Creatures of the Night | Book Tag

This Tag was created by Katytastic over at Booktube, and since we’re approaching Halloween now, I thought why not do this tag!

With each creature mentioned I’ll be recommending a book which features it. So let’s get started!


  1. Vampires

I know most people would go with Twilight but I’d rather choose this book.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


2. Werewolves

Again, no Twilight. Let’s not be cliche. I’m going to go with a book series which includes all of these creatures.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


3. Zombies

I haven’t read any Zombie books unfortunately. But there’s a book I’ve been told that includes Zombies and is very good. So here you are. Let me know if I should read it!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


4. Ghosts

I HAD to choose this one for Ghosts. I mean seriously, how long could I have avoided this book series? I could answer this for everything if I could..

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling


5. Spell Caster/ Wizard/ Witch

I could use Harry Potter for this one again but I won’t. 😛

Eragon by Christopher Paolini


6. Fae / Faeries

These scare the shit outta me, so I’ve not read many books about them. There’s one series focused on them –

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


7. Demons

Technically this book series includes both Angels and Demons. But ah well.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


8. Angels

I absolutely love this trilogy! If you haven’t read it yet, please do!

Angelfall by Susan Ee


9. Aliens

Other than the Lux series by J Lyn, I think this book trilogy is great too! Can’t wait for the movie. 😀

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey


10. Super Power Humans

I thought hard about this one. I read this book recently, and I can’t wait to read the sequel!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu



Are there any books featuring these creatures that I should read? Or any thoughts about the choices I made for the tag? Let me know in the comments below!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR!

Hey you guys! I’m so sorry for being absent for the past two months. Its been real hectic with the job and college and it sucks. If you want to follow my reading pattern, go add me on Goodreads. I read a lot and update there regularly!

The Dewey’s 24 hour readathon starts on the 17th Oct to 18th Oct. If you guys want to participate go check out their website – HERE

Anyway, since its a weekend and this readathon is awesome, I wanted to be a part of it. I know there’s a high chance I won’t be able to read much because I have a seminar to attend and so my TBR mostly consists of Graphic Novels and short books. Its over ambitious but I really hope I can do this! This is my TBR for the weekend / readathon –


          


Are you participating too? Have you read any of these books, if yes then which one should I pick first? What are your plans for the weekend? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂


UPDATE:

So the readathon just got over. I finished 5 books in total. But I’m pretty happy with that since I was busy for most of the 24 hours.

The books I read – 

The Bad Beginning –   2

More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops –  4

Through The Woods –  5

Sex Criminals Vol. 2 –  3

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2 –  4

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review


Title:

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda


Author:

Becky Albertalli


Publication Details:

April 7th 2015 by Penguin


Pages:

313 pages


Format:

Kobo


Genre:

YA / Contemporary / LGBTQ


Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Review:

FOR THE LOVE OF OREOS, PICK THIS BOOK UP!

This book is just so cute and heart-warming, I completed the whole thing in one day.
Simon, is basically what every nerd wants to be best friends with.
He likes Harry Potter, Star Wars, and is gay.
Although he does not want to come out and make it a big deal, he’s blackmailed by a guy at school, who allegedly has screenshots of Simon’s email conversation with a sort of almost boyfriend, who calls himself Blue.

Simon and Blue get to know each other, without actually knowing who it is in real life. Life is a bitch, and through ups and downs with blackmail, friend-drama, coming out to the world and the suspense surrounding Blue’s real identity, Simon manages to keep up with so much happening all at once, with school work.

So I guessed Blue wrong, but trust me I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED with who it turned out to be at all. In fact, I felt really happy.

Becky built the characters so well, I almost wished Simon and Blue were real. Sigh.

It was fast paced, cute, funny and well written. Maybe that’s the reason it received such a high rating!


Quotes:

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

“But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”

“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”


Rating:

5


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The Darkest Part Of The Forest by Holly Black | Book Review

Title:

The Darkest Part Of The Forest


Author:

Holly Black


Publication Details:

January 1st 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Pages:

330 pages


Format:

Kobo


Genre:

Fantasy / YA


Summary:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


Review:

I really really enjoyed this book. It was my first Holly Black book and I was not disappointed.I also am in love with the cover. I’ve seen people give this book bad reviews for the shittiest reasons and I get it. I mean, nothing is perfect!
But this certainly deserves more fans.
Reasons being :
1. All the characters have a very beautiful relation with one another and their lives interweave perfectly.
2. Badass female protagonist. Do I need to say more?
3. Faeries. Folklore. Sleeping prince in a glass coffin. Magic. Monsters. King. Court.
4. Romance
5. LGBT characters who are perfectly normal and not overly filled with the rainbow shit what people assume gay people like supposedly.

