Saturday, 22 October 2016

Spooktober Discussions: Jekyll and Hyde

Hey guuys, happy Saturday! 
I know you're all probably really confused right now because I NEVER post on Saturdays. Ever. But I had to this week because SO many blog posts to squeeze in to Spooktober and so little time. So here we are! 
Today I wanted to talk with you guys about Jekyll and Hyde! I just read it for the first time, if you haven't read's 74 pages. It took me under an hour to read it. You can read it pretty fast, so if you want to read a classic for Halloween but you're not up for a load of pages of...well...classic, then The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is definitely the one for you! 

Because this book is so freaking short, this discussion post isn't going to be the complete monster that Frankenstein was! I actually found myself quite pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to read the book, at times Frankenstein was a bit of a mission, but Jekyll and Hyde was a breeze and it was fast paced. Although I was really surprised in the beginning because I was like...wait....where's Jekyll? I was expecting it to be narrated by him, to add a creep factor when he transforms and either doesn't remember or does or whatever I thought was going to happen! But no, we have Jekyll's lawyer and friend telling us all about what happened and Jekyll at the end for one chapter. One. 

I loved the London of the book, it had a foggy atmosphere that fit with the story, and the story is definitely a psychological one and I don't know about you guys, but it made me think a little bit. I knew the basics of the story about him wanting to split off the "bad" half of him (it's explained way better in the book okay, I'm just paraphrasing and mind blanking at the same time) and that's pretty much all I knew. I've seen the stage show (that was totally a thing, in case anyone else remembers or saw it, I totally have the soundtrack and I have no idea why) and obviously Hyde has come out to play in Once Upon a Time and they gave it a nice little twist. 

I have to be honest. When I watched OUAT and I saw Jekyll and Hyde I was like the dude that looks like Lurch is totally Hyde because he looked like what I pictured Hyde to look like. I've always pictured like a pale, Victorian version of the hulk but like..without the green. Now I've read the book I see how wrong I am. He looks nothing like Hyde and OUAT's twist is kind of less surprising now. I've not actually watched any of the movie versions but I think I might have to, just out of curiosity because I've heard tell that the movies took that "hairy hand" bit and ran with it and went full werewolf. So that should be interesting. 

I loved the writing, like I said it was easy to understand it was straight to the point with it's message and no slogging was necessary. There where some brilliant sentences in the book, and I'll put some of them down in the quotes section! The strange thing was, I can imagine reading this at the time when it just came out, and not knowing what was going on with Jekyll and it being a huge surprise and I imagine that added more of a scare factor to the book, but reading it now, in this day and age, when everyone and their dog knows what the deal is with Jekyll and Hyde it kind of took the shock reveal away from it. So it wasn't as scary and gruesome as I thought it was going to be, but it had a nice dark atmosphere to it. Plus the whole "the monsters taking over" kinda thing. But as I was reading I was like "Wow, okay. So if you don't already know what happens Stevenson's done a good job of keeping you guessing" I kinda wanted to do the Men in Black mind wipe thing to get the full "OMG" factor. 

I really enjoyed this book...or should I call it a novella? Either way, I enjoyed reading it despite the fact that it's a book that's pretty much been spoiled for everyone, ever. It's fun to see how Stevenson wrote the story to hide what was going on, so you don't lose too much enjoyment of it. The last thing I have to say is that I loved the ending. I don't know what it is about the ending and the final sentence but I just loved how Stevenson finished it off! There's something about that final sentence and if it wasn't kinda late at night and I wasn't so tired, I'd probably be able to be semi-intelligent about it! 

So what did you guys think of Jekyll and Hyde? 

Favourite Quotes: 

"O my poor old Harry Jekyll, if ever I read Satan's signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend" 

"In the gloom of his spirits, he seemed to read a menace in the flickering of the firelight on the polished cabinets and the uneasy starting of the shadow on the roof."

"Here then, as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end." 

"If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also."

“With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.” 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Spooktober Recommends: Zombies & All Things Creepy

Okay's rec post is kind of a mix of things! I was going to do Zombies separately to the monsters/creepy/etc rec post, but turns out there aren't enough days in the month for all the rec posts that I have planned for you guys, and the reviews and the here we go! 
First up I'm gonna hit you guys with Zombies, and I only came up with four. I know there are more, but I've only read four. So...I need to work on that clearly! 

Zombies *undeadly groan*

She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

This is one of my favourite series, I'm not going to lie, I stumbled across it at the library and completely loved it. Sure it has the tendency to be a little cheesy, but it's a great series, honest! It has a brilliant twist on zombies, and there's plenty of action and romance blended together to keep you reading! I'm still iffy on the fourth book though! 

