Book Tour: Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift Book Tag + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour, but a slump has stopped me from starting it. Since I wont be able to finish this book, I decided to create a fun book tag based on the gods/goddesses and magic. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators and to enter the giveaway.

Thank you to Dana Swift and Delacorte Press for providing me with an ARC for this review

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Odds & Ends: 12 Books to Read in 2021

I haven’t done many of the end of the year style posts, but there are a couple I want to make sure gets out. This is one of them. I’ve picked 12 books that I already own, and have owned for years! I want to read these 12 books before the end of the year. IF I don’t, then I will end up unhauling them (attempting to get better at this).

After each quarter, I will do a check-up to see if I’ve read these – also to remind me what’s on the list so I can make sure to prioritize them.

So let’s get started.

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Summary of 2020

Normally, I would have included a bunch of stats in a post like this, but for some reason my spreadsheet that tracks all of this has managed to go a bit wonky (probably because I kept adding different things throughout the year and maybe didn’t adjust it). So to not have this posted months after the fact, I decided to do more of a “Year in Books” with some other bits and bobs kind of post.

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The Halloween Book Tag

I wanted to do another fun post for Halloween (well more if I can find the time). I found this one on The Sassy Book Geek and I think it was originally created by Book Adventures, but it doesn’t look like her blog is still up and running. Either way, it looked fun so let’s get started.

1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

Hmm…. I think one I’m going to read every Halloween, just because of the atmosphere of it is Thornhill by Pam Smy.

This book is a mix of graphic novel and prose. It follows a girl in 1982, which is in prose, and another girl in 2017, which is done in graphic novel. It is fun and creepy. It has a haunted house feel to it. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to introduce themselves to graphic novels or if you love a haunted, mysterious house.

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2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

I’m going to pick two for this one. A novel I own and a manga I want to own.

Madness by Zac Brewer

This novel looks creepy to me! Just look at the dead eyes! That being said, this is a book about mental health and also has LGBTQIA+ rep. So this cover makes complete sense based on the topic and the synopsis, but it was one of the first ones I could think of that aren’t the typical horror covers.

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Shiver by Junji Ito

Really anything by Junji Ito would fit for this – all of his covers are just the creepiest thing ever! I want to read everything he’s written too, but this one has 9 short stories within it. They are all horror. The Goodreads page lists the stories within it, so click the cover if you’re curious.

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3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

Oh this is a good one. The first two that come to mind are Jay Kristoff and Victoria Schwab. It think both of these authors would have the best time dressing up and would be so much fun! They’d pick out amazing costumes and wouldn’t be downers about it lol.

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4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?

There are so many characters I’d love to dress up as… so here are my top three (that I could think of).

Lou from Serpent and Dove

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Nina from Six of Crows

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Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

Oh another hard one… Well I think it has to be magical… oh! He’s not a thing… but I’d love to have my very own Mr. Kindly!

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6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

I think it’d be fun to go Trick-or-Treating in the world of Nimona! It has a mix of science fiction and fantasy which means I could get almost anything!

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7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

I think the villain in A Golden Fury would be horrible to meet in a dark alley. I don’t want to say who/what the villain is, but boy its creepy!

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8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

I think I’d dress up as a vampire or a Shadowhunter.

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9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

I admit I’m not as familiar with Harry Potter and it’s candy, but from what I could find, I guess I’d pick Fizzing Whizzbees.

10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

I love sour candy so my favourite Halloween Candy is Sour Patch Kids.

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So that’s the tag. I’m tagging Kristi at Confessions of a YA Reader. But even if I didn’t tag you, feel free to do this yourself – I’d love to see what everyone else comes up with.

Books as Halloween Costumes

Some more spooky content. I was feeling inspired by so many Halloween posts that I couldn’t help myself.

This week I wanted to find books that reminded me of those typical Halloween costumes that you see every year. So I picked 10 “standard” “sexy” Halloween costumes and paired them with 10 books on my TBR that feature that character. So let’s get started…

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Sexy Cat Costume

Mort(e) (War with No Name #1) by Robert Repino

This book is SciFi book about a cat assassin who is in love with the dog next door. Oh and the human race is extinct. I can’t wait to read this utopian story that follows animal characters.

