Halloween Book Haul

These are the Halloween inspired books I got this month.

Also there are a lot of books so I’m not going to give a summary for each. Most of them are mysteries and thrillers and I’m sure that I’ll have lots of reviews.

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

After Anna by Alex Lake

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda 

Survive The Night by Danielle Vega

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

Christine by Stephen King

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Fear by R.L. Stine and others

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Nightmares by Jason Seger and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz 

More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz 

Scart Stories More Tales To Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz

This is a limited edition anniversary tin that I got from Amazon and it includes the tin and 5 Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine.

The Haunted Mask

One Day At Horror land

Night Of The Living Dummy

Say Cheese And Die

Welcome To Dead House

This is the second anniversary tin that I got.

Monster Blook

A Night In Terror Tower

Legend Of The Lost Legend

Why I’m Afraid Of Bees

The Beast From The East

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Zombies Adult Coloring Book by Juscelino Neco

Serial Killer Adult Coloring Book by M. Cryptkeeper

That’s my Halloween book haul. Part two coming soon with the rest of the books I got this month.

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Spooky Would You Rather?

I’ve seen this going around BookTube and thought it was perfect for this time of year. This tag was originated by The Book Pusher on YouTube.

1. Thrillers or Supernaturals? Thrillers. I love reading books that have the potential to scare me and keep me up late at night.
2. Ghosts or Zombies? Zombies because right now I’m obsessed with Z Nation!

3. Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires. I’ve always loved a good vampire read.

4. Witches or Demons? I love both but demons have the biggest chance of scaring me so demons.

5. Read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover? I’m not superstitious of either of these but I love the number 13 so a book with 13 chapters.

6. Read a book in the dark with only a candle for light or be by yourself in a bright, locked room reading the same scary book? Be in the dark with only a candle for light because I don’t want to be locked in a room.

7. Face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer? Be trapped in the mind of a killer because I think that would be fascinating.

8. Watch a scary movie or read a scary book? I love both but if I had to pick I think I’d watch a scary movie only because I can see something happen and be scared out of my mind, whereas a book I’m imaging what’s going on so it might not be as scary.

9. Read spooky books during the fall or all year round? All year round.

10. Read 10 spooky books all in October or 10 spooky books throughout the entire year? If I can only read 10 then probably 10 spooky books throughout the year.

That’s the spooky would you rather tag. I tag everyone that wants to do it.

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Spookathon TBR

These are the books I’ve chosen for the Spookathon.

1. Read a thriller. I’m going to read Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. This is about a girl who is found close to death in a bed of black-eyed susans,  she sends the man to prison but years later she finds some black-eyed susans by her bedroom window in the dead of winter and wonders if she sent the right man to prison. 

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I think the word dead is spooky. This is about the murder of three high school students and the disappearance of another. When a journal is found in the burned down school, they find out that the missing girl may also be the one responsible for the murders.

3. Read a book based on a childhood fear. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I was so scared of these stories as a kid I wouldn’t sleep without a light on.

4. Read a book with orange on the cover. The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine. I’m so excited to read this book, the movie is one of my favorites.

5. Read a book that has a spooky setting. One Day At Horrorland by R.L. Stine. What’s more spooky than an amusement park where weird things happen?!

I can’t wait for the Spookathon. Have fun! 

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Spookathon 2017

I have decided to participate in this year’s BookTube Spookathon Readathon.

This spooky readathon is hosted by BooksandLala, Bookerly and Paige’s Pages on BookTube and goes from October 16 until October 22.

There will be Twitter sprints and Instagram photo challenges as well I believe. The Instagram photo challege is going for the whole month of October.

These are the reading challenges for the Spookathon…

1. Read a thriller.

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title. (The word can be anything you consider spooky)

3. Read a book based on a childhood fear.

4. Read a book with orange on the cover.

5. Read a book that has a spooky setting. (Again this is anything that is spooky to you)

There is also a read along book which is A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena. I am not participating in the read along because I just read this book in July but I did love it and have a spoiler free review posted if you are interested.

I hope you all join the Sppokathon. It sounds like fun.

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The Spooktacular Book Tag

Today’s post is a Halloween inspired book tag and I’m only using Halloween feeling books for my answers. This tag was originated by A Thousand Lives on BookTube.

