Spooky Books I Got This October

Hello bookworms!

This is my October spooky book haul! I have reviewed a few books throughout this month with a more spooky, creepy and dark theme (from my Books I Want to Read for Halloween post), but throughout the month I got great recommendations for more spooky reads, and here is what I decided to get! I’m so into creepy books right now, let me know in the comments below if you have suggestions of dark fantasy, dark mystery and so on for me!

Spooky Books I Bought/Received This Month:

My Best Friend's Exorcism Grady Hendrix My Best Friends Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

As said in the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 post, I got this one from the Quirk Books and I’ll probably have already read it by the time this post comes up!

Synopsis: A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The ExorcistMy Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.

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Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend's Exorcism Grady Hendrix

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Horror, Paranormal

Add to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

This was such a fun read, I didn’t expect it to be so entertaining. When I read the blurb saying it was both a heart-warming story about friendship and also a horror story, I was a bit confused. But yes! This reads like a summer horror blockbuster, and I had lots of fun.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism is the story of Abby and Gretchen, and the fall of ’88, when Gretchen is possessed by a demon. She’s moody, irritable, edgy – and strange things keep happening around her. Now, Abby must find a way to help her friend, even if nobody will believe her. Will their friendship be strong enough?

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Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1), by Kendare Blake

Thee Dark Crowns Kendare Blake

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Add to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

First of all, I would just like to take a moment to swoon all over this gorgeous cover. I think I would have read this book even if the blurb wasn’t so great, just because this is one of my favorite covers ever. This was also part of my Books I Want to Read for Halloween post!

“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.” (from Goodreads’ synopsis)

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Review: The Bear and The Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale Katherine Arden

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Add to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

Well, this was darker than I expected! Which always means extra points with me.

The Bear and The Nightingale follows Vasilisa, a young girl with the gift to see creatures no one else sees, as her father decides to re-marry. The new wife is a devout catholic young woman who fiercely demands that the old rituals be ceased, so that this Russian village in the middle of the wilderness can finally see the light of the Catholic God. But as misfortune increases, Vasilisa tries to maintain the old costumes alive to save her village from an old, dangerous creature from the creepiest fairy tales she heard… Continue reading

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hello bookworms!

I was nominated by Marty @ The Cursed Books for this awesome award! Thank you so much, Marty! Apart from having this very cool name for her blog, her posts are witty, thoughtful and a very pleasant read! Do go follow her if you don’t already!

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The rules…

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

 

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series 1-3, by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses Sarah J Maas

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

I have decided to review the three books in one post instead of each one separately, but you can avoid any spoilers by skipping the paragraphs of books you haven’t read yet and go directly to the spoiler-free Verdict!

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a series that tells the story of Feyre, a huntress. One day she kills a wolf to bring home its prey, and it changes her life forever. The life of the magical creature she killed must be payed with her own – and she is imprisoned for life in the land of fairies, which she loathes and fears. But they aren’t as she imagined them to be, and little by little she discovers there are many lies and only a little truth to the tales she heard since she was a child…

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Hocus Pocus Book Tag

Thank you so much to Katie @ Never Not Reading for both creating this tag – which is so perfect for October! – and for tagging me! This is such a fun tag and I’m excited to answer it! Check Katie’s blog out, she’s majorly responsible for my to-read list’s length and I am sure she’ll enlarge yours too! If you tag yourself in this, please link back to her post so she can check out people’s answers and get credit for the tag! 😀

Rules:

There are no rules.

The Sanderson Sisters

A great trilogy.

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I’ll choose a childhood’s favorite here and name His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman, which, along with Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, is one of my most re-read series! Continue reading

Review: Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

Add to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

I don’t suppose this review will be a surprise if you read the Wolf Hall one. I absolutely loved this book. It follows the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and as Wolf Hall, through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, who is under the favor of Henry VIII. The Boleyn family will not allow Anne to be replaced so easily and will use any power and influence they have to prevent it. At the same time, a shy, quiet girl catches the eye of the King: Jane Seymour. Continue reading

The Book Blogger Test Tag

The lovely Chelle from Chelle’s Book Ramblings has tagged me on this fun tag! Thank you so much, Chelle!! I love the way she expresses what she thinks in thoughtful, measured and honest ways in her blog, and I particularly enjoy Chelle’s discussion posts! Here are a few I loved reading: Strong Female Lead Vs Damsel in Distress, Reviewing New Releases vs “Older” Books, The Appeal of the Fictional Bad Boy.

Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog

2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post

3. Nominate at least five people to do it also

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