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Horror Books Based on True Stories!

Hi everyone!

I love true crime so much and it makes everything so much creepier when I know that the story is based on true events! I thought I’d gather some of my favourite true stories together so I can share it for my other true crime fans!

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The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Everyone has probably heard of The Amityville Horror – whether it’s the original film, the remake or just the mystery surrounding it – but here it is in all it’s glory! The accounts of the original Amityville haunting – be sure not to read it alone at night!

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Top Five Thriller Authors!

Hi everyone!

I’ve talked about my love for horror authors (if you missed that post you can find it here!), so now I think it’s time to talk about another of my favourite genres – thriller!

I adore thriller, I love being in suspense and creeped out by a good book, so thought I’d share some of my favourite thriller authors with you! Here we go!
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Sarah Pinborough

Have I talked about Sarah enough?? I LOVE HER AND HER WRITING OKAY. Behind Her Eyes is definitely one of – if not THE – best thriller I have ever read and I am still not okay after it. If you want a brilliant YA and thriller author – this is the one you need in your life!

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Favourite Horror Authors!

Hi everyone!

I think that horror books seem to be less talked about compared to other genres of books, but I absolutely adore them! I decided that today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite horror authors, to hopefully help some of you who want to start reading horror, or giving recommendations to those of you who already love the genre! All of these are great ways to get into horror, so here we go!divider-2461548_1280

 

Bram Stoker

One of the most famous horror writers in history, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is notorious for being the start of the rise of the vampires within fiction. It is now my favourite classic novel that I’ve ever read and I can’t recommend it enough!

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Top Ten Underrated Authors!

Hi everyone!

I meant to post this yesterday as it was Valentines Day and I wanted to share some love for some wonderful authors, but life got in the way and I never got the chance! So instead here is a post to share some love for some amazing and underrated authors – because they deserve so much love! In no particular order here are some of my favourite underrated authors!

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Jennifer Brown

Jennifer is not only absolutely lovely, but I read her book Hate List last year and it completely blew me away. It was so thought provoking, and really hit me hard – I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about it!

To find more about Jennifer, click here!

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Blogmas Day 20 (Part 2!): Interview with Trev Lince!

Hi everyone!

I’m back AGAIN on Day 20 of Blogmas to share with you an interview with the lovely Trev Lince, author of Room 119!!!

Trev’s book is absolutely wonderful, and if you’re looking for a last minute present for someone you love this Christmas then this is definitely one to get!! Anyway let’s get on with the interview!

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Trevor Lince, I am from a little village on the North East coast called Marske-by-the-sea in what used to be North Yorkshire. I now live in Darlington and work most of the week in London. Long suffering Middlesbrough FC fan, used to play football quite a lot now you’re more likely to see me on a golf course.

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff // Pre-Release ARC Review


Title:
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 7th September 2017

Mia is back in this explosive sequel to the Nevernight Chronicles. With more blood, more action and a heart stopping final chapter, you’ll be left praying to the Black Mother for more.

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Godsgrave, and after completely falling in love with Nevernight last year, I was ecstatic. After finishing Godsgrave, I can hands down say this is the best book I have read so far this year. My love for this series just constantly grows, and this book changes nothing about that.

From the first page I was hooked, and the fact Jay gives us a run down of everything that happened so far is one of the most useful things, I loved it. This series is always good at world building, but this book takes it to the next level. With beautiful descriptions of each city Mia ventures to, and awe-inspiring explanations of every arena, this book completely immerses you into the world of Mia Corvere.

Mia herself goes through so much, and if you didn’t love Mia and her resolve to do the best in honour of her family now, you will after this book. Her strong sense of love for her familia, and her interactions with characters both new and old are absolutely perfect. She has always been one of my favourite female characters, and this book has definitely moved her up to the top spot on that list.

The addition of Eclipse and Mister Kindly’s interaction both with each other, and with Mia is absolutely brilliant. The hilarity and light-heartedness that they both bring is such a breath of fresh air in the darkness of the story, it was a contrast that Jay created with utter perfection. There are so many heart-breaking and powerful scenes within this book, I couldn’t keep up with just how much I loved it all.

