Wednesday, October 31

Happy Halloween & The End Spooky October

I feel freaking weird writing this post, because October seemed to flew by so fast that it feels like Spooky October has just started... but now it's ending!? Where the heck did the rest of October go!? I am confused. 

So, what exactly is this post, you might ask. It is, at it's core, a happy Halloween message to anyone who's celebrating - we hope you're having fun whatever your plans are for the night, or that you already had some Halloween shenanigans prior to the 31st. 

Besides that, I've brought you a quick summary - with links to all our posts!! - of what went down this Spooky October. And we've also selected the winner of our giveaway via rafflecopter, and have their name here with us!! 

Tuesday, October 30

Haunted Houses for Halloween: Top 10 Novels You Need To Read

Despite having been used in the horror genre for centuries, haunted houses remain a fascination of mine. The Conjuring and Insidious are just two horror franchises that utilize this trope... and have earned tons of money while doing so. For me, the haunted house's appeal lies in how sinister and stifling it is to be unsafe in the very place, your home in most cases, that's supposed to keep you safe.

Today, Clare and I have collected five-five haunted house novels we immensely enjoyed and would recommend - both to long-time fans of the trope and to those who want to dip their toes into haunted house stories.

*titles either link to goodreads or to reviews* 

Saturday, October 27

Dare You to Scare Me

This has been one of my favourite posts to work on because all month I've been immersing myself in Halloween-y movies and scares! I love being scared (weird right?) but I don't scare too easily so I, really scientifically, have been watching horror movies, alone, in the dark all month and been having just the best time. Here are some of my thoughts on them!

Thursday, October 25

Damsel in Distress!? Nah, She Isn't - Badass Female Characters I Adore

I've made some new friends at uni this semester, and as I was talking to one of them, she said something that pissed me off, namely that she dislikes books with female characters. Now that confused me - I mean, female characters are amazing, and they are hardly the same, or even similar to each other, right? Obviously, there are some I dislike or even can't stand - but to write off all female characters because she disliked one or even a couple? What. The. Fuck.

Thankfully, further discussion clarified her issue, which wasn't with female characters, but that generally speaking the romantic subplot is heavier in female-led novels than male-led ones, and she really dislikes romance. Which is valid!! But still, our chat had me thinking a lot about female characters, which is how this idea came to me and the fact that it's perfect for Spooky October only solidified my desire to write it. {See our Spooky October opening post with a giveaway here.)

Now, I'm obviously not saying the female character type who is far from being a damsel in distress is the best type. It is one type that I love - but I also love some soft characters, some that could be considered a 'damsel' because they might need a push to save themselves, or they might require help etc. as most of us do. So yes, enjoy this list of ladies who will save themselves but do expect different female character centered lists in the future!!

Tuesday, October 23

Deliciously Devil: Top 10 Villains I Love

Villains are the ultimate guilty pleasure. Whether we love-to-hate them or hate-to-love them they capture our imaginations in a way heroes very seldom do. Today's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl was such a perfect Halloween theme! My picks are a mix of vilains I love (who kinda maybe have a point?) and villains who are so cruel and hateful and yet I love reading them anyway! 

Saturday, October 20

{mini reviews} YA psychological thrillers and mysteries

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Thursday, October 18

Monster Mash

I've decided to pit some of the characters I read this year, against a random assortment of monsters and paranormal activity to see just how well they'd survive. Or just how well I think they'd survive because this is in no way scientific. That said I did use a very scientific number generator to choose each characters monster just to stop myself from playing favourites.

Saturday, October 13

Sawkill Girls; The Gorgeously Creepy Halloween Must Read

38139409Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

Thursday, October 11

A Guide To Movies & Shows For Halloween (for the scaredy-cats and horror fans alike!)

Creepy horrors, mysterious movies and supernatural tales are an essential part of October in our house... but who am I kidding??? These are my favorite movies all through the year, even during Christmas, which means that I'm pretty well-versed in these genres.

Thus, I thought it'd be useful for some of our readers - maybe you included? - to flood you with some recommendations! I made sure to include as many type of titles as possible - you'll find truly creepy horrors, gory movies, thrillers, mysteries and even animated movies and shows. Basically, I have something for everyone here, so I'm VERY excited to see your reactions! 

Titles link to IMDb. 

Saturday, October 6

{mini reviews} adult psychological thrillers

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Thursday, October 4

Halloween Recommendations For All Fear Levels

Do you love Halloween but don't enjoy horror so feel like you're missing out? Or do you just want more recommendations for books that you should not be reading at night? I've put together some of my favourite Halloween reads with a helpful fear rating out of five!! 

Tuesday, October 2

Authors We Would Love To Plot A Creepy Novel With

I am so darn excited to put out today's post, because this is our first official Spooky October post, and damn, Clare and I have been working hard on these, and it's NICE to finally put something out!! 

Well, okay, originally, this is a Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topic, but we've put our own little spin on it, so it feels like its ours too. At least on some level. Maybe.

ALSO, if you're wondering what Spooky October is?? Fantastic - here's a link to our opening post where you can (1) learn more about the event, (2) enter our INT giveaway! ISN'T THAT AMAZING!? 

Khm, but now, we should finally get to today's post where we've shared 5-5 authors we'd love to plot a creepy novel with. There are authors from multiple genres here, so even if you don't like horror this list might be something you enjoy. 

Monday, October 1

The Official Start of Spooky October 2018 + INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

It's the 30th of September when I'm drafting this post - yeah, I'm totally working on this last minute, which is KILLING the well-organized part of me, I tell you - and I couldn't be more hyped for it to go live on the 1st of October. Why?? Because this is the OFFICIAL OPENING OF SPOOKY OCTOBER 2018. 

Ah, how I adore this movie.

So, what exactly is this post if it's "just" an opening post -

(1) short summary of what Spooky October is 
(2) some info on this year's posts
(3) the giveaway link & details

See, short and sweet - there's literally no reason you want to miss this post, hmm?