I was not bored even for a single minute. This was fast paced, filled with action and mystery and sometimes creepy. Even though I’m not a huge fan of faeries, this book certainly did not take me down the same road.
However there were some aspects which were cringe worthy, I fell in love with the writing style Holly has. I liked the characters and felt what they felt.
I liked how the thing wrapped up in the end. A perfect end to a stand alone novel, not like some which leave you hanging with tons of questions. Since everything was justified one way or the other throughout the book without us knowing it happening.

I loved John and Ben. Carter was okay and the parents made absolutely no sense to me. They were all cracked up. I was indifferent to the horned boy. The whole twist regarding Hazel and her deal was the best part to read about.

Recommend it to fans of Holly Black and people who like fae.


Quotes:

“There’s a monster in our wood. She’ll get you if you’re not good. Drag you under leaves and sticks. Punish you for all your tricks. A nest of hair and gnawed bone. You are never, ever coming… home.”

“Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin. It rested right on the ground, and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives.”

“Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.”

“We love until we do not. For us, love doesn’t fade gradually. It snaps like a branch bent too far.”

“I love like in the storybooks. I love you like in the ballads. I love you like a lightning bolt. I’ve loved you since the third month you came and spoke with me. I loved that you made me want to laugh. I loved the way you were kind and the way you would pause when you spoke, as though you were waiting for me to answer you. I love you and I am mocking no one when I kiss you, no one at all.”

“I wanted to be in love like in the storybooks and songs and ballads. Love that hits you like a lightning bolt. And I’m sorry, because yeah, I get that you think I’m ridiculous. I get that you think I’m hilarious. I know, I get that you’re mocking me. I get how stupid I am, but at least I know.”

“The only way to end grief was to go through it.”


Rating:

4


Note: The book trailer for this book is amazing! Check it out asap. Click here to watch it!

Bout Of Books 13.0 Wrap-Up

Hey guys! Its finally over! I read a ton of books! Here they are. 🙂

P.S – I’ll post the covers of the books I completed on the day in each update so that you know which ones I completed each day.


Day. 1

 

Books started: 3 ( Life Before Legend, The Darkest Part Of The Forest, The Lover’s Dictionary )

Books completed: 2 ( Life Before Legend, The Darkest Part Of The Forest )

Pages Read: 370 pages

Total Books read so far: 2

Total Pages so far: 370

Thoughts: I didn’t like Life Before Legend that much, I have a review up on goodreads, so check that out. The darkest part of the forest was a good stand-alone fantasy novel. Review on goodreads, but I’ll be posting a full review on the blog soon.


Day. 2

  

Books started: 1 ( The Fill-In Boyfriend )

Books completed: 2 ( The Lover’s Dictionary, The Fill-In Boyfriend )

Pages Read: 565 pages

Total Books read so far: 4

Total Pages so far: 935

Thoughts: I didn’t enjoy The Lover’s Dictionary that much, but I really liked The Fill-In Boyfriend. You can check the review here.


Day. 3

Books started: 1 ( Snow Like Ashes )

Books completed: 1 ( Snow Like Ashes )

Pages Read: 430 pages

Total Books read so far: 5

Total Pages so far: 1365

Thoughts: I loved this one! I cannot wait for book 2! The review will be up very soon. 😀


Day. 4

Books started: 1 ( Rebel Belle )

Books completed: 0

Pages Read: 200 pages

Total Books read so far: 5

Total Pages so far: 1565

Thoughts:  I really wanted to complete it that day but I was busy. 


Day. 5

 

Books started: 1 ( Miss Mayhem )

Books completed: 2 ( Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem )

Pages Read: 440 pages

Total Books read so far: 7

Total Pages so far: 2005

Thoughts:  I really like how this series is going. I really want to know what happens in the last book!


Day. 6 and Day. 7

Books started: 1 ( Harry Potter and The Order Of Phoenix )

Books completed: 1 ( Harry Potter and The Order Of Phoenix )

Pages Read: 765 pages

Total Books read so far: 8

Total Pages so far: 2770

Thoughts:  It was a re-read and it took me a lot of time to get through since its quite a chunky book. I was supposed to read Alien Love, but instead of that I read this one. Apart from that I read all the books I mentioned I would in my participating post. YAYYYY!