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!

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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!

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City Of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

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Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Title:
Radiant Shadows.


Author:
Melissa Marr.


Publisher:
Harper Collins.

April 24th 2010


Genre:
Fantasy.


Pages:
340 pages.


Format:

Paperback.


Series/Stand-out:

Book #4 in the Wicked Lovely series.


Why I picked it up:

To finish the series. Also I quite liked the 3rd book so I wanted this one to blow me away.


Summary:

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?


Review:

I had high expectations from this one since I loved the former book. Although it wasn’t as good as the third book, it still had its perks. I love that Devlin finally discovered who and what he truly is and stood up to it rather than just obey his sister.

I had one major problem with it though, that it didn’t once mention anything about characters who play such a huge role in the other books. Of course it doesn’t concern them but they are a pretty important part of the faerie world.

I didn’t  quite understand how the main characters fell in love the second time they met. Seemed unreal. Didn’t connect with that aspect. Don’t get me wrong, I do ship them. I just wish there were more sparks rather than love at first sight. Love the suspense of the impending war and the new decisions taken.


Characters:

  • Devlin: Great fighter, I love that he stood up to his bossy sister. Secretive and extremely caring about the people he loves.
  • Ani: Truly a daughter of the Gabriel. She’s ferocious, unique and brave, although can be childish at times.

Quotes:

“Love makes you foolish. It makes you throw every bit of logic away, do stupid things, dangerous things.”

“Some things are more important than safety.”

“Like chaos in a glass cage.”

“Pride goeth before the fall….but you’ve already fallen, haven’t you?”


Rating:

3 HALF

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Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Title:

Fragile Eternity.


Author:

Melissa Marr.


Publisher:

Harper Collins,

1st January 2009.


Pages:

389 pages.


Format:

Paperback.


Series/Stand-out:

Book #3 in the Wicked Lovely series.


Why I picked it up:

I wanted to complete the series since the books were improving gradually and I absolutely loved the cover!


Summary:

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.


Review:

Definitely the best book from all the Wicked Lovely series books before it. This book followed Seth, who was struggling to fit in the faerie world being a mortal himself. He was certain it wouldn’t help her relation with Aislinn and so he seeks to be a faerie himself. Declined by all his friends, he decides to go to the High Queen Sorcha. He finds a whole different aspect of being a member of Sorcha’s fey. So when he returns, becoming a powerful faerie, he knows he has some things to do, decisions to make.

I loved the focus on Seth as a main character.


Characters:

  • Seth: Artistic, calm yet impulsive, very much in love, intelligent.
  • Sorcha: Motherly, true and full of logic. Respected and feared among the fey.

Quotes:

“Choose to be happy. It is what we have all done.”

“As if fixing the little errors would made the big stuff manageable.”

“Loving someone meant letting them be who they were, not caging them.”

“Love and desire aren’t the same.”


Rating:

4