November Wrap Up

Its time for a November Wrap up!
Alright guys so I’m sorry for not updating the blog as much and not writing reviews I feel so drained of reviews lately the more a like a book the more pressure I feel write a great review and then I just don’t write one….also I don’t just read romance and I wanted to only post reviews for the romance I read but if you’d like me to write a review for every book no matter the genre leave a comment below.

So I managed to read 7 books this month, which I think is pretty darn good, especially considering I didn’t rate anything lower than 4 stars and most of the books I read in November ended up on my favorites shelf. I read 2 eBooks, one audio book and the rest physical books so let’s get to it!

First book I read in November was

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (middle grade, physical, 4 stars)
This was so unique! It defiantly had serious Halloween vibes especially Halloweentown atmosphere. In this book you follow Prosper Redding who inherits an ancient demon and escapes his family trying to sacrifice him. Reading this was just all around fun and light with the right amount of serious that at times I forgot it was a middle grade. As I don’t read much middle grade books I pictured the younger characters older. Every character is just so well fleshed out but all the points go to the history and atmosphere woven into the story. I could feel, taste and smell everything and I felt like I was in Salem right along with everyone. I recommend this for anyone who wants a light Halloween read.

Next book I finished was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christy (Audiobook, Mystery, 5 stars) I listened to the newly released audible full cast production of this audio book and omg it added to the experience a thousand times over. This is already an incredible mystery book but with actors playing all the parts it was like listening to a movie. I did no guess who did it at all! And this book is not long so its just cozy, well written and vastly entertaining. I already added 3 other Agatha Christie books to my TBR pile. Also, Hercule Poirot is a legitimate badass and I want to be his best friend.

3rd book is My American Duchess by Eloisa James (ebook, historical romance, 5 stars) This one ended up on my favorites and re readable shelves. Man this was magical. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love about this book. I kept kicking myself for not picking up Eloisa James sooner because this book just blew me the fuck away, honestly. It was filled with so much GUSH and SWOON. I highlighted so much! for more of my thoughts check out my review on the blog.

Next is Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. (YA, Physical, 5 stars) Leave it to the queen to stun us all with her newest book. Ok so I haven’t read every Colleen book because they are so impactful and stay with me days after I finish that I’m not always in the mood for her books so they stay unread for a while. But this one I knew I had to read ASAP. I’m so glad I did, this is the most important book I’ve read all year. There is so much representation in this book that every single teenager should read it. But first and foremost this book is about mental health and its probably the best mental health book besides the bell jar by Sylvia Plath that I’ve ever read.

Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid (New Adult, ebook, 5 stars) this book and the hating game are punching themselves in my head for the top contemporary spot. This was fucking amazing. I couldn’t stop smiling reading this book and I basically told everyone I know who reads books to read it because it was THAT GOOD. Penny Reid never lets me down, as an author she writes books that I feel like are made personally for me. I wrote a review for this one so check it out for more rambling.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6 ) by Sarah J Maas (New Adult fantasy, Physical 4,5 stars) I wasn’t going to read it because I’ve been so disillusioned by SJM mostly because of the disaster that was ACOWAR. But this book was a diamond in the ruff. It was so good! It surprised me how good it was this is my favorite SJM book besides ACOMAF and this is defiantly the strongest SJM is as a writer. This book follows Chaol in the southern continent and its enthralling. The sights, smells the people. Finally there are POC and ethnic food! I never wanted to leave the southern continent. Honestly trudging through the first book in the series which is one of the worst books I’ve ever read, and the 2nd and not so good 3rd are worth it to get to this book. And I think I might be warming up to SJM a little but only if she keeps this up because this was impressive.

