T5W: Gateway Books into YA Horror

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It’s that time of the week again and this week’s theme is gateway books into our favorite genre! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. They have a Goodreads groups that you can join to check out their monthly topics!

Because October is almost here, I decided to choose the Horror (Ghost/Zombies/Mosnters) genre. I decided to post my favorite horror books in here because I love recommending them to others and if you have read them and liked them, then we should fangirl together ♥ .

Image result for ghost drawing cartoon tumblr5.  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


 Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

This was my first YA horror book and I’ve been a fan of ghosts stories ever since. I really love the characters and each of their story was written really well. This is also not a typical ghost story . Anna’s character was 3 dimensional that you can’t just call her a ghost and leave it at that.She’s badass, she’s mean, she’s lonely and she’s amazing. 

4. Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith


Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world.

Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

Lockdown is more like a combination of The Maze Runner and The Escape Plan. Imagine being locked in jail where monsters are real. This book gave me goosebumps and the series was getting better and better.

3. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke


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
Cat Winters

I’m a fan of anthologies and this one is the best YA Anthology book ever published. This book has a lot of great authors who wrote hell-raising books.

2. Say Her Name by James Dawson


Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before… A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted ‘Queen of Teen’ author James Dawson.

Been a fan of Bloody Mary ever since I watched that horror movie when I was a kid. So far, this book has the best story about Bloody Mary and it deserves all the five star in the world.

  1. The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco


You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just killto get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”, based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

THE JAPANESE HAS THE BEST HORROR STORIES EVEEEER. This book is an auto-rec when it comes to horror books and it freaking deserves all the love that I have for it. I can’t get over this book and this will be a must read on Halloween. 

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So there it is. My Top Five Gateway Books to YA Horror. Have you read any horror books that you want to recommend? If yes, feel free to drop them and I’ll check them out. ❤


T5W: Books I want to have a sequel


It’s Wednesday and book bloggers know what happens when it’s Wednesday. It’s time for Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and you can follow them in their Goodreads group by clicking the link.

This week’s topic is :

Books You Wish Had Sequels
— Standalones that you wish had a sequel or the last book in the series that you wish wasn’t the last.

I do read a lot of standalones and I have loads of books that I wish the author would give a sequel to, but here’s the top 5 in my list.



1 . Tiger Lily : If you have read Tiger Lily, you know that the ending was superbly amazing and it was perfect. But let’s be real, no matter how much we all love the ending, a part of us is still hoping to know more about Peter, Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell.

2. Dangerous Girls: This is the kind of book that needs a sequel wherein instead of a continuation of the story, we’ll get a story narrated by the heroine’s best friend.

3. Don’t Get Caught: How to say this without spoiling anything? The story ended in  way that the readers know there will be a clash of wits in the future between *toot* and *toot*. If you have read this book,you know that those pranks made by the characters are pure genius and I want to know more about it.

4.Uprooted: BEST DAMN STANDALONE FANTASY that I’ve read so far. Usually, a book with a genre like this needs to have a sequel to be really good. Uprooted is different. It put the other fantasy book in shame. And the only reason why I want to have a sequel is because I want to know more about Agnieszka and the Dragon’s story. I’m not choosy. I’ll be satisfied with a novella with 150+ pages.

5. Eleanor and Park: Raise your bloody hand if you want Eleanor and Park’s love story to continue.


What’s your Top 5 books?Feel free to share or send me the link to check it out!


Discussion: Book Boyfriends (yes I have tons)


Confession 1: I love a lot of guys.

Confession 2: They are all fictional.

There is NOTHING better than that feeling of falling in love with a book boyfriend for the very first time.:

Let’s be honest, part of being a bookworm is falling in love with a certain hero/character and the more you read, the more book boyfriends you’ll have. But what is a book boyfriend?

It’s when you consider a certain character very attractive and his traits are something that you obsess  in a potential boyfriend.

