Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Anthology​

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Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: N/A
Publisher: Speak
First published August 18th, 2015
Genres: Anthologies, YA, Horror, Paranormal
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
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For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke and Cat Winters.

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Series: N/A
Publisher: Macmillan
Published September 26th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Historical Fiction
Pages: 415
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

And now there’s a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.”

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The Horror Movie Book Tag

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I’ve been saving this tag since the beginning of the year but it’s finally time for it! What’s better than a horror movie book tag done in Halloween time, right? It’s just the perfect theme! 

I was tagged by Mandy @Bookprincessreviews so thank you so much for the tag and I’m so sorry that it took me approximately eons to do it! 😓 Make sure you guys check out her amazing blog and her answers to this tag here!

I was also tagged by Maya @Firebreathingbookdragon so thank you so much and once again sorry it took SO long! >.< Make sure you guys also check out her amazing blog and of course her answers to this tag here!

*I didn’t put the images of the tag in my post mainly because some creep me out. But you can find them on Mandy’s post, Maya’s post linked up. Or at the creator of the tag, linked below!*

So, let’s get started!

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Spookathon TBR

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Hey guys! So, recently on Youtube, I saw that BooksandLala is hosting a Spookathon with Bookerly and Paige’s Pages. This is the first readathon I participate in and I’m not sure how this will go since I have no idea what that week will have in reserve for me… But it seems really exciting, so I will give it a try!

The spookathon starts on October 16 and ends on October 22, 2017. It will be the whole week and we have 5 challenges!Read More »

Halloween Mood Reads!

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Are you already in Halloween mood? Don’t worry! I have some amazing book to share with you guys that will guarantee some amazing time! And if you are not in the mood yet, I am sure that after reading some of these you will be!

So, last year I did two Halloween posts: Best Halloween Books and Best Halloween Movies. But this year I decided to do just a bookish one. I absolutely love this time of the year and I feel that I’ve been reading some really good books just right for Halloween! So, I hope you guys enjoy this post and get to read some of these books if you haven’t already!Read More »

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published September 5th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Pages: 362
Format: Hardback
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“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

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October Wrap-up And November TBR

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Hey there book lovers!!

This is halloween, this is halloween

Halloween! halloween! halloween! halloween!

Happy Halloween you all!!

-Yeah yeah I know it’s tomorrow but I am celebrating today since tomorrow is  Monday …-

And it’s time for a October Wrap-up! I can’t believe it’s already the end of October…It’s passing so fast >.< But I can’t really complain because… next stop… CHRISTMAS!! ❤ Ah I love this time of the year with the exception of the cold… 😛

This month I read 10 books with one being a manga book and two of them being kind of a re-read. I say kind of because the first time I read those books they were in a different language! I also started one more but I couldn’t end it by the end of the month so it will move to November!

 

So for this month we have:

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  1. Coraline – Neil Gaiman – ★★★½☆☆
  2. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman – ★★★★★
  3. Fortunately, the Milk – Neil Gaiman – ★★★½☆☆
  4. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – ★★★★★
  5. A Wizard’s Forge – A.M. Justice – ★★★★★
  6. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer – ★★★★☆
  7. New Moon – Stephenie Meyer – ★★★★☆
  8. Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Manga – Jun Asuka – ★★★½☆☆
  9. Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer -★★★☆☆
  10. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella – ★★★★☆

 

For October I read mainly some halloween-y type of books! I read 3 books by Neil Gaiman and I really liked them but I was expecting to like them more… Maybe it’s because they are middle grade books and it’s difficult for me to enter in that spirit 😛 Anyway from all the 3 I can say that I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Graveyard Book! It was beautiful and super creative! And that was also the one I had the higher hopes on!

I read one classic – Sense and Sensibility and I couldn’t have loved it more! I never expected enjoying it this much but now I am much more excited to read some more classics!

A Wizard’s Forge was a book I requested to read in my computer and it’s difficult to read it there because I hate the light but  I was so hooked! I loved it so much! Much probably will be a favorite of this year! Next time I hope I will be able to read them in a kindle – so much easier 😛

And to end this months book I started re-reading the first books of Twilight, I remember really liking them but I never read the rest of them. So I thought Halloween was the perfect time!

