Friday, October 20, 2017

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Because I had so much fun putting together my favorite ghost and witch reads, I thought it would be fun to stick with the theme but add on to it. As in all things supernatural. Because what better way to celebrate Halloween all month long than to talk about those books that fit right in with it right?

So here are my top UF and PNR series and books that I just couldn't get enough of. 

There are so many I want to add from my ghost and witch list but, I will be good and not duplicate them, although if you haven't checked out that post yet stop by and check it out, you might find some new books and authors to try. You can find the post HERE.

I got to thinking about all those books that have zombies and vampires, and werewolves in them and decided I must create a list for them as well so, in no particular order, these are the series and books I just can't get enough off and whet my appetite for all things supernatural, prepare yourself, the list is long...:

I'm sure this series isn't new to everyone out there but for those that it is, Cecy's Weird Girls series (and the spin off) is still one of my favorites. And since the spin off is still going strong, I still get to dive back into this amazing world full of witches and demons, and all form of sups once in awhile.

It isn't often I enjoy books the focus a lot on the fae for some reason but this series is an exception. I've had so much fun with it and not only does it have faes but witches and other things as well. It really is a fun series to check out if you haven't already. 

This next one not only has witchcraft and sups but a dead (hilarious) pirate! And to top it off, its set in NOLA, one of my most favorite settings out there for anything supernatural. 

Linda Grimes Ciel Halligan series is a fun one because it isn't about your normal supernaturals. Nope, instead this one focus on an ability to take the form of others. That's right, the characters are chameleons of sorts. And not only does it have humor galore, but a touch of mystery and romance too. 

Who doesn't love a good assassin that is guided by none other than Death? This series is just so good, you really have to experience it for yourself to understand. 

This next one probably really should have been included in my last post all about ghosts and witches but I sort of forgot about her, which is s shame because Maria is an indie author with a lot of talent. In my defense though, I first read this series in 2011 I think, so's been awhile but they are so good and definitely worth a second look.

And peaking of indie authors, who can forget Cambria Herbert's Heven and Hell series. So freaking good!

Here is one of the few angel series that had me hooked from the first book to the last. It was the author's debit novel and series and she did so well with it, I still think about it once in awhile. 

This was one of the first werewolf books I can remember reading that also set place on the fateful Titanic. It was a super fun read and devoured it whole. It is also a stand alone so bonus points for that as well. 

Aw, the Hemlock series. I absolutely adored this series. Yes it is YA but don't let that stop you because it really is good and well done and, come on now, the covers are just gorgeous!

This list wouldn't be complete without these next two series, the Mercy Thompson series and the Kate Daniels series. Still two of my absolute favorites and I'm so thankfully they are both still going strong.

Adn while we are speaking of the Andrews duo and Briggs, here are two other series by them you really need to check out. Both just as good as the two above and also huge favorites of mine.

Again, another series that focuses sloely on the fae that I absolutely loved, only this time it's a YA series, but again, don't let that stop you from reading it. It is totally addicting and hard to put down. 

Okay okay, no witch craft or demons here but this story does focus on time traveling and other goodies so it counts right? Actually I don't even care if it does because this trilogy is so underrated and word about it needs to get out. ;) 

However slight the supernatural element is to this series it needs a second look. It is fabulous, seriously so good and for those of you like like some historical mystery with a touch of romance are going to love it. The March bunch are unlike any family I know. Such a crazy group of lovable characters and Brisbane? Swoon worthy. 

Georgina Kincaid. Ah yes, just read it already, you are going to love it. 

What's Halloween without some vampires thrown in for good measure? This series, funnily enough took me three tries with the first book of starting and stopping before I got into it. But once I did, look out, it was all over. Still one of my top 5 vamp series out there. 

What's not to love about a group of young people that slay demons and fight for the innocent? Clare does have another series (her debut in fact) that is good too but this one, the one that takes place before her debut, is actually by far my favorite of them all. 

this next author actually has two series I love beyond words so I'm adding them both together. One if YA and the other adult but both equally good. 

As we all know Kelley Armstrong is a fantastic writer and has a lot of series. I love her mystery series a lot but since this is suppose to be about supernatural stuff, here is a series that I couldn't get enough of by her. It just ended this year and I was both sad and excited about it.  I have yet to try her Bitten/Otherworld series, I know I really need to. So many books...

Ghosts, myths, legends, and psychics? Yep, a little bit of it all. All on top of some gorgeous writing and characters you are going to fall in love with. I still miss Blue and her Raven Boys.

