Books With Vampires or Werewolves Recommendations

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It is officially Halloween season, so I thought I would recommend 5 YA books with vampires or werewolves in them! I was inspired to make this post because The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh released on October 8th and I am beyond excited about it!

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I obviously had to include my favorite series of all time! There are so many vampires and werewolves in this series – some that I love and some that I don’t. One of my favorite characters of all time, Raphael Santiago, is in this series. His life – among other vampires’ lives in this series – is one of the most interesting things to learn about while reading The Mortal Instruments and The Bane Chronicles, which has a whole story dedicated to him. Jordan Kyle is also an important character that has such an interesting past.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I have only read the first two books in this series and did not love the second one, which is why I am only recommending the first book for the moment. I do plan on continuing the series, though. This book is absolutely amazing – and the epitome of YA paranormal books. I loved reading about the politics of vampires and reading about the different roles of the different classes of vampires. Rose is a totally badass female character that is so, so fun to read about.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my favorite books ever. It follows Simon, the chosen one who goes to a magic school, and Baz, his vampire roommate, who has disappeared. This has one of the best hate to love stories I have ever read. Baz is probably the most interesting, complex character on this list and reading about him is a ride. The love story between Simon and Baz is so good and the fantastical elements in this book are so well done.


This is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans

This book is middle-grade but I absolutely loved it! It is about a boy who secretly turns into a werewolf and goes to see his mom who is stuck as a wolf. It is set at a boarding school and has all the makings of a fun middle-grade book. There are scary teachers, an atmospheric setting, and a kid who doesn’t follow the rules. It is fun and easy to read!


The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

This is a bit of a stretch but I thought I would include it anyway. Some characters have been scientifically modified to partially wolves, partially humans. The main one is Wolf, who appears in Scarlett, the second book. He is an amazing, charismatic character that is super fun to fall in love with. This series has magic, science, and romance – a perfect combination.


Thanks for reading! ❤

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Blog Tour: The Bookwanderers Review

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If you could speak to your favorite character who would it be? What would you say?


Today I have a super exciting post! I am a part of the blog tour for The Bookwanderers by Anna James and cannot wait to review it!


As you can see, I am the last stop on the tour but you can still go and check out these posts about the book!

Blog Schedule

Week One

September 16 –Because.my.mother.read – Creative Instagram Picture

September 17 – Wishful Endings – Moodboard

September 18 – Dad Suggests – Reflection Piece

September 19 – Novel Novice – Top 5 Fictional Characters I’d Like to Meet/Hang out with

Week Two

September 23 – Vicariously & Voraciously – Dream Cast

September 24 – The Bumble Girl – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

September 25 – Brandi O Donnell – Top Five Favorite Quotes

September 26 – Imaginary Book Stack – Bookstagrammers Interview: What character they would most want to meet, where, etc + Creative Instagram Picture

Week Three

September 30 – Two Points of Interest – Review + Favorite Character + Dinner Theme

October 1 – AEB Book Reviews – Review


BOOK DESCRIPTION

An enchanting story about the magic of books and the power of imagination from debut author Anna James. Perfect for fans of InkheartThe Land of Stories, and Story Thieves. Soon to be a major television series!

     Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, start showing up at the shop,Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their books, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly’s new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, but danger may be lurking on the very next page…

When new secrets are uncovered, it’s up to Tilly to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. From debut author Anna James comes a charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop that will delight book lovers everywhere.


OTHER INFO ABOUT THE BOOK

Author – Anna James

Genre – MG Realistic Fantasy

Number of pages – 278

Star rating – 4 out of 5 stars


MY REVIEW

Writing – This book is so whimsical! The author truly does an excellent job of creating the atmosphere of the bookstore and of channeling the personalities of well-loved book characters. I really enjoyed how this book was written.

Characters – Tilly was a great main character! She was so adorable and fun to read about because she had such a fun personality. She was a really good main character and I really liked learning about her throughout the book. I also adored how the author used well-loved book characters, such as Anne Shirley, in this book. Going back to the italics question at the top of this post, the author does a fantastic job showing the interactions between Tilly and the characters she loves.

Plot – This book has such an interesting plot. When Tilly is sucked into a book, the first one being Alice in Wonderland, you just have to know more. Going on adventures with the characters in this book was so fun and I am so excited to see what other adventures they have waiting for them.

Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – I would totally recommend this book! Tilly and all of the other characters are fun to read about and the setting is amazing. Getting to read about a cozy bookshop is such a good feeling and this book really did make me feel cozy. I felt like James did an amazing job of showing what Tilly would say to her favorite characters,


AUTHOR BIO

Anna James is a writer and journalist. She was a school librarian before joining The Bookseller as their Book News Editor. She now writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and chairs events at bookshops and literary festivals across the UK. She lives in north London, in a flat full of books. Visit Anna online at anna-james.com. Follow her on Twitter @acaseforbooks.


Thanks for reading! ❤

 

 

How Well Do I Know My Books Challenge Pt. 2

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I posted the first part of this challenge last month! I hope you enjoy this post!