I tried compiling my book boyfriends and put them into different categories. Some of them might differ in you opinion and you might add some things about them. I would love to hear your side and it’s much fun if we share book boyfriends to each other.

YA Charming Book Boyfriends- The type where you’re just helplessly in love with them because they stole your heart with their winks, their words and their actions.

  1. Augustus Waters of The Fault in Our Stars: Tell me. Tell me if Gus isn’t charming and I’ll swallow a big marshmallow without even chewing it. This dude is endearing and just look at this.

Augustus Waters + Hazel Grace Lancaster = PERFECTION.:


2. Carswell Thorne of The Lunar Chronicles: I’m really not into Princes so Kai is not in my list. But a dashing captain/thief who is a proclaimed ladies man? Count me in.

The Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer) - Captain Carswell Thorne:


Swoon again.

3. Adrian Ivashkov of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series: Let’s just say I’m fascinated with dashing vampire with green eyes.

Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines and The vampire academy series haha:

YA boyfriends who are sarcastic / has a dry wit: boys who says the silliest and the most sarcastic things but you still can’t help but be charmed with them.

  1. Will Herondale: Will freaking Herondale. There’s something really classy and amazing with a character who is British and hilariously vain. I love how selfless Will is when it comes to his friends and for Tessa and (spoiler alert) MY HEART BROKE WHEN HE HAD A BREAKDOWN WHEN HE THOUGHT JEM DIED AND THEIR PARABATAI BOND WAS BROKEN.

// Will Herondale // Tessa Gray // TID // Quotes // Cassandra Clare // why is there a river on my face? Does anyone know what life is?:

2. Percy Jackson : My middle grade self was in love with him when it was still the PJO series. My Young Adult self is still in love with him after the Heroes of Olympus series because guuuurl. If you need a demigod to fell in love with, it’s PERSEUS JACKSON that you need.

Percy Jackson, just, just Percy. *whispers* i love you, you beautiful idiot:

↑ THIS ↑ is truer than true. I am SO in love with Percy, but I can't help but adoooooorre Percabeth!:
YA Boyfriends who are the protector type: boys who are known for selflessly protecting their loved ones.Swoon.

  1. Kell of A Darker Shade of Magic : Kell Kell Kell. If you’ve read ADSOM, either you have a crush on Rhys or Kell or both. You can’t deny it. And how can you resist Kell when his coat is one of the most amazing fictional stuff ever. And I ship the bromance of Kell and Rhys.

Kell - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab:

Rhy and Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by victoria-ying on DeviantArt:

2. Rowan Whitehorn of the “Throne of Glass”series: If ever I would be given a chance to have a partner in crime,I would choose Rowan. He’s a great fighter, he’s loyal and he’s hot.

THE WORLD OF SARAH J. MAAS — andrepop98: Characters from Throne of Glass by...:
YA boyfriends who are the best friend type: YA heroes who are usually best friends or/are best friends material that you can’t help but love.

  1. Gale Hawthorne: anyone here who ships Gale? And Liam Hemsworth is hawt guys.In that moment, they rose from the ashes… #Mockingjay | Get TIX: www.MockingjayTickets.com:
    2. Ron Weasley of HP series: Really. Do I need to say more?

19 Times Ron Weasley Was Actually The Best Character In "Harry Potter": “Weasley is our King,Weasley is our King,He didn’t let the Quaffle in Weasley is our King.”:
3. Park Sheridan of Eleanor and Park: This dude is the best. I don’t usually read contemporary YA but there’s something with Park that is different with the usual YA hero. He’s selfless and kind and has the most beautiful soul ever.

Danemar Calise:

Not interesting:


So these are my book boyfriends and I lurrrve them all.Who are your book boyfriends? Feel free to share.

Books with male POV

I’m sure you guys notice that when it comes to YA (or sometimes adult ) books, male POV is rare. Maybe it’s because most authors are female and it’s usually easy to write a story with a point of view from a gender that is more familiar or maybe because it’s the “norm”? I mean, romance is usually female’s territory that’s why adult books such as regency and contemporary romance is usually written by a woman.

