Top Paranormal Books to Read this October.

paranormal booksOctober is the time of Halloween. If you love to read books about ghosts and monsters this time of year, here is a list of my top paranormal books to read this October.

These books are mostly YA (young adult) with some middle grade (MG) mixed in –so there will hopefully be something for everyone. But even if you’re an adult, I highly recommend these books to you! If you missed my last post Top Ten Witchy Books to read this October, you can find it here.

1. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

top paranormal books for octoberBy now, everyone knows how much I love Victoria Schwab’s books, right? Her newest middle grade book, City of Ghosts will take you along with Cass on an adventure through the haunted streets of Scotland, with her ghost best-friend and her parent’s black cat by her side. Continue reading

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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I was silly and missed Top Ten Tuesday this week. But since it’s New Year’s Eve I thought I would do it anyway.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish! For this week’s topic I’m talking about my Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016 (woah that’s a mouthful!) But really— have you checked out what books are coming out in the first half of 2016 alone?!? There’s a ton of them, and so many that look fantastic.

Here’s what books I’m most looking forward to!

10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- To Be Released January 5, 2016

passengerNot only is this book going to be released within the first couple of days of 2016, it’s one of my most anticipated of the year. I’m not sure how I’ve never read anything by Alexandra Bracken, but this book involves time travel, so I’m sure I’ll love it and read all of her other books this year.

9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- to be released January 5, 2016

truthwitchI’ve read the first couple of chapters of this book and have been so impatient waiting for it! This is definitely one I will be reading soon!

8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab- To be released June 7, 2016

savagesongI read her novel (written as V.E. Schwab) A Darker Shade of Magic in 2015 and loved her writing style. The concept of this novel looks thrilling and I’m really impatient about getting my hands on this one.

7. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira- to be released January 12, 2016

bookishlyThis book is about a girl who loves YA books so much that she looks to them for all sorts of advice about her life. I’m so excited for this cute contemporary read this year.

6. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan- to be released April 5, 2016

tellthewindandfireI’ve never read anything by Sarah Rees Brennan, but I’ve heard loads of good things and the concept behind this book has me so excited– magic, secrets, and doppelgangers. Count me in please!

5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine- to be released February 16, 2016

shadowqueenA retelling of Snow White, this book looks to be full of adventure and surprises, with an awesome heroine to boot!

4. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #3)- to be released May 24, 2016

laststarI have yet to read The Infinite Sea, but it’s on my TBR for the first half of the year so that I can read The Last Star when it comes out.

3. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake- to be released January 5, 2016

thiefofliesThis is the first book in Drake’s Library Jumpers series. A book about books and libraries? Count me in!

2. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater- to be released April 26, 2016

ravenkingThis is the final installment in her Raven Cycle series and I’m so excited to see what happens, and to experience the magic and mystery that has kept me hooked on these books one last time.

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas- to be released May 3, 2016

courtmistfuryThe second installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series has been on my mind since I finished the first book! And since it comes out only two days after my birthday, I’m going to consider it an awesome birthday present!

The Scorpio Races: a race from start to finish

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Synopsis:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen

Review:

The Scorpio Races drew me in within the very first pages and has still yet to let me go, even hours after I finished the book. I was intrigued by the story very early on, with dangerous horses climbing out of the sea and the people of Thisby capturing them, so they can be trained to ride in the deadly Scorpio races on the first of November. The way the horses themselves were described was both terrifying and beautiful and left me wondering what I would do if I ever encountered such a creature.

While the capaill uisce (water horses) were thrilling, what I loved the most about this novel were the two main characters, Puck Connoly and Sean Kendrick, whose dual narrative drove this novel to be so powerful. Sean Kendrick is known around the island of Thisby to have “one foot on land and the other in the sea.” He has worked for Malvern, the owner of a stable and half of the island since his own father was killed in the Scorpio Races years before. Sean himself was very much a mystery to me, even though a good half of the novel was told from his perspective. He had a strong silence around him and seemed as if he was the only person who could communicate and have a mutual respect with the capaill uisce. I loved how his storyline began, how it collided with Puck’s, and I loved how their friendship developed over the course of the novel.

Puck Conolly is also an orphan, her parents killed by the very horses that will ride alongside her in the Scorpio races. She is a strong character, even though she is tough and stubborn and has no trouble speaking her mind.  Puck is the first woman to ever enter in the races, and while she faces discrimination and harassment for doing so, I loved her determination and attitude towards those who said that she couldn’t race. With Puck, Stiefvater has easily written one of the best characters that I have read in YA in quite some time.

I can see why The Scorpio Races won a Printz Honor Award. Maggie Stiefvater has written a beautifully haunting tale full of both myth and magic. She has written about characters that have everything left to lose. For them, the stakes are high if they win or lose the races. It could either make or completely break them. Mostly, she has written a beautiful story about a small, impoverished island, where the rich are rich and the poor are unbearably poor. It’s a story about a boy and his horse, and about a girl and hers. It’s about how both of these characters find themselves and what makes them happy through participating in these deadly races. It’s a thrilling race from start to finish.

5/5 stars

Sundays in Bed With…

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Sundays in bed with a book is a weekly meme hosted by The Midnight Book Girl!

Sundays are usually my lazy days, I read and write in between throwing in loads of laundry and tidying up a room or two in my house. The book I am going to be curled up reading today is…
scorpioThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater! I am about 150(ish) pages into this book as of 9 am this morning and I am planning on getting another chunk of it read today. I am really enjoying The Scorpio Races thus far. I love Puck, a young orphan who is determined to become the first female rider in the races and wants to ride her own horse, Dove. Not only are the characters great so far, but the idea of dangerous horses coming out of the water that need to be somewhat tamed and controlled before they race in a bloody and deadly race– is an intriguing one.

