Somehow, despite being incredibly busy in November, I still managed to read a decent amount of books. I have no idea where the time has gone! I managed to squeeze in a few books, most of which I did enjoy haha.
Here are the 4 books that I read in November!
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…
I had to read this one for University and it just so happened that it was my first ever Patrick Ness book as well. I have heard a lot about Ness’s writing over the past few years but somehow I never had the urge to pick up one of his books.
For the most part I did really enjoy this book, and it was a nice introduction to his writing. However, I kept expecting something more from the book as it had such an interesting concept but something fell flat for me. I did really enjoy how popular culture was made fun of in this book though!
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
I had been looking forward to reading this book for the longest time because it was a retelling of the Gunpowder Plot. I love when stories are based on historical events but then there’s a really cool twist that just makes it a completely new tale. That was done in Fawkes through the magical element of colour powers, and the stone plague, both of which were so incredibly interesting… but also kind of believable too.
The only disappointing thing was the main character Thomas; he was so whiney and self-centred. However, by the end of the book he had grown on me, mainly because he had a great character arc, so he’d redeemed himself by the end haha!
One by Sarah Crossan
Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.
But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.
How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?
I featured this book in my Friday Favourites post, so if you’re interested in seeing more of my thoughts on it, click here!
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.
But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
I had such high hopes for this book but unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. The only things that I had issues with were the plot and some of the characters.. other than that, everything was amazing. I thought that Ngan’s writing was beautiful and the concept of the book was super interesting, but the way that it was executed wasn’t done well enough for me.
Some parts felt incredibly rushed, and others were padded with unnecessary events or conversations. I wasn’t really drawn to the main character, and instead, I was more interested in other characters, which I’m hoping we’ll learn more about in book 2. Finally, the world itself was so cool. The way that the social hierarchy is organised was so imaginative and I wanted to learn more about that!
I am interested in reading book 2 and I’m hoping that it will make up for the things that I had issues with in this book.. especially as the last page in the book was incredible!