Booksmashed Recommends| Halloween Reads

Halloween is just around the corner and most readers now read creepy and horror books. Here are my recommendations on what books you can read for the halloween!

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1. The Diviners Series by Libba Bray
if you want ghost, evil stuff and people with psychic powers. This is perfect for you. It has a blend of horror, history (set in 20s) and also has comedy and romance to balance it. I’m still reading the second book The Lair of Dreams but the first book took my breath away literally that some scenes are so intense and scary I couldn’t breath.

93782972. Anna Dressed in Blood Duology by Kendare Blake
If you still want a romance in a horror novel. You should read this. This is a love story between a beoy and a girl ghost who kills people when they enter her house. Yep, pretty much it.

download-73. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
This is one of the scariest and thrilling books I read so far. It also has scary pictures inside that adds up the scary level of this book. Imagine that you are going to sleep in a former asylum facility where they treat or torture people with a murderer/serial killer on the move. I don’t volunteer as a tribute. Yikes.

download-84. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Museum by Candace Robinson
If you want a twisted and gore fairytale and legend retelling, read this. Here, Snow White kills the seven dwarves and many more creepy scenes that will ruin you childhood.

download-65. Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins
Pyschological- thriller novel that will wreck your brain. This will challenge you sanity as you ask what is happening to the world while reading this book. The plot twist are insane, it can make you go crazy.

There are a lot of scary, thrilling, creepy, weird but beautiful books. All we have to do is to widen our horizon. They also say getting scared makes you thin.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Book Talk [#20]|The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Pages: 578,

Book Birthday: September 18, 2012

Genre: Horror, Mystery YA

Synopsis:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. ©goodreads

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Good start for halloween reads this October.
I just want you to know that I just finished the book and regretting finishing it at 1 in the morning (school night) so yeah, probably I won’t be getting any sleep today.

Let’s start this.

I’m not a fan of historical setting novels because I keep on imagining the present and this is set on 20’s, the problem is I don’t know what the 20’s looked like. I didn’t imagine their dresses and even the world in that time. I reay want to but I just can’t.

The mystery surrounding everything. The Diviners, themselves being introduced individually even though the spot light went to Evie, which sometimes annoys me. The first book is just like a sneak peek on what’s is about to happen in the next book. And I’m excited to know more about them and how they will get together. I’m thinking about x-men and I don’t know why.

Though it was somehow a horror read. It has romance, comedy, mystery, horror. It is balanced that you can easily forget you just read about something scary because the next scene was something lighter. It was well-balanced.

 

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As part of the halloween reads. I would like to list down the thing/s or moment/s that gave me
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•Whenever Naughty Jhonny comes to kill. That gives me creeps everytime. I imagine what he looks like, I’m cursing my brain for being too imaginative.
•Naughty Jhonny song. I will run when I heard that song specially the whistle. I can still hear it in my brain and this will be the reason why I won’t get enough sleep until next week.
•When Evie was in the Knowles End and Naughty Jhonny was there. The scene almost killed me. I was holding my breath as if I was the one hiding from him.
•EVERYTHING ABOUT NAUGHTY JHONNY.

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NaNoWriMo Prep| Week 1

First week of NaNoWrimo Prep, for the whole October all nanowrimo participants who chose to be a planner, they plan in the month of October before the start of the month long novel writing. As a pantser, the first novel I written was spontaneous, and I’m fortunate to have my mind working with my creativity that time. Now, I’m pretty much nervous on how my new novel will come up.

For the first week, of course a writer needs to have an idea, even just a hint of idea of what he will going to write. The problem is, I have sh*t tons of ideas in my mind. Robots, zombie apocalypse, sirens, and a lot more. I don’t know what to write.  Then I realized my 2015 novel was only the first book and it needs to have a continuation, and for the last two years, I was not able to write different story because I was still in the world of that novel. I had an urge to finish it, but I don’t have the courage to.

I decided for the whole month of October while preparing myself for NaNoWriMo, I would also finish my first draft of my 2015 NaNoWrimo work and also to refresh myself. It’s been two years. Then for my 2017 Nanowrimo work, It would be the seuqel of the 2015 novel.

