Top 15 Halloween Books To Read

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Last year I participated in the Blogoween and it was truly fun however this year with my hectic schedule I decided not to get into this year or if there was a Blogoween this year? (I know they also do a Christmas Blogoween type, if you know any more information on that please let me know, I would like to participate for this year)

I’m not the one to read any horror stories like Steven King books or any other really scary stuff but these books on my list I feel are spooky enough and have Halloween/ fall vibes all over it. Here are the top 15 Halloween books on my bookshelf that are a must-read to get you into the spooky holiday.  (Links are to Goodreads)

  1. Serpent & Dove By Shelby Mahurin

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A witch, a witch hunter…hate than love? This book has many good reviews. I have yet to read this book however this is my next read. In the YA book community, I heard more positive feedback than negative plus I’m a sucker for stories that start off with characters that hate each other than fall for each other.

2. Wilder Girls By Rory Power

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This was a creepy little story. This one was also a Barnes & Noble’s YA book club book choice.  I have mix feelings about this story but it still makes the list cause it was truly a creepy story that gave me the goosebumps. This story takes place on an island at a private school full of girls where there is a virus called the Tox. The Tox affects each person differently and gives them very weird side effects. If you are in the mood for a twisted and creepy story this is the one. (Read Non-Spoiler Book Review)

3. Wicked By Gregory Maguire

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I feel like this is a tradition to read the Wicked series in October. This story gives me all sorts of feels for Halloween. This is the story of the green witch we all know from The Wizard Of The Oz and this is her story of how she became the Wicked Witch of the West! There are four books all together in the Wicked series.

4. The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White

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This title is perfect for the Halloween season! This is a good dark story that will quickly snag you in about a girl who gets accepted by the Frankenstein family and how things turn around for her.

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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I have not seen the movie but it is definitely on my list to see. This story takes you to a mysterious island that has an abandoned orphanage with children that are…well…peculiar.

6. My Plain Jane By Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton

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If you are into ghost storeies this book is for you. This story is an interesting one but something you have probably never have read before.

7. The Wicked Deep By Shea Ernshaw

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Another good witch story! Good action and one big adventure. The ending will leave you wanting more.

8. The Black Witch By Laurie Forest

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It’s not Halloween if you don’t read a lot of witch stories! This witch story is not like any other, you will get the chills with this one. Follow Elloren’s journey as she is the granddaughter of the last prophesied black witch. I believe there are going to be five books total in this chronical series.

9. Stalking Jack The Ripper By Kerri Maniscalco

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You will get lost in this book and the rest in the series! There are a total of four books altogether. You will follow along with the main character Audrey and this epic chilling story.

10. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies By Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen

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A classic and a good bloody/ gory zombie read. Now a major motion picture, which I have yet to see. This is an all-time classic about the Bennet sisters killing zombies and wanting to fall in love.

11. Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel By A. W. Jantha

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Hocus Pocus is extremely popular during Halloween time so its only right to read the sequel too! I was not a huge fan of this book however I feel like it should be on the list just because I love Hocus Pocus the movie I just wished this was written in a different tone. I do recommend reading this if you are a huge Hocus Pocus fan however you are not missing out on anything. In this sequel, you will meet Poppy, the daughter of Max and Allion and the story on how their daughter brings back the witches. Some new characters and old ones return. (Read Non-Spoiler Book Review)

12. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark By Alvin Schwartz

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This is a true classic read that will get you right in the mood for Halloween. I grew up reading this book and love it. A small book with creepy short stories that will leave you with the chills.

13. The Zombie Room By R. D. Ronald

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This is not another zombie book, this is more of a mystery book that will keep you on edge and wanting to know more. Three men who were released from prison stick together and come across a sex trafficking operation and come across some trouble trying to save a girl.

14. The Face On The Milk Carton  By Caroline B. Cooney

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There are six books in this series and a wonderful mystery series. A young girl named Janie realizes she is on a milk carton as a missing child. She is now 15 years old…who has been raising her this whole time?

15 + a bonus! Classic Horror Stories & Dracula

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If you want to feel real festive than grab some cider and read these lovely classic horror stories, authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and W. W. Jacobs.

I hope you enjoyed this Halloween book list. Happy Reading!

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Down The Rabbit Hole Book Review

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Title: Down The Rabbit Hole

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Holly Madison

Publisher: Dey Street Books

Pages: 335

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My mother let me borrow this book and at first, I was kinda on the defense side about reading it but gave it a chance only because I was curious.

