Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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

This week’s theme is unique books and you can put any kind of twist on this that you wish but I’m going to be simple and do up the most unique books I’ve read! I absolutely love books that break the mold so unique books are some of my all time favorites.

These books aren’t really listed in any particular order and I will link up my full reviews to each title, although two of these were done when I was VERY new to blogging so I’m sorry they suck!

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10.) Alice by Christina Henry

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I love a good retelling and retellings of all kinds are unique on their own considering that they are a re-imagining of another story. However, I found that “Alice” is even more unique that your regular retelling, it’s dark, horrific and yet still really fun to read through if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland. Although I will say read my full review for trigger warnings and to see if it is a book you could stomach…it is pretty gruesome.


9.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Good YA Horror books are kind of hard to come by, especially if you actually want to be terrified out of your wits. This book not only does that but it also has a really unique setting and the story itself is something I haven’t ever really seen before. A family being terrorized by the supernatural out in the middle of the prairie back in the 1800’s is definitely not an over-used plot!


8.) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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There aren’t many YA books involving cults (at least that I know about anyways) so a book that not only has this element but also has a very important and powerful plot: believing for yourself and not for others. It’s a very emotional book as we watch Minnow come to terms with herself and everything she’s been taught to believe.


7.) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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This is a historical retelling of Lady Jane Grey’s story with some added magical twists! I think what makes this story unique is that it is absolutely hilarious and silly, you don’t read many books that manage to be a comedy and yet still very heart-warming and touching!


6.) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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This is about a boy named Todd who lives in a town on a different planet and in this town men can hear each other’s thoughts and there are no women. The world is 100% original, detailed, and just downright interesting and I think that’s enough to make it one of the most unique books I’ve read.


5.) Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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I don’t even know where to begin with this book, it’s a mish mash of the past, present, and future and everyone’s stories on this island mix together. The non-linear style of the story makes it not only intriguing but also, once again, very unique!


4.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s writing is absolutely gorgeous and I have yet to find any author who can compare to it, but if that’s not enough to convince you of her book’s uniqueness then the plot certainly will. It’s a long, fleshed-out world with its own mythology that centers around a centuries old war between angels and chimera. Hello originality!


3.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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I don’t think I need to explain this one too much since I’m sure you all know what makes this book unique! The formatting is “out of this world” (lame pun alert!) because there is some amazing typography, diagrams, and designs throughout the book that make for a really unique reading experience.


2.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Like with “Illuminae” what makes this one unique is its formatting, the story is told throughout a series of newspaper clippings, video transcripts, and journal entries. This is a creepy psychological thriller about a girl whose twin goes missing in a mysterious fire at her boarding school except….she doesn’t have a twin.


1.) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Magical, parallel Londons and a boy who can travel between them. Now that just screams uniqueness! I absolutely love the ideas Schwab comes up with for her books they are never, ever boring.

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What makes a book unique for you?

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

What are some unique books you’ve read?

Do you have any unique books on your TBR?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

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

This week’s theme is pretty simple and straight forward, what books are on our spring TBRs. I personally am terrible when it comes to sticking to a set TBR since I’m a mood reader so while these books on my list are ones I’d like to get to sooner rather than later these are by no means set in stone.

I will also link each title to its Goodreads page in case you guys want to check out any of these books!

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10.) Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I have a feeling I’m either going to love this one or really hate it since I’ve seen reviews that swing both ways. I’m not the most patient of readers so slow pacing really kills me and I’ve heard this book is pretty slow. However, I do love YA fantasy so I’m hoping it will be worth it.


9.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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I’m a HUGE Peter Pan fan so of course it’s my mission in life to get my hands on all of the retellings! Unfortunately it seems there really aren’t any amazing ones out there but “Tiger Lily” has tons of glowing reviews but at the same time a few people haven’t liked it. So I’m a little nervous about this book but I’m hoping it’s actually a good Peter Pan retelling.


8.) The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

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I’ve heard about this book a lot but at the same time I never hear it mentioned, it’s very underrated. While it’s listed mostly as a dystopian I think it’s YA horror as well, with some Irish mythology mixed in! I think it will be a very thrilling, quick book so I’m hoping to get to it.


7.) Front Lines by Michael Grant

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An alternate history book where women and girls were eligible for service during World War II, how does that not sound awesome? I’ve always loved learning everything I could about this era in time so it’s definitely right up my alley and I am hoping to make time for it (finally) this spring!


6.) Starflight by Melissa Landers

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YA fantasy and sci-fi are two of my absolute favorite genres and unfortunately I don’t think there are enough good YA sci-fi books out there. However, “Starflight” appears to be one of the few with all of the glowing reviews and from the sample I read it deserves every one. I’m super excited to get to this one!


