Stacking the Shelves #4

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature that was started by Tynga’s Reviews.  It’s about showing off the books you got that week, whether they be physical copies, ebooks, ARCs, finished copies, anything!

I might not have gotten too many books this week, but the books that I did get are amazing!! Here are the books I got during the week of 10/25 – 10/31:

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Bought: 

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Traded:

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Thank you to Lisa and Rose for sending me these two amazing books! The one I’m most excited to start is Wolf by Wolf. I’ve only heard good things about it so I have high expectations!

What books did YOU receive this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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October Wrap Up + November TBR!

October Wrap-Up!

October flew by so quickly! It was a busy month for me, too. School really kicked into full gear, I had a ton of field hockey games, the season ended…it was crazy! It was also my first full month as a blogger and I’m happy to say I loved every second of it 🙂

Posts in October

It was a whirlwind month for blogging! I posted 15 things total, 4 of which were reviews! Here are the reviews I posted in November and some of my other favorite posts!

Books Read in October

I read 9 books this month, and of those 9 books, 3 of them were from my October TBR. I read a grand total of 3,356 pages!

   

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa:  ★★★★. This finished up my reread of the Iron Fey series. The last book was my favorite of the entire series! I’ve been Team Ash from the start ❤

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore: ★★★. This was one of my most anticipated reads this year, but it fell flat for me. The story had potential, but the writing was too lyrical for me and the plot bore none of the fantasy that I expected. Read my full review here!

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April G. Tucholke: ★★★★ An anthology full of creepy stories, perfect for Halloween! There were a few that I didn’t like, but a majority of them were pretty good! Read my review, with a rating for each individual story, here!

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: ★★★★. I may have read this book just because of the gorgeous cover, but I was very surprised by the dark and gritty story inside! This book pleasantly surprised me! Check out my full review here!

The Treatment by Suzanne Young:  ★★★. I really liked the first book, but this one was just too cheesy for me. My favorite thing about the first book was Sloane and James, but in this book their romance was just too much. Despite this, I’ll still probably check out the companion series.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: ★★★★★. I reread this book in my English class and I loved it even more the second time around. I may not like the author himself, but this book makes me so nostalgic. It’s one of my all time favorites.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: ★★★★. This was a magical story with a cast of delightful characters that I’ve fallen in love with. I had some problems with the story overall, but it was still pretty dang good. Here’s my full review.

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman: ★. The ONLY reason I even bothered finishing this book was because I had to read it for a book report in English. It sounded promising, but it fell very, very, very short. Full review to come!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: ★★★★★. This book was absolutely beautiful. After reading a bunch of “meh” books, this one reminded me what good literature looks and feels like. I love everything about Six of Crows and I’m already DYING for the sequel! Full review to come!

Total books read so far this year: 42/50

November TBR!

 
  1. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  2. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  3. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  4. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (reread)

How was October for you? What books did you read? What books are you excited for in November? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab (Victoria Schwab)
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pub Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor
Source: Bought from Book Outlet

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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

 

I went into this book with extremely high expectations. I haven’t seen one bad thing about A Darker Shade of Magic on twitter; in fact, all I see are glowing reviews of it! With this plot, and a beautiful cover to match, I thought it would be a match made in heaven for me. While I did have a few minor issues with it, I ended up really liking this book overall!

Kell is an Antari, a person who can travel between the Londons, parallel universes that all have an overlapping point in the city of–you guess it–London. Kell smuggles things across the worlds for a price, and when he gets caught doing this treasonable act, he flees into a different London, where a dark, dark trouble follows him. With the help of a kick ass pirate thief, Kell must figure out how to stop the darkness from spreading into his own London–and make sure the darkness doesn’t consume him, either.

Let me start out by saying this: I absolutely loved all of the characters! My favorite though, by far, was Lila. She’s a cross-dressing thief in Grey London, an orphan who dreams of having her own ship and sailing far away to new lands. She was witty and unapologetic of everything she did, and I loved it. Homegirl is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The banter between her and Kell was hilarious, and I found myself looking forward to the scenes between the two of them. There was very minimal romance between them, but their chemistry was amazing. The thing I’m looking forward to the most in the series is more scenes between them, whether it be as friends or lovers. I just love them to death *squishes them*

The plot was okay, I just didn’t feel as though there was much to it. A lot of the story revolved around the characters travelling between the worlds, and I expected that, but I wanted more action, more drama, anything! The end of the book was amazing though, so the plot definitely picked up as the story went along.