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria - a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible - until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. 

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead - and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

Another library find! Honestly, I find libraries are the best place to stumble across hidden gems! I found this to be such an original and fun read, and I'm forever gutted there isn't a third book! There needs to be more from this world, I'm not going to lie! Anyway, this is a really fun read and Lia has another book out that's awesome and set in an alternate 50's that's full of magic, Familiar Things is totally worth a read too! 

There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

I'm sure if you've seen my instagram over the last day or so, you'll see that I've read this and the sequel in one sitting each. Seriously. Took me about three hours to read each one, and I'm a quarter of the way through the third and final one! These had been on my list for ages, and then I read Truthwitch, the first in Susan's new series, and I had to read these! So I finally got them and Halloween has provided the perfect TBR bumping opportunity! These are original, fun, and the romance is too cute you guys! 

Monsters, Creepiness and Everything Else

Okay, so, for this section...sure they might not be traditionally Halloween-y but I know a lot of you guys don't like being creeped out or you know...terrified when reading! These are all YA, and they've got loads of different things about them, there's monsters, humour, romance, a little bit of creepiness if old photos creep you know exactly what book I'm talking about, no doubt! ANYWAY. While these might not all immediately scream Halloween, most of them have a vibe/atmosphere that kinda fits with it, and makes them books you feel like you should probably read in October! (Plus a couple of these are ones I just couldn't work out what damn category to put them in because it's been a while since I read them!) 

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

I love everything Victoria writes, I'm not going to lie to you and after reading ADSOM I pretty much picked up everything else she'd written. Seriously. Including one out of print book. This may not seem all that Halloween-y but I love the atmosphere to the book, and the vibe it has, and it's original AND I can't think of a better time of year to read it to be honest. 

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She's also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie's concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie's mother informs Maggie that she can't get her journeyman's license for hunting until she loses her virginity.

Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that. 

Maggie's battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy - fitting in with her peers - proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don't stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like "matching" and "footwear." Of course, they also can't clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they're lame and Maggie's not. Because Maggie's awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She'd be more than happy to tell you. 

After she finds herself a date.

This book is freaking hilarious, seriously. When I read it, it had me laughing out loud most of the time and I breezed through it in a very short time! It's the perfect Halloween read because it basically has everything in it. Vampires, ghosts, zombies etc and genuinely...cry laughing happened. Maggie's narrative is just too funny! Perfect for Halloween if you prefer to have a laugh rather than be creeped out! 

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Yes. Yes I have included a second book of Victoria's. Why? Because one, she's awesome! And two, it's totally fit for Halloween! Monsters. Monsters everywhere. And blood. Totally Halloween! Plus it's a brilliant read, so while it's not traditionally Halloween, it still fits, and I think you'll all enjoy the originality to it! 

Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh...

She can sense when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest boy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the dark forces behind Kaylee's power than she does.

And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason and only Kaylee knows who'll be next, she realises that finding a boyfriend is the least of her worries!

I read this entire series in like a week or whatever it was, and I'm putting it on the list because you know....Banshee. I think this is the only Banshee book I've actually read! It's kind of creepy at times, and there's eventually all this other stuff going on, and there's demons, and romance and plenty of awesome scenes that combine to keep you reading! There's also some surprising plot twists! 

When Lily Parker's guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, Lily was shocked. So was St. Sophia's.

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia's boarding school, Lily is surrounded by an ultra-rich bratpack. She's pretty sure her spoiled, petty, fashion-obsessed classmates are the most monstrous things she'll have to face, and surviving them and their cruel practical jokes is proving even tougher than the homework...

But on top of being the punchline to every joke, Lily's hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. All building have their creaks and groans - but Lily could swear that she's being watched.

The only thing keeping her sane, so far, is her roommate Scout. But something strange is going on there too - Scout keeps disappearing late at night, reappearing bruised and tired, and she won't tell Lily where's she's been... until, that is, a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school. Lost in the dark Lily hear's footsteps heading towards her - it's Scout and she's running from a real monster.

Scout is part of a group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers: magic users who've been corrupted by their power. Much as Lily would love to help, it's too dangerous without powers of her own - especially if she'd have to go up against the firespell herself...

Chloe Neill is one of my favourite authors, and it's largely down to this book! It was the first book of hers I had read, and I refuse to call it a trilogy because I'm still hoping for a fourth book because there could totally be a fourth book! This has plenty going on, magic, witches, werewolves...everything! It's plenty of fun, and action, and I'm getting all nostalgic writing this so I think a re-read is in order! 