This month is difficult to choose a favorite… I really loved The Graveyard BookSense and Sensibility and A Wizard’s Forge. But the one that made me more surprised was definitely A Wizard’s Forge! 

 

– You can check my page: https://bookneeders.wordpress.com/my-2016-reads/ for more information about all the books I read through the year – I will update the list every week with the reviews of every book so make sure you check it out!❤ – and about the books themselves through the links to Goodreads!


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For my November TBR, I already made a list of the books that I want to read because I think it’s the perfect month for some of them. I usually read a bit more “heavy” books in November, don’t really know why but I just enjoy them more…

I will pick up:

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I started Breaking Dawn in October and I will end it this month and conclude the Twilight Saga!

This month I will also read two e-books that I got from NetGalley – The Story Traveler and maybe All that Remains and I think I will finally read the Millennium trilogy! I already saw the movie for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but I never read the book so I will read them all this month since I thought the movie was super “heavy” and the books probably too. And hopefully I will see the rest of the movies!

If I can still read Life and Death from Twilight this month I will but I won’t put i in my TBR for now because I don’t think I can since the Millennium Trilogy is quite big.

 

What was your favorite book in October?

What book are you most anxious to read in November?

Hope you all have an amazing HALLOWEEN!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Series: Standalone

Published by Bloomsbury

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Children

Pages: 192

Format: Paperback

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“Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . .”

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

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Recently Coraline and her parents have moved into one of those wonderful old houses that are sometimes converted into flats. Both of Coraline’s parents work at home, and sometimes she feels a bit ignored and bored. In those times she is encouraged to explore and so she does. First her neighbors. The Misses Spink and Forcible are two retired actresses who live together in the bottom flat, and up above is Mr. Bobo, who is an avid circus trainer of mice.

When her father tells her to count every door and window and everything blue, she does and finds out a door that it’s locked. That only leads to a brick wall. Well, most of the time it does. On some occasions, it opens up on a world just like this one, where Coraline finds her other mother, other father, and even other neighbors.

At first it seems quite nice, people pay more attention to her there, the toys are better, and, of all things, the cat talks. Soon Coraline finds all is not quite as it seems. Everyone has buttons for eyes, her other mother has strange hands that seem to have a life of their own, and there are a remarkable number of rats. Coraline has to face her fears if she wants to make things right.

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Wow. That was a creepy book. I am glad I didn’t read this when I was a kid. Although I would have loved it anyway, I am pretty sure I would have nightmares…

Coraline was a pretty interesting book with a lovely moral! I loved how Neil Gaiman approached the subject; how straightforward and simplistic it was and mainly all Neil Gaiman’s books are. I really like his writing, it’s captivating, simple but interesting and in this case creepy.

I really liked Coraline as the main character: she was down to earth, simple but different, “independent” and also brave even when she was scared! Of course, it’s easy to show to a kid all they ever wanted and have a yes as an answer but Coraline saw the truth behind it – well with a bit of help but she did – and gave her everything to make it good.

I am also a BIG fan of Chris Riddell’s draws. I think they are fantastic!! Always slightly/totally creepy but amazing! And in this book, they really complemented it so well! I  loved this edition!


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I thought I saw this movie a long time ago but apparently, I didn’t and I am very happy about that! I never thought it would be like this. I loved the animation but I don’t think it’s a movie I would see again (maybe), or at least in many years. Don’t get me wrong, it was pretty cool, – cool and scary at the same time – and I actually liked it but there’s something that messes up with me when a movie I think it’s for kids turns this creepy…. SO glad I saw it but not again.

 

 

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Have you read or seen the movie?

Which one did you like better?

Best Halloween Movies

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Hi book lovers!!!

Halloween is almost here!! YEEY

And like always I gather some movies to see in that week! ❤

I am not a very big fan of Horror movies so I will do a mix of 15 movies – some scary and some just pure nice halloween related.

I love movies with supernatural elements like magic, vampires, witches and so on so I decided to share them and see if you guys could give me some ideas of movies that I haven’t thought about!

