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?

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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?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. These are a few books that I loved so much and would love to read something that has similar vibes to them.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I loved this trilogy and I loved the themes of heroes vs villains and how sometimes you don’t know the difference between them both.

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – I read Raybearer earlier this year and loved it, I loved the writing and how the author told the story.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray – The Diviners has such a brilliant atmospheric writing and I loved each book in the series.

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Solanin by Inio Asano – It’s been a while since I read this but I liked how the main character was reflecting on her life and wondering what to do with it.

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Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa – I really liked the relationship between the characters in this book and loved their banter with each other.

What are some books you loved that you’d like to find more books like them? Have you read any of these books?

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The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

This is an interesting tag that has quick fire questions all about fantasy books, the original creator is thebookwormdreamer. Fantasy is one of my favourite genres so I’m very excited for this tag!

The Questions:

1) Five Star BookRaybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko

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2) Always Going To RecommendHeart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer

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3) Own It But Haven’t Read It YetSorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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4) Would Read AgainState of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury

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5) In Another WorldThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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6) Back On EarthThree Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

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Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?

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Underrated YA Fantasy Books

Today I decided to do a post talking about some YA fantasy books I think are underrated. Even though some of these books have a good amount of ratings I still think they are a bit unknown in the book community which is why I’ve included them here. So let’s get unto the books!

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Daughters of Nri (The Return of the Earth Mother #1) by Reni K. Amayo
• Twin sisters separated at birth
• Captured my attention from the beginning
• Goddesses and powers

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Heart of Mist (The Ormere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer
• Forbidden magic
• Epic plotline
• Intriguing characters and backstories

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State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury
• Focus on politics
• Court scheming
• Great descriptions of the different lands

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A Treason of Thorns by Laura Weymouth
• Whimsical story
• Magical houses
• Unique premise

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
• Narnia like world and story
• Has both fantasy and historical (WW2) setting
• Focuses on a character with depression

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The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
• Character has power to turn people into gemstone
• Warring Kingdoms
• Interesting family dynamics

What are some YA fantasies you think are underrated?
Have you read any of these?

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Book Review: Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve

reclaimedBook: Reclaimed
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #2
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Adult/New adult, fantasy paranormal romance

They all made a terrible mistake. One they will pay for.

For the past ten years I’ve been a victim. A victim to my pack. A victim to my true mate, who rejected me in the most brutal of ways. And a victim to Shadow Beast, who used me for his own gains.

Or did he?

The beast of mystery never reveals his whole hand, but one thing is for sure… in my time with him, I’ve changed. Now I will no longer walk the path dictated by the powerful men in my life. Never again will I let my strength be taken from me.

I must evolve or die.

And we all know, with a choice like that, there’s really only one answer.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

Reclaimed starts off right where Rejected ended and I really liked that. At the end of Rejected Mera gets very angry as she finds out about Dannie and with her anger comes some very interesting new powers. I loved that for almost all of this book Mera’s pack was not in it. In Rejected I disliked the parts of the story that involved the wolf pack and I was glad that this book had very minimal (almost none) scenes with the wolf pack. Most of Reclaimed is focused on Mera and Shadow exploring the shadow realm and finding out more about what happened and why Shadow was not allowed in.

The relationship between Shadow and Mera was very intriguing to read. I loved how they push each other’s buttons and their dynamic is so captivating to read, I loved the banter between them. In the first book I thought Mera was an okay character but I grew to love her as this book went on. She has a very open personality and I love how she just says what she thinks. She did this in the first book too but it wasn’t until reading this book where I fully appreciated her character and personality. It’s interesting that she’s so open and Shadow so closed off.

The plot was also very intriguing and I liked the focus on the shadow realm and the mystery behind it. I loved Mera finding out more about who she is and the powers she has. There were also some really interesting twists in the story too.

Overall I loved Reclaimed and the relationship and romance between Shadow and Mera is my favourite thing about the series, their chemistry and connection with each other mixed with the banter between them makes them one of my new favourite fantasy romance couples. I also really enjoyed the plot and I’m glad it didn’t focus on the wolf pack and I can’t wait to read the next.