Last but not least, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, (fantasy, historical fiction, physical, 5 stars) Every time I think about this book I shiver, and not because it’s a book about the magic of winter but because this book is winter. This book is magnificent. Its swirling with Russian magic, otherness, fear and acceptance. I want to re read this book every single winter. Katherine Arden understands folklore and magic like few authors do and I will gladly gobble up every single thing she writes. This was such a dazzling debut. A fresh retelling of Vasilisa the beauty meshed with so many other aspects of Russian folklore to leave you stunned by the weirdness and magic of it all. I can’t stop thinking about this book please go read it.

That’s it for my November wrap up guys! Now that I look at it all written out I had a great reading month every if I didn’t read too many books. I would usually write a TBR but I’ve been having an identity crisis when it comes to TBR’s I don’t stick to them and they’re constricting to me. So I haven’t written one in a while..but if you guys want them I will write them just write a comment saying that you do.


Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor, #1) by Penny Reid

Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor, #1)Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

6+++++ “Andrei and Natasha” stars

Lord help me this book was like crack.

“You infect me, body and soul, with primitive thoughts of claiming and conquering. I do not know who I am when I touch you. I am no longer civilized, I am blood and heat and lust. I barely recognize myself.”

I’ve only ever felt this happy reading one other book and that’s The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.



My cheeks hurt from grinning; I’ve highlighted so much Luca just made by list of best book boyfriends.

This book is about Anna, a quirky, nerdy girl who mistakenly emails the wrong person to ask him out on a date……the guy shows up they have a great time but she bolts! Before the date is over after he comes clean and tells her that she emailed the wrong person, but he was so charmed by her email he decided to show up anyways.

The guys name is Luca Kroft and he’s sexy leather wearing big, broad, Russian Lit professor….HER Russian lit professor. And she had no idea until she shows up to her much anticipated class and it’s the guy she bailed on from her date!

This was just so much fun so much gush!

“Men who ride motorcycles and wear leather like a second skin, and look hot doing it, they don’t date ladies who idolize Tolstoy. Tuesday night is trivia night for me, unless I have a new jigsaw puzzle I’m excited about or I’m in my tragic novel reading cave.”

Anna is so endearing! She loves puzzles, trivia night, tragic romance novels and Russian literature. She’s so incredibly down to earth and sweet and very opinionated! She’s also Bi- Racial. Ughghgh I love her. I loved absolutely everything about her. Penny Reid does such a fantastic job making a heroine that I’m always a bit taken aback when I read her books. They’re always so distinctly quirky. Thank god for that because I’m beyond tired of nice blonde heroines.

“She smells like wildflowers and quiet libraries, redolent of peace and excuberance.”

Ok Lets talk about Professor Luca Kroft. Aka F**** me Papi *pretend that’s in Russian* have you ever met a guy and just known right away that you wanna sit on their face…yea that’s how I feel about Luca. He made me tingly…everything that came out of his mouth made me melt and him and Anna are my O fucking T P. They are literally made for each other. He’s big blonde and blue eyed and just a manly nerd..I don’t know how to explain it. He’s so witty and passionate, he’s all heart and soul and he just doesn’t know what to do when Anna’s equal wit and passion fall into his life…I ate it up.

Alright, I’m just babbling because I just finished this book and I feel so lost. This book was my missing puzzle piece and now I have to go read Russian Literature and cry over my precious babies.

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My American Duchess By Eloisa James

My American DuchessMy American Duchess by Eloisa James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You are my American Duchess.”….”You poor milk into tea at the wrong time, but you do everything else the right way. I love the way you speak. And I love what you say. I’ve never met another woman who is as fascinating.

I’m a mess over this book guys. While reading I found myself crying involuntarily. Avoiding the book because I wanted to make it last as long as possible, gobbling it up like one eats a piece of cheesecake and swoony my heart away.

Suffice it to say that I’m now a big fan of Eloisa James!
I can’t say much about the story because a huge plot twist happens in the middle of the book that had me shook so just read the synopsis for the book!

But I have to talk about my feels!

I loved Merry ❤ she was opinionated, unapologetically herself, warm and determined. She is easily one of my all time favorite Historical Romance heroines. In England she is a fish out of water…separated by a common tongue, culture, and social structure but she handles it all with absolute grace.

