I’m back with my Wrap Up of September. This was definitely a way better month in terms of reading that the last two months, I manage to read 5 books out of the 8 I had planned, so cheers to me. I know, I’m such an over archiver. No, really, I actually blame Lucifer and Tom Ellis for make me waste two weeks of my life watching Netflix non stop when I could have been reading. But honestly, how was I suppose to resist such an addicting show?. It’s really not my fault, I’m just weak against English accents. What I’m trying to say is that, if you haven’t watch Lucifer yet, you need to stop reading this and go watch it right now. Totally worth it.
Joking aside, I’m just really happy to be reading again and I’m hopping to stick with this reading mood till the end of the year. Finger cross that no reading slump comes my way.
Anyway, I’m going to stop rambling and go to the actual wrap-up list:
1. Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro (ebook)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+
From the award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.
Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.
Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.
One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous mayor. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.
Fresh off of Anger Is a Gift’s smashing success, Oshiro branches out into a fantastical direction with their new YA novel, The Stars Around Us.
“We stretch ourselves: to fit within the roles we are given. To make ourselves look better to those around us. To convince one another that we are good people in a world so vacant.”
This book was part of a Blog Tour and I did a full review in a blog post, that you can find here. But in general, this was an amazing read, beautiful writing, fantastic world building and relatable characters. Highly recommend it!
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+
F. C. Yee’s The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom–born Avatar. The longest-living Avatar in this beloved world’s history, Kyoshi established the brave and respected Kyoshi Warriors, but also founded the secretive Dai Li, which led to the corruption, decline, and fall of her own nation. The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, The Rise of Kyoshi maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.
“What you do when no one is guiding you determines who you are.”
Honestly, this book was so so good! It had those elements you love about Avatar: The last Airbender, but also its so much darker, full of morally gray characters and with a lot of good unexpected twists. Also, the romance between Kyoshi and Rangi was so cute! (Even if both girls could literally kill you without even breaking a sweat. Well, all characters from this book could do that.)
I always liked the character of Kyoshi in the series, but now I’m just in love with her. If you are a fan of Avatar, you need to read this book! And, if you have never watch the series, I still will highly recommend to read this book!
3. Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo (e-book)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
After her mother’s deportation last year, all Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything’s changed―new apartment, new school, new family dynamic―and Sol desperately wants to fit in. When she joins her community college’s history club, it comes with an odd initiation process: break into Westray’s oldest house and steal . . . a fork?
There’s just one problem: while the owners of the house aren’t home, their grandson Ethan is, and when he catches Sol with her hand in the kitchen drawer, she barely escapes with the fork intact. This one chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, and Sol soon learns that sometimes fitting in isn’t as important as being yourself―even if that’s the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.
“I never expected you to be a perfect daughter, I love that you’re imperfect.”
This was also a read for a Blog Tour and I did a full review, that you can find here.
I have one word to describe this book: relatable. But in general, it was a very easy, funny and enjoyable read. Once it captured me I couldn’t let it go, so in less than two days I was already at the end of the book. Besides, it really helped that the romance was adorable.
I recommend this books, specially if you like the contemporary genre, you will really enjoy it.
Genre: Classic, Mystery
“A Study in Scarlet” is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In “A Study in Scarlet” Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.
“To a great mind, nothing is little,’ remarked Holmes, sententiously.”
This book I read along with other bookstagrammers and it was so much fun. I admit that I made the mistake of thinking that it was going to be the same as the episode in the series of Sherlock BBC, I know is like a different era, but I though it was going to be at least the same ‘’murderer’’, but it was very different! It really took me by surprise. I mean, I did though I had potential as a Detective but after reading Sherlock Holmes…I realize I’m just a normal human being. Anyway, I’m really excited to keep on reading the rest of the stories and books of Arthur Conan Doyle in the future. Also, I need my own Watson.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”
Okey, this was my favorite read of the month! And definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. I don’t want to write a lot about it, since I’m already working on a full review for another blog post, so I’m just going to write: GO READ THIS BOOK! (Very subtle)
Hope you enjoy it! Have you read any of this books? How was your reading this month? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments.