Books I Forget To Recommend!

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These are just a few books that I feel like I don’t talk about enough on my blog but still enjoyed! They could use a little more love!

I will link up reviews if I have them!

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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This is the book I read the most recently on this list and I STILL feel like I don’t mention it enough! I absolutely loved Chupeco’s other book “The Girl From The Well” and so I was ecstatic when I got an ARC of “The Bone Witch” which is YA Fantasy, my favorite genre! This is a very dark fantasy story and I absolutely loved the writing style and world building, although the pacing could be slow at times.

You can read my full review of “The Bone Witch” here.


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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A diverse and magical read that I feel doesn’t get enough love! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I loved the magic system as well as the family dynamic!

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.


Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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I loved this book so much I couldn’t express my love in a review quite yet, I’m probably going to do a mini review here sometime. This was extremely addictive and kept me turning pages, it’s a very “trashy” novel in the same way that soap operas are “trashy”. They definitely hold your attention with their drama!


Welcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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A YA horror book that has some great characters and is pretty fast paced, it reads exactly like your traditional slasher horror movie but with some unique twists. Definitely a great book for any YA horror lovers out there!

You can read my full review of “Welcome To The Dark House” here.


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

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This book was a very unique blend of horror and thriller where a group of kids become trapped in an ancient underground palace in France. I don’t want to give too much away but this book will definitely get your adrenaline pumping!

You can read my full review of “A Drop of Night” here.


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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The magic system and world building in this book are FANTASTIC and so, so unique! Those two reasons alone are enough for me to recommend this book!

You can read my full review of “The Impostor Queen” here.


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

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A historical fiction with monsters! Woohoo! Plus the Doctor is pretty swoon-worthy and the monsters are actually pretty terrifying and gory. Definitely not a book for the squeamish or faint of heart!

You can read my full review of “The Monstrumologist” here.


Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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I did enjoy this book but still had a couple problems with it but Kate, the MC, is pretty badass! Plus there really aren’t enough YA western books and that cover is so gorgeous!

You can read my full review of “Vengeance Road” here.


The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

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This book definitely won’t be up everyone’s alley but I enjoyed it a lot, it’s about an insane(ly, funny) AI that took over the world and uses the world leader’s children as hostages to keep world peace. It’s awesome.

You can read my full review of “The Scorpion Rules” here.


Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

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Do I need reasons to recommend any of Laini Taylor’s books? Her world building and mythology is flawless and her writing is so, so beautiful!

You can read my full review of “Lips Touch: Three Times” here.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Do you have any of these books on your TBR?

Do you have any books that you don’t recommend enough?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Book Recs: YA Standalones

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I like to read a lot of standalones since I don’t have a lot of patience for series, I’m better at starting a series than finishing it. So standalones are better for me and they might be for you too! So I just threw together a little list of some of my favorite YA standalones, hopefully you can find some new and interesting books to add to your TBR!

Keep in mind these aren’t ALL of my favorites and some of these are short story anthologies, but they still count in my book! I will link up each title to their Goodreads pages and also link up any reviews I have too.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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You can read my full review here.

This is an absolutely fantastic Peter Pan retelling about the relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter. Although I will warn you up ahead of time, you will cry so many tears! It’s a dark, sad story with many flawed and broken characters but it still manages to be beautiful (thanks to the gorgeous writing!).


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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You can read my full review here.

I don’t think I need to hype this book up anymore but I will 100% support all of the hype it has already recieved since it’s worth every bit of it! This is an absolutely amazing book telling the story of a girl named Starr who witnesses the shooting of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, Khalil was also unarmed. We then watch as Starr struggles between voicing what really happened and endangering her life, or not saying anything at all.

It’s not only a diverse read but also a very important and powerful one as well. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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You can read my full review here.

This is the story of a girl who lived 12 years in a cult before it finally burned down and the Prophet was killed. Now she’s part of the questioning on what REALLY happened that night.

Another very quietly powerful book on learning to believe things for ourselves and not what others would have us believe. It’s also very interesting if you have some curiousity about cults and their inner workings.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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You can read my full review here.

