October TBR (aka Lots of Spooky Books)

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Hello everyone! Who else is super excited for October and Halloween? Because I know I am, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and yes that means more than Christmas. I love getting to watch horror movies, eat a crap ton of candy, and dress up but most of all I love getting to read creepy books! So I have quite a few that need reading (or re-reading) this month and so I thought I’d put together a TBR that I’ll actually stick to!

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So I’ll start with two ARCs I’ll be reading and reviewing this month that aren’t necessarily spooky….

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

An ARC I’m very excited to get to and it sort of fits in with October actually! I mean come on the title just says it all, who wouldn’t want to read it?

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Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

With that description this book sounds creepy especially with that cover! I can’t wait to get to this ARC and hopefully it won’t let me down.

Glitter

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

This is not a horror book or a creepy book but rather an ARC that happens to come out this month and therefore needs reading. The premise sounds interesting and unique and that cover is pretty as fuck! Although some reviews I’ve seen already don’t make my hopes very high.


Now onto the ACTUAL spooky books I plan on reading and reviewing this October!

 And the Trees Crept In

I have been super excited to get my hands on this book and I finally did, although I have ARCs that need reading first it’s definitely going to be hard not to dive right in! I also have a feeling this will be the scariest book I’ll read this month.

The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores

A sequel I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for and what better time to read it than October?


And then here’s a potential bonus book if I can get my hands on it this month:

The Women in the Walls

I actually really enjoyed Lukavics debut book “Daughters Unto Devils” and so I’m pretty excited about reading her new book. Plus how creepy is the cover?


Potential re-reads for this month, some of my favorite horror books:

How to Survive a Horror Movie

Such a fantastic and funny book for any horror movie lover! I’d love to get a chance to re-read this and give it an actual review especially since it’s a pretty quick read I could probably finish it in a day.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

This might actually be my favorite horror book of all time, there are so many great short stories in here that will literally scare your pants off! I’d love to re-read through this but even if it’s just through my favorite stories that’s good enough for me!

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So that wraps up this month’s planned TBR, hopefully I get through them all!

Have you read any of these books?

Are any of these on your October TBR as well?

What spooky books are you planning on reading this month?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

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DNF Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
 
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

 

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DNF at 21%

I’d first like to address that I understand most people don’t like DNF reviews because the person didn’t actually finish the book, but I feel like explaining WHY I DNF’d the book is important. So if you don’t like it, don’t read it. You’ve been warned.

 I really tried with this one but I could not force myself to read another page! I’ve never read “Pride & Prejudice” and I don’t intend to, period dramas and romances aren’t really my thing. Well if I don’t like any of those things then why try reading this, right? There are 2 reasons I even bothered to read this book:

  1. I usually try to read a book before seeing its movie.
  2. What isn’t improved by the adding of zombies?

Well Exhibit A would be “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, that’s how you DON’T improve something by adding zombies.

PLOT

From what I managed to read I thought the plot was slow, tedious, and filled with nothing but talk of attending balls and finding a man to marry. Of course there were zombies but only for a few sentences here and there. They were by no means the central plot point, as they should have been.

Like I said I never read “Pride and Prejudice” but from what I can tell this book reads exactly the same with zombies making an appearance in the occasional paragraph. What was the point of the zombies then, I ask? What! I wanted some zombie related violence and gore, that of which, was not delivered at all.

Everything I read was boring, as I already stated all anyone cared about was romance and some not-so-interesting drama. Nobody seemed to care that zombies were plaguing England, EATING people. So sure, travel the zombie-infested countryside in an attempt to woo yourself a gentleman and secure yourself a marriage. Because that’s SO SMART.

I also found the writing itself to be extremely long-winded and I found nothing enjoyable about it.

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I thought they were all, for the most part, dull and uninteresting with the slight exception of Elizabeth Bennett. She was actually very feisty and quite badass, I liked her rebellious attitude and even though we rarely say her engage any undead she still could hold her own against them.

Other than that though, no one was particularly interesting.

in conclusion

The concept of the book was great but it fell awfully short for me, so much that I couldn’t even finish it.

Overall I liked the parts that ACTUALLY HAD zombies but they were brief, infrequent, and not described in nearly enough detail. I think I’ll go watch the movie instead where I actually might get some of the badassdom I was expecting.

RECOMMEND

No, unless you read and really enjoyed “Pride & Prejudice” and feel like re-reading it with some badly written zombie parts.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

The Sassy