Saturday, 28 October 2017

Spooky Book Covers

I recently did a post on my spooky recommendations and tbr, which you can find here.  So I decided to do another spooky centric post.  Here are some books covers that I think give off a creepy vibe.  I know there's a lot scarier book covers out there but I'm just picking from books I've read and just because the cover is spooky doesn't necessarily mean the story is.

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Unwind series by Neal Shusterman

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Demian by Hermann Hesse

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress series) by Jeaniene Frost

Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Wytches by Scott Snyder

What book covers do you think look scary? 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Book Review: Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

Book: Warcross
Series: Warcross book 1
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, sci-fi

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships - only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. 
Convinced she's going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game's creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year's tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. Emika's whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she's only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. ~ Quoted from Goodreads

My Rating: 4/5 STARS

My Review:
I've been excited for Warcross since it was announced so I'm very glad I enjoyed it. I can hardly believe that Marie Lu has now wrote three different series in three different genres and somehow I've liked every one of them.

Warcross is set in a futuristic sci-fi world where everyone is obsessed with a virtual reality game called Warcross.  The book is about a skilled hacker named Emika who, after accidently glitching herself into a Warcross game, ends up being recruited by the maker of the game.

I loved the concept of this book and the way the world of Warcross was described.  I liked the Warcross world because it was so easy to imagine. The technology wasn't confusing at all, it just felt like a more better and improved version of today's technology and I really liked that because it was easy to picture in my head.  

I like Emika's character and her backstory.  Even though we only see her father through the flashbacks and her backstory, I thought he was a really interesting character and I liked reading about their relationship with each other.  I thought the other characters were great, especially the other Warcross players.  They seem like a bunch of complex characters and I liked reading about their interactions with each other but I do wish we had've seen more of the interactions.  

What I didn't really like about the book was the romance.  I thought it seemed forced and I found it to be flat and not believable.
Even though I did think the major plot twists were predictable I still found the general storyline to be interesting and thought it was action packed.

Overall I think it's a good thrilling read.  I didn't like the romance and found parts to be predictable but I would still recommend reading it because the world of Warcross is exciting.  I can't wait to read the next/concluding book because I've found Marie Lu's series always pack an emotional punch in the last books so I'm looking forward to that. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Spooky Recommendations and Halloween TBR 2017

Halloween is just around the corner so I thought I'd do a post recommending some books that I think would be great to read for Halloween.  And I'm also going to tell you the spooky books I'm planning on reading.
These books all vary in genre but they all have a very atmospheric and creepy feel to them.

My Spooky Recommendations:

The Passage (The Passage book 1) by Justin Cronin
Omens (Cainsville book 1 ) by Kelley Armstrong
The Diviners (The Diviners book 1) by Libba Bray
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll 
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
The Umbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My Halloween TBR:

And The Trees Crept In/ The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich
Hell House by Richard Matheson
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners book 3)
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
The City of Mirrors (The Passage book 3) by Justin Cronin

Are you planning on reading some scary books for Halloween?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

September 2017 Wrap Up

I only read two books in September, I did enjoy them both but I hope I read more books in October.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas - 4/5 STARS
I liked Tower of Dawn a lot but I did feel that it dragged in a few places.  
I liked a lot of the new characters introduced in this book and I'm excited for the next book.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera - 5/5 STARS
I loved this book, I loved the characters and the concept of the story and the writing was beautiful and emotional.  I cannot recommend this book enough. You can find my full review of it here.

I also watched the first few episodes of Daredevil season 1 and I'll be finishing the series this month, I'm really enjoying the show so far.  Also BTS had a comeback in September, so I've been obsessively listening to the new songs on their album.  

What did read or watch in September?