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

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 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

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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

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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
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

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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

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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. ❤

August Book Haul & where have I been? -Yasmin

HEY GUYS! So after months of not blogging, I’ve finally come around to write another post. I’m gonna be hauling all the books I got in August!

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and why my GR’s disappeared, here’s a quick explanation. So I haven’t been blogging because I was in Asia for the WHOLE summer! I could’ve blogged a little bit, but I was meeting and gathering with family so my online life took a backseat.
I deleted my Goodreads because it got to be really unhealthy for me, and I spend too much time on the site. Now I have an account SOLELY to add books I want to read, & be able to look at ratings/reviews. But I no longer am writing GR’s reviews! 😦

ANYWAYS, here are all the books I got in August! (Most are from online because I’m still in Asia haha)
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First off, I got Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. I’ve heard great things about this book and thought I’d give it a read! From what I’ve gathered its a dark, paranormal thriller.

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 
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Apparently Susan Dennard and SJM are BFF’s so obviously I’m gonna try Truthwitch! I’ve heard mixed things, but the premise sounds promising.

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

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All The Rage is apparently a rape story and after reading a few poignant and emotional reviews, I immediately got it. I’m interested to read it.

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

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I’m not exactly sure why I got this book, but the cover is really really gorgeous and I am a huge fantasy lover! But it seems like a very romance-y and trope-y book. 😦

 

 

 

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I’m trying to read some more contemporary/realistic fiction and this book sounds amazing. I’ve also read many glowing reviews!

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

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I, personally, do not struggle with anxiety but I know many people do. Finding Audrey was really hyped a few months ago and I’m excited to read it!

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

 

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I know that Paige read this and really liked it! It sounds dark and mysterious (which I love).

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

 

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I read ACOTAR over a year ago and it was meh but apparently this book is AMAZING. I didn’t actually plan on getting this until I reread ACOTAR so I added it to my Amazon “later” cart, and then my dad just ordered it. O.O

Source: Amazon.com

 

 

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I don’t believe this requires an explanation haha.

Source: Amazon.com

 

 

 

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Funny story. So about a year ago I got The Raven Boys as an ebook and I ended up giving it 2 stars. But this summer I tried again and really enjoyed it! So in Malaysia, I went to the bookstore and got the rest of the series. ^-^

Source: MPH (a malaysian bookstore)

 

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Challenger Deep is a book I got at the end of July but I’m just adding it here haha. I LOVED IT. It was a brilliant book about mental illness told through a dual perspective, one from real life, and the other was a dreamscape made up by the MC. I would 5/5 recommend!

Source: MPH (a malaysian bookstore)

 
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My mom and I both wanted to read this book so when I saw it I decided to get it. I’ve heard super mixed things, but my godmother recommended it to me, so I want to give it a try anyways. ^-^

Source: MPH (a malaysia bookstore)

 

 

 

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I got this in the August OwlCrate box! Thanks so much to Crate Joy for sending it to me. ^-^

Source: Owlcrate/cratejoy

 

 

AND those are all the books I got in the month of August! Hope you didn’t mind my extended absence. I’m ready to get back into blogging, though!

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Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

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Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Pages: 432 pages

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: 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. (From Goodreads)

REVIEW:

“A whole generation oblivious to the truth of the human condition is a recipe for the collapse of society.”

This is not my first novel of Tara Alterbrando since I’ve already read her co-authored novel with Sara Zarr, entitled Roomies (which I loved). Roomies is a contemporary, realistic fiction novel. The Leaving is a mystery-thriller. So, I don’t know what to expect, at first, with this book. And now, having read this book, I could say that Tara has the talent to write these kinds of novels. Even the novel has lacked of intensity, it was well-crafted and intelligently written.

The Leaving is a mysterious tale of six children who went missing without a trace and came back as 16-year-old teens who don’t exactly remember everything happens to them in the past few years of their disappearances.

And now everyone wants answers. Everyone wants to know the truth. And that everyone includes me, of course.

In my honest opinion, it is a slow journey, at first, but as I went along, it diverts to an engaging and intriguing read. Then, it comes back to being slow and backs again for being compelling, and so on. It’s like the book is giving you a time to rest; which I don’t know if it is a good thing or not. Probably not since as for a mystery-thriller novel, I like me a spontaneous heart stopping revelations and mind-blowing twists that will truly shock the hell out of me and will leave me gasping for breaths.

Anyway, as I’ve mentioned earlier even The Leaving does lack of intensity, I do think it was brilliantly thought of. It was well-plotted and well-developed. Intricate details are subtly and obviously told at the same time. And the twists after twists are sensible and reasonable. Besides, the main concept/ point of the story– of why the children has gone missing, is absolutely fascinating and unpredictable.

It’s not perfect but it is still worth a try.

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.:

SWOON!

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:

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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.

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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?

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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.

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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Burning Books (+ Yasmin is back from the dead!)

Hey guys! After a LONG LONG LONG time, it’s me, Yasmin. I’m so sorry that I left for over a month with not even a goodbye or update. My life has been a complete mess and I’ve been so busy with school and finals! I hope to be able to blog and review consistently again! Anyways, today, I’m gonna burn some books. Well… kind of. I was tagged by Mariana over at Book is Glee to do the burn, rewrite, and reread tag!

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round One

Okay this is sort of hard because I gave all these books 3 stars haha.

Burn: Four by Veronica Roth 

I didn’t hate Four, but it definitely was a lot worse than I hoped it would be.

Rewrite: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

That book was, and read like a textbook. I would add more of the notes from Harry, Ron and Hermione in the margins if there was ever a chance that it could be rewritten.

Reread: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

The Series of Unfortunate events is definitely one of the series that got little me into reading! Speaking of, I definitely should reread it soon.

Round Two

Burn: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ll probably get so much hate for this haha but yes, I didn’t like The Raven Boys. I don’t completely understand what everyone raves about! It wasn’t a horrible book, but for me it wasn’t anywhere near great either.

Rewrite: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I liked the Kane Chronicles but I thought that the narration was so weird. So if they could be rewritten that’s definitely what I would change.

Reread: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I don’t think this really needs much explaining but the Percy Jackson books will forever be some of my favorites.

Round Three

This is also kind of hard because again, I liked all of these books.

Burn: NEED by Joelle Charbonneau

I received NEED as an ARC and while I did like it there were a lot of flaws.

Rewrite: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I’m not really entirely sure what I’d rewrite since I gave The Archived 4 1/2 stars and I honestly don’t remember why I lowered the rating haha. 😄

Reread: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

TFP was a VERY middle grade book, but holy crap, it was amazing. THAT ENDING THOUGH. It still blows my mind.

That’s it! I hope you liked reading about me “burn” books haha. Anyways, again, I’m so sorry for my extended absence! I will try to start blogging regularly again. And thanks to Paige for taking over and posting while I was away. Hope you all are doing well!

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Author Appreciation Post: John Green

I’ve been meaning to do this post ever since I began my blogging life and now I can finally do it. Author Appreciation post is the monthly meme that aims to appreciate certain authors who are amazing not just being an author, but also as a person. Continue reading

My top 10 favorite quotes in YA literature.

Hey everyone, today I’m doing a post on my top 10 favorite YA book quotes. Some of these books might not be considered “young adult” but you know, whatever…

“Some walks you have to take alone.” – Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

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9. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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Who to follow/ befriend on Goodreads

 

To be totally honest, this was supposed to be my Top Ten Tuesday post but I’m a piece of shit that’s why this will just be an individual post.

Anyway, GOODREADS is a site for book lovers who wants to interact with fellow bookworms, give book reviews and check out thousands of books that you may want to read.

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