Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

Hi, everyone!

I was tagged by Kaitlyn @ Kaitlyn’s Cozy Reading Corner to do the Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag created by Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward, one of the Blogoween hosts!

Here are the rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

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WARNING: I will write spoilers in orange, so don’t read that part if you’re spooked/terrified/frightened/scared by SPOILERS!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

 Sorina from Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody is special: she has the rare ability to create illusions made of flesh and bone and each with a unique personality.

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Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

Even though I didn’t enjoy much The Hazel Wood, I recognise how I was chilled while reading this book. It’s dark and bothering in a creepy way.

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Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

Whoever has read The Vegetarian by Kang Han will always tell you how this book is shocking and revealing. It tells the story of this woman who decides one day to become vegetarian in a prominently meat-eating society and it describes her path towards schizophrenia.

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The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

Okay, I’m currently reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White and I think Victor perfectly fits the description. Science is good, if you use it to improve human life, but never, ever try to overcome its limits! He’s so scary and his character frightens me.

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Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

I was so heartbroken while reading about Holland’s death because I would have loved to read more about him! I think he deserved more space in the book and I wanted to read his redemption story.

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Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

Well, there are many books but the one which comes to my mind right now is Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. It’s fast-paced and a Nigerian-inspired book. Plus, its sequel will be released in a few days so I’m particularly psyched for it!

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 Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

I have so many precious characters, you can’t ask me this!? At the top of my priority list I have Dineas from Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne because he was tortured and suffers of PTSD, while trying to protect his people.

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Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore exhausted me. Its flowery language made it difficult to pay attention to the story, I wasn’t like that much the book so I had to DNF it. I hope to pick it up at a later time.

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Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

It’s impossible to narrow it down to one! You are asking the impossible. Darius the Great Is Not Okay is unforgettable in a good way. I can’t stop thinking about this book even though I’m reading other novels right now. And clearly my love for it goes to great lengths because I’m always talking about it!

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Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

I’m not easily scared by books so I can’t answer this one. And no, I haven’t read any Stephen King book and I’m not sorry because I don’t like much this genre. I ask for forgiveness.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Emma Blue’s character irked me. She was immature throughout the book and always belittled her best friend for being a girl who liked make-up and did video tutorials.

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Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman is one of my most favorite books of all time. It’s heartbreaking and I resonated very much with Rumi’s story.

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Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

I. Just. Like. Covers?! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a creepy cover yet. But I’ll let you know when I do.

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It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
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DNF R(ant)eview: Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

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Title: The Queens of Innis Lear
Author: Tessa Gratton
Date: March 27th 2018
Pages: 576
Publisher: Tor

I was accepted for an eARC of The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton on Netgalley a long time ago. However, for personal reasons, I never started it until last week and for this I’m ashamed. It’s a retelling of the tragedy King Lear by William Shakespeare (I didn’t know because my knowledge of English literature is small) and it tells different point-of-views of the story.

I was disappointed while reading the novel and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Not only because it has over 600 hundred pages, but also because of some things of the story that I will further explain in the next paragraphs.Read More »

Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Title: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Date: April 10th 2018
Pages: 411
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody is a Young Adult fantasy book set in New Reynes, the City of Sin. Enne Salta has decided to go in search of her missing mother and her only clue is a name: Levi Glaisyer. However, right after arriving in the most dangerous city in the world, she encounters problems and the person that can help her is not as she quite imagined it.

First of all, I need to describe a little the setting, otherwise you will be confused by some parts of my review! New Reynes is divided between North and South and there are three gangs:

  • The Scarhands: the smugglers (characterized by scars on their palms and wrists)
  • The Irons: the cheats (who possess the tattoo of a club)
  • The Doves: the assassins (their hair are white)

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Blogger Bubble #6: Bookish Pet Peeves

Every reader has bookish pet peeves: sometimes we’re bothered by things that many people find normal, sometimes we do things that others think are unusual.

But let’s dive further into these pet peeves*:

  • When we dog-read pages: I would never, ever do this. I don’t know why but I get very upset when the perfect page of a book (or textbooks) gets bent over. I think it just ruins the unblemished appearance of the novel.

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Review: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Title: Summer Bird Blue
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Date: September 11th 2018
Pages: 368
Publisher: Simon Pulse

After reading Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debut novel Starfish (read my review here), I fell in love with this author. I couldn’t not read her new book: Summer Bird Blue. It’s a YA contemporary novel who follows Rumi during the months right after her sister’s death. She has been sent away to Hawaii by her mother and she has to learn to live with half of her heart gone while trying to regain her love and passion for music, a thing she shared with Lea.Read More »

Review: Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

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Title: Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Author: Adib Khorram
Date: August 28th 2018
Pages: 320
Publisher: Dial Books

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram is an own-voices YA book centering Darius Kellner’s journey to Yazd, his mother’s birthplace and the city where his grandparents and relatives live. He’s a half-American, half-Iranian boy who suffers of depression and who loves brewing and drinking tea.

I loved this book so much that I can’t even express how much I connected with the protagonist. Darius is me and I am he. He’s fat, depressed and he doesn’t fit in any group. He’s too American to be considered Persian, but he’s also too different to be considered 100% American, thus leaving him in a sort of limbo.

You know, two years ago I returned to China after a long time because my grandfather too was dying because of a tumor. It was awkward meeting him, after all, he was the remaining shell of what I am sure was a great man. And this is one of the things that Darius and I have in common, While in China, I started feeling like maybe there was a place for me, that if I wanted, I could belong somewhere.

It wasn’t like I didn’t want to talk to Mamou.

I always wanted to talk to her.

But it was hard, it didn’t feel like she was half a world away, it felt like she was half a universe away-like she was coming to me from some alternate reality.

It was like Laleh belonged to that reality, but I was just a guest.

I loved learning so much about a new culture: the food, the teas, the holidays, the language. Persian and Chinese have a period of history in common and this is why they both have an important thing in their culture: the taarof. I’ve always wondered about its rules, but I think I will never understand them.

The family dynamics resonated very much with me. The relationship between Darius and his father developed in a slow and beautiful way, like all the book honestly is. Darius the a Great Is Not Okay is raw and delicate at the same time. It makes you cry and it makes you smile.

I was one tiny pulsar in a swirling, luminous galaxy of Iranians, held together by the gravity of thousands of years of culture and heritage.

There was nothing like it back home.

Sohrab is a great friend, Darius’ only friend. He always try to make him comfortable and he doesn’t judge him for being depressed. This character always listened to Darius and helped him mature.

The writing style was captivating and this novel instantly became one of my all-time favorite books. If you’re looking for a heart-breaking and refreshing story, with descriptions of a culture totally different from yours, I highly recommend Darius the Great Is Not Okay. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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About the author

Adib Khorram is an author, a graphic designer, and a tea enthusiast. If he’s not writing (or at his day job), you can probably find him trying to get his 100 yard Freestyle under a minute, or learning to do a Lutz Jump. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don’t usually talk about themselves in the third person.

 

Review: Embers by Ronie Kendig

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Title: Embers (Abiassa’s Fire, #1)
Author: Ronie Kendig
Date: October 16th 2015
Pages: 432
Publisher: Enclave Publishing

Embers by Ronie Kendig is a YA Christian fantasy book. The story, told in third person, follows Haegan in his journey to fight Poired Dyrth, the enemy of his kingdom. However, he has been a cripple for ten years and after a transference, highly prohibited and dangerous, he has regained the use of his arts, but with a high price. Now he has to fled his kingdom to escape his father’s wrath.

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