1. Trick ‘R Treat- A book or series that you consider a treat.

The Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber.  This is such a good series. The books are all quick reads and the romance is so cute. Raven is a goth teenager who dreams of being a vampire and then she meets the boy of her dreams and finds out that he really is one.

2. Favorite Paranormal read.

The Miss Peregrine series by Ransom Riggs. I loved this series so much and think it’s an amazing series for Halloween time. The covers and photos inside are so creepy and it’s just perfect. 

3. A book with orange on the cover.

Bloody Bones by Laurel K. Hamilton. I don’t have many orange books that are Halloween type reads but this is part of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series and these are perfect October reads. This series has everything…zombies, vampires, werewolves oh my…

4. Pick a book with a creepy or mysterious cover.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. This cover is so creepy and dark and I can’t wait the read it.

5. What do you think your favorite book character would dress up as for Halloween?

I have a sick sense of humor sometimes and I thought it would ironic if Quincy dressed up as Jason from Friday The 13th.

That was The Spooktacular Book Tag. I tag everyone who wants to do it.

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October/Halloween TBR

These are the books I’m hoping to read in October. I only have a few because I am participating in BookTube’s Spookathon from the 16th until the 22nd. Check out BooksandLala on YouTube. She’s one of the hosts and I love her videos.

Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I have never read an Agatha Christie book but I have been wanting to for a while now. I keep hearing about this one so I decided to pick it up. I want to go into it kind of blind so the only thing I know is that a murder takes place on a train.

Misery by Stephen King. I’ve been trying to read two Stephen King books in October for the last couple years and this year I wanted to read Misery. I love the movie and can’t wait to compare the two. I hope Annie is just as crazy!!!

The Shining by Stephen King. This is another one that I can’t wait to read. I’ve always loved the movie but have never picked up the book. It’s pretty long so I’m hoping it’s going to be so good that I can’t put it down.

Those are the books I want to read. I can’t wait for October. I love this month for reading so much. It’s all horror, mystery and thriller all month long! 

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September Wrap Up

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad that I finally picked it up. Pride And Prejudice is still my favorite Austen so far though.

Fairest Of All by Serena Valentino. This is a Snow White retelling told from the Evil Queen’s point of view. I always love seeing what a villain was like before they became evil and what caused them to change.

The Beast Within by Serena Valentino. This is a Beauty And The Beast retelling from the Beast’s point of view. I think this one was my favorite out of the villain retellings.

Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino. This is The Little Mermaid retelling told from Ursula’s point of view. I’ve never read a Little Mermaid retelling and I really enjoyed this one. Ursula has always been my favorite villain. 

Tales Of The Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I loved these short stories based on the Peculiar world and it’s a must read for any fan of the Peculiar books.

Reality Boy by A.S. King. I have a full review of this up on my blog if you’re interested in hearing more.

The Prince Of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson. I really loved this book. It follows a homeless teenage boy in Malibu who helps find missing kids. I thought the ending was a bit of a surprise and it was actually a lot darker than I thought for a young adult novel.

The Here And Now by Ann Brashares. This is the first book outside of the Traveling Pants series that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I wish it was a bit longer though, I didn’t want it to end. It’s about a group of people from the future who travel back in time to stop the spread of a deadly epidemic. 

99 Days by Katie Cotugno. I thought this book was OK. It follows Molly, who goes home for the summer after a year at boarding school, before starting college. She went away after people found out that she slept with her boyfriend’s brother and her welcome home is definitely not at happy one. I had some problems with it like the double standards and the way the main characters mother acted but I gave it 3 stars.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I absolutely loved this book (no surprise there) and I have a full review posted on my blog so go check that out.

Those are the books I read in September. I had a really good reading month and I can’t wait for October because that’s my favorite month for reading. Plus this year I am participating in BookTube’s Spookathon. I am so excited! 

