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I dug out this book for you guys (while breaking my promise to never touch it again). Also, this is just going to be a short recommendation post.
Earlier this week, I shared with you my (unpleasant) horror reading experience and also, promised to tell you the book on Halloween. I failed to mention that many years had passed since I read said book and therefore, might not be able to remember much of the story. I guess I can say that this book counts as a childhood book. What I can vividly remember, however, is how terrifying the story was, for me. The story -or stories - were absolutely gripping and spine-chilling. I remember how entirely hooked I was -it felt like my eyes were glued to the pages. It was way too creepy for my age but even then, I was at the edge of my seat for the ending! The story had a really dark and mysterious feel the way horror movies do. Even though my memories of the story are fuzzy around the edges, this puzzling horror story is as beautiful and obscure as its cover implies. I'd definitely recommend Dark Secrets if you want to add an extra touch of mystery to your Halloween!
December is all about sharing the joyful holiday spirit and, most importantly, surrounding yourself with the people and things that you love. I think that we can all agree that there is no better way to do that, with books, books, and more books! Recently I managed to score some books that had been on my TBR list for a while and also some that had not. My plan is to read as much as I possibly can during the holiday season and with all these lovely books sitting on my bookshelf, my booknerd heart is getting very excited at the thought of it. I'll leave you with this lovely picture and commence with the book haul instead. Less talking and more showing!
Exhibit 1: Most Anticipated Releases
I didn't think twice about going straight to the new-releases section the very second I set foot in the bookstore. The Infinite Sea and Heir of Fire were the first two books I made a lunge for but The Young Elites elicited an even higher pitched squeal from me when I finally found it, placed between two books that almost covered it. I'd still find it, even then. I'm just that excited to read The Young Elites because the Legend trilogy was so damn good!
Sorry for you 5th Wave lovers. I'm about to get lobbed with hardcover copies of The Infinite Sea within seconds, but The Fifth Wave wasn't just that enjoyable for me. However, I think it was just a case of 'it's the book, it's me'. The 5th Wave was every bit as action-packed and amazing as glowing reviews stated, but all throughout the book I was yawning and waiting for something to really excite me. I even found myself disagreeing with most of the character's decisions. All the while it just felt like watching the events unfold through a glass door. If not for the endless excitement over The Infinite Sea on book blogs and other social bookish platforms, I might not even have picked it up. But I'm willing to give this series another try. The hype over this book has to mean that the series is worth something!
(As for Heir of Fire, I'm not even started on Throne of Glass yet. However, I've already saved to read the series for the holidays so I'll be reading it soon! Yay!)
Exhibit 2: Contemporary Fiction (AKA THE GAYLE FORMAN EXHIBIT)
It became official the night I finished If I Stay: I HAVE TO GET MY HANDS ON ALL OF GAYLE'S PUBLISHED NOVELS AND READ ALL OF THEM. I JUST HAVE TO.
Reading If I Stay was like getting my heart all trampled over and stitched back into my body again. It really changed my perception about death in so many ways. Truth to be told, I was waiting for a story that would touch me the way 13 Reasons Why did, and If I Stay was THE book. It goes without saying that I absolutely can't wait to start Where She Went!
Exhibit 3: Books I Bought On A Whim
Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring have such. Amazing. Covers! The internal struggle (to buy or not to buy?) did not last long. It sounds like a really interesting story from the synopsis and I'm all for fantasy novels.
Exhibit 4: Ordered At A Really Low Price
These are the books I intend to read during the December holidays! (well some of them, at least) Share yours!
creeped out. Really easily. My soul just can't handle ghostly or eerie things. I'm the last friend you'd want to choose to watch a horror movie together, because you'll be leaving the theatre with nail marks all over your throbbing arm. I don't even want to tell you the most common of things that scare me. The first (and potentially the last in a while) time I ever read a horror story, I was SO spooked out that I would follow people around for days, not trusting the eerie thoughts that would pop up in my mind if I was left alone. I have to admit though, that horror story was really well-written. Although my mind screamed at me to just FREAKING PUT THE BOOK DOWN, my hands didn't want to listen and my eyes kept zooming all over the pages. I wanted to curl up into a ball and throw the book across the room, but instead I kept reading. It was such a sinister and blood-curdling story that I knew I would have to put the book down immediately if I wanted to keep my sanity in check for the next few days.
