Oh hello dearies I am back with my October TBR List. October means Halloween season and nothing sets me up in the Halloween mood than a good Horror, Thriller or Mystery book. Last year I read a bunch of Autumnal books and some Thriller and Horror too but this year while scrolling through blogs I stumbled upon a Spooky themed readathon calledSpoopathon. So I HAD to try it out! Besides, it sounded so cool that I couldn’t resist myself.
The Spoopathon is basically a month-long readathon where the goal is to get out of a Haunted House by reading books. So there’s this prompt board (you can see below) that will help you to escape the haunted house. For each book you read, there’s an x amount of points, which in turn will allow you to unlock doors and defeat ghosts! You also get a bonus prompt which will help you stack up points and ultimately lead you to the way out of the haunted house!
There are also different teams with special abilities which will make your escape that much easier! I have joined Team Spoop Shifters.
Spoop Shifters@spoopyhol – They have the ability to move diagonally down the board.
Spectral Shenanigans@bookbrowsing – They can jump across blank spaces to join a new path.
The Order of Spies@BooksNest – They don’t need points to unlock the doors.
The Southern book club’s guide to slaying vampires by Grady Hendrix – (Black cover 25 points + Team colour 50 points + Spooky 50 points)
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu, Joamette Gil – (Autumnal cover 25 points + Team colour 50 points)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – (New Genre 25 points)
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks – (Trick or Treat 25 points + Team colour 50 points)
The Hunger by Alma Katsu – (Read after dark 25 points)
I have chosen the Orange path and selected the book –The Southern book club’s guide to slaying vampires by Grady Hendrix which has a black cover background.
Then as I am team Spoop ShiftersI diagonally came down to the Autumnal cover and selected the book Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu, Joamette Gil which of course gives me major autumn vibes.
Further down the thread I chose New Genreand selected the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury which is both a Science fiction and a Classic, both of which I don’t reach for often (especially science fiction genre is a brand new genre for me as I have read only 1 SF in my life).
And then for Trick or Treat, I did a poll on Instagram and my friends chose …. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks between my Trick book – Bethrothed (which was one of my low rated books in Goodreads) and Treat book – Pumkinheaaads! Ahhh finally I’m going to read it. Yayyy!
And for the last thread, I thought The Hunger by Alma Katsu will be a perfect choice for Reading after dark.
I generally read somewhere between 6 to 8 books a month (sometimes they vary of course) so I added a few more books to the TBR list which I would like to read in October. All three of them fall under the theme of Spooky, Mystery or Thriller, I have an awesome feeling about this whole month’s book choices and I think I’ll have a wonderful time full of terrors and foreboding!
Please do tell me what you think about this blog down in the comments and like this blog as well. See you in my next blog. Bye Love ya!
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
I’m shaken to the core! How come an object made of harmless paper can cut so deep that even the thought of stitches doesn’t seem to be enough? How can words truly and thoroughly shake your world and make it explode like a volcanic eruption? How do you come back to the real world after you are taken to a world of rib cage planes and deathly bombs and shredded souls? HOW?
It took me a little over two months to get through this book. Some books are just so heavy and painful that you can’t fly through them in one sitting. You need to open and close its spine over and over and over again and soak up the words like a cloth soaks up blood. And maybe then, you’ll be strong enough to turn the next page and not be shredded and stomped and bruised! I said MAYBE…
So should you read ‘The Book Thief’? It depends… Do you want to feel like one big bruised up peice of muscle but still feel glory? Do you want to curse Hitler and be furious but still feel oceans of love and empathy towards human souls? Do you want to cry and laugh and be thankful that you exist and this book exists and Death supposedly has forgotten the way to your doorstep?