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Book Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Gerald was only 5-years-old when his mother allowed a televison crew into their lives as part of a reality show. Network Nanny was supposed to help their already beyond repair family, especially Gerald who had been showing signs of anger before the show began to film. Instead, it made his life worse. He became known as the “crapper” after repeatedly defecating on the kitchen table as well as his mothers shoes and oldest sisters bed. 12 years later, Gerald is in anger management, taking special ed classes and can’t live down his childhood nickname. The people around him, including his family all think that his future consists only of jail and he begins to wonder if they are all right. One day, Hannah, a co worker and student at his school talks to him and they become friends. When things with Hannah grow and he falls in love with her, he wonders if maybe his future can be one of not jail, but of love, happiness and freedom.
First off, I loved this book, but I am going to start out this review with the things that pissed me off. Number one, Gerald’s mother. World’s worst parent award goes to this woman. There isn’t a parent that I have hated more in YA than this so-called mother. For one, at one point she basically comes out and says that she loves only her oldest child, Tasha and that she never developed those kinds of feelings for Gerald and his other older sister Lisi. I can’t fathom how a mother could actually say that, especially out loud and in front of cameras no less. Then there is the fact that she doesn’t see that her 5-year-old son is obviously acting out. He’s showing anger and pooping in places other than the toilet. Her idea is to turn to a fake nanny on a reality show. She is so quick to blame everything on him and call him the problem child, but there are other things going on in her house that are far more disturbing. She completely ignores the fact that Tasha hits her and at one point even chokes her. She doesn’t believe Gerald and Lisi when they tell her about her trying to drown them or suffocate them. She just thinks they are lying about her. The fake nanny starts to realize that Tasha is the problem and promises that she will help and make things better for him. His mother even puts him in special ed because she thinks he’s slow and can’t keep up in regular classes. Gerald eventually realizes that his mother needs him to be the bad child and she needs him to be in special ed because then Tasha is the smart and perfect child. He realizes that she never loved him and that was such a heartbreaking moment to read. It just made me hate her even more.

Number two, Tasha. She is a psychopath. As an eleven and twelve year old, she tortures her younger brother and sister. She is phsyically abusive towards her mother. When she is twelve years old she sleeps with a boy and when Gerald comes upon them she threatens to kill him if he says anything. She even pushes him down the stairs one day and says that he was about to take a dump. The nanny comforts Gerald while her mother went as far as to say that she believed Tasha and more than once said that it was because there was something wrong with “that child”. When she is twenty one, she is living in the basement and has very loud sex with her boyfriend on a regular basis. Everyone hears it but just doesn’t do anything about it. Her mother uses the blender and pretends she doesn’t hear it. When Gerald hollars down one day that they are having dinner and she is being disrepectful she comes upstairs and tells him that he’s gay, that’s why it bothers him. One day she even walks up to him and puts her hand over his nose and mouth in front of her parents, they don’t say anything but Gerald bites her. I have to admit, I loved that part. There is obviously something seriously wrong with her, but it is ignored in favor of blaming Gerald for everything.

I loved Gerald. Yes, he has some anger issues but who wouldn’t when you have an older sister that regularly tries to kill you and your sister and a mother who ignores it and blames you for everything. He grows up believing that his future is jail and nobody really does anything to convince him that he is worth more. There is this one scene where a hockey fan woman approaches him at work and tells him that she recognizes him from TV and that she was so sorry for what they put him through and how badly she wanted to go and take him home with her. She asks to give him a hug and he breaks down and cries. This was such a great part of the novel and it really showed how little affection he got at home. This was also the most heartbreaking part of the whole book. I love that he eventually comes to the realization that everything is not his fault and that his mother needs him to be this way so that Tasha isn’t an issue.

I was a big fan of the relationship between Gerald and Hannah. I loved that when they decided to become a couple, they made a list of rules for themselves. Gerald makes rule #5, no physical contact for two months. It was funny that Hannah was the one who was opposed to it. It was a role reversal from the usual way these things are in YA and I loved that scene between the two of them. My favorite part with them is when they do become intimate and Gerald describes it as them “breaking rule #5” and every time after, that is what he says. I just found it humorous. I liked that Hannah brought up her worries about the possiblity that Gerald could hit her. She doesn’t really come out and say it in so many words, but Gerald knows that’s what she is thinking. He tells her he would never hit her, but then later in the novel wonders if it could be a possibility.  I don’t think there was ever a threat of him doing that, I think he was just worried about it because of all the crap that had been pushed into his head by other people. He did beat the crap out of a classmate and a boxer that he knew at the gym that he went to, but it would have been so easy for him to be abusive towards his mother and Tasha but that never even came close to happening. I think that his anger really did come from the way Tasha treated him and how his mother handled the whole thing. Had he been in a better environment, I don’t think anger would have been an issue for him. I think that falling in love with Hannah and getting out of his situation is the best thing that could have happened to him. 

