Tuesday, 24 October 2017

GET INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT: 5 BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ DURING THE HALLOWEEN SEASON

FIVE BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ DURING THE HALLOWEEN SEASON

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because I love dressing up in costumes and getting tons of candy.

Thrillers and horror novels are something we generally reach for during the Fall and Halloween season. They are atmospheric and help us get into the mood.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Plot (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.”

Victorian London? Murder? Jack the Ripper? Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is a book to enjoy during the crisp Autumn months while you are sitting by the fire. The descriptions are horrifically graphic and the mystery so tangible which makes you feel as if you are right alongside Audrey as she attempts to figure out the ripper’s true identity. Kerri Maniscalco crafted her own story around the mystery of the monster who terrorized London, known as Jack the Ripper.

Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Plot (from Goodreads): “When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in. For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.”

Though this series is geared more towards younger audiences as it is categorized as a Middle Grade, it can still be enjoyed by everyone (I for one am not in the younger audiences category). It is a perfect Halloween read for those looking for a creepy ghost story with elements of humor to lighten the mood.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Plot (from Goodreads): “Shhhh! Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island. You do not want to miss it. It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”

Ten teenagers are invited to a lake house party where they are supposed to have the weekend of their lives but what they get instead is a storm cutting them off from the outside world and teens getting killed, one-by-one. Filled with suspense and intrigue, this book is a perfect read for the Halloween season.

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachman

Plot (from Goodreads): “Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she's been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.  Or so she thought. But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths.”

This is another thriller that left me breathless and desperately wanting more. Set in modern day, a group of teenagers are chosen to help with the excavation of an underground palace but the mission turns out to be a lot different than they thought. Twists and turns make up this creepy thriller that will leave you gasping for breath.

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Plot (from Goodreads): “One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone's a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.  Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

A recent new release, One of Us is Lying is more of a mystery than a thriller but it still falls under that thriller genre. This is a book that is made for you to race through in order for you to figure out who the culprit is and why they did it. It will leave you wondering until the very end, “Who killed Simon?”

Which one of these have you read or want to read this Halloween season? Are there any other books that you think are perfect for this time of year?

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Weekly Recap: 10/2 - 10/8

I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

Not much has been happening the past week and I'm sorry that I have been absent on this blog. I am trying to work on pulling my grades up so until then I won't be on here much.

Now, let's get into recapping.


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Friday: September Wrap-Up

Saturday: Legacy of Kings Review

Sunday: Weekly Recap




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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Weekly Recap: 9/24 - 10/1

I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

Not much has been happening the past week and I'm sorry that I have been absent on this blog. I am trying to work on pulling my grades up.

Now, let's get into recapping.


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Friday: September Wrap-Up

Saturday: Legacy of Kings Review

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Weekly Recap: 9/17 - 9/24

I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

Not much has been happening the past week and I'm sorry that I have been absent on this blog. I got sick this past week and I am slowly recovering.

Now, let's get into recapping.


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Friday: Legacy of Kings Review

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Sunday: Weekly Recap




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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Weekly Recap: 9/4 - 9/17

I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

Sorry that I have been so absent this summer on my blog. I have been trying to read more.

School hasn't been too hard but to be fair, I am only entering the third week of school. I am also starting an internship tomorrow so that's exciting!

Now, let's get into recapping.


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Thursday: Legacy of Kings Review

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Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap




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AUGUST '17 WRAP-UP



So, it's the end of the month and that means another wrap-up!

 I did quite a bit of reading during the month of August despite having to get prepared for school and my internship which I start next week!

Join my book club: here.

 Anyways...

Time to talk about the books I read this month.


PHYSICAL BOOKS




The first physical book I read was Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I have only read one other book by Jane Austen which was Pride and Prejudice and I really enjoyed it. I did enjoy this one but I found it kind of boring and it wasn't nearly as entertaining as Pride and Prejudice which was disappointing. I still enjoyed the book and I liked Catherine, and many of the characters. I rated it 4 Crowns. 

The second physical book I read was Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. I loved this book so much. I loved that it was historical fiction and was about Alexander the Great when he was a teenager. It had a fantastic cast of characters and a great premise. I will be writing a review which should be up soon. I rated it 5 Crowns. 

The third physical book I read was A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. It has taken me so long to read this book. I honestly have checked it out from the library at least three times before I picked it up in August. The book itself was so good and I was really happy with it. I liked learning more about the characters and the world in this second installment and I was happy to see Laia come into her own. I rated this 4 Crowns. 




The fourth physical book I read was Nexis by A.L. Davroe. This is another book that I have been trying to read for awhile and just was never really interested. This past month, I decided to finally take the plunge and pick up this book and I am so glad that I did because this was amazing. The whole virtual reality game premise was so interesting. I rated this 5 Crowns. 

The fifth physical book I read was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I actually read this entire book in a Barnes and Noble and let me tell you, this was a fast read and ridiculously adorable. It is about a girl and a boy who are in the same creative writing class and it is told through many points of view of people who ship them and want them to get together. I rated this 3 Crowns. 

The sixth physical book I read was Wendy Darling Stars by Colleen Oakes. Fun fact about me is that I love Peter Pan retellings. Peter Pan retellings are my favorite type of retelling and I especially love it when Peter Pan is the hot villain. I loved how different this retelling was and how it was told from Wendy Darling's point of view and all her emotions are clearly visible. This was pretty fast paced and I loved it. I rated this 4 Crowns. 




The seventh physical book I read was Ms. Marvel No Normal by Willow G. Wilson. This was a comic book which I don't normally read as I'm not into that sort of thing but I heard so much about this one so I decided to pick it up. I love how she's Muslim and it shows a lot about what her life is like being a Muslim girl with strict parents. I rated it 4 Crowns. 

The eighth physical book I read was Wendy Darling Seas by Colleen Oakes. This was the second book after Wendy Darling Stars and I actually loved this even more than the first one. Wendy Darling really came into her own during this book and she was much stronger which I liked. I also liked seeing more characters in this book. I rated this one 5 Crowns. 

The ninth physical book I read was Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman. This is the second book after Legacy of Kings and I enjoyed this just as much as the first book. I loved getting to see the whole plot twist at the end of the first book play out. I also loved seeing the characters interact more and the plot get better. I rated it 5 Crowns. 



AUDIOBOOKS READ

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ARC'S READ




The first ARC I read was An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I did a full review of this one so I'm not going to talk too much about it but I got a physical ARC from Simon and Schuster and I am so happy to have gotten to read it early. I loved the fae in this book and the romance and the characters. I rated this 5 Crowns. 


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FAVORITE COVER OF THE MONTH:




NEW FICTIONAL BAE'S: 

Heph from Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Elias from A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Guster from Nexis by A.L. Davroe

Rook by An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Peter Pan from Wendy Darling Stars by Colleen Oakes


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NEW BLOG FINDS

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SONGS ON REPEAT


Believer - Imagine Dragons

Fetish - Selena Gomez

New Rules - Dua Lipa

Look what You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift

Unholy - Hey Violet

Like Lovers Do - Hey Violet

Lie - Halsey

Julia Michaels Album

 BOOKS I WANT TO READ NEXT MONTH






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