Then by all means, be my guest! 😌♥️
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Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
A book that smells like tears and misery but you still can’t get enough of it.The title itself screams out to the readers that this story is going to shatter your heart into pieces. And it certainly is true to its words. What will you do if you get a phone call saying that you only have 24 hours to live? Will you be intensely motivated to go get done everything you dreamt of doing for the rest of your lifetime? Or will go on a trip to all your beloved friends and family to tell them your last goodbye? Or will you be sitting on your window sill, being melancholy and thinking about how you are going to die? In this book, anyone who is going to die gets a phone call from a company called Death-Cast saying that they will be dead within the next 24 hours. The main characters of this book, Mateo and Rufus get this call on the same day and they meet through an app called the Last Friend which is specifically made for people who get a call from the Death-Cast. The story spins around these two characters and how they are both struggling with the sudden news of death and the whole story is so devastatingly beautiful that even though you know they will be dead at the end, you still can’t help but continue reading.
I will recommend all of the readers to read this book at least once in their lifetime. This book made me rethink my existence and made me realize that I can literally drop dead at any moment. The way this book is written still never seizes to surprise me because this is such a fast-paced book and yet it manages to sneak past your guards and stab you in the heart! This is the kind of book that lingers long after you turn the last page. This is absolutely a must-read for everyone who loves sad endings and loves to keep stories beating inside their hearts, forever!
This is my May TBR List. For the last few months, I didn’t make a TBR list for myself because I felt like reading whatever I was in the mood for reading. This month too I wanted to do the same but at the last moment decided against it.😅
This happens to me a lot. Some months I feel like selecting the to-be-read books from beforehand and on the other months feel against it.😅
I decided to get started on reading the Grishaverse series because one of my friends recommended it to me. Currently,I am not in the mood for this series so maybe later in the month, I will pick it up!☺️
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
The book description sounds intriguing. I feel like I will enjoy this book!☺️
This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
I already finished reading Vol. 1 of this Manga and simply LOVED IT!😍 So this month I plan on reading a few more volumes of it!☺️💖
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?
Boredom Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily, Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?
I am already 30 pages in. And loving it so far! The last series I read was the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ (the review is coming soon ☺️) and I loved it SOOOO much!🥺♥️ So I can’t resist myself and quickly decided to get started on another of Sarah J. Maas’s books.☺️💖
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
There’s NO WAY I can finish reading all of the above-mentioned series in a single month😅 but I like to give myself choices and hence I always include more books in my tbr than I can finish. But I still have high hopes from all of them and feel like if I try enough I will be able to finish at least 80% of em’. ☺️💖
Oh and also this is my birthday month!☺️ My birthday’s on the 9th of May so it’s just a few days away and I am excited but not a lot!😅 What with the Covid-19 situation and everything.
So guys PLEASE take care of yourself. Follow all the guidelines provided by the WHO and take care! I hope our world heals quickly and fully!🥺🙏💖
Hey guys☺️👋 today I had my last exam for my current semester (that is 3rd Sem) and now I’m finally FREEEE!!!🥳 Hehe So I will be able to post more frequently, I hope.☺️
This month I read almost 12 books, which is a first for me. I am seriously so very proud of myself!😌💖 Hehe
So now finally, let’s get started with the blog.
Okay so for those who are new to this meme let me give you a brief intro.
WWW Wednesday is a book meme originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm and revived by Taking on a World of Words, where I’m going to tell you about the books I have finished reading, the ones I’m currently reading and also the ones I’m planning to read next.