I liked the writing style of this novel. I liked that there were present day chapters and also chapters that were flash backs to the time of the reality show. They didn’t feel like they were scattered all over and there was a good flow between the two and they really worked well together. I think the flash backs really helped to show what Gerald grew up around and how he was treated. It helped to understand him and why he was acting the way that he was. It’s easy to see him as a hot tempered teenager who has no control over his actions, but I felt bad for him and just wanted him to catch a break. I enjoyed watching him realize that he could fall in love and someone could love him back just as much. He figured out that he could go to regular classes and have a good chance at going to college. He tells his father that he needs to get away from Tasha and that he can’t take it anymore. He stops thinking that the only thing his future holds is jail and starts seeing that he can have a good and happy future, that might include marrying Hannah and having kids. He finally sees that his mother and Tasha are what made him an angry kid and that it wasn’t his fault. He knows that he can do better and be a better person and he doesn’t have to settle for the life that someone says he is supposed to have, he can make his own future and prove everybody wrong.

Again, I really loved this novel and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up and read it. I think everyone should read this book at least once, I don’t think you will regret it. I gave Reality Boy 5 stars on Goodreads.

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Book Review: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

What I Thought Was True follows Gwen, who comes from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who has a history with Cassidy, a rich kid from across the bridge and considers him one of herher biggest mistakes. After Cass shows up on the island to work for the summer, things between he and Gwen start to change and she begins to question what she thought was true about her friends, her family, herself and Cass.
I am officially a huge fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick. I love her writing and storytelling. It’s refreshing to read a young adult novel where the characters are “real”. I’ve read so many YA books, especially with romances and sometimes I find myself thinking “that wouldn’t happen in real life”. Sometimes the depictions of teenagers is a little out there in the way they act and talk. Huntley Fitzpatrick’s characters and storylines are some of the most accurate and realistic depictions of teenagers that I have read in YA and I enjoy that.

I loved most of the characters in this book. I loved Gwen’s family and how much of a role they played in the novel. Her younger brother, Em has special needs and I loved how that was depicted as well. Some of my favorite scenes are the ones with Cass and Em interacting when he is trying to teach him how to swim. When Cass teaches Em how to swim, which people thought he wasn’t going to be able to do, that showed that just because a child has special needs, it doesn’t mean that they can’t do anything a “normal” kid can do. I loved Gwen’s grandfather. He always gave her good advice and never judged her for anything. I think he was kind of the string holding everyone together at some points. 

I really loved the romance between Gwen and Cassidy. In the spring some things go down that don’t paint Gwen in the best light. Things do not end in the best of ways and Gwen ends up giving herself a not so good reputation. With Cass working on the Island, Gwen keeps running into him and they slowly begin to build a sort of friendship. Their friendship grows into something more and they spend the summer getting to know each other again. I liked that their relationship didn’t have the best start. They had things to talk about and work through before they could really fall in love with each other and I think that it made it more worth it in the end.

I also enjoyed the relationship between Gwen’s cousin, Nico and her best friend, Vivien. I’m not usually invested in side romances but theirs was one that I liked. I thought this relationship was a really good depiction of first love and how most first loves go. Vivien and Nico’s relationship brings up questions that a lot of teenagers have regarding the future and spending their lives with one person. Their relationship makes you look at things a little more differently than you normally do in YA. A lot of romances in YA seem to be the forever kind of love and you don’t really question whether they stay together in the future. Viv and Nic have this moment of wondering if there is something more out there in the world and if there are other people out there that they might be missing out on. They think about whether there is more to the future than just them being together. I think that their relationship rings true for a lot of teen relationships and first loves.

I loved the bond that Cass and Em had. Em called Cass Superman and seemed to really be drawn to him. I never felt like Cass was only being nice to him for Gwen’s benefit, I think he genuinely cared about Em and wanted to be there for him. 

