Saturday, October 31

Happy Halloween To Everyone (and the end of Spooky October.)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all of you!

I have mixed feelings about today - on one hand, I'm super-happy about Halloween finally arriving, at the same time I wish it took longer for it to arrive because today marks the end of Spooky October. This October Ruzi and I tried to share with you as many spooky books as possible, while still posting lighter novels for those who don't like horror all that much. In this post, I'll give you a recap of all our Spooky October posts and you can also gain tons of entries in our ongoing giveaway, that will end on the 8th of November

How can you gain more entries? 

  • First off, continue reading this post and check out the posts that interest you - you only have to click on the pictures, they'll take you straight to the reviews.
  • Start up the commenting, but keep in mind which posts you've commented on!
  • Come back to this post, go to the end of it and find the Rafflecopter. Now, you only have to open the windows of the reviews/special posts you've commented on and give us the name you used for commenting.

    You can gain two entries for each comment, even if you left them weeks ago. 
Easy, right? Now, onto the recap.

Friday, October 30

{Discussion Review} Various Authors - Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

"Hollow bones. They make a blood-curdling crunch when you step on them. Drops the soul right out of you, unless you like that sort of thing."

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror 

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke and Cat Winters. 

Thursday, October 29

Melissa Marr - Made For You (+Bookstopper Outfit)

A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

Wednesday, October 28

{Discussion Review} Amy Harmon - Slow Dance in Purgatory & Prom Night in Purgatory

"Being with you always feels like flying," Maggie whispered.
"And being with you brings me back to Earth."

Orphaned from the age of ten, 17-year-old Maggie finally finds a permanent home with her elderly aunt in a small Texas town. Working part-time at the local high school, she becomes enmeshed in a fifty-year-old unsolved mystery where nothing is as it seems. Who is the boy no one else can see? And what do you do when you fall in love with a ghost? This volatile and mismatched romance is doomed from its start, as Maggie struggles to hold on to yet another life destined to be taken from her. Secret love and hushed affections are constantly threatened by outside forces resulting in a terrifying race to stay alive.

Tuesday, October 27

Top Ten Scarily Intriguing Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is a Halloween freebie! As you know, I like my books with gorgeous covers so not all of them can be called creepy but they definitely look intriguing. Keep in mind that I put them in order of how much I like them, NOT how creepy I find them. 

Click on the covers for Goodreads page. 

Monday, October 26

Horror Novels Based On True Stories

Haunted houses, demonic possessions or reincarnations. Whatever 
horror books may be about, if they are based on real stories- however far-fetched they may seem, parts of them are still true. Therefore they are easier to believe and easier to get frightened.

With Halloween just a few days away, here's a list of horror novels based on TRUE events! 

Sunday, October 25

Kate Kae Myers - The Vanishing Game

“Life is a series of shallow breaths. And in any breath, everything can change.” 

Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack's death and the company that employed him and Noah.

Jocelyn's twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he's dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from "Jason December"-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn's childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.

But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house's powers weren't just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.

Friday, October 23

{Mini Reviews} Doll Bones by Holly Black & Coraline by Neil Gaiman

“There’s people who do things and people who never do—who say they will someday, but they just don’t. I want to go on a quest. I’ve always wanted to go on a quest. And now that I have one, I’m not backing down from it. I’m not going home until it’s complete.”

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .


“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

Tuesday, October 20

10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Hi sweeties. TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's topic is: 10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. This basically means that you can ask for anything book related... and then cry because no one's gonna grant your wishes *sobs*. Despite this I LOVE this week's theme and can't wait to share with you the ten things I would wish for. 

Book Genie, pay close attention because here come my ten wishes. 

Monday, October 19

This Spooky October- Celebrating the "Stephen King of children's literature"

He crafted my nightmares in my childhood. 

He has been the one responsible for my whole bedtime regime of 

checking under my bed, 

closing all windows and doors, 

tucking myself in bed and sleeping prone 

and warily looking around me as shadows grew into faceless monsters.

Saturday, October 17

Rebecca James - Sweet Damage

'I still dream about Anna London's house. In my dreams it's as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn't the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage ...'

When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.

A thrilling rollercoaster of a story - read it with the lights on!

Thursday, October 15

Kim Harrington - The Dead and Buried

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes...

But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. 

Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't. 
Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house... is haunted. 

Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school - until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. 
But is one of them a murderer? 

Tuesday, October 13

Top Ten Author Duos I'd Love To See Write A Book Together

Hello everyone! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is the Top Ten Authors Duos I'd Love To See Write A Book Together. I really enjoy reading all these authors' works as individuals, but I  think in the following pairings they could create something unforgettable.

In no particular order. 

