Favourite Books

My Favourite Vampire Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Halloween freebie. For this topic I’ve decided to do my favourite vampire books since I’ve always loved reading about vampires. I have only included books where vampires are the main focus of it, I have a lot of favourite books and series not on this list that do have vampires in them but they are more of a side thing. If you have any recommendations of any vampire books you’ve loved or you’d think I’d like based on my list then please comment them below.

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Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead – I read this series so long ago but I loved it so much and I loved the characters in it.

Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead – I feel that this spin off series definitely gets over looked by Vampire Academy but I still loved it just as much as it.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – This is one of my new favourites and I loved the writing of it so much, the whole story was very captivating.

Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost – I loved this series and I loved Cat and Bones together, they make such a great couple.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – This was another one I read years ago but again I loved it and really liked how the world was described.

Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward – The BDB books are still some of my favourite vampire books despite me disliking a lot of the recent ones.

Black Sunshine by Karina Halle – I was surprised at how much I liked this book since I hadn’t heard much about it before reading it but I really enjoyed it.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – No favourite vampire list would be complete without Twilight being on there and I don’t think I even have to explain why.

Do you like vampire books? What are some of your favourites?

book review

Book Review: A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams

a void of magicBook: A Void of Magic
Series: Kennedy Rain #1
Author: Sandy Williams
Age & Genre: NA/Adult urban fantasy

They trusted her to keep the peace between the paranorms. They made a mistake.

Kennedy escaped the family business when she turned eighteen. Now, an ill-timed vacation pulls her back to The Rain Hotel, the only known null zone on the planet. It’s a place where vampires can see the sun rise and werewolves can avoid the lure of the full moon. And it would be the perfect place for a paranormal wedding…if the bride wasn’t the local alpha’s daughter and the groom the scion of a vicious master vampire.

With a sexy werewolf determined to sabotage the wedding and dark forces threatening The Rain, Kennedy’s life is thrown out of balance when she’s forced to confront a past she swore to avoid. Ultimately she must choose: will she maintain the stability of the supernatural world…or will she destroy it.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

A Void of Magic is an urban fantasy about Kennedy Rain who is managing The Rain which is a sort of peace keeping hotel that is run by her family. There are all sorts of paranormal creatures in this book but the focus of it is on the vampires and werewolves who don’t get along well with each other but both need the hotel for different things.

I liked the set up of the world and I liked the description of the hotel and what it entails for the creatures that stay there. It has its on complex system which was interesting to read and even more interesting to read from a character caught in the middle of it.

Kennedy Rain is a human who manages the hotel and she has to deal with the paranorms who stay there. It took me a while to like Kennedy, she isn’t an unlikable character but she is very standoffish. We find out why that is as the book goes on but I feel I would’ve liked to have read more about her past with the hotel and her relationship with her parents.

I liked all the different character interactions and I was very intrigued by most of them. There is a mysterious quality to almost all of them that made me want to know more about them and theorise on their role in the overall story because their motivations are unclear.

Overall I really liked A Void of Magic, I liked the set up of the world and the description of the hotel. It took me a while to like Kennedy but I liked her interactions with the other characters and I’m excited to read more books in this series.

book recommendations

Book Recommendations for the Halloween Season

Since Halloween is creeping closer, I thought now would be a good time to talk about some spooky books that I’d recommend for you to read if you want to feel those Halloween vibes. I’m not a big horror reader myself so most of these books are not ‘scary’ scary but I do think they all match the spooky season somehow. I’ve put the books into sub categories, if you’re looking for a specific vibe. So let’s get onto the book recs!

Gothic books:

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – This is a reimagining of Dracula’s brides and it has such a gothic atmosphere that makes it a perfect Halloween read.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – This is a mystery that is not spooky as such but has definitely a gothic feeling to it.

Graphic novels:

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Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne – Beetle and the Hollowbones is such a cute graphic novel about a goblin witch named beetle and her ghost friend.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – Through the Woods has five separate stories in it and all are very spooky, the artwork is very creepy too.