Anyway, I love reading books that is in a male’s perspective. Most of the books with male narration always gets a high rating from me because

1 . Fictional males are less whiny than fictional females.

2 .  They are (usually) hilarious.

3 . As a girl, I find it fascinating to know how a male mind works.

I have compiled some YA and MG books that I’ve read with a full male pov (that means that it doesn’t have a shared female pov in the entire story).


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Novice by Taran Matharu 


Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Wonder by R.J Palacio


The Red Sea by Edward W. Robertson

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry


Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Hold me Closer,Necromancer by Lish McBride

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

And that’s it. I know I’v missed so many books that has a male POV (like HP, PJO series, some John Green books and many more) but I want to stick to books that are not really that well known 🙂 Let me know what are your favorite books with male POV.

I’ve read a thousand books in Goodreads!!!


I’m going to brag. I just reached the “thousand book read” mark.

It feels like I’m a stronger person now lol.

I’m thinking of doing a giveaway but I still haven’t decided if I’ll do it within the Philippines only or if I can afford a worldwide giveaway. But anyway, YOU GUYS ARE WELCOME TO MY PARTY!!!






Duly Quoted #9 : Poems for Persephone

It’s been awhile since I posted a Duly Quoted post and this time, I’m going to feature one of the most beautiful quotes that I saw on Tumblr. Do check out Poemsforpersephone to see more awesome poems and thoughts. ♥


what if
when icarus fell
apollo caught him
before he hit the sea,
arms as warm as the sun,
but safer.

Melt my Heart by Picolo-kun: art by Gabriel Picolo

what if
when ariadne cast the rope
across a broken branch
aphrodite stepped in
with a reminder that this,
this is not the kind of love
you die for.

Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and half sister to the Minotaur Asterion. When greek hero Theseus came to Crete to slay the Minotaur, she fell in love. So strong was her love for the hero, she aided Theseus in both the slaying of the Minotaur and escaping the Labyrinth where the monster was imprisoned. She consulted the man who built the maze, Daedalus, and helped Theseus escape the maze with a ball of string. She left Crete with Theseus believing he was to marry her, but the...:


what if
when achilles
was ready for war
ares appeared with a smile
and said “you win well when you win,
but what are you unwilling
to lose if you lose?”
and achilles knew the answer.

The Song of Achilles Patroclus & Achilles:

if you could
retell the tale wouldn’t you want
to tell it kinder? wouldn’t you
want to give them peace, even love,
where you could?

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Hope ya’ll got a lovely day.




Discussion: 10 Deaths of Literary Characters That Ruined Me

Death can’t be avoided even in books and stories. I’ve read so many books and I’ve had cried and mourned for so many characters that authors have killed all for the sake of a beautiful story. No I’m not bitter. Don’t mind my tone. So I made a list of characters whose death emotionally ruined me. If you have some things to add, feel free to share. We should band together and cry our hearts out.


  1. Augustus Waters of The Fault in Our Stars

Like is it fucking possible for a single boy to make me cry an ocean in the middle of the night because he died?

Nope. Not possible. Na ah.Oh wait. I did.


2. Sirius Black of Harry Potter series

I’m telling you mate. The universe is a cruel thing. I still can’t fucking believe that Sirius died. My heart broke for Harry because Sirius should be his way out of the Dursleys for good but noooo. He has to fucking die and I can’t take it… *cue sobbing*


3.Leslie Burke from The Bridge to Terabithia

Shhh. I’m trying to forget this one. My heart.. my poor crippled heart.


4.Finnick Odair of The Hunger Games



5. Fred Weasley of The Harry Potter

You think some characters are safe because there’s only a few pages left in the book so you’re kinda relaxed and then the author pulled this twist and you can’t believe it so you have to go back and read it again and read it again because how could this happen? Fred Weasley died and you just sit there in your chair for a minute and contemplate how in the world could you survive in this universe without FRED FUCKING WEASLEY.