5.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Super popular and super hyped I’ve been wanting to read “Red Rising” for a while and FINALLY got a cheaper copy off of Book Outlet. I’m excited to see if this one lives up to expectations!


4.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I’m slowly trying to get through some of the more popular and hyped books on my TBR so this one definitely needs to get read here soon.


3.) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Once again really popular book and I am ALL for an “Iliad” retelling.


2.) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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I have this weird sort of morbid kind of curiosity concerning cults so a book about a girl who lived 12 years in one really appeals to me. I’ve also heard TONS of good things about this book so I’m definitely going to read it soon, if not next!


1.) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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This will be my first new release purchase this year because I MUST HAVE IT! And once I get my mitts on it I will drop everything and read it right away!

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What books are on your Spring TBR?

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

Are any of these on your TBR as well?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Less Than Everyone Else

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

This week’s theme is books we either loved less or more than everyone else, pretty self explanatory. I, being the black sheep that I am, chose to go with books I loved less since that usually seems to be the way things go for me with more popular books.

As usual I’ll link up my full reviews to the titles!

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10.) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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This book was insanely hyped last year when it came out and so my expectations were pretty high for it and….it was not that great. It lacked world building and honestly I didn’t think anything was developed at all. There were elements I enjoyed but overall it was a disappointment.


9.) Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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So a TON of people love Rosamund Hodge’s books and they do sound amazing, I mean dark fairy tale retellings? Hell yes! Unfortunately this one was confusing, I spent a lot of my time completely lost as to what was going on and the characters were really flat. Maybe I’ll like her other books more but if they’re like this one I already know I won’t.


8.) Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Another extremely hyped book and series that I just did not love as much as everyone. I hated the main character and I felt there was a lack of world building. However, I thought Bardugo’s writing improved vastly with “Six of Crows” which I loved.


7.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I honestly think I should turn this rating from a 3 to a 2 since I really didn’t like this book all that much. Celaena was annoying and vain and not as badass as everyone makes her seem, also a lack of world building. Definitely a black sheep with this one since EVERYONE loves this series.


6.) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles is another series that is wildly popular and for me “Cinder” was a big disappointment. My main problem was how predictable the story was but I am thinking about continuing the series.


5.) The Crown’s Games by Evelyn Skye

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Another book that got super hyped and was wildly disappointing for me. It was FULL of insta-love, an awful love triangle, and lack of world building once again (see a theme here for me?). Also the magical fight to the death was just a bunch of parlor tricks and no actual fighting occurred.


4.) Soundless by Richelle Mead

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I absolutely loved Mead’s Vampire Academy series so I was expecting to love her new standalone but I did not. Once again the complete lack of world building was the biggest reason I did not like this book.


3.) Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Seems a ton of people loved this book and while the writing is very beautiful I thought the characters were awful and idiotic, and the romance was also full of cliches.


2.) These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

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I really wanted to like this book because EVERYONE loves it but it was just so slooooooow and boring for me. Seriously this book had no business being 500 pages….


1.) Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

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Lots of people actually liked this book and I can see why like if you like historical fiction romances for the most part. However, for me I was expecting actual PIRATES since this is supposed to be about Blackbeard! Did I get pirates! No! I got zero pirates!

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What books do you love more or less than everyone else?

Did you dislike any of these books too? Or like them?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well! 

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Least Favorite Slow-Burn & Insta-Love Romances

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

In honor of Valentine’s Day this week’s theme is all about those romance tropes and types! Since I’m not the biggest fan of all YA romances I thought I would share with you guys my favorite slow burn romances in YA along with my most hated insta-love romances as well!

****There will be spoilers for romances in this list, however, many of them are already implied in their book’s descriptions. You have been forewarned though!****

I will link up my reviews for each of these books to the titles, if you’re interested in reading more of why I loved or hated the book! (Although I would say just skip over Shadow & Bone because it was one of my first reviews, so yikes!)

Also I’d love to hear your thoughts on these as well but please remember to be polite with others’ opinions, if you liked a romance I or another did not that’s fine! If you hated one that I or another person loved, that’s fine too! We all have different tastes! So let’s all get along and enjoy chatting books!

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Least Favorite Insta-Love Romances


5.) Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina + The Darkling

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Okay so not only do we have a love triangle in this book but we also have an awful case of insta-love because Alina is instantly attracted to The Darkling even though she “loves” Mal. Sorry honey but if that was the case you wouldn’t have fucked all the shit up in this book.


4.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena + Chaol + Dorian

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Once again we have an insta-love triangle! Booooooo! Celaena is instantly head over heels for BOTH of these guys and is constantly thinking about them throughout the duration of the book….instead of ya know….KILLING PEOPLE!


