Top 5 Wednesday | Favourite Spooky Settings

 

 

This week’s theme is SPOOKTACULAR!!

I haven’t necessarily been spooked while reading them, there has just been something kind of eerie about each of these – whether it be the plot, characters or the setting. As you will see, I really fancy books which don’t feel like a particular time or place. So here we go!

5. Crimson Bound | Rosamund Hodge

fotor_147718536229651

“Every day for the last three years, she had thought she deserved to die. She still didn’t want to. She wanted to live with every filthy desperate scrap of her heart.”

It was tough choosing between this book and Cruel Beauty because they are both pretty spooky. I decided on this one because of the lore that Hodge has written into the story.

This book was stunning. I sort of forgot just how wretchedly beautiful it was until I looked into it again. It is set in Durendal – a fictional city with a quite disturbing Great Forest.

Rachelle is our protagonist – Hodge’s interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood – and she is a protector, assassin and guard of the realm. Her main goal throughout the story is to end/stop the Devourer – this dark creature that wants to destroy the world.

The characters are intense and violent. The story is thorny and twisty. There are many dark creatures killing townspeople. It’s just a very spooky village!

4. The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater

fotor_14771853172553

“I guess now would be a good time to tell you,” He said. “I took Chainsaw out of my dreams.”

What makes this book so spooky is that you are never quite sure what is happening. You are kept on your toes. The story is told from many perspectives but you still aren’t 100% sure of people’s motives – you can’t trust everybody. And I love it when fantasy elements are wrapped into real-life situations. It raises the intensity of the story.

3. Her Fearful Symmetry | Audrey Niffenegger

fotor_147718526409679

“There was only the cemetery itself, spread out in the moonlight like a soft grey hallucination, a stony wilderness of Victorian melancholy.”

This is about two sisters who are mirror twins. They are completely identical except that one sister’s organs are on the opposite side of the body, so it’s like looking into the mirror of yourself.

They inherit their Aunt’s flat and it is here that their unusually close relationship starts to crumble. The other inhabitants of the building have their own issues and they start to seep into the sisters’ lives. Mistrust and paranormal activity keep the sisters and the reader on edge. It was an intense and almost stressful book to read.

2. In the Shadow of Blackbirds | Cat Winters

fotor_147718517629456

“We live in a world so horrifying, it frightens even the dead.”

Not only is this one of my favourite books but it is one of saddest and creepiest. It explores one of the great questions: Are ghosts real? Is there an afterlife?

This book is atmospheric. Winters really encapsulates American life in 1918 – it’s close to the end of the war but many people are still dying, especially from the Spanish Influenza. Not only are the supernatural elements strong here, but it is also exploring the social elements of life for a 16 year old girl in this time. There is strength and horror and fear.

1. The Diviners | Libba Bray

fotor_147718512479230

“There is nothing more terrifying than the absoluteness of one who believes he’s right.”

I am ashamed to say that I still haven’t finished reading this! I am currently listening to the audiobook which is either the greatest or worst decision I have ever made. The narrator is spectacular! Her accents and the story she is telling really places the reader in 1920s New York and I feel like I have stepped through time to see this story play out.

There are some pretty graphic murder scenes in this book and one of the creepiest villains ever – he just feels insubstantial and his motive for killing beyond “Because I want to and can” aren’t 100% clear yet. And the fact that he sings while hunting his prey really makes my skin crawl. So even though I am only about 1/4 of the way through the book this is by far one of the creepiest settings for a book that I have come across.

Honourable Mentions

  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Supernatural Murder Mystery with a side of quirky humour – count me in! There are creepy characters and the setting is atmospheric, but it wasn’t too spooky to me. Dry, hot desert doesn’t really scream “Bump in the night”.

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This just missed out because the setting falls too much into the realm of surreal rather than spooky. An incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking story though.

 

Advertisements

Top 5 Songs | 17 October to 23 October 2016

Haiiii!

I have decided that I want to branch out a bit with this blog because there are things other than books that I love.

One of those is music. I love me some musak. I don’t really care what type of music it is, I can usually find an artist inside a genre that I can enjoy, but I definitely do love the mainstream stuff.

