November Book Reviews

Hello my loves,

Here’s November’s books reviews!

The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur
4/5 Stars


As mentioned in my holiday book haul I actually found this in a charity shop for £1 (!!) – if you’ve been around for a while you’ll know of my opinions of Rupi Kaur and her “poetry” but, for £1 I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy this.

I was however pleasantly surprised.

Maybe it’s because this poetry is about different topics to milk and honey, or maybe I’m older now and so on and so forth, but I really liked this collection. A lot. Even more so I think because of how much I didn’t rate milk and honey. I think this collection however, was absolutely beautiful and I would seriously recommend. It was a nice surprise.

Until the Day I Die – Emily Carpenter
2/5 Stars

Until the Day I Die: A Novel: Carpenter, Emily:  9781503904217: Books

Another Emily Carpenter novel because you know, she makes an appearance in all of my book reviews.

This novel follows Erin, whose husband has recently died. Failing to run the family business on her own without him, her friends decide to send her off to a remote Caribbean island in order to relax and recuperate, but all is not what it seems…

This novel was…eh. I don’t really have a whole lot to say about it. It was unrealistic and very…shallow? There was no depth to it at all, it was very lukewarm. I didn’t necessarily dislike it but it was just…bland. Needed flavour.

The Giant, O’Brien – Hilary Mantel
3/5 Stars

The Giant, O'Brien: Mantel, Hilary: 9780385680332: Books

I’ve been wanting to read Hilary Mantel for a while now (Wolf Hall is very high on my TBR) and so I thought this little story would be a nice place to start, and I really liked it! This book follows a giant (O’Brien) who is essentially on a mission to travel from Ireland to London in order to become rich and famous due to the fact he’s…a giant. We also follow an anatomist, John Hunter, who is looking to obtain the corpse of O’Brien in order to study it for science.

I liked how humourous this was and really felt like I was transported back to that time period (1782) which was very exciting for me as I hope and have no doubt that Wolf Hall will more than successfully do. A great first read from Mantel!

A Song Below Water – Bethany C. Morrow
2/5 Stars


I read this book a couple of months ago now and I’ve been dying to talk about it ever since because…I have no idea what the hell it was about.

This book follows two “sisters” (best friends) called Tavia and Effie. Tavia is a siren who can never be found out and Effie…well, you’ll see. This book is magic mixed with a lot of important representation but…the whole thing just wasn’t it for me.

I featured this book in my beautiful books book haul because the cover is just simply gorgeous, but unfortunately that was where the positives and interest value began and ended in this book for me. I had no idea what the hell was happening and this book was single-handedly the most confusing things I’ve ever read. If I could explain it simply, it was like this story was a ten-part series and this book was number 6, aka I picked it up halfway through and had absolutely no idea of context or what on earth was happening. Really did not like this book at all, it was super boring for me and I didn’t like any of the magic in it. I couldn’t even tell you what happened because it’s like I was reading it backwards the whole time.

The Lost Girls of Devon – Barbara O’Neal
4/5 Stars

The Lost Girls of Devon eBook: O'Neal, Barbara: Kindle Store

As you may have seen in my Kindle book haul, I purchased When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal because the synopsis sounded so great to me. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet but when I saw this book also on Kindle I decided to pick it up because I figured (and hoped) Barbara O’Neal would be an author I liked…and I was right!

This book follows Zoe Fairchild, a Devon woman living in America who returns back to said Devon when her childhood best friend and caretaker of her Grandmother goes missing. Zoe and her daughter Isabel make the journey back to Zoe’s childhood village and stay with her Grandmother Lillian whilst the police try to figure out what’s going on. Zoe is also estranged from her mother Poppy due to things that happened when she was a child, but Poppy never meant to hurt Zoe and has always loved her – she thinks that now may be the chance to try and rekindle some kind of relationship with Zoe and also start a relationship with the granddaughter she’s never been allowed to know. We follow four generations of the Fairchild women – Lillian, Poppy, Zoe and Isabel as they navigate the disappearance of a special friend and try to fix their relationships with each other.

I didn’t mean for this to happen but I read this a couple of weeks after my holiday to Devon and it was so strange hearing this book talk about and describe places that I had been only weeks before. I loved the atmosphere of this book – I think it’s the first time I’ve ever read a “Cornish” type novel and it was very comforting and lovely, and overall I just really enjoyed the story. Kind of feels like there’s a little place where all of these women exist and I might bump into them one day. The enjoyment factor for me made this a 4 star read and I look forward to reading When We Believed in Mermaids next!

