Recent Reads #4

Hey book worms! It’s time again for another recent reads post! I hope ya’ll are enjoying these and don’t mind me playing catch up. It’s currently March and I am up to October in these recent reads. I am trying to do these more frequently in order to catch up to where I am now. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer!

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: October 9th, 2019

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

This book stole my heart and left me desperate for more! Every single thing about this book drew me in. The characters, the plot, the magic, and the twists. Honestly if you haven’t read this yet, PLEASE do. I can’t say enough about this one. Also book two is coming out this year and I can not wait!!

Saga Vol. 3 & 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: October 11th, 2019

Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe.

Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

I am still obsessed with this series! Volumes 3 & 4 were just as good as the first two and I can’t wait to see what else this world has to offer!!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
3.75 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: October 12th, 2019

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

I never rate .75 stars. But I just couldn’t find the spot I wanted to rate this. I didn’t dislike it and a 3 felt too neutral. I also didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it for the most part. The ghost aspect was really great, but the characters seemed childish to me at times. I think the second book will show a lot more growth in the characters. I didn’t want to write this book off before giving the next book a shot!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: October 21st, 2019

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

I loved this book so much. After putting it off for way too long I was convinced to pick it up and it was one of the greatest recommendations I have received. I was blown away. Check out my full review HERE <—-

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: October 24th, 2019

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

I don’t think there is a Christina Lauren book out there that I don’t thoroughly enjoy. Every book I’ve read by them is so different from normal romcom’s, and this one was no different. It was shocking and fun while also having very tender and emotional moments. Highly recommend any Christina Lauren novel!

Hope you enjoyed this recent reads post and are having a lovely reading month so far! Expect a lot more of these in the near future, because I am determined to catch up to present day!
Happy Reading 🖤


  1. Ooh yay I’m desperate to read Serpent & Dove and Stalking Jack The Ripper and you have five stars to both which is a pretty good sign. They sound incredible!! Plus the SJTR books have such stunning covers 😍😍

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