TBR Top 5: Halloween

These books are not based around or on Halloween but are in fact the books I want to try and read this month in the countdown to Halloween! Given lately I’ve been in a bit of a slump it’s needless to say that reading has been hard for me over the last month or so but I intend to change that this month using my favourite genres. Horror and Thriller!


1: The Fourth Monkey by J D BarkerIMG_20170929_113422_171

Synopsis

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

Expectations

I’ll admit I’ve already started reading this and I’m almost a third of the way through but it’s stacking up to be a great Thriller. With a killer that followers the proverb of “Ear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Do No Evil” it’s a strange and somewhat gory book, nothing to turn your stomach (unless you’re squeamish I suppose) but it has got a little graphic imagery. It’s fast paced and I’m honestly not sure how this book will end but I can bet there’ll be plenty of plot twists along the way because there already have been a couple that I didn’t really expect even though you could guess them really. It’s well written and goes at a fast but steady pace which is great because it makes me want to keep reading even if I starting thinking there may be a killer lurking in the shadows of my house!


2: The Girl Next Door by Jack KetchumIMG_20170927_105643_488

Synopsis

Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make.

Expectations

I’ve heard a lot about this book and I’ve read about the truly vile True Events that this books is based on and if the real life story is anything to go by and the fact that it’s meant to be very close to them then I can only imagine that this book could turn even my stomach in disgust when I read this. It takes a lot to disgust me but it happens and I think this book may be one to do that. A girl savaged and tortured by the person who was meant to look after her. I’ve read reviews that say this book is disturbed and depraved and people say that the writer is disgusting and disturbed to be able to write something of such perversion but they seem to forget or do not know that the author simply adapted a real life event into a novel.


3: Rattle by Fiona Cummins20170924_101125

Synopsis

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.

What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Expectations

I’ve heard that the “psychopath” in this book is even more terrifying than Hannibal Lecter but to be fair I find him more charming that terrifying, I mean I know he has the all cannibal thing and likes brains (which is great if you want Kuru) but he’s still intellectual and charming so is this antagonist? The books starts by giving you information on a disease that causes a second skeleton to grow over the original which only makes me wonder what the heck this book could be about, I assume something to do with bones but I honestly I have no idea and I can’t wait to find out.


4:  Pop Goes The Weasel by M J Arlidge20170910_102737

Synopsis

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs…

Expectations

This is the second book in the D. I. Helen Grace series so if the first book is anything to go by then I should be getting a great serial killer antagonist who commits gruesome murders. I’ll hopefully also get a fast but steady paced book with more turns that Helter Skelter! I’ve read a lot about Jack The Ripper it must be said but the idea of someone who kills the clients rather than the workers really intrigues me. But hopefully unlike Jack The Ripper we will find out who the villain is.


5: In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass GreenIMG_20171005_105827_656

Synopsis

A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A Twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…

Expectations

Okay, the reason I added this was not necessarily because it sounds amazing, it’s mainly because it’s a short book which I should actually be able to finish it this month if all else fails! But to be fair to the book it does sound like a nice little thriller, the blurb intrigued me, especially with random woman leaving a stranger a house and then killing herself? As long as the actually story isn’t as annoying as the title (wood? They’re called Woods!) I should think it will be a easy little Halloween read.


This is an optimistic TBR but I hope to finish a couple at least. Wish me luck guys!

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x

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September Book Haul and Wrap Up

Good afternoon folks. I think I’m going to do my Book Haul and Wrap Up like this every month because it just seems a little easier. So, here are my September Book Haul and Wrap Up!


20170706_101819September Wrap Up

This month I didn’t manage to read much. I was in a slump for the start of the month and then began to read Filth which is taking me a while but I have managed to finish one book.

  • The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – 4 Stars

Now that I’ve finished The Girl Of Ink And Stars I have begun to read The Fourth Monkey by J D Barker along with Filth which seems like a good book to go into Halloween Month!


September Book HaulIMG_20170930_131802_868

This month I managed to buy 9 books and won a 10th in a Bookstagram giveaway. Three Hardbacks in the background facing the camera are 3 of the books that I bought and I also forgot to add The Girl Next Door to my Book Haul photo so I’ll add a photo down below!

