heavenlybookish wrap-up | november 2022

November flew by! I’m happy it came to an end because I absolutely love December. I managed to finish some books this month. As always, you can find all my English reviews here and all my Dutch reviews here.

books read in November

This Vicious Grace (The Last Finestra #1) – Emily Thiede // ★★

Synopsis –

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked #3) – Kerri Maniscalco // ★★★★¼

Synopsis (spoilers!)

Emilia is reeling from the shocking discovery that her twin sister, Vittoria, is alive. But before she faces the demons of her past, Emilia yearns to claim her king, the seductive Prince of Wrath, in the flesh. Emilia doesn’t simply desire his body, she wants his heart and soul—but that’s something the enigmatic demon can’t promise her.

When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, Emilia and Wrath are drawn to the rival demon court. Damning evidence points to Vittoria as the murderer and she’s quickly declared an enemy of the Seven Circles. Despite her betrayal, Emilia will do anything to solve this new mystery and find out who her sister really is.

Together Emilia and Wrath play a sin-fueled game of deception as they work to stop the unrest that’s brewing between witches, demons, shape-shifters and the most treacherous foes of all: the Feared.

Emilia was warned that when it came to the Wicked nothing was as it seemed. But, have the true villains been much closer all along? When the truth is finally revealed, it just might end up costing Emilia her heart.

Two curses.
One prophecy.
A reckoning all have feared.

And a love more powerful than fate. All hail the king and queen of Hell.

audiobooks listened to in November

Langste. Kerst. OOIT. – Lisette Jonkman // ★★★★

Synopsis –

Noëlle is gek op kerst. Ieder jaar organiseert ze op eerste kerstdag een uitgebreid diner voor een select groepje vrienden en familie, dat ze tot in de puntjes plant. Als ze ‘s avonds in bed ligt, denkt ze ieder jaar: ‘Was het maar elke dag kerst.’

Maar dit jaar loopt alles in de soep. Haar dure glazen sneuvelen, er komt meer dan één ongenode gast opdagen en tot overmaat van ramp breken de vliezen van haar zus tijdens het hoofdgerecht. Misschien is het dus toch wel fijn dat het niet écht elke dag kerst is.

En dan wordt Noëlle de volgende dag wakker… Op eerste kerstdag.

Forced Bonds (The Bonds That Tie #4) – J. Bree // ★★

Synopsis (spoilers!)

They say to keep your friends close but your enemies closer;

What if they’re one and the same?

The stable foundation I thought I’d built in the Sanctuary has been ripped away, and I find myself on the front lines of the war against the Resistance. I might have my Bonds on my side, but there are darker schemes in motion.

Can I prove myself and turn the tide to protect our most vulnerable, or am I nothing more than the monster they’ve always claimed I am?

Will we make it out of this without tragic consequences?

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Synopsis –

‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and Afterword by Joe Wheeler
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.

my favorite read of the month

Definitely the Dutch Christmas book Langste. Kerst. OOIT.

what I am planning on reading in December

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
Babel – R.F. Kuang
Love in Winter Wonderland – Abiola Bello

Did you read some interesting books this month? If so, which one was your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

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