Atmospheric historical fantasy books:

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Dangerous Remedy (Battalion of the Dead #1) by Kat Dunn – Dangerous Remedy has a dark atmosphere to it as it’s about a group of characters who save people from the guillotine.

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray – The Diviners is definitely one of the most atmospheric book series I’ve ever read and the way the author describes what happens in it is so eerie and spooky.

Paranormal books:

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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie – There is mages, witches, vampires and demons in these books and I really enjoy the atmosphere of them.

Black Sunshine (Dark Eyes #1) by Karina Halle – This is a vampire book that has a bit more of a darker feel to it.

Scary heart pounding books:

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The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin – This is a post apocalyptic series about vampire like zombies. These books have such heart pounding scenes in them.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Again this is another adrenaline rush book but this is about killer mermaids and about a crew of people that go to investigate them.

Have you read any of these books? What book recommendations do you have for the Halloween season?

most anticipated books

Most Anticipated Book Releases for October 2021

I’ve decided to do monthly most anticipated releases posts instead of every three months like I had done before.  I’ve listed below all the books releasing in October that I’m very excited for.  Sometimes book releases can change but as of writing this post these books are listed as releasing in October.

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A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

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Descendants of the First (The Return of Earth Mother #2) by Reni K. Amayo

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A Single Thread of Moonlight by Laura Wood

Nightwolf by Karina Halle (cover not released as of writing this)

What are some October book releases you’re most excited for?

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My Spooky October TBR 2021

Halloween is nearly here so I thought it was time to show you all the books I plan on reading this month. I love picking out spooky books to read every Halloween.  There are always so many books to choose from, I’ll probably not get to all of them.  Some of these books are not very spooky but more autumnal or paranormal but I think that still counts as a ‘spooky book’.

My October TBR:

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff

Mina and the Undead (Mina and the Undead #1) by Amy McCaw

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle

The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper #1) by Darcy Coates

Love Bites (Love Bites #1) by Ry Herman

Payback’s a Witch (The Witches of Thistle Grove #1) by Lana Harper

Night World series by L.J. Smith (This would be a reread for me)

What books are you planning on reading for October? Do you have a spooky theme?

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September Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In September:

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS

I’ve heard so many good things about this series and I’m glad I enjoyed it too. I liked the characters and I thought the world and plot was very interesting. I was also really intrigued by the romance and how it progressed, I liked reading about Lara and Aren together and I also liked how we see both povs of their relationship.

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS

I really enjoyed Not My Problem, I loved Aideen and her interactions with all the other characters. I loved how it focuses on friendships and I really enjoyed reading about all the different situations her and her friends found themselves in.

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – ADULT/NEW ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked the premise of this book and how everything centres on a hotel called The Rain which is key in keeping the peace between supernatural enemies like werewolves and vampires. I didn’t really care much about Kennedy throughout this book because she is a bit standoffish and I feel like you don’t see many sides to her besides being caught in the middle of the supernatural things but I hope I’ll like her more as the series progresses.

Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I had such high expectations of Redemptor because I loved Raybearer so much and I’m so happy that Redemptor not only lived up to them but surpassed them. I loved Redemptor and thought it was an amazing ending to this duology, I loved the themes of justice and found family throughout this book. The writing is so beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 5 STARS

I loved this book just as much as I loved the second book in this series. I loved that we see what the shock ending of AKOFAF means for not just Poppy and Casteel but for Atlantia as well. There was a lot of shocking information unveiled throughout this book and I loved that I was never bored. I liked reading how the different turns changes things for the characters and their interactions with each other.

Blog Posts I Did In September:

My Autumn TBR 2021

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth Book Review

Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn Book Review

Books That Will Make You Smile

Books On My TBR With Numbers In The Title

August Wrap Up 2021

I participated in both the Magical Readathon and Becca’s Bookoplathon in September and only managed to read half the books on my tbr before I got distracted by reading The Crown of Gilded Bones (which wasn’t on my tbr).  I still ended up passing the Magical Readathon since you only needed to read two books to pass and I loved all the books I read in September so I’m not disappointed in my reading. 

What books did you read in September?  Did you participate in any readathons?