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October = Horror

My favorite month/holiday is forthcoming. I am excited and ready to pursue the realm of Horror once again. This used to be the only genre I would read. My mother is a huge Stephen King fan and I grew up on the movies based on his works (excited for the It remake). I watched Tales From the Crypt, my favorite movie for years was Demon Knight (Ahh, Billy Zane), followed closely by The Craft. As a child Goosebumps (along with, Are You Afraid of the Dark?) was my go-to followed by Fear Street. When I got older, I was drawn to even darker works. That being said, I am truly difficult to scare. Now, I search and search for something even remotely capable.

Below is my list of Horror books that came close, in no particular order:

10. The Omen

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9. The Woman in Black

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8. The Ritual

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7. The Best of H. P. Lovecraft

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6. The Child Thief

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5. The Darkest Powers Series

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4. Let the Right One In

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3. The Vanishing

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2. The Terror

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1. The Hellfire Club

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Again, these are in no particular order, just my top 10. I do have a young-adult series in here and I would encourage any horror fan to pick it up. There are some moments where I was even taken aback. This series played on my particular fears.

What are your favorite Horror novels? I’d love to add to my collection.

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Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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A Full List of My Recommendations

I often have people request recommendations from me. I absolutely love giving them. This is one of my great passions in life, introducing people to their next favorite novel. I read nearly every genre out there and I try to get to know a person’s likes before giving a recommendation. So, with that in mind, I decided to create a full list of my “must-reads”.

*Note: If I am recommending the first in a series, I am recommending the entire series.

Fantasy:

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria, #1) by Anthony Ryan

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) by Brent Weeks

Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald

Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1) by Terry Goodkind

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1) by Peter V. Brett

The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie

*Note: While this is my favorite genre, it is still fairly new to me. I have only been reading fantasy in the last few years, so I realize this list is far from complete. I will add to it as I read more.

Urban Fantasy:

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) by Kim Harrison

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris

The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac, #1) by Vicki Pettersson

Paranormal Romance:

Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning, #1) by P.C. Cast

Morrigan’s Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward

The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole

A Girl’s Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones #1) by Katie MacAlister

Young Adult:

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Mystic (Mystic, #1) by Jason Denzel

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5) by Rachel Vincent

Fiction:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1) by Kristin Hannah

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

These are the genres I read the most, below are a few from other genres that I don’t read often.

The Burning Times by Jeanne Kalogridis

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

Tin Men by Christopher Golden

Zero World by Jason M. Hough

Artemis by Andy Weir … due out in November

I could go on and on about my favorite books but these are the one’s I always recommend to people. There are others in my favorites list that I didn’t list, simply because I tend to like darker things than most. And you will see many obvious choices (i.e., Harry Potter) missing, mainly because I’m just going to assume most people have already read them.

I hope you enjoyed this list!

Happy Reading!

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Graveminder- Melissa Marr

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Synopsis:

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”


Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.

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Review:

When I heard Melissa Marr was writing an adult novel, I was thrilled. I have been a fan of her Wicked Lovely series for quite some time. She is great at world building. She gives the reader just enough to keep them hooked. Her plot twists could make any writer envious. So, I went into this novel with quite high expectations.

While in some ways this novel delivered, in some ways it left me cringing. Let’s hit the good points first.

I absolutely loved the premise of this novel. I have never read anything quite like it. The “Graveminder” is not a new concept. Many religions honor the dead with similar practices.  However, the addition of the combined worlds of the living and the dead took on a new twist in this novel. Not only is the “graveminder” tending to the dead, she is a conduit between worlds.

 The connection between the Graveminder and the Undertaker was interesting. I enjoyed seeing the push and pull of these two characters. However, it allowed the romance between the two to take over the story. 

I also loved the idea of a town “under contract” to some unknown entity. The townsfolk cannot leave, and if they do, they are drawn back almost inexplicably. 

Now, the parts I couldn’t grasp. Mr. D makes no sense to me. Perhaps he is the Devil… Hence D. Perhaps he is a demon (again, D). Perhaps he is just a powerful spirit (aka, Death). There were too many unanswered questions surrounding this character. He vys for the Graveminder, why? She has an inexplicable connection to him, why? 

The scene that bothered me most and made the least sense was the “dinner” at D’s. It just seemed very random.