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Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu

I became aware of this classic novella after watching The Moth Diaries and a reviewer comparing the two. Carmilla is gothic Victoria novella and is said to have influenced Dracula. Also, did I mention this has LGBTQIA+ rep?

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Fortuna Sworn (Fortuna Sworn #1) by K J Sutton

This new adult Fantasy Romance has been calling my name since I first heard about it from Becca from Becca and the Books. It’s described as being very dark, very smutty (seductive in marketing terms), and it sounds like there are fae that I haven’t been exposed to before.

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Sexy Pirate Costume

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

I’ve had this on my TBR for what feels like forever! This Peter Pan retelling has romance – apparently a feisty Tinkerbell and a sexy Hook. This has a high bar to meet though after reading A Worthy Opponent by Katee Robert.

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Sexy Devil Costume

Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin

I recently purchased this when I was trying to stock piling a bunch of horrors/thrillers. If I’m being honest I don’t know much about this book other than it involves a cult, which is a buzz word for me!

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Sexy Goddess Costume

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

This LGBTQIA+ book follows a young Loki, the trickster god. I love Loki in the Avengers and other portrayals. Here Loki has the chance to be a hero and it seems it takes place in 19th century London. I’ve loved other books written by Mackenzi Lee and I have high hopes for this one.

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Sexy Witch Costume

The Scapegracers (Scapegracers #1) by Hannah Abigail Clarke

This cover! I saw it on Edelweiss and immediately needed it…. and then of course I wasn’t able to get to it before it was released. This book has witches… lesbian witches! Two words that immediate puts the book on my TBR!

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Sexy Mad Hatter Costume

The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1) by Frank Beddor

This is one of the few (only?) SciFi retellings of Alice in Wonderland that I know of. This was gifted to me a year or so ago and sadly haven’t gotten around to it yet. Honestly, I’m intimated by it. Not for the size, but it feels like it’s a high SciFi Steampunk and I haven’t read many Steampunk books just yet.

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Sexy Assassin Costume

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

There are so many books on my TBR that could have fit this costume, but this is the one that I’ve been told I need to read and I just love this cover redesign so I had to pick it. This follows a 17 year old character that escapes a brutal arrange marriage to a convent of assassins (so of course I’m picturing Nun Assassins). It’s one I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, but keep forgetting to pick it up (in my defense it’s in a different room than my main book shelves).

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Sexy Angel Costume

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

I was told I HAVE to read this! When I started this list, this was the one I was told to do for Angel – no choice lol. It is on my TBR – mainly from the cover before I was told I had no choice. The main character can communicate with ghosts and spirits and is hiding from demons. The only other thing I know about this book/ series is that it’s a spinoff from other series (The Dark Elements) that I have to read first (so yay 3 more added to my TBR before I even get to it lol).

So that’s it – 10 sexy costumes matched with books on my way-to-big TBR. What books would you have paired with these costumes? What costumes did I miss and what book would you have matched with it? Comment down below.

10 Spooky Reads on My TBR

It’s spooky season and boy do I have a TON of books that I want to read this month. Of course I will never have the time to read them all, but I wanted to share 10 that I want to prioritize this month. I was originally going to do Top 10, but slowly I realized there are too many that I want to read right now and I can’t pick an order. So instead, you’re just getting 10 that popped into my head lol. Enjoy.

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

This book is a TBR and Beyond Buddy Read. I wasn’t aware of it before it was brought up in the group – nor did I know it was a YA Horror. Once I did, you bet it ended up in this month’s TBR

Synopsis: Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.

Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

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Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

This one I found out about from Kayla of BooksandLala. The title and cover grabbed my attention and I’m wanting to get more into horror so it’s been added to the list. So what do I know about it? It’s a horror, shorty novella (only 136 pages), and it’s on Kayla’s TBR lol.

Synopsis: Stephen Graham Jones returns with Night of the Mannequins, a contemporary horror story where a teen prank goes very wrong and all hell breaks loose: is there a supernatural cause, a psychopath on the loose, or both?

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Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke

Since we’re on the topic of short stories, I only just found out about this one and boy does it ever sound good. This one was mentioned by Zoe from Zoe Delaney Booktube Channel. That cover alone intrigued me, but the synopsis got me to borrow it from Hoopla.