I will also mention some series that I usually see around this time of the year until Christmas and some others that I am seeing this year or that I feel that it would be nice to.

All the titles will be linked to IMDB.

Hope you guys like the ideas!

In no particular order let’s get to this:

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1. Hocus Pocus

This is one of my ultimate favorite movies! It’s so much fun and with all the halloween aspect a person can ask for! It’s passed in 1693 in Salem where there is some weird looking witches – The Sanderson sisters – that want to absorb every kid’s youth for them to live forever!  I love old times feeling of movies so it’s right out my alley! Obviously I see it every halloween!! ❤

2. Halloweentown

This is a trilogy but in my opinion the first one is the best. It’s  a super fun teenage type of movie. It started with a teenage named Marnie arguing with her mother on why can’t she and her siblings go out on halloween, when their grandmother comes for her annual halloween visit. She is an experienced witch and wants to tell them all about halloween and the parallel world where she lives called Halloween Town. It’s the perfect cute halloween type of movie!

3. The Addams Family

A classic! I love it!! Addams family is just creepy awesomeness! I used to see the cartoon when I was little and I think it was because of that that I turned in such a fan of halloween in general! I love how macabre and bizarre it is!

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4. Beetlejuice

This one I am ashamed to say I haven’t seen but I bet it’s just as good as Sweeney Todd or Edward Scissorhands! So I decided to include it here and I will totally see it this halloween!! YEY Although this movie is a comedy fantasy and it talks about ghosts that are hunting their former home!

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

I love this movie and I usually see it every year! The best part other than the characters design is for sure the music! ‘This is halloween’ it’s just freaking awesome!! I kinda sing it all over the year but I would say it makes more sense now haha…

6. Corpse Bride

I think you can slightly notice a pattern here… I love everything Tim Burton! And this one is also a super nice halloweenie one! It’s so cute and once again the characters are so cool!!

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7. Frankenweenie

This one has a slightly darker side than Corpse Bride and it’s a awesome movie!! Full of emotions and in ‘black and white’ 😛 It’s about a boy that loves since and when his dog dies he tries to getting back to life! But soon is idea turn into chaos for the all city!

8. Sleepy Hollow

Another Tim Burton’s movie… I really like this one because it’s passed in 1799 and I love old type of movies! This one has everything, it’s slightly creepy but not scary, it has that weird feeling of a small town and all the conspiracies and also witchcraft! Plus I love Christina Ricci!

9. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

It’s about a vampire that talks about his early life to the interviewer and we are transported to 1791 where everything started. I really like this movie! It’s a bit creepy sometimes but not that much in my opinion, just the right amount! But it’s an awesome movie! And of course I love vampires so….


Here starts the slightly more scary ones…

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10. Poltergeist

This movie is set in a California suburb, the plot focuses on a family whose home is invaded by malevolent ghosts that abduct the family’s younger daughter. This was not that scary okay… It was pretty cool actually but it defiantly has a bit of a creep to it… definitely not as scary as for example The Sinister in using children but much better movie! Of course it has more impact with kids in the plot but this one didn’t change so much the fact of using them or not, it didn’t bother me so much.

11. The Exorcist

This was a nice one but pretty disgusting if you ask me… Gave me the creeps! But it has a nice feeling to it, old type. Basically all the movie is around a 12 years old girl that is possessed and her mother tries to do everything to have her back, including exorcism.

12. The Omen

I saw this movie long ago and I didn’t know the name. This year I found it again and saw it. I really liked the first movie. It’s just slightly creepy and it has once again that old feeling to it!  The film talks about a young child adopted at birth by American Ambassador Robert Thorn without her wife knowing, after their own son is stolen at birth. They are surrounded by mysterious and ominous deaths, unaware that the child is the Antichrist.

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13. Annabelle

I actually really liked this one! It’s super scary in my opinion but I have seen it so much anyway! But I remember the first time I saw it I didn’t sleep that great HAHA “In 1970, John and Mia live in Santa Monica and they are expecting their first child. John gives her a doll that she has been trying to find. At night, Mia hears a murder occurring at their neighbors – the Higgins – house . When Mia calls the police, she is attacked by a woman holding the doll and a male accomplice.  John and the police arrive and kill the man while the woman kills herself by slitting her own throat. A drop of her blood falls on the face of the doll in her arms. A news report shows that the assailants were Annabelle Higgins and her boyfriend.” And there it starts.