Basically, I was hooked after reading the prologue.

I also plan on spending some serious time with another book today…

photo(14)My much neglected manuscript. Other than jotting down some ideas I haven’t worked on it much this week. So Mike Wazowski and are going to get to it and try to turn a shitty first draft of a chapter into something that isn’t shite.

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday!!!

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The past couple of weeks I really have been slacking on my reading. I finally finished House of Hades by Rick Riordan! Be on the look out for a review of that to be posted within the next few days. When I began reading it, I flew through the first half of the book, but then life got in the way and I had to read a little bit whenever I got a half-hour or so.

I also began reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, and while I did enjoy what I read and it was beautifully written, I think it might have to go back into the TBR pile for a little while. I will get to reading it eventually, but I just found that it wasn’t the kind of book I was in the mood for when I began reading it. I have been in the mood for fantastical worlds lately, so I hope that I get my fill of fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian soon so that I can pick up some amazing contemporary YA books.

Last week I picked up another book from the bookstore that has been on my TBR list for a while….

scorpioThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater! I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time and I am especially excited to get into it because it was a Printz Honor Book. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s storytelling and writing style, so I can’t wait to begin this book when I get home from work this evening!

And…

I finished one more chapter in my novel last week! I didn’t get as much finished as I would have liked to, but I was talking to my boyfriend about my story the other day (for the first time ever) and I was bouncing some ideas off of him. He got really intrigued by my premise and was helping me close up some of those pesky plot holes. My novel will make much more sense now and I am even more excited to get there. I might have to re-outline and maybe get rid of some of what I have already revised, but it will be so worth it.

What I’m up to…

I live in Oswego, NY which is also known as snow country. We have beautiful springs, summers, and autumns, but our winters last for ages. I feel like we have gotten an entire winter’s worth of crap weather in the past couple of days. Eek!

photo(This is what the weather is doing as I write this post…)

Happy reading, friends!

What are you reading this week?

Mini-Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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*There are possible spOILERS FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES IN THE SYNOPSIS*

But if you haven’t read the first book in this series, The Raven Boys (or even if you have) you should check out my review here!

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Mini-Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis:

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Mini-Review:

Stiefvater has written a world full of magic, wonder, and mystery that I had such a hard time getting out of when I finished the book that I immediately had to begin the second book in the series. Each of her characters is a complex and has many secrets and skeletons in their closets. I loved how each of the stories about the main characters, Blue and each of the Raven boys came together to create a story rich with detail that lead me on a treasure hunt right alongside them.

The only drawback was that I wanted more of Blue while I was reading. Her smart, no-nonsense attitude made her an awesome & strong female character. But I understood, as the novel was mostly about the “Raven” boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, & Noah.

The Raven Boys is one of the best YA Paranormal novels that I have read in a long time (and I read a lot of them).  I was entranced by Stiefvater’s use of characterization, imagery, and language. And will wait very patiently (or not so patiently for Book 3).

5/5 Stars

 

Review of The Dream Thieves, book 2 of The Raven Cycle coming soon!

What I'm Reading Wednesday!

So last week I read Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, and this week my pick is….

imagesBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke! I only have a couple of chapters left to go before I am finished, but there were a couple of reasons why I  bought this book.

  • That cover!!! I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover but damn! It’s beautiful, creepy, and intriguing! I’m hoping with a cover like that the book will be just as dark and creepy.
  • I haven’t read an engaging, creepy book in a while and was hoping that this is what that would be for me.

 

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Since I knew that I didn’t have enough in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea to take up my whole lunch hour, I grabbed The Raven Boys and figured that I would give that a shot on my break.

 

Coming Soon from Amanda’s Nose in a Book:

– The Impossible Knife of Memory feature with Chrissi Reads

– Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

– Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

– What I’m Up to this week: update

Early January Book Haul!!!

So I caved and bought a bunch of books just because I am so unbelievably behind with books that have been released in the past year or so. (hides behind the pile in shame)

I thought I would share these awesome titles with you!

indexThe Impossible Knife of Memory by (the wonderful) Laurie Halse Anderson

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2014, so when it was released on Tuesday (1/7) I had to get it ASAP.  I am in the middle of reading it now and am having difficulty finding a place in it to put it down when I need to. Stay tuned for my review.

HouseofHadesThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan

I just have to finish re-reading the Heroes of Olympus series (I’m up to Mark of Athena at the moment) because I feel like I don’t remember enough of what happened in the first 3 books to just pick up the 4th one and go with it.

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Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell

I loved Fangirl and Eleanor & Park so much that I couldn’t resist Attachments when I was perusing through books online.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve heard nothing but good things and the premise sounded fabulous. I think this might be the book that I start reading next 🙂

And then there are the books that (annoyingly) haven’t come yet.

I mean, come on Barnes and Noble. I ordered 5 books on the same day. You shipped them all the day after. In two separate packages. I got one the other day and have to wait a week longer for the next one??? What f*ckery is this?

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I love dystopian YA, so I am definitely hoping that this novel lives up to all of the hype. I only bought the first book in the series because I have heard some mixed reviews and I’m genuinely hoping that I like it.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

I’ve been wanting to read this one since it was released. I love gothic horror, so I hope it is as good as it promises.

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Under the never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Once again, I have heard such amazing things about this book that it was difficult to not buy it. I have been meaning to pick it up for a while, so I’m excited to read it.

*crosses my fingers in the hope the last 3 books get here soon*