Talk about a series that has a little bit of it all and then some, this is that series.

Hmm maybe I read more fae books than I thought because here is another good one. A bit different from the rest though as it centers around a society that went to war with the fae and won...or did they?

Brigid Kemmerer is such a good writer and her debut series was a home run. These Merrick boys are so diverse even if they are brothers and ones you can't help but fall in love with.

Witches, curses, plantations and a whole lot of secrets makes up this series. 

Believe it or not but I only liked the first book so so but by the ending, I adored the whole series. Something fun and a bit different. 

Another vamp book that doesn't get enough recognition. To be fair I've only read the first but it was really good, really dark and something I plan to read more of.

You'll find a lot of angels and demons in this one as well as a swoon worthy hero who isn't always the hero. 

Even though I never finished this series the first five books held my attention, well maybe that had more to do with Bones than anything else. 

I encourage everyone I can to read this series because it really is just. That. Good.

This trilogy might be pushing the boundries of UF and just plain fantasy but there are beasties in it and some magic so I'm counting it. Plus, it's underrated and so good more people need to read it and love it too. :D

We all know Neill is a great writer whether it's her Chicagoland Vampire series or this one, they are so addicting but her newest series right now is a favorite so I'm only posting about it but if you still like a good vamp story, check out her other one as well. 

I can always count on Cat Winters to deliver something a bit strange, a bit crazy but always good with just a touch of the supernatural.  Her YA novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds is really good too and also has a touch of the paranormal about it.

This series is probably my favorite vamp series out there because it isn't like the others, at. All. These vamps are not friendly, they are not pretty, and they only want one thing and it isn't a kiss. 

Ever have those series that you just read because they are just plain fun? This is that series for me. 

This book has something, well, other in it but I read it in high school (my first King book) and I was never the same again. I would be remiss if I left it off my list of books that will both entertain you and scare the crap out of you. 

So there is my huge bad list of books and authors I sort of associate, or maybe just love more of this time of year. There is something about reading a good story full of supernaturals that I love. How about you, did I miss a favorite or do you see something that is new to you?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: Book One in the Glass Spare Series
Published By: Balzer + Bray (October 24, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

I've been meaning to try this author for awhile now and even though I have many of her books in my TBR pile, I decided this story would be the one I would start with first.

I'm so very glad that I did. I opened this expecting cliches galore and a little bit of the same old same old that the YA market has been flooded with and instead I found a read that was not only engaging but easy to pick up and hard to put down. I quickly became not only interested in the story line and what the characters had to reveal but  I becamecaught up in it. It quickly captured my attention and I found myself even thinking about parts of it while I had to step away from it to do other things. 

It was sad in so many ways that I wasn't expecting, I would even go as far as to say emotionally charged at times. 

Needless to say, this took me by surprise with how much I really enjoyed it. I couldn't seem to get enough of it and it didn't take me long to read through it and be left wanting more by the end. I'm truly excited about this series and can't wait for more. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I  was not compensated for this review.*

Friday, October 13, 2017

In Honor Of All Things Spooky...

I absolutely adore fall. Not only is the Earth alive with gorgeous color but the mornings (and nights) are crispier and the days are at just the right temperature. I get to pull out my beloved hoodies and sweaters but can still get away with wearing my favorite sandals and flip flops.

It also happens to be the season of Halloween, one of my most favorite holidays. Who doesn't love scaring the crap out of each other and getting free candy to celebrate a job well done? And even more importantly, who doesn't love a good ghost story? Or a good witch story? and since it is Friday the 13th today, what better way to celebrate than with some ghostly good reads?

In honor of Halloween and the fall season I thought I would share all my favorite authors, books, and series that all have to do with ghosts, witches, demons, and all things creepy and scary. Maybe you'll see something new or something you like and I am always up for recommendations so feel free to tell me some of your favorites as well. I would love to find new authors to try!  

At the very top of my list of all things ghost related is this series. Not only is it super funny bu the characters are completely endearing. I eagerly am awaiting the release of the next book. I devoured these suckers.

And next is this series by indie author Bryan's. You might not think these books can get creepy, but trust me, they get creepy and they seem to be getting better as they go. Again, I can't wait for the next installment. 

And what would Halloween be with some witches and demons thrown in? I've only read the first two books in this series (4 books total) and the novellas but I absolutely love it. It is so good and classic amazing Bennett writing.

Another indie author that I absolutely adore. This series is just so much fun and so well written. I really do wish more people knew about it. It reminds me a bit of the Stephanie Plum series but with a very paranormal edge to it. It's all about the ghosts and witches and a few others thrown in for good measure.

