Halloween Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! Today marks the end of the wonderfully fun read-a-thon that was first created by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. I’ve never really been one to read spooky books for Halloween or anything, so I’m really glad that I decided to switch things up this year and join in. I have to say that it actually went really well too! I did end up mixing things around a bit, but it all worked out well in the end.



Can I just talk about how much I ended up loving this book? It was just so engaging and fun. I’ve already moved the sequel to my November TBR because I need to dive back into this world pronto.



This turned out to be just a little different than what I was expecting. I found it to end up being more of a character study rather than a creepy murder mystery but I still really enjoyed it.


I almost always read my books after sunset, because you know, I’ve got a full-time job and everything. So all of my books actually fit this requirement!



I originally planned on reading The Child Thief for this challenge but I just couldn’t get into it and rather than put myself in a reading slump, I picked up Anna Dressed in Blood instead. So glad I made that decision because I really enjoyed this one!



This was a really hyped book that I was both excited and nervous for. Luckily, it ended up being a really fun book even though the ending was a tad predictable.


I fell a tad short of this goal due to not finishing The Child Thief. I did finish The Wonder during the last couple of days of this challenge, however, I didn’t have it on my original TBR so I won’t count it. Still, I I feel pretty proud with finishing all of the books that I did during this read-a-thon!

Did you participate in the Halloween Read-A-Thon? How did you do in regards to completing the challenges? Have you read any of the books on my list?

Book Review: The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)

You know when you push off reading a book because you just know that it’s probably going to be really slow and boring? Yeah, well I did that with The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman, and then ended up falling in love with this story. So maybe I should stop doing that, right?

New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

I really enjoyed Goodman’s writing style. I thought it flowed very well and really fit with the setting of the story. She was able to use Regency language and descriptions but also make them easy to digest and understand. I never caught myself having to reread entire paragraphs to fully understand or picture what she was describing. Let’s be honest, that’s really important when it comes to reading a book that’s already almost 500 pages long.

Lady Helen will become your new favorite heroine for sure after this book. She’s strong, independent, a little headstrong, and definitely isn’t afraid to bend the rules of propriety. I loved that Goodman was able to create a character who tackles the misogynistic society of the Regency period. Helen artfully picks her battles and is constantly trying to take matters into her own hands. Yes, she still tries to stay within the boundaries of acceptance but I felt that it made sense with who she is and how she’s basically at the mercy of her aunt and uncle. Then you have Lord Carlston, who comes with a terrible reputation and has reached a point where he cares less what society thinks of him because he’s too busy trying to save the world. He’s basically the perfect asshole turned hero character. Like, I might be a little bit in love with him now… and no, I’m not even ashamed!

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The pacing in this novel didn’t bother me at all. I saw on Goodreads that it was a problem for some readers but luckily that wasn’t the case for me. I thought the plot flowed fairly steady and I didn’t think it was particularly slow. This is the first book in a series so there was a lot of world-building and build up to the climax and action, which I feel is fairly typical for most fantasy novels. However, maybe the pacing didn’t bother me too much because I’m also a big fan of historical fiction and I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. (Damn, now I want a cup of tea!)

Overall, this book was soooo much more than what I had originally pictured. It was engaging and left me constantly wanting to pick it up to see what mess Helen was going to get into next. Not to mention dying for more of the mysterious Lord Carlston (seriously, this crush is getting out of hand now…). If you enjoyed The Infernal Devices Trilogy and have been looking for a new series to fill that void, I think this is the one you’ve been looking for. I’m so glad that I already own the sequel because I’m dying to jump back into this world!

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars

Do you enjoy historical fiction novels with a fantasy twist? Did you enjoy The Infernal Devices Trilogy? Have you read this series? If so, what did you think of it?

Hype or Like Friday – BOTM Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The October BOTM is The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.



  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.


When I first heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued. I loved the tv show, Penny Dreadful, and this book gave me the exact same vibes. I’m so glad that I picked it up because I absolutely loved Theodora Goss’ The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.

Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Theodora Goss’ writing style was perfect in this story. She was able to truly capture the time period by using a similar writing style to stories that were actually written back then. I loved how she was essentially telling a story within a story, as she presented it as though the girls themselves were writing the story of how they came together. It was very clever and definitely had me laughing aloud during some of their interruptions when they were discussing what was happening. It was able to give the mystery a bit of playfulness that I really enjoyed.

And the girls? I absolutely adored them! First, we are introduced to Mary Jekyll who is the main character in this novel. She’s very no-nonsense and likes to take charge of situations. I loved how clever she was and that no matter how scared she was, she would just do what needs to be done. Then we have Diana Hyde… and oh, Diana. I LOVE HER. She’s the youngest of the girls but is like sassiest character ever. She would literally do the opposite of what she was told to do just to be subversive and I lived for it. She also has a bit of a potty mouth and I was constantly cracking up at her comments. She definitely says what she thinks. The other three girls were all really unique as well. You have the demure beauty, Beatrice Rappaccini. Her breath and touch are poisonous… really! Then there’s Catherine Moreau, who has cat-like abilities and a very independent nature. And finally there is Justine Frankenstein – who I’m sure you can figure out what she is. 😉 We also have the famous Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Watson. I’ve never been a big Sherlock fan but I might have had a little crush on him while reading this book. Hehe!

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The plot was definitely intriguing. It’s essentially a murder and family mystery all at once, which made for a very interesting storyline. I was immediately intrigued and drawn into it. There were definitely a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I wouldn’t say that it was full of action though, like most contemporary novels. This is definitely written to be reminiscent of Victorian/turn-of-the-century novels, so you may be a little disappointed in the lack of action scenes. I didn’t have any issues with the pacing of the novel, as it tends to read very easily, but others might struggle some with that.

Overall, this was such a fun and unique novel that is an ode to the horror and mystery classic. I really enjoyed the mashup of all of the literary characters and thought that their relationships were the best thing about this book. I’m really excited that the author ended the book with the possibility for this to turn into a series because I definitely don’t want to have to say goodbye to this wonderfully sassy group of ladies.

Final Verdict….


Have you read The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter? Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

A Comprehensive Guide to Series that I’ve Started but Haven’t Finished

I think the title really speaks for itself with this one. I’ve been thinking of all of the series that I’ve started but haven’t caught up with or finished. Hopefully by posting this, I’ll finally get on top of that. I mean, I can dream right?

Side Note: I’ll only list series that there are multiple books out already or have already been completely published that I just haven’t gotten to yet. I’m not including ones that only have the first book out and stuff like that. And if the sequel only came out within the last month or so, probably won’t be including that either.


Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

I listened to the first book back at the beginning of the summer and have been dying to finish the series ever since then. This is like the penultimate steampunk story ever. Well, at least in my mind it is.

The Crown’s Game Duology by Evelyn Skye

I really enjoyed the first novel. I actually liked it a whole lot more than The Night Circus that everyone compares it to. Hopefully the finale is even better!

Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott

Yet another one that I have only read the first book of and yet I own the entire series. I probably should get on that, right?

The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine

Ash and Quill was released back in July and I STILL haven’t read it yet. What the hell is wrong with me? This has been one my most anticipated releases this year! I am so ashamed right now.


Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Even though I’m obsessed with this series (and tv show!), I have been putting off picking up The Fiery Cross because Brianna annoys me so much. I feel like she’s always causing more problems than what’s needed and I know the series is going to start focusing on her… UGH.


The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I don’t quite remember, but I think I read the first 3 books but never caught up from there. I’ve even read the entire Infernal Devices Trilogy! I do have plans in the near future finish out this series and then continue on with the newest installment, The Dark Artifices. Basically, Captain Eventually at this point…


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I honestly wasn’t sure if I should include this series as I’ve technically read Cinder so long ago that I don’t even remember what it was about. So I’ve decided to add it to my TBR for next month and finally finish off the series.

What are some series that you’ve started but haven’t finished or caught up on yet? Do you like to wait to start series after every book has been published? Do you try and stay away from series?

