WWW Wednesday (October 17, 2018)

 

Here are the 3 Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 

WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

 

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Making my way slowly through Grim Lovelies and so far it’s pretty interesting. Almost done with Empire of Storms. Will definitely be able to get it done this weekend.

 

WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Queen of Shadows was absolutely amazing! The Steel Prince was also a fun read with beautiful art.

 

WHAT DO I THINK I’LL READ NEXT?

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Need to read and review this one before it releases in a few days.

 

 

September Wrap Up (2018)

 

September was such an amazing month! I read 12 books and I loved every single one!

 

Simple statistics of my month in books:

Books Read: 12

Pages Read: 4,355

Favorite Read of the Month: Almost every single one was my favorite. I can’t pick!

Least Favorite Read of the Month: Hole in the Middle

ARC: 5

Number of 5 Star Reads: 5

Number of 4 Star Reads: 5

Number of 3 Star Reads: 2

Number of 2 Star Reads: 0

Number of 1 Star Reads: 0

 


 

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I loved this one so so much! This series has so much potential. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Was sent an early copy to review for the website that I write for (TheNerdDaily) I have to admit it wasnt my favorite read. It was really dragging for me, but I got what the author was aiming for.

This was the cutest! I buddy read this with my best friend and we both loved it!

 

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One of my most anticipated reads of this year! I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, but I still really really enjoyed it.

I can’t stop recommending this! Dealing with heartbreak and emotional healing. I cried after reading this one and aah I loved it so much!

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first book. It was a lot more dramatic. A lot. But I still liked it.

 

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This one gave me creepy vibes constantly. I guessed the real murderer quite early into the book so that influenced my rating a bit. It was still a pretty good book.

The Mara Dyer trilogy is an absolute favorite! The final book was more dark and creepy than the first two books and I loved it!

My second read by Victoria Schwab and I was not disappointed. Her stories are amazing and this one was no exception.

 

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  • Warm Up by V.E. Schwab ★★★☆☆

This short story was set before Vicious which is why I decided to read it first.

I’ve been waiting for Restore Me for a really really long time. I though I’d be ready but goodness was I wrong. This was one of my favorite reads of 2018!

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab ★★★★★

Another favorite this year. Schwab’s stories are amazing and creative in every way possible. Loved this so much!

 

 

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Review: Vengeful (Villains, #2) by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful 

Author: V.E. Schwab // Publication Date: September 25, 2018

★★★★★

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Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

 

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“Every end is a new beginning.”

 

I can’t put in words how much I adore these books. I would honestly recommend this to every single person in existence.

I read Vicious a couple of days ago. I couldn’t control myself and dived into this on the weekend. Victoria Schwab managed to give us the most complex story about Villains there is, and I loved every minute of it!

 

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So, thanks to Sydney, Victor is back but not without consequence. We watch Victor struggle to find a way to fix what went wrong. A lot of failed attempts and the desperation just increases. Victor does a lot of things that could warrant someone to hate him. Truthfully, he is probably my favorite character from these books. It isn’t everyday where you read a story from the villains point of view, and I love that Schwab doesn’t try to justify what he’s doing.

Sydney is quite grown in this one. Maybe not physically, but you can see the differences between when she was thirteen and now. Mitch was as supportive as ever. He helps Victor find EOs that could help, and is constantly worrying about Victor and Sydney.

We had a lot of time jumping which was a tad bit confusing, but I got the hang of it after a while. We also switched a lot between characters, and I really enjoyed that aspect. I loved how you could tell the difference between the narration of each character.

We got a glimpse of what the past was like for Eli. His upbringing and the troubles he faced. This made me love and hate him all at once, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more confused. Marcella was a new addition to the characters. I especially loved her point of view (aside from Victor of course) she was all kinds of badass. June was also a new face (literally) I admit I didn’t really understand why she was so attached to Sydney so much. It got quite annoying after a while, and I wanted nothing more than for Sydney to be with Victor and Mitch.

 

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I really really enjoyed these books. I can only hope that this wont be the last we see of these characters. I would definitely love to see what happens next to them. The story became so much more complex than it was. Another battle for us to decide which side we’re on.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film.

 


 

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Have you read Vengeful yet?

WWW Wednesday (October 10, 2018)

 

Here are the 3 Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 

WHAT AM I CURRENTLY READING?

