Friday, October 28

πŸŽƒ 5 Reasons to Read Christopher Pike {Guest Post by Roberta @ Offbeat YA} πŸŽƒ

A warm hello to all the thrill seekers out there! :)

This is Roberta, hailing from a blog called Offbeat YA, but sharing the fun at The Regal Critiques during the Halloween season. Ruzi and Vera were so kind to engage me in a guest post for the occasion, and I was more than happy to oblige. Since the girls have recently launched a feature called "5 Reasons to Read...", I was inspired to write a 5 Reasons post about one of my favourite YA (and occasionally adult) authors: Christopher Pike. I suppose most of you have at least heard about him, but have you actually read any of his books? If not, I'm going to try and gently push you in his direction :). Please follow my lead for a little can thank me later ;).

Wednesday, October 26

πŸŽƒ Halloween Movies for the Cowardly Lions {Guest Post by Huriyah @ SugarQuills} πŸŽƒ

Hi, it’s Huriyah from SugarQuills! I’m at this neck of the woods because Ruz sweet talked me into writing a Halloween-y guest post for her (many emojis and exclamation marks were involved). So, here’s my Halloween post, and it’s based on my Halloween tradition! 

What’s a holiday without traditions, right? Every Halloween, I bring out my favourite childhood movies and to watch them back-to-back. Since I’m a wimp, you can bet that anything I watch is going to be rated pitifully by horror fans (sorry, not sorry). But Halloween doesn’t have to be scary! These movies scream Halloween spirit in the form of magic, vampires, ghosts, bubbling cauldrons, and homicidal children. And it’s just not Halloween without them (and a venti pumpkin spice latte).

Monday, October 24

πŸŽƒ Make it Monday: Spooky Snacks {Guest Post by Kerr @ Paein and Ms4Tune} πŸŽƒ

Hello! I’m Paein from Paein and Ms4Tune’s book blog and this is my very first guest post! I believe Ms4Tune had a recommendation post for you last week, but today I'm bringing you a MAKE IT MONDAY!

I like making stuff, I’m one of those people that actually makes the things they pin on Pinterest which surprisingly surprises a lot of people, so with that in mind (and our love of making cakes) we created the Make it Monday post on our blog. When we were kindly asked to participate in Spooky October we jumped at the chance and once we were given the suggestions and dates, it seemed silly to do anything but spooky snacks! Here they are:

Friday, October 21

πŸŽƒ A Feast for Greedy Eyes this Halloween {Guest Post by Divya @ Endless Pages} πŸŽƒ

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Hey everyone! I'm Divya, and I'm very glad to be here at The Regal Critiques today. Thank you girls for having me here!

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I'm a cover snob. I'm not saying that I don't read books with ugly photoshopped looking covers, but the ones that look pretty do have a higher preference. So, in the interest of other readers like me, here's a list of horror books with pretty covers to curl up with this Halloween!

Wednesday, October 19

πŸŽƒ Review and Compare: The Mist by Stephen King {Guest Post by Laura @ Blue Eye Books} πŸŽƒ

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The Book


Goodreads blurb: “It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?”

Monday, October 17

πŸŽƒ 5 Must Read Supernatural Mysteries - Perfect for Halloween {Guest Post by Rachel @ Paein and Ms4Tune} πŸŽƒ

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Firstly, thank you so much to Veronika and Ruzaika for including me in this year’s Spooky October, I’m incredible honoured and ridiculously excited!

I’m Rachel, a.k.a. Ms4Tune from Paein-and- Ms4Tune’s book blog which I share with Kerr a.k.a. Paein. We’ve been a blogging duo for just over 3 years. We’ve shared our views and vented our feelings on a huge number of books in that time and it doesn’t look like we’ll be running out of material anytime soon thanks to all the amazing recommendations we get every day. That is why I’m going to share some of my favourite recommendations with you today.

Friday, October 14

πŸŽƒ Royal Rantings: HELP- I'm a Chicken!!! πŸŽƒ

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Ever since I can remember, I've always found myself covering up my eyes with my hands whilst watching any horror movie. Forget horror movies, when I was very small- say three or four- I would even do that when watching anything remotely bloody. Action scenes, battle scenes, pretty much anything "scary"... I've had no problem labeling myself as a chicken because I've had more than enough time to come to terms with it. Would you call  yourself one too? If you're not too sure about you're chickenhood, fear not, I've put up a list for you that would help you decide if you're a proud chicken or not! Just take a paper and pencil (or if you're too lazy, just keep the count  in your mind) and go through the following checklist. If you score 6 and above, well then, CONGRATS, welcome to the Chicken Club!

πŸ₯ Chickenhood Assessment πŸ₯
Version 1.0
by Ruzai-chicken-ka

Wednesday, October 12

πŸŽƒ The Damsel Is No Longer In Distress {Guest Post by Dash @ The Swashbuckler} πŸŽƒ

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Firstly, thank you so much to Ruzaika and Veronika the amazing damsels of The Regal Critiques for this wonderful opportunity! I’m so excited! Yay!

I’m Dash or Dashie if you want to get cuddly (Yes, please I love cuddles.) and I blog at The Swashbuckler. Ruz thinks she managed to coerce me with her substantial con-woman skills but truthfully, I would have jumped up at the suggestion even if I had to pay her for it, but don’t let her know, sshhh!

For my segment of Spooky October, I present:

The Damsel is no Longer in Distress

Monday, October 10

πŸŽƒ Halloween Reading in Style- With a Pumpkin Spiced Latte {Guest Post by Shahani @ Through My Rose-Tinged Glasses} πŸŽƒ

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Y’all!  Did you guys notice it's ten whole days into October already? Along with October comes cooler weather, changing leaves, scarves and boots and pumpkin...everything. While I love coffee I really wasn’t a big fan of pumpkin as a kid. However that was just until I got to taste my mother’s homemade Pumpkin Spiced latte, and I’ve loved it ever since… Oh- wait a  minute. Who am I? 

Well, I'm Shahani and you can visit me at my lifestyle blog, Through My Rose-Tinged Glasses. I was quite very easily compelled by Ruzi and Vera into contributing a post for Spooky October, and I can't express how excited I am to share this recipe with you guys! IT. IS. AMAZING. This latte actually makes my entire house smell SO good while making it, and it sure is better than any fall candle that I've ever bought. 

Sunday, October 9

Interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of Fear the Drowning Deep

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.