Quote:

“Some mortals–like you–are already half in love with death. It is who you are, and I’ll not make it harder on you by telling you things you don’t need to know. Ask me again when you die. Then I’ll tell you everything, anything, nothing.” 
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Recommendations:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan

Fallen – Lauren Kate

 

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Lord of Snow and Shadows – Sarah Ash

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Synopsis:

Gavril was raised by his mother and lived the quiet simple life of an artist, until one day he is snatched up by his father’s army.

The Drakhaon has died, poisoned. His legacy must live on.

Gavril arrives to the wintry kingdom of Azhkendir to find he is the decedent of a King with dragon blood running through his veins. Upon his arrival he can feel the changes beginning in him. He is haunted by his dead father and is told a blood debt must be paid for his death. Gavril has no desire to bloody his hands but he cannot rid himself of this phantom.

As war wages, Gavril must find the darkness inside and either embrace it or find some way not be taken over by the power.

Review:

I could not finish this book. I have been trying for two months. There was no plot, no character development, no real story. I have no idea how I pushed through half of it.

Her imagery is truly well done. She is able to set a beautiful/horrifying scene but it just wasn’t enough.

I loved the idea of this story so much that I purchased the trilogy all at once. I am completely bummed that it didn’t work out.

(No quotes because nothing stuck out to me :/ )

Recommendations:

Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)  by Anne Bishop

Dragon Champion (Age of Fire #1)  by E.E. Knight

Magic’s Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1)  by Mercedes Lackey

Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy, #1)  by Jacqueline Carey

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Authors I Love – Charlaine Harris

You may only know Charlaine Harris as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse/ True Blood series, but did you know she also writes mysteries? She is one of my favorite authors because she can reel you in quickly and it’s almost impossible to put the books down. Also, she is one of my main go-tos for a quick and exciting read.

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The Sookie Stackhouse Series

I fell in love with these novels from the very start and while True Blood did the first two books justice it just wasn’t the same. Sookie is a very loveable country bumpkin whose life gets turned upside down when vampires decide to come out of the closet. With the invention of a synthetic blood that sustain a vampire and “end vampire attacks forever” (True Blood) the vampires feel that they can now be a normal part of society again. For those who haven’t read the series yet I won’t include any spoilers but I will say these books get progressively better. The only snag I had during reading these was the horrible turn the show took. It turned me off to Sookie for a while but I came back (when I had forgotten the hideousness that had occurred on my TV).

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The Harper Connelly Series

These books, again, hook you from the beginning. Harper has an interesting ability. While she’s not exactly psychic, she can sense the dead. She uses this gift to track down missing persons. She can even sense just how the person was killed. In the first novel, Harper is called in to find two missing people, but when she does find them life becomes interesting. unravelling years of lies and deceit in a small town turns out bad for Harper and the books only get better.

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The Lily Bard Series

The one thing I want to say about these books is that Lily is probably one of the most likeable characters I have ever read. She is real and vulnerable, yet reserved and strong. Her past isn’t perfect and her job is lackluster but somehow she is captivating. I read this entire series in a week. I LOVED it.

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The Aurora Teagarden Series

Lucky for us, Real Murders was picked up for a made for TV movie. Sadly, I missed it. I do hope to find it on Netflix one day. I have only read Real Murders but I can say that one book was just as good as any of her other works.

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Midnight, Texas

This trilogy is on my TBR shelf and was supposed to have been purchased for me as a “Congrats on the new job” present from my hubby but he never got around to it. It may get purchased today 😉

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The Cemetery Girl

And for those of you who like graphic novels, here’s one! Co-Authored by Christopher Golden!!

I hope you give Charlaine Harris a go. She is a fantastic author!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Grave Sight – Charlaine Harris

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Synopsis:

No one would ever make the mistake of calling Harper Connelly normal. First, there is her ability. She can sense the final resting place of the dead, even reliving their final moments. She uses this gift to her advantage. She is a consultant in missing person cases. She feels it is her duty to bring closure to those who have lost someone, since she has the ability to do so. So, why not make some money while doing it?

Review:

This novel is fantastic. While a very quick read it is entertaining from beginning to end. Charlaine Harris has a way of creating characters you can’t help but root for. This is a series I could read again and again. Perfect for those days when you just need a warm blanket and an old (or new) friend.

Favorite Quotes:

“I really, really wanted to lose awareness of the here and now. The best way for me to do that was bury myself in a book.”
Charlaine Harris, Grave Sight

Recommendations:

Undead and Unwed – MaryJanice Davidson

Witchling – Yasmine Galenorn

Ill Wind – Rachel Caine

Naked In Death – J.D. Robb

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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