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!

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!