October Rewind

 

A very busy month for me outside of books, so, not my usual amount of reads, and, I’m okay with that given how much I had to do. HOWEVER, I will say you can probably expect this to be the average amount of monthly reads until we hit January.

I’ll also be on holiday in a place with pretty sorry internet, so, for a couple of weeks in December all the posts will be scheduled ahead and I’ll be pretty quiet. Just like now. As I wait for my new charging cord. Still.

Anyway, onto the books!

 

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Shadows (Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five, #1)

 

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The Immortal City (The Magicians of Venice, #1)

 

 

Hood Academy

 

 

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The Christmas Holiday

The Art of Sherlock Holmes: USA 1 - Special Edition

 

Safe House

 

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The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)

The Birthday House

 

War Girls (War Girls, #1)

 

The Widow Of Pale Harbour

The Deathless Girls

 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

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The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

 

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shape-Shifting Women

 

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

Total Count: 17

 

Posts From Around the Book Blogger Verse

Guys. I have to say, through the month I save the links for the posts I like but right now I can’t access my bookmarks as my laptop is dead and I can’t log onto feedly…so… I will note my patron’s blog and I will update this post with the rest of the other bookblogger posts later on this month.

Fictionally Sam October Wrap Up

 

My Other Posts

BEAutumn – Spell List

Off Balance – Cover Reveal

BE Autumn – Every Witch Needs a Familiar

BE Autumn -Study Group

Be Autumn – Fall In Love

Bookending Autumn – Candy Tag

Book Ending Autumn – 13 Days of Halloween

Book Ending Autumn – Monster Mash

Bookending Autumn – Which Witch?

WWW Wednesday

Cover Reveal: Dark Skies

 

Now, what’s on for next month?

Well, I’ll have a post about the Leigh Bardugo event I went to, and I’ll have less blog tours, but I’ve got some great picks. For now I’m back to battling the endless war of not having enough bookshelves.

Just a huge shout-out to this community, you all have been so great and have made book blogging so much fun. Always supportive and understanding, and not to mention I’ve made some incredible friends through it all.

 

WWW Wednesday

 

It’s time for the WWW Wednesday meme brought to you all by Taking on a World of Words

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What Are You Currently Reading?

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

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.

Reading this as a buddy read with two awesome friends! Kal and Ruby

I’m really enjoying it so far, so yay for getting an eARC from Netgalley!

I’m also reading these two as well:

Practical Magic

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…

 

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

GoodReads:
Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA. Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentiest centuries, to thrill new readers and delight these authors’ fans.
Contributors:
Louisa Baldwin
Mary Cholmondeley
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edith Nesbit
Edith Wharton
Francis Stevens
Elinor Mordaunt
May Sinclair
Margery Lawrence
Eleonor Scott
Margaret Irwin
D K Broster
Mary Butts

Handheld Press was kind enough to send me a copy after I expressed interest and though I’ve only read the first two stories, I love it so far!

 

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

The Deathless Girls

You can find my review of this one, here!

 

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

The Art of Sherlock Holmes: USA 1 - Special Edition

GoodReads:
The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written (even a few of mine), before our first volume, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, there had never been a volume where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists. In this first USA edition, thirteen world-class artists who live and create in the United States have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable. Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story. The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story. And for those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted.

I’m on the blog tour for this one on Friday and I really enjoyed the last Art of Sherlock Holmes which I was also on the tour for! Obviously I’ll be reading this one tonight and tomorrow lol. Nothing like the last minute! Woo!


It’s still chaos here and still waiting on my laptop charger. I feel lost without my own computer and my American Keyboard lol. The amount of times I have put \ that instead of shifting, it’s impressive at this point.

Thursday I’ll probably put up my Gravemaidens eARC review, Friday the blog tour, and then who knows after that! I can honestly not wait to finish unpacking, because I never want to see another moving box again!

Bookending Autumn – Which Witch?

 

Today is my last day of hosting! Starting tomorrow Chiara @ Bookworms Anonymous takes over as awesome host and she’s got some awesome prompt ideas!

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!!

Which Witch?

If you could be any witch or warlock from any book, which witch would you be and why? Would you be a Hogwarts student? Part of Coven, or maybe more like old school Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

I admittedly would have to pick Sabrina herself from the 90s TV series oooor a Witch from JK’s HP-Verse. However!

Today! The Witch I pick is…

A Witch like the one from Vasya’s family in the Winternight Trilogy. I loved the folklore and magic in this so much, and, I wouldn’t mind a Winter King to have adventures with! Not to mention the history steeped in the powers of Vasya’s family are amazing and it’s not so much about being powerful as just believing there is no limit to what you can do [and of course once you hit that limit, trying to survive despite the odds lol]. Not to mention she’s got ties to certain well-known people of folklore which I won’t say and spoil it if you haven’t read the books. A witch who helps the spirits of the house and forest, one who can see things others can’t, well it just sounds great to me.