  • Did You See Melody by Sophie Hannah
  • The Fourth Monkey by J D Barker
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • Forget Me Not by M J Arlidge (7th book in the D. I. Helen Grace Series)
  • In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Sequel to Three Dark Crowns)
  • Rattle by Fiona Cummins
  • The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
  • One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus (Won in giveaway)IMG_20170927_105643_488
  • The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes Illustrated Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bought from a Charity Shop this morning so couldn’t add a photo)

This month I also got my Fiction Wicks (find them on Etsy) candles, Fiction (Coffee and Vanilla) and The Name Of The Doctor (Mystery Scent just like the Doctor’s Name is a mystery) and a candle from Paper Flame Candles Co (Find them on Etsy) called Book Dragon (Campfire, Forest Walk and Dragon’s Blood). They all smell great and I’m so glad I got them.

 


Hope you all got some great books and bookish goodies this month unless of course you’re on a Book Buying Ban!

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x

Review: The Girl Of Ink And Stars

The Girl Of Ink And Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave20170918_093407

Synopsis

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

My Thoughts

This book was a short and sweet little fantasy adventure book. It’s a middle grade read but that doesn’t mean older readers can’t enjoy it too. It’s all about myths and adventure and just makes a wonderful read that’d very easy to read and it’s a fairly quick read too as it isn’t too complicated or long but it still has some lovely detail and character development. Isabella is the main character in the book who believes in the myths of a great a woman called Arianta who once stopped a fire demon from destroying their island, Joya. Now a thousand years later the fire demon is back and the island is dying which is when the adventure starts! The actual story doesn’t take that long to get into and instead of your average adventure story with lots of action this is really well made and world builds as they go making you feel the death of Joya and the need to find help for the island. Along with this you slowly see Isa grow from a girl who believes in myths to a girl who wants to become the heroine she loves so much in a sense.

If you like fantasy books that are short and sweet and have a lovely little adventure in it that isn’t too complicated then this book is for you. It’s simple and sweet with a very interesting mythology throughout it a great main character.

Awarded: 4 Stars


In regards of my last post (you can check it out on my blog if you haven’t already) now that I’ve finished The Girl Of Ink And Stars I will be reading The Fourth Monkey along with Filth as I fight my way through the Scottish Crime novel!

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x

I decided to read more than one book at a time…

…For the first time!

Yes I’m one of them people that only ever reads one book at a time because I like to have my complete attention on that one story I’m reading. However, for the first time in my life I have decided to read two books at a time and I know you’re probably thinking that this isn’t a big deal but to me in kind of is.


Filth by Irvine Welsh20170915_100224

As you know if you read my last post, this is the book I started reading after I DNF’d my reread of Heart-Shaped Box. My only issue is, I’m also finding it difficult to read this book as well, not because it’s a bad book, it’s actually quite good (unless you’re easily offended) and I want to keep reading. The problem is quite a lot of the book is written in a thick Scottish accent which makes it hard for me to read given I’m not Scottish. I may understand some Scottish phrases and pronunciations but that doesn’t mean I can easily read it. It makes it difficult which means it could take me almost a hour just to read a twenty page chapter.

The Solution

Given I still want to read Filth and actually finish I’ve decided that I’m going to read another book at the same time so I don’t fall into a slump. How will this help? Well, while I’m reading the second book that should help me start interested in reading and stop me going into the dreaded reading slump. In regards to Filth, I’m going to aim to read at least on chapter a day until I finish it. I now have 293 pages left of Filth which would usually take me about  two or three days to read but this time it’ll take me maybe a fortnight so long as I stick to my target and get at least one chapter of Filth read a day. It is a good book, it’s gritty and hard hitting but it’s good as long as you like that kind of thing. It’s also incredibly problematic but that’s what Irvine Welsh does, he writes about the worst kinds of people just like in Trainspotting, there’s drugs and sex and misogyny. Just all round debauchery but this time to main character is a cop.


The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave20170918_093407

This is the book I’ll be reading along with Filth. It’s the complete polar opposite. A middle grade book that been described as fairytale like and is an adventure book. It’s a short book so if I finish this before I finish Filth then I’ll find another book to read with it instead but for now this is the other book I’ll be reading. Apparently it’s a quick read and while I’ve only read the first chapter so far I can tell I’ll be able to read it fairly quickly so long as I don’t start slipping into a slump again. Only time will tell and I’ll keep you all undated on my progress (you can check out my Goodreads for regular updates too if you like, the link is in the sidebar) and of course write a review when I finish it.


Wish me look with this challenging reading time for me!

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x

Why I Don’t Reread

Hello guys, I don’t have a book to review again today so I decided to just talk about why I’ve decided not to do rereads anymore. This post probably won’t be long so I’ll make up for it with a few pretty pictures. Well I say pretty but I took them so I’m probably being a bit bias!