I will tell what the synopsis of the book on the next update of NaNoWriMo Prep.

 

Hint: Angels

Book Talk [#19]: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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Pages: 713, paperback

Book Birthday: April 1, 2006

Synopsis:

An ancient secret brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable target…

When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati… the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has surfaced from the shadows to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy… the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces he has hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair… a secret location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

An explosive international thriller, Angels & Demons careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war. ©goodreads

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This is my first adult fiction in mystery? genre. I’m more on fantasy and contemporary young adult kind of reader. Reading this was an adventure and I don’t know what I’m about to get. I’m surprised that I liked it.

I watched the movie years ago but some scenes never left my mind and kept on rewinding while I was reading this. Somehow, it was quite easy to imagine the place if it were seen on the movie.

I imagined Robert Langdon looks younger than his age, I didn’t know why. I remembered him as the actor but something was corrupting my brain and kept on imagining different face. I haven’t read The Davinci Code but I watched a part of it. It was interesting. The conspiracies going around about Illuminati and I kept on wondering if illumanti is real or not.

The fight of science against religion that is somehow still happening right now. It was fascinating to learn a lot about life from two different perspectives.

This is a big and beautiful, well detailed. I was intimidated at first but when you start reading, you just kept on going. The mysteries and controversies surrounding the story and the book itself. The 713 pages was worth it.

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Bookish Quest| NaNoWriMo 2017

nano_logo-830912ef5e38104709bcc38f44d20a0d.pngNational Novel Writing Month or famously known as NiNoWriMo. This an annual writing event every November, wherein the participants need to have 50000 words in a month (that’s a lot). It is open for professional and amateur writers (like me!). People around the globe help each other in finishing the 50,000 words goal at the end of the month, a writer can communicate with other writers and NaNoWriMo gives pep talks and motivations for you to not give up on your story.

This is my 2nd participation in NaNoWriMo, the last was two years ago and I almost made it to 50,000 if I didn’t procastinate a two days before the deadline. I had 47,000+ on my word count. I thought I was going to make it, actually I write almost 6,000 words in a day to catch up but almost was never enough, though I love the story I made and I’m proud of it.

The next year, 2016. I tried. AGAIN. This time I am a planner not a pantser than the previous year. I planned everything throughout October. I was so ready, that all I need was a pen and a paper and the annoucement but school was killing me those times, and I didn’t got a chance to even start it.

SO….This year, I will try it again.  I had some ideas about the plot and how the story will go. Now, I will start My bookish quest with you guys and I’ll post some developments here every week.

And those who also write for NaNoWriMo, Let’s be friends! 😊

MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN OUR FAVOR.

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Fall is coming! And so is Halloween! So here are my spooky and scary reads for October 2017!

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Synopsis: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. ©goodreads

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Synopsis: The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City. ©goodreads

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Synopsis: The Prince of Darkness has been given one last shot at redemption, provided he can live out a reasonably blameless life on earth. Highly sceptical, naturally, the Old Dealmaker negotiates a trial period – a summer holiday in a human body, with all the delights of the flesh.

The body, however, turns out to be that of Declan Gunn, a depressed writer living in Clerkenwell, interrupted in his bath mid-suicide. Ever the opportunist, and with his main scheme bubbling in the background, Luce takes the chance to tap out a few thoughts – to straighten the biblical record, to celebrate his favourite achievements, to let us know just what it’s like being him.

Neither living nor explaining turns out to be as easy as it looks. Beset by distractions, miscalculations and all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, the Father of Lies slowly begins to learn what it’s like being us. ©goodreads

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Synopsis: Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down. ©goodreads

 

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Book Talk [#18]: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Pages: 464, paperback

Book Birthday:July 5 2016

Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. ©goodreads

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This is my first *finished* Victoria Schwab book. I’ve been trying to read darker shade of magic but I think every book has its own time.