14. The Conjuring

Other one that surprisingly I really liked. It’s for sure scary but it’s a great movie!  gathered a lot of pillows and still it kinda freaked me out… But I am a chicken so… A family with 5 children move to a new farmhouse. Paranormal events occur within the first few nights: all of the clocks stop at exactly 3:07 AM and so on. Until they see that the only option is to call demonologists – Ed and Lorraine Warren – who agree to take on the case.

15. The Visit

This movie was so freaking messed up! And it really scared me in some moments!! It was the weirdest thing ever! Two kids that never met their grandparents do to their mothers divorce her invited to spend some time at their house. They know that their mother hasn’t talked to them in 15 years so they want to film a documentary to later show her. Their grandparents give them some rules and one of them is to never leave the room after 9.30pm. But everything goes wrong when they do.


For some halloween appropriate series I have:

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1. Charmed

One of my ultimate favorite series! It’s about a trio of sisters that learn that they are witches and have to combine their powers – The Power of Three – to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks.

2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch

I have seen this series countless times! It’s about a teenage girl named Sabrina Spellman, who, on her sixteenth birthday, discovers she has magical powers. She lives with her 600-year-old aunts, witches Hilda and Zelda, and a talking cat Salem. The series shows her life as a witch in the normal world.

3. Supernatural

I saw this so long ago! And I really should re-watch it!  The series follows the two brothers – Sam and Dean – as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings in the world!

4. Ghost Whisperer

I love Ghost Whisperer and I love Melinda Gordon and her style. This show talked about Melinda who has a gift. She can talk to the dead and she has to help them end their unfinished business and walk them into the light. It’s a sure fun show with a darker side!

5. Sleepy Hollow

This is the only one I haven’t seen from my list but it’s very well ranked and seems pretty interesting. I would definitely try it out!

6. American Horror Story

I actually really enjoyed seeing this series. It’s the weirdest thing ever but it’s pretty cool! I only saw 4 seasons but I really enjoyed it. They sure are odd and sometimes I was so hooked seeing it that I couldn’t so anything more! It’s super addicting. I really liked season 2 and 3.

Also the new series Stranger Things in Netflix is pretty cool !!

What’s your favorite halloween movie?

Review: Disney Manga Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas

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Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Author: Jun Asuka

Publisher: TokyoPop

Genres: Manga, Comics, Children

Pages: 173

Format: ebook

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

  • Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review

Manga publishing pioneer TOKYOPOP brings you a special edition gorgeous hardcover manga based on the classic Halloween masterpiece Disney Tim Burton s Nightmare Before Christmas. A must-have for manga fans, Tim Burton fans, and Halloween fans alike!! Collect this horrifying masterpiece!”

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This book is the exact same of the movie. It talks about Jack Skellington – the pumpkin king – of Halloween Town. He is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and he loved it and decides to do one himself. He tries to get the resident of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween but naturally they can’t understand it and they get it quite right.

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I really like this book because the movie is one of my favorites! And I really enjoyed reading it but I still prefer the movie!

The book turns the story way to short and simple and it loses a bit of the magic that you can feel in the movie. And where is the beginning? It started just with Jack being already bored of what he did this halloween but what did he do, where’s the world, the halloween part?

There were a few moments of the book where the lyrics for iconic songs were included to attempt to get some of that energy and power to the book, but it fell so flat and confusing in the same font.

Also I love Sally and in this book because it misses so much we hardly see her happy to see Jack! I mean we all know she is in love with him but we only see her sad in this manga, not the usual strength she has and her being one of my favorite characters was a bit of a let down.

To conclude I really liked the artwork so that’s a plus! It had a lot of detail and it kinda makes that halloween feeling! Also I continue to love the story and I would totally get it just because of that and the fact I love manga, but I wish it would have been bigger and more magical!

Here is some music to enter in the spirit 😀 I love it so much!!

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Have you seen the movie?

What’s your favorite character?