She’s already had more than one fiancé in American and her and her family has decided that enough is enough so she is determined to finally find an actual fiancé and marry him in England. She’s an heiress from Boston who is voluptuous, unapologetically American and loves every kind of plant and flower. She also rocks her NATURAL CURLS

“Right then and there, she made up her mind that there would be no more curling irons. Her natural curls would have to do.”

She’s just so interesting! Not only does she love gardening like seriously love it but she also has an obsession, one can say, of facts..she will always sprinkle in some history or trivial fact into any conversation she might be having, no matter the station of the person she’s speaking to. So you can gather that she’s not that palatable for the English.

Oh but some people find her very very palatable.

I can’t say much about the romance because …spoilers! Ughghg but I will say that this is a fabulous tale of opposites attract. With sexual tension that grips you in just the right way. With such depth in the writing and skill in every sex scene…you’ll find yourself very much like me swooning and crying involuntarily.

Pick this up I highly recommend it for Historical Romance lovers! THIS is a guaranteed good time with all the warm and fuzzies.

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Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane #12) *review and giveaway*

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and-nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him…only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involes herself in his life—and bed. Soon he’s drawn to both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?


I’m in a deep hole of denial that this series is over. I held the book, read it, devoured it actually and I still managed to delude myself into thinking that this isn’t the end. I had a lot of expectations for this book. This is my absolute favorite Historical Romance series, along with the Wallflowers. This is the longest, most detailed, most immersive historical romance world I’ve ever been in period. So this last book had a lot to live up to….and it so did.

Raphael, Duke of Dyemore is a tortured, brooding man who is haunted by his past and has a singular purpose in his life…destroy the Lords of Chaos. He infiltrates the Lords with the goal of dismantling them once and for all. But they kidnapped the wrong woman to debauch and sacrifice. Raphael rescues her! Under the guise that he will kill her. He has no intention of killing her and soon realizes that the Lords of Chaos will not let them live when they realize that she hasn’t been killed so the only recourse is of course to marry her. And there starts our sweeping story.

For such a short book this had me at the edge of my seat! There was never a lull in the plot. Something was always happening or being discovered or almost always in our reach. The pacing in this was just masterful. Hoyt does one thing well and she does it to perfection. Its always a wonder to me when I read one of her books. They always follow the same basic formula but somehow are always distinct, fresh and delightfully entertaining. This book can measure up to many of the stronger ones in the series I’d say.

There were so many interesting details in this book. I loved how Raphael was half Corsican. I’ve never heard of anyone in any book no matter what genre, being Corsican so that was a nice touch! The Duke’s mother was Corsican and when he leaves England as a young boy he lives there for most of his life and also his servants are all Corsican. I want to hug Hoyt for adding this to the story! She always adds something different to her books!

The vibe of this book was so dark and a little bit gothic. This is literally the shining characteristic for me in an Elizabeth Hoyt historical…..the setting being in Georgian England and the story being darker than most historicals. We have a sadistic side of the story with the lords of Chaos story line, which has been a secondary/primary story line for some books now. When Iris first arrived at Dyemore Abbey I got so many Jane Eyre vibes! Because she’s with a guy she doesn’t know arriving in this huge dark and creepy mansion. She just met this guy at basically a sadistic sex cult, he whisks her away she manages to shoot him but woops he’s actually trying to rescue her and then BAM she has to marry him for her own safety….just wow.

I have to say there were also intense Hades and Persephone vibes in this book and I was lit for them! That is my favorite ship and these two omg dead ringers for Hades and Persephone. I mean come on in the end of the previous book we meet Raphael at a costume party where he dances with Iris and he’s dressed at the Lord of the Underworld. *FEELS*

I have to talk about Iris. Wow I loved her! I didn’t expect to love her as much as I did. She would not take any of Raphael’s shit and she would not back down! Iris, Lady Jordan is a widow in her late twenties. She was in a very loveless marriage with her previous husband who was also 10 years her senior. She thought she was going to marry the Duke of Kyle but he ended up falling in love in the previous book with someone else and got married. Iris was a bit disappointed because she’s tired of being alone so she completely took advantage of her situation when she ended up married to Raphael de Chartres, The Duke of Dyemore. I love that she decided to make her otherwise dire and confusing situation into an amazing opportunity.