So let’s get this started. I am curious about this book for a year now, since it was released and
saw the explanation from epic reads which was epic, and it has its ups and downs.

for the ups, it’s a duology so it means our dark duet will be so freaking good and can’t wait to read it. This a fast paced book and I didn’t even know already read the half of it. Schwab’s world building made me walk into the city of Verity that I almost lost my stop. I was there with them, in the world. I was hooked, that I want to reread it after I finished it (or even before I finished it) it was too fast that I’m wanting more. The song the little kid sang at the part 2, it was creepy. And I love it.

and for the down, it doesn’t have a lot of actions and I expected there would be. There are fight scenes but the full blown action scenes were not around but I believe from what I read our dark duets will be action-packed and I’m so excited.
Another one, why does author’s like to change point of view without a warning. It’s confusing me AF. The first sentence is August scene then suddenly it was Kate’s, I need to reread the paragraph to know my eyes were not fooling around.

If you want a cool, interesting plot you should pick this up and you won’t be disappointed.

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Book Talk [#17]: Bride of Glass by Candace Robinson

I would like to thank the author, Candace Robinson for sending me
an advance reader’s copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

Read my thoughts on the first book Book Talk [#05]- Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson  before jumping into this review.

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Pages : 213, paperback

Book Birthday: September 1, 2017

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Perrie Madeline is trapped in Vale’s clutches as the Bride. Can Perrie find a way to escape her mental prison?

Maisie Jaser is on a rescue mission to retrieve her cousin and best friend, Perrie. Together, she hopes to bring down Vale and rid the world of the destruction he has caused.

Will Vale prevail? ©goodreads

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Can we just look at the cover first? The two covers are beautiful together, the details and and everything.

I read the first book I think last July or August and I love it. The blood and gore, It’s my best book this year.

Positive things I would like to discuss. Why do I fall inlove with Vale even if I shouldn’t? He’s the only villain (the villainest of them all) but I still want him even in the first book. In here, it is not just about Pervale? I can’t come up with a good shipname, I tried.Then the plot twist happened. I don’t know which Vale I much prefered. Her friend and ex-boyfriend things tied up with them, imagine one-eyed Snow white and Frankenstein together. I really want to know what happened to them but….

Here comes the negatives, I was quite dissapointed with this book and knowing this is the last book, It was not the right time to end it.
It was short and not as perfect as the first one.Its shortness annoyed me because I need more! I need answers to my questions not more questions that needs to be answered!
It was not detailed, how they conquered the world, how Perrie’s family died, etc (told you, too many unanswered questions) and the writing looked rush. It felt like it was just a small part of the ending, not THE ending.

There is also a character that was always mentioned,I think that’s the true villain. (dear author, I’m giving you am idea for the 3rd book 😉)

I’m still hoping the author will continue the story, it is an interesting plot and also, I NEED ANSWERS!

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Book Talk Serie: 2| Jack by Ameriie

TINA BURKE’S VILLAIN CHALLENGE TO AMERIIE:
“Jack and the Beanstalk” Meets Phalaris of Agrigento

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story:
I’m not familiar with the Jack and the Beanstalk story. I was so confused who was the villain then their friendship grew. They tell each other stories. THEN BOOM! plot twist.
I think my innocence was damaged as I finished this story. I don’t even know if I will still have my innocence with me when I finish this book.

commentary:
When I read the challenge, Who the heck is
Phalaris of Agrigento? Thankfully Tina explained it and I researched about it. She compared the two but I believe Phalaris of Agriento is more awful.

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Book Talk Series: 1|The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Adhieh

Challenge from Christina Riccio
The Grandson of an Evil, Matriarchal Dictator Who Tried to Rule over the Universe Wants to Follow in Her Footsteps and Accidentally Loses His Temper, Killing His Sibling in a Game of Chess

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story:
I don’t think the protagonist was a villain, at first until he killed his own sister.
I’m not used to read short stories so now I’m wondering what had happened after that. I only enjoyed the last part of it.

commentary:
when I read the challenge, no doubt Christina Riccio really challenge it. And when I read her part about symptoms of evilness, I thought she was advising us not to be Lord Voldemort. It was so funny specially the remedies of the symptoms.

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