 

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Looking forward to reading both of these!

 

WHAT DID I RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Great feeling to have finished both of these between one Wednesday and the next!

 

 

WHAT DO I THINK I’LL READ NEXT?

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Our Dark Duet might not be read at this time since I prioritized Queen of Shadows and Grim Lovelies but we shall see.

 

 

That’s it for this Wednesday!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

 

Thank you Blessedly bookish, Reading Parental, Behind these brown eyesShania’s World and Jamsu Dreams for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award!

I’m gonna have a ton of questions to answer on this post 😱

 


 

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

 

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Questions from Blessedly bookish :

  • What was the last book you read? Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi.
  • If you could change places with one character who would you choose? That’s a difficult question. I think I’d go with Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices.
  • What is your go-to social media? Definitely Twitter.
  • Which book made you laugh out loud? Probably To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
  • What is the worst book you’ve ever read? I wouldn’t say worst but Allegiant wasnt that great.
  • Do you prefer physical books or ebooks? I prefer Physical books but I do read ebooks too.
  • What is your most anticipated sequel? Definitely Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor!
  • Which book deserves a movie/tv show? I’d say Shatter Me but I’m worried they’ll ruin it 🙈
  • What do you do when you’re not reading (job, school, full time blogging)? Well, I’m a junior in university so that’s something that keeps me busy most of the time. Aside from that I bookstagram and blog.
  • What’s the best part of blogging? Worst? The best would be finding so many other readers who share your thoughts and always support you. The worst might be that It takes a lot of energy that sometimes you don’t have.
  • Do you like tags? I love tags!

 

 

Questions from Reading Parental :

  • Who is your most read author? Has to be Cassandra Clare.
  • Is there a book or series that you can remember your reaction to finishing? The Infernal Devices Trilogy. I cried so hard when I finished it.
  • Audio books or Ebooks? I read a lot of ebooks. I haven’t tried any audiobooks yet.
  • If you could invite 3 authors over for lunch who would you choose? Cassandra Clare, Tahereh Mafi and Michelle Hodkin.
  • If you could befriend 3 characters who would you choose? Emma Carstairs, August Flynn , and Percy Jackson.
  • What is your current favorite movie? To all the boys I’ve loved before.
  • How many books are on your tbr? 311. That I’ve actually counted.
  • Are there any books you refuse to read? Not that I know of.
  • If you could go anywhere fictional/or real where would you go? Fictional I’d love to visit Hogwarts. Real would have to be New York 😍
  • What are your sun, moon and rising signs? (If you don’t know all then just your sun sign) My sun sign is Taurus.
  • What’s your favorite flower? Roses and hibiscus.

 

 

Questions from  Behind these brown eyes :

  • How did you get into blogging and how long have you been doing it for? I just loved seeing other reader blogs and decided I wanted to blog about books too. I started my blog a year or so ago, but only got into it this year.
  • Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing blog posts? I don’t have a specific playlist but I always have music on.
  • What do you do when you realize you don’t like the book you’re reading? Power through or abandon it? Power through definitely. I haven’t been able to abandon books yet.
  • How do you feel about TV/movie adaptations? If It’s done correctly then I’m all for it.
  • How do you enjoy your books? Physical books, e-readers, audiobook? Why? Physical mostly. I love having a book in my hands. I also e-read on my Ipad. I love reading in general so how doesn’t make a difference much.
  • Favorite genre to read? Ya Fantasy and Sci-fi.
  • What are you currently reading? My current read is Turtles All the Way Down by john Green.
  • What’s your go-to book recommendation? Harry Potter and anything by Cassandra Clare.
  • How many books do you have on your TBR? 311 books. I don’t think that’s all of them though.
  • Do you have a favorite place to read? My bedroom and my university’s library.
  • Wild card. Talk about whatever your heart desires ❤️ I have nothing to say much but I hope everyone is having a good day!

 

Questions from Shania’s World :

  •  What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10? Dylan O’Brien.
  •  When did you screw everything up, but no one ever found out it was you? I hardly do tbh. It’s been so long. Probably when I was a lot younger.
  • Who is your favorite author? Cassandra Clare.
  • Your All-Time Favorite Book? Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
  •  One “beauty” thing you can’t leave the house without? Lip cream.
  • Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? I can’t think of a single one right now.
  • If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why? Gwen. I always loved the name for some reason.
  • What is your favourite quote? “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” – The Infernal Devices
  • When was the last time you climbed a tree? Maybe last time I traveled.
  • What TV Show or Movie do you refuse to watch? Fifty shades of Grey.
  • What’s your favorite genre of book or movie? Always fantasy.

