Best of the Bunch ~ October 2012

Posted October 31, 2012 by Stephanie in Best of the Bunch / 13 Comments

Best of the Bunch is a monthly meme hosted by Always Lost in Stories on the last day of every month.
The aim of this meme is to share the best book that we have read or reviewed in that month and give it our Best of the Bunch award.

~October reads:


Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie ~ 5 stars ~  My Review.
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi ~ 5 stars ~ My Review.
Daughters (Nordic Fairies #4) by Saga Berg ~ 5 stars ~ Goodreads.
Dreams of Reality by Beth Bares ~ 3 stars ~ My Review.
Dust by Devon Ashley ~ 5 stars ~ My Review.
Once Prey, Twice Forsaken by Tiffany Allee ~ 3 stars ~ Goodreads.
The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener ~ 5 stars ~ My Review.
In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener ~ 5 stars ~ My Review.
Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise (Oracle of Delphi #2) by Diantha Jones ~ 5 stars ~ Review to come on November 18th for the blog tour!
The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa ~ 2 stars ~ My Review.
The Tempest by William Shakespeare ~ 3 stars ~ Goodreads.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue and other stories by Edgar Allan Poe ~ 4 stars ~ Goodreads.

And the Best of the Bunch winner of October 2012 is…

~The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener
Paperback, 320 pages
November 27th 2012 by Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster Imprint)

From nineteenth-century London’s elegant ballrooms to its darkest slums, a spirited young woman and a nobleman investigating for the Crown unmask a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of its gold.

Chance led to Charlotte Raven’s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector.

When Lord Edward Durnham is tapped to solve the mystery of England’s rapidly disappearing gold, his search leads him to the stews of London, and Charlotte becomes his intriguing guide to the city’s dark, forbidding underworld. But as her involvement brings Charlotte to the attention of men who have no qualms about who they hurt, and as Edward forges a grudging alliance with the dangerous ghosts of Charlotte’s former life, she faces a choice: to continue living in limbo, or to close the door on the past and risk her heart and her happiness on an unpredictable future.

October was a fabulous book month! I’ve read so many amazing books but The Emperor’s Conspiracy was by far the best of all. Mind blowing! If you want to know why, just check out my review of it. 
A lot of the other books I read were also 5 star reads like the other book by Michelle Diener which was equally amazing as The Emperor’s Conspiracy. Michelle is definitely my new favorite author! I also immensely enjoyd Destroy Me. Warner love! ♥ Dust by Devon Ashley was absolutely wonderful, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. So, yeah, I was definitely surprised. Awesome! Daughters was very good too, as always a book from Nordic Fairies is in my opnion. Saga Berg rocks! And Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise was just addicting and an even better book than the first one. My character interview with Apollo will be up on the 15th of november and the review on the 18th for the awesome blog tour! 😀   So be sure to check it out!

13 responses to “Best of the Bunch ~ October 2012

  1. I'll have to read this book! I don't read enough historical fiction, but when I do, I enjoy it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 I'm a new follower of your blog!

    — Sam @ SIK Book Reviews

    Oh, and I like the quote in your header…so true! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      You should totally read it! And if you do I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did! 😀

      Thanks for the follow! 😀

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