The Three W’s Are :-
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
The Raven Boys
Yes I am almost done reading The Raven Boys and even though I was struggling in the beginning but now things are finally starting to look promising!🤩
This was SUCH a cute little read! I really loved it! I mean who doesn’t love a book about animals?🤩 Well in this case cute little sea animals!🐢 And also the concept of Instant Karma is something we have ALL dreamt of in our lives at one point or the other, I’m pretty sure! So yeah the book was really good!☺️
Ouuuukay so this is the book I’m very excited to read, which is mostly because this will be my first ever buddy-read with my dear friend Seo Eun Lee(I love you so much!😍💖) and I pretty much CAN’T WAIT! She is such a sweet soul and this book is also my first Sci-fi read everrr so, it should be interesting! All in all, I’m really excited!🤩
Okay so this is a very short blog😅 I had my exam today and thus I didn’t get much time to write more, but I still hope you all will like it! With that being said let’s meet in my next blog. Love you all!☺️💖
p.s. I might not write a ‘TBR list’ blog this month because I am not very sure what I will read this month. I will be reading Aurora Rising for sure and I also promised my friend Seo Eun that I will start reading the Grishaverse series this month as well, so I think we have a plan.☺️ Also have a sip of water, everytime I say ‘this month’ in this para!🤣
Hello lovely people☺️👋 Today I have decided to participate in my first ever “WWW Wednesday” book meme. And needless to say, I am SUPER excited!!!🤩
Okay soWWW Wednesday is a book meme originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm and revived by Taking on a World of Words, where I’m going to tell you about the books I have finished reading, the ones I’m currently reading and also the ones I’m planning to read next. It’s going to be fun!☺️
The Three W’s Are :-
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
🦊This is the book I am currently reading and loving. For some unknown reason it is taking me a lot of time to get through this book. The first three chapters were really hard for me to get through I don’t know why but after that I slowly started easing into the story more seamlessly. Right now I’m on chapter 18, I still have 30 more chapters left and a LOT can happen between those chapters, so I am quite excited to finish this book and let you all know my thoughts on it.☺️
Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman
🦊I finished this whole comic within 24 hours. Firstly because it is so very SWEET!😍❤️ I mean I wouldn’t have known that a book can be this much sweet! It’s amazing. Really! Anyway, so I am planning to review this comic soon so I’ll let you know my thoughts in more detail later in the review blog.
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
🦊After finishing The Raven Boys I sure am going to want to pick up the next book in the series so that’s why I have listed it here.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
🦊I am a bit guilty of reading this book at a sloth’s pace. Maybe it’s because I am reading the paperback and not an ebook. But IDK it’s taking me too long to finish this book. But hopefully, I will finish it this month!☺️
✨So now we have reached the ending of my first ever WWW Wednesday blog. And I think I will take part in this book meme more often. With that being said I will now end my blog here. And as always I would love to know your thoughts down in the comments below.🌙
Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy
Date Started: 3rd March 2021
Date Finished: 5th March 2021
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
When it comes to reviewing I often don’t find words to organise the scattered thoughts of my mind. But still, I will try to break them up into meaningful sentences and present them to you.
Let me start by telling you the plot –
Adeline LaRue or Addie LaRue as she prefers to call herself lived in a village in France with her parents. So basically her life was very monotonous which included her parents, the same few people in the village and an old woman called Estele. But she wanted to get out of her little village and the same life patterns of the people and see outside the box.
Adeline has decided she would rather be a tree, like Estele.
If she must grow roots, she would rather be left to flourish wild instead of pruned, would rather stand alone, allowed to grow beneath the open sky.
So when Addie grew up into an adult, she was forced by her parents into a marriage she didn’t want. So she went to the woods and prayed to the Gods and didn’t realize when slowly the sun went down and it was dark, but when she finally realised her mistake it was too late.
No matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.
So finally after so many days of prayers and sacrifices, the God of the dark answered instead of the good Gods. That changed EVERYTHING. Addie didn’t even know what she was sacrificing but at that moment she just wanted to escape from the marriage she was forced into.
So she was cursed (disguised in the form of a gift) to live a long life, but the catch was that no one will remember her. As soon as she was out of sight she was out of mind.
Just thinking about a life like that makes me shudder. What’s the point of living a life where no one remembers you? You have no friends no family, NOTHING at all. If this happened to me ever I don’t think I would have been able to be so strong and live a life so lonely and full of struggles and pain.
The things Addie went through breaks my heart. Even though I know it’s just a story but still I can’t help but feel.
Is it only me? Or this happens to you too?😅 I feel too much which isn’t always good. Okay I think I’m rambling. Sorry for that!😅
Now back to the story
Being forgotten, she thinks, is a bit like going mad.
You begin t wonder what is real, if you are real.
After all, how can a thing be real if it cannot be remembered?
So she keeps living a long lonely life with only darkness as her company (Darkness is the God of dark, the one who answered Addie’s prayers. Addie also calls her Luc) until one day a boy says
I remember you.
And that changes EVERYTHING!
Now let’s begin with my thoughts on this book.