So I am going to attempt to give you my top 5 songs of the week every week starting from now. These will just be any five songs that I have not been able to stop listening to over the last week.

5. Blue Bayou | Roy Orbison | 1955

I have a bizarre fascination with talent shows on television and I was watching random performances from The Voice (America) and I came across someone called Alisan Porter who just nailed this song, and I had to go see who originally sang it. Should have known it would be bae.

4. This Town | Niall Horan | 2016

I am making heart eyes at this cutie patootie! I feel like this is an underrated song because it’s such an even-tempered one. There is no big chorus, it’s just peaceful and beautiful in its simplicity.

3. Lost | Major Lazer ft. MØ | 2015

This is a cover of Frank Ocean’s Lost and I feel that they have made it their own. The beat is there and I love that they have techno-ed it up. I have been listening to it non-stop for the last week so I can already feel myself hitting the “so over it” stage, but it has been a fantastic week.

2. Crash | Usher | 2016

HE.

IS.

BACK.

Usher is too talented to not be performing so I am so ridiculously happy that he is releasing his own music again.

1. Fade | Kanye West | 2016

I don’t even know where to begin with this. A lot of my love comes from the video – I can not look away from Teyana dancing because she is hypnotising and such a ridiculously good dancer. But the song is also catchy and I am always sad when it ends. Maybe I am just proud of Kanye for making a video that’s not about him…

Top 5 Wednesday | Favourite Non-Canon Ships

This was so difficult because there is a reason that I love authors: they give me exactly what I want in my Ship Life.

But I did find 5, some I feel more strongly about than others.

WARNING: This will contain spoilers and I apologise if you are spoiled by anything I say, but really, you’ve brought doom upon yourselves…

5. Alina and the Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

(Photo cred: maveybarrow)

I haven’t finished this trilogy because I had issues with the second book, but I did find out what happened between these two and the disappointment was a bit strong. I just love me a bad boy!

4. Victor and Eli from Vicious by VE Schwab

(Photo cred: lokoba)
Romance was not the point of this book but I totally got sexy vibes from these two. Can’t be this much hate and anger without the love.

3. Robin and Cormoran from the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

(Photo cred: twiggymcbones)

It physically hurt to read Robin getting married to a human that is not Cormoran. I adore these two to bits and they need each other more than I need oxygen. If I donate my oxygen can Queen Rowling please make it happen?

2. Theodore and Violet from All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

(Photo cred: ireneephan)

Hmm not sure if it counts but they don’t end up together. THEY DON’T END UP WITH ANYONE!

I can’t. I just can’t. There aren’t words to describe the pain this book caused. Please go read the thing if you haven’t yet.

1. Sam and Celaena from the Throne of Glass series  (The Assassin’s Blade) by Sarah J Maas

(Photo cred: celaenasardothiencloset)

These two are my precious smoosh face babies and it broke something in me to not see them together. If you want to be emotionally crippled then defs go read this book.

Don’t get me wrong, Rowan is a babe and a half, but with Sam being a part of Aelin’s/Celaena’s past I can’t fully enjoy him. I just can’t ship them as hard. Samlaena 5lyf!

0.5 Me and Rhysand from my Imagination

(Photo cred: charliebowater)

Please?

Yes?

Thanks!

*dies*

Top 5: Characters who deserve their own books/series?

5. Evanjalin from Finnikin of the Rock

Knowing how the book ends, it would be amazing to read it from her perspective. She has an epic past that would be amazing to explore and a future with one of my first book crushes, so I needs me some of that.

Evanjalin

4.  Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

ZUZANA IS ADORABLE!!! SHE IS BADASS IN HER OWN WAY AND SHE HAS HER OWN CUTE RELATIONSHIP WHICH WOULD BE AMAZING TO READ ABOUT AND UGH! I CAN’T EVEN!

Zuzana

3. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

What? I like them brooding and damaged. So sue me.

Heathcliff

2. Jem from The Infernal Devices series

There is so much about him that readers need to know! Sooooo many missing years that need to be explored.