WWW Wednesday – October 25th, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – audiobook
  • The Child Thief by Brom – physical copy
  • The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman – physical copy

So I started The Child Thief last Thursday but just couldn’t really get into it and wasn’t making myself pick it up. Sometimes you just can’t force it, ya know? So I decided to set it aside and try the last book on my Halloween Read-a-thon TBR, The Dark Days Club. I just picked it up last night but am already over 100 pages into it. I think it was the perfect fit for me right now. I might have even brought it to work with me today! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone…

I also started listening to Simon on Monday. So far, it’s just alright for me. I don’t know if it’s the narrator or the writing style but I’m just not really connecting to the story. I don’t really like any of the characters either? I feel awful so far because this is such a beloved story, but I’m hoping it’ll grow on me as I continue listening to it. Also, what is up with Leah? I can’t stand her.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – physical copy, 4/5 stars
  • Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth – audiobook, 4/5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by One of Us is Lying. I’d heard great things about it and was really glad to see that they were all true. I wouldn’t say the mystery was the most engaging part of the book, but rather the characters themselves. Definitely recommend it and I should have a full review up at some point soon.

Stars Over Clear Lake was a really beautiful love story. It was just the right amount of bitter and sweet. I definitely recommend it for any WWII-era lovers or for anyone looking for a sweet love story.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Anna will be the final book of my October TBR and the perfect one to end this spooky month with. This seems to be a pretty well-liked book series and Blake is definitely killing it with the Three Dark Crowns series, so I’ve got high hopes for it! Then I’ll pick up The Wonder which was my first ever pick from Book of the Month Club last fall. It sounds extremely intriguing and I’m all for anything set in Ireland!

What are you currently reading? What books do you have up next on your TBR? Have you stuck to your TBR for October? Have you read any of the books on my list? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

Hype or Like Friday – Trick or Treat!

This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The October BOTM is The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.



  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Trick or Treat!.. If you could dress up for Halloween as any fictional character, which ones would you choose?

I’m going to go ahead and pick two. One is basically one of my all-time favorite badass female characters and the other is from one of my favorite movies (that also happens to be a book that I haven’t read yet. OOPS!). Also, they’re total opposites. Haha!


Victra au Julii from Red Rising Trilogy

Victra is just the freaking coolest. She’s snarky, independent, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. If I could name any fictional character that’s most like me personality-wise, I’d probably pick her. We just get each other. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mustang, but a part of me will always ship Victra and Darrow. DON’T JUDGE!


Truly Scrumptious “Doll on a Music Box” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve seen this movie. I know the words to all of the songs, everything. I feel it’s a forgotten classic and I wish more people loved it as much as I do! I do plan to do this entire setup at some point for Halloween. That includes building the box, the mirror, all of it. Also, I recommend looking up this whole scene on Youtube. It’s soooo good! I listen to this song basically every day at work (I wish I was joking).

What’s a fictional character that you would want to dress up as for Halloween? Have you already gone as any bookish characters before? Do you like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!


WWW Wednesday – October 18th, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – physical book
  • Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth – audiobook

I have to say that I’m really enjoyed One of Us is Lying so far. I’m almost getting a murder mystery version of The Breakfast Club from it, and I love that movie. I’ve heard good things about this one so I hope I continue to enjoy it!

I’m not very far into Stars Over Clear Lake but I like it so far. I always enjoy a good historical fiction story, especially one set during WWII. I’m expecting that my heart will be broken by the end of it.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge – audiobook, 2/5 stars
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – 5/5 stars, Review
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss – 5/5 stars, Hype or Like Friday BOTM

I had a really good reading week, finally finishing A Face Like Glass, after what feels like forever. Seriously, I was afraid this damn story would never end. SOOOOOO LONG. But other than that, I sped through my two physical books and loved them both. I’m really looking forward to the next books from both authors. I think I was most surprised at how funny and engaging Alchemist’s Daughter was. The writing style was just lovely.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Child Thief by Brom
  • The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman

I plan to continue on with my Halloween Read-a-thon TBR with my next books. Once I get through these, I’ll only be one book away from completing my October TBR. I hope that these two books are engaging enough for me to finish them up fairly quickly so I can fit that last book in before the end of the month!

What are you currently reading? Did you finish any good books this week? What other books do you have on your TBR? Have you read any of the ones on my list? If so, what did you think of them?