And okay it might be cheesy and maybe even a little cliched at this point but I don't care because I adore this series and even though everyone has heard of it, I had to include it anyways because it will always be my top favorite witchy read. 

This next series is one that I've only read the first book of but I really liked it and it definitely had the creep factor going on with ghosts and possession, yeah, it might keep you up at night looking over your shoulder.

If you want a series that is all abotu the demons, you must read this one. Not only is it told in the POV of the demon herself but she is completely kick butt and not a goodie two shoes. Nope, this demon is evil and she doesn't hide it nor is she sorry for it. I still adore Meda and it's been years since I read this series.

Another underrated series that most probably don't know about yet is so much fun. It is in the YA genre but don't let that detour you, it is such a cute, fun and even creepy at times series that I couldn't help but fall in love with.

I seem to like the underdogs here but that's okay because I've found some amazing books out there because of it. Here is yet another one filled with ghosts that will keep you on edge.

Another YA series that was a fun one and still managed to have the creepiness that I love. Ghosts and possessions are king in this series.

I would be remiss if I didn't add witches and vamps right? And maybe a whole slew of other supernatural creatures. I have to be honest though, I didn't love this series until after book three. I hung in there and then once I started book four, it was like Magic and I fell in love with everything. So if you tried book one and didn't love or even book two for that matter, stick with it, it will surprise you.

This next one isn't your typical ghost story nor is it told in your typical manner and yet I loved it. So good and like Lisa's other stories, some great messages thrown in to boot. If you haven't tried this author yet, do it. She is so good and her books are so lyrical in design. 

One of my top favorite series out there that is both paranormal, supernatural and historical is this series. It is so good and when it came out was all the buzz but I think it deserves some recognition again because it is so well plotted and designed. Seriously, this is one heck of a read and for all you UF lovers out there this has a bit of it all. Ghosts, witches, demons, vamps, you name it. It is just so good. 

And who can forget everyone's favorite son of Stan and Grim Reaper? Not me. this series is still a favorite for me and with book 12 on the way, you need to pick it up, you won't regret it, Reyes alone makes it worth it.

Another adult series full of ghosts and hauntings that you do not want to miss out on. This series is seriously creepy and so darn good. With historical NOLA as the setting, you don't want to pass this one up. Plus, all the books are out (with a spin off planned sometime soon) and it even ended super good. 

This next series (only two books) is a prime example of how a YA book can be YA centered but still read like an adult book and make adults everywhere fall in love with it. It is dark and sinister and not full of rainbows and sunshine. The ghosts in this story, or rather Anna, you don't want to piss off. 

Just to change things up, Bickle has written one of my favorite apocalyptic zombie stories out there. It isn't scary in the ghosts and demons sense but more in the what if sense and so well written. A definite series for those lovers of zombies and those that want something that will make them both think and relish every page.  Plus the setting is fantastic and not something you see every day in any genre.

Okay this series might be breaking the rules a little bit because it doesn't have ghosts or witches but it does have demons. Horrible horrific demons and it is dark. So dark it is good and sad and yet completely unputdownable. A very underrated series and the series that made most of us fall in love with Sarah's writing. Try it, you'll like it. Definitely not YA although the man heroine is younger. 

I love this series just as much for the ghostly tales as I do the historic setting. Another one that if you like your paranormal mixed with a great San Francisco historic setting, you must read.

This was just a fun series and book two was even better than book one. I do wish there would have been more books in the series. If you love vamps, this author also has a fantastic vampire series you should check out as well. 

The Lockwood & Co series is one that is pretty much suitable for everyone. Yes it is YA but adults love it too and it doesn't have to be adult to be a good creepy read right? The first book wasn't as creepy (for me) as the second one but it was really good and definitely one to look into. 

For those of you that like some romance thrown in with your witchy reads, I loved both these trilogies by none other than Nora Roberts. They were both captivating and so hard to put down! 

This is a newer series with only two books out but I've absolutely loved it so far and of course, the history nerd in me once again loves the historical seaside setting. 

This author actually has several stand alone novels, all involving ghosts and the paranormal with just a slight touch of romance. So far, I've only read two of her stories but I've really enjoyed them both and it's so nice to have a good stand alone once in awhile. 

Whew! That was quite the list. I tend to forget how many books about witches and ghosts I read each year. 

Those are my top choices (that I can remember!) for a good spooky Halloween-y read this year. I would love some recommendations for anything that I may have missed! I am always up for a book that will make me want to sleep with the lights on. :)