.

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77 Saturday – The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

The Stars and the Blackness Betewen Them

In conjunction with AusYABloggers, who have an awesome new Saturday prompt meme thingy going on over on their blog, I bring you 77 Saturday!

Seventy-Seven Saturday Rules:

  1. Pick up a book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77
  3. Find a snippet, sentence or paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

 

Title: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Author: Junauda Petrus
Released: 17 September 2019
Publisher: Dutton Books
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“This is one of my favourite places. I can always come out here and feel chill.” We sit down on the couch and don’t really talk much at first. We just quiet and sitting there for a while, and I feeling the wind move across me and slide the hot feeling from my skin.

 

Mostly this just makes me need to pick up this book sooner rather than later! I know what the general plot is, and I’m really intrigued to see where this goes!

What about you? Grab the book closest to you, or whatever you might be reading, turn to page 77, and share a passage with me! Or over on the AusYABloggers page.