6. Fili and Kili of The Hobbit.

Sorry, I didn’t read the book but watched the movie instead. It was horrible. I cried in the theaters because I love these two and the scene was heartbreaking. Damn you Tolkien.

7. Thorin Oakenshield of The Hobbit.


While we’re at it, why not rub salt to the wound and add Thorin in the list. I really wished he’ll have a happy ending because this dude deserves it. But noo. Let’s kill him,they said. It will be fun, they said.

Thorin Oakenshield


8. Khal freaking Drogo


He’s a bastard at first but this dude really grew on me and I love his and Dany’s relationship in the later part of their story. But then this is the world of GRRM so why not kill him?Let’s break our fans hearts and kill their happiness.


Daenerys Targaryen  Khal Drogo.  The look he gives the Khaleesi is sooooooooo romantic.:


9. Remus and Tonks of Harry Potter series


Oh no. It’s not enough to kill Remus. Rowling  have to kill Tonks as well.  It’s not enough to break the fans’ hearts. She has to crush it.

Remus and Tonks..... It was just SOO wrong for JK to kill them... SOO WRONG ON SOOOOOOO MANYYYY LEVELSSS!!!!!:


9. Albus Dumbledore


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the least of my favorite books in the series because of this fuckward shit. Dumblrdore’s death really shook me because we’re in the middle of the freaking war and the general just died.  Cruel. Just plain cruel.


10. Robb Stark of Game of Thrones


One word: Heartbreaking.

And did you see what happened to his wife?Terrible.


So here it is.Excuse me while I fall apart.

P.S:  I tried to stick to the well-known books and movies so that I won’t be accused of giving massive spoilers. If you were spoiled by something, please don’t hit me. 😛

What are your  most painful character’s death moment? Feel free to share ♥

Book Recs: Top 5 Free short stories


I’m sure I’m not the only one who love freebies so I decided to share with you my favorite thing next to a naked Chris Evans and cinnamon rolls. That is: FREE BOOKS.

All these freebies were either found in Goodreads, recommended by a friend , just accidentally stumbled upon or has been thoroughly stalked. I hope you enjoy these stories and you can share them to others too.

Just click the titles and the author and it will direct you to the link or the site where you can read it for free.

  1. A Death by Stephen King


Jim Trusdale had a shack on the west side of his father’s gone-to-seed ranch, and that was where he was when Sheriff Barclay and half a dozen deputized townsmen found him, sitting in the one chair by the cold stove, wearing a dirty barn coat and reading an old issue of the Black Hills Pioneer by lantern light. Looking at it, anyway.



–My first King read. It was quite nice and I didn’t expect that it would end that way. This also reminds me of a certain Tom Hanks movie. If you had read this, you know which movie I’m talking about. ♥

2.Ballroom Blitz by Veronica Schanoes



“Ballroom Blitz” by Veronica Schanoes is a contemporary fairy tale about a young man, who with his eleven brothers, have been cursed to remain in a rock club for their bad behavior. Their only shot at freedom might be the twelve sisters who one day enter the club.



— A unique retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses. Trust me, you better read this.

3. Men Who Wish To Drown by Elizabeth Fama


From the Falmouth Historical Society Collection

Cited as the only extant firsthand record of a mermaid encounter in New England waters, this deathbed letter from a great-grandfather to his great-grandson is more likely an instructive fiction–a parable of regret. Supposedly corroborating the mermaid story, a ship’s log (in the collections of the Provincetown Historical Museum) of the schooner Hannah, which plucked Mr. Stanton from South Weepecket in 1788, indicates that the crew saw two figures on the island prior to his rescue, but failed to locate a second victim. However, regarding accuracy and reliability, this is the same crew, under Captain John Merriweather, that reported sightings of a ghost ship and not one, but two sea monsters. ~~James S. Rucker, Archivist, Family Collections, Falmouth Historical Society, 1924

Companion story to Monstrous Beauty.

