Sometimes it’s important to remember that you don’t have to buy a book to be able to read it. That’s why libraries are such a great place! While I’ll usually pick up a book or two throughout the month or borrow an eBook from my local library, this month I decided to pick up a bunch at once and see how things go. I grabbed a nice selection of books I’d heard of before and ones that interested me in the moment, books I’d read before and ones I was trying for the first time.
Without further ado, here are the books I picked up from my local library in the month of October:
Total Titles: 13
Physical copies: 5 books
eBooks: 8 books
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 1)
- Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 4)
- The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 1)
- The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 2)
- The Rising by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 3)
- The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong (Secrets, Book 1) — both as an eBook and a physical copy
- A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale (The Legend of All Wolves, Book 2)
- Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
- Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett (Blood and Salt, Book 1)
- Juba Good by Vicki Delany (Ray Robertson, Book 1)
- Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
- Kisses from Hell by Richelle Mead, Alyson Noël, Kristin Cast, Kelley Armstrong, and Francesca Lia Block (Short Stories from Hell, Book 7)
- Curio by Evangeline Denmark (Curio, Book 1)
This is the first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. When Chloe Saunders starts being able to communicate with ghosts she gets sent to a special home for trouble teens. In this installment, Chloe tries to figure out what the truth is and who she can trust with her secrets. While I’ve read The Summoning before, it’s been a decade and I went into this book remembering next to nothing. The library didn’t have copies of the other 2 books in the trilogy, but I can borrow them from a friend as I don’t have my own copies of the books.
While I own this whole series, I got caught in a pretty serious thunderstorm and my backpack got soaked while I was waiting for the bus. Of course my umbrella wasn’t able to stop all of the rain and my poor copy of Industrial Magic, which was in my bag, got destroyed. While I plan on replacing my copy in due time, I decided to take out my library’s copy of this book to finish my read through.
In case you haven’t seen any of my reviews on this series, this book surrounds the women of the supernatural world coming into their own. Starting in Bitten, these women find themselves and learn to accept their powers as something that helps rather than hinders them in their everyday lives.
This is the first book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, the companion trilogy to the Darkest Powers trilogy. Maya always accepted the fact that her adopted parents were her real parents, never really knowing much about her biological background. When strange things begin to happen in her small community, Maya starts to suspect there’s more to their little research community than meets the eye.
The Calling and The Rising:
The second and third books in the Darkness Rising trilogy, respectively.
The Unquiet Past:
When the orphanage in which Tess grew up in burns down, she decides it’s time to face her fears and figure out what’s going on with the visions that make her question her sanity. Clinging to the address and phone number that are her only connections to her past, Tess travels to rural Quebec to find out the truth about her heritage – and her powers.
A Wolf Apart:
This book follows Elijah and Thea as they fall in love in this werewolf/shifter romance story. As mentioned previously, I picked this book up in the hopes that the events in The Last Wolf would have some consequences. While I found this not to be the case, the read was still decent enough.
Rachel and Alice are identical twins who are able to feel each others pain. When one twin goes missing, the other knows somethings wrong when she starts feeling phantom pains that her sister must be experiencing. As the search for her sister continues, the remaining twin must figure out who around her she can trust and if she can even trust her own body.
Blood and Salt:
This book is said to be a mix of Romeo and Juliet and Children of the Corn – a Shakespeare play I didn’t appreciate until recently and one of my mother’s favourite horror stories of all time. I have to say, I didn’t look too deep into this story past that so I can let the story speak for itself. I’m looking forward to this read as it’s rare I get into a book without knowing anything about it.
Ray Robertson is looking forward to coming home to the world of policing that he understands after spending almost a year in the world’s newest country. That is, until the fourth young woman is found dead in three weeks and he worries that there’s a serial killer on the loose.
Kiss of the Royal:
Princess Ivy knows her magic is more powerful than the other royals’, but she needs a partner to help her harness it. Zach believes Ivy’s magic is dangerous so all but refuses to help her in her goals. However, the more they argue the closer they seem to grow…
Kisses from Hell:
This is a collection of short stories about vampires. Each author takes their own unique spin on the stereotypical “vampire”. With companion novels to the House of Night series, the Vampire Academy series, and the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies, this anthology is a pretty good read.
Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magician-scientists that control the potions they ration to help the townspeople survive. Grey suspects that she – like her father and grandfather – does not need to survive. When her best friend, Whit, is caught by enforcers and punished further than he should be, Grey tests her theory by giving him her potion ration in order to speed up his healing. The Chemists, however, suspected her plan and secret, deciding that they’ll use her – and her resistance – for their own purposes. Grey panics and escapes to a place she’s always thought safe – her grandfather’s shop. When she confronts an even bigger secret than her ability to survive without the potion, Grey gets transported to a world in which porcelain and clockwork people are real. Tasked with finding a way to end the Chemists’ dark rule and save her loved ones, Grey must navigate this new rule and find a solution to her town’s problems.
While I’ve already read some of these books, I hope to get to at least most of them before the end of the month. If I need to, I know I can always extend the amount of time that I have these books for and read them at my own leisure. The best part about library books is you always know where to find them should you need a good read.
Have you found any good books from a library recently?