• L.J. Kerry

September Reading Wrap Up + More

Alright, September has come to an end and we are now in spooky season. Oooh spoopy! Hahaha! For this blog post, I am going to be sharing my reading wrap up and more.


Book #1:


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


This book thoroughly surprised me because at first I didn't like it. It was a slow start—something I personally hate—but once it got going this was a book I couldn't put down!


At first I was like wow these plot twists are predictable, far from it. I was surprised at myself for thinking the expected path, only for it to go in a totally different direction. Personally I hated how the main character Jude was treated, and I do want to purchase the second book just to see where their relationship goes.


Overall, I thank this book for getting me out of a reading slump.




Book #2:



A Child's Journey Through Poetry by Sabinah Adewole


I would like to thank the publisher for giving me a free ARC copy of this book to review. Even though I have grown out of reading children's books, this one was cute and intriguing.


Personally, I find this a very inspirational book for children as it gives a wide variety of job prospects for them to look into through poetry. If you're a parent, I highly recommend you pick this up.






Book #3:



City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


This book was okay. I liked it, but found it very slow.


Clary's character development was very strong in this book, I found she grew up a lot from City of Glass. Now I'm starting to like her, and she's really starting to take on that role as a Shadow Hunter which is nice to see. But personally I think the star of this book had to be Simon, his character development was incredibly strong in this book, and his story definitely drove the plot forward.


Other than that, I didn't really understand Camille's role in the book or the ending. Towards the end is where the book started to lose its spark, and become a little dragged out which was disappointing but the outcome made the next book necessary which I'll get around to reading.


Book #4




House of Earth & Blood by Sarah J. Maas


Saving the best till last. This book was honest incredible, I still think about it today even after reading!


Honestly, when I bought the book I was worried. Many other reviews said it's slow to begin with. Which it is. Typically I hate books with slow starts, this one was tolerable. The book really gets going around 250 pages in, which is a lot, but despite this I could not put this down as I had to find out more. I was that invested in the story and crime solving.


The amount of plot twists in this thing had me shouting at my book at two in the morning. When I wasn't reading it, I was trying to figure out the plot. I was even sharing the characters frustrations when being led in circles. Even the characters were incredible and I really connected with them, they made me laugh so much, and cry and get so angry at the circumstances handed to them.


Highly, highly recommend giving this a read. If the slowness is really not gripping you, I highly recommend pushing through regardless, it is so worth it.


Other News


I'm starting to get preparations for LISTED's paperback going. There has been a lot of people saying "When is the paperback coming out!" It's coming out soon, just unfortunately due to my distributors terms & conditions the paperback copies cannot be put out for pre-order. But I'm making the paperback happen.


Actually today I got my first author proof for the paperback copy! Despite being extremely happy to have the book in my hands, which is extremely weird, I'm not happy with the quality of the cover and I would hate for anybody to have this book in this quality. So I am busy fixing the issues in this copy, and I will provide more updates as soon as I have them.


But I am busy giving everybody a quality product, it's just a very big learning curve. Honestly, no idea why I chose a matte cover for this version there are so many finger prints!






Aside from that I sent out my first round of Advanced Reader Copies out. So far people are loving the book. Which is also weird as there are people I don't know reading my book, and they're telling me they love it. This has been a very long awaited accomplishment of mine and I am so happy to be making people happy with it.


More updates will be coming in next weeks blog! Have fun!



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