There’s always a special place in my heart for Hogwarts Witches and Wizards and the gem that was Sabrina, but, it’s okay for me to pick something different every now and then lolol.

Today’s was a short prompt on purpose, I just wanted everyone to have a bit of lazy fun on this Sunday, and I hope that you all enjoyed the prompts I gave.

Feel free to use the featured image!

 

 

Book Ending Autumn – Monster Mash

Hey everyone, second to last day of my prompts, I’m sure you’re excited to be rid of me -just don’t tell me or it’ll hurt my feelings lolol, jk, I’m ginger, I have no soul and therefore no feelings-

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!!

Today’s prompt is MONSTER MASH

What does this mean?

DANCE FOOLS, DANCE

Jk.

I mean, you can dance if you want to…you can leave your friends behind…

But this Monster Mash is for telling everyone your favorite monster/creature and giving us book recs to go with it. [Feel free to give movie and song recs, whatever recs you want!]

So, without further delay let’s get this mash started. [Please feel free to use the featured image if you like!]

 

Monster Mash Pick
Werewolf

 

I can’t help it, I have always loved werewolves, wolves are my favorite animals and so, I gravitate toward the monsters inspired by them and men.

For book Recs, I’m not going to lie, I have not read a lot with werewolves in it and I would LOVE to change this, so if you have any recs for me, please let me know!

Anyway, I have a duology rec and a standalone/series rec [you could read it as a standalone or as part of the series!]

Duology:

Camille

 

Standalone/Series Rec:

A Bad Breed
[Gaslamp Gothic #3]

 

I admit I did like what Meyers did with her werewolves in Twilight I thought thwas probably the most creative part and really enjoyed it. I also love almost every werewolf movie I have ever seen, whether because they’re good or they’re so bad they’re good.

I think I’m probably drawn to werewolves because they show us that there’s an animal inside us all. We forget we’re part of the animal kingdom, that we’re not above the other creatures. Somewhere inside us, we all have these base instincts. What separates us is how we resist those darker/wilder survival instincts. The fun about werewolves is watching them unleash that darkness, I have a fondness for it, there’s something beautiful as well as horrifying about it.

Anyway, there’s my monster mash pick, I can’t wait to hear what recs and monsters/creatures you all have to share!

 

 

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!

Bookending Autumn – Candy Tag

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!!

BUAHAHA I’m the host now, BOW TO ME.

Half jk.

Okay, so my first day of hosting consists of a Candy Tag…if you couldn’t tell from my vague title.

Prompt Rules:
1. Tag me the creator, por favor.
2. Tag the person who tagged you
3. Feel free to switch up the names of candies
4. Tag whoever you want
5. Have fun. It’s a rule, it must be done.

 

Candy Tag Time

 

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As the pic says, what’s a book you only read seasonally? I picked candy corn given that I don’t actually dislike it but I will only find myself eating it at Halloween, you know when it reappears from the mines of Moria or wherever it comes from. This doesn’t have to be a Halloween/Fall seasonally read, could be something you enjoy reading only in the winter or summer…or lame-ass spring when my allergies come out with a vengeance.

For me, I always love to read Harry Potter over the summer as that’s when I used to do my rereads of it when I was a kid. I also love to read The Halloween Tree every Halloween.

 

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A book you enjoyed taking your time reading. For me it was my nonfiction read of the Romanov family legacy over their entire reign, I didn’t want to rush it, each chapter covered a good chunk of history and I wanted to slowly wade through it. I also have yet to finish Water Babies [but that’s because I paused it for like two years lol].

 

 

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Self-explanatory from the picture!

For me it was The Starter Wife haha oh man that book was so creepy, but I enjoyed the creepy element..especially as it wasn’t happening to me. Creepy lady wants to win over a man, man is stupid and doesn’t realize it of course, it gets creepier from there!

 

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Probably from Last year because they were cheap in giving out candy…but I’m not bitter.

For me, it’s usually a book that is just too ‘fluffy’ and romantic. I need to be in the right mood to read those things, around Christmas I thaw out for them, but like, not the rest of the year. In this case, I read ‘A Different Time’ for a blog tour and as cute as it was, I just wanted to hack a hairball through most of it.

 

 

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Now I’m leaving a lot of wiggle room here, it can be unexpected in a good or bad way! For me I’ll pick one that surprised me in a good way, Postscript. I actually enjoyed this so much more than its predecessor, PS, I Love You and it hit me with so many feels. Such a rollercoaster of the emotions.

Well, I could go on and on, but I felt like 5 types of candy was enough for a cute little tag.

I hope you enjoyed the prompt/tag, and please feel free to do it and use my little candy banners too if you want.

 

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.