Recent Reads: 14-20 October 2018

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The Throne of Glass Read-a-thon is coming to a close as Kingdom of Ash is on it’s way this week.

I still have to finish Tower of Dawn, but I was able to finish some horrifying books these last few days. Check out which ones they were in this week’s reading update!

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Sunday (14th October)

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

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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.


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Published: 6 September 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Romance

Pages: 693

Click HERE for my book review!


Monday (15th September)

Grim edited by Christine Johnson

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grimInspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins
Amanda Hocking
Julie Kagawa
Claudia Gray
Rachel Hawkins
Kimberly Derting
Myra McEntire
Malinda Lo
Sarah Rees-Brennan
Jackson Pearce
Christine Johnson
Jeri Smith Ready
Shaun David Hutchinson
Saundra Mitchell
Sonia Gensler
Tessa Gratton
Jon Skrovon


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Published: 25 February 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Retelling

Pages: 480

My Reviews of short stories 1-2:

I ended up DNF-ing this. After reading the first two stories, I noticed that I wasn’t motivated to continue on and they weren’t as scary as I thought they were going to be, so I decided to put this one down for now.


Tuesday (16th October)

House of Furies (House of Furies #1) by Madeleine Roux

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house of furiesAfter escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?“


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Published: 30 May 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Pages: 416

Click HERE for my book review!


 

Friday (19th October)

Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House #1) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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welcome to the dark houseWhat’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.


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Published: 22 July 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Pages: 357

Check out my review HERE!


Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas *currently reading*

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todIn the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.


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Published: 5 September 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 664

REVIEW COMING SOON!


Favorite Book of the Week: Empire of Storms

# of Pages Read: 984

Total # of Books Read: 4.5


Some posts you may have missed this week:


For this next week, I hope to get my hands on EIGHT books. This is my final free week before my big move down South! So with all the packing and future scrambling around, I will be spending this next week dedicated to everything books and writing.

I am also BEYOND EXCITED for the Kingdom of Ash author event hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL on Thursday, October 25th. I’ll share my pictures, thoughts, and all things SJM and TOG in a blog post later this week!

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You can also expect to see ONE blog tour review and THREE other Halloween reviews this week, so stay tuned for those!

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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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