Firstly this book is unlike any other books I’ve read. The concept isn’t anything new. We all have heard or thought about stories of living a long life where no one remembers you. But the way the author has crafted the story makes it seem so real. And as I said I can totally connect with Addie.
Stories are a way to preserve one’s self.
To be remembered.
And to forget.
If I say at one point I developed a little crush (kind of) on Luc, will you guys kill me?😂 No seriously I don’t know why but I do have a soft corner for baddies. Well that is only if we are talking about books and movies. In real life I tend to steer clear of bad boys!😂
Anyway so talking about fictional crushes I confess I did develop a crush for Henry in the beginning but towards the end of the book Idk why I fell out of it. Actually no I think I know why that happened. In the beginning of Henry’s appearance we were told about his story and I could connect to him (not as nearly as I did with Addie though) but towards the end we could see Addie both wanting and not wanting to meet Luc and this is my personal opinion even though there isn’t any mention of it in the book but I think Addie did start to like Luc to some extent.
So what I mean to say is I preferred Luc in those last moments. There is this one thing I wishfully hope was true. That is I wanted Luc to be a person. I mean it would have been good if he weren’t that monster (literally) and he was just a God who was just bad in his own way. That way I would have shipped Addie with him without any second thoughts (maybe😅)
Do not mistake this kindness.
I simply want to be the one who breaks you.
So now the question is do I like this book? No definitely No I absolutely and ardentlyLOVEthis book 🤧❤️
Not only this book has such an amazing concept but also we get glimpses of different places and so many different characters that Addie met, both good and bad. We also see what heart wrenching struggles Addie goes through in order to survive because even if she cannot die doesn’t mean that she can’t feel pain. She isn’t immune to pain or any of the other human emotions and feelings for that matter. So a life like Addie is difficult. She has a lot of limitations as well. She can’t tell her story to anyone and nor can she tell her original name. Because after all she is cursed to be forgotten by anyone and everyone she meets.
You don’t really realize the power of a name until it is gone.
I really do recommend this book to you all. This book is one of my favourites now.
Tell me about your thoughts on this book. Have you read it already? If yes, then what do you think about it? Do you relate to my thoughts? Or do you disagree? Tell me all about it.☺️
Hello lovely people!☺️👋 Today I have compiled 10 of my favourite fantasy books (standalones but mostly series) for you guys. I am absolutely in love with them.💗
Fantasy is one of my FAVOURITE genres of all times. I love them because they transport me to a different world entirely, which is MUCH MUCH better and exciting than the world we live in.
So in this blog, you will come across witches and wizards, vampires, shadowhunters, angels, some badass queens and equally brave and wonderful mortals. Well to some of you guys these characters may sound childish, but as the very well versed quote goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”, you shouldn’t make the mistake of judging these books by the mention of its main characters. Because these books aren’t for children whatsoever (well except for Harry Potter, which is for both children and adults). These books have EVERYTHING in them. They will make you cry, laugh, fall in love, rethink your existence, rethink the world existence, curse the whole universe and everything in between.
So now that I have rambled all about the Fantasy genre let’s get straight into these fantastic worlds. /✨
🔮Harry Potter is the first series that comes to my mind when someone says “Fantasy book”. I have talked about my love for this series before as well.
So this is a world of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The three main characters Harry, Hermionie and Ron start their magical journey from Hogwarts School (which is a school of magic of course). Three of them grow up together and along with there fellow classmates. There are four main groups called Gryffindor, Slytherin (which is my house btw), Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. So throughout the series, they will come across multiple dangerous and life-threatening situations.
This book is one of those precious books which has no age group. Even though the characters of this book are school students but everyone nomatter how old or young they are, can read this. Also you can watch the movies which are fantastic as well.
Though I suggest you watch the movies first and then read the books (that’s what I did). I feel like if you read the books first then you won’t like the movies as much afterwards. It’s just my opinion though, you can also read the books first if that’s what you want.😊
🔮Ahhh now comes the Mortal Instruments series! I can’t begin to say how much I ADOOORE this series and all of the other Cassandra Clare books.😃💗 But I have only mentioned Mortal Instruments because if you want to dive into the world of Shadowhunters this is probably where you should start. And then you can explore the other series.