Holly wrote this book where it’s going to make you want more and more of the story and why these girls wanted to be a playboy bunny in the first place. The story was juicy and detailed on the life of Holly and how she become a playboy bunny.

I must say that this is one of my new favorite autobiography books. So much detail about Holly and where her life went before and after the playboy mansion.  Holly’s story is not some boring story, from the beginning to the end of the book kept me going where I didn’t want to stop reading.

Holly talks about her time on the show The Girls Next Door, and her relationship with Hugh Heffner and the other girls in the mansion. She shares juicy details about what went on in the house and how things work and what it was like being a playboy model and Hugh Heffner’s girlfriend.

You get an insight into what it was like to be a playboy bunny and what girls did just to be living in the mansion. Holly also goes into detail on her personal life before she was a playboy model and what she did after the playboy life. This story was just interesting to read about Holly and the person she is now today. It’s not easy coming out with the truth or at least her truth in her eyes.

Who’s curious to know?

 

 

 

 

 

Every Day I’m Hustling Book Review

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Title: Every Day I’m Hustling

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Vivica A. Fox

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 288

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What a great autobiography book. I’m so thrilled to have this lovely gem to my autobiography/biography book collection. Very inspirational. I learned a lot from Vivica and what she represents as a successful woman.

I first noticed Vivica in the Quentin Tarantino’s movie Kill Bill, my second favorite movie all time. I read this book this whole week while I was at work on my breaks and when I would get home. I couldn’t put this book down and re-reading some of the pages just to hear her inspiration on life and to be successful.

My favorite part in the book is the “Turn Your Haters Into Congratulators” page 121 section 3.Dont let someone ruin your workspace. I love when she says “Do you have a snake on the loose in your office? My condolences, but we’ll get through this.” I so happen to be reading that part while I was in my office at work and had to share this line with my co-worker who is dealing with some complications at work. It was just perfect timing.

Vivica is smart, funny, and the way she explains her life from the beginning sharing her dreams and doing what it takes and learning from her mistakes such as career-wise and relationship and taking on business she is a headstrong woman. I enjoyed reading this book and had the opportunity to meet her at Barnes And Noble and got my book signed by her.

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Who’s ready to hustle?

The Sun Is Also A Star Book Review

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Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 384

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Young love…Who would have thought that I would actually fall in love with this story? I’m not really into romance stories it would have to really get me and I thought this story was pretty cute from the beginning to the very end.

This book has been in my TBR jar and I selected the title surprised to find out that the movie comes out next month so It was meant to be. I knew it was going to be a romance story and I had my fingers crossed it was going to be worth the read and sure enough it was. It’s different, unique, and beautiful…a love story I have not read before so it has originality for me to keep reading.

Our story starts out in New York City. We get to meet Natasha, a young girl who is originally born in Jamaica along with her younger brother and parents. Natasha and her family are being deported back to Jamaica, Natasha is doing everything she can for her and her family to be able to stay in America. Natasha is all about facts and what’s in front of her type of person.

We also get to meet Daniel, who is a Korean – American whose family is from South Korea. Daniels family have high expectations for him to be a doctor and has a very important interview to get into Yale. Daniel is all about fate and destiny and true love.

I definitely feel like the love tension between the two went really fast but in a really good way. We have two completely different people and one who truly believes in fate and tries to show the other to follow your heart and what it says.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

You know its a good book when you really can’t put the book down and you want to know what’s going to happen and I mean I had to know what the fate was between these two young couples and where they were going to end up. So many questions running thru my head… Are they going to end up being together? Are they getting married on the same day they meet? Do Natasha and her family have to go back to Jamaica? The ending gave me goosebumps! I love endings of stories, it’s everything for me and it ended perfectly for me.

Get your popcorn and candies! The movie comes out next month and I’m very stoked to have a “Me-Time” to watch this!

Ready to take on the Universe?

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Turtles All The Way Down Book Review

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Title: Turtles All The Way Down

Series: Stand Alone

Author: John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books

Pages: 286

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This is my second book I ever read from John Green and I love everything about it. There is just something about John Green’s writing that just keeps me going and going and not wanting to stop.

This story is exactly what I needed this weekend. Mix of mystery, romance, and a little bit of humor. The story was smoothly put together into place nicely where I have a full understanding of what’s going on and enough action going on where it kept me reading.