The one character I wasn’t a fan of was Gwen’s father. I didn’t hate him, but I just didn’t like him for a lot of the novel. I feel like he wasn’t really trying as a parent and I think some of his parenting was way off the mark. He bascially tells Gwen to steal things from the rich, elderly woman that she is looking after over the summer. He makes it seem like money is more important than honestly and trust. I also didn’t like how he was about Em. It was almost as though he didn’t matter at times and couldn’t believe that he had a son with special needs. I also could not get over the fact that he had the audacity to bring his laundry over and drop it off for his ex wife to do. I thought that was kind of ballsy but also funny in a way. I also didn’t like how he seemed to look down on his ex wife because of her job. She cleans houses and works hard to provide for her family. She gets help from Gwen and Nic but things are still tight, especially with Em’s medical bills. I just think that she is the mother of his children, he could at least be a little more supportive.

I loved the storylines and the fast pace of the novel. It was a quick read, but I didn’t feel like it was rushed or anything. I loved the writing and the “real” feel of the characters and relationships. I think everything came together really nicely and formed an amazing story. Everything worked well together. I am a big fan and I hope that there is a new release from Huntley Fitzpatrick in the very near future. I gave What I Thought Was True 5 stars on Goodreads and AGAIN, I highly recommend this as well as the other novels by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Keep reading…Lola

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley Sager is a mystery/thriller that has been compared to a slasher movie.

Quincy Carpenter went with five college friends for a weekend in the woods and ended up the sole survivor of a massacre. After returning home, the press peg her as a Final Girl, adding her to two previous girls who were also the only survivors of their own massacres. She also has no memory of what happened. Ten years later, Lisa, the first Final Girl commits suicide and Final Girl number two, Samantha shows up at Quincy’s door. When new details arise in Lisa’s suicide, Quincy begins to question what Sam has been telling her and realizes that she needs to remember what happened on that night ten years ago when her friends were brutally murdered. Her life may depend on it.

Holy Sh*t this book was amazing! This is definitely up there on my list of best mystery/thrillers. 

There are so many things that I loved about Final Girls. The characters were great. I loved that Quincy had a baking blog. Coop was the perfect man. 😉 I loved that he was still there for Quincy, lending his help and listening to her after ten years. I was even rooting for them as a couple, even though she had a live-in boyfriend, Jeff. I loved Samantha. She was the complete opposite of Quincy and I think she brought a lot to the story. At times I had a hard time trusting her and some things didn’t really sit well with me, but that’s what made her character so great in my opinion. My favorite parts were definitely the flash back chapters. I think those were the ones that had a slasher feel to them.

Speaking of slashers, some reviews I read have been saying that Final Girls is like reading a slasher film. I partly agree with this. I think the flash back chapters read like a slasher film, but the rest of the chapters were mystery/thriller feeling. I thought the whole novel was going to be slasher feeling but it wasn’t. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because it wasn’t and I really enjoyed this book, but if you’re looking for a complete slasher movie book, this isn’t it. That being said, I would love to have a prequel. I think it would be fun to see every little detail of what happened at Pine Cottage and it could really read like a slasher then. I think that would be amazing.

Although the flash backs were my favorite parts to read, the mystery/thriller present day chapters were great as well. There were some things that I predicted and wasn’t surprised by when they came out and I was okay with that. There were also a few things that I didn’t see coming and was absolutely shocked by. I was completely thrown by the reveal of the killer, I DID NOT suspect that at all. I’ve seen reviews where people have said that they figured out really early on who it was, but I didn’t even come close. This person wasn’t even on my radar as a suspect. Going into the novel, I thought that I had it figured out, then I started to read it and thought it was someone else. About half way through I changed my mind and thought for sure I had it figured out and then I changed my mind again and knew that this time I was right. WRONG! The reveal of the killer floored me. I don’t know if I would have seen signs if I had gone into the book not already thinking I knew who it was, but either way, I loved this book, loved everything about it, and the fact that I was shocked by the ending made it even better.

I highly recommend reading this novel if you are a fan of mystery/thrillers. This would also be the perfect book to read in October around Halloween time. This definitely got 5 stars on Goodreads.

Keep reading…Lola