–It’s better if you read the story Monstrous Beauty before reading this short story. Men Who Wish To Drown is a sad tale and I think my heart broke a little after reading it.


4. The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr



“The Maiden Thief” by Melissa Marr is a dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women. Her father blames her when one of her sisters is one of the taken.




–Probably the best short story that I’ve read so far.

5.Among the Thorns by Veronica Schanoes



Among the Thorns, by Veronica Schanoes, is a dark fantasy taking place in seventeenth century Germany, about a young woman who is intent on avenging the brutal murder of her peddler father many years earlier, by a vagabond with a magic fiddle.




–I asked for vengeance, I got an utterly satisfying story of a badass girl who punishes the bastard who killed her father.


Bonus short story if you’re a fan of Andy Weir (the dude who wrote The Martian)

Annie’s Day:

I didn’t want to wake up at 6am, especially on a Saturday. But the man I was cuddled up to was… a morning person.

TAG: My Intimidating TBR

Book Tag My Intimidating TBR thewildreaders

I saw the lovely Lauren of wonderlessreviews do this post and I know I have to do it too because my TBR is actually higher than my accomplishments in life and that’s quite scary. Oh,do check Lauren’s post. It’s really cute 🙂


What book have you been unable to finish?


◄ I DNFed this one because it’s a racist pile of *toot* and the heroine is a spoiled brat.

Even though I was very picky, wore only designer clothes, and had a monthly allowance bigger than what most people my age earned in a year, I was by no means a snob.




 What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?



◄ I have an ebook copy of this one but I really don’t have the time to read it. I admit the cover caught my attention but the blurb hooked me.






What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?


◄ I haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet but I might be reading it sooner than expected because so many people said that the second book (A Court of Mist and Fury) is so much better than the 1st book.





 What book have you yet to read because it’s a new release?


◄ I know I know.This was released last month but I’m dying to read it because the blurb is really good. YA + Magical Realism + Mystery sounds good to me. ♥





 What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t like it?


◄ I didn’t liked the author’s other work (The Dead House) but the Creeper Man sound like my cup of tea. I feel like the Dead House’s blurb spoiled some things for me that’s why I wasn’t able to appreciate the twist but The Creeper Man’s is just plain perfect.




 What book have you yet to read because you aren’t in the mood?


◄ My friends said this is one of the creepiest books that they have read and I still have to test that claim. I’m not really much of a fan of Gaiman but I’m willing to read this one all for the name of “creepy books”. If only I can just find the right mood to read this….





What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?



◄ Hello 1000+ pages it’s me,the Queen of Procrastination.

I’ve been meaning to read this for months now, but I just can’t do it. If you’ve finished this, I salute you. 1000+ is too much for me.





What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy with bad reviews?


◄ Most of my  friends gave this one either a DNF or a 2 star rating. Despite the low ratings, I still bought a copy because look at the cover.Look at the hair. Look at the title and look, it’s a fairytale retellings with a twist. It’ll look good in my shelf.LOL





Which book on your TBR is the most intimidating to you?











and that’s it! I’ll be tagging some new friends here on WP and some people who I haven’t talked for quite some time now. If you’ve already did this tag, feel free to ignore it. No pressure guys. ♥

I tag:

Miguel of The Quirky Reader

Emily of RoseReadBlog

Liam’s Library

Jorelene of Page Chronicles

Vivian of Inked in Pages

Codie of PaperbackBookAddicts

The Orangutan Librarian

Matti of The Bookly Hallows

Anette of Anette Reads

and you if you want to do this!


Author Appreciation:J. K. Rowling

Another month,another meme.

For our monthly Author Appreciation post(where we feature an author who  is inspiring not just because they wrote a book but because they’re a decent human being) we are featuring J. K. Rowling, first of her name, Queen of awesomeness, author of the beloved Harry Potter series, all time decent person and mother of the Wizarding World. Continue reading