15. Without looking, does this book have any author blurbs on the front cover?

Number: 485

The book I got was The Knowing by Shanon Cameron and I don’t think it has any blurbs but I have no idea! I was right!

16. Without looking, does the book have a description on the back?

Number: 513

I got Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Again, I don’t know! I am going to guess that it does! I was right.

17. Without looking, does this book have an author photo?

Number: 252

I got I’ll Give You the Sun! Despite being my favorite contemporary of all time, I don’t know! I am guessing yes! I guessed correctly!

18. Without looking it up, is this author using a pen name?

Number: 89

This book was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. While that might sound like a pen name, Rainbow Rowell is the author’s actual name.

19. Without peaking, what POV is this book written in? 1st or 3rd?

Number: 339

Wires and Nerve Volume 1! This book is a graphic novel but it is written in 1st person (Iko’s perspective).

20. Without looking are there any pictures or graphics in this book?

Number: 48

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins! I don’t believe there are any pictures or graphics in this book. I was wrong! There is a ribbon above each chapter header.

21. Without looking, does it have an epilogue?

Number: 142

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare! This book does have an epilogue!

22. Without looking, does this book have a prologue?

Number: 85

I don’t remember there being a prologue in The Winner’s Curse so I am going to say no. I was right!!!!

23. Without looking, is this book signed?

Number: 355

Beautiful Chaos by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia! I know this book isn’t signed. I got it in a boxed set of the series for Christmas.

24. Without looking, do the page numbers have a design above or below them or none at all?

Number: 28

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh! I have never even looked inside of this book but I am going to guess yes, I was wrong again!! There are no designs near the page numbers!

25. Without looking, do the chapter headers have designs on them?

Number: 95

I don’t remember if the chapter headers have designs in Glass Sword but I am going to guess yes. I was correct!

26. Without looking, are the acknowledgments in the front or the back of the book?

Number: 327

Renegades by Marissa Meyer! I am fairly certain the acknowledgments are at the back of the book.

27. Without looking, what year was this book published?

Number: 91

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst! I am going to guess 2018! I was right!

28. Without looking, what year did you read this book?

Number: 94

I read Between the Water and the Woods this year at the beginning of June!

Total: 12 out of 14 correct

I can’t believe I got the exact same score as last month!


Thanks for reading! ❤

 

Debut Book Recommendations

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Some of my favorite books are debuts. I wanted to share my favorite debut book from the past five years. I will include my absolute favorite debut from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.


2015

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This book is incredible! There is so, so much political intrigue. I love how complex Elias and Laia are. The ways that they become connected are so interesting and are a large reason why I could not put this book down. There are super badass female characters, shocking plot twists, and really good world-building.


2016

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

If you know anything about me, you know I am obsessed with Roshani Chokshi’s writing style. She writes the best purple prose I have ever read. This book is about a semi-forced marriage that turns into love. It is set in a beautiful world full of mythical creatures. If you enjoy the story of Hades and Persphone, you will absolutely adore this book.


2017

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

I absolutely adore this book. It is a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing but told during the days of Prohibition. This book does about the best complicated relationships I have ever read. There is an ensemble cast, super-strong female leads, and a super engaging plot. This is one of my favorite books of all time!


2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This book is about a world where magic has vanished and a girl who is trying to bring it back. There is political intrigue, unexpected friendships, and sky-high stakes. The writing is phenomenal and I instantly fell in love with the world-building! If you haven’t read this book, I absolutely recommend it!


2019

We Hunt the Flame by Hafash Faizal

I have talked about this book a thousand times but I just love it so much. This book is about a world that used to have magic, a girl trying to bring it back, and a boy who is tasked to kill her. The world is so vividly described I felt like I was there. I really felt like I knew the characters, it has the best plot twist of any book I have ever read, and the story is so, so emotional. If you like crying while reading a book, this one is definitely for you.


Thanks for reading! ❤

Soon Saturday: October and November

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I had Soon Saturday/Sunday on my blog a while ago but it the way  I did it was very lazy so I ended up not continuing with it. I’m bringing this idea back but am going to explain my excitement for these books instead of just listing the Goodreads synopsizes.


October

  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela – October 1
    • I am so excited about this book because it is an f/f enemies to lovers with androids! As I said before, I am usually freaked out by robots but I loved The Lunar Chronicles so I am excited to give this book a try! I am always looking for books with main f/f pairings and enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes ever!
  • Resurrection Girls by Ava Moryn – October 1
    • I am so excited for Halloween so I naturally am excited about this spooky book. Not only is this spooky, I think it is going to have light magic – which I love! It is also about three generations of women! I love reading about families and this book seems like it will deliver!
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – October 8
    • This is another case of me being excited about spooky books. I have heard this book is absolutely terrifying and I am thrilled! Not only does Ninth House sound amazing, I absolutely adore Leigh Bardugo. I do not ever read adult but I am hoping this book has enough crossover appeal to keep me interested.
  • The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh – October 8
    • I love vampires, it is Halloween season, and Renee Ahdieh is a superb author. Those are the exact reasons I cannot wait for The Beautiful. I have been excited about this historical fiction vampire story since I heard about it months ago!
  • A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy – October 29
    • I love princesses and magic. This book has both plus assassins, sisters, and mysterious princes! This book is also set in a world inspired by North Africa! I am so excited for a new fantasy book that seems to have all the ingredients to be a new favorite! And the cover is stunning.

November

  • The Guinevere Deception by Kierstan White – November 5
    • I have tried to read two other books by this author and despised them. I am still so excited about this book! I know next to nothing about King Arthur but I am super interested in learning! There is magic, which I love to read about and forbidden romances which I really love to read about! I am really excited to give Kierstan White a third try!
  • Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – November 5 
    • I love The Raven Cycle so much! I am super hesitant to pick this book up because I loved The Raven Cycle and don’t know if this book will live up to that series. I do love Ronan, though, so I am hopeful! I really want to learn about the magic Ronan has and also just catch up with the characters.
  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – November 19
    • This is the conclusion to one of the best-written series I have ever read! I cannot wait to see what happens between Jude and Cardan. I am thrilled to see how all of the plot lines tie together and what will become of Elfhame. I am so in love with these books and their characters.

Thanks for reading! ❤

Recently Read: Blackbird

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I have never really done a review for a graphic novel/comic book on my blog so I wanted to give it a try!


Brief Thoughts

Blackbird has a very interesting premise with some good plot twists. My problem with it was the pacing. The art, though, is phenomenal!


Info About the Book

Author – Sam Humphries

Artist – Jen Bartel

Genre – Fantasy

Number of pages – 168

Star rating – 3 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads

Nina Rodriguez knows a hidden magical world run by ruthless cabals is hiding in Los Angeles. When a giant magic beast kidnaps her sister, Nina must confront her past (and her demons) to get her sister back and reclaim her life. Don’t miss the first collection of the smash-hit neo-noir fantasy series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL (Mighty Thor)!


My Review

Art – The art was magnificent. It is truly the most enjoyable part of this graphic novel. Jen Bartel is an exceptional artist and this book is gorgeous. The art is bright and colorful. I adored it.

Characters – I didn’t feel like we really got to know any of the characters besides Nina. Nina is a very interesting main character with a very interesting backstory. We really get to know her and her struggles. Other than that, I feel like all of the other characters were underdeveloped. We barely even met the possible love interest that we are supposed to be rooting for. The whole story revolves around Nina and her sister, yet we barely get to know her sister or their dynamics. Overall, Nina was developed nicely, but no one else really had enough page time.

Plot – This graphic novel is about an entire secret society of people with magical powers. It is about Nina’s sister being taken and Nina trying to figure out what happened. You would think it would have a really fast, engaging plot. I actually found Blackbird quite slow. There is a ton of backstory (some necessary, some not) that takes away from the overall plot. There are some really great plot twists throughout the story, though,

Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – I would recommend Blackbird for two reasons. The art is probably the best art in any graphic novel I have ever read. That alone is worth the read. Another reason is that this graphic novel does plot twists really well. I never really knew what was going to happen but wasn’t confused.


Thanks for reading! ❤

TBT: Leah on the Offbeat

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I enjoyed this book but had some major problems with it, so I wanted to write a review to express my feelings.


Brief Thoughts

I loved Simon Vs. so I thought I would adore this book. While I did quite enjoy it, I have some major problems with Leah and the things she says and does.


Info About the Book

Author – Becky Albertalli

Genre – YA Realistic Fiction

Number of pages – 368

Star rating – 4 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


My Review

Writing – Becky Albertalli writes books that are extremely easy to read. This was no exception. I flew through this book. I really enjoyed how quickly I was able to read this book.

Characters – Leah is just not that nice of a person. I understand that no one is always going to be in a good mood, but Leah just isn’t very nice to her friends. What really bothered me, like many other people, is how she judged Abby’s sexuality. Abby says she is lowkey bi and Leah is so judgemental and basically says that Abby’s sexuality doesn’t exist. There is no one way to be bi or queer, so Leah really overstepped. I enjoyed Abby in this book and I really like her positivity. Nick, another returning character, had the weirdest change in character. He just did not act like himself and it was so weird. I liked all of the other returning characters, though!

Plot – I enjoyed how character-driven this book was, much like all of Albertalli’s books. This is just a nitpick but there was a promposal in this book and I cannot stand those. I skipped over it because I was uncomfortable. This stems from something personal, though, so it most likely won’t affect anyone else’s experience of this book. Other than that, I enjoyed the prom centered plot and all of the drama surrounding that.

Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – I would recommend this book but I would be cautious. Leah’s judging of Abby’s sexuality is unchallenged and made me feel quite uncomfortable. I think if you know that going into the book, you will be prepared. If you don’t want to read this book because of that, I completely understand. Her comment was completely uncalled for. This book was interesting and I did enjoy revisiting the characters from Simon Vs.


Thanks for reading! ❤