But I didn't, and lo behold, the next day I couldn't even go to the toilet alone. I begged my mom to sleep with me for a few nights because I couldn't stand the nightmares. The week following the day I finished the book was one hellish nightmare -I was scared of a lot of things and wouldn't go anywhere by myself. I went a little insane for a while and for that reason, I put my foot down, even though all I read was just one horror story. No more.
For me, reading that horror story was extremely pleasurable and agonizing at the same time. From that book onwards, I knew I had to stay away from the horror genre, because while the fear that we experience while reading a horror story is what makes us enjoy reading them the most, mine goes into overdrive which causes my mind to overthink things. I banned myself from horror novels because I decided that it wasn't worth it. It's sort of like getting drunk in a way.
However, I do and will read witches, werewolves, zombies -that type of thing.
I'll be sharing said horror novel with you on Halloween, so look forward to that! Until then, what are your horror reading experiences?
Hello, dear readers! Today it is a pleasure to be featuring Angela Schroeder and her contemporary romance novel on Perusing Bookshelves. Read an excerpt of Love Overcomes, which releases on November 4th, and enter a giveaway -because who doesn't love giveaways? I know I do!
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Shoving back a curl that had fallen into her face, Arabella neatly folded tiny T-shirts to place into her son’s little red Avengers suitcase. Quiet footfalls stopped in the doorway, and she glanced over her shoulder to see her older sister leaning lightly against the doorframe of Liam’s room.
“How’s it going? Are you two almost packed?” Clara asked.
“Almost.” She replied. “I’m just finishing up a few last things for Liam. Are you all ready?”
Clara shrugged her shoulders, glancing around the room as if one of the pieces of furniture might have the answer. She blew out a breath and her voice cracked when she finally spoke. “Yeah, I packed … Then I unpacked and repacked different stuff. I couldn’t really decide what I should wear out there.”
“I’m sure you’ll be fine.” Arabella smiled encouragingly.
Clara pursed her lips. “It’s an exciting opportunity.”
“Well, yeah. Not everyone gets their book turned into a movie.” A grin flashed across Arabella’s face. “So, they actually want Winnie to be there, too? Do they realize he really does eat everything? The studio will be empty before they know it. ”
“They want to see the dog that inspired the book. The animal trainer asked if I could bring him.” Clara gave a slight shake of her head and a small smile. “I don’t even know why I have to be out there. I don’t know anything about movies.” She picked up a tiny pair of blue jeans, folded them, and handed them off to her sister.
“I’m sure they want to have your point of view. It makes sense. I read in some magazine that Kelly Martin was an on-set consultant when they made The Afterlife of Lizzie Monroe into a movie. Besides, it’s just a month.” Arabella considered her sister who was now nibbling on her bottom lip. She was glad, for Clara’s sake, that the flight to California was tomorrow. She knew a lot of the stress of the trip was just waiting for it to arrive.
“That was a really good movie. Of course, the book was better.” Clara smiled and visibly relaxed, clearly choosing to move on to a different subject. “We should take the DVD with us. We can watch it on the plane.”
Arabella nodded, her mouth scrunching up. “Have you seen Liam? I don’t know where he put No Hop. If I don’t take that ratty thing he will cry for days.”
“He’s at the farm house getting spoiled. But, I think I saw No Hop on the couch down in the living room. ”
The two of them walked out of Liam’s bedroom and down the stairs. Arabella paused in the living room to collect Liam’s beloved bunny, turned back, and chucked it expertly up the stairs. It plopped on the ground directly in front of the bedroom doors. Clara raised her eyebrows.
