Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Favourite YA Horror

I love YA horror. It’s one of my favourite genres, and I love the variety: ghosts, zombies, monsters, witches, whatever – bring it on! Here are the top books that I loved to read and that I recommend to people looking to add some spooky books to their TBR (I’ve marked the books that are part of a series with a *):

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  1. Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake*

    I love this book/series so much! It’s got great characters, great writing, and is creepy!

  2. The Creeping, by Alexandra Sirowy

    This book surprised my with a really creepy ending, solidifying my love for it.

  3. Feed, by Mira Grant*

    Zombies and bloggers! This series is so so so great, and this reminds me that I need to read Mira Grant’s Parasitology series.

  4. The Creeper Man, by Dawn Kurtagich (aka And the Trees Crept In)

    Oh my gosh this book is so wonderfully creepy.

  5. The Merciless, by Danielle Vega*

    Oh man I love almost everything about this book, including that pretty cover.

  6. Survive the Night, by Danielle Vega

    Another great cover for Danielle Vega! I loved this book. Scary and exciting!

  7. This Is Not a Test, by Courtney Summers*

    I marked this as part of a series, because there is a novella that came out not that long ago, but it is not a full novel so be warned if you want more of Sloane’s story. Zombies!

  8. Unbreakable, by Kami Garcia*

    This series is awesome! I tell people it’s like reading a book of the TV show Supernatural (my fave show!): cute brothers and ghost hunting and some really good creepy scenes. I am desperately waiting for news of the third book!!

Have you read any of these? Are there any great YA horror books that I need to know about?? Let me know in the comments!

A Darkly Beating Heart

By Lindsay Smith

Source: Received from the publisher

Series: n/a

Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Published by Roaring Brook Press

My Rating: three-half-stars

A Darkly Beating Heart

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.

No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.

I was so interested in this book! The description really captured my interest, as did the setting. I love time travel stories too. This book’s synopsis checked a lot of my boxes!

Oh boy, this book was dark. I don’t say that as a bad thing, but I think there was so much darkness in Reiko and Miyu and I was kind of caught off guard by the intensity of it. But it was something that really drew me in and made me want to keep reading, to know more about what had happened to both of them.

I liked A Darkly Beating Heart but I didn’t love it. I liked the writing and the setting, but the end felt a little too tidy and rushed to me. Not bad, but maybe not one that will stand out for me from the other books I’ve read this year.

Week In Review

October 17 – 23

What a chilly week it’s been! And this weekend was cold, and full of wind and rain. Blegh! But I did go out for a fun lunch with my sister, and today I’ll be counting down the hours until The Walking Dead season premiere! I have my theory about who will turn out to be Negan’s victim, as I’m sure the millions of other viewers do, and while I’m sure I’ll be sad if I’m right, at least the long wait will finally be over!

Also, my beloved Supernatural is back, and the first two episodes of season 12 have been awesome.

img_20161020_183857.jpgI received a couple of new books, including this copy of Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan from PGC Books – thank you!

Via Edelweiss, I also received:

A Night in with Grace Kelly, by Lucy Holliday; and

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

Thank you Harper and Balzer + Bray!

I read two books this past week:

One Was Lost, by Natalie Richards, and The Kiss of Deception, by Mary Pearson.

Currently, I’m reading three books:20161022_084308.jpg

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (so interesting but it’s huge – I need to pick up the pace because it’s for next week’s book club!);

The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon; and

Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. I watched the documentary on PBS on Friday and it was soooo good! I’m glad I was able to borrow this book from my sister because it’s all so interesting!

I had two reviews on the blog last week:

Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo; and

Replica, by Lauren Oliver.

Coming up this week are my reviews of A Darkly Beating Heart, by Lindsay Smith, and The Trespasser, by Tana French.

Time for coffeecoffeecoffee and The Walking Dead all day! Happy Sunday!


By Lauren Oliver

Source: Received from the publisher

Series: Replica #1

Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Published by Harper Collins

My Rating: four-stars


Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

I am a big Lauren Oliver fan. She has become an auto-buy author for me, and on top of finding the story so intriguing, I was really interested in Replica‘s format: it is two books in one, in a way. One side of the book tells Gemma’s story, and the other side tells Lyra’s story.

I chose to start reading Gemma’s story, and after the first eight or so chapters, I switched and read all of Lyra’s story. I then went back and finished reading Gemma’s story. I loved being able to do that, and getting both characters’ perspectives on a single event, e.g. the first time they meet.

I really enjoyed Replica. I love Lauren Oliver’s writing and characters, and I was so happy to see that this is the first in a series. I need more of Gemma and Lyra’s story! And I wonder if the next book will be told in the same dual format.


Crooked Kingdom

By Leigh Bardugo

Source: Purchased

Series: Six of Crows #2

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Published by Orion Children’s Books

My Rating: five-stars

Crooked Kingdom

Cover image and address from Goodreads:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

I read Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows last year and it was definitely one of my favourite reads of 2015! I just fell totally in love with the characters and the story, and having already been a fan of the author’s writing (the Grisha trilogy is fabulous), I wasn’t surprised at how great the book was.

So Crooked Kingdom easily became my most anticipated book of 2016, although with this being a duology, I knew that I was going to be really sad to say goodbye to those characters.

I was so happy to be back in this world, back in Ketterdam with Kaz and the rest of the crew. This book made me laugh, gasp, and even cry – I have nothing but gushing praise for Crooked Kingdom and Leigh Bardugo! The plot is twisty and intricate, the story is satisfying, and I didn’t want it to end.

I highly recommend this series, which now ranks among my all-time favourites!