 

Questions from Jamsu Dreams :

  • One of your happiest memories? Spending time with my cousins this summer vacation.
  • Top 5 NA books? I haven’t read much NA aside from the A Court of Thorns And Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.
  • What snack/drink is your vice? Coffee.
  • How do you organize your books and why? By Author. I like having all the books by the same author next to each other so I know where everything is.
  • What countries have you visited? Malaysia, Hong Kong, Kenya and Dubai.
  • Who’s your favorite TV villain? Many people consider Klaus from The Vampire Diaries a villain and he’s one of my favorites.
  • Favorite middle grade book? City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
  • What kind of posts do you prefer to write and read? Reviews mostly or discussions.
  • How would you describe yourself? A whole lot of silly.
  • What kind of coffee is your favorite? Mocha.
  • Are you planning to take a part of Blogoween? I made a bingo board for October so I’ll be busy with that.

 

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That was a long list of questions! Now on to the lovely bloggers that I nominate:

 

My questions for you are:

  1. What’s the last book you read?
  2. Last book you gave a 5 star rating?
  3. Most read author?
  4. Favorite book genre?
  5. Go to book/series?
  6. Have you reached your Goodreads reading goal?
  7. Book that got you into reading?
  8. Book you definitely will never read? and why?
  9. If you could meet one character for an hour each day who would you choose?
  10. If you were stuck on an island and only had three books with you, which 3 books would they be?
  11. An author you’d love to meet?

Review: The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

Author: Holly Black // Published: September 3, 2013

★★★★

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

 

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“Every hero is the villain of his own story.”

 

I made it my job to read every Holly Black book on the face of this earth. And what could be better than Holly Black and Vampires? damn, this book was good. I say this a lot but this was so incredibly different!

Vampires and modern technology. I mean imagine sitting in the comfort of your home and watching shows about Vampire hunters, Vampire wannabes and Vampires trying to lure you to the dark side. Crazy right? Truthfully, I really missed Vampire books. It has been such a long time since I’ve picked one up. The storyline was pretty simple but the twist at the end was quite intriguing. The writing is especially loved. and the morbid quotes at the beginning of each chapter (yes I know what you’re thinking)

I really liked Tana. I loved how she managed to be a complete badass throughout the entire book. She clearly didn’t wait for anyone to save her from anything. She did all the saving. Including saving a Vampire which confused me a whole lot. Why would you even do that? but then again Tana is just weird like that.

 

“Even from the beginning, that was the problem. People liked pretty things. People even liked pretty things that wanted to kill and eat them.” 

 

Gavriel was completely insane. There’s no better way to describe him. Vampires are psychos and this guy wasn’t very far. I mean he was sweet and he had his moments. Honestly, I laughed so much when it came to him.

 

“You are more dangerous than daybreak.”

 

Aidan was strange. He was so weird when he became a Vampire. I suppose the crazy caught up to him. Winter and Midnight weren’t my favorites if I’m honest. I just thought they were insane. Clearly everyone in this book was. Aside from how weird everyone was I pretty much enjoyed the book. It was slow paced but it didn’t bother me. I think I was just really in the mood for this book. I ended up finishing it in 2 days.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Website

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

 


 

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Have you read The Coldest Girl In Coldtown?

Creeptober: Halloween Creatures 2.0

It’s October! and I started a little tag called Creeptober. Whatever is Halloween themed will be posted under the tag.

Thank you to Jamsu for tagging me to do this!

 

Rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

 

Witch

A magical character or book.

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Yes, I’m going to be cliche and say Harry Potter. The amount of magic this book has brought to my life.

 

 

Werewolf

The perfect book to read at night.

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I read this one while I was on vacation. And when did I decide to read it? When the lights were off and everyone was asleep. It was a really creepy read and would definitely recommend for this month.

 

 

Frankenstein

A book that truly shocked you.

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This book was the biggest shock! Everything spiraled out of control in the last couple of pages and I could not be more devastated.

 

 

The Devil

A dark evil character.

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Two Villains and one amazing book. Victor and Eli have are the villains I didn’t know I needed.

