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Thursday Tags – Creatures of the Night

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This tag was created by the wonderful BookTuber Kat from Katytastic. Since it is so close to Halloween I thought it would be a good thing to do. It pretty much highlights books with all kinds of spooky and supernatural creatures! Check out Kat’s original video here. Lets get started shall we?

 

1. Vampires

I am going to go with a double one for this because I have read a lot of vampire books. For the YA answer I am choosing Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I think we all know how I feel about Adrian. Then for an adult romance books I am picking A Whisper of Eternity by Amanda Ashley. Oh Dominic, I want you.

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2. Werewolves

Do I read werewolf books? I feel like I have but I cannot really think of any at all. Cause of that, I will be going with New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

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3. Zombie

I hate zombies. I bloody hate them. I think they are the most boring thing ever, so there are really no books were zombies are a huge feature other than what people are kind of running away from. So, for this section I will be going with  The Passage by Justin Cronin. They are not really zombies, more of a failed human testing thing taking over the world, but thats the closest thing I got.

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4. Ghost

A topic I haven’t read much from because I feel like it has huge potential to be horrible, but I guess I should let that go and pick up more paranormal. I pick Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar.

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5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

.For this I am going to highlight Magnus from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. He is an awesome Warlock.

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6. Fae/Fairy

I need to read more in this topic. I want to. I am reading a book at the moment where the main character is fae but I don’t like it so much so I am not going to pick it. Instead I am going to pick a book where the fae are kind of a secondary character, and go with Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Fae are supposed to be scary and evil in my opinion. Their world is on another level to ours so of course they wouldn’t treat things the same.

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7. Demon

I am going to do something a little different from what I have seen before and pick Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey. I suggest reading past this book because the second one was better, but this world is filled with all kinds lore. Our main character is a hell spawn and then we also have the sexy sexy ghoul Stafan.

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8. Angel

This is another topic that I haven’t really read much of so I only have one choice to go with and that is Fallen by Lauren Kate. Daniel is boring but Arriane was awesome.

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9. Alien

I haven’t read more than one book with this topic but it doesn’t matter cause this book would win no matter anyway. I pick The Host by Stephenie Meyer. This is one of my all time favourites. I think I need to read it again soon actually.

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10. Super-powered Human

So many choices I had for this, fantasy is my thing. After much umming and ahhhing I have chosen to go with The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee. I chose this one because it gives you different perspectives and different powers. It was also awesome :)

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And that ends the tag. I am not going to tag anyone but if you choose to do it please link me so I can see everyones answer to the questions.

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Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Ever Near

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Title: Ever Near [Secret Affinity 1]

Author: Melissa MacVicar

]Genre: Young Adult. Romance, Paranormal

Length: 209

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded up to 5

Series Review: 1, 2

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Description/Synopsis:

Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.

Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.

When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.

Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from Red Adept Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know why as they hold all the things I like in a book, but I do not normally go for a paranormal books. Perhaps its because the person seeing ghosts always have to interact with people who can’t and those interactions never live up to par for me. As a whole though this book didn’t really hold the automatic distaste for me. I found it hard to keep a straight face and to stay quiet while reading this book in public because I was so involved.

I really liked our main character Jade to be really likeable and relatable when you take away the fact that she sees dead people. I don’t even want to think about the drama and emotional stuff if my mother decided to marry the father of the boy I had a crush on all through school and so I am suddenly supposed to call him brother and live across the hall from him. And when you keep having, as Jade puts it, nocturnal dramatics (I love that line) and Charlie (said boy) is the one to always wake you and hold you in his arms, it would be just about enough to drive you crazy. I know I would be going crazy. I mean, how swoon worth is that? Its the stuff of good dreams.

Then he goes an confesses his love for you as well, which only makes things more complicated. One section that sums the whole thing up pretty nicely would be:

“We can’t…” I mumble in a breathy whisper.

“Why not?” His blue eyes are dark with lust, his breath hot on my cheek.

“Because… we’re going to be-”

“Related? I don’t care who gets married. That doesn’t make us related.”