Books That I Enjoyed More Than Their Goodreads Rating

Recently I was looking through my Read shelf on Goodreads and noticed that there are quite a few books on that list that I have a much higher opinion of than the rest of Goodreads apparently. I admit that I go fairly easy with my ratings compared to some other reviewers. If I’m entertained by a book then it’s probably going to get a decent star rating. I can’t help myself, okay?! I do think one of my goals for next year is to start rating books a little harder, but we’ll see how that really goes.

With that being said, I’ve compiled a list of books that I seem to have enjoyed a heck of a lot more than their average rating on Goodreads. Sometimes we let the ratings on Goodreads deter us from picking up a book that we are interested in, which can lead us to missing out on enjoyable reads. I’m here to help you out and name a few books that I still enjoyed, even if Goodreads didn’t!

For the sake of this post and all of our sanity, I’m going to stick to books with less than a  3.75 average rating. Because some people are just picky, ya know? Review links will be included if available!


Goodreads Average: 3.49, My Rating: 4.0 – Review

I think the synopsis might’ve promised something a little different than what the book really gives, but the story is still very good!


Goodreads Average: 3.60, My Rating: 4.0 – Review

Don’t let that gorgeous cover fool you! This book is fairly dark and a much more realistic retelling of the Peter Pan tale. Also, a bit more adult than what you might think.


Goodreads Average: 3.32, My Rating: 4.0

Why all of the hate? This book was a decent historical fiction on a lesser known real-life historical figure, who was an inspiration for one of Da Vinci’s first masterpieces. What’s not to like about that?


Goodreads Average: 3.4, My Rating: 4.0 – Review

Don’t let Angel’s POV deter you from picking this one up. Frederick more than makes up for it!


Goodreads Average: 3.67, My Rating: 5.0 – Review

Emily Henry is an auto-buy author for me and it all started with this book right here. So join me in obsessing over her wonderful stories. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t really enjoy magical realism!


Goodreads Average: 3.5, My Rating: 5.0

I wish I could tell y’all how much I enjoyed this book and how much I need the sequel to be released. I’VE BEEN WAITING TOO DAMN LONG. Now I want to reread it…


Goodreads Average: 3.53, My Rating: 5.0

Listen, it’s melodramatic. But come on, sometimes we are trash for those kinds of stories! And this is one of those times. P.S. This is actually a trilogy and I recommend them all.

What are some books that you enjoyed more than Goodreads? Would you consider those books to be guilty pleasures? What’s the minimum average rating you require to pick up a book or does it not matter to you?

Book Review: Daughter of the Burning City

The hype surrounding this book really had me worried. I hate getting my expectations so high, only for them to be beaten to a pulp and left for dead. (It’s happened, I promise! *cough* Midnight Star *cough*). But luckily, that was not the case with Amanda Foody’s debut novel, Daughter of the Burning City.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

The Good

  • Wonderful World-Building – Foody did such an amazing job introducing us to the extremely atmospheric city of Gomorrah and the world that it’s set in. Everything is so vividly described and brought to life, that you can picture every little detail in your mind. I also appreciated that with such a rich history and background, there is never just a huge info dump, but rather we are slowly introduced to the history throughout the entire book. I hate when I get overwhelmed within the first chapter about that kind of stuff, don’t you?
  • My Sweet Asshole, Luca – I’m sorry, but Luca’s personality killed me. I loved that he just says whatever he thinks and it doesn’t matter what it is or who he’s talking to. (He kind of reminds me of myself in that regard!). His interactions with Sorina were so funny and constantly cracking me up. Also, his morbid sense of humor was so perfect. Basically, I just want more Luca. Is that too much to ask?
  • NO CLOWNS!!!! – If you follow me on Twitter, you’re probably aware of how much I dislike clowns. Good news, folks – there aren’t any in this book!
  • Good Use of Real Life Issues – I enjoyed how Foody used this book as a parallel for everyday issues such as us vs. them mentality, stereotyping, and even some commentary on religion. It was never heavy handed and I thought made some very valid points on religion that really should be addressed. I’m saying this as a Christian, too! Though if you don’t feel comfortable with religious commentary in your novels, you may not enjoy this book as much. (And that’s fine, too!)