Synopsis: ” a stomach-twisting ride through the depths of horror, breathing new life into an often-stagnant part of the genre” – Publishers Weekly, starred review.

At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.

A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.

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The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen

This book I had bought last year when it came on my radar with randomly scrolling through the horror section online. I think it was a cover buy within the Horror section. This cover is creepy and I’ve put it on my TBR a few times now – maybe this year *fingers crossed*

Synopsis: “Creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted.”–New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry

Spawned by Brendan Deneen’s own experiences relocating to a New Jersey suburb with his young family, The Chrysalis combines chills, thrills, and a literal monster in the basement with commentary on love, marriage, and impending parenthood.

Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.

Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.

For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny’s unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He’s not ready for this kind of responsibility.

Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks–enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.

The Deckers’ dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom’s obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.

No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

This one grabbed my attention with it’s cover! I love anything with a weird bubble-like colouring! It held my attention because 90s and VHS! It’s also another short one at only 214 pages.

Synopsis: Life in a small town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut

Jeremy works at the counter of Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It’s a small town—the first “a” in the name is pronounced ay—smack in the center of the state. This is the late 1990s, pre-DVD, and the Hollywood Video in Ames poses an existential threat to Video Hut. But there are regular customers, a predictable rush in the late afternoon. It’s good enough for Jeremy: It’s a job; it’s quiet and regular; he gets to watch movies; he likes the owner, Sarah Jane; it gets him out of the house, where he and his dad try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck.

But when Stephanie Parsons, a local schoolteacher, comes in to return her copy of Targets, starring Boris Karloff—an old movie, one Jeremy himself had ordered for the store—she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on it,” she says, but doesn’t elaborate. Two days later, Lindsey Redinius brings back She’s All That, a new release, and complains that there’s something wrong with it: “There’s another movie on this tape.”

So Jeremy takes a look. And indeed, in the middle of the movie the screen blinks dark for a moment and She’s All That is replaced by a black-and-white scene, shot in a barn, with only the faint sounds of someone breathing. Four minutes later, She’s All That is back. But there is something profoundly disturbing about that scene; Jeremy’s compelled to watch it three or four times. The scenes recorded onto Targets are similar, undoubtedly created by the same hand. Creepy. And the barn looks a lot like a barn just outside of town.

Jeremy doesn’t want to be curious. In truth, it freaks him out, deeply. This has gone far enough, maybe too far already. But Stephanie is pushing, and once Sarah Jane takes a look and becomes obsessed, there’s no more ignoring the disturbing scenes on the videos. And all of a sudden, what had once been the placid, regular old Iowa fields and farmhouses now feels haunted and threatening, imbued with loss and instability and profound foreboding. For Jeremy, and all those around him, life will never be the same . . . 

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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Hello! Scooby-Doo feels! This book just screamed it when I first saw it and I had to have it! Of course, I have had it on my TBR every September/October since I got it two years ago.

Synopsis: In 1977 The Blyton Summer Detective Club unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster – another low-life fortune hunter who would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

By 1990 the former detectives are haunted by strange, half-remembered events that cannot be explained by a guy in a mask. Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, wants answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the former kid genius now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their leader… which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years.

The time has come to get the team back together and find out what actually happened all those years ago. It’s their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

This one was recommended to me by a friend and of course I ran out and bought it (on sale) and then it and its sequel have sat on my shelf… But in my defense the second book is a chunker and knowing that I’d have to read it quickly afterwards is just plain intimidating lol.

Synopsis: Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

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You by Caroline Kepnes

Shortly before the TV series was created I was told about this book. It sounded so weird and creepy. I’m still refusing to watch the series until I’ve read this!

Synopsis: When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age.

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The Passengers by John Marrs

I saw this book on Edelweiss before it was published and, again, the cover drew me in. I love the idea of reading a SciFi Thriller about self-driving cars so again it sits on this list. However, I found out recently that it is best to read Marrs’ other book first, The One. So why isn’t that book on my list instead? I guess because this one was on my TBR the longest.

Synopsis: You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”

Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.

From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save?…And who should we kill first?” 

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The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill

Ok come on! For this cover alone it needs to be on this list. I found this cover to be so creepy when I found it in the thrift store that I had to buy it. Something about this cover just tells me that this book will be all about creepy dolls and puppets coming to life!

