October 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

 

 

Hey guys, another late post, after November 5 I should have my charger here and will do some mega bloghopping aaaaand, hopefully get back to a more normal routine.

For my birthday we had a busy time with the move and all, and when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday I asked if I could get the October Fairyloot…and of course he got it for me because we were able to afford it and he’s amazing.

So here we goooo

[SPOILERS AHEAD]

 

 

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Another pretty box which I will SHRED OPEN.

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I don’t feel bad for like ripping into this, I was way too excited given that it had vampire things in it. VAMPIRES. OCTOBER. ALL THE YES. And another awesome quote on the box too.

But what’s next….what’s inside? DUN DUN DUN

 

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Amazing art stuff, love the Fairyloot bookmark! I’ll be getting rid of the tarot cards and the Vampire art print. Beautiful art but these weren’t my things, I’m also passing along my Twilight sticker to someone more deserving than I. BUT still, look how gorgeous the art is on these things!

 

 

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Please try to ignore the dog hair. I vacuumed RIGHT before I took these photos, and the dog came along and shook herself on the rug as I took photos….she’s an ass. ANYWAY. I was really really really really [really x100] excited for these coasters. They are so amazingly aesthetic and we actually needed coasters too, so, two birds with one stone as they say. LOOK AT THE ADORABLE BAT! Onward we go!

 

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Guess who already wore this hat a couple of times? Me. Get it? ‘Bite Me?’ Vampires? Ahahaha….Okay I thought it was hilarious. I did get some odd looks though wearing this as I dropped the kid off at school…oh well! It’s really warm and cozy, I was afraid it would be maybe too light when I heard people mentioning getting a beanie, but it’s a good material and I love it!

 

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I’m a huge Dracula fan as I unashamedly admit to loving almost all adaptations to it along with the amazing original tale, so, this book sleeve, I screeched like a small child on Christmas. [Do they shriek? I feel like mine shrieked] and then I found out it had a zipper and it was like finding out a dress had pockets. I LOVE IT. Living somewhere where it rains so much [lol so, so much] I find that a book sleeve goes a long way here, an extra layer of protection for my books crammed in my backpack on the train.

 

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I always need more candles, like, I burn through them like I go through candy. I can’t help it, they smell nice and make me happy and make me feel cozy. So, give me an Anne Rice Vampire inspired candle that smells freakin amazing, and I will forever love you. Do you hear that Fairyloot? You’ve sucked me in!! Anyway, another great candle, and I am really enjoing the mix of scents, but especially the blood orange. [Get it? BLOOD orange? Ahahaha]

 

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We also got a pin, and I was so excited over it that I immediately put it on a pin banner that I got for my not collection of pins and didn’t want to take it off. Look at that bat! [Yes it’s the bat one!] I don’t really buy pins though I did splurge for the YALC Priory pin and bought the Phoenix Rider one, because, well #FirstRidersStreetTeam. The rest are just free ones I’ve gotten with preorders and the like, so getting the bat one made me super happy, it’s so cute!

 

Okay, are you all ready to see the book? Yaaaas? If not, look away!

Or don’t

 

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I included the Author interview, the letter from the Author and the awesome French Quarter map that came with this box. I went to school in Louisiana, no, not in New Orleans but I did go there a few times and have some great memories associated with it and I love architecture in the French Quarter [Built by the Spanish btw] and so having this book set in New Orleans with Vampires and mystery and amazingness, I needed it. So this is how we ended up with the October Fairyloot 2019 unboxing, because of this book haha, however I’ve loved most of the things in it and I can’t wait to get to wear my hat more and read this beautiful edition of ‘The Beautiful’ look at those sprayed edges!! LOOK AT THEM!

Did you get a box this month, or did you get something at all this month that you’re just raving about it?  Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

The Deathless Girls Review

 

 

Hey everyone, sorry for more radio silence from me and I wanted to have this post up earlier but….life hates me lolol. Well, more like my charger for my laptop crapped out. AGAIN so it’ll be a few days before I can properly bloghop and then my phone charger died as well, lolol the electronics are rebelling!

Reading is going a bit slowly, purely for the fact that I’m being slowly consumed by boxes and there’s no end in sight but I did get one of my spooky tbr books read! AND I LOVED IT.