 

 

Grim Reaper

A character that should never have died.

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I don’t think I need to say anything about this one.

 

 

Zombie

A book that made you “hungry” for more.

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I fell in love with this book! I can’t wait to finally read Muse of Nightmares.

 

 

Gargoyle

A character that you would protect at all costs.

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August Flynn! this boy needs to be protected at all costs.

 

 

Vampire

A book that sucked the life out of you.

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This prompt could not be more suitable. 

 

 

Ghost

A book that still haunts you.

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I read this like six years ago and it still haunts me to this day. Will never get over this.

 

 

Demon

A book that really scared you.

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There hasn’t really been a book that scared me because I never read horror. A book that creeped me out though has got to be Coraline.

 

 

Skeleton

A character you have a bone to pick with.

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Definitely Nesta from ACOTAR. I have so many things to say to her. Not all of them good.

 

 

Mummy

A book you would preserve throughout time.

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The things that this book made me feel. It was so so good and deserves all the attention in the world!

 

 

Creepy Doll

A cover too scary to look at.

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This cover might not seem scary to most but it gives me the chills. Still debating if I should finish reading it.

 

 

The Monster Mash

It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

Kalina @ Kalina Reads

Sofii @ A Book A Thought

Ezzie @ Ezzie’s Bookshelf

 

That’s it for this tag! Looking forward to participating in the next posts.

Creeptober: Spook Reads // Books to add to your October TBR

I present to you my first Creeptober post!

For this post I’ll be sharing some books that you should definitely read during October. Books that include Ghosts, Vampires, Shifters, super powers and an overall spook factor!

 

 

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👻 SawKill Girls by Claire Legrand

Sawkill Girls was one of my favorite creepy read this year. If you’re looking for a creepy and skin crawling book for this month then I would definitely recommend this one.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

👻 City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

This was such a delightful read. If you’re up for a middle grade book with ghosts and spookiness then you should get yourself a copy of this book for sure.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

👻 The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

Holly Black and Vampires? Definitely my kind of read. Different from most Vampire stories that much I can assure you. Plenty of psycho Vampires to go around, along with a very refreshing kind of story.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

 

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👻 Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The movie always creeped me out and I don’t think I ever thought of reading the book. It kept popping up on my Goodreads feed and I give in and decided to read it. It was as just as creepy as the movie, and it even included illustrations!

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

👻 The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

One of my most anticipated reads of 2018. I haven’t gotten my hands on the book yet but I have a feeling this will be a good one. As far as I’ve heard this book comes with twists that will leave you terrified.

 

👻 Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

A paranormal read with Witches and magic! I received a review copy of this book, and although I’ve read mixed reviews, I’m still very excited to dive into this.

 

 

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👻 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I can’t explain how much I love Victoria Schwab’s stories! This Savage Song is perfect for this month. Monsters of different kinds and a story that won’t disappoint.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

👻 The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I received a review copy of this book a month ago from Sourcebooks. The story is super intriguing. Described as dark and lyrical, I can tell this will be a fantastic read. Hopefully I’ll be able to read it during this month.

 

👻 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has a way with words and stories. It’s always a guarantee that his books will be strange and magical all at the same time. This book gave me the chills.

 Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

 

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👻 Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things definitely had creepy vibes. Mia and Brynn were blamed for the murder of their best friend Summer. The Truth? they weren’t the ones who did it. Years later the girls try to solve the mystery and try to find the real murderer.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃.5

 

👻 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

By far one of my favorite series ever. Filled with Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, Fae, and Warlocks and Wicthes. And don’t forget Shadowhunters. Truthfully, this series hasn’t been for everyone, but it’s worth a try.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

👻 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

If you are a fan of X-Men then Shatter Me will probably be the series for you. This series is a favorite of mine. Super powers have always been my weakness, and this series has a big turn of events.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

 

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👻 Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Looking for a book that’s told from the villains perspective? this is the book for you! Oh this was a favorite of mine this year. Such complex characters and a very attracting story.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

👻 Nightbooks by J.A. White

Nightbooks is about a boy who is imprisoned by a Witch. The only way for him to stay alive is if he tells the Witch a story everynight. And it has to be a creepy story. I love middle grade books, and I really enjoyed this one.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

👻 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

There is no surprise that this is a favorite of mine. This trilogy only gets creepier. A very dark paranormal story. Would highly recommend!