Another thing I felt was odd was the amount of point of views in this story. There were a bunch of them, but I feel like many of them could’ve easily been cut and the story would still be whole. I don’t care about side characters who rarely see the light of day–give me more Lila and Kell! (Can you tell I really loved them?)

My main problem with this book was the pacing. The first 100 pages or so involve a lot of explaining and setting up the worlds, which is understandable in a fantasy novel, but I was desperate to get into the action! It started to pick up a bit more towards the middle of the book, but I never really felt satisfied with the pacing of the novel. By the time it ended, I thought, Is that it?? Just when the pacing developed a steady rhythm, the book ended, and I was left feeling a bit unsatisfied.

Despite its flaws, A Darker Shade of Magic has one major thing going for it; it’s one hell of a good story. The magic, the chemistry between the characters, and the lovely prose of this book outweighs all of the cons, and creates a book that’s sure to impress all fantasy lovers. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy and a cast of lovely, complex characters.

Rating: ★★★★

Have you read A Darker Shade of Magic, or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Leave your own thoughts in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Top Ten Halloween Themed Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. There’s a new topic each week and you post 10 things that follow the theme. This weeks theme is Halloween.

I’m not the best read horror fan, so the first 5 books will be my favorite Halloween-ish stories, and the last 5 will be 5 horror stories I’m dying to read! (get it?)

1.  The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. When I think of the best horror story I’ve ever read, I think of The Dead House. It’s written through a series of transcripts, video logs, and other various documents about two girls who live in one body. This book really messed with my mind and even though my ARC of it didn’t have all of the pictures, the ones that it did were…really damn creepy, to say the least. If you haven’t read it yet….READ IT!!!

2. Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April G. Tucholke (and others). I reviewed this book a few weeks ago here. This is a wonderful horror anthology by some of the best YA authors out there. They range from creepy to disturbing; there’s something for everyone’s taste. There are some true gems in here, so I definitely recommend you check it out!

3. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Do you ever read a book with prose that makes you question everything you just read? Yeah, this is one of those books. I always feel like I’m not smart enough to understand this author’s writing, but I know this; it’s pretty damn good. This is a story about a murder, and the three girls whose lives are affected by it.

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. This is one of my favorite series ever. Mara Dyer is probably my favorite unreliable narrator, and heaven knows how much I love Noah Shaw ❤ This series deals with what’s real vs. what isn’t, and how Mara attempts to make sense of it all. It’s a really lovely series that I think everyone should read.

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This is my favorite series EVER. Many of you have read this will probably wonder how in the heck this qualifies as a “Halloween” book, but there are many things about it that are spooky! For one, there *is* an actual ghost in the story, there are ravens (who woulda thought?) and psychics. All of it add to a haunting atmosphere that Maggie describes with her beautiful prose.

5 “Halloween” Books I Want to Read

6. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. (This book release today!) I’m always up for a good vintage story. Add in a murder, handsome reports, and a no doubt shady family? Sign me up!

7. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. I follow Susan on twitter and I love seeing her pop up on my feed. Seeing as Sarah J. Maas is her best friend and praises her all the time, I know this book will be good. Also, the idea of this book seems so cool! What’s better than zombies in the 1800s?

8. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. This is a new release that I’m DYING to get my hands on!! I’m very interested in asylums, both in books and in real life, so I’m extra entranced by this story. I’ve heard many great things about this, so I can’t wait to read it!

9. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. This is a retelling of the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley that a bunch of bloggers have been raving about. I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a good retelling, plus that cover is reaaaaally nice.

10. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett. This book sounds unbelievably creepy and disturbing. This book is pitched as Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet, which is an unusual mashup. A lot of people have said good things about this scary book, so it’s high up on my to-read list!

 

Have you read any of these spooky books? Which ones did you like the most? Leave your thoughts in the comment below!

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Stacking the Shelves #3

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature that was started by Tynga’s Reviews.  It’s about showing off the books you got that week, whether they be physical copies, ebooks, arcs, finished copies, anything!

