Hey guys! Today I’ll be going through the books that I read in September. Unfortunately, I was in a bit of a slump this month so I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. I did read a mixture of genres though and I loved them all, so it was quite a good month in terms of enjoyment. Here’s what I read:
The Unflinching Ash by Angela Armstrong: This is a really interesting fantasy read about Mystics (think magicians and illusionists). While men have the freedom to perform, women are hiding in the shadows since female Mystics are considered to be witches and killed for their crimes. This story follows seventeen-year-old Ash who is fighting for her freedom to perform as a Mystic without fearing for her life. To do this, she has to win the Queen’s Seal, which will grant her immunity. She has to evade capture and win over lords and ladies in order to be granted an audience with the Queen. It’s a very compelling read and one I’d recommend for fantasy fans.
The Broken Pane by Charlie Roy: This took me a while to get through because it’s such a hard-hitting and emotional story. It tackles troubling issues including suicide, abandonment, alcohol addiction, emotional and physical abuse, and self-harm. It follows Tam who struggles to come to terms with her brother’s suicide. She decides to revisit her childhood memories to understand why he committed suicide and also sets out to find her mother who abandoned them when they were young. It’s a heartbreaking story as Tam and her brother have quite a traumatic childhood, but it’s also incredible to see how strong Tam is. Even after all she has been through, she still picks herself back up and carries on. It’s a powerful story and really worth the read.
The Survivors by Alex Schulman: I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one, but I really loved it. It’s a slow burner and very character-driven, but it’s so worth picking up. It explores the relationship between three brothers and their parents, and a tragic accident that tore the family apart. There’s two timelines: one set in the present day and the other in the past. I enjoyed both of them, but the present day timeline was very unique as it was told in reverse, which I thought was interesting. It made me more invested in the story because I didn’t want to miss anything. There’s only one twist in this, but it caught me completely by surprise and everything fell into place after that. I’d definitely recommend it.
Just Theives by Gregory Galloway: I really enjoyed this one, but I thought it could have been longer. It ends rather abruptly and it left me wanting more as I had a lot of unanswered questions. It follows Rick and Frank, two thieves for hire who work for a crime boss and are part of a much larger organisation. They are recovering alcoholics and formed a partnership when they met in rehab. They’re latest job goes wrong and Frank disappears with the goods, leaving Rick to deal with the consequences and try to find Frank. I was surprised by this one as it was about a lot more than two thieves. You find out a lot about Frank’s childhood and how he ended up working as an accomplished house thief. It was an interesting read for sure.
The Watchers by A.M. Shine: I ended the month with a horror read ready for October! This is a really creepy and interesting read that reminded me a little of Birdbox. There’s monsters in the woods that you can’t see, but they can see you. The main character, Mina, ends up trapped there when her car breaks down at the edge of the forest. She encounters three other survivors and they work together to escape. While it wasn’t a scary read for me, I still really enjoyed it.
Those are all the books that I read in September! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!