Kmuse’s Book Reviews (January 3rd, 2024)

A new year means it is time to set your reading goals for the year. And, of course, to choose the book you are going to read first. It is important to choose a good book so you get off on the right foot. Nothing is worse than a year of meh and subpar books, so here are some recommendations to make sure you begin with positive reading vibes.

Two Twisted Crowns by Rachel Gillig

I love this series. I especially appreciate that it is two books and then complete, without drawing the story out with indefinite follow-up stories. (At least, it seems to be over at this point.) The addition of the dual romances really worked for me, and I became doubly invested with more characters’ story arcs. It was a great fantasy/romance/adventure and I give it 5/5 stars. I, of course, also recommend the first book in the series before you start this one. Both are stellar reads and you won’t want to put them down once you start.

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Starling House by Alex E. Harrow

Starling House was such a fun book to read at the beginning of fall (yes, I am that behind on my book reviews. It has been crazy for the last 6 months), setting the perfect spooky light mood that I like to maintain through the fall season. Not only does this book give us a wonderful gothic fantasy setting, but Opal and Arthur are the perfect flawed characters to keep that vibe going. It was a breath of fresh air when these two characters, weird outcasts whose massive flaws blended to make them whole, got their HEA. It was a great story, and I give it an enthusiastic 5/5 stars.

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The Unlikely Heir by Jax Calder

The Unlikely Heir had such a sweet romance. The premise seemed a bit tropey, but the story was refreshing and unique. It was nice that some thought was put into Callum and Oliver’s conflict, and I wasn’t sure who would sacrifice for their relationship until it happened. Is this believable? Not really. But it was a lot of fun to read, and I would happily read it again when I need something sweet and fluffy. I rounded up to give this book 5/5 stars. It wasn’t perfect, but the swoony feeling it gave me while reading gave it that extra oomph when I rated it.

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Let me know what book you are starting this month in the comments! As always, be sure to check back for more drama and book reviews. Happy New Year and I wish that all your books are good ones.

Til the next read,


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2 thoughts on “Kmuse’s Book Reviews (January 3rd, 2024)

  1. I have a lot of murder in my reading list. I just re-started “The Bullet That Missed” (I’d laid it down and forgot where I stopped) and picked up “Murder Your Employer” and “The Last Remains.” I’ve also read a zillion or so Chinese web novels in translation – I highly recommend “My Second Life as a Secretary” so I’m always on the hunt for a perfect rebirth novel. I was so, so disappointed with “Assistant to the Villain.” I’d put reading it, thinking the hype couldn’t be that true and, indeed it wasn’t. Quite frankly, I’d like to read a Chinese novel version of it!

    • I wouldn’t be able to read this type of book all the time. But i like the super fluff to space between my more serious mystery books. And it worked for me. But i can see where you are coming from

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