Blogtober Day Ten: Hocus Pocus Book Tag

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Hi, lovelies! Antonia and I are here with another fun Spooktober themed book tag. Who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus? This movie is a total classic and I was excited to see that it has its own book tag. It’s the perfect post for Blogtober. I found this tag over at Romance Book Binge. Let’s get to it!

A great trilogy

Amanda- One of the best trilogies I’ve read this year so far was definitely the Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence.

Antonia- One that I’ve been most excited about recently is the Chronicles of the One trilogy by Nora Roberts. The first two books were amazing and the last comes out in December. I. Can’t. Wait.

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Winifred Sanderson: A book with a truly evil female villain.

Amanda- All I’m going to say is House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.

Antonia- The first one that comes to mind since I’m rereading it is Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She’s definitely a little crazy.

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Sarah Sanderson: A book that uncannily attracts children.

Amanda- Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chockshi is a great middle grade series that I want everyone to read.

Antonia- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis was one of my parent’s favorites, one of my favorites and now my nephew loves them too.

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Mary Sanderson: A book that is just plain silly.

Amanda- I laughed all the way through The Disasters by M.K. England.

Antonia- The BFG by Roald Dahl is by far the silliest book I’ve read.

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Max: A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.

Amanda- The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Antonia- The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast were equal parts interesting storyline and too much teenage angst.

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Dani: A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

Amanda- I just finished this one and adored it. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

Antonia- Crank by Ellen Hopkins. It was the first book I was introduced to that didn’t sugarcoat things like drugs and teenage pregnancy.

Binx: A book series that just won’t die.

Amanda- Welll, I’m currently rereading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. So, I think that’s pretty fitting.

Antonia- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is one I wish disappeared into a black hole forever ago.

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Ice: A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.

Amanda- Scam from the Zeroes trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan. He gets it together, eventually.

Antonia- Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one who definitely isn’t all there but eventually you learn it’s less her being stupid and more that she’s just crazy.

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The Black Flame Candle: A book or series you wish you could resurrect.

Amanda- I actually sort of am resurrecting this series. I just found The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and borrowed it from Antonia. So, I’m hoping to reread these soon.

Antonia- The Age of X series by Richelle Mead. As far as I can tell this series is never going past book two because of low sales and that really pisses me off.

Headless Billy Butcherson: A book that’s not as bad as people make it out to be.

Amanda- Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. I know this book has flaws, but I liked it anyway.

Antonia- Beastly by Alex Flinn. I think the terrible movie had an adverse affect on peoples opinions of the book.

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Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book: A book with a mind of its own.

Amanda- The Disasters by M.K. England

Antonia- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Garry Marshall: A book with a cameo.

Amanda- I actually recently buddy read Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum. She totally made a reference to another one of her books (Tell Me Three Things) which totally made me laugh.

Antonia- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I don’t remember exactly which books but a couple of them make subtle references to the Kane Chronicles and vice versa.

That’s all the questions for this one! We loved this tag, it was so fun to think of books for these questions. Now we’re off to watch some Hocus Pocus of course.

Now, we shall tag some lovely bloggers to also participate!

 

 

Blogtober Day One: Amanda’s Bookeyman-A-Thon TBR

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Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to say Happy October! It’s the prime time of the spooky season and I’m so excited to be participating in a Spooktober readathon that is hosted by two of my favorite bookish friends, Alana @ The Bookish Chick & Books in the Skye. I shall leave the link to the twitter thread with all of the info here. I have chosen Team Clan because fifteen-year-old me would never let me choose anything other than the Vampires. There are a few challenges that I will list below with my chosen books. The Bookeyman-A-Thon will be going on for the whole month of Spooktober. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spooky books.

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Read a book you’ve been dying to sink your teeth into – Read a backlist book:

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

You need to feed and all you see is blood – Read a book with a red cover:

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Make your immortality count and become well known – Read a book with over 15,000 ratings on GoodReads:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Sunrise Challenge: You need to avoid the sunlight – Read a book only at night:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

I’m beyond excited for these prompts and the books I’ve chosen to read for this readathon. Tell me in the comments about what you’re planning to read for the spookiest month of the year!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

GoodReads Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
Review:
I’m sad to say that I’m a little disappointed by this book. I had some pretty high hopes for this story. I thought it was going to be the perfect seasonal read for the spooky season. But this story was more than I was hoping for.
I loved the idea behind the book. Fairytales come to life. But they’re not the fairytales we all know and love. They’re twisted and dark and even a little scary. I was so here for this idea. I love some twisted fairytales. This was sadly the best part of the book.
Our main character, Alice, was annoying. She was a flawed girl which is something I usually like but I think it was overdone. I’m not going to spill any of the beans. But the plot twist involving her was predictable and I just didn’t love it. I also didn’t like that we never actually got to hear her whole story (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book.) She has some serious anger issues and was so frustrating. She has it in her head that she needs to go to this incredibly dangerous place, the Hinterland, to rescue her mother. Okay a quest, I get that. What I don’t get is why make it sound so dangerous and have literally everyone tells you not to go so that when Alice ignores them and goes anyway it makes her look dumb.
I think this story had so much potential but got really confusing toward the end. Once Alice goes into the Hinterland the story gets really screwy. This was a little annoying because the first half of the book is her just trying to find the Hinterland. So half the book was pretty slow with little bits of excitement and the last half of the book was nothing but excitement. The pace was a little off and could have been done differently.
I also alternated my reading of this book between audiobook and paper copy. The audiobook was excellent. I’m not sure who the narrator was but she did an excellent job telling the story. I feel like I’m kind of picky when it comes to audiobook narrators, so I have to start remembering the narrators I do like to find other books narrated by them.
Anyway, I had high hopes for The Hazel Wood because of the hype surrounding it. So while I was a little disappointed with the story, I don’t want to say that it was bad. But I don’t think that it lives up to all of the hype surrounding the story. It was definitely super creepy/ spooky though so it’s a great read for the spooky season. Let me know what you thought of The Hazel Wood in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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I Heart Characters!

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger love for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so you and others can blog hop and share the character love.

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This weeks topic is Plagued by Ghosts (A character who IS a ghost or can see and/or interacts with the spiritual realm.)

Amanda

Okay so who here has read The Wicked Deep. our main character sees ghosts. Penny is sort of an outsider in her town. She lives on the island with the lighthouse and takes a little boat to the mainland everyday for school and everything. While I didn’t absolutely love Penny, she was definitely intriguing in this book. A great book for spooky season if you’re looking for something to read this Halloween!

Antonia

The In The Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts follows three women as they deal with a ghost who’s haunting their house. The ghost has a sad, twisted backstory that I completely loved.