Books of the Month November 2019
Our readers had plenty to be thankful for this November with all the great books that were at their disposal. With the frenzy of fall giving way to the holiday cheer of November, it was the ideal month to take a break and relax with some amazing books. From romance to action and adventure, November once again delivered with great books across all genres. Read on to see what were the books that entertained our readers the most this November.
by Tia Louise
The Prince & The Player is the first book in the Dirty Players Series by Tia Louise and features a sexy con artist, a playboy prince, and a job gone terribly wrong. Zelda Wilder is a runaway who won't hesitate to do whatever it takes to make life better for her and Ava, her sister. Then there is Rowan Westringham Tate, a crown prince who will do whatever it takes to preserve his small country. Finally, there is MacCallum Lockwood Tate, a "playboy prince" with his goals set on stealing Zelda's heart. It begins with Zelda getting blackmailed into humiliating the future king, but before she knows it, she is pulled into a web of international intrigue and falls for Rowan's younger brother Cal.
Best Action & Adventure
by D. L. Orton
Crossing in Time by D. L. Orton is the first book in the Between Two Evils series where the protagonist, Iz, is offered a one-way trip to the past. Although she has to sacrifice everything for this opportunity, she does it gladly for the chance to change her dystopian future and to see her murdered lover one last time. One perilous journey through a black hole later and Iz wakes up on a tropical beach twenty years younger. Unfortunately, she is mortally wounded and only has hours to live, which makes accomplishing her mission a little complicated.
Best Mystery & Thriller
by Peter R. Stone
Girl, Abandoned by Peter R. Stone is a suspense-filled thriller about a woman named Amber Faulkner. The last request of Amber's dying adoptive mother was for her daughter to reunite with her birth mother, which is something that Amber strives to honor. Unfortunately, her birth mother is Joan Simmons, a universally reviled politician. Amber soon discovers that Joan is hiding plenty of dark secrets and still doesn't want anything to do with the daughter she abandoned, despite keeping and raising her twin sister.
by Pippa Pralen
The Real Story of Thanksgiving by Pippa Pralen seeks to go beyond the myths that are commonly associated with Thanksgiving. It features plenty of interesting facts, such as what the first contact was, how "Plymouth Rock" was not the first landing as well as the diplomatic skills of Squanto. Along with a nuanced view of some of the major characters, this book offers a different perspective and background of the First Thanksgiving. The Real Story of Thanksgiving is also packed with interesting graphics and images.
Best Children's Book
by Cory Q Tan
Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q Tan is the story of a knowledgeable, well-mannered and immaculately dressed bear named Theodore. Unfortunately for a teddy bear of his pedigree Theodore had the bad luck of ending up with the loud, unrefined Chow family who brings him nothing except misery. It is so bad that Theodore's greatest wish is that the entire family would just disappear from his life. Then, one day, Theodore's wish comes true!
Best Young Adult
by Sierra Dean
Autumn by Sierra Dean is the first book in her Dog Days series and stars Cooper Reynolds, a high school senior in a small Texas town. However, instead of the usual small-town problems, Cooper has bigger things to worry about. Like the fact that he has less than a year before he turns eighteen, at which point he will be doomed to live in coyote form forever thanks to a curse placed on his family. Then, the grouchy, sarcastic Eloise "Lou" Whittaker arrives in town and turns Cooper's world upside down. With the clock ticking, will Cooper let her in on his secret for a chance that she can help break the curse?
by P.G. Allison
Missy the Werecat by P. G. Allison is the first book in the series of the same name. The story features Missy, who experiences her first Shift during puberty and has to go into the mountains for two years until she is finally able to learn how to change back into human form. Missy keeps her werecat nature a secret and everyone assumes that her vanishing was due to a sexual predator who kidnapped her and she was able to kill. With no werecats for assistance or guidance, Missy must figure out her fantastic abilities alone and use her instincts as guidance.
Best Historical Fiction
by Ann Howard Creel
Mercy Road by Ann Howard Creel is a historical fiction novel that was inspired by the true story of an American Women's Hospital during the First World War. It is set in 1917 where a young woman, named Arlene Favier, has to find a way to support her mother and younger brother after their father perishes in the fire that burns their home to the ground. There are not a lot of job options, but then Arlene discovers that the American Women's Hospital requires ambulance drivers to assist the all-female team of doctors and nurses who are heading for war-torn France.
by Evan Camby
Walking After Midnight by Evan Camby is a collection of six short horror stories. Storage range from Hat Man, where a graduate student is plagued by night terrors to Into the Abyss where a group of young girls gets more than they bargained for when they decide to play with an Ouija board. One thing that all these stories have in common is that they are guaranteed to send a shiver up your spine.
Best Literary Fiction
by Michal Segal Arnold
Angel in Disguise is the debut novel by Michal Segal Arnold and features a woman who loses her father, who is the most precious person to her. She struggles to recover from this painful tragedy and even with the support from her caring husband and their two young children finds it impossible to shake off the sorrow. She continues on this path of depression and despair until one morning when she wakes up from her phone ringing. The conversation that she has with the very unexpected caller set her on a path that might just lead out of her difficult situation. Angel in Disguise is a riveting book with plenty of unexpected twists and fans of The Beatles, in particular, will enjoy the read.
Best Science Fiction
by G. J. Ogden
The Planetsider by G. J. Ogden is a post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller that is set in the aftermath of what is known as the Fall. The protagonist, Ethan, is one of the rangers who protect the scattered settlements that arose after the event and their primary foes are the savage roamers. While not protecting people from those twisted by a sickness known as the Maddening, Ethan and the other rangers also scout the wastelands in search of much-needed resources. Ethan is determined to find out what caused the devastation or the Maddening, but he encounters two people who crashed on the planet's surface he begins to wish he didn't know the truth.
by Buck Brennan
Life Champion is the story of Buck Brennan, who at age 25 was still living with his parents and unable to pay his own bills. Unfortunately for them, Buck was a Psychology major with no interest in moving out and getting a good job. His parents wanted him to enter the lucrative world of pharma sales, but Buck didn't think he had the charm, good looks or good enough college major to do so. Life Champion is the true story of how Buck ended up defying all the odds and becoming a high school guidance counselor.
by Pearl Tate
Bren's Blessing by Pearl Tate is the first book in The Quasar Lineage series but can be read as a standalone story with no cliffhangers. The protagonist is 28- year old Hannah, the first American woman on the Mars Hope Skylab orbiting the red planet. Unfortunately, her lab is boarded by aliens and she ends up being taken to their ship. Hannah then discovers that the alien who grabbed her now considers her to be his property.