We have a story where a 16-year-old Aza who is the main character and her best friend Daisy are investigating a fugitive who is a billionaire who is missing and there is a hundred thousand dollar reward leading to the fugitive named Russel Pickett. Aza used to hang out with the fugitive’s son name Davis when they were kids. Aza and Davis reconnect with each other and build a relationship. Thru the whole book, we are in Aza’s point of view on things and what she is dealing with.

Aza has severe Anxiety issue when it comes to health. John Green did a wonderful job writing about Aza and how she feels and what she is thinking. I truly enjoyed reading about her and how she deals with her life and everyone around her. Her relationship with her mother and her best friend and Davis is wonderful to read seeing the character growth thru out the book with them.

I would like to share that I absolutely love Daisy, Aza’a best friend! If Daisy was in the real world her and I would have been good friends. I love that she is a Star Wars fanatic and who she is as a person makes me smile and laugh where you need a Daisy in your life. The character growth between her and Aza was amazing to me, they are two different people who are best friends which reminds me of my best friend that I grew up with.

I was so curious to what happened to the missing fugitive and also wondering what the relationship with the characters would end up towards the end of the book. I am very pleased with this book and highly recommend it!

Who’s ready for this lovely gem?

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Book Event: The Writers Block Book Store Grand Re-Opening

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I have been looking forward to this day for a long time. I found out last year that they were relocating the book shop and I couldn’t wait for this day to come. Today was the grand reopening of the Writers Block Book Store here in Las Vegas, Nevada. What an amazingly beautiful day it was for this special day. I have so much to share with you all about this lovely book shop and trust me they did not let us book lovers down.

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The Writers Block was located at a different spot downtown and was a lot smaller of a book shop last year. With the new and approved location that is still downtown, they added more features and also kept some old features. One thing that they added was a coffee shop with some amazing goodies which is a lovely addition to any book shop. Not only is the shop a book shop but it is also a Bird Sanctuary which makes this book shop very unique.

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They really did a wonderful job bringing this book shop alive. When you walk in you will notice right away a big bird cage with a gift shop/ register where you check out when you purchased your books with the coffee/ tea being served with some delicious snacks available for your taste.

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With the new location, the best part is that the book shop is way bigger than the old location they had. Bigger space means more books. I was extremely excited to see how this place came together. Extremely beautiful from the outside to the inside of the shop. I loved how detailed everything was from top to bottom and the fact that you can tell that they truly put their hearts into this book shop. Everyone was extremely nice and made you feel welcomed.

With it being a full house for the grand reopening of the shop I did my best to get as many photos as I can with being 7 months pregnant with a big belly and of course I did run into people Because I was so amazed at how everything turned out. Here are the lovely shots I captured of this amazing grand opening of this one of a kind book shop.

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My favorite section

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I absolutely love how they did the children’s section, very gorgeous!

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They had a section for every book lover out there. I was blown away and very satisfied as a book lover. Fingers crossed for some of my favorite book authors to possibly do a book signing here also and hope for a YA book club too! One more thing, I didn’t leave this book shop empty handed my boyfriend purchased the book I been wanting for some time…

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If any of you book lovers are in Las Vegas and want to stop at a unique lovely book shop I highly recommend this book shop, you won’t be disappointed.

Click Here to check out The Writers Block website. Happy Reading All!

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The Wicked King Book Review

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Title: The Wicked King

Series: The Folk Of The Air #2

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown

Pages: 336

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The Wicked King, Second book to The Cruel Prince! If you didn’t get a chance to read my book review for The Cruel Prince click HERE

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The Wicked King was my top three anticipating books of 2019. Let me just say I believe Holly Black knows what she is doing with this story and she has not let me down and more than likely she won’t when she ends this story.

When I started to read the first pages I was having a hard time getting into the story and where we are now in the story. I was getting a little confused with so many characters. The beginning of the book was okay but everything started to pick up for me towards the very end of the story, which is kinda a bummer for me since the first book hooked me the moment I started to read.

Once the action started to flow in I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I have a lot of feelings for some characters in this book and what are they planning and motives. I was surprised to see some characters backstab Jude and confused in a good way as to why they are doing it to where I need answers.

The ending was everything, just like the first book! It didn’t fail me! I love the ending more than anything and it was the best part of the book. I had to flip back pages to read it again, it was that good!

The writing, of course, is wonderful and very detailed for me to feel like I was apart of the world that Holly Black has created. The first book was definitely my favorite so far but the second one is not bad at all. I am looking forward to the final book “Queen Of Nothing” to see what happens with Jude and the other characters in the story and unfortunately, I have to wait another whole year just to find out.

Ready to walk with Jude to the Fey world?

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