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Of course this is on the list! This book has plenty of creepiness to it, not least because of the photos. Seriously. Some of them really freaked me out, like the ones with white eyes, and even some of the regular ones. There's something about old photos that are both fascinating and...creepy! This is yet another book full of originality and it has a brilliant story that sucks you in. READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE BECAUSE YOU NEED THE FULL EFFECT! 


Spooktober Review: Tales of the Peculiar

Tales of the Peculiar 
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy 
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.

Okay, so, this is such a great addition to the Peregrine's Home books! I really feel like this book kind of rounds it out, The Last Ymbbryne for instance, had a great connection to the books and, our characters visited St. Pauls and the pigeons...I fangirled a hell of a lot while I was reading this, I can't lie! It's been a while since I read Peregrine's and this has given me the urge to re-read so badly! I loved reading about all these different Peculiars, and what they could do and how they coped with their talents and I could see how the stories would influence the Peculiars in the books. 

Tales of the Peculiar is completely and utterly gorgeous, it has to be said! Sure the cover is, but the inside is even more stunning! There's a full page illustration at the beginning of each story and I LOVED how the first letter of the first sentence of each story was all illuminated, I believe the word is, like in really old books, so fancy! 

I really did love the stories in the book, they where short, they where easy to read, they brought a smile to my face...even the ones that where a little bit grim. Hello cannibals! I liked what we got to see of the characters and I could feel for them as I read. I loved getting to see the history of the Peculiars as I read the stories, their history was kind of like the whole Salem/general Witches thing back in the day. I thought the stories where witty/humorous in a way that matched the Peregrine's books, they where darkly arm and a leg for instance. 

I love Riggs's writing style, I love how he presented the stories, and I loved how they fit in with the books! I seriously loved this book, I can't say it enough! I was so hoping he'd do a book like this and then it was announced and it was like the best day ever! It's like the Peculiar version of Grimms! That's the only comparison I can think of! Morality and macabre merge together and it's so well done!  


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Spooktober Review: The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost 
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy 
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

When the Americans Mr and Mrs Otis and their four children move into Canterville Chase, its previous occupant Lord Canterville warns them that the ghost of his ancestor still haunts the house. Their disbelief is soon shattered by the nightly sound of rattling chains in the hallways and the appearance of mysterious bloodstains in the living room. However, the ghost struggles to intimidate his new victims, as they counter his ghoulish behaviour with typically transatlantic pragmatism, offering lubricator for his chains and cleaning up the stains with detergent. As the spirit is deserted by his capacity to scare, Virginia, the Otises' daughter, gets to know him and learns the tragic tale behind his sad fate.

I'm not going to lie to you guys, I completely forgot that this book was, not only by Oscar Wilde, but an actual book! I've seen one of the film versions and I genuinely never realised! So I was quite excited to read this one and I was pleasantly surprised when I started to read! 

Usually when I read a classic that isn't a modern classic, I assume the language is going to give me trouble in the beginning until I get used to it. I've literally just read a twelve book series in like four days, and I figured the language difference was going to hit me even harder than usual but nope. The language in this book is surprisingly easy to read! I breezed through this book super fast, and I was completely entertained! 

Along with Canterville Ghost there are three other stories, The Sphinx Without a Secret, The Model Millionaire and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime! The last of those titles is a long one, but the other two are quite short and they're comic mystery stories which had you reading and at some points, shaking your head at the character, especially in Arthur Savile, I was reading it like "This is not going to end well" but then it took a turn I wasn't expecting. Considering what I know of Dorian Gray I was expecting these stories to be darker than they where, and a lot creepier, but not at all! 

The stories are humorous and witty and a lot of fun, actually! In Canterville Ghost, I felt sorry for the poor old ghost while I was reading, and I kinda didn't like the twins because I ended up being strangely on the side of the ghost! Odd for me, considering they freak me out to another level. I wasn't entirely sure where Sphinx was going, but I felt like it had a bit of a tragic bent considering what happened to the woman. Not like doom and gloom tragedy but it was a bit sad. I knew exactly what Model Millionaire was doing, it's like the only one that I could work out! I was incredibly proud of myself! As for Arthur Savile's Crime...for some odd reason I could picture it as a film, like some sort of odd comedy film! 

All in all Canterville Ghost is a brilliant collection of stories and they're a lot of fun to read! As with all Alma editions, you have the notes to add context and answer terminology questions, the information on the author and on his works! So you get to read the stories and learn more about them and the person who wrote them, which I always enjoy! 