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The Bad

  • Predictable Ending – I think my biggest issue with this book was that murder mystery plot was just a little predictable. I would’ve liked a more original ending to it, as I kind of had a feeling that what occurred was going to be the big reveal about halfway through the book. However, I enjoyed the journey to the ending enough that it didn’t really take a away a whole lot from the overall storyline.
  • Sorina – I have yet to really figure out my feelings towards Sorina. I guess my overall opinion of her as a main character is just, ummm… ambivalent? So not necessarily bad, just meh.

You’ll notice that I haven’t commentated on the sexual orientations portrayed in this novel. I don’t really feel that I have a place to say if it was accurate or not, so I figured I’d leave that up to those who do to comment and review that part of the story. If you are interested in learning more, there are quite a few reviews on Goodreads that address this. Also, if you are part of the LGBTQA+ community and have read this book, please feel free to comment below on the accuracy of the portrayals!

Overall, I found this to be a really enjoyable read. There were a couple of issues I had with the story, but they weren’t really enough to truly affect how entertained I was with this story. I also chalk it up a bit to this being Amanda Foody’s first novel and expect her to only get better in the future. If you’re looking for a fun and atmospheric fantasy read for the fall season, this one definitely fits the bill!

Final Verdict: 4.5/5 Stars

Have you read Daughter of the Burning City? If so, what did you think of it? What are your feelings on the portrayals in this book? Do you enjoy books even if the ending isn’t as good? How do you feel about debut novels in general? 

Hype or Like Friday – I’m a Scaredy-Cat!

This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The October BOTM is The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.



  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: I’m A Scaredy-Cat… List the top 13 books and/or films that scare you the most!


1. The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

I mentioned this one yesterday in my spooky book tag. But yeah, I definitely had to read it during the daytime. That villain is about the creepiest thing I’ve ever read about. It ain’t joking around, that’s for sure.


2. Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott

This isn’t a scary book so much as it’s just strange. Some of the different mutations created some really creepy and grotesque characters that I just could not help but let my imagination get a little too crazy with. I must be a glutton for punishment though, because I still have the rest of the trilogy to read!


3. The Ring – film

Don’t even pretend that that creepy little girl coming out of the tv screen didn’t scare the shit out of you. If you say no, you’re lying!


4. How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch, #1) by Adriana Mather

 This book was just so suspenseful and I was never sure who the bad guy really was. Also the entire town’s behavior and ostracizing of Sam gave me anxiety.


5. When A Stranger Calls – film

I’ve seen the original versions and the remake. Don’t ask me why, because it wasn’t by choice at all. These are the kinds of movies that scare me to death because they could possibly really happen. You will never babysit again after watching these, guarantee it.


6. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) by Danielle Paige

The twistedness of this book was wayyyy creepy when I first picked it up. The lion is seriously messed up.


7. Asleep by Krystal Wade

A retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in an insane asylum? Just imagine the second season of American Horror Story in book form and that’s basically what you have right here with this one. Yep, creepy as hell.


8. The Lie Tree or Frances Hardinge

I think the atmosphere is what makes this book so creepy. Hardinge just knows exactly how to create the perfectly dark setting that will make shivers go down your spine.


9. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The tension in this book is what gave me chills. You never know what is going to happen next or who will die. I was on pins and needles the entire time.


10. Enclave (Razorland, #1) by Ann Aguirre

Living underground while having to battle against zombie/mutant-like creatures? Uh yeah, that’s not fun at all.


11. The Shining – film

The movie is scary enough. Do you really think that I’m going to read the book? HA! I don’t have any plans to read Stephen King’s horror novels, thank you very much.


12. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I think it’s really just the strangeness and the unknown that makes this book so creepy. You never quite know what exactly is going on, which really makes for a trippy ride. Plus, some of these gods are just scary.


13. Coraline – film

Yes, that’s right, I am scared by a children’s film. The Nightmare Before Christmas still gives me chills even though I love it. I’m a chicken, I admit it!

What books or films scare you? Are you easily scared by things like me? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!