Thursday, October 27, 2016

My Thoughts: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
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Publication Date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780763655594
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Horror
Source: Library

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The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

A Monster Calls is the very first book I've read by Patrick Ness, although I have quite a few of his books on my TBR at the moment. I decided to include the book in my Halloween Reads week, because the cover for the book looks amazingly creepy, and also because I recently watched the movie trailer, and I was super curious about the story. I am SO glad that I decided to read this book. I loved it, and I just know that it's one of those books that I will remember always.

It was SO easy for me to relate to the main character in the story, Conor. I've been in his shoes more times than I care to remember, although not with a parent, but with other family members that have been more like parents to me. Conor was really a great kid, and I felt bad for him for what he was going through. The Monster in the story is not at all what I expected, but I absolutely loved him as well.

I didn't really read much about the book before I started it, so the storyline was completely different that what I thought it would be. I loved it regardless, and I was completely engrossed in the story.  It's definitely one that so many people will be able to relate to in some form or another, and the story will stick with you long after you've closed the last page. Coming in at just 216 pages, some of which included beautiful illustrations, this book was a really quick read. I flew through it faster than I anticipated, and I was really sad when the book came to an end. But, I loved the story, and I can't wait to see how the movie compares.

I didn't find out until after I had read the book that the audiobook is narrated by Jason Issacs! I wish I had known this sooner, as I really love the sound of his voice, and I'll definitely be checking out that audiobook as soon as possible.

Overall; I don't feel like I've done a very good job of expressing how much I loved A Monster Calls, but I'm hoping you get the point. I really, really enjoyed everything, from the characters to the storyline, and I'm definitely excited to read more by Patrick Ness as soon as possible. If you decide to check out A Monster Calls, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #257 - Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist
(Flame in the Mist #1)
by Renee Ahdieh
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Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780399171635

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The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known. (Goodreads)

Omg, Bookworms... is the cover for this book GORGEOUS, or what??
The story sounds pretty awesome as well!!
I already have my copy preordered, and I can't wait until May!!

I absolutely adored The Wrath & The Dawn and The Rose & The Dagger,
and I can't wait to go on this new adventure as well.

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My Thoughts: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
(Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)
by Ransom Riggs
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Publication Date: June 7th 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781594744761
Genre: Young Adult | Supernatural
Source: Own

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I've had Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs sitting on my bookshelf for an embarrassingly long time, (Seriously, embarrassing!), and I'm seriously kicking myself for not reading it sooner! With the movie release, and Halloween coming up, I knew this would be the perfect time to start the book, and I'm SO glad I did!

I enjoyed reading the story from Jacob, the main character's, point of view. The poor kid had no idea what was happening to him in the beginning story, but he took it all in stride. There were SO many interesting characters in the story, and most of which I absolutely loved. (Except for the bad guys, don't expect me to love them. *wink*) My most favorite character was probably Olive, the girl on the front cover of the book, who can levitate. She seemed like she'd be SO much fun! I totally want to be her.

When I first got this book, I really wanted to read it, because I was curious. But, it looked really creepy, and I don't always do well with the creepy stuff. Then I became even more curious when the movie trailers started coming out, and it didn't look so terribly creepy after all. I ended up putting this book in my Halloween TBR, because, creepy is perfect for Halloween time. Now that I've read the book, it wasn't that creepy at all. Just the perfect amount, actually, and I'm kicking myself for not having read the book sooner. The storyline was very engrossing, and the story pulled me in right away. There were quite a few twists and turns as the story went along, some that definitely kept me guessing as to where the story was going. The ending left me wanting more, and I can't wait to pick up Hollow City soon!

Overall, I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children so much more than I expected to, and I'm super curious to see the movie now, AND continue the rest of the series as well!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Halloween TBR

October 25: Halloween related freebie: ten scary books, favorite horror novels, non-scary books to get you in the Halloween/fall mood, bookish halloween costumes, scariest covers), scary books on my TBR, etc.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

3. Jackaby by William Ritter
4. Possess by Gretchen McNeil

5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
6. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

8. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

This is the Halloween TBR that I set out to read,
but, unfortunately for me, life has gotten in the way of reading these books.
I've read a few so far, and I have one or two more that I am hoping to finish
before the week is out, but I won't get to finish the rest.
There's always next Halloween, though. :)

What's on your Halloween TBR??


Monday, October 24, 2016

My Thoughts: Jackaby by William Ritter
(Jackaby #1)
by William Ritter
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Publication Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9781616203535
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Historical Fiction
Source: Library

ASIN: B00N200622
Publisher: HighBridge

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I've had Jackaby by William Ritter on my TBR for a while now, and I'm really not sure why I waited so long to read it! It sounded like the perfect book to have on my Halloween TBR, and I happened to find the audiobook on the library website, so I figured I'd give it a go. So glad I did! I loved this book!!

There are SO many characters in the story that I ended up absolutely loving! The main character, Miss Abigail Rook, wants nothing more than to have adventure in her life, so she sets out to do just that. I envy her for the determination that she has. Such a smart young lady! Also, there's Jackaby himself. Ha! This man, he's so peculiar, and made me laugh so many times. Abigail and Jackaby make a great pair, and I'm looking forward to seeing what adventures they go on next.

There are also a lot of great secondary characters in the story as well, including Jenny, Charlie, Douglas and even Marlowe. I'm also SUPER curious to see if we ever learn the story about the frog.

For some reason I went into this book thinking it had something to do with Jack the Ripper, (I'm not sure where I got that from.), but it totally didn't. I love the storyline though. It was a mystery and fantasy all mashed into one book that kept me hooked as I listened to the story. And, it's a pretty quick read as well. I listened to the book in audiobook format, and I have to say that the narrator, Nicola Barber, did a wonderful job with telling the story! I loved her voice, and the voices she made for all the characters.

Overall; Jackaby won me over, and I can't to read the next book in the series, Beastly Bones, which I currently have from the library and plan to start soon, and then Ghostly Echos after that. I'm also thrilled to discover that there's going to be a fourth book as well!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #256 - By Your Side by Kasie West
By Your Side
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062455864

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In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side? (Goodreads)

I just recently finished listening to TWO of Kasie's audiobooks,
(reviews for both on the blog!)
and now I am even more excited to read By Your Side!!

If you don't already know, I'm a HUGE fan of contemporary novels,
and all of the books I've read by Kasie so far have been great.
I can't wait to read By Your Side,
as well as Lucky in Love, which comes out next summer!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

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