So let me tell you, one of the wonderful things about Cassandra Clare’s novels is that they are all interconnected. So it’s this huge Shadowhunter family. Every series is based on Shadowhunters and other fantastical beings like fairies, werewolves, vampires, warlocks and so on. Trust me once you start reading the books you are going to fall in love. And there’s no coming back from that!
So if you don’t know what Shadowhunters are, they are basically humans but with special powers. They hunt demonsbecause of course demons want to suck out the soul out of innocent people. More like eat them alive. There are millions of different species of demons but at the end of the day, they get hunted by the Shadowhunters.
There are some AMAZING characters in this series. I absolutely love Jace, Clary, Magnus, Alec,Isabelle and Simon!☺️💗 If you keep reading the other series after completing this one you will be even more intimately familiar with the other characters and also these particular wonderful characters. I guess I am making 0 sense right now. I am only keeping on rambling. Well, it is 2 a.m. right now.😅
Aaanyway what I want to say is, you can undoubtedly start reading this series and I am quite sure you’ll love it!
🔮I guess everyone has watched the Twilight movies except me? But I have read the books and they are infinitely better no doubt!😂
Okay, so Twilight is a series on Vampires. Well if the first thing which comes to your mind after hearing the word “vampire” is a hideous being who has fangs and who lives by sucking the blood of living beings and who is allergic to ginger and quite scared of crosses, then you need to reconsider.😂 This is NOTHING like the book ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stroker. Well, vampires do suck blood but here the vampires possess unworldly beauty and charm. Also, each of them has different unique powers. Now if that doesn’t intrigue you then let me tell you this is a toe-curling and heartwarming romance series. Has the perfect dose of romance, suspense, thrill and emotional scenes as well.
I remember I pulled an unintentional all-nighterwhile reading the 2nd or it might be the third book of the series. Some female vampire was chasing Bella and that spooked me out so much. Also, the last book of the series has some kickass gore in it. All in all, I can’t stop praising this series. This series was the one that turned me into a vampire loving human being.
I have read this series only once and that was back in the year 2018, as far as I can recall. So I really want to re-read it after a few years and see what my thoughts are then. It will be a fun experience I think.
🔮If I am being completely honest with you I really need to re-read this series. Because I have totally forgotten half of its events. But that doesn’t at all mean that series is lacking. I remember me being totally blown off my mind while I was reading the series and as well as when I finished reading it.
Just because I can’t recall most of its events I am going to leave the Goodreads description for the first book and I am sure this will pick up your interest for sure.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Description)
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
🔮Ahhh this series brings back memories. This is that particular kind of story that lingers in your mind even after years have passed since you last read it. True to the title Elisa is a girl of fire and thorns, figuratively speaking.
So Elisa, the main protagonist of the story is chosen for greatness. But she is an ordinary girl who hasn’tdone anything remarkable in her life. But throughout the book, you’ll see a remarkable character development of Elisa. And at the end of the book, you’ll be surprised how inspiring she becomes. She’ll go through so much and discover how braveand powerful she is.
This is one of those series I won’t tire of reading and re-reading.
🔮I don’t know how much I should tell you about this book because I don’t want to give you any spoilers.😅
Okay, I’ll try to tell you a little about it. So this is an enemy to lovers trope (kind of). Also, there are major surprises and plot twists throughout the series. I mean the surprises are one of the many reasons why this series is so intriguing. It seems to be so normal in the beginning and then Bam! Everything changes in an instant and you keep thinking “What the hell just happened?”
🔮This series is packed with romance, adventure, mystery and MAGIC!!! I picked up this book because I saw a video where Emma Watson recommended this book and I thought “I have to read it!”. But little did I know that this series is quickly going to climb up my top favourite Fantasy books list.
I don’t know why but I find The Queen of the Tearling and The Girl of fire and thorns quite similar even though the plot is entirely different. I think it must be because both books have a brave and powerful female protagonist.
So I’ll leave the Goodreads description for this book for you guys.
The Queen of the Tearling (Description)
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.