While she nurses Raphael back to health (after she shot him lol) she begins to realize he might not be how she thought he’d be like. She wants to know him and try and make this marriage work. Raphael is resistant he fears the darkness and malice of his father might have been passed down to him, he doesn’t trust himself. Watching him open up and feel the light and acceptance that Iris brings into his life left me teary eyed. Iris is resolved to be happy no matter what. She wants the companionship she was always denied; while Raphael is denying himself happiness and companionship.

Guys I simply adored this book. I wish it were longer I ate it up! Seriously I prolonged the reading another day just because I didn’t want it to end. This was a sexy and heartfelt final book. I was a little upset that we end the series in the actual maiden lane but oh well. You will not be disappointed with this tale of redemption and love. It’s so good; you’ll be in denial that it’s the last book just like me 

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

stars are an inadequate way of rating this book

I will never forget the first time I found out about Harry Potter. I was in second grade, the other second grade class were all reading this weird little book. They had all just come back from the school library all holding it and by chance the one other girl that I knew in that class walked past me and I gathered up all my courage (I was painfully shy) and asked her…” hey what is that book that you all are reading?” she said; “Oh its Harry Potter” I was I asked her what it was about she said..”oh its about witches and magic”

this feeling overtook me at that moment…..I had to have this book…I’ve never felt something so intense…I wanted to know about magic., I NEEDED to know about magic. So I asked my mom if she could please buy me this book…we didn’t have a car or much money but but she could see how much I wanted this book so we walked to CVS on a lovely September day and they had a cute display of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I had no idea that this wasn’t the first book so I got it and devoured it… and I was immersed in this world of magic and fantasy…it saved me from my not so magical surroundings and in Harry Potter I found another kid who just like me, didn’t fit in with his family and felt totally alone. I went to the library and got my hands on all the harry potter books that I couldn’t buy and when I turned 11 I waited by a window in my old new england house by an even more ancient heater, looking out the window waiting for my owl, to tell me that I would be taken away and off to Hogwarts.

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Autumn Reads Recs

Hey guys! So today I thought I’d recommend some perfectly autumnal reads for you all. Whenever the weather gets a bit chillier I always want to curl up with a specific kind of book. Preferably for me, atmospheric and lyrical books, Fantasy, Paranormal and of course Thrillers! So here are some recommendations! Some are books I’ve read and haven’t read that I just think have the vibe for a nice autumn read!

