Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recs for People Who Love Fast-Pacing

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

I have missed doing Top Ten Tuesday memes! Finally they’re back though and today’s theme is “Book Recommendations For:______” so basically fill in the blank any way we want! I wanted to be a little more creative with these recommendations because I’ve done quite a few before and came up with “Fast Pacing” because who doesn’t love a book that just keeps going and going at fast speed? So here are a few books I could not put down whatsoever!

I will also link up my full reviews for each book if you’d like to know a little more about them! These are also in no particular order.

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10.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This is a YA fantasy thats world building is ancient Rome inspired and right from the get go this book is super intense, action-packed, and of course fast paced. The story grows more and more complex as it goes on and it’s just one twist after the other, it will definitely have you on the edge of your seat!

You can read my full review of “An Ember in the Ashes” here.


9.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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If I had to pitch to you why you should read “Red Rising” I would simply describe it as “The Hunger Games on steroids” because essentially that’s what it is. It’s a sci-fi/dystopian where a color coded caste system is in place and a low Color must infiltrate an academy for a rebel cause and also to exact his own revenge. So much action and so many twists!

You can read my full review of “Red Rising” here.


8.) A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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This is about a young man’s Grand Tour of the Continent in the early 1700’s and ends up getting his friend, who he is in love with, and his sister in to a great deal of trouble. This is full of one problem after the other for the characters and his hilarious and fast paced all at once! I think what really makes this so quick and easy to read is Mackenzi Lee’s fantastic writing.

You can read my full review of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” here.


7.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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Nemesis is a Diabolic, an engineered body guard, who ends up disguising herself as her charge in order to protect her at the galactic court. While the first few chapters of this story aren’t very exciting it sets the stage for a very action packed, twisty plot!

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


6.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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If I was going to pick one of the fastest paced books I’ve ever read it’d probably be “Illuminae”! Not only is this book very uniquely formatted with many drawings, diagrams, fonts, and layouts it’s also 600 pages and just gets your adrenaline pumping! It’s kind of hard to understand how a 600 page book would be fast paced but if you read it you will understand! There’s nothing but constant action and plot twists! And it’s all in space!

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


5.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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This is also a pretty hefty sized YA fantasy book that took no time at all to fly through! It’s about a group of characters pulling off a heist so you can imagine how thrilling and full of action it is with many plot twists along the way. Worth all of the hype, I promise you!

You can read my full review of “Six of Crows” here.


4.) Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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This is about two men who gained super human powers by having near death experiences and are both bent on ending the other person. This is such a unique book full of wonderfully twisted characters, it’s highly addictive and each chapter ends with its own mini cliffhanger! The suspense and need to know what happens next will definitely have you flying through this book.

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


3.) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

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This is a horror and thriller mixed together about a girl who was chosen along with others to excavate a large underground palace in France, however, nothing really goes according to plan and there’s something evil lurking in the depths. Super fast-paced with many twists and turns there is very little time wasted at the beginning of the book and we are almost immediately dropped into the good stuff right away!

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


2.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

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Another super hyped series here all about a girl who is destined to kill her true love with a kiss and a boy’s search for an ancient, magical Welsh King. Sorry but that’s just how I sum up the story here, there’s so much more to it I know! However, I thought that the thirst for answers to things happening in the story made this book fly by and feel super fast-paced!

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


1.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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A super fast paced mystery/thriller about a girl and her friend who wrongly accused someone for murder and now must catch the real killer before it’s too late. This story is completely unpredictable with so many jaw-dropping revelations, you won’t see the ending coming!

You can read my full review for “The Darkest Corners” here.

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

What are some of your favorite fast paced books?

What books did you recommend for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Book Recommendations: Retellings

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Hello fellow book lovers!

Time for a couple more book recommendations! Woohoo! I absolutely love giving out book recommendations but unfortunately I don’t have a ton to ever recommend usually since I read so many different genres and sometimes I don’t like the book! However, I have a decent amount of retellings that I adored so I wanted to share a couple of them with all of you!

I will provide links to my full reviews of each book if you want some more details!

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Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

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This is one of my most favorite books of all time and definitely one of the top retellings! This is a very, very dark, horrific, and graphic version of “Alice in Wonderland” where the characters we all know and love are twisted versions of themselves. I have to say it’s one of the most unique retellings I’ve ever come across since it takes elements of the original story and does so many different things with them including making them absolutely horrifying.

So if you’re a fan of Alice retellings and aren’t afraid to see the darkest side of it then definitely check this one out!

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


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Another wonderful “Alice in Wonderland” retelling that is also an origin story for the Queen of Hearts character. While the beginning half of the book was pretty slow and filled with descriptions of food and moony eyes, the end half was full of action and plot twists! It was really fun getting to see all of the different characters come into play as well!

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


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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This is an AMAZING “Aladdin” retelling where the genie is a female and falls in love with Aladdin. However, there is plenty of action and great world building so this isn’t just a romance focused story! On top of the unique plot there is Khoury’s beautiful writing, seriously it’s just so gorgeous and made reading this book such a breeze! There is also some kickass feminist themes as well since Princess Caspida and her Watchmaidens are basically Robin Hood and are super badass.