Synopsis: Catherine’s last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top TV network saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself — to catalogue the late M. H. Mason’s wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. Rarest of all, she’ll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from the Great War. Catherine can’t believe her luck when Mason’s elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle’s “Art.” Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but Mason’s damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she’d hoped therapy had finally erased. Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real… in The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill

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So those are just some of the spooky books that I desperately want to read. There are so many more! There are some that I didn’t list because they aren’t necessarily spooky, but would be perfect for October.

Are any of these on your radar? Have you read any of these? Should I trash any or put them straight to the top of the list? Any that I didn’t mention here that you think I NEED to read? List them below in the comments.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag

I was tagged by Mir @ TBR and Beyond to do the Buffy the Vampire Slayer book tag. If you are not following TBR and Beyond well you really should! I’m so excited to do this one – even though she tagged me a while back.

Buffy

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A Character Who Lives a Double Life

Besides the obvious Buffy?? Come on I’ve read the comics lately… fine. Ummm… well Riley from The Mortician’s Daughter comes to mind.  She tries to live a normal teenage life, but really she’s solving problems for ghosts she can see.

Willow

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A Badass Witch

I haven’t read many witch books lately, I really should change that.  Sabrina from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is really badass!  Not as sweet as she was in the tv shows or original Archie comics!

Xander

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A Character Who Just Provides Comic Relief

Trying to be original is hard lol… taking Mir’s answer and saying Mr Kindly from Nevernight!  I can’t think of any characters that I’ve read recently that I found so funny and snarky.

Dawn

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Favourite Sibling Relationship

I haven’t read many books with siblings… and even less where they aren’t rivals.  Roger and Dodger from Middlegame are by far my favourite!  They are opposites, but complete one another. They’ve barely met, but have the most beautiful, complete relationship!  Go read Middlegame!

Angel

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An Extremely Broody Character

Well my first thought was Kaz… but that would be stealing another one of Mir’s.  Instead I’m going to say Four from Divergent.  He was my original brooding YA male character – he just happened to be replaced by Kaz lol.

Cordelia

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A Character Who Undergoes Major Growth

I think Elisabeth from Sorcery of Thorns had a lot of growth in this book.  She went to knowing exactly what she wanted based on what little she knew about the world, to exploring the world around her and realizing the world isn’t black and white.

Spike

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A Character with a Redemption Arc

It may not be traditional, but Evelyn from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo had a bit of a redemption story.

Giles

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A Parental Figure

The first one that comes to mind is Miss Honey from Matilda.  Yes she’s a teacher, but I always remember just how sweet she is and how well she treated Matilda and encouraged her to learn.

Faith

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A Character with Questionable Alliances

Ok I’ve tried.  I can’t think of anyone at this point (T⌓T)

Tara

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A Book with an LGBTQIA Romance

HEARTSTOPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well that was fun 🙂 I’m horrible at tagging, so if you haven’t been tagged and want to do this one… congrats! you have now been tagged lol.

 

The Summer Bucket List Tag

I was tagged by Felicia and Stephanie @ Bookishly Slytherclaw for The Summer Bucket List Tag.  Thank you so much for tagging me, it was really fun completing it.  I made it extra hard on myself and tried to pick books that I have read this year to fit the categories – even better if it was in the summer.

Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my (Tiffany’s) graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.  Loved too… but I’m bad at this so… I tag everyone?

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This book gave me so many feels! Family drama, exploring sexuality, friendship – everything you could want… if you wanted to feel both happy and sad.  This middle-grade is amazing and I gave it 5 stars.  Oh and did I mention it took place by the beach (Flordia). Love, love, love this book! You should go read it!

Rep: LGBTQ+
Trigger: child sickness, hospitals

40381392Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

Okay, so this is probably not one of the first ones you would think of when you hear “firey romance”, but to be honest I haven’t read many.  Most of the romances I have read are cute/sweet and I don’t think fit here and others are more just sex and no romance – so this is what you get lol.  I plan on reading other books that would fit this category later in the year.

Since this is a sequel, I won’t go into the book.  But Caraval is about a magical… well Caraval… where you compete to win a prize/wish.  It is where you never know what is truth and what is a lie.  I absolutely love it and the characters are just perfectly, imperfect.