I’m posting this (almost) a day late because I haven’t been on top of my game this past week with posts, but I’m trying to get everything back under control. Without further ado, here are the books I got in the week of 10/18 – 10/24:

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Bought: 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Traded:

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Thank you Bridget for all the amazing book! I’m so excited that I finally got Six of Crows!! I’ve heard many great things about it 🙂

What books did YOU receive this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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Waiting on Wednesday #3: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. It highlights eagerly awaited upcoming releases that the bookish community is excited to read. Here’s my pick for this week’s WoW:

The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Pub Date: February 16th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow

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Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed a theme these past two weeks with my WoW picks, but they’re both time travel books. And let me tell you something: I LOVE time travel. I think time travel books are so incredibly cool, because there are so many different possibilities for the book to explore. I feel like this book, with all of these awesome, original elements, could end up being one of the best books of 2016.

The Girl from Everywhere is set in Hawaii, which made it immediately stand out to me. Hawaii isn’t a place where many books are set, so when I saw that Nix’s journey would start in there, I was immediately drawn in. Add that to the awesome plot and everyone on my twitter feed gushing about this book, there’s no way I can’t be excited about it!!

This book seemingly has it all. Far away lands, a Persian love interest (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS), a girl trying to work against fate, and an author who has been compared to Sabaa Tahir?? Sign me the hell up. I’d LOVE to get my hands on an ARC of this beauty, but I’ll (grudgingly) settle for waiting until February 2016 to read this beautiful book.

Also, I’d just like to say that I think all 2016 debut covers that I’ve seen are absolutely gorgeous, and this one is no exception. I think all these cover designers need a raise because they’ve made some stunning pieces of art.

 

Are you excited for The Girl from Everywhere? Do you like reading about time travel? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday #3: Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a theme and you post 10 things that go along with it. This weeks theme is Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me.

A majority of this will probably be about dead characters, or ships that could’ve been, so there will be SPOILERS. Read at your own risk.

1.  For my first wish, I’d wish for the Darkling to 1) still be alive, and 2) be with Alina (this is one wish okay this isn’t cheating). THIS IS MY BIGGEST SHIP THAT COULD’VE BEEN (Giselle over at A Book and a Cup of Coffee understands me completely). Mal is just sooooo boring to me, and the Darkling is my precious, problematic child who I love to death. He didn’t deserve to die, and I want him back!

2. I want Gansey from The Raven Cycle to live. I will offer up my soul in exchange for this wish as an incentive.

3. I wish I could be as fierce and badass as Aelin from Throne of Glass. Woman is AMAZING.

4. I wish that the book genie would give me Noah Hutchins to be my real book boyfriend. I think I’d die of happiness, tbh (I’d also settle for Noah Shaw if Noah Hutchin’s unavailable. What can I say? I have a thing for Noahs).

5. Please book genie, allow me to travel to Hogwarts (Slytherin house pride!)

6. I wish that I’d be able to have every arc I want. This is probably my most wanted wish. Can you imagine?? Ahhh

7. An awesome bookshelf setup! Some of the pictures I see on instagram and twitter are so. beautiful.

8. I WANT THEODORE FINCH TO BE ALIVE AND HAPPY WITH ULTRAVIOLET. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? (fuck that book, it really messed me up)

9. I want to have Aelin’s style. She’s one hella fashionable queen.

10. I wish the book genie would grant me a copy of The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig! It sounds sooooo good and the author seems really nice on twitter 🙂

Those are my top 10 wishes I’d ask of the book genie! What wishes would YOU ask the book genie to grant you? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Stacking the Shelves #2

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature that was started by Tynga’s Reviews.  It’s about showing off the books you got that week, whether they be physical copies, ebooks, arcs, finished copies, anything!

I didn’t have time to make a post last week, so this haul is from the past two weeks!

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Bought: 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Vitro by Jessica Khoury

Traded:

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (read my review here!)