Why don’t I reread?

IMG_20170821_105436_513So the first book I ever reread was City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare earlier this year. It took me just over a week to read it which is actually slow for me even though I’m a fairly slow reader but I can usually read a book in about 3 days unless it’s over about 500 pages then it may take a little longer. The other week I also started to reread Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. This is a book I loved when I originally read it about a year ago and I still love it now but I ended up going into a slump so it took me ages to get through even 100 pages.

IMG_20170902_104539_653I rarely DNF books because I’m one of them people who will keep reading even if the book feels like it’s tearing out your soul. Although I did DNF Heart-Shaped Box less than 100 pages into my reread because it was taking so long to read so I decided to read something else instead. I’m not going to lie, I still love Heart-Shaped Box, it has a great story and great characters but I just don’t think I’m the kind of person to reread books. I read them once and can remember the plot for a very long time, it can take years for me to forget a plot, I can still remember the plot to the book that made me start to read with a passion and I read that over 6 years ago now.

IMG_20170915_105209_174Anyway, given I’ve now decided that I probably won’t reread a book again unless I’ve actually completely forgotten the plot and want to be reminded of it and what the book was like when I originally read it that I’m going to read something else so instead I’m reading Filth by Irvine Welsh. It’s an incredibly Scottish book and I’ve found myself reading it in a (bad) Scottish accent just to be able to actually understand some of it. It is good though and seems to be bringing me back out of my slump so that’s good.

So yeah, that’s why I’ve decided not to reread anymore.


Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: The Sun Is Also A Star

Hello guys, I don’t have a recent read to review at the moment because I’m in a little bit of a reading slump so I’m going to review a book from a few months ago.


The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola YoonIMG_20170716_102947_635

Synopsis

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Thoughts

I loved this book. Okay I get that it could be a little problematic at times but it was a really good read. A story about a Jamaican girl and a Korean boy both living in America only one is about to be deported. Natasha is a girl from Jamaican living illegally in America who faces deportation after he father is caught drink driving. Daniel is an American born to Korean parents who want him to succeed after his older brother drops out of college. The Universe seems to want the two to meet and so they do in New York city where the two live.

In the story Daniel is convinced that he can make Natasha fall in love with him in a day. Throughout the book Natasha and Daniel ask each other questions that are meant to make them fall in love with each other. As the book goes on you can see how their relationship grows even though it’s only over one single day. The character development is good too given you go from people who don’t think much of themselves and slowly learn that they mean more than they think they do. Though the idea of falling in love in a day may be a bit hard to believe for some this actually makes you think that maybe it is possible.

The two main characters are very likeable and you really feel for the two. One facing being forced to leave the place she sees as home and one having to face controlling parents. You want the two fall in love or at least become great friends just so they have something they can be happy about in that day that could be one of the worst days of their lives. They’re only young and have already had their lives written out for them but family and government. Maybe this is the only thing that they have control over even though falling in love is usually something you can’t control.

Awarded: 5 Stars


I definitely recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a book with a minority MC. Hope you liked the review and I hope to have an actual recent read for my next review.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – Benjamin Alire SáenzIMG_20170829_113058_988

Synopsis

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship–the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves–and about the kind of people they want to be.

My Thoughts

This book is utterly delightful. I loved it so much and I am so glad because of how many times I was recommended it by my friend who absolutely adores it. The main reason I love this book is because it focuses on the character instead of having a major plot to it. Ari is my favourite character of two although I do love Dante’s utter quirkiness view on life. While one is a pessimist the other is a optimist but as we know opposites attract. The story is a lovely adventure in finding out the truths you never knew in life including the ones about yourself while you grow up from teen to adult.

The best part about this book though could most definitely be that instead of it being set in the present day in it set in the late 70’s when being gay was still seen as a bad thing even though it had been decriminalised in most parts of the western world. This is just a lovely story of growing up, learning and experiencing new things and finding the real you. And joining Ari on his adventure to find the secrets of the universe with Dante is wonderful, especially as you watch him grow and understand that he’s falling in love for the first time.

I whole heartedly recommend this book, especially to those struggling with coming to terms with their own sexuality or just because it such a sweet story, of course there are bad moments, but it’s still heart warming and the dialogue is both quirky and amusing while still being emotional and intelligent. Please, do go read this book.

Awarded: 5 Stars


Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my review and now you can check out my Film Review blog. The link to it is on my blog along with my other social networking links.

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x