Reading Challenge Update: October 2021

Hey all! Welcome to the October edition of our reading challenge update. The end of the year is in sight, and I’m on track with my goal with 29/36 books read so far this year! One thing threatens to stand in my way, though: NaNoWriMo begins Monday, and I. Am. READY.

Hopefully I’ll be able to hit my NaNo goal and my reading challenge goal! As always, I receive no compensation for reviewing these books or you purchasing them. I’ve included links to purchase the books on Amazon, but feel free to support your local library (if they’re open, or you can find it as an e-book) or bookstore.

Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score

This book was SO fun! A former reporter turned paper pusher because of her divorce is accused of murdering her elderly neighbor. The reason? She’s a psychic and saw it coming. By doing what she thinks is right, she implicates herself as suspect #1. Local private investigator Nick Santiago sees Riley as a way to get in to the crime scene, but will he also end up in her heart? More importantly: will she stay out of his? This book also involves a neighborhood vigilante movement, high speed chases, and a villain you almost didn’t see coming. I highly recommend this book, but be careful to wear loose clothing while you read it–otherwise you might literally split your seams laughing.

You can purchase this book here.

The Crystal Moon by Blake R. Wolfe

This was a great ending to Blake’s first ever series. It wrestled with a lot of heavy topics, such as the morality of killing and human trafficking. There’s found family, revolution, pirates, magic, and more. I enjoyed the story of Dusk and his journey to freedom from not only slavery, but his own trauma inflicted from his time in the salt mines. Not only does he save himself, he saves the world from the people who would see it destroyed. Blake also wrote a sympathetic second villain to the whole series, one who shows us immortality and resurrection isn’t the walk in the park we may think it is.

You can purchase this book here.

Trailer Park Trickster by David R. Slayton

This was another fun read! Adam Binder is back in Oklahoma after the sudden and mysterious death of his Aunt Sue. The Druid he’s pursuing seems to now be pursuing him…and what’s left of his family. Surprised his mother and brother come home to Sue’s funeral, he may have inadvertently made them a target. None of them are safe, and Adam has to figure out how to keep everyone alive, defeat the druid, and keep the local sheriff’s office off his back. Meanwhile, his boyfriend Vic, still adjusting to his new role as a grim reaper, joins Argent (an elf and the Queen of Swords) on an unexpected mission that could end up in a civil war amongst elves as well as the destruction of all mortals.

You can purchase this book here.

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