So, I’m here to share with you all a kickass YA spooky read.

The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.

ONTO THE REVIEW!

The Deathless Girls

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GoodReads:
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveler community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

 

My Review

First off this is basically the most awesome spinoff in existence. In good ol’ Bram’s Dracula, well, there are three female vampyres and it has been made into part of the legend that they are his brides. This is an origins story of those brides, mainly the two with dark hair, because, Hargrave as made them sisters, better yet, twins, oh and one is fabulously gay and has a sweet f/f subplot.

Does this sound amazing?

Well, it is.

The girls are tragically and violently taken from their homes and family, and in fact the majority of this story is not focused on vampyres or the sweet love story, but on the tale of two sisters who love each other and what love can make people do.

One twin is quiet, adapting as needed for survival, one is seen as brave and is gorgeous, but her beauty is more a curse than a gift.

The Twins do share a special bond but there is the tension that I know very well as being a sister myself. [I’m one of three, I’m the best one, forget I mentioned the others.]

They also are thrust into this world that’s so scary that it doesn’t need to be supernatural to feel dark and twisted, the settled people have their own darkness, a layer of it that has been distributed through their dark nature, but it’s of course more than that, it’s the fact that their lands are silently under constant threat of the Dragon should the pact fail that they have in place.

I don’t want to give too much away but we do see some great character growth from the twins and the differences from start to finish are astounding, but, that ending does break my heart even while being amazing.

If you’re looking for a story focused on vampyres and a sort of Dracula feel, you may not fully appreciate this, but if you change the focus to a world steeped in folklore, a Dragon who drinks blood in the rumors, and twins who love each other more than life itself, then you’ll not be disappointed.

I could have given this five stars but I felt there still could have been a bit more from our twins, and more on the f/f relationship which was sweet but at times felt like it didn’t have the best opportunity to grow, but, again I LOVED this book. It was a great take on an old story, breathing new life into it and making it just as enjoyable as Dracula was, for me anyway.

Four cups of coffee from me, now I’m off to go read more spooky things!

 

Book Ending Autumn – 13 Days of Halloween

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Day 2 of my day of hosting is a tip of my hat to the ol’ 13 Days of Halloween on ABC Family.

Now you’re welcome to pick strictly 13 Movies you think fit the festivity of Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain/Day of the Dead. But I’m going to be giving a mix of movies and books.

 

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Movie
Hocus Pocus

There was no way this wasn’t making the list lol.

 

 

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Book & Movie

Dracula

Dracula is a fave book of mine, and the classic book may not be for everyone but we’re lucky enough to have sooo many different movie adaptations.

For today I’m going to go with my old fave

The 1992 film with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman, I love it for all its cult-loveableness! I also enjoy the older versions and newer versions, and yes, even Dracula 2000.

 

 

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Book & Movie

The Halloween Tree

I loved the movie and watch it every year, a couple of years ago my husband bought me the book, and I loved it too, so now, I just immerse myself in the goodness of Ray Bradbury, in his book and the film, which, he narrates!

 

 

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Movie

Army of Darkness

Thanks to a friend who also wrote an awesome book which I reviewed and then interviewed her…but you know, I digress, I also watched Army of Darkness and kinda pretty much fell in love with the movie. It cracks me up and it’s perfect for this spooky season.

 

 

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Book & Movie

Frankenstein

So, another classic horror movie I love but the movie …well it’s actually Young Frankenstein. I LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH and I watch it every year. And the book was definitely worth a read…or three for me.

 

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Book & Movie

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

So, this isn’t a book on its own but it’s in Irving’s collection of essays and stories titled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. I grew up watching the Disney cartoon version of this, but, of course, I love the Tim Burton version too!

 

 

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Movie

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Lololol like my spooky loving ass wasn’t putting this movie on here, this whole list was almost a homage to Burton.

 

 

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Movie

The Addams Family

This family is just ‘goals’ to me lol, and I love the original movie so much…there are so many movies I want to write but I’m trying to be more bookish, let’s see how this goes lol.

 

 

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Book

Hallowe’en Party

Christie is the queen of mystery so most of her books are a good choice to read for this festive season if you ask me, but, I think this one is especially appropriate! And it does have a bit of a small difference in it with its victim that sets it apart from the rest of her books!