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Inheritance by Malinda Lo

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Falling into Place by Kat Zhang

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (not pictured)

 

Thank you Paige, Miranda, Nori, Calla, Rachel, Jan and Jennifer for all the amazing books! and I got so many amazing books and I’m really excited to dive into them! I’ve heard a lot of great things 🙂

What books did YOU receive this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Western, Romance
Pub Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Swapped (#booksfortrade)

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Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

I read Erin Bowman’s Taken when it first came out, and I found it very enjoyable (I still haven’t read the other books! I’m so behind!). When I heard she was coming out with a new book that was a western, I’ll admit I was a little hesitant. I’d never read a western before I read Vengeance Road, but after reading it, I can say I have no regrets that I read out of my comfort zone!

Also, this cover is absolutely gorgeous. It’s one of my favorite covers ever. I could go on and on about it, but alas, I will jump into the actual meat of this review now.

Kate Thompson is out for blood when her father is murdered by a gang of people called the Rose Riders. When she says she wants vengeance, she really means it. Kate loads up her weapons and doesn’t hesitate when she has a shot. That’s one of the things I love about her–this girl means business. Along with the Colton brothers, Jesse and Will, and a young Apache girl, Kate makes her way across the Arizona territory with her sights set on one thing: her father’s murderers.

Vengeance Road is gritty, bloody western that tells the story of just how much someone will sacrifice for revenge and the consequences that come with it. This book is a hell of a lot darker than I thought it’d be. Erin Bowman does not shy away from some of the more grisly details when describing some horrific scenes, and I think that’s what made me really get into this story. This isn’t a light read with low stakes–in fact, it’s the opposite. Just when I thought the book was going to end on a happy(ish) note, the book took a sharp turn and did something I would’ve never expected. It was crazy, and I loved it.

One of the things I really liked in this book was the characters, especially Kate. One of the things that annoys me the most is when characters say that want vengeance, but then chicken out in the end when their chance is right in front of them. Kate is definitely not that type of character, which was really refreshing to read. She was kickass and could drop a man easily with her gun. If I was up against her, I’d be so dead. The Colton brothers were pretty good characters, too, but I felt Will could’ve been developed a little more. And how could I forget Liluye! She was a character who really stood her ground on her morals, which is a commendable feat for anyone, fictional or otherwise, so I have to give her props. She had some spunk in her too that made me laugh sometimes.

I admire Erin Bowman for making sure that Kate’s journey for revenge was the main purpose of the novel instead of the romance. It was still there, but it was definitely more of a subplot and never overwhelmed the main purpose of the story. That’s a miracle in itself these days in YA, so if you like stories with less of a focus on romance, this is probably the book for you.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the pacing. It dragged a little bit in some places, especially towards the beginning and in the middle, but it picked up speed again after awhile and went back to a steady pace. After awhile, the descriptions of the land started to wear on me, too. I felt like the same things were being described over and over again, but I never got a clear mental picture as to what those places were supposed to look like, so I’m pretty sure I was picturing the entire setting very wrong.

Overall, I really liked this book. I felt Erin Bowman really did the western genre justice with her fierce characters and blood soaked plot. I’d recommend this book to almost everyone, especially those who are fans of historical fiction and people who like their romance to be more of a background thing.

Rating: ★★★★

Have you read Vengeance Road, or are you planning on it? What did you think of it? Leave your own thoughts in the comments below!

Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Author: April Genevieve Tucholke (editor and contributor)
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Pub Date: August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Dial
Source: Justine Magazine Giveaway

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A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.

 

This was one of the best anthologies I’ve ever read. A majority of the stories were really well written and the ideas were creepy, interesting spins on classic horror stories. I’ll be the first to admit that I am a complete scaredy cat and hate scary movies with a fiery passion, but a few of these stories will definitely scare the toughest people out there.

I’ll review this anthology story-by-story and the final rating will be the overall rating for all of the stories put together.

The Birds of Azalea Street by Nova Ren Suma: ★★★★ 1/2. This was a fitting first story to this anthology. The author’s voice is perfectly suited to horror and only added to the eeriness of the story. The only reason I marked it down half a star is because of her voice–it’s so lyrical, it becomes distracting sometimes. However, I give her MAD props for making her main characters play field hockey and softball! She’s a woman after my own heart ❤

In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie Ryan: ★★★★. An ever more twisted, creepier version of Alice in Wonderland, if that’s possible. I read this story late at night, and I definitely recommend against that. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to look at a dark forest quite the same again. Or tea parties, for that matter.