Spooktober Recommends: Demons

Time for another recommends post you guys! 
Today it's all about demons! There's magic too, but it's mainly demons which is why they're in this category! I've got some other fun rec posts coming your way right up until Halloween, and I've got a rec post for Halloween that, while short, should be good! 
There's a mix here, it's all YA, but there's a historical one for you history nerds, some dystopian kinda ones, and then you know...regular modern day ones! Some of my ultimate favourite authors are in this list too, like "auto buy and would love them even if they wrote really bad fan fic not for my ship" kinda favourite. 

London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family's housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.

There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

This is legitimately one of my favourite books of the year, I loved it! I loved the writing, the language, the plot, the romance and the characters and it hooked me in and kept me reading. I love the twist on demons in this book as well! 

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

I will read ANYTHING that Jennifer writes. ANYTHING. I find it really hard to make decisions and I can't really choose an ultimate favourite author, but Jennifer is tied with a couple of others for that position and I met her at an event in the summer and she was so lovely, it has to be said! I'm gonna ask you all not to judge this by the title/cover. It's a brilliant trilogy, with demons and gargoyles. I loved that because when have you ever read a YA book about gargoyles? I couldn't say that I had before I read this! Jennifer's a great writer, she has brilliant characters, as well as plot and romance and action. Plus there's always plenty of humour! 

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

Rachel is another of my favourite authors, and this is the first in a duology. It's original, in many aspects, and is a breeze to read through because the book keeps you glued to the page! Demons...exorcists...totally Halloween right?! 

Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.

This is a series I stumbled across on NetGalley when this book was up to review, and I still  haven't read the third book yet because I think they changed publisher, but I'm not sure, I kinda lost track. ANYWAY. This book is a lot of fun, mostly because of Meda and her narrative/inner monologue! It's definitely worth a read, if you fancy reading from the point of view of the "villain". 

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary demon trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

I can't remember how I came across this series, but I totally read all four in like..four days! Of course, now there's a novella and a fifth book, that I still need to get and read, but still! I loved these. There was a kinda Ghostbusters vibe to the beginning of the first book, there's romance and creepy demons and I love Jana's writing! I had no idea that these books are like basically out of print, but luckily the bind up of the first two is still available! 

Nick and his brother Alan are on the run with their mother, who was once the lover of a powerful magician. When she left him, she stole an important charm - and he will stop at nothing to reclaim it. Now Alan has been marked with the sign of death by the magician's demon, and only Nick can save him. But to do so he must face those he has fled from all his life - the magicians - and kill them. So the hunted becomes the hunter...but in saving his brother, Nick discovers something that will unravel his whole past... 

Sarah is another of my ultimate favourite authors, and this is the first book of hers that I got to read! I went to the library one weekend, as you do when you want something to read and you're a school student with limited funds, and I picked this up because it sounded intriguing. Next thing I knew, I'd read this and was back at the library to grab the others in the trilogy! I read them SO fast and then grabbed the first Lynburn Legacy book and then had to wait for each new book which was painful but there you go. ANYWAY. Demon's Lexicon is a great read with a great narrative, and it's a great read for all year round, let alone just Halloween! (As are all of these recs to be honest!)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Cover Reveal: Remnant

Hey guys! 
I'm so excited to share the cover for the third Oversight book with you today! I completely loved The Oversight when I read it, it was original and fun and a read that has you glued to the page to find out what happens next! The world sucks you in and you completely lose track of the real world as you get engrossed in the story! 

The Oversight is most dangerous when most reduced. There are many dead and gone who did not remember that.
The Oversight of London has been sworn for millennia to prevent the natural and the supernatural worlds from preying on each other.
Now, at its lowest ebb, with its headquarters destroyed and its last members scattered far and wide, this secret society will battle for survival and face the harshest foe it has ever met: itself. 
The final instalment in the Oversight trilogy; this dark and beguiling series comes to a thrilling end in The Remnant. M. R. Carey says "exciting, exhilarating, scary and moving in equal measure, The Oversight is a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realised"
I'm so excited for this book, and if you haven't read The Oversight yet, you should get on it immediately! Now that the third book is finally coming out, you can even read all three in one go which I know some of you like to do to avoid pesky cliffhangers, which is fair enough! 

Now...without further ado...the cover....

...are you ready? 

The cover is totally gorgeous....

.....are you guys prepared for that?

Can you handle it?

Are you really ready? 


Are you sure? 

Okay....... we go.....

....check it out....


Pretty sweet cover right? I love all of The Oversight covers, and for the final book we get another gorgeous cover and it's gonna look so good with the other books! I actually can't stop staring at the cover, so that's what I'm gonna be doing for the rest of the day....

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