2020 Quarterly Bookshelf (Oct. – Dec.)

Here it is…the last quarterly bookshelf of 2020.

I started these blog posts as a way to talk about the books that I read during a certain time period. I did not want to do monthly due to not always finishing a book every month so monthly became quarterly. And I am really glad I kept up with it!

So let’s get into the books I read in the last three months of 2020!

*Beware! There might be some spoilers in my reviews!*

Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire…” (Full Summary)

If you read my blog post about The Twilight Saga, then you know I have read these books before but never actually finished the whole series. Well that is going to change because that is my goal with this reread, alongside a research project for cosplaying. This book is one of my favourites. (Twilight, Midnight Sun, and Life and Death are tied at the top. And funny enough they are the same story just told slightly different!) It is pretty much a comfort book for me. It had been awhile since I last read it but I am still in love after so many years. However, this time around I did something that I have never done before when reading: keeping track of Bella’s outfits she wears in order to create my version of book Bella Swan.

New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer

“I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole…” (Full Summary)

I think the last time I read this book I was in middle school. And it felt like I was reading this for the first time because almost everything felt brand new in my brain in someway. While I had seen the movies that hold key moments, reading the book version is always better. While this book is not my favourite for many reasons, I really enjoyed it! It also made me realise the reasons why I strongly dislike Jacob but that is a whole another can of worms! And sadly, there were not as many Bella Swan outfits but the good thing the movies exist for ideas and outfits. (That is if my bank account will allow it…)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

“A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget…” (Full Summary)

A bittersweet ending. (Or at least my opinion on the book’s ending.) Overall, I really ended this book. I found it a pretty easy to read even with all the time jumps. I never got lost in the story line and it flowed really nicely. There were moments that were a bit sad but I did not shed any tears until the end when Henry talks about his deal with the Darkness and his time limit. I was totally rooting for Henry and Addie to be together at the end but the bittersweet ending. I defiantly prefer my endings to be more “Happily Ever After” but I still recommend this book at the end of the day. It is currently a popular book, so I understand that might steer some people away but I found it a good book to disappear into.

Crave (Crave, #1) by Tracy Wolff

“My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters…” (Full Summary)

First off, I am very much in the middle about this book. I do not necessary dislike it but I do not love it either. It felt like a textbook young adult fiction that was released during the hype of all vampire stories. (Which happened many years ago…) And while you could argue a certain fandom’s renaissance is currently happening, there was nothing special about this book that put it higher than other young adult books that I have read. It felt a bit young and the love side of the story was a bit much sometimes. Grace, our main character, within moments of meeting Jaxon, our love interest, is obsessed with him and most of the decisions she makes is surrounded by him. (Maybe my age is showing even though I am in my twenties…) It did take about half way through the book to finally get introduced to the world of vampires, witches, and swifters. I am not surprised by this but I do find it tiresome. And the ending, Grace is now in frozen state because she saved Jaxon. Also I am still confused on why she was targeted to die by Lia. Was it because she was the mate of Jaxon or something in her bloodline? At the current moment, I am unsure if I will continue on with the series.

Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1) by Evie Dunmore

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford…” (Full Summary)

I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it was a good pick after my previous book with the love story was more put together. I knew this was a historical romance going in so I expected the quick attraction and getting together. Throughout most of the book, I felt a bittersweet between Annebelle and Sebastian due to their social standing. However, I was very happy about the ending when they got together despite society. Not that I was expecting a different ending in the first place but sometimes you never know!

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Its the most wonderful time of the yearbut not for Maelyn Jones. Shes living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions…” (Full Summary)

If you are looking for a cute little story for this season then I would recommend picking up this one. It was lighthearted with a touch of romance and magic. It is a pretty quick read that kept me entertained throughout. I am not a hug fan of contemporaries but with the touch of magic it kept me liking the book instead of disliking it. A perfect book to cozy up by the fire with a blanket and cup of tea.

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1) by Shelby Mahurin

“Bound as one to love, honour, or burn…” (Full Summary)

When I first started reading this book, I was not connecting with it. I was a bit worried because I really wanted to love this book after I heard about it. I was not expecting the lateness in the book about the arranged marriage between our leads, Lou and Reid. However, the moment that Lou and Reid fell in love with each other, I fell in love with the book and was officially hooked. The ending kept me reading more and more until I finished the book. I have not read many books with witches but I did enjoy this take of them. I am excited to get my hands on the second book and see where Lou and Reid end up. Especially since Reid is the first male witch?

The Naked Viscount (Naked Nobility, #5) by Sally Mackenzie

“After eight Seasons in London, Lady Jane Parker-Roth is ready to quit the dull search for a husband in favor of more exciting pursuits…” (Full Summary)

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I wanted a historical romance novel and I got a historical romance novel with a little bit of mystery inside. It was quite unexpected! Having to solve a mystery drew Jane and Edmund together to which we all know that they will get married because they care deeply for each other alongside their actions that during their time period would result in a quick ceremony. It was a delightful read and maybe I might pick up the other books in the series. (Good thing that this series is one of those that you do not have to read in order!)

Renegade Lady by Sonya Birmingham

“Revolution is in the wind in the American colonies – and emerald-eyed Virginian Sassy Adair is its most ardent champion…” (Full Summary)

Sometimes you can find a decent romance novel in a second hand bookstore. I wanted to pick up a quick read romance novel that was historical and this was one of the two I picked up. (Included in this purchase was the book I reviewed above!) While the book does not seem to be popular on the internet, it was the perfect book to finish 2020 with. And to be honest, I think people are sleeping on reading romance novels sometimes because they can be pretty good. This one was set during the American colonies and the start of the American revolution. Our main character, Sassy, wants the American colonies to be independent from England when she falls for Roarke MacLaren, a Scotsman, who wants Scotland independence as well. (Does that not sound slightly familiar?) Overall, I really enjoyed the story even though it has the traditional romance book cover of the shirtless man and the swooning woman! The only downfall with this book was the climax lasted until the last few pages and then the book ended. (Personally, I need more time between the climax and the end!)

And if you made it down to the bottom of the post, I wanted to say thank you for your support in these posts. Here’s to more in the coming future!

If you have any book recommendations for 2021, please let me know with a comment below or on my social media!

Lots of Love,
Shannon

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