37880094The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee

This book has you travelling by sea, through the Atlantic.  First, we start in Edinburgh then travel to England then to Germany to Zurich – all so Felicity can finally follow her dreams of being a doctor.  This story was enjoyable, despite missing my favourite characters (for the most part), Monty and Percy.  There was adventure and fun and friendship.  I had wished for a little more exploration of Felicity being Ace, but that really didn’t affect the story.

Rep: LGBTQ+

41893832Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

This book was a perfect blend of fantasy and scifi within our own world!   The characters were amazing and relatable and the villans were heartless and perfectly on brand!  This book to me was Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series on crack!  I will forever promote this book!  I reviewed it shortly after I read it here.

Triggers: violence, blood, psychological and physical abuse

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If I’m being honest, the first time I tried to read this book I wasn’t in the mood.  Fast forward a six months later and wow I couldn’t put it down! The audiobook was amazing and humourous.  I fell in love with Mia and Mr. Kindly.  I can’t wait to start Godsgrave, but sadly I will have to wait until next month since I’m doing a buddy read.  Please note, this is a graphic book and does have explicit sex scenes along with violence.

Trigger: violence, blood, torture

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Ok this one was a little harder to pinpoint.  I have read lots of sweet romances including Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West (Review here) and 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, but this one by far is my favourite.  This was one that was slow to start and then once it did I wanted more of it! I’m kind of upset there hasn’t been an announcement for a sequel – please tell me I’m wrong!

This follows the blooming ( 😉 )relationship between Ari and Hector while working at Ari’s family bakery – and boy did I want so many baked goods while reading this one on top of the cutest romance.

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This one is another cute middle-grade with a hard topic.  Written in verse, this book was a breath of fresh air after I read three scifi graphic novels in a row that disappointed me.  We are introduced to Jude when she lived in Syria and we follow her when she travels to USA to live with her mom and uncle.  We see, through innocent eyes, all the wonders of a new country and the heartbreak it can bring at times.  I loved reading this, despite the hard topic it was a delight.

Rep: Syrian immigrant (diversity)
Triggers: topics of war and rebellion, separation from family, racism

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This one was a harder one – it seems like most of the books I’ve been reading lately have a character overcoming an obstacle.  But I’ve decided to pick Harper from A Curse so Dark and Lonely.  Harper, you could say, deals with many obstacles in her story.  The one with the least amount of spoilers attached to it is after being kidnapped, she has to survive this new world and find her way back to our world (Washington, DC).  This was such a great Beauty and the Beast retelling and I ended up loving all the characters and the obstacles they had to overcome.

Rep: Disability (diversity)

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This one was by far the easiest book to pick out! I haven’t read many books relating to food or having food in them, but this one had the main focus being food and boy was I wanting all the food while reading this one!  Emoni takes a culinary class in school and learns to cook from an amazing chef.

Rep: Latinx, afro-latinx (Diversity), teen mothers

 

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Not only is this cover gorgeous, but it has an inspiring message to go with it.  This story follows Fig and her father.  Fig is trying to connect better with her father, who was an artist.  In order to do that she decided to take an art class and study Van Gogh.  She starts to see many similarities between her father and Van Gogh and tries to help him better through his episodes.  I was inspired by Fig because she tries so hard to help her father and take care of him, well before her time to be an adult.  She’s even brave enough to start questioning her sexuality.  If you haven’t read this middle-grade book, I highly suggest it (review)!

Rep: Bipolar, LGBTQ+ (sexual identities not stated/labelled)

Well there you have it.  Some amazing summer reads linked to fun summer activities.  Thank you Felicia and Stephanie @ Bookishly Slytherclaw for tagging me – this was fun!  Please go check them out along with Candyce @ The Book DutchessesJoAnne @ Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books, and Melanie and Mireille @ TBR and Beyond for their own lists.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for the prompts above – I’d love to get more ideas 🙂

-BOOKS & TABLETS (1)

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Wow, here we are folks, halfway through 2019 already! Really, I’m one third through my summer “vacation” –  soon school will start up (really ramp-up starts mid-August).  I was lucky enough to be tag by TBR and Beyond (go check out their post).  I’ve seen a few of these floating around – both on Blogs and Booktube – and it sounds like fun.  So let’s get started.