“Just want to be sure not to forget it later.” Arabella laughed. “Did you drop off the flower garden quilt to Mrs. Johnson?”
Clara nodded, “She said it was perfect for her granddaughter’s bedroom.”
“Of course it’s perfect. Everyone loves your quilts. How many orders do you have to work on while we’re in California?”
“Only two. I figure if I hand stitch the pieces together during my free time, I can have both the quilts ready to be sewn together when we get home.” They stepped out into the hot, sticky July air and Clara groaned. “Do you think it’s this humid in California?”
“Isn’t it humid everywhere in July? I doubt California is much different than Iowa when it comes to that.” They walked across the gravel drive toward the large farmhouse, leaving their little cottage behind. An enormous white dog bounded up to them, jumping to put his muddy paws on Clara’s shoulders. “There’s our super star. Where’s your side kick, little man?” Clara asked, rubbing the big dog’s ears. Arabella looked at the wet muck on Clara’s shirt and rolled her eyes heavenward.
“I sincerely hope they were not playing together.” Her eyes searched across the large yard until they landed on a tiny, three-year-old little boy covered in mud. A very audible sigh escaped her.
“Good luck with that.” Clara grinned. Arabella watched her sister walk off toward the house while she continued on to her little mud monster.
“Momma, I made a mud castle!” Liam’s white teeth were brilliant against the mud covering his face, and his blue eyes shone triumphantly.
“I see that. We need to get you cleaned up for dinner. Where’s Mema? You were supposed to be with her.”
His muddy hand grasped hers.
“Getting carrots.” He bounced as they walked toward the house. “Mema says I get to go on an airplane.” His voice went a little shrill as he spoke, and his legs bounced a little higher.
“That’s true. But, first, you need a bath,” she laughed.
Arabella smiled down at her son. He was the one good thing that she had done in her life.
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I finished reading the book in two days. Which may not sound like much to you, but I couldn't get much reading done on the first day I started this book as I was travelling. On the second day, all rested and ready to get my read on, I decided to read this book in a few sittings, which...didn't work out at all. I sat down, started reading from where I left off, and didn't resurface from my book until I finished. I certainly didn't expect to read the entire book in just one sitting. That was Richelle Mead, forcing me to continue with her compelling story and ever-so-wonderful characters.
What I particularly love about Silver Shadows is the action. The entire story was chock-full of it but Richelle Mead writes in a way that engages the reader without making it all too confusing. I mean, sure, at one point I had to stop myself -my eyes were zooming all over the pages- and re-read a few key points but that was because the story was so gripping to the point where I just wanted to keep reading and be like, NEVER MIND WHAT I MISSED 'CAUSE I HAVE TO KEEP UP!!
As always, Mead makes her wondeful characters easy to love. She kept me laughing page after page with funny dialogues and foolish scenes. My fangirl heart had sort of forgotten about Sydrian (Sydney and Adrian) but I was reminded of my fondness for them on the very first page. What I love about her books are the relationship between the characters because you can feel the strong bond between them. Richelle always -and I mean always- makes the characters and their relationship with each other feel special in a way that few books have.
And if you have not read Silver Shadows yet, you'll be in for a great surprise! *cough* PLOT TWIST *cough* But don't worry, readers will truly enjoy this particular one. I was very surprised -VERY- at first, but I should've known better from reading Vampire Academy that Richelle wouldn't have missed a chance to put something big and crazy in her story that we'd absolutely love!
One thing I noticed and kept me from giving 5 stars for this book was that the dual narratives both sounded very similar. It was hard to tell Sydney and Adrian apart except for what was going on around them. The indistinct narratives really bothered me for a few chapters but eh, it was easily dismissed once chaos took over the pages.
my rating for Silver Shadows:
Kat is a voracious reader who enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good book. Fantasy is definitely her cup of tea. She often complains about never having enough time to read and constantly struggles with keeping her TBR pile a considerably decent size. Read more or keep up with her bookish whims on Goodreads or bloglovin.
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