November ❄

Last month I made the mistake of planning to read way too many books and ended up only finishing a couple out of my entire list. I haven’t really experienced that issue before, but it was a very overwhelming feeling to the extent that I did not even want to read. I didn’t even get to finish all my library books before I had to turn them in. So sad. So, this month I am shrinking my TBR pile way down.

The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Synopsis:

Old Harmonie is different from the outside world. Sheltered, ordered, and forward-thinking, this utopian community benefits from cutting-edge medical advances and genetic enhancements.

For Mori and her friends, it’s just regular life and they’ve never known anything different…until a new girl moves into the neighborhood. Ilana is beautiful, athletic, smart, graceful-perfect. So perfect that Mori and her friends are curious. Where exactly does she come from? Why does she act so strangely sometimes? And when Ilana’s secret is finally revealed, the kids on Firefly Lane must decide: Is it time to start questioning the truths they’ve always been taught to believe?

In a stunningly imaginative story, critically acclaimed author Megan Frazer Blakemore takes readers on a journey with five friends-new and old-questioning what it means to be human and what it means to be a true friend.

The Firefly Code is a library find. I had never heard of it before I stumbled across it today. So, I am pretty excited to check it out. It is actually a middle grade book intended for 12-13 year olds. I still think I will enjoy it quite a bit though. It is beautiful and dystopian, which I have desperately been craving lately. There’s actually a book two as well, but my library did not have it. So, if I love this one I might just add book two to my list and find the ebook.

The next beautiful book on this list is one I purchased in my BookOutlet haul. It is actually an Aladdin retelling  and who doesn’t love a good retelling? I haven’t actually read many of the Aladdin retellings so I am kind of curious to see how this goes.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Synopsis:

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Next up on the list is one you have all probably heard of. I chose The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh for my BOTM add on last month. I never got around to actually reading it though unfortunately. I have seen it all over Instagram and Twitter though. I am actually kind of hesitant about it because of that. Worried it will be a let down since I have been so hyped about it. Guess we will find out soon enough lol.

Synopsis:


In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.

Here is another book I have seen basically everywhere. I bought the kindle version while it was on sale and intend to start it before the others. I previously stated that I love retellings so here is another one! I actually wish my mother would have bought it too so we could buddy read it. She enjoys a good beauty and the beast retelling herself.

A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.

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.

I don’t have a picture of the next one because it hasn’t arrived yet, but I picked one other title for my TBR pile this month. It is another book that has been all over the blogs, twitter, and instagram: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

I won’t say much about it because most of you already know of it and this post ended up being way longer than intended. I do intend to do reviews of each of these beauties. I’m giving myself some room to breathe this month and because of that it should be a lot easier for me to do so.

Have you read any of these titles? Are you excited about any of them in particular?

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