Monday, October 12

What To Watch Around Halloween - Not Only Horror Recs

I'm pretty sure most of us love getting into the Halloween spirit by watching creepy movies, but everyone has their preference about just how spooky a movie should be. Because of this, I selected different types of movies for my post - there are cartoons, classics, tv shows, mysteries, horrors, etc. so hopefully everyone will find something to their liking. :)

Saturday, October 10

Carmiel Banasky - The Suicide of Claire Bishop

Greenwich Village, 1959. Claire Bishop sits for a portrait—a gift from her husband—only to discover that what the artist has actually depicted is Claire’s suicide. Haunted by the painting, Claire is forced to redefine herself within a failing marriage and a family history of madness. Shifting ahead to 2004, we meet West, a young man with schizophrenia obsessed with a painting he encounters in a gallery: a mysterious image of a woman’s suicide. Convinced it was painted by his ex-girlfriend, West constructs an elaborate delusion involving time-travel, Hasidism, art-theft, and the terrifying power of representation. When the two characters finally meet, in the present, delusions are shattered and lives are forever changed.

The Suicide of Claire Bishop is a dazzling debut, evocative of Michael Cunningham's The Hours (and Virginia Woolf's classic Mrs. Dalloway), as well as Donna Tartt's bestseller The Goldfinch. With high stakes that reach across American history, Carmiel Banasky effortlessly juggles balls of madness, art theft, and Time itself, holding the reader in a thrall of language and personal consequences. Daring, sexy, emotional, The Suicide of Claire Bishop heralds Banasky as an important new talent.

Thursday, October 8

Lauren Oliver - Vanishing Girls

“Sometimes day and night reverse. Sometimes up goes down and down goes up, and love turns into hate, and the things you counted on get washed out from under your feet, leaving you pedaling in the air.”

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

Tuesday, October 6

Ten Bad Bookish Habits I Want To Change

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Ten Bookish Habits I Want To Quit. This is an easy one because if I'm the Queen of anything at all, that's bad habits. Seriously, it's making me anxious to share this with

Monday, October 5

Haunted Libraries From Around The World

Hello, my lovelies! In our first ever Special Post for Spooky October I thought of taking you to a selection of haunted libraries all over the world! *evil cackles* Libraries, we love. Haunted libraries, not so much, I discovered. Some of these are DEFINITELY nightmare-inducing. Check them out and tell us which one you thought was the spookiest of the lot!

Saturday, October 3

John Harding - The Girl Who Couldn't Read

A sinister Gothic tale in the tradition of The Woman in Black and The Fall of the House of Usher.

New England, the 1890s. A man calling himself Doctor John Shepherd arrives at an isolated women’s mental hospital to begin work as assistant to the owner Dr Morgan. As Shepherd struggles to conceal his own dark secrets, he finds the asylum has plenty of its own. Who is the woman who wanders the corridors by night with murderous intent? Why does the chief nurse hate him? And why is he not allowed to visit the hospital’s top floor? Shocked by Morgan’s harsh treatment of the patients, and intrigued by one of them, Jane Dove, a strange amnesiac girl who is fascinated by books but cannot read, Shepherd embarks upon an experiment to help her. As he attempts to solve the mystery of Jane’s past his own troubled history begins to catch up with him and she becomes his only hope of escape, as he is hers. In this chilling literary thriller everyone has something to hide and no one is what he or she seems. The Girl Who Couldn't Read is the long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed international bestseller Florence and Giles but can also be read as a gripping standalone novel. 

Thursday, October 1

It's that creepy time of the year!

Hello all you lovely readers of the Regal Critiques! Today we are extremely excited about spilling the beans to you guys about something we've been planning for quite some time. Bring your hands together for... Spooky October! 

So, basically we have lined up all sorts of interesting seasonal themed posts for this month, what with Halloween being around the corner and all. Check out what we have in store for you!

Reviews- many of them- ranging from spine-tingling mysteries to downright horror stories that would scare the bejeezus out of you. Expect our reviews on Thursdays and Saturdays!

 Vera would be here with the regular Top Ten Tuesday posts, of course.  

With a creeptastic theme, we have an interesting selection of 
Special Posts  in the making that would be sure to get you into the spirit of all things scary! Be sure to check them out each Monday.

We'll be talking about any book that made us both shudder and would guarantee you a good read in our
Discussion Reviews.

Aaand we're hosting a reader-only  Giveaway* to thank YOU, our lovely readers, for bearing with us all along!

Without further ado, LET SPOOKY OCTOBER BEGIN!!

*Please note that this giveaway is open to all our readers internationally, if, and only if, the Book Depository ships to your country. We will not be held responsible for lost or damaged packages.

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Release Calendar: 2015 October

Hello lovelies. As usual, we're here to share with you our most awaited releases for October, as well as the releases that we think you're excited for.