This is a retelling and origin story for the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland”, is that not enough to make you wanna read it? We get to see some interesting twists on all of our favorite Wonderland characters as well as some crazy plot twists. It’s kind of slow to start but the ending is 100% worth it!


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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You can read my full review here.

I don’t think I can ever mention this book enough! It’s a unique fantasy book that also weaves together little retellings of Mulan, Jane Austen’s Emma, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. It has great world building and fantastic characters as well, plus the plot itself is very original and has all of the retellings interwoven throughout!


With Malice by Eileen Cook

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You can read my full review here.

A very fast-paced YA thriller that’s about a girl who wakes up in the hospital with anmesia and finds out her best friend is dead and she’s the prime suspect! I don’t want to say too much more because there are TONS of crazy twists that will ensure you zip right through this book.


The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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You can read my full review here.

Another psychological thriller that actually gets pretty dang dark and twisted for a YA book. I mean it this book will mess with your mind and you definitely won’t be able to guess what will happen next. The main character, Tessa, goes back to her childhood home to try and dig up the truth of her friend’s cousin’s death that occured when they were little girls. The thing is they lied about what they saw that night and now Tessa must find out what really happened.


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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You can read my full review here.

If you haven’t read this book just….go read it now! It’s the most beautiful, touching story of a boy whose mother is dying of cancer and a monster comes and takes him on an adventure that will change the way he has been viewing things.

Also just a heads up…you will most definitely cry!


Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

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You can read my full review here.

This is actually a small collection of three stories all by Laini Taylor, so of course it’s gorgeously written and all have unique twists and very original mythology/world building. It’s truly amazing how much awesomeness she squeezed into such short stories!

The stories themselves are all Fantasy and revolve around, you guessed it, kisses but the kisses all have consequences that can be…deadly.


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

You can read my full review here.

This is a YA horror anthology that is actually full of VERY good stories with the exception of one or two duds. Although this isn’t for the faint hearted some of the stories get really scary, gory, and disturbing! But if you’re a big YA horror fan like me you’ll definitely love this anthology.

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Did any of these books interest you? Which ones and why?

Do you already have some of these on your TBR?

Have you read any of these before?

What are some of your recommendations for standalone YA books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Less Terrifying Book Recs for Halloween

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So I did a post a few days ago that was my recommendations for the most terrifying books to read for Halloween so this time I’m recommending some non-horror books that I think are great to read for Halloween as well!

It’s not too late to pick one of these up for a quick read today!

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10.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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 While there are a few creepy parts in this book it most definitely is not a horror book. It’s a very unique book and has some interesting pictures within as well which is why I think it’d be a great read for Halloween for non-horror readers.


9.) Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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This is a very heartfelt book that just so happens to have zombies as well. You’ll get attached to these characters and also have the added “horror” fun of some zombie-killing too!


8.) Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

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This is a book all about Tom Ward, the last apprentice, being taught how to hunt down all kinds of ghosts and monsters. Technically this is a middle grade book which makes it not too creepy and yet full of different supernatural beings!


7.) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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This one is just eerie and a bit gory enough for me to recommend it for Halloween but mostly it’s historical fiction and romance.

You can read my full review of “Stalking Jack The Ripper” here.


6.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is not only loaded with all things paranormal but it’s also very mysterious. Worth all of the hype and is a great read for anyone looking for a tamer Halloween book.

You can read my full review of “The Raven Boys” here.


5.) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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Serial killers are just as scary as any ghosts, right? This is a down-right addicting story with all the gruesome detail needed for a great Halloween read!


4.) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This is one of the most heart-harming and gut-wrenching books ever but the reason I recommend it for Halloween is not only because it’s a great, short book but because um…there’s a monster. Basically I’m just taking an opportunity to make everyone read this awesomeness!

You can read my full review of “A Monster Calls” here.


3.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Looking for a good witch book? This is the one for you! It’s full of magic and adventure and will most definitely not leave you with nightmares this Halloween!

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.


