With Blogtober at an end and fingers crossed all the issues with our roof fixed I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit more this month and going with the flow! I’m not being ambitious this month with my reads, I’ll start with a few and see where I end up at the end of the month!
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Not one that I was intending to read this month, although it had kind of been languishing on my shelf. Author Carlyle Labuschagne and I got chatting and we decided to buddy read this this month, it’s been a while since I buddy read and I’m looking forward to it. She’s got a cheeky head start on me though!
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove
Kindly gifted by Titan Books, I just love the Holmes pastiches and James Lovegrove is one of my favourite authors taking up the mantel. I’m hugely looking forward to reading this and the hardback is just gorgeous!
It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe – eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty – is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick’s calling card…Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound in mind, but it seems that something – or someone – is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realise that no one is beyond suspicion.
Skein Island by Aliya Whitely
Another kind gift from Titan Books, I’m also honoured to be taking part in the Instagram Tour for this release!
Skein Island, since 1945 a private refuge for women, lies in turbulent waters twelve miles off the coast of Devon. Visitors are only allowed by invitation from the reclusive Lady Amelia Worthington. Women stay for one week, paying for their stay with a story from their past; a Declaration for the Island’s vast library.
Marianne’s invitation arrives shortly before her quiet life at the library is violently interrupted, the aftermath leaving her husband David feeling helpless. Now, just like her mother did seventeen years ago, she must discover what her story is. Secrets are buried deep on Skein Island. The monsters of Ancient Greece and the atrocities of World War II, heroes and villains with their seers and sidekicks, and the stories of a thousand lifetimes all threaten to break free.
But every story needs an ending, whatever the cost.
Fighting Back by Rachel Churcher
I’ve been really enjoying this near future dystopian which becomes more and more relevant each day given the current state of the UK. I’ve really been enjoying this series the rapid release schedule!
Bex Ellman and her friends are in hiding, sheltered by the resistance. With her family threatened and her friendships challenged, she’s looking for a way to fight back. Ketty Smith is in London, supporting a government she no longer trusts. With her support network crumbling, Ketty must decide who she is fighting for – and what she is willing to risk to uncover the truth.
I am hoping to read more but we’ll see! Whats on your November reading list?