if you like… TWISTS

If You Like... graphicWelcome to my feature, If You Like…. INSERT THING HERE. In this feature, I’ll be sharing books related to various television shows, movies, other books…. anything and everything!

Alas, it’s time for the final Halloween-themed week of this feature! This post focuses on twists, because we all know that surprises are what Halloween is really all about. A haunted house would be nothing without people jumping out and surprising you! So here are some books that have plenty of twists and turns in them to keep you guessing the entire way through.

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Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Nothing is as it seems in this medley of classic fairy tale ideas. Think of an idyllic fairy tale town. Got it? Now add a twisted, sinister spin. You’ll never see this one coming!

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

This book is mysterious and suspenseful from the very first page. As soon as I thought I had everything figured out, Ness would go ahead and completely prove my theory wrong. AND THE ENDING. Oh my goodness, it completely blew my mind!

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve read this book countless times, and I still cannot believe the ending. This is a fantastically executed who-done-it story from the master of mystery herself. Filled with murder, secrets, and complicated pasts, this novel will absolutely keep you guessing until the very last page.

Well, these past four weeks have been a blast, guys! What suspenseful or Halloween-ish books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

if you like… DOCTOR WHO

If You Like... graphicWelcome to my feature, If You Like…. INSERT THING HERE. In this feature, I’ll be sharing books related to various television shows, movies, other books…. anything and everything!

To celebrate the return of Doctor Who this upcoming weekend (August 23rd), I’ve decided to make this installment Doctor Who themed!

tumblr_n4brekPa1s1spn1n9o1_250There’s nothing like aliens, time travel, and British accents to bring a smile to my face! If you’re the same way, then I would recommend checking out these books:

clockwork angel coverClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

This novel definitely has a Doctor Who feel with its historical setting and unique creatures. If you like suspenseful action with a touch of romance, give this one a try!

war of the worlds coverWar of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

Not only is this novel classic science fiction, but it shares several similarities with Doctor Who. Aliens invading London from another planet? It’s like the TV show in book form!

 

 

more than this coverMore Than This by Patrick Ness.

This novel has the same mysterious, what-the-heck-is-going-on vibe that many Doctor Who episodes have. If you’re ready for your mind to be blown by countless twists and turns, definitely get your hands on a copy of this book!

 

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What other books would you recommend for fans of Doctor Who? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

My Rating: 5 cupcakes
A Monster Calls
is an unflinchingly honest story. It talks about our darkest, innermost secrets and how we leave certain things unsaid because we’re afraid that speaking them aloud will make them real. It speaks of guilt, responsibility, grief, and loss. Most importantly, it speaks about love, and just how difficult it is to let go.

As many reviewers have mentioned, you really must read the paper copy of this book so that you don’t miss out on the beautiful, dark, and sometimes haunting illustrations that accompany this story. They were done by the incredibly talented Jim Kay, and some samples can be found on his website.

Coner is a character that everyone can relate to, whether they’ve been in the same situation as him or not. He feels invisible, misunderstood, angry, and confused. His complete belief and hope in his mother’s recovery was both inspiring and heartbreaking, and there were many times where I just wanted to reach into the book and hug him.

I just loved the monster. To me, he was the embodiment of truth: paradoxical in all ways, and not always the easiest to face. As the yew tree, the monster was both capable of healing (through the treatment) and harming (through the poisonous berries) an individual. It was able to show Coner difficult and confusing truths about the world itself: that good and evil aren’t as clear-cut as we’d like to imagine; that sometimes being seen is worse than being invisible; that stories are incredibly important; that sometimes it’s easier to lie to ourselves than to face the truth. Most importantly, though, the monster showed Coner the truth that he had been hiding from himself, and how his thoughts are just that: thoughts.

You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

A Monster Calls is something that everyone should read, whether they’ve experienced loss or not. We cannot all have a monster calling our name to teach us important truths, which is why this story is so important: it’s beautiful, powerful, heart-wrenching, and healing. It reminds us to treasure every moment, to love fiercely, and to forgive both ourselves and those around us.  It’s a story that touched me personally, and will resonate with me for quite some time.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 7: Most Underrated Book

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

I know that I already did a Saturday Showcase post about this series… but it’s just so good! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much about the Chaos Walking series outside of the book blogging community – in fact, I had never even heard of Patrick Ness until a few months ago.

These are some of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The writing style is unique, the characters are loveable, the animals can talk (through their thoughts, but still), and it addresses so many important themes. It’s such a powerful series, and will leave a lingering impression.

Saturday Showcase (August 3)

Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about). This week’s featured books are the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness.

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

These are some of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The writing style is unique, the characters are loveable, the animals can talk (through their thoughts, but still), and it addresses so many important themes. It’s such a powerful series, and I highly, highly recommend it.

What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave me a list or a link to your post in the comments below.
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WWW Wednesday (July 10)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading. To participate, answer the following three questions:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers:

Currently Reading:
1I’m currently reading Gone by Michael Grant. It’s been on my to-read list for ages since I’ve heard good things about this series. I’m only about 100 pages in but so far I like it, even though the pace is kind of slow.

 

 

 

Recently Finished:

1I recently finished reading Eve by Anna Carey, which I unfortunately didn’t enjoy as much as I would have liked to. My review for it can be found here.

 

 

 

 

What I Think I’ll Read Next:

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When it comes to choosing a book to read next, I’m the worst at making a decision. I always have about 2980427384 books lying around at home that I’ve borrowed from the library or bought and haven’t read yet. I also have a bad habit of requesting a ton of books on Netgalley at a time, downloading them, and then forgetting about them – though I’ve told myself that I’m not allowed to request anything else until I’m completely caught up, so we’ll see how well I can stick to that.

That being said, I think that my next read will either be You Are Mine by Janeal Falor (which was a review request, so it should really be my first priority) or The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (which is due back at the library soon).

Feel free to share your answers or a link to your own WWW post in the comments below; I’d love to see what you’re reading! : )
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