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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Today I chose the winner of my 100 subscriber giveaway on youtube and have contacted her. Thank you to everyone that entered! I will definitely be doing more giveaways in the future!

I also filmed and will be uploading my #reviewathon2014 tbr video.

Also on my channel as part of my review madness, I will be having two new-ish features: a showcase of female YA horror authors & #indiebooksbeseen reviews!

Keep an eye out for the buttload of incoming reviews on my channel and blog!

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In My Mailbox (10/27)

So after annoying the author to death on twitter by constantly tweeting at her about how excited I was for her new book, she said that she would send me an ARC and I lost it. This amazing package arrived today and I cannot wait to read this book.

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Not only did Courtney Alameda send me a copy of her book, she also sent me an incredibly thoughtful card and a really cool camera necklace! If you haven’t checked this book out yet then I highly suggest that you do and absolutely follow her on twitter because she’s super sweet!

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#Reviewathon2014 TBR!

The lovely Katie over at KitkatsCanRead is hosting a read-a-thon from November 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014. This read-a-thon is specifically focused on reading review copies that you have whether that be physical copies or ebooks in an attempt to get our TBR piles down. If you’d like to participate please use the hashtag #reviewathon2014 so that everyone can see what everyone else is reading during this time ūüôā

This is a fantastic idea for a read-a-thon and one that I’m absolutely going to participate in. I’m not going to make a TBR video, but I decided to make a TBR blog post in order to highlight the books that I have lined up to read during this time.

I’ll be separating them out into physical copies and ebooks. Physical copies take absolute priority for me at this time as my chronic headaches have decided to flare up badly for the last few months and my kindle screen hurts my eyes.

I have a ton of personal changes going on and that will continue happening in the next few months, so I’ve decided that this readathon is going to last even longer than a month for me. From this moment forward I will be focusing only on review books. If you have a book that you’d like me to review, please feel free to contact me at abibliophilesjourney@yahoo.com.

Here are the books that I’m planning on reading over the next few months (at least until February):

Physical Copies to Review

Archetype & Prototype by M.D. Waters
Deceived by L. A. Starkey
One Kick by Chelsea Cain
The Penguin Book of Witches edited by Katherine Howe
Witch in the Woods by Taylor Ann Bunker
Cloud Riders by Nick Cook
The Shadow Rises by K.S. Marsden
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The True & Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters by Michelle Lovric
Plea of Insanity by Jillian Hoffman
A Balm in Gilead by Marie Green Mckeon
Tinderbox by Lisa Gornick
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Relyk by Robert Palmer**
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin**
Rooms by Lauren Oliver**
Becoming Beauty by Sarah Boucher** (November 11)
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C. L. Schneider**
Saving Yesterday by Jessica Keller**

**Waiting for them to arrive in the mail

E-Books to Review

The Labyrinth by Dorian Zari
Revenge of the Wolf by Wyatt Michael
Edge of Eden by Suren Fant
The Spartak Trigger by Bryce Allen
Santa Claus vs The Aliens by James Cardona
The Silent Deal by Levi Stack
Deadinburgh by Mark Wilson
A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
The Empath by Erica Crouch
Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe

These books are in no particular order so I’ll be picking them up randomly. Once I get through the physical copies I’ll be moving on to e-books. Full reviews will be posted on my blog as well as on the amazon & goodreads pages for the books.

Hope you participate in this awesome read-a-thon!

Horror Reviews · October 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: The Ghost Hunters

Author: Neil Spring
Pages: 513
Published: October 2013
Genre: Adult, Horror, Mystery
Rating: 5/5

The Ghost Hunters is a fictional memoir of Sarah Grey, assistant to one of the most renowned ghost hunters in all of England, Harry Price. Sarah began working as a model, but changed careers to become a secretary for Mr. Price.

Mr. Price receives tons of letters and inquiries asking for his assistance in investigating supposed haunted houses. After experiencing his own losses, Harry Price went from complete believer to one of the most die-hard skeptics of paranormal activity. Known for uncovering fake psychics, Sarah has witnessed first hand the lengths Harry will go to, even against a friend, in order to ensure that the truth is upheld.