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


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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A “Peter Pan” retelling that centeralizes around the character of Tiger Lily, it’s narrated by Tinkerbell as she watches Tiger Lily grow and eventually watches the romance the develops between her and Peter Pan. It’s a very warped version of Neverland that we see in this story it’s dark and very saddening. Overall I highly recommend reading this one just for the unique take on Neverland as well as the story of Tiger Lily but be warned you’re probably going to cry!

You can read my full review of “Tiger Lily” here.


Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

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Another “Peter Pan” retelling but, as the title states, it’s the origin story of Captain Hook. Like with “Alice” Christina Henry takes the Neverland we all know and love and flips it upside down, this is a dark and very gritty version filled with many horrors both monstrous and more realistic. Trust me when I say you probably won’t be the biggest fan of Peter anymore……

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


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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This is it’s own unique story but it also weaves in four other retellings throughout as well. That’s right, four! We get to see Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hua Mulan, and Jane Austen’s Emma and while I can’t really speak for the Emma retelling I can tell you the other three are well represented within the main story line. I recommend checking this book out for the great story and world building alongside the retellings too!

You can read my full review of “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” here.


The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

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This is a “Little Mermaid” retelling with a F/F romance and quite a bit of Norse mythology weaved in as well. While I did have a couple problems with this book I generally did really enjoy it and thought it was a really unique take on the “Little Mermaid” story as well as adding in a bunch of original elements as well.

You can read my full review of “The Seafarer’s Kiss” here.

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

What are some of your favorite retellings?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

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

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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

Book Recommendations: Underrated Books

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Hello everyone! I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely love getting book recommendations and I also love giving them, however, I feel I haven’t read enough books to truly give a lot of great recommendations. I still try my best though! I decided I would do underrated books which I judged by the amount of ratings they had on Goodreads, under 3,000.

I will link these books up to both their Goodreads pages as well as my full reviews if I have them!

Hope you find these helpful and find some new books to add!

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim – 872 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is such a cute little story about a clock mechanic who ends up falling in love with the clock tower’s clock spirit. Also they’re both boys so this book IS LGTB! It’s also steampunk which is really neat even though I thought the steampunk element could have been more prominent.

You can read my full review here. 


This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston – 1,120 Ratings on Goodreads

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A SUPER intriguing YA mystery/thriller about a group of boys who go hunting in the woods and one of their friends is shot dead. They decide that they either all get off free or they all go down together, and the main character is a girl who works in the local law office and gets to help out on the case. LOTS of crazy twists and turns!

You can read my full review here. 


Glitter by Aprilynne Pike – 772 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is in a kind of dystopian society where people live in the Palace of Versailles like they did back in the 18th century. The main character resorts to selling the wealthy populace “glitter”, a drug, in order to get enough money to get out of there before she has to marry the King, who she witnessed murdering someone.

Needless to say there’s plenty of drama (in the good way)!

You can read my full review here. 


And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich – 1,456 Ratings on Goodreads

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I would say Dawn Kurtagich is an underrated author in general! She writes fantastic, psychologically creepy YA horror books.

This book is has both the creepiness and psychological elements with two girls living with their aunt who believes that they cannot go back through the forest or else the Creeper Man will get them…..

You can read my full review here. 


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West – 363 Ratings on Goodreads

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This one is probably my MOST recommended book on this list because it was absolutely fun and fantastic. It had great world building and also contained FOUR fairy tale retellings including Mulan, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Jane Austen’s Emma. I just got really attached to the characters and had such a fun time with it!

You can read my full review here. 


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – 2,372 Ratings on Goodreads

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While this book had a few flaws I was willing to overlook it because this was a debut and I think this author has such great potential! The world building was pretty awesome and I absolutely loved that this was not only a diverse read but also had witches aka brujas! The magic was definitely the most fun part.

You can read my full review here. 


Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics – 1,840 Ratings on Goodreads

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I’m a big YA horror fan and it’s always hard for me to find TRULY horrifying books that scare me, this is one of them! This is about a girl who tires to hide her out of wedlock pregnancy from her religious family while they travel to a new home on the prairie. That’s where everyone starts to get cabin fever…… or is it something else?

If you love horror books, like, me definitely check this one out!

You can read my full review here. 


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann – 954 Ratings on Goodreads

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Another YA horror book but this one is a combination of horror and action/adventure. It’s definitely a really thrilling read about a group of kids who get trapped in an old underground French palace that’s filled with traps and something even more terrifying….

You can read my full review here. 


The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas – 2,432 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is a YA mystery/thriller that’s so twisted and actually gets a little dark. You won’t see these twists coming guaranteed!

This one is about Callie  and her best friend who told a lie about what they saw the night the friend’s cousin died and it haunts Callie to this day. She returns to the town and finds things that don’t add up and she needs to find the real killer soon….

You can read my full review here. 


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – 1,957 Ratings on Goodreads

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An absolutely fantastic fantasy book with an even better magic system. I can’t recommend this book enough for fellow fantasy lovers!

This is about a girl who is raised to take the place of the current Queen who can use both types of ice and fire magic to protect the people and when the day comes where the Queen dies and the magic is supposed to go into her….it’s gone.

You can read my full review here. 


The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters – 859 Ratings on Goodreads

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Cat Winters is one of those authors where all of her books sound good and yet I haven’t found the time to read more of her books. However, this one a received as an ARC and it was amazing!

This is a historical fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other than that it’s a little harder to explain the rest, sorry you’ll have to read the full description I’m lame!

You can read my full review here. 

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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 underrated boos?

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