Hey, bookworms! I’m back! And after taking a two-week long pause from blogging, it feels good. During the two weeks that I’ve been gone, I have been ill. I caught a bad cold, and it kept me from doing anything but sleep for the most part. But, I’m back and I have my September wrap up here for you! So, without further delay, let’s get started.
The first book I read this month was The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.
This is the final book is the Heroes of Olympus series, the second series in the Percy Jackson mega series. I enjoyed rereading this via audiobook. The man who narrates is very talented. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.
Second, I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston.
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
I loved this book so much! It was such a perfect Cinderella retelling with just the right amount of fairytale. I actually reviewed it so I will link my review down below. I gave it 4/5 stars.
Third, I read Hospital High by Mimi Thebo.
My life had been saved…and boy, was I annoyed. Humour and attitude keep Coco going when things get grim. Her relationships with her mother, hospital staff, and other injured teens sustain her when her school friendships fall apart. But although everyone’s working to give Coco a normal life, Coco doesn’t think ‘normal’ is enough… When she was fourteen, the author Mimi Thebo died in a car accident. Hospital High is a young adult novel based on the day she died and the subsequent three years spent recovering from the accident.
I enjoyed this book. I received it as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I will link the review as well as NetGalley below.
Fourth, I read Teenage Psychic on Campus by Pamela Woods-Jackson.
Caryn Alderson may be a psychic medium, but she can’t predict her own life. She’s totally blindsided when she discovers her boyfriend has cheated on her. Her best friend Annabeth attempts to jump-start Caryn’s stalled love life by introducing her to Gary Riddell, a fellow college freshman who can talk to ghosts. To paranormal groupie Annabeth, their abilities make them the perfect match. Unfortunately, Gary’s acting career and Caryn’s love of journalism clash when Caryn writes a hatchet piece about Gary’s acting abilities and then publishes it in the campus newspaper. Dating is definitely out!
Then the two of them are asked to help the campus Ghost Stalkers club investigate a haunting at a local farmhouse. Caryn and Gary must combine their offsetting paranormal skills to locate more than just ghosts.
This is probably one of my favorite reads of the year. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Fifth, I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
This book absolutely killed me! I buddy read it with Amy @ BookwormGirls88. I will have a spoiler/nonspoiler review up hopefully Monday or soon after. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.
Sixth, I read Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
I loved this book so much! It was an amazing retelling of the origin of the red queen. I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Lastly, I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue MacKenzie Lee.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still, it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
I loved this bookand I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
So those are the seven books I read this month. I will have reviews and such linked below.
#QOTD: What was your favorite read of September?
Thanks for being here today, and happy reading!
Geekerella by Ashley Poston- Bookworm’s Book Nook s1e2
Hospital High by Mimi Thebo – Bookworm’s Book Nook s1e3
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