Emmeline by Cat Winters: ★★★★ 1/2. After the “in your face” scary of the first two stories, Winter’s slows it down a bit. This story wasn’t so much scary as it was upsetting, or sad. The writing was pleasant to read though; I think I’ll check out more of Cat Winter’s writing after reading this!

Verse Chorus Verse by Leigh Bardugo: ★★★★. I’m a big fan of Leigh Bardugo’s stories, but this one was a bit of a let down for me. This is a story about a teen star and her mother. The teen is sent away to rehab and finds that not everything is as it seems there. The writing was amazing, as always, and the story was pretty scary, but I didn’t understand the ending, which is my only complaint.

Hide-And-Seek by Megan Shepherd: ★★★★★. I really loved this story. I thought this was one of the most unique stories of the bunch. It’s about a girl who plays a game with death–if she can survive the next 24 hours, she’ll get to keep her life. It wasn’t scary, but it was thrilling and I loved that. The ending had a nice little twist that I thought was pretty clever, too.

The Dark, Scary Parts and All by Danielle Paige: ★★ 1/2. It was one of the weakest stories of the bunch. The story reads like nearly every other cookie cutter paranormal romance. A quiet, shy girl is suddenly noticed by this incredibly hot guy, and then weird things start to happen. The characters were all ridiculous and made stupid decisions. I think I spent more time rolling my eyes than I did actually reading this story.

The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh by April Genevieve Tucholke: ★★★★. I have a love hate relationship with this author’s writing, but I think it’s safe to say I enjoyed this story. This story is very similar to the movie in which it draws inspiration from, but I didn’t mind that too much. The doubt in this story is palpable and by the end, I still don’t know what I believe.

Fat Girl With a Knife by Jonathan Maberry: ★★. My least favorite story of the bunch, I think. It had two things that turned me off for it: 1) zombies (I love these stories if they’re done well, but this one wasn’t) and 2) the incredibly ridiculous main character. Dahlia acted like a child, and I’m surprised she even managed to survive many of the things in this story.

Sleepless by Jay Kristoff: ★★★★★. Ahhh, this story was AMAZING! It has to be my favorite of the whole anthology. This is another one of those stories that isn’t scary, per se, but rather more of a psychological one. At first, I wondered where the horror part of the story would come in, but it started to creep up on me; it was around the 2/3 mark that I realized what the hell was going on and I had to do a little slow clap. Jay Kristoff sure knows what the hell he’s doing.

M by Stefan Bachmann: ★★★ 1/2. This story was good, but I didn’t really feel anything for it. It’s about a blind girl who stumbles upon a murderer, and she tries to figure out which one of the guests he is before he kills someone else. I have to give this story props though–singing children who rhyme? There will never be an instance where that is not creepy.

The Girl Without a Face by Marie Lu: ★★★ 1/2. Usually I love Marie Lu’s writing, but this story just didn’t make me feel anything special, much like M. This was one of the scarier stories of the bunch though; let me just say that if you have a closet, you might want to prepare yourself for this one.

The Girl Who Dreamed of Snow by McCormick Templeman: ★★★. I thought the idea for this story was incredibly original, but the execution was poor. It’s about a world in which a sickness has plagued and killed girls and Nara goes on a journey to find a cure, so to say. I didn’t feel any connections to any of the characters, but I did like the monsters of this story, the “night creatures.” They were definitely creepy.

Stitches by A.G. Howard: ★★★ 1/2. Many of the stories in this anthology draw inspiration from Frankenstein, but this story is the one most closely related to it. This book was probably the bloodiest of the bunch–definitely not for those with a weak stomach. It was an interesting story, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.

On the I-5 by Kendare Blake: ★★★★. I don’t know if this was the best choice for the last story, but I still enjoyed it. It’s one of the more original ones, so I won’t spoil anything about the plot. It was another one of those sad, upsetting stories that had a sad ending. I enjoyed the author’s writing and I thought the main character, EmmaRae, was pretty interesting (even if I couldn’t stand her name).

Overall, this was an amazing read. There were some good stories and there were some bad ones, but they all rounded each other out. This is a perfect read for Halloween time, but my one suggestion for my fellow scaredy cats–read this book during the day!

Rating: ★★★★

Have you read this anthology yet? If so, which was your favorite story? Leave your own thoughts in the comments below!