3.) Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Anne + Edward

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Yep Anne falls instantly in love with Edward even though he is a huge asshole to here right away. That doesn’t even make sense! And don’t even get me going on this book…it was all around awful.


2.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Vika + Nikolai + Pasha

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Insta-Love? Check. Another love triangle? Check. This is probably one of the worst cases of insta-love I’ve seen because the minute both boys see Vika they are smitten to the point where they can’t stop thinking about her and they didn’t even TALK to her!


1.) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Violet + River

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River shows up to rent Violet’s guest house and BOOM destined to be together, forever. Hell, she goes as far as sleeping with him on the couch the same day she meets him! (and I do mean sleeping, not “sleeping”)


Favorite Slow-Burn Romances


5.) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Jane + Gifford (“G”)

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These two are forced together by an arranged marriage but are not instantly attracted to reach other, Jane actually strongly dislikes Gifford at first based off of things she’s heard about him. However, after going through the adventures in this book they become closer and realize their true feelings. I really do love a slow burn romance, I find it far more rewarding!


4.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Zahra + Aladdin

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The title really says it all here, Jinn and humans are forbidden to fall in love because of the resulting “forbidden wish” so we get a very slow burn romance since Zahra knows the consequences of loving Aladdin even as she slowly falls for him.


3.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Kestrel + Aren

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Another case of “forbidden love” (maybe that’s my favorite trope…) where the caste system keeps them apart although Kestrel does not have feelings of love for Aren early on she slowly develops them as the major events of the plot unfold.


2.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Nemesis + Tyrus

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This romance was a HUGE surprise to me since I wasn’t expecting romance at all and I (also surprisingly) loved it! These two are stabby and clever and meant to be together! (that rhymes!) The reason this is a slow-burn romance is because there’s an actual plot and they use each other at first to further their own agendas.


1.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

Lada + Mehmed

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While there is a love triangle in this book it’s very nontraditional and unique which is why it does not annoy me in the least bit, thought I’d mention that first! Lada is cruel, violent, clever, and far from beautiful so romance is the last thing on her mind but she ends up falling for Mehmed and vice versa. I shipped these to SO MUCH!

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Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices?

What are some of your most hated or loved romance tropes?

How about your favorite book romance or couple?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

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

This week is a freebie so from all of the past Top Ten Tuesday themes I chose to do my favorite bookish quotes! Pretty straight forward….

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10.) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”


9.) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”


8.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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“I would rather be numb than stand here in the light of a sun that can never chase the chill away.”


7.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”


6.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

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“As the baby latched on with surprising fierceness, the nurse offered her own prayer.
Let her be strong.
Let her be sly.
And Let her be ugly.”

(I feel like this sums up Lada’s character perfectly)


5.) Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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“Mortal fear is as crucial a thing to our lives as love. It cuts to the core of our eing and shows us what we are. Will you step back and cover your eyes? Or will you have the strength to walk the precipice and look out?”

(This quote, for me, really describes the book perfectly)


4.) Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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“The books we love, they love us back, And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of words. A girl with a story to tell.”


3.) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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“WHEN IT IS DONE, WE WILL FLY FAR FROM HERE. FAR FROM THIS SCAB AND ITS POISONED SKY. WE WILL DANCE IN THE STORMS, YOU AND I.”

(This is in all caps because the quote was by Buruu, the arashitora, and his inner dialogue is in all caps naturally)


2.) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”


1.) Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

(My all time favorite quote ever, I don’t even know why. I just love it.)

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Have you read any of these books as well, what did you think?

Are any of these your favorite quotes too?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Am Thankful For

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

This week’s theme is a Thanksgiving freebie which can be things you’re thankful for, books you’re thankful for, anything related to Thanksgiving! So I decided to just take the easy way out and do the Top Ten books I’m thankful for, these are going to be books I can’t imagine living without!

I’m also going to stray away from answers that I KNOW everyone else is thankful for as well such as Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and such because who isn’t thankful for those?

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10.) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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This is a book that I loved so unexpectedly and finished it within a day because it’s so awesome. Definitely recommend taking a look at “Nimona” even if you don’t usually read graphic novels and if you’re looking to get into graphic novels this is a great place to start. It’s hilarious and heart-warming!

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


9.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

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This is a dream book come true: three dimensional characters, a complex plot, and a gender swapped Vlad the Impaler! I have to say I’m just thankful for an actual badass heroine!

You can read my full review of “And I Darken” here.


8.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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This is more of a I’m thankful for Gillian Flynn because she’s an amazing author and I love all of her books. This is so original and twisted that I can’t help but be super thankful it exists.