1. What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2019?

I’ve read 93 books already (with two more on the go) so to be honest it’s a little hard deciding on which one is my favourite – so I’m going to cheat, just a little…

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Favourite Graphic Novel/Manga

I absolutely loved Heartstopper (min-review) and desperatly want Volume 2!  Saga Vol 9 is a close second, but I’m temporarily made at them!

Favourite Novel

This one is hard!……. wow there are so many contenders – LifeL1K3, Ace of Shades, With the Fire on High, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World… but I’ll go with A Curse so Dark and Lonely!  I was very happy with how this book played with the Beauty and the Beast story and I can’t wait for Book 2.  Note: I’m currently working on Middlegame and it may just beat this one out!

2. What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?

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By far, Finale! I absolutely loved this series and loved this ending.

3. Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?

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OMG ALL OF THEM!  Fine, if I have to pick – I’m picking two!

Birthday by Meredith Russo sounds so good and has LGBTQ+ rep.  I absolutely loved Meredith’s last book (If I Was Your Girl) and I am desperate to see how she’s written this story.

The second book is Kings Fools by Amanda Foody.  Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t pick this up as soon as it came in the mail!  I loved Ace of Shades and NEED to know what happens next.

4. What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Well here’s my Top Ten.  Sorry, I had a hard enough time picking these!

5. What is your biggest disappointment so far?

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Graphic Novel

Sorry, not sorry.  I had high hopes for these YA versions, but nope.  This one was boring, they changed everyone’s backstory, and NOTHING happened!  So disappointed.

Novel

Yes, it took me this long to read The 5th Wave and I was completely disappointed! I had heard such good things when it first came out and I finally picked it up to just be sad.  It was not what I was hoping for at all.  I unhauled the entire series – that’s how disappointed I was.

6. What is your biggest surprise so far?

My biggest surprise was actually an author.  I had no expectations for Elizabeth Acevedo‘s books.  In fact, I hadn’t planned on reading either of them.   But Poet X was highly suggested to me and it was an audiobook I could finish in one of my work trips, so I listened to it.  OMG it was amazing! With her next book, With Fire on High, I hadn’t planned on reading it on release date – sure maybe at some point, but not right away.  But it fit a prompt for a challenge I was doing and I loved her audiobooks (she narrates them herself) so I picked it up on Scribd and again it was amazing!  Both of these were 5 starts and I haven’t expected anything from them – I have learned she is an instant buy for me.

7. What is your favourite new to you or debut author?

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Both of these books, and authors, were amazing!  I can’t wait for book two for both of these series.  I honestly thought I had read more debuting authors, but going through my list it doesn’t seem so (just people I thought were debuting).

8. What is your favourite fictional crush from this year?

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Ummmmm…. I guess Dante and Julian from Finale, Stoker from the Veronica Speedwell series, and Prince Rhen from A Curse so Dark and Lonely.

9. What is your new favourite character?

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Yup, I love Veronica Speedwell! Sassy, smart, and Victorian lol

10. A book that made you cry?

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11. A book that made you happy?

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12. Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?

Movie

Avengers: Endgame

TV Show

Umbrella Academy

13. What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?

This is a hard one… it’s a tie between my Owlcrate edition of Finale and We Set the Dark on Fire.

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14. What is your favourite post that you have written so far this year?

I honestly haven’t written many posts this year, I’ve only recently started posting regularly again.  I guess my faviourite so far is My Review of Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby.

15. What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?

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Really I could make this easy on myself and just say the rest of the ToG series (since I have six of them left).  Which really I do want to finish them so it’s not a total lie.  I also want to read Tiger Queen (by Annie Sullivan), #Murdertrending (Gretchen McNeil), Alice (by Christina Henry), The Antidote (by Shelley Sackier), The Book of Essie (by Meghan MacLean Weir), and Dev1at3 (by Jay Kristoff).

There you have it.  My Mid-Year Freak Out.  If you haven’t already been tagged, well you have been now lol.  I tag anyone who hasn’t already done this and wants too ❤ . Thanks to Melanie and Mireille at TBR and Beyond for tagging me in this – it was fun.

~Heather