reading lately: november


It is almost the end of the year and I have completely surpassed my reading goal! Although, it was not much of a reading goal. Truthfully, I decided to attempt to read a measly two books a month. I was under the impression I would have a lot less time than I did.

lucky in love

by Kasie West

I found Lucky in Love to be a really fun and quick read. The main character was quirky, but fun! From the very first page I found myself captivated. The story line was easy to follow. Not to mention, it was very believable for the situations that arose. The way that Maddie, the main character, handled each situation felt right for the book and made sense. Of course, there were times that I wanted to share her for being naive and trusting. However, that is understandable for her age. Each supporting character played and important and key role which really added to the story. All in all, I enjoyed Lucky in Love and look forward to reading another book by Kasie West.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

the almost sisters

by Joshilyn Jackson

I feel the need to begin this review with this fact: I cannot wait to read another of Jackson’s books! Initially, I chose this book on whim. I loved the cover and the synopsis sounded intriguing. Having only been to the south once, I was mostly unaware of the issues still prevalent. However, I love how Jackson touched on those subjects and brought an important light to it. The entire story held my attention while the main and supporting character was unique with the right amount of backstory. The main character, Leia, was incredibly interesting! I loved reading about her work. Admittedly, I am not a graphic novel fan. Thankfully Jackson added the right amount of detail that I didn’t skim over any parts. Overall, I truly enjoyed this read and cannot wait to check out another book by this author!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

king’s cage

by Victoria Aveyard

First, Red Queen is still my favorite book in this series. Unfortunately, both the second book and this one did not measure up to it for me. There were many parts of King’s Cage that I loved! However, there were more parts that fell flat for me. My feelings were ping-ponging back and forth and up and down. Mare, as a main character, has a tendency to drive me batty. Between trying to be this strong female lead (which I love) to wallowing and acting like a child (which I do not love). Obviously she is in a pretty awful situation. I can understand her frustration and anger, but I was hoping for more spitfire. The majority of this book is centered around Mare being held in captivity by Maven. Which, understandably, is not what she would prefer. Although, this gave us so much more background and insight to Maven. I found myself rooting for him! Not to mention, I have a soft spot for Maven which only grew while reading. I keep finding myself harboring some hope for him and Mare’s ability to see past the monster his mother made him to be. Their twisted relationship really shines through in this book.

He is a monster still, a monster always. And yet I can’t stop myself from listening. Because I could be a monster too. If given the wrong chance. If someone broke me, like he is broken.

In the end, I know I will be reading the next book in the series. My fingers are crossed that it is better than the second and third book in this series.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

i see you

by Clare Mackintosh

Truthfully, I enjoyed reading I See You. More so, I really hope to read Clare Mackintosh’s first book I Let You Go. (After all, it has so many great reviews!) The main characters in I See You are interesting — each had a great back story and were very relatable. Each supporting character played a key role and greatly helped the plot move forward. The two different perspectives, Zoe’s and Kelly’s, helped me gain great insight. I was able to read about how the investigation was going as well as how the victim continued on with her life. Some parts could get a little slow, but the pace would quickly be picked back up. Admittedly, the twist at the end through me for a loop. I had an inkling about part of the “whodunnit” but definitely was unaware of the whole story!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

one of us is lying

by Karen McManus

One of Us Is Lying is brilliantly written! I found myself completely unable to put this book down. The author does a wonderful job keeping the reader captivated through the entire book. Each main character, while stereotypical, has so much more depth than I would have assumed. Plus, the supporting characters play key roles that easily add to the story. Karen McManus gives just enough background to give the reader a sense of who the characters are without overwhelming you. Admittedly, there were a few cliche parts. However, I found myself enjoying them rather than being annoyed. Which was a pleasant surprise! All in all, I cannot wait to read another book by this author.


If you are interested, check out what I read in October! Also, check out other “reading lately” posts.


  • I havent picked up any of these but they all sound like enjoyable reads even king’s cage!

    • I enjoyed each one of those books! Some more than others, but I definitely did not regret reading any 🙂

  • I had similar feelings on the King’s Cage as you. I feel like that series has so much potential and then it keeps falling into lame YA cliches. I will probably read book 4 too when it comes out just in hopes that it does better.

    • Yes! I am not sure if Victoria Aveyard felt that she needed to get the next installment in the series written as fast as possible and just tossed in cliches left and right to add to the story or if she couldn’t come up with anything better. I definitely have my fingers crossed that the fourth book is better.

  • Julie Loveless

    I just added the lucky in love book – my list keeps on growing!