October ’14 in Review

Posted October 31, 2014 by Lillian in Features / 8 Comments


Happy Halloween everyone! I cannot believe there are only 9 week left in 2014…and I was only just now getting used to writing 14 instead of 13 for the date 😉 This month was super busy. My husband was on a weird schedule so we didn’t see him much. My sister-in-law got married 😀 and it was spectacular!! The weather has been nuts! Usually have Indian Summer in East TN during October and have a bit of a warm snap with temps reaching in the 80s. Not this year!!! We’ve had several nights already below freezing and tomorrow we’re getting snow! And not just a little bit either. According to our local station we will be getting an inch in the valley and up to a foot in the mountains! Now for you Northerners 😉 that may not seem like a lot but to us Southerners who so very rarely see snow it’s a lot!!!!

I’m linking this post up with the Caffeinated Reviewer’s Sunday Post, as this rewind replaces my usual weekly rewind. Info at the bottom on how to link up your own post. See you next week 😀

Favorite October Read

Oh this is really hard this month! I had some excellent reads….if I have to choose just one though it would be…

I received this book via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

October ’14 in ReviewWinterspell by Claire Legrand
Series: Winterspell #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-09-30
Length: 464 pages
Reviewing eARC from Edelweiss

The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince…but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted—by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets—and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed—if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

Winterspell is a retelling of the classic E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and it set me in a Christmas mood early 🙂 But beyond that it was a fantastic fantasy adventure with a strong heroine, a handsome prince, and a crazy uncle. Really if I’m being honest I want to read it again!

Favorite October Quote

FYI: There is profanity in the following quote, but I had to use it. It’s just so perfect for the character and the overall theme of the series 🙂

I’ve always done what felt right. I do what I can to protect the people I love, and even though I don’t like you very much right now, I love the shit out of you. If anything happened to you, it might take me out for good.

~  From Chaos by Sarah Fine

Reviews in October

Interviews in October


Coming up in November

November is full of some great books coming your way, a couple of blog tours, and at least one interview with the characters from Waves of Darkness. Here’s a sneak peek of what is coming:


There is also a great giveaway hop starting tomorrow. It’s a Dystopian giveaway so of course I joined 😉 The giveaway starts 11/1 at midnight and runs through the week. Click below to go to the hop’s main page and visit them all (close to 60 right now!) or click on the sidebar after midnight to go to my giveaway (one ebook copy of The Legacy by Melissa Delport).


What are you looking forward to in October?

November is looking quite promising as far as reading goes! Also I have some exciting changes coming in my own life. I’ll be teaching Sunday School starting this Sunday to a group of cute first graders at our church. Potty training Liam is number one priority this month as it took a back burner in October. We gotta get him trained!!! $50 for a box of diapers is ridiculous 😯 Also it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas before we know it. I’ve got to get some Christmas shopping done! Last year I was completely finished before Halloween, this year I’ve done none! What are your plans in November? What are you reading?

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8 responses to “October ’14 in Review

  1. 9 weeks!! It’s terrifying when you break it down like that. Congrats to your sister-in-law! The weather has definitely been nuts! We’re in North Alabama and I keep waiting for that little extra bit of summer that we always get but nope! And you’re getting snow?? That’s just craziness. Have a great week!

    • We did!!! 3 inches and the mountains around us got around 6 inches! It’s already gone though. I was cery tempted with all the pretty snow to put up Christmas decorations 😉

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