Year of the Monkey – Patti Smith
4/5 Stars


Also mentioned in my beautiful books book haul, this story follows Patti Smith as she does…Patti Smith things. (which I am a sucker for and would read forever). The story begins after a string of New Year concerts in San Francisco, as Patti then heads to Santa Cruz to do a spot of wandering and writing. As she always does.

Did I understand every single thing that was going on in this book? No. This book centres on blurring the line between reality and dreams and well, sometimes I couldn’t tell which was which. But I think that’s what I liked about it. This is classic Patti Smith – magical and mysterious and wandering and lovely – the thing that made me fall in love with her in the first place the first time I ever read Just Kids. A woman who has my heart.

Divergent – Veronica Roth
4.5 / 5 Stars

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1) eBook: Roth, Veronica:  Kindle Store

LOOOOOORD. Damn this book was good. If you’re thinking Chloe, this book has been around for years and you’re incredibly late to the party then yes, you would be right. I never had any intention of reading this book until it popped up for free on Kindle and I was like hey, when life gives you lemons.

I’m not going to explain what this book is about because…everyone and their grandma knows however, as I mentioned in my August book review post when I read Catching Fire, I absolutely love series like The Hunger Games, Maze Runner etc. – it’s right up my street.

Divergent? The epitome of right up my street.

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was so good, so fun, so interesting – the concept was so great, it was like I just couldn’t put it down. The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because I usually save those for my kind of favourite books of all time / books that changed my life but wow, I seriously loved this. So sick.

violet bent backwards over the grass – Lana Del Rey
3/5 Stars


I can’t even believe myself that the day as finally arrived where I get to review a Lana book on my blog but…it’s here. And it was great. Everything about Lana and her poetry is beautiful and I completely ate this up the second the parcel arrived at my door. The whole aesthetic and way this was put together is everything I love about Lana and more, my favourite poem was quiet waiter blue forever. I just adore her and this collection. I hope we get another one one day.

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
3/5 Stars


I mentioned the whole story behind this in my beautiful books book haul but I actually read this on Kindle and it took me months because I just procrastinated the whole thing. Anyway, I really enjoyed it.

This book follows Lazlo Strange, an orphan turned librarian who has never really fit in and has always dreamed to go on a great adventure. He’s obsessed with the lost city of Weep and has always longed to go there, but the opportunity was basically impossible.

Until one day, when he gets the opportunity of a lifetime and gets to go. Lazlo will finally find out what happened to Weep and where everybody went. A mysterious goddess begins appearing in his dreams even though all of the gods are dead, or are they?

Laini Taylor has very beautiful writing and I feel as though I would have rated this book higher had I read it in a more consecutive period of time. I’m very excited to read the sequel though and hope to get my hands on it soon!

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevado
4/5 Stars

Clap When You Land: Acevedo, Elizabeth: Books

I really liked this book! This is my second read of Elizabeth Acevado after reading With the Fire on High and I liked this one just as much! This book follows half sisters Camino and Yahaira, who don’t know that the other exists. Until one day when their father dies in a plane crash, and suddenly all of the secrets come undone…

Like I said, I really liked this book. I thought it was beautiful and I loved the fact it was written in verse as I haven’t read a book like that before – I’ve been contemplating reading The Poet X for a while now and I think this has given me the extra push I needed!

And there we have it loves!

All my love,

Chloe .xx

Goodreads – ChloLuna

13 thoughts on “November Book Reviews

  1. These are such good recommendations, I have been meaning to update my bookshelf for a while now. I read the Divergent series a while back and completely fell in love with how well it is written and how gripping it is! Thank you for sharing xx

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  2. I remember reading Divergent when the movies were first starting to be released and LOVING it. I was never really a fan of the movies (still have yet to see the final 2 movies) but I LOVED the books. Very similar to how I enjoyed the Shadowhunter series but did not like the TV series (although I did enjoy the movie and wish they had done sequels of that instead!). There are definitely some TV series I prefer to the books and some books I prefer to the TV series. xx

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    1. I’ve never seen the movie (I probably won’t as movies aren’t really my thing, especially book adaptations !!) but I’m so excited to read the next one, I think I’ll always prefer books to movies in that sense .xx

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