2.) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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We all know how often the movie gets played for Halloween so why not read the book? It’s the perfect amount of creepy but most of all it’s just a fun, cute story.

You can read my full review of “Coraline” here.


1.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Odd that my 2 most recommended stories are Neil Gaiman? Nah.

This is my most recommended non-horror book for Halloween! It is utter perfection, full of ghosts and all manner of supernatural creatures and it’s just a cute, heart-warming book. I love it to pieces!

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Hope this helped some of you out and Happy Halloween everyone!

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The Sassy

Terrifying Book Recs For Halloween

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Hello everyone it’s time for one of my favorite things to do: recommend horror books for Halloween! Horror books are definitely some of my favorite books to read so weeding through them and finding the best ones is fun for me. Hopefully this list I put together will help you find a last minute read for Halloween or just help you find your next scary read!

I tried to put these books in order of how much I enjoyed them BUT let it be known I did love every single one and recommend each one on this list. I put the scariest ones (for me at least) at the top of my list!

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13.) The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Why I Recommend It: This is a short story by thriller mastermind Gillain Flynn, for any of you who have had the pleasure of reading one of her books before you’ll know you’re in for some dark, messed up shit. This one just so happens to have a bit of a paranormal theme as well, is the house haunted or are the characters manipulative and unreliable? I was actually pretty creeped out during certain scenes and so I think this would make for a great, quick Halloween read!

You can read my full review of “The Grownup” here.


12.) Welcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Why I Recommend It: Love classic slasher horror movies? You’ll love this book then, it reads just like your typical horror movie which makes it tons of fun to read through! There’s many POV characters and quite a few blood pumping scenes too.

You can read my full review of “Welcome To The Dark House” here.


11.) The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Why I Recommend It: Ever wonder what would happen if you combined Mean Girls with blood, gore, and scares? Well maybe not but if you find yourself wondering now then check this book out! A bunch of teenage girls hold another captive and perform an exorcism on her, what could go wrong with that? I will say again that this book is pretty gory so if you’re really squeamish beware!

You can read my full review of “The Merciless” here.


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10.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Why I Recommend It: This is a psychologically twisted and very sinister feeling book, it’s creepy and messes with your mind while reading. There are a few scary-ish scenes but mostly the plot twists and journey through the mind of madness are what makes this a very fun book.

You can read my full review of “The Dead House” here.


9.) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Why I Recommend It: This is a fairly scary book that’s fun, gory, and full of ghosts! There were more than a few creepy scenes and it’s very action-packed and fast paced. Another little fun fact: the entire book is typed in red ink.

You can read my full review of “Anna Dressed in Blood” here.


8.) The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Why I Recommend It: This is an extremely well-written, historical fiction full of …well, monsters. The atmosphere Rick Yancey creates is perfectly eerie and the monsters themselves are the stuff of nightmares.

You can read my full review of “The Monstrumologist” here.


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7.) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

Why I Recommend It: This book has both supernatural horror elements as well as survival horror elements and it’s very reminiscent of the movie “The Cabin in the Woods”. It’s also very unique I’ve never read anything like it before and I doubt you will have either! I mean being trapped in a palace below ground is enough to scare the crap out of you.

You can read my full review of “A Drop of Night” here.


6.) Alice by Christina Henry

Why I Recommend It: This is a dark, twisted retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” and so if you’re a fan of Alice and can stomach a lot of gore and violence then I highly suggest checking this one out. But I will warn you now that there is quite a bit of violence including sexual violence so if you’re sensitive to any of that then skip this one.

You can read my full review of “Alice” here.


5.) Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

Why I Recommend It: It’s a collection of short, illustrated stories that will creepy you the hell out. Seriously I didn’t know if I was going to be able to sleep after reading and SEEING these things! So if you need a quick, last minute read to scare your pants of for Halloween then definitely check this one out.

You can read my full review of “Through The Woods” here.


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4.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Why I Recommend It: Do you have a fear of isolation or demons or maybe both? Then maybe don’t read this…unless you like being scared, like me, then this book will probably terrify you! It’s also fairly short so yet again another good last minute read for Halloween.