🔮This is another of my favourite vampire based novel series. It is so much different from the typical vampire stories.
Here the main character Rose Hathaway is a soon to be a guardian in training. She is supposed to guard the Moroi princess Vasilisa Dragomir, the last of her line. You must be wondering what is Moroi and why do they need a guardian. You will come across the different types of fantasy concepts when you actually read the book but still let me briefly tell you about it. Moroi are basically vampires, and they are very few in numbers so they are needed to be guarded against Strigoi. Moroi, Dhampir and Strigoi are some of the creatures you’ll come across in this series. And all in all, I feel like this series is beautifully written and you all will love it.
🔮This is a standalone. But I wish it weren’t because I would have loved to read more of it.
So let me tell you a wonderful fact about this book. This book is about BOOKS!!! More like magical books called grimoires. So in this world, there are sorcerers, who are mostly evil (apparently not all of them are Evil *wink* *wink*). Anyway, they practice their magic and turn these books into grotesque grimoires and the main character Elizabeth is a librarian and wants to be a warden who is sworn to protect the kingdom from these evil sorcerers.
Let me gush a little about the Male lead character Nathaniel who is a sorcerer and the love of my life!!! He is the most gorgeous, capable and badass man EVER!!! I feel like I can’t even say a lot about him to you guys in case I accidentally give you any spoilers. Ahh you just need to go read the book RIGHT NOW!
Also because this is a standalone I feel like it will be less intimidating for the beginners and they can easily start reading it.
🔮This must be my first Dark Academia book. And THANK GOD I decided to read this book, otherwise I wouldn’t have known how much I love Dark Academia books.
True to the title of the book this is a deadly education. The book is set in Scholomance where the magically gifted children go for education. But the catch is, here failure means certain death. Different kinds of dangerous monsters lurk everywhere around the school. It has no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Each and every day is a struggle to stay alive and on top of that, they have a ton of studying to do.But once El joins the school she slowly starts to discover the secrets of the school.
This is an amazing book with a new and fresh concept of a “Deadly Education”. I loved it very much. And a piece of good news is that this is supposed to be a series and the second part of the series is going to release soon. Most probably this year or the next year. I CAN’T WAIT!☺️
💫 So these were my favourite fantasy books. I will keep reading more and more fantasy in future because god knows how much I LOVE this genre. Reading fantasy is like living a totally different, adventurous and amazing life.
✨Have you read any of the above-mentioned books before? Or are you planning to read them in future? Do you have any other fantasy book recommendations for me?
Let me know all about it down in the comments. ☺️💗
💗Hey there my fellow bookworms!😊👋 How have you been?😃 It has been a long time since I last uploaded a blog, but I am back now with my February TBR list.
I have chosen only romantic books for this month’s TBR list because it’s the Valentines month, so I thought of reading only romance books this month.😊
So without further ado let’s get right into the fun stuff!🤩
🌹Last month I read 8 books which is what I hoped for, but I only managed to read 1/3rd of this book so I am planning to finish it this month.
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
🌹I have heard so many good things about this book that I have always wanted to read this book, but never got around to it.
Also after reading the book description I think I am probably going to give it 5 stars, now let’s see how it goes.
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
🌹I read Lisa Kleypas’s ‘Devil in Winter’ of the Wallflowers series in November and Oh. My. God, I loved it so much! So offcourse I have high expectations from this book.
An eccentric wallflower…
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.
A cynical rake…
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.
A perilous plot…
After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven…
Georgiana Bridgerton isn’t against the idea of marriage. She’d just thought she’d have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she’s abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life.
Enter Option #3
As the fourth son of an earl, Nicholas Rokesby is prepared to chart his own course. He has a life in Edinburgh, where he’s close to completing his medical studies, and he has no time — or interest — to find a wife. But when he discovers that Georgie Bridgerton — his literal girl-next-door — is facing ruin, he knows what he must do.
A Marriage of Convenience
It might not have been the most romantic of proposals, but Nicholas never thought she’d say no. Georgie doesn’t want to be anyone’s sacrifice, and besides, they could never think of each other as anything more than childhood friends… or could they?
