Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year. I get so excited to get dressed up as the character I’ve chosen all day! Today I will bring you a few books that are dark, haunting, and great… the perfect theme for Halloween that I find very interesting and you may or may not heard of them. Let’s get to the books!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

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For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

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Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl opens on the occasion of Amy and Nick Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. (How romantic.) Amy disappears under very disturbing circumstances. (Less romantic.) Nick and Amy Dunne were the golden couple when they first began their courtship. Soul mates. They could complete each other’s sentences, guess each other’s reactions. They could push each other’s buttons. They are smart, charming, gorgeous, and also narcissistic, selfish, and cruel.

They complete each other–in a very dangerous way. –Gillian Flynn

That does it for my list of horror picks! If you didn’t get to at least of these good books this month which is highly likely, you can still get to your horror books until the end of November. If you’re reading them in December, then that may be a little creepy. *snickers*

October Book Haul!

I bought quite a few books this month. Some I can remember and some I don’t remember. Once I place them on my shelf, I forget which books I bought when, so hopefully I can list most of the books I bought this month!

1. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

2. Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy by Various Authors

3. The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

4. The Ghost Files 2 by Apryl Baker

5. Champion by Marie Lu

6. Out of Time by Monique Martin

7. Skeleton Park by Christina Smith

8. Code Breakers by Colin F. Barnes

9. Girl Behind Glass by Abby Wilder

10. Clarity by Loretta Lost

11. The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr

12. The Big Turnoff by Ellen Currey-Wilson

13. False Alarm by Marc Siegel

14. Fire by France D. Burton

15. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang

16. Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

17. The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan

I finished A Book. Great!…. Not Really.

Have you ever had a book that you never wanted to finish? I see myself feeling that way more and more. It seems as though a part of me gets really attached to the characters and their stories. I feel puzzled beyond belief or super emotional when I finish a book. Books I don’t develop feeling towards while reading are books I never finish!

I love reading books that make me feel like I’m in the story with the characters. When the book ends, I’m left wondering where the rest of the story is! I want it to continue. Most of the time books never end at a place I’m comfortable with it ending. Usually there’s a loophole I want filled. I want to know what happened to a supporting character, what made the main character do certain things, and what happens after the book ends. I know it’s never okay to ask what happens after the book ends (thinking outside of the book), but I can’t help myself!

Trilogies are a lot better on my senses, but not so much! I notice when the author drops a character who was in book 1 from book 2 and doesn’t care to discuss a separation or event that caused the character to be absent in book 2 and book 3. For example, the supporting character had a relationship with the main character in book 1 and in book 2 the supporting character isn’t mentioned. What happened?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has the gripe about certain books! If you’ve experienced this, tell me about your experience and include the title of the book(s). I’d love to check them out!

The Ghost Files: A Review

I’ve been trying to get away from reviewing books, but I love to review books that I enjoyed reading. I started reading The Ghost Files on Sunday and just finished the last two chapters this morning. I started reading this books with no expectations at all, but it surprised me!

It’s mainly about a foster teen named Mattie who is able to see and communicate with ghosts. She reminds me of Nancy Drew. Her life turns upside down when she is forced to talk to the ghosts to help find who kidnapped her foster sister. The story takes many twists and turns that I don’t want to reveal, but the story is well written! It has the right amount of comedy, thrill, and suspense.

I love Mattie as a character because she reminds me a lot myself. She is very smart, snarky, and a thinker. This book is not as simple as it seems. It is a work of fiction, but a lot of things you can take seriously like the facts about ghosts and her philosophy on life.

The ending took me for a loop that I couldn’t help but download The Ghost Files 2!! It picks up where the first book left off, of course and she has to solve yet another mystery involving her mother. I can’t wait to finish book 2 and start book 3! I’m very excited!

If you’re interested in reading, you can download the first book for free and decide whether or not you want to spend $2.99 for the second book. I believe it’s worth a try!

Currently Reading: The Ghost Files

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I decided to pick a horror book to read this week since Halloween is on Friday! The book I chose to read is called The Ghost Files. It’s about a foster child named Mattie who is able to see ghosts. Other than seeing ghosts, Mattie had a normal life since she moved to her town until she sees the ghost of her foster sister at a party. Soon she begins to investigate Sally’s death.

I’m only three chapters into this book but it is a mix of horror, suspense, and mystery. I can’t wait to finish it. I’m sure I will post my thoughts about it no later than Saturday. The novel is free in the Kindle Bookstore!

Kindle Freebie! Children of The After: Awakening (Book 1)

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It has been six months since their father locked them in the security vault with a promise to return. But he never came back. With supplies running out and vital life support systems failing, Jack, Samantha, and Will have no choice but to ignore their father’s warnings and leave the vault. With no knowledge of what befell the world outside, or what they might expect once the door is opened, they find themselves in a world they do not recognize.

Thrust into the remains of the world they remember, how will they survive on their own, not knowing what or who else remains amongst the ruins?

Requested For Review: The Woman Who Would Be King

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Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt’s throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king.  At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut out-maneuvered for a seat on the throne. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays in the veil of piety and sexual reinvention. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut shrewdly operated the levers of power to emerge as Egypt’s second female pharaoh.

I just ordered this book for review and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

2am At The Cat’s Pajamas

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Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. Still mourning the recent death of her mother, and caring for her grief-stricken father, she doesn’t realize that on the eve of Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia’s legendary jazz club The Cat’s Pajamas, where she’s determined to make her on-stage debut. On the same day, her fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who’s just moved back to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at The Cat’s Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever, unless someone can find a way to quickly raise the $30,000 that would save it.

2am At The Cat’s Pajamas is a very interesting book. It has a unique story line. I think it would have liked it better if I read it around Christmas. I really liked the ambitious nature of Madeleine. To say that she went through a lot with her mother dying and taking care of her father, she still kept her dream alive because it was something very important to her.  It is a quick read, so it won’t take you a whole week. I would recommend this book to music lovers.

I received this book from Blogging for books for review.