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

 

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👻 Fallen by Lauren Kate

I’m a sucker for books with Angels. I haven’t read Fallen yet but it has been on my TBR for ages. I was going to remove it, but one of my best friends fell in love with this book and recommended it. So, here I am with another book to add to my never ending TBR.

 

👻 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

A book about Angles, Chimera, wishes and collecting teeth. Laini Taylor writes a perfectly lyrical book. This is my current read so I can’t rate it just yet, but I have a feeling I’ve found myself a new favorite.

 

👻 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I decided to buy this series when I was obsessed with Vampires. I’m pretty sure most of us have gone through this phase. I didn’t like the first book so much but I still continued with the series and it does get much better.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃

 

 

 

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Are any of these books your favorites? What other spooky books would you recommend?

Most Anticipated November Releases

October just started but why not remember some of the great books releasing in November.

We had a lot of amazing books releasing in September, and October has just begun. We’ve already gotten Muse of Nightmares, The Lady’s guide to petticoats and piracy, Broken Things, Shadow of the Fox and so many more that haven’t been released just yet. 

So on to the November releases we go!

 

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Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (Release date: November 6, 2018)

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. 

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

 

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (Release date: November 6, 2018)

This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East, where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that the flawed heroine of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns finally meets her match. An epic fantasy finale to the Rise of the Empress novels.

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic, powerful prose, and characters readers won’t soon forget.

 

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Release date: November 6, 2018)

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

 

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Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (Release date: November 6, 2018)

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

 

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson (Release date: November 6, 2018)

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.

 

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Release date: November 6, 2018)

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

 

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release date: November 6, 2018)

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

 

This splintered Silence by Kayla Olson (Release date: November 13, 2018)

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.

 

The Story Teller by Traci Chee (Release date: November 13, 2018)

Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard’s clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy—Archer—and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her—especially the boy she loves.

But escaping the Guard and the Book’s prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard’s will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart.

 

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Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (Release date: November 13, 2018)

A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.

When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.

Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…

 

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (Release date: November 13, 2018)

Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Timesbestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not. 

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

 

How she died, how I lived by Mary Crockett (Release date: November 13, 2018)

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie–beautiful, saintly Jamie–was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

On the eve of Kyle’s sentencing a year after Jamie’s death, all the other “chosen ones” are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie’s boyfriend–knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?

 

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Four Three Two One by Courtney Stevens (Release date: November 13, 2018)

Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger whom Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.

Though it’s been a year since the bombing, Go isn’t any closer to getting over what happened. Since Chan shuts down every time Go brings that day up, she decides to reach out to Rudy. Just like that, the two fall right back into their easy, deep connection. Facing the past head-on with Rudy has opened up a small window of healing Go never thought was possible. So she makes an impulsive decision: Round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21.

But things are never easy when it comes to rehashing the past. Uniting the four stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness and shows them that, although they all survived, they may still need saving.

 

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Release date: November 13, 2018)

Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Does Morrigan have what it takes to prove that she belongs in the Society?

 

The Lying Wood by Ashley Elston (Release date: November 13, 2018)

Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees’ retirement accounts, Owen’s father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father’s crimes. It’s bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac–and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing.

Owen’s only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets–and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice that looms over the same Preacher Woods he’s claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past–and write a better future.

 

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Release date: November 16, 2018)

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

 

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (Release date: November 20, 2018)

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

 

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What are your most anticipated reads of November?

WWW Wednesday (October 3, 2018)

 

Okay, It’s clearly not Wednesday today but I just discovered this, and I’m going to post it now.

 

Here are the 3 Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 

What am I currently reading?

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Currently reading these beauties! Such good books. Laini Taylor does not disappoint. This is part of my October Reads Bingo Board. and I just had to pick up Vengeful. Vicious was one of my favorite reads of last month and this year!

 

 

What did I recently finish reading?

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Yes, this month is definitely a Holly Black month. I finished The Coldest Girl In Coldtown and The Lost Sisters 3 days ago. Both were 4 star reads for me.

 

 

What do I think I’ll read next?

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It also happens to be a Victoria Schwab month too. Loved This Savage Song and cant wait to dive into Our Dark Duet.

 

 

That’s it for today. We’ll see what next Wednesday brings!