October 2017: Books, Life, and Reviews
Holy Batman October is over! Where did it go? This is the time of the year where I might have bitten off more than I could chew. I'm a scout mom, and I like to help wherever I can. This year we started off a bit rocky with our Super Scout Mom, being sick. It made us all realize how much we rely on her superpowers, and also that we also have our own superpowers. She is better now, and we are rocking it like chickens with their heads cut off. Fall is our busy months.
With as busy as I have been I was able to knock out 3 books and 2 novellas! I was hoping it would be more, but lately, I been passing out on books. So without further ado here my top three reads of October!
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Written In The Stars: (A Havenwood Falls High Novella)
by Kallie Ross
The Kasun wolf pack has always been led by a female alpha, but when Willa Kasun’s mother died to give her life, her father stepped in as leader. Now that she’s about to come of age, the pack will once again be led by a female, as it is meant to be. Except Willa hasn’t shifted yet.
Less wolf and more cub-dud, Willa has until her next birthday to shift and claim her place as alpha, or she’ll lose it forever. Something her pack mates won’t let her forget. The few supernatural powers that have manifested are her secret and the only hope she has of unleashing her wolf.
Distractions of life as a junior at Havenwood Falls High provide a needed escape from the pack’s pressure, making Willa feel more like a teenager and less like an alpha every day. Then there’s Tarron Wilde, a sarcastic and striking elf, who makes her wonder if being alpha is really what she wants.
Her heart yearns for a reality unfamiliar and feared by her pack, while her mind can’t accept being replaced as alpha. The future of her entire pack relies on Willa’s choice—embrace what was written in the stars so long ago or choose to fight for what her heart desires.
This would be my first book from Kallie Ross. Upon finishing the novella my first thought was, holy batman balls, I have been completely missing out. Kallie style of writing is fun and refreshing.
As for another adventure in Havenwood Falls, I was fully entertained and refused to adult, until I came to the end. I hope to see more of Willa and her friends.
The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2)
by Emily R. King
Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.
But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.
With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?
Sometimes the first book in series is the best it's going to get. The Fire Queen was even better than the first. I wasn't able to put it down, was sad to see it come to an end. So many this are happening at once that it made my head spin. It was always fun to figure out who was playing who. I can't wait until February to get my hands on the third book.
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
Holy Moly! Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. It's now been 4 days since I have finished this book and I'm still in a funk with the rawness of emotions from these characters. It's been forever since a young adult fantasy novel has put me through such a journey. As soon as my emotions are back to normal. ( You know crying at stupid commercials again) I will be heading Back to check on Grace, Sam and the Rest of the players of Mercy Falls.