Top 10 Series I need to read in 2017



Review: The Leaving


Source: Goodreads

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Alterbrando
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

My Rating:


Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.

Top 10 Stand Alones I Wanna Read in 2017



Review: Dark Matter


Source: Goodreads

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Publisher: Crown

My Rating:




“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable--something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Review: Plutona


Source: Goodreads

Title: Plutona (Issues 1-5)
Author: Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox and Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Image Comics

My Rating:



PLUTONA follows the story of five suburban kids who make a shocking discovery while exploring the woods one day after school...the body of Plutona, the world's greatest superhero. A dark and heartbreaking journey about friendship and coming of age all through the lens of the superhero genre.

December Must Reads '16




November '16 Wrap Up


Review: The Sixth Event


*This book was sent to me through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*


Source: Goodreads

Title: The Sixth Event
Author: Kristen Morie-Osisek
Publisher: Smashwords Edition

My Rating:



Eighteen-year-old Raquel isn't eighteen anymore...

During Raquel's first semester of college, she witnesses the end of the world, only to wake up in her old room at her parents' house two years in the past. Even worse, it seems she's the only one who remembers—until Chris Lyley, a boy Raquel always thought was a loser, tells her he remembers the catastrophe.

Before long, they both discover new abilities. They're able to understand any language and teleport through time and space. If Raquel and Chris can figure out what caused the end of their world, maybe they can stop it.

Review: Every Heart a Doorway


Source: Goodreads

Title: Every Heart A Doorway
Series: Wayward Children
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Tor.com

My Rating:


Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children:
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Guests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.


Book Travelling Thursday





Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Catia.

This week’s topic is:
 It’s Thanksgiving! Choose a book you’re thankful you read.

Review: It's All Absolutely Fine

*This book was sent to me through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*


Source: Goodreads

Title: It's all absolutely fine: Life is complicated so I've drawn it instead
Author: Ruby Elliot
Publisher: Trapeze
Release Date: November 17th 2016

My Rating:


IT'S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE is a darkly comic, honest and unapologetic illustrated account of the daily struggles with mental health. Ruby Elliot, aka Rubyetc, is the talent behind the hit tumblr account, 'Rubyetc', which has over 220k followers and growing. Taking readers on a journey through the ups and downs of life, the book will encompass everything from anxiety, bipolar disorder and body image to depression and identity, shining a light on very real problems - all framed with Ruby's trademark humour and originality.

Ruby balances mental health with humour, making serious issues accessible - and very funny. With the superb talent to capture the essence of human emotion (and to make you laugh out loud), this book is as important and necessary as it is entertaining. IT'S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE will include mostly never-before-seen material, both written and illustrated, and will be an empowering book that will make you laugh, make you think, and make things ok.

Beat The Backlist Challenge




Beat the Backlist is a challenge created by the amazing blogger Novelknight and it consists on picking up books that have been on your tbr for a while and have been pushed aside by new releases.

Review: Her Dark Curiosity


Source: Goodreads

Title: Her Dark Curiosity
Series: The Madman's Daughter #2
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

My Rating:
 



Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this tantalizing sequel to Megan Shepherd's gothic suspense novel The Madman's Daughter explores the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save them from themselves.

Back in London after her trip to Dr. Moreau's horrific island, Juliet is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget her father's legacy. But soon it's clear that someone—or something—hasn't forgotten her, as people close to Juliet start falling victim to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes. Has one of her father's creations also escaped the island?

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, her past bubbling to the surface, and her life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.


The Fall Activities Book Tag



I first saw this post on Novellique's blog and I thought I would do it because it sounded fun. You are all tagged to do it, if you feel like it.


Review: The Girl in 6E


Source: Goodreads

Title: The Girl in 6E
Author: A.R. Torre
Series: Deanna Madden #1
Publisher: Redhook

My Rating:



I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.
Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?


November Must Reads




This month I have decided not to do a TBR per se but a must reads in the sense that I really don't stick to tbr's all that often, though I still have some books that I will read this month.

And they are:

Source: Goodreads

Pottermore Presents Trilogy
by J.K. Rowling

I really need to get to these. I have been putting them off for a while mostly because I don't know if I really need more information on the world of Hogwarts or if I should leave it as is. Do you know the feeling? Like enough is enough, please don't ruin it?
 That's what I feel with these and that's also why I haven't read "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" that and also the negativity surrounding it...

Source: Goodreads

by Michelle Hodkin

I stopped reading this book in order to get to some Halloween reads for a read-a-thon I was participating in, and I need to read ASAP and finish this series. The last book ended in a such a cliffhanger and I need to know how it ends.
Plus I also miss Mara and her weird ass problems.


Halloween Read-A-Thon Wrap Up




Halloween Read-A-Thon was hosted by Lauren @ WonderlessReviews and it took place from the 10th to the 31st of October.

By the way, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Unfortunately I didn't do so well, mostly because life happened but I did my best.

During this read-a-thon I read 2 novels, 80% of a short story collection and a graphic novel which was not in my plans but I'm still counting it in since it had a creepy factor. Full reviews for the books I read will come eventually.


Review: The Madman's Daughter


Source: Goodreads

Title: The Madman's Daughter
Series: The Madman's Daughter #1
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

My Rating:




Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London, working as a maid and trying to forget the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumours about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he's alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she's determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the secret of her father's new life: He experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans.

Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius - and madness - in her own blood.

September Haul



I have decided to come up with this rule that I can only buy 2 books per month and only if I have read some of the physical books that I already own, but this month was also my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend and you guessed it, I asked for books.

So I bought myself the following books:

Source: Goodreads

The Leaving by Tara Alterbrando - I was really interested in this book from the moment I read the synopsis and I knew I had to have it. I was a bit disappointed with the plot though. I will talk about it in dept in my review of it.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - The last book in this series ended with a major cliffhanger and I could not pass the opportunity to have it.

And my Boyfriend got me these:

Source: Goodreads


A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd - I just need to finish this trilogy and see if Juliet becomes more annoying or not ahah

Hollow City and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs - Because I need to catch up and finish the stupid amount of series that I started in the past 2 years. Also because the movie is out and I wanna read the entire series and be a bit critical about it.

Did you get any books this month? Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think of them.

2016 Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR


This Read-A-Thon was created by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews and you can click the image above to go straight to the post or her name to go to her main page. She has a wonderful blog so check it out.

Here are the rules:

*The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October.
*You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon.
*You can read as many or as little books as you want!!!
*The books HAVE to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element!! (There's an exception though)
*Post your TBR link back to the original post so other people can join.
*Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media


Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door


Source: Goodreads

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Publisher: Usborne Publishing

My Rating:



Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?

Review: Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea



*I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*

Source: Goodreads


Title: Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea!
Author: Ben Clanton
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: October 4th 2016

Rating:


Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three stories. In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend.

Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever -- even though it doesn't have any words...or pictures!

Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship, the benefits of working together and the power of imagination in the delightful Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.


What are you reading Wednesday #1





My Halloween Reads




This year I have decided to do something different. I'm going to have a Halloween To Be Read pile with a selection of books that I will read between now and halloween.

Some of the books I am choosing to read are not typical horror, but have some sort of paranormal aspect to them. Some are novels and some are short stories.

I am very curious about what people are reading this halloween so let me know in the comments what your halloween tbr pile consists of.

Some of these books should have been read last year but oh well, what can you do?