You can read my full review of “Daughters Unto Devils” here.


3.) And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Why I Recommend It: I think the fact that Dawn Kurtagich is on this list twice really speaks volumes about what a fantastic horror writer she is. This book is ten times scarier than “The Dead House”, it’s twisted and extremely creepy. There’s crazy people, creeping trees, and the Creeper Man. Creeper Man should be enough to show you how scary this book is.

You can read my full review of “And The Trees Crept In” here.


2.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Why I Recommend It: See that cover? That cover is fucking terrifying. If you have a deep set phobia of creepy Japanese ghosts then first off join the club and second off this book will scare your pants off.

You can read my full review of “The Girl From The Well” here.


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1.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Why I Recommend It: This is an anthology that not only includes many popular YA authors but also some downright horrifying stories. I kid you not, I was literally looking over my shoulder while reading some of them! If you’re looking for a few short stories to give you nightmares then look no further.

You can read my full review of “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” here.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Did you find any books to add to your TBR?

What’s your favorite horror book?

What will you be reading for Halloween?

Let me know in the comments and I hope this helped some of you out!

The Sassy

Book Recs: If You Liked That Try This!

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Everybody loves a good book recommendation right? This time I’m doing the classic “If you loved this book try this other book!”.

I tried my best to pick popular or more well read books and recommend something like them. I have read all of these too, so I could give you guys the best recommendations possible!

Also if you happened to have already read the book I’m recommending you can always read the one I’m recommending it for, just swap em vice versa.

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Marked (House of Night #1)

 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you liked “Marked” by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast try “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead.

Both books feature vampires (surprise, surprise),  all vampire schools, and the vampires have unique powers. Although I will say I don’t care for the House of Night series but I LOVED the Vampire Academy series. The girls in House of Night were too boy crazy and damsel-y for my tastes, but the characters in Vampire Academy were independent and badass.

 

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you liked “Anna Dressed in Blood” by Kendare Blake try “The Girl From The Well” by Rin Chupeco.

Both books have very powerful and vengeful ghosts as their main characters and both will scare the crap out of you as well. There’s also quite a bit of interesting ghost lore in each of the books.

 

 

 

 

Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)

 If you liked “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin try “Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie.

Both books have a badass cast of characters as well as betrayals, deaths, and fantastic plot twists. Although “Half a King” is a young adult book it is definitely a great read for any fan of Martin’s series. Not to mention the Shattered Sea series is only 3 books long and is finished while we are all still waiting for Martin to release “Winds of Winter”. So do yourself a favor while you wait and read “Half a King”.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

 

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you liked “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan try “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney.

Both books are kind of leaning towards Middle Grade but are enjoyable for ALL ages. We have two boys out of their element and thrust into a world of magic. Percy’s world is Greek mythology while Tom’s is the supernatural. I can definitely say the Last Apprentice series is perfect for any Percy Jackson fan.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

 

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)

If you liked “The Forest of Hands & Teeth” by Carrie Ryan try “Rot & Ruin” by Jonathan Maberry.

So obviously these both feature zombies and they both take a look into the bonds that form between people when they’re forced (or not forced) together to battle and survive a world with zombies. While I did enjoy “The Forest of Hands & Teeth” I think that “Rot & Ruin” is a far better book overall.

Gone (Gone, #1)

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

 

If you liked “Gone” by Michael Grant try “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness.

Vastly different and yet very similar, these are both books that have themes of survival and coming of age. Kids are forced out on their own to deal with problems they normally never would have to deal with and both come from the dystopian/sci-fi genres. I will say that “Gone” doesn’t really delve into anything deeper than entertainment like “The Knife of Never Letting Go” does, but they both are very enthralling reads.

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That wraps up this book recommendation post, hopefully you guys found some new books to add to your ever-growing TBR’s!

Which books have you already read on this list?

Or if you added any of these to your TBR which ones were they?

Let me know in the comments, I love hearing from you all!

 The Sassy