After receiving a letter from a frantic journalist who had visited the Borley Rectory, Sarah presents the case to Harry but is ignored. Later, Harry is again approached about the presence of paranormal activity within the Borley Rectory and agrees to investigate. Thus begins the most trying few years of Sarah’s life as she accompanies Harry through the Borley Rectory multiple times while coping with the loss of her father and attempting to protect her grief stricken mother.

This is definitely a novel that the reader should go into without having much background on the plot. The Ghost Hunters was a beautifully written and eerie novelization of the events at the Borley Rectory and the life of Harry Price. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this novel and while it did take about 150 pages for the plot to really pick up, I was creeped out multiple times in the beginning.

Neil Spring did an excellent job of bringing the Borley Rectory to life for the reader in a way that leaves you very unsettled after finishing the story. A must read for any horror buff.

Horror Reviews · October 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: The Merciless

Author: Danielle Vega
Pages: 279
Published: June 12, 2014
Genre: YA, Horror, Thriller
Rating: 5/5

The Merciless by Danielle Vega has been receiving a ton of hype in the book community since it was published this past summer and honestly, it’s for good reason. As an avid horror reader I was skeptical that this novel would live up to the hype for me. But thankfully, I was proved wrong as I rated this a novel a 5/5.

Sofia is a new girl in school and is trying to make it through the next six months with no problems so that when she moves away again with her military family, she won’t have any problems. After cutting her finger open in the lunchroom, a girl named Brooklyn approaches her and gives her a bandaid. Brooklyn seems nice enough and Sofia thinks she might actually have made a friend.

Riley inserted herself into Sofia’s life with no input from Sofia on the first day of school. After Sofia discovered a dead cat behind the bleachers, Riley approaches her and informs her that Brooklyn is most likely responsible. Riley then introduces Sofia to her group of friends and proceeds to inform her that Brooklyn used to be friends with them but has since “changed”.

Sofia is wrapped up in Riley’s delusions about Brooklyn before she can get away. This novel has been compared to Mean Girls, but I honestly think Mean Girls seems like a kids movie compared to the brutality in this novel.

I felt myself cringing multiple times after reading the climax of the plot and enjoyed every second of it. Danielle Vega has entered the horror genre in a brilliant way and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Horror Reviews · October 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: The Nightmary’s

Author: Dan Poblocki
Pages: 336
Published: August 24, 2010
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal
Rating: 4/5

The Nightmary’s tells the story of a little boy named Timothy as he tries to uncover what is causing his horrific nightmares. On top of having nightmares, his best friend Stuart is now mad at him for being assigned to another partner for a class project.

Abigail is the new girl in school and has been trying her hardest to remain unseen. Things were going according to plan until Timothy got assigned as her partner. After choosing a painting at the local museum to use for their project, Abigail is hit with a water balloon. Now everyone knows who she is and it’s all Timothy’s fault.

Timothy and Abigail have a pretty rocky start, but quickly find out that they are experiencing the same thing; they’re being tormented by nightmares that are controlled by someone with a grudge against them.

They must work together to discover who is behind these hauntings while trying to survive long enough to finish their class project.

This book was pretty creepy. I read the majority of it at night and immediately regretted that as Dan Poblocki does an excellent job of creating a terrifying atmosphere where ghosts run rampant. Definitely enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Exciting New Releases!

Most Anticipated Book Releases!

I’ve been seeing a lot of booktube videos lately from some awesome booktuber’s showing their most anticipated releases and figured I would do the same! But, since I’m sick I’m going to do a blog post instead.

October 28, 2014

Author: Sarah Bromley
Genre: YA, Horror, Supernatural, Gothic, Thriller

This book sounds freakin’ amazing and like something that I would really enjoy. It takes place in winter in Wisconsin and tells the story of a 16 year old girl with some kind of powers named Vayda Silver as she hides with her father and twin brother. Her mother was murdered and now Vayda must stay away from the town that she was murdered in while also trying to contain her powers. There is also a potential love interest named Ward Ravenscroft. How sick are those names?!