7.) Alice by Christina Henry

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)

I love retellings and I especially love Alice in Wonderland retellings so having a dark, twisted, and horrific one is really cool and I’m definitely glad Christina Henry came up with the idea!

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


6.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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At first I absolutely did not want to read this series because I thought it was over-hyped and very romance focused but I’m very glad I gave it a shot because it’s actually worth all the hype! I’m very thankful for such a great series (so far from what I’ve read) and amazing characters.

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


5.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This was such a surprisingly wonderful book for me with it’s fantastic world building and mythology and Laini Taylor’s beautiful writing. I think it’s safe to say I’m mostly thankful for Laini’s writing though.

You can read my full review of “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” here.


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

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I love horror books and I love horror books that actually scare the crap out of me so of course I’m very grateful to have a book full of truly terrifying short stories!

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


3.) Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Morally ambiguous super powered humans? Yes please and enough said. We need more books like this!

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


2.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Crazy AIs, freaky space viruses, and spaceships. What more could I want? This book is the definition of adrenaline pumping and beside that it is 100% unique with both format and story.

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


1.) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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Do you see a pattern here? Obviously I’m just thankful for Jay Kristoff because his books are fantastic in my opinion and they are some of the best fantasies I’ve read.

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

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

What books are you thankful for?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Horror Books on My TBR

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

This week’s theme is a Halloween themed freebie and one of the suggested themes was horror books on my TBR, so easy-peasy! I love talking about books I have yet to read almost as much as ones I have read and seeing as how I’ll be posting my favorite Halloween reads later this week this choice of theme was perfect!

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10.) A Taste For Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

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IT’S LONDON 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, who has nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital. Evelyn wants to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut in from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain. When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.

A Taste for Monsters is a terrifying and haunting tale of the monstrosity of men and the salvation one may find in the unlikeliest places, from Edgar Award–winning author Matthew J. Kirby.

This is the newest addition to my Horror TBR every since I saw Lola’s review on Goodreads. It seems to be the book I wanted “Stalking Jack The Ripper” to be, with more actually horror and suspense.


9.) The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

This one actually has quite a few good reviews and along with the creepy cover and premise I had to add it to my TBR! Unfortunately it isn’t something I find to be pressing but I think I’ll read it eventually…..


8.) The House by Christina Lauren

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Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

Sounds interesting, looks interesting, may be interesting. I don’t think it will be terrifying but it might have a good, eerie atmosphere.


7.) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

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Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

I found out this was Stephen King’s son and along with the premise for this book I had to get my hands on a copy. I did and from what I read it was creepy as hell! Unfortunately I set it aside and have yet to get back to it but when I do I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.


6) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

This has one of the creepiest freaking covers I’ve ever seen! Plus it sounds super cool and has some pretty good reviews, I will be getting a copy soon and will probably read it before the year’s up but we shall see.


5.) The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Call

Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.

Could you survive the Call?

I saw this book kind of floating around and it piqued my iterest but what really convince me to add this book to my TBR was a review by Esther @ Chapter Adventures! This sounds like survival horror and it sounds well done so I’m very excited to get a copy!


4.) Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

MARY: The Summoning (Bloody Mary, #1)

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them–Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna–must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: “Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY.” A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though–at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary–and Jess–before it’s too late?

Normally I probably wouldn’t want to read this sine it’s reviews are just okay but I got it on my Kindle for $1.99 (Which it is right now by the way!!!) so I figured I’d just give it a shot. Hopefully it’s at least a little scary.


3.) The Suffering (The Girl From The Well #2) by Rin Chupeco

The Suffering (The Girl from the Well, #2)

Seventeen-year-old Tark knows what it is to be powerless. But Okiku changed that. A restless spirit who ended life as a victim and started death as an avenger, she’s groomed Tark to destroy the wicked. But when darkness pulls them deep into Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, Okiku’s justice becomes blurred, and Tark is the one who will pay the price…

Okay so I LOVED “The Girl From The Well” and was absolutely terrified by it so of course I need to read the sequel.


2.) Say Her Name by James Dawson

Say Her Name

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before.

Another Bloody Mary story but this one was recommended to me by Lauren @ Wonderless Reads and I’ve seen a few other reviews floating around recently that have convinced me I should probably get my hands on a copy soon.


1.) The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

The Women in the Walls

Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.  

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

I really enjoyed Amy Lukavics debut novel “Daughters Unto Devils” so I can’t wait to get a hold of her newest book especially with that awesome, creepy cover! I have heard it’s not quite as terrifying but very much creepy which is still okay with me.

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What are some of your favorite horror books?

Have you read any of these on my list?

What books do you recommend for a Halloween read?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy