December Wrap-up and Best of the Bunch

December 31, 2014 Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 9

My Goings On in December:

  • I started freelance editing for Booktrope. I’m really excited to work with them and to try out this new publishing model.
  • I started working on two new editing projects.
  • Christmas, of course!! We had a wonderful holiday and got to spend lots of time with friends and family!

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Let’s Discuss – What Bookish Things Did Santa Bring? (Plus the Oh Christmas Tag)

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My Favorite December Discussions on Other Blogs:

Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight talks about When Five Stars Aren’t Enough.

Kitty and Fari over at My Little Corner for Books talk about books that they don’t think live up to the hype in It’s not THAT Great…

Lots of people are completing Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner’s 5th Annual End of Year Book Survey.


Best of the Bunch is a book blog hop hosted over at Always Lost in Stories on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read over this past month and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favorite book of that month.

December 2014 Reviews

Like I said, a very light month for blogging (including reviews). Plus, I felt like I was in a bit of a reading slump. Nothing terrible – just lots of 3 or 3.5 star books. Maybe it was just because I was so crazily busy with other things that I just couldn’t enjoy reading as much?  Here’s the reviews that went up in November:

CaptiveBlack AmaranthGraveMercybyRobinLaFeversFangirlbyRainbowRowellZodiacMaybeNotbyColleenHooverWe Should Hang Out Sometime

  • Captive by Aimee Carter | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Black Amaranth by Sasha Hibbs | Review | Rating: 3/5
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Zodiac by Romina Russell | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
This Shattered WorldMortalityHushUnhinged
  • This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Mortality by Kellie Sheridan | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Hush by Stacey R. Campbell | Review | Rating: 2/5
  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard | Review | Rating: 4/5
And December’s Best of the Bunch winner is:

Okay, well this month would be a tough choice between This Shattered World and Grave Mercy, but I actually read This Shattered World and did a mini-review back in June and already used it for my Best of the Bunch then. So, this month, I chose Grave Mercy!

GraveMercybyRobinLaFeversWhy be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

 My Review
So, that was my December in a nutshell! Tell me about your month!

9 Responses to “December Wrap-up and Best of the Bunch”

  1. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Well, now you are making me want to buy Grave Mercy! I resisted when I read your review, since I had supposedly won it, but since that was like, a month ago and it still isn’t here, AND it is $1.99 again so… yeah, I just bought it. I also really want to read Fangirl (coming soon in my Book Outlet order, yay!) and I agree with your thoughts on Captive too!

    I am so glad you had a wonderful Christmas, and thanks for mentioning my post!

  2. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I’m excited for you to read Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart, because I think that’s a series that gets even better with each book. Glad you loved Grave Mercy so much! I’m a huge fan of This Shattered World, too.

    Happy reading to you in November, Nicole!

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