November and December 2022 wrap-up!

Hi everyone! Apologies for my lack of positing but I’ve been in a horrible reading and blogging slump. I’m hoping I can get back into it this year and I’m starting with sharing my November and December wrap-up. My reading was pretty rubbish in November but I managed to pick it up again in December. Here’s what I read:

November wrap-up

The Child Left in the Dark by J.M. Briscoe: This is such a great sequel and really builds on the characters. You find out a lot more about Bella and her past when she fled the ARC. It also delves deeper into Ariana, her emotional state and how she’s coping with everything that has happened. It’s a very thrilling read and I can’t wait to find out how this trilogy ends!

The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber: I did enjoy this and thought it was a magical read, however, it’s not captured my attention as much as the Caraval trilogy did. I expect Jacks and Evangeline will end up together by the end of the series but I just can’t root for them. Jacks treats Evangeline so horribly and it felt abusive at times. Evangeline deserves so much better. I’ll still read the third book but, sadly, this is not one of my favourites.

December wrap up

The Beast Hunters & The Beast Hunters Dark Sovereign by Christer Lende: This is definitely my new favourite series. I enjoyed the first book but the second one really steps it up. There’s a lot more action, insane fight scenes and multiple POVs that constantly keep the story progressing. There’s never a dull moment and I loved that we were able to find out more about Khendric, which is exactly what I wanted. There’s also a cliffhanger at the end so now I’m impatiently waiting for the third book!

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead: I’d highly recommend this for dark academia fans! Admittedly, it was a total cover buy but it was well worth it. There was so many twists and turns throughout that kept me constantly guessing what was going to happen next. It had a brilliant cast of characters and I loved that they all had a motive for murder. It made guessing the killer’s identity so hard and I didn’t manage to solve it in the end! I’ll definitely read more from this author.

Nothing More To Tell by Karen M. McManus: I decided to read the remaining books I had on my TBR by this author and, while this one is my second favourite, I did notice they all had the same or similar characters. For example, the main girl and boy duo started to feel like they were copied and pasted into every new story, just with a different name. It was very frustrating and has actually dampened my excitement for any future books. Nevertheless, I did like how the main character in this story was working at a company that produces a true crime podcast and that she approached them with the unsolved murder of her old school teacher. It was a slow burn but there was plenty of red herrings that kept me on my toes. I found the ending and the killer’s identity disappointing though. Once I’ve read One Of Us Is Back, I’m not sure if I’ll read any more books by this author.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus: Sadly, this is my least favourite book and I gave it a pretty low rating because of how much I disliked the story and the characters. It didn’t grab me like her other books have and I found the main character, Ellery, to be really immature. It made me laugh now she presented a theory to an actual police officer like she had solved the case and done his job for him. The story itself was pretty bland if I’m being honest, but it has pretty great reviews so maybe it’s just me?

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar: Another disappointing read and one I am gutted about as I really wanted to love this. It felt a bit all over the place pacing and plot wise. There was also an awful lot of spelling mistakes. It felt like it had been rushed and definitely could have done with another round of edits before it was published. I was disappointed with the ending as I wanted a different outcome. It felt like an open ending and there was potential we’d revisit these characters in the future, however, I don’t think I’ll pick up a sequel if the author does decide to do one.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman: I am so glad I reread this before reading the second book because I’d completely forgotten what happened in the first one and what the characters were like. It was a really enjoyable read and I love how quirky the characters are, especially Joyce. I’ve heard the other books are even better, so I’m looking forward to reading them.

That’s all the books I read in the last two months of 2022! I’m annoyed I only read two books in November but I still beat my reading challenge so I suppose I didn’t do too bad. Hopefully there won’t be anymore slumps in 2023!

2 thoughts on “November and December 2022 wrap-up!

  1. Stephen Writes says:

    Great wrap-up, and I hope you escape your slumps soon. I’ve read all of Karen M. McManus’ books and I agree there are a few similarities there. Two Can Keep A Secret was the most underwhelming for me, too.

    • Beth says:

      Thanks! 😊 I only noticed it when I read them one after the other and now it’s bugging me. Shame as I really enjoyed her books. I’m glad it’s not just me who didn’t enjoy that one!

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