 

 

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Book

The Best of Richard Matheson

This man was a brilliant scary story-teller, he wrote for Twilight Zone and also is known for writing I Am Legend. This collection of short stories was so much fun to read and definitely perfect for 13 Days of Halloween.

 

 

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Movie

Beetlejuice

I know, I’m sorry, totally predictable but it’s tradition.

 

 

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Book & Movie

The Witches

This book by Roald Dahl was a favorite growing up, and I may have been disillusioned by the author himself, but I am still glad I read it as a child…before I knew lol. Also, the film was super entertaining to watch as a kid.

 

 

 

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Book & Movie

Interview With The Vampire

Another where I love both the book and its movie adaptation! I mean it’s no cinematic masterpiece but it’s still something I enjoy watching ❤

 

 

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Movie

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

I love this movie, judge away lol, mini and I watch it when we carve pumpkins and after we trick or treat on Halloween.

 

Once more please feel free to use my graphics, and I can’t wait to hear what you all have on your 13 Days of Halloween lists!

Spooky Reads and Recs

 

So I took a couple of days off reading, sometimes, I need it, and let’s face it, that means a couple less books to add to my September Rewind tomorrow lol.

Today I wanted to do something fun that had nothing to do with writing a review lol so…

SOON IT WILL BE OCTOBER THE MONTH OF HALLOWEEN [And my birthday]

I’m going to give you all my recs to read for Halloween and which ones I plan to read in honour of this month!

First, my recommendations:

GoodReads:
“A fast-moving, eerie…tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings.”–Booklist

So this is my all-time favorite Halloween movie as a kid and my husband knew I’d been eying the book so this was the first birthday present he sent me when we were dating. It’s a bit of an educational read, and though targeted more towards YA/Older Middle Grade, it’s such a brilliant read. You learn about different cultures and Bradbury also manages to give you a really great plot along with it so it’s not just info-dumping.

 

GoodReads:
“Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

I couldn’t not add it, I love Dracula and always will, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay, but if you haven’t read it yet and like classics, maybe keep this in your thoughts.

 

GoodReads:
Every tree in the sacred Forest of Laida houses a soul. Though each of those souls will return to the mortal world for many future lives, not all of them deserve to.

Seycia’s father told her this story as a child — a story of the most holy place in the Underworld, The Forest of Laida, where all souls go to rest before embarking on a new life. But Seycia’s father is dead now, and his killer has put a target on her back.

After being chosen for her village’s human sacrifice ritual, Seycia is transported to the Underworld and must join forces with Haben, the demon to whom she was sacrificed, to protect the family she left behind from beyond the grave. In this story of love, survival, and what it means to be human, Seycia and Haben discover that the Underworld is riddled with secrets that can only be unlocked through complete trust and devotion, not only to their mission, but also to one another.

I adore this book so much and I plan on. featuring it on one of my Thriller Thursday slots this month, I’ve been holding this review back since its release month because I wanted it to a have a spooky spot that it so richly deserves. Kerin knocks it out of the park with this, and also leaves you emotionally devastated, so, good times.

 

GoodReads:
A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

Okay, I mean, Agatha Christie is just a fall mood for me, but this one, in particular, is a really fun read for the spooky holiday coming upon us! It’s also a pretty quick read, it’s not as good as some of the others, I’ll freely admit this but it certainly puts one in the Halloween mood.

 

GoodReads:

A serial killer leaves one dancing shoe on a foot of the victims who answer his personal ads. When Erin dies, her best friend places ads to entice the villain already targeting her next. New York police detective Vince D’Ambrosio takes a personal interest. New boyfriend Dr Michael Nash is supportive. A stalker may surprise everyone.

Alright, so apparently this book may be really disliked, but hear me out, this was the very first thriller I ever read, so it’s a really sentimental read for me. This scared the pants off me as a sixth-grader, like I would rush around to the turn on the light on my way to the bathroom in case there was a murderer as if perhaps the light would scare him and make him go away. Oh to be young again. Anyway, I think it’s one of those reads that’s perfect to have in your bag to read during waiting times for an appointment or on the train. Definitely spooky.