Jem

1. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series

If I need to explain why this needs to be a thing, I don’t think we can be friends.

Severus

Top 5 Anticipated Pre-Orders for 2015

SO SO SO SO SO!!! THERE ARE NEW BOOKS COMING OUT OVER THE NEXT 5 MONTHS THAT ARE JUST EVERYTHING AMAZING IN THE WORLD AND I CAN’T EVEN!

Here are my Top 5-ish. I am going to pretend that I can’t count and that will be why there are more than five here. Cough.

Here. WE. GOOO!

On the 1st of September, 2015:

Top5 Queen of Shadows

This is legitimately one of my favourite series at the moment and I can’t wait to read more about Celaena. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for a bajillion years – which is a completely accurate measurement of time.

On the 8th of September, 2015:

Top5 Stand Off

JDGJKFGCVNXMCVIUSYJSKFOAISGJHDFJGFKHGDFGFPSGITUEJFDDVL!! <– This is the only way I am able to express my feelings about this sequel.  Just a tad excited.

On the 6th of October, 2015:

Top5 Carry On

Now I am not the biggest fan of Rowell’s – don’t get me wrong, I love her books and I am excited for this but I am not making inarticulate screeches because of it. I am hoping for a winner here.

On the 20th of October, 2015:

Top5 Career of Evil

Queen Rowling – as Galbraith – is back! I absolutely adore her crime novels and I can’t wait to mentally munch on this.

On the 3rd of November, 2015:

Top5 The Revolution of Ivy

These are my feelings:

On the 10th of November, 2015 we have two releases. TWO!

Top5 November 9

Yes. Yes…ALL THE YES!

Top5 Soundless

A new book by one of my all-time favourite authors? Put me down for 57. Thanks.

Top 5 Chapter Titles

THIS WAS SO FREAKING DIFFICULT!

I very rarely pay attention to these as they can be massive plot spoilers, or they are boring, and sometimes they are even misleading. Anyhoo. Rage over.

These are the Top 5 Chapter Titles from books… (it’s actually more like the ONLY five I could think of, but they are still pretty sweet.)

Number 5: Lord of the Rings

I watched the movies before reading the book so I fell in love with them there. It was amazing to see how faithful they remained to the book by naming the movies’ chapters after the book’s chapters.

CT LOTR

Number 4: Alice in Wonderland

Just quirky and cute. Nothing better.

CT Alice in Wonderland

Number 3: The Mortal Instruments

These aren’t always over the top and they usually don’t give anything away. I think these books (and any books by Cassandra Clare) are perfect.

CT TMI

Number 2: Harry Potter

I got shivers the first time I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone just from the first chapter title: The Boy Who Lived

CT Harry Potter

NUMBER 1: PERCY JACKSON

I have only read the first book but the chapter titles were amazing and hilarious and they slay me dead!

CT Percy Jackson

Top 5 Books I Will Never Read

Now these aren’t necessarily books I have hated, they are mostly ones that I have tried to read and they have failed to capture my interest for some reason –  or in No. 5’s case it has offended me with its terrible-ness.

1. A Clockwork Orange – tried it once and my brain melted. It was like reading a foreign language.

clockwork

2. There is a very big possibility that I won’t pick up The Book Thief ever again as well. Zero intentions of finishing it as I did not find the storytelling to be that great, especially when compared to his other epic book ‘I am the Messenger’.

book thief

3. Most non-fiction books – fiction gal 4 lyf ✌

wpid-1zjshjxhzm8axku36kxqswo5gipua-5fats0y1aezzdoyit30dgs17g_adnhmcif1voufnpzg9wuul0glgayztza-ssc1cenvx_vm0x2liln2hq0shzlk-8w448-h328-nc.jpeg.jpeg

4. Most YouTuber books – really doesn’t float my boat. Physics floats my boat.

wpid-img_20150629_154915.jpg

5. THE REST OF THE SELECTION SERIES AND ANY OTHER WORKS EVER WRITTEN BY KIERA CASS IN THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE AND ALL ALTERNATE UNIVERSES. The pain! Curse you books for being so pretty but frustrating.

wpid-img_20150409_101610.jpg