Happy November! A new month means new books to be read!
Normally, I just kind of wing-it with what books I read, but I want to start picking just a couple books I want to attempt to read each month. My list this month are all books I’ve never picked up before, mostly YA. The summaries will be taken from Goodreads as I haven’t read them yet (obviously)
My TBR List:
- Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Bonfire is a Mystery Thriller novel. It is the debut novel by Jessica Jones actor and now writer Krysten Ritter. I have actually been a fan of Ritter Since “Don’t trust the B- in Apartment 23” so I am excited to support this new venture of hers. This usually isn’t my genre of book and I’m hoping it’s not too spooky because I am a scaredy cat.
It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.
But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.
Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.
2. Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Wicked like A Wildfire is a Young Adult Fantasy novel. I feel like I haven’t read a good witch novel in a couple of months so I am excited to delve into this beautiful book.
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
3. The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
The Dazzling Heights is the sequel to The Thousandth Floor. It is considered Sci-fi but is kind of Sci-fi meets Gossip Girl. The series focuses on a group of upper class teens in the year 2118. I read the Thousandth Floor and was quite surprised how good the interesting fusion worked for me.
All that glitters is not gold.
New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…
Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.
Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?
When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.
Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.
And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.
But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.
4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I’ve been hearing so many mixed things about this novel. People either love it to hate which intrigues me. Caraval is a Young Adult Fantasy novel.
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
5. Your Beauty Mark by Dita Von Teese (With Rosa Apodaca)
This book is the curveball to the rest of this list! It is a beauty guide written by probably the most notable burlesque artist in America Dita Von Teese. While I spend most of my free time reading in pajama, I love makeup and the beauty industry and I’m hoping this book satiates that interest and maybe gives me some makeup inspiration.
Dita Von Teese divulges the beauty secrets that have earned her a frequent spot on international best dressed lists and high-profile fashion show rosters. She takes the reader through every step of her signature looks – from her perfectly coiffed hair to her flawless skin and makeup – and turns to experts and friends for advice.
6. Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days #1)
Angelfall is something I have never heard of before. Its a paranormal Dystopian. Set after the Apocalypse when angels come down to destroy the world. I am not sure if there is a religion factor but its too interesting not to check out.
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
7. The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners is set in NYC in the 1920’s. Usually I stick to books set in the present but I do have a soft spot for flappers. It is a Paranormal Mystery.
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
Those are a few of the novels I’m going to try to focus on this month but with how I get distracted, we’ll see what actually ends up read at the end of the month!
What books are on your TBR list? Any new releases you’re looking forward to?