But as they embark upon their unorthodox courtship they discover a new twist to the age-old rhyme. First comes scandal, then comes marriage. But after that comes love…
🌹Okay so I have read a lot of vampire books before but very few alien books. Besides the book description sounds interesting, so I decided to give this book a go.
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
🌹I have always liked royal love stories, and that’s the reason I decided to read this novel.
The Duke and I is a romance set in the Regency era.
In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable… but not too amiable.
Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.
Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.
The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…
🌹Some of the books that have chosen are from the Goodread’s recommendation posts. This book was under the Trope ‘Forced Proximity’ and I have a certain weakness for this kind of tropes and therefore I chose to add this book to my February tbr list.
Tiffy and Leon share a flat Tiffy and Leon share a bed Tiffy and Leon have never met…
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.
James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.
Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…
🌹I am already more than halfway through this book and I am liking it so far. I wonder how this book’s gonna end. I will let you know about it when I post my ‘February Wrap up’ blog.
On her wedding day, Patricia Cotter, the widowed Lady of Pruett, signed a contract agreeing to the following:
1. She would never look at her husband’s face. 2. She would never remove the sheets covering the mirrors. 3. She would never ask her husband about his past.
In return for doing these things, she will have a secure place for her unborn child and her worries will be over. She has nothing to lose by agreeing to her husband’s terms. Yes, she’s heard the rumors about Mr. Stephen Bachman. He was said to have killed his first wife, though there is no proof condemning him of the crime. He is aloof and never leaves his manor. He is practically a prisoner in his own home.
But as she gets to know him, she begins to believe her husband isn’t the beast everyone’s made him out to be. There just might be a gentleman worth loving beneath his hard exterior. The questions is, can she get him to let go of the past so he can open himself up to the possibility of a fairytale romance?
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.
💗So this is my TBR list for the month of February. I do have a lot of studies I need to do so in no way I will be able to finish all the books that I have listed, but atleast I will try and besides that I’ll have a few choices while picking up the books to read because my mood keeps changing and so does my willingness to read a particular book.😄
But I am feeling so very excited for this month’s TBR that I might just dive in and out of these books quickly.☺️❤️
So with that I will end my blog here. I hope you all liked the blog and you’ll now have some ideas as to what book you might want to read next.
Goodbye for now, I will be back again with some other book blog.
p.s. You can leave any requests you may have for my next blog dow below in the comments. That way I’ll know what blog you would like to read next.☺️✨
🍁 So Autumn is finally here and with that the eve of Halloween. And as you can tell from the title, I have brought to you a huge list of books perfect for reading this month.
This is the first time I’m going to read only Gothic, Mystery, Vampire and Magic books for a whole month. And I can’t wait to get started!
Also I have included books from as many genres as I possibly could, so that each one of you has something to pick up from this list.
So without further ado let’s get on with the blog.
🍁 I’ve always wanted to read this classic but somehow I didn’t get the chance. So I’m hoping I can pick this up this month.
Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebeccalearns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers…
Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
An enchanting, riotous, and playfully illustrated debut graphic novel following a young goblin trying to save her best friend from the haunted mall—perfect for fans of Steven Universe and Adventure Time
In the eerie town of ‘Allows, some people get to be magical sorceresses, while other people have their spirits trapped in the mall for all ghastly eternity.
Then there’s twelve-year-old goblin-witch Beetle, who’s caught in between. She’d rather skip being homeschooled completely and spend time with her best friend, Blob Glost. But the mall is getting boring, and B.G. is cursed to haunt it, tethered there by some unseen force. And now Beetle’s old best friend, Kat, is back in town for a sorcery apprenticeship with her Aunt Hollowbone. Kat is everything Beetle wants to be: beautiful, cool, great at magic, and kind of famous online. Beetle’s quickly being left in the dust.
But Kat’s mentor has set her own vile scheme in motion. If Blob Ghost doesn’t escape the mall soon, their afterlife might be coming to a very sticky end. Now, Beetle has less than a week to rescue her best ghost, encourage Kat to stand up for herself, and confront the magic she’s been avoiding for far too long. And hopefully ride a broom without crashing.