Author: Martina Boone
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal

One of my most anticipated releases of 2014, Compulsion by Martina Boone intertwines life on a South Carolina plantation with ghosts in a story that has been getting some incredibly high ratings on Goodreads.

November 8, 2014

Author: Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
Genre: YA, Horror, Thriller

A book that I haven’t heard much about on booktube, but that sounds super interesting. Creed is another winter horror story that takes place in a small town. Three teenagers end up in this town after their car breaks down and they think the town is abandoned but soon find out otherwise. The description on Goodreads sound much creepier than what I just described, but it is definitely one I’ll be picking up.

December 9, 2014

Author: Alexandra Monir
Genre: YA, Gothic, Paranormal, Mystery

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir is a new gothic paranormal story that involves a maze, New York City, and a place called Rockford Manor. Seventeen year old Imogen’s parents were killed in a house fire seven years ago and now she realizes their deaths may not have been an accident. The Goodreads page says that this story is a new twist on the classic story Rebecca, so I’m assuming it’s a re-telling? Which is pretty cool.

January 20, 2015

Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: YA, Horror, Zombies, Post Apocalyptic

The sequel to another YA horror, This is Not a Test, Please Remain Calm sounds just as creepy as the first book which I own but haven’t read yet. I have a feeling that I’m really going to enjoy both of these books. It’s kind of difficult to really grasp what this story is about other than some teenagers trying to survive in a world full of zombies since I haven’t read the first one yet. But I’m excited nonetheless!

February 3 & 10, 2015

Release date: February 3, 2015
Author: Courtney Alameda
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal

So this is a book that I have been incredibly excited about for a while now. From the terrifying cover to the eerie plot summary, Shutter by Courtney Alameda is set to be one of my favorite reads for 2015. Shutter is the story about a girl named Micheline Helsing who is a tetrachromat which means she sees the auras of the undead and is a descendant of Van Helsing. Can we just? GAH! She’s a ghost hunter too. This will be a book that I buy ASAP!

Release date: February 10, 2015
Author: MarcyKate Connolly
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic

While not a horror story, Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly has been on the top of my OMG I NEED TO READ THIS list for a while. I’m so excited for a new fantasy middle grade novel to be released. The lead characters name is Kymera, which is amazing, and she has wings, a spiky tail, and bolts in her neck. So the only time she can enter the city of Bryre which is being ruled by an evil wizard is at night, when girls go missing from that city. Does this not sound amazing?

Release date: February 10, 2015
Author: Andrew Pyper
Genre: Adult, Thriller, Supernatural

So after finishing The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper, I realized that I needed more of his writing in my life. The Damned is his newest novel set to be released this February and is a supernatural thriller about a near death experience. Danny Orchard survived the near death experience that claimed the life of his twin sister Ashleigh and he has since written a memoir about it. The only problem is that now Ashleigh is haunting him. If you haven’t picked up anything by Andrew Pyper yet, I highly suggest you read The Demonologist. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be hooked on this guy for the rest of my life.

March 24 & 30, 2015

Release date: March 24, 2015
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal, Mystery

I received a copy of The Walls Around Us for review from Netgalley and loved every second of it. A new YA horror/ghost novel that takes place partially on a ballet stage and partially in an abandoned juvenile detention facility, The Walls Around Us, is told from the perspective of a few young girls. Two of which were best friends until one was sent to jail for murder and the third young girl was her cellmate. Incredibly eerie and fast paced, I really enjoyed this novel.

Release date: March 30, 2015
Author: Heather Brewer
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal

I’ve never read anything by Heather Brewer, but that is soon to change. The Cemetery Boys takes place in a small town called Spencer, Michigan. Stephen was forced to move to this town where his father grew up and is trying to make friends so he can stand living there. After befriending a set of twins, Cara and Devon, Stephen begins to hang out at a local cemetery called The Playground. But he soon learns that the town of Spencer has a very dark past. Another exciting YA horror set to be released in 2015!

