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Stranger Things Book Tag

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I love Stranger Things so when I first saw this tag (on LauReads) I knew I had to do it. If you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet I’d highly recommend you do, it’s a great show. There will be no spoilers in this post and the original tag video can be found here. So let’s get onto the questions.

QUESTIONS:

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1. EPIC INTRO: Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg – I loved how this book just instantly intrigues you with the intro being a murder scene and then a police interview before going back to tell you what happened. It instantly grabbed my attention and I loved the book.

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2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis – I decided not to go with the obvious choice of Harry Potter for this question but I also feel that Narnia is quite an obvious choice as well, who wouldn’t want to experience Narnia.

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3. SQUAD GOALS: Name your favourite bookish group of friends.

Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh – I love the friendships that have developed over the course of the Guild Hunter series. The relationships between all the characters are so interesting and I love how deep the friendships they have made are.

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4. ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Name your favourite unhinged character.

The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 17) by J.R. Ward – For years the author of this series has teased Murhder, who is a character that has been described as being very unhinged in previous books. I didn’t find Murhder as unhinged as I expected him to be but I did like his character.

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5. THE UPSIDE DOWN: Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.

Vengeful (The Villains book 2) by V.E. Schwab – I really liked the first book in this series and thought the plot and characters were interesting but I disliked Vengeful, the characters in Vengeful didn’t seem like the same characters in Vicious.

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6. MAD SCIENTISTS: Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman – This series felt like it could really happen and it’s so chilling to think about. In this world parents can sign a form to have their child ‘unwound’ which means their body is harvested for parts and the whole book is so creepy and scary to think about.

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7. DEMOGORGON: Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.

The Passage by Justin Cronin – The Virals from this trilogy are scary, they’re like fast zombies and the way they’re described in this book is very frightening.

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8. CLIFFHANGER ENDING: Name a book that left you wanting more.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – This is a standalone book and the story does wrap up so it doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending but I really liked the characters and wanted to read more about them so that’s why I chose it for this question.

Do you like Stranger Things? What are some answers you’d choose for these questions?

 

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Book Review: Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

ppdBook: Perfectly Preventable Deaths
Author: Deirdre Sullivan
Genre: YA paranormal fantasy

Everyone in Ballyfran has a secret, and that is what binds them together…

Fifteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfran, a strange isolated town, a place where, for the last sixty years, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains.

As distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft – Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. Not only foxes, owls and crows, but also supernatural beings who for many generations have congregated here to escape persecution. When Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be – or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.


My Rating:
2 STARS

My Review:
I didn’t know what to expect from this book but the cover and blurb of it had me excited and hoping for a great spooky read. I liked the overall premise of this book, the protagonist and her family moving to a new place that has many secrets. The book did have a creepy atmosphere to it especially since the family move into a castle that has hidden rooms and I liked the witchcraft aspect of the book.

What I didn’t like was the characters especially the protagonist Maddy. I found her to be very unlikable and in the beginning I thought maybe her personality would grow more but it didn’t. Maddy compares herself to her twin sister Catlin all the time and she’s always internally berating herself for not being as good as her and it annoyed me how often she did this, in almost every second paragraph she does this. One time Catlin paints her nails a bright colour and Maddy compares them to her dull grey nail polish, then the next day Maddy points out how her sisters nails are still perfect and hers are all chipped. I don’t really understand why those many comparisons were made.

Catlin, Maddy’s twin, was another character I disliked. I didn’t dislike her because she annoyed me, I disliked her because she had no personality traits other than obsessing over a boy. Her character is introduced by making a comment on there being ‘hot boys’ at their new town and the rest of the book is her being in a messed up relationship and having no other thoughts and feelings if it wasn’t on her relationship.

And that is another thing I disliked about the book. The relationship between Catlin and an older boy is essentially the main plot of this book. The people in the town of this book are very big on being cryptic and having secrets and I found it strange that all the adults in this town were so secretive that they couldn’t even talk to Catlin, who is a child, about what was really going on. I can’t go into much details about that because of spoilers. I thought the ending was just kind of thrown together and nothing was really explained.

Overall I liked the setting and creepy atmosphere of in Perfectly Preventable Deaths but I really disliked the characters and the ending. I will also say that there are some scenes that detailed animal mutilation that I felt were just there to make things seem more dark and intense. Ultimately I was very disappointed in this book.

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Witchy Reads

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In today’s post I thought since its October I’d talk about some books that I’ve read that have witches in them. Paranormal/Urban Fantasy is one of my favourite genres so I’ve read a lot of books that have witches as side characters or that are mentioned in a passing way but I decided to make a list of the witchy books where witches feature predominantly in it. Some of these books I loved and some I didn’t like as much but I thought I’d include them because other people might enjoy them.

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
– I read Hex Hall years ago and I loved the trilogy. It’s such a fun paranormal book set in a boarding school. The main character is a witch and I loved how witty and funny she was.

Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin – This is a book I read earlier this year and was disappointed by. I didn’t care for the characters but I did like the spooky atmosphere of it. It has witches and a creepy house and even though I was disappointed by it I feel that someone would love to read this type of book.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – I loved this book when I read it a few years ago. I don’t know if the word witches is mentioned or not in this book, I can’t remember but there are spells so I think it counts. This has such an autumn atmospheric vibe to it and I would highly recommend reading it at this time of the year.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – The Wicked Deep is all about witches and it also has a spooky vibe to it. I didn’t like enjoy this one but a lot of people have.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
– I don’t think the witches appear in this series until the third of fourth book but I really liked reading about them especially Manon, she became such an interesting character as this series went on.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling – This one kind of goes without saying, obviously it’s on this list.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan – This was a recent read of mine and one on my tbr for this month. I liked the atmosphere in this book and it has got witchy things in it but I was also disappointed in this one and didn’t like the characters. I will be posting my review of it soon.

The Secret Circle by LJ Smith – I read The Secret Circle years ago and enjoyed them. I’ve loved a lot of LJ Smith books and I think her writing style is great for the spooky season.

I know I’ve probably forgotten a lot of obvious witch books so what ones have I not listed that you’ve read? Have you read any of the ones above?

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My Spooky October TBR 2019

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October is a great month to read all the atmospheric and creepy reads and I always love doing a spooky centred tbr for October. I’ve listed below the books I plan on reading this October.

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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

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Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

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The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

 

What books do you plan on reading for October?

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September Wrap Up 2019

What I Read in September:

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Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare – 5 STARS
This book made me so nostalgic for The Infernal Devices trilogy. I don’t know why I didn’t expect this since I knew Jem was the focus of these short stories but I really didn’t. Each story just kept hitting me with all the Infernal Devices feels. It really made my heart ache but I also loved it (#readerproblems).

Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy book 4) Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS
I liked Sapphire Flames and I really enjoyed reading a full length book from Catalina’s pov. I liked Catalina and thought her power was very interesting and I can’t wait to see more of its use in future books. I also liked how we find out more about the world in this book.

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Prince of Dreams (The Messenger Chronicles book 4) by Pippa DaCosta – 4 STARS
I really liked reading about Sirius’ relationship with Kesh in this book, their relationship is so up and down and I loved how complex that made things. The stakes were definitely raised in this book especially with Kesh being back in Faerie.

The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 17) by J.R. Ward – 4 STARS
The Savior is Murhder’s book and if you’re a BDB fan you’ll know how that’s been a long time coming. This character has been built up and teased in this series a lot so I was surprised at how meek Murhder actually came across in the book. I don’t mean that in a bad way just that we’ve been told how bad he is and how he was the first (if I remember correctly) brother to be kicked out of the brotherhood then in this book he shows up and is nice and actually had his reasons for doing what he did (no spoilers). Even though that kind of disappointed me I still really liked his character and I loved reading more about Xhex and JM because they are some of my favourite characters in the series.

Blog Posts I Did In September:

My Autumn 2019 TBR
Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood Review
War of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles book 3) by Helen Scheuerer Review
Most Anticipated Autumn Releases 2019
Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading

My September Bookstagram pictures (xo_reader_kyla):

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I read some good books in September and I also watched a lot of tv. Some of the series I watched were:

The Boys – I loved this show, I had heard good things about it but I loved it even more than I expected too. I liked how it turned the superhero = good trope on its head and I liked the characters in this series.
Carnival Row – I seen the trailer of this and since I love reading books about the fae I thought I’d give it a go. It took me a few episodes to get fully into the story and I did love the mythology and the world of the series but I didn’t feel emotionally invested in it. I just didn’t feel connected to the characters and the mystery was a bit predictable but overall I thought it was okay.
Fight For My Way – I love watching kdramas so I’ve heard some hype of Fight For My Way for a while now and I’m glad I ended up liking it. It follows a group of characters who, when they were younger, had big dreams about their lives and careers but now in the present they are nearing their thirties and have not achieved what they had set out to do. I really liked how the series dealt with real topics.

What books did you read in September? And what tv shows did you watch?

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Book Review: War of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #3) by Helen Scheuerer

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Series: The Oremere Chronicles book 3
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: YA fantasy

War is here.

Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.

Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all. 

But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance.

Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?

As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:
War of Mist was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m glad it lived up to my expectations, I loved it. The Oremere Chronicles is a series I quickly fell in love with when I read the first and second book last year, it’s such an amazing fantasy trilogy.

The thing I love the most about this trilogy is probably the character arcs. The journey that every character has in this trilogy feels so well developed that you truly feel the journey they’ve been on and in War of Mist you feel it so much more because this is the last book.

War of Mist, as you can tell by the title, focuses on war. There are strategy talks and intense battles and I loved how action packed and on the edge of your seat that made you feel. And even though I was afraid for the characters I also loved how everything linked up so intricately, it felt like such engrossing storytelling.

I liked how the war in this book made all the characters come together. I loved reading about all the different connections. Each character has been on their own journey and War of Mist really shows how much they’ve all changed and grew as characters, it was great to read.

One of my favourite things about War of Mist was seeing how far Bleak and Henri have come and seeing how much they truly care for each other. The character bonds in these books feel so important and pivotal to the overall story. I loved how the characters harked back to the first book and reflected on how far they’ve came, like Henri and Bleak meeting for the first time and Bleak and Sahara meeting for the first time, it made everything feel more emotional.

Overall War of Mist (just like the previous books) was full of twists and turns and amazing character development. I loved War of Mist and I think it’s an epic conclusion to an epic trilogy.