🍁 This book is actually from my TBR pile. And just LOOK at the cover. It screams ” I NEED TO BE READ ASAP!”
Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
🍁 This is the first book I picked up this month because offcourse Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all times. I can’t begin to explain how very much I LOVE the novel. And this book is based on Jane Eyre so I HAD TO PICK IT UP AS SOON AS I DISCOVEREDIT!
Reader, I murdered him.
A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.
Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.
A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?
Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.
And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.
Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.
Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.
Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.
The only magic Emma Hart believes in is caffeine and the power of the dryer to lose one sock per load. A public interest lawyer buried under a mound of student debt, Emma’s whole life has been one turn of bad luck after another.
Her streak seems to continue when she gets lost on the way to see a client in the remote Pocono Mountains. A chance encounter with a suicidal angel lands her in Spellbound, a town where supernaturals have been cursed to remain for centuries–probably not the best time for Emma to discover that she’s actually a witch.
Between the recent murder of the town’s public defender, a goblin accused of theft, remedial witch classes, and the attention of one smoking hot vampire, Emma struggles to navigate this unfamiliar terrain without losing her mind…or her life.
Curse the Day is the first book in the Spellboundparanormal cozy mystery series.
This is a full-length, humorous paranormal cozy mystery novel
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.
Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.
As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingenue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
🍁 The plot of this book is so new to me that I couldn’t resist adding this to my TBR pile.
Lesson One of the Scholomance
Learning has never been this deadly
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.
Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.
Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.
As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.
I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans. The lucky one.
As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.
Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications—that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large—Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memories—and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.
What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.
Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.
Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone–or something–is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a disastrous experimental route West, or just plain bad luck–the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party are at the brink of one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history.
While the ill-fated group struggles to survive in the treacherous mountain conditions–searing heat that turns the sand into bubbling stew; snows that freeze the oxen where they stand–evil begins to grow around them, and within them. As members of the party begin to disappear, they must ask themselves “What if there is something waiting in the mountains? Something disturbing and diseased…and very hungry?”
Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream…
A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.
Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.
🍁 I really love the books which include a haunted house which won’t let the main character escape it. It’s such a classic concept but I still love it.
It reminds me of the song ‘Hotel California’ by Eagles.
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.
🍁 You won’t believe that I haven’t gotten around to reading a Shirley Jackson book so I am planning to finally pick this book up this month.
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
In a vast, mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the hole punched into its heart. Lily is gone and her twins, Miranda and Eliot, and her husband, the gentle Luc, mourn her absence with unspoken intensity. All is not well with the house, either, which creaks and grumbles and malignly confuses visitors in its mazy rooms, forcing winter apples in the garden when the branches should be bare. Generations of women inhabit its walls. And Miranda, with her new appetite for chalk and her keen sense for spirits, is more attuned to them than she is to her brother and father. She is leaving them slowly –
Slipping away from them –
And when one dark night she vanishes entirely, the survivors are left to tell her story.
“Miri I conjure you “
This is a spine-tingling tale that has Gothic roots but an utterly modern sensibility. Told by a quartet of crystalline voices, it is electrifying in its expression of myth and memory, loss and magic, fear and love.
In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.
Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.
🍁 To be honest the description of the book doesn’t excite me that much but I have heard SO many good remarks on this book that I want to give it a try.
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it ﬁrst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting inﬂuence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.
With lyric artistry and emotional force, Emily Geminder’s debut collection charts a vivid constellation of characters fleeing their own stories. A teenage runaway and her mute brother seek salvation in houses, buses, the backseats of cars. Preteen girls dial up the ghosts of fat girls. A crew of bomber pilots addresses the ash of villagers below. And from India to New York to Phnom Penh, dead girls both real and fantastic appear again and again: as obsession, as threat, as national myth and collective nightmare
🍁 So the next few books are going to be all about vampires. So my fellow Vampire loving bookworms it’s all for you. And also for the people who haven’t yet gotten around to read this genre.
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.
Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.
But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.
Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.
As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…
But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.
One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard
🍁 The next two are series so if you don’t want to read a whole series then you can just read the first book.
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…