April 14 & 21, 2015

Release date: April 14, 2015
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Genre: Middle Grade, Re-telling

Alright everyone, this is the one that I’ve been waiting for the longest. After reading Rump by this author earlier this year I knew I had to read everything by her. Now with a new take on Jack and the Beanstalk, Liesl Shurtliff is pretty much set to be my all time favorite middle grade story teller. If you haven’t read Rump yet, then you seriously need to stop whatever you’re doing and pick it up now.

Release date: April 21, 2015
Author: Sheila Grau (Illustrated by Joe Sutphin)
Genre: Middle Grade

This is the newest addition to my Most Anticipated Reads list. Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions ¬†instantly hooked me after I saw the cover posted on twitter by the author. The Goodreads page says that the book has a werewolf named Runt that attends a boarding school that has the “world’s finest training program for aspiring minions to Evil Overlords.” Does that not sound like it’s going to be amazing? Definitely another one that I can’t wait to buy!

Exciting New Releases! · Horror Reviews · October 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: Of Monsters and Madness

Author: Jessica Verday
Pages: 288
Published: September 9, 2014
Genre: YA, Horror, Retelling, Gothic
Rating: 4/5

A new horror re-telling of Poe’s classic Annabel Lee, Jessica Verday was able to create an incredibly creepy atmosphere in an area close to home.

Of Monsters and Madness takes place in the 1820’s in Philadelphia. Drawing from historical accounts of Poe’s whereabouts, Verday told the story of a young girl named Annabel Lee after she moved to Philadelphia to live with her father and encountered a young Allan Poe.

Shortly after Annabel’s mother passed away, Annabel was shipped from Siam to Philadelphia to live with her grandfather and father whom she had never met before. Arriving in Philadelphia, Annabel was eager and excited to meet her family, but was quickly met with an irritable and hostile man for a father. Determined to make him proud of her, Annabel begins lessons with Mrs. Tusk to learn proper etiquette¬†for females at the time.

While being told all of the rules she must follow, Annabel is informed that a serial killer is on the loose and she must not venture out at night by herself since the city is not safe. In an attempt to uncover the mysteries surrounding her fathers work and the off-limits basement room under the kitchen, Annabel realizes that the murderer may be closer to her than she ever thought possible.

A super fun and quick read, Of Monsters and Madness was an enjoyable take on the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Definitely enjoyed reading this one and look forward to more from this author.

Exciting New Releases! · Horror Reviews · October 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: Nyctophobia

Author: Christopher Fowler
Pages: 320
Published: October 7, 2014
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5

Nyctophobia is the new horror novel from author Christopher Fowler. Callie, an architect, recently got married to the man of her dreams, Mateo and together they moved to Spain. Callie and Mateo decided to split up and look at potential houses separately and then discuss them together later on in order to save time since Mateo travels a lot for business. After having a tour of the Hyperion House, Callie knows this is the place she wants to live.

The Hyperion House  was built against a cliff face and was constructed in such a way as to maximize the amount of ambient light in almost every room of the house. Windows were put in at weird angles and there was a room specifically created for what everyone believes was a telescope.

After showing the house to Mateo, the two agree to purchase the house and move in right away. Things seem to be going well for Callie. She’s in a loving relationship, she’s far away from her insufferable mother, Anne, and she has a new project to keep her busy while waiting for Mateo’s daughter to arrive in a few weeks; writing a story on the history of Hyperion House.

Soon after, things begin to change. Callie discovers rooms that are kept permanently locked within the house and the caretaker of the house for whatever reason, is incredibly reluctant to open them. She continuously tells Callie that they are meant to be that way and have been locked for years.

If only Callie would have listened to her, none of the terrible things that were to come would have happened.

An incredibly creepy and beautifully written story from this author. I’ll definitely be looking into reading more of his work!