Recent Reads #8

Hey fellow book lovers! Today I present to you another recent reads post. This recent reads post will have books exclusively read in January of 2020! I’m glad to finally be showing you the books I’ve been working through this year! If you missed my Recent Reads #7 post, check that out if you want to see the first three books I read this year! Let’s jump right into the list!

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 10th, 2020

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

I so desperately wanted to love this, but sadly it was a very meh book for me. I didn’t have a whole lot of feelings about it. The characters decisions didn’t always make the most sense to me, and the overall plot wasn’t all that exciting. My favorite part was learning more about Seoul! I love learning different cultures and this one gave me a lot of that. I honestly don’t think I will continue the series.

Death Note Vol. 3 & Vol. 4 by Tsugumi Ohba
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 16th, 2020

Vol. 3 – Hard Run
Light is chafing under L’s extreme surveillance, but even 64 microphones and cameras hidden in his room aren’t enough to stop Light. He steps up the game, but before the battle of wits can really begin, a family emergency distracts him. But even though Light isn’t using the Death Note right now, someone else is! Who’s the new “Kira” in town?

Vol. 4 – Love
With two Kiras on the loose, L asks Light to join the task force and pose as the real Kira in order to catch the copycat. L still suspects Light and figures that this is the perfect excuse to get closer to his quarry. Light agrees to the plan in order to have free access to the task force resources. But when Light manages to contact the new Kira, he discovers that his rival is anything but as expected. Will Light escape from love unscathed?

I’m still enjoying this manga series quite a bit. Not sure how I felt about the Misa Misa character, but I like the twisted friendship we see building between Light and L. These are so quick and easy to read I read both in less than an hour. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to give manga’s a try. Warning. it is very adult writing.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 16th, 2020

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea.

It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

I love this series. I can’t say that enough. I loved the cruise ship setting and the traveling circus group. The use of tarot cards and the magical acts. The characters are darling and I love them so much! I recommend this series to everyone, so if you haven’t read it, you really should! Full review here: Review: Escaping From Houdini

Death Note Vol. 5 & Vol. 6 by Tsugumi Ohba
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ & 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 17th, 2020 & January 21st, 2020

Vol. 5 – Whiteout
After a week locked up with no one but Ryuk for company, Light is ready to give up his Death Note and all memories of it. Freed from his past actions, Light is convinced he’s innocent. But L is ready to keep Light under lock and key forever, especially since the killings stopped once Light was incarcerated. Then a new wave of Kira crimes hits Japan. Someone else has gotten their hands on a Death Note, and these new deaths aren’t focused on making the world a better place, they’re focused on making money. Big business can be murder, and Kira has gone corporate!

Vol . 6 – Give-and-Take
Although they’ve collected plenty of evidence tying the seven Yotsuba members to the newest Kira, Light, L and the rest of the task force are no closer to discovering which one actually possesses the Death Note. Desperate for some headway, L recruits Misa to infiltrate the group and feed them information calculated to bring Kira into the open. But the Shinigami Rem reveals to Misa who the Kiras really are, and, armed with this knowledge, Misa will do anything to help Light. But what will that mean for L…?

I thought Volume 5 was a bit boring and I was worried the series was just losing its enjoyment for me, but Volume 6 seemed to pick back up and be on the level of the first few books! These characters are fun and slightly insane and I love it! As I am writing this in March, I have yet to pick up any more of the series. I hope to get this manga series finished soon though!

Capturing The Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 21st, 2020

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

This finale was everything I wanted and more. A beautiful ending for a wonderful series. Set during one of my favorite periods at the Chicago Worlds Fair! It was bittersweet because I love these characters andI will miss reading their adventures. But honestly I couldn’t have asked for a better book to finish off this series. Check out my full review here: Review: Capturing The Devil

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 24th, 2020

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

After absolutely loving the first book in this series I was quite let down by this one. It started to feel very repetitive and annoying. The characters had so many opportunities to come clean about things, but chose to keep lying instead. You see them understand that their actions may be wrong and they still don’t change. Hardly any character development is seen. I still enjoyed reading about the super powers and stuff, but I honestly don’t know if I’ll read the last book. I’ve already been told some things that lead me to believe I will not like it, so it may be best just to leave this series in the past..

Another Recent Reads Post in the books! I hope you enjoyed this and maybe found some good books to add to your tbr! Thanks for stopping by and look out for another post later today!
Happy Reading 🖤



  1. Ooh, I’ve heard a lot of hype surrounding Capturing The Devil! Sounds right up my alley, but best stick to my TBR for now. Recently (meaning this morning) I finished How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne. I loved it to bits! A quick read for getting you out of a slump, certainly.
    Can’t wait to read more for you! Loved this post. Stay safe ❤

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  2. I tried watching Death Note but I only made it through a few minutes of episode 1 before I was like nope! nope! nope! :’)

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