Morgan’s September Challenge Updates!

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Morgan’s September Challenge Updates!

Let’s call September The Month Where Morgan Discovered NA Again. I read 5 NA sports romances in a week! Maybe it’s the feeling of fall and football in the air, but whatever it is, I loved it. They were all fast, engaging, sexy, humorous, and thoughtful reads; I listed them below along with two other challenge-less books.

The Lake House by Kate Morton- 4.5 stars. Kate Morton is the queen of the dual timeline novel. The intricacies of her plotting and reveals are second to none and I loved the 1930s story.

The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill- 3 stars. This was a very cute story but I didn’t connect with the characters or get many butterflies over the romance. Wish I loved it as much as Meant to Be.

Whatever Life Throws At You– 3 stars. I loved Jason and I love baseball books, but I had some issues with the MC; I also feel like this felt more YA than NA, which is fine except it wasn’t what I was looking for.

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack- 4.5 stars. Super, deliciously sexy and fun. Wish we got a little more closure on Silas and Dylan’s respective issues but oh man this book was great!

All Played Out by Cora Carmack- 4 stars. I think it’s so cool and the mark of good writing that Cora Carmack makes me fall in love with characters I wasn’t even sure that I liked! But as usual, Matteo Torres had hidden depths and sweetness to him, and I really liked Nell. My favorite cover of the series too.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy- 5 stars. I loved this book!! It was hot and funny and had just the right amount of reality and drama. And besides TOTALLY loving Graham (oh my god) and Hannah, I love that they communicated like adults. Plus One Direction references!

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy- 4 stars. Logan is so CUTE and has so much depth- I love how three dimensional Elle Kennedy makes her leads and their friends. My favorite part has to be Grace’s epilogue though!


2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Flights of Fantasy (2 books)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas- 5 stars. SO much action with characters that surprised me at every turn, and a whole lot of FEELS. There was a bit of deux ex machina at play and I wasn’t wholly satisfied with Chaol’s character arc but overall I raced through this and it’s my favorite of the series. I particularly loved Aedion and Manon.

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson- 3.5 stars. I’m not sure what I expected but it wasn’t for the journey itself to take so long. That being said, the descriptions are crisp and evocative. And I liked most of the characters, including Leah, and enjoyed the last 100 pages. But there was next to no fantasy and I couldn’t shake my dislike of westerns for more than half the book.


The 2015 Re-Read Challenge

The Re-Read Challenge

Kind of stalled on the re-read front but I have a few lined up for October, including… Twilight! I’ve only read it once, back during finals week my senior year of college.


2015 Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge

Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge (2 books)

I loved the ARCs so much that I bought finished copies of both books!

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas– 4 stars. Apparently, I am the ever-elusive positive black sheep! If you can get through the first couple chapters, and you love dark fairy tale retellings with intriguing characters and interesting plots, give Ash & Bramble a try. I ended up loving this subversive, dark, twisty fairy tale. I thought Pin was courageous and resourceful; I liked all of the characters, actually. It’s definitely a book with a Concept that takes awhile to grasp. Once you do, it clicks into place and the story races forward with more action that I expected. And I loved the Cinderella nods and the allusions to other fairy tales.

Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schultz- 5 stars. The continuing adventures of Captain Hook’s daughter, Jocelyn Hook. The narrator and characters continue to be delightful, as does the fantastically descriptive language. Such a fun twist on Neverland and Peter Pan. It was an extremely charming, wonderful, heartfelt sequel.


Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know!


Morgan @ Gone with the Words

7 Responses to “Morgan’s September Challenge Updates!”

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    The pirate code was SO adorable. I wish we would get more books in the series, but for now there is sequel in the planning :( I am currently reading Queen of Shadows and I’m not entirely sure how I feel.

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    Aww I’m glad you liked All Broke Down. I have the first two books sitting on my kindle. I definitely need to read them next!

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    Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust

    Morgan, I love that you used an ATONEMENT gif for Kate Morton. All the flails. All the parallels. (Plus, Knightley’s ‘oh no you didn’t’ face to McAvoy is hilarious.)

    I’m not an NA reader, but everyone keeps talking about Cora Carmack. That she’s more than the hot and steamy scenes — there’s plot and character building. Yes? True? Should I try a book of hers?

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      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you! It really made me think of it visually. Haha yeah the faces are great!!

      Yes! There is definitely plot, and lots of character building. You have to be able to enjoy some steamy/sexy scenes and quite a bit of dirty talk of the “her ass looks good in those jeans” variety (they’re college guys after all), but I was impressed with the character arcs and think you should at least try the first one. It feels like watching a movie. Lots of good drama that also feels realistic :)

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    Alexa S.

    Yay for more progress on your challenges! Also, I love that you read two of my favorite fantasy reads for this month – QUEEN OF SHADOWS (!!!!!) and WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER ;)

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