 

GoodReads:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

If you all don’t know, this is one of my favorite reads for this year so far. I ADORE THIS BOOK and if you want to know why you should read it and why it’s the PERFECT spooky read for this month, I direct you to my review of this amazing spooky book, here.

 

 

GoodReads:
A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave – and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself. A terrified four year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness. The little Maine town of Castle Rock is about to be invaded by the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.

This is my only Stephen King novel so far that I’ve read, and I feel it’s only appropriate to add a Stephen King novel to a spooky reads list. Not to mention, this is a pretty intense read though it is also shorter than most his books, so if you don’t have time for the 1000+ pages for ‘It‘ then this might be a good option to look at. Unless you’d rather not be scared senseless by a dog lol.

 

GoodReads:
When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

Okay, I really loved how creepy and scary this was, but remember it is pretty gory. Here’s my review of it. I thought it was a really creepy read, but, I also know it’s pretty huge, so, be forewarned. There’s always the series to watch instead if you decide you’re interested enough!

 

GoodReads:
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Another book that’s a fave for this year and one I’ve been seriously raving about. GO FORTH AND READ THIS AMAZING BOOK. It’s another darker YA fantasy, and Barron is like out to break hearts and take names. You’re left wanting to reread this the moment you put it down, especially since we’re going to have to wait on book two. My review for this is here.

 

GoodReads:
New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him…

Though every citizen of the ‘Big Easy’ thinks they know who could be behind the terrifying murders, Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, heading up the official investigation, is struggling to find leads. But Michael has a grave secret – and if he doesn’t find himself on the right track fast – it could be exposed…

Former detective Luca d’Andrea has spent the last six years in Angola state penitentiary, after Michael, his protégée, blew the whistle on his corrupt behaviour. Now a newly freed man, Luca finds himself working with the mafia, whose need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as the authorities’.

Meanwhile, Ida is a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency.Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, Ida stumbles across a clue which lures her and her trumpet-playing friend, Lewis ‘Louis’ Armstrong, to the case and into terrible danger…

As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer’s identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city…

I mean, do I really need to say more when we look at that spooky cover? And I know I didn’t really include reads with ghosts, but that’s because they’re mostly short story collections that I’ve read where ghosts are concerned and I cannot remember their titles lol. So, here we go, more murder and mayhem.

 

GoodReads:

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force — a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

Another vampire read to get you in the mood, and I mean, a little Anne Rice never hurt anyone, and if you’re looking for something that’s not Dracula related but also maybe outside the YA genre, this is my recommendation.

 

GoodReads:
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

I had to add one more classic read for this. And Frankenstein is another one I hold dear. I only read it just last year, but it really made an impression on me and I can understand why Shelley is Queen and known as the creator of Sci-fi to many.

Alright, we’re done with my recs, but what am I reading this season to get into the spooky mood?

 

GoodReads:
Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

I talked about the read-along I joined for this, here.

 

GoodReads:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

I’m doing a buddy read of this, and can’t wait!! [Hi Kal and Ruby!] Seriously, I’m so excited for this book.

 

GoodReads:
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

I bought the beautiful Waterstones edition of this with the sprayed edges and all, and I mean, it’s Dracula related but feminist and has f/f love. Why would I pass this up?

 

GoodReads:
Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Another Stephen King, let’s see if I get a chance to read this, It is one thick book.

 

GoodReads:
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else.

I was so lucky to get a chance to participate in the blog tour for this that’s coming up in October, it just seems like a perfect read for fall in general!

 

GoodReads:
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic.

I found this at a charity shop this year, and it’s time I finally see what this is like compared to the movie that I’ve come to love as a Halloween staple to my watchlist.

 

GoodReads:
The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

I have some horrible truths to lay down. I’ve yet to read anything by Bardugo, but I plan to heavily rectify this, starting with this one. I’ll be going to her Edinburgh Event with the hubs as well, so I’ll get a cool edition signed by her. I’m pretty excited about this one too.

 

Alright guys, that’s it from me!  NOW

Your turn. What are you planning on reading in October? Do you have any recs? What about videogames or movies/shows? LET ME HEAR OF ALL THE SPOOKIES.