Recent Reads: 7-13 October 2018


This week has been great for reading!

During my 7.5 hour road trip from my new apartment, I was able to chow-down on some really captivating stories. One book included a cult survival that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to any YA reader!

Here are the 3.5 books that I was able to indulge in this past week:



Sunday (7th September)

After the Fire by Will Hill


after the fireThe things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.

But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.

Then came the fire.”


Published: 2 October 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Thriller

Pages: 464

Check out my review HERE!

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

Tuesday (9th October)

Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn


StarcrossedPrincess Vela’s people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.

Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…


Published: 2 October 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction / Romance

Pages: 400

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Check out my review HERE for the Official Book Tour!

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

Wednesday (10th October)

Insanity by Susan Vaught


insanityNever, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing….When the dead husband of one of Forest’s patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.”


Published: 18 February 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Pages: 384

Check out my review HERE!

Thursday (11th October)

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas *currently reading*


empire of stormsThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


Published: 6 September 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Romance

Pages: 693

Review Coming Soon!!

Favorite Book of the Week: Empire of Storms

# of Pages Read: 1,292

Total # of Books Read: 3.5

Some other posts you may have missed this week:

For this next week, I would love to get into FOUR different worlds and get up-to-date on the Throne of Glass series! Which BTW, has exceeded all expectations so far.

And to celebrate this haunting season, one of the four books will include the anthology, Grim edited by Christine Johnson. This is a collection of classic fairy tales with a dark, spooky twist.

Each day from Monday, October 15th until Halloween Night, I will be reviewing each of these short stories in a mini review post to see if they truly are as scary as they seem. So stay tuned for those!

What books did you read this week?? Did you find a captivating and terrifying story that you want to share? Let me know in the comments!

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,


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