November in Review

Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes — 5 stars
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter — 5 stars
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter — 5 stars
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — 5 stars

Twelve is the sequel novella that takes place five years after Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Naturals series ends. I was so excited to learn about this unexpected addition to The Naturals world and I was not disappointed. I loved seeing where the characters are after the series as well as learning more about each of their pasts. This novella made me realize how much I missed these characters, and I hope this means that the series will remain open for more full-length novels.

Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl series was the series that got me into reading YA books. After watching Covet Affairs, I knew I needed a reread—something I haven’t done in several years. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You was just as fun as I remembered it being. I absolutely adore this world and the characters in it. I love the spy school setting and all of the fun gadgets and classes that go along with that. I love Cammie’s voice as she retells her semesters and the hijinks she and her friends get up to. Her character is so relatable and even now, (close to 8 years since I first read this book) I connect with her. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is an excellent sequel that sows the seeds for the rest of the series, but still contains the fun from the first novel. Plus, Zach is introduced in the sequel, which makes my heart happy.

An Ember in the Ashes has been in my TBR pile for what seems like forever, so I was glad to have the excuse to finally pick it up as it was required reading for one of my classes this year! The start was slow and difficult to get into due the constant switching of POV right when the action picks up, but I eventually became hooked and had the hardest time putting the book down. I really loved Laia’s character development throughout the book and look forward to seeing this continue in the sequel. I’m also excited to see the world expand and see what’s in store for Laia, Elias, and Helene!

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  • Whaat? You had to read An Ember in the Ashes for a class? What class is that? Because it sounds incredibly cool! Also, I’ve always been intrigued by The Naturals, I have to pick it up at some point! ❤ Lovely post!

    • I’m taking a Women Writers class focusing on Muslim authors this semester! It’s been a really fantastic class and I was so excited to see AEITA on the reading list! Also, The Naturals is one of my favorite series so you should definitely check it out!

    • Thanks, Jessica—it was a pretty great reading month! I loved that Ember was on the reading list this semester! My professor told me she read both novels last year in one weekend and knew she needed to include Ember on a reading list for one of her classes 😀

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