He cradles my face in his hands and stares into my eyes, but I’m too stunned to answer. What he said is how I feel, but the concept also seems oddly offensive.

Charlie is a total babe but I did think that they got over being step siblings pretty quickly. Also felt that way about him believing she can see ghosts.

Structure wise I felt things were a bit rushed. The book is short so the timeline felt a bit off at times. You would randomly meet someone or do something for apparently no reason but then they randomly pop back up for reasons. Like the grandparents. You get a random skype call from them and then the gram turns out to be the solutions to all questions. I don’t think the call needed to happen but meh.

For the ending I was both freaking out and sighing with annoyance at the same time. This will be a spoiler so I would end this review now if you don’t want to know about the ending. For someone who was trying to hard to hide that she can see ghosts she told everyone pretty quickly about them. She should have let them continue to think it was medical before she told and got herself trapped in a loony bin. I know it was a segway to find out about her gram but still. When she was strapped to the bed in the mental hospital I was totally freaking the hell out. One of my nightmares come to life. Also, what the hell happened to Charlie’s brother Brandon? He totally thinks she is insane but he wasn’t there at the end to find out she isn’t and he never pops up again in the story and gets no conclusion! Does he think everyone is insane now? I need answers damn it.

So yes if you are a lover of paranormal fictions I would give this one ago. If you are not normally a lover of paranormal like me I would still give it ago. It might widen your net of reading. Very enjoyable and I shall be picking up the next book for sure.

 

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Book Review – The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

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Title: The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Author: P.D. Viner

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 400

Rating: 4 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found, and the case has long gone cold. Her parents, Patty and Jim, were utterly devastated, their marriage destroyed. While Jim fell apart, Patty was consumed by the unsolved case. She abandoned her journalism career and her marriage to spend every waking hour searching and plotting. She keeps contact with Tom, Dani’s childhood sweetheart, who has become a detective intent on solving murders like Dani’s. When he finds a lead that seems ironclad, he brings Patty in on it. After years of dead ends, her obsession is rekindled, and she will do anything for revenge, even become a killer herself-dragging her whole family into the nightmare once again, as lies and secrets are uncovered.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well I spose I should start off by saying I got this off of NetGalley ahead of the publication date. That date has been and gone by now so I am sorry! I should really keep my NetGalley books to one at a time so this issue never comes up again.

For the structure of of the book I really enjoyed it. It gives you snippets of past and present mixed in together and slowly the story unfolds. I really like these kind of stories. They keep the suspense going for a story you already know the ending of. If this kind of story was told in a more straight forward order I don’t know how well it would work, but luckily for me that is not an issue.

When it comes to the theme/plot of the book the ending was left a little up in the air. The dude waking up from the coma could destroy the life they are living but they don’t go into that just just left there. Part of my likes when things are left up to the readers imagination but I think this may have been taking that too far. On the other hand, I really liked the very beginning of the book. You start off from the perspective of Dani, and though I could sense it coming/being revealed, I really loved it when it was told that she was already dead. Ghost perspective is generally always awesome for me because its not something I come across all the time.

Dani I liked as a character and I did feel sorry. She wasn’t perfect but you could feel her struggle with what happened with her life and I personally thought she was more real for this struggle and imperfectness. I’m glad they put the perspective of her ghost in there, I don’t know if I would have liked her so much if it was just the memories/revelations made up by the other people in the book. I started off like Tom and felt sorry for him too, I felt sorry for pretty much everyone in the book, however I gradually become disgusted with some of his choices throughout and was left wondering what the hell I was think feeling sorry for someone like that. But this disgust was slowly developed and I’m glad it was done that way because it made me feels things about him rather than cause me to ride him off right away. Good move on the writer. I thought the dad was a wimp and I didn’t like him all that much, but I thought the mum though crazy was more likeable. I seem to have a soft spot for the crazy.

As a side note I have read that many people have not liked the cover used for this book that I put at the top of this review, however I disagree. I feel the cover displays the more ghostly side of the writing and I think it displays Dani’s sadness and concealment.

Anyways I really liked this book, and I would more than gladly pick it up again.