~ The first book The Secret History by Donna Tartt, has to be the most autumn book ever. Seriously. All the pictures you see on bookstagram are the moodiest fall pictures. It’s set in a New England college and surrounds a group of quirky nerds who study the classics and theres a murder! Doesn’t that sound Autumn AF. I actually own this book (bookstagram made me lol) And I hope to read it very soon!
~The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is set in Victorian London and has a host of characters searching for the mythical Essex serpent. It’s meant to be spectacular and I love historical fiction for every day but it’s such an autumn genre as well. I own this one as well and the cover is aesthetic goals!
~The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is more of a late November read because it’s a Russian Fairytale retelling filled with lush wintery landscapes that fit the mood. I own a copy of this one and the cover is so wintery and autumnal. I also think Russian retellings are perfect for this time of year.
~The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, oh this is THE autumn book; its adult high fantasy and so atmospheric and easy to get lost in the world on a brisk autumn day. I recently read this and it has become one of my favorite books ever.
~Uprooted by Naomi Novak, this is a Slavic inspired book that’s also a fantasy and deals with magic and mystical forest so total fall vibes. I haven’t read this but I own it and it makes a lot of appearances on my bookstagram.
~ The House of Leaves is meant to be the creepiest most unsettling book ever written. That’s all I’ll say about that. I own it (got it for a steal at a thrift shop) and I’m terrified to read it.
~The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, this is such a good book! I don’t want to say a lot about it but it’s very VERY atmospheric and is set in Victorian London in a magical circus.
~The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, so I’ve been meaning to read this book for years! I don’t know much about it but I do know that’s its Laini Taylor and her writing is some of the best in Fantasy imo. So her prose is perfect for autumn.
~The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater this is a YA paranormal series that is serious autumn vibes. Filled with psychics, dead welsh kings, curses and ghosts. I really like this series! I only have one book left that I hope to read this autumn.
~In the Woods by Tana French, This is a thriller set in Dublin, Ireland that has to do with children going missing in the woods and only one surviving with no memory of what happened. Years later he becomes a detective and a similar thing happens to another girl in the city and he heads the investigation to find out what happens and creepy things happen along the way. I really want to read this and its arrived in my library today!!! I’M SO HYPE. Also, its going to be a show soon on the BBC.
~The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. All I know about this book is that it deals with Vlad the Impaler and I’m sold. History and vampires? Sign me up.
~A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, I’m currently reading this and really enjoying it. The vibes it has are unreal, old oxford libraries, witches, vampires, ENGLAND literally during the autumn, Magic and lost manuscripts.
~The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman; I’ve only read one other Hoffman book before; Blackbird pond and that is also serious autumn vibes book. This book is meant to be about short stories about the history of this small Massachusetts town…..did you say autumn? Yeah, I basically did.
~The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, so Anne Rice, New Orleans, a family of witches…yea I don’t need to say more.
~Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery. Yea read this October you won’t regret it.

~Every single Harry Potter book.
That’s it! I hope you found some books you’d want to read. Let me know if you did ❤

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1)The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So let me tell you about this magical book I read……………………

Guys this book is such a magical delight! It’s the perfect historical romance comfort read. Especially since its Tessa Dare and she always has this harmonious blend of heart clenching romantic, laugh out loud funny and quirky freshness.

The Duchess Deal is about a scarred, broody duke who, after a broken engagement, literally marries the first women he sees! (Yes, I know perfect premise)

“Your Grace, I regret the interruption, but there’s a young woman to see you. She’s wearing a wedding gown.”

……and Emma Gladstone, the unassuming seamstress with a bone to pick with the Duke, becomes his duchess.
He has rules, and so does she and herein starts the story of how they break their rules and fall in love.

The Duke of Ashbury was so broody and I ate it up. He was a lovable curmudgeon who fights his path the love every step of the way. He was scarred horribly in his face during war and isn’t out in society because of it. But he has such a good heart! He’s fiercely loyal to his staff and to Emma<3 he’s also fucking hilarious! He has such a sharp wit; some of the things he said had me in stitches!

“There” He stood back, chest heaving with exertion. “I made you a fire. You may now admire my manliness.”
“I do rather.”

The whole dynamic between them is so swoony! And not only them but the staff in the house all conspiring to get them together was so adorable!
Oh Emma, I fell in love with her. Mostly with the way she loved Ash (double swoon) she brought out the best in Ash, it was lovely to see. She is so caring and gentle but at the same time incredibly strong she is by far one of my favorite Tessa Dare heroines.
The plot went along smoothly I loved how Emma found her little niche with a group of quirky women just like herself (groups of quirky women seem to be a TD trademark) I’m looking forward to reading more about them

Also! Slight spoiler I think…my favorite scene was with Emma and her friends in the bookstore and that mysterious gentleman comes along asking Penelope for book recs! And they switch books! And we don’t even know how name!!! way to string me along Tessa!!! Omg that scene!!!

This book is classic Tessa Dare magic with all the best troupes I highly recommend this book if you want a swoony time.

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