From the last couple of chapters I literally couldn’t put it down, I was so hooked and I just had to know how the book ended. Once I did get to the end, I instantly hit a book hangover because I just didn’t want it to finish! The ending was outstanding, the perfect way to lead on to the third book in the series, and keep you wanting more.

This book is one of the best sequels I have ever read, and does the Nevernight Chronicles complete justice. The writing style is once again absolutely amazing, and the inclusion of the notes at the bottom of the page are such a wonderfully personal addition, as they were in Nevernight, it really feels as though you’re part of the story and Jay is talking to you. The little notes are also dripping with sarcasm, which is probably one of my favourite things about any book, I love it.

From the characters development, to the way Jay describes everything within the story to such degrees of excellence, this book is definitely set to be one of the best books released this year. My love for this series is still evergrowing and I already want to re-read it. Mia Corvere, you are my hero.

Never Flinch, Never Fear, and Never Forget

Nevernight, the first book in the series is out now at all major outlets!

Godsgrave is available for preorder now, and will be released on 7th September 2017!

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian // Review


Title: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th April 2016

An emotionally charged coming of age story that will leave you in tears, and clinging to the memories of your hometown long after you close the book.

When I picked this book up, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but whatever it was, this exceeded it. This beautiful book was written perfectly and from the start of the book I completely fell in love. The book follows the story of Keeley and the fact that her city, Aberdeen, is not only being sold from under everyone, but also it is slowly going underwater. This leaves Keeley with the emotional choices of leaving the only life she’s ever known, or staying and protesting the change with her dad, as the friends around her leave.

This book really hit me hard. It was one of the most realistic stories I’ve ever read, even though it was about a topic I’ve never experienced obviously! The character of Keeley felt so real, and I could really empathise with everything she had to go through. Her relationship with her friends were such an emotional rollercoaster, how the friendships and relationships changed throughout the events of the book felt so real, and I was constantly hoping for the best every time I picked it up.

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Horns by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Horns by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Release: 2nd June 2011

A story about the morals of telling the truth and how just one night can ruin peoples lives, the son of the King of horror is back with a tale of murder, revenge and the Devil himself of course.

I absolutely adore Joe Hill’s writing style and was desperate to read this as soon as I first read NOS4R2 (my review for that can be found here!). I’d heard really great things about it, and knew I had to read it. The writing style throughout the book was so good that I couldn’t help but carry on reading it, and when I wasn’t reading it I was desperate to know what was happening next.

The introduction of Ig is one of my favourite things in the book, as straight away we deal with Ig whilst he is growing his horns and getting used to their power of making people tell him their inner truths. The truths that get revealed right at the start of the book instantly make you relate to Ig and feel sympathy with him, meaning you automatically become immersed in the story.

The plot throughout this book is such a hard hitting story but the way it is developed and with Ig’s new ‘power’ it has been so carefully thought out and I love it. The backstory of Ig’s friendship with Lee is such a brilliant insight into the overarching plot between them, that leaves you with both sympathy to Lee but also growing hatred. The announcement of the plot twist within the book is one of the most shocking parts of any book that I was left devastated.

The introduction of the backstory of Merrin and Ig was also so cleverly written into the main story that it gave you the perfect insight into their romance, before cruelly bringing the story back to present day and realising the story you have just fallen in love with has already been taken away. The writing style is so clever, and the development of Ig’s character and relationship with his horns as the book continues and he finds out more and more about the death of Merrin is brilliant.

I love how you can see the humanity within him leave bit by bit as the story continues and the ending fits the rest of the story so well.

This book has such a brilliant balance of the hard hitting emotions, brilliant writing style, and a brilliantly unexpected conclusion. Joe Hill is still the Prince of Horror/Thriller, and seems like this will be his title for a while.

Have you read Horns? What did you think? What is your favourite book by Joe Hill? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein // Review


Title: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th February 2015

A book that focuses on the amazing work that women did in the Second World War will leave you an emotional wreck and feeling so much pride you will need a day to get over it.

This book is absolutely beautiful. I didn’t know what to expect when my friend bought this for me for Christmas, just that it was similar in some ways to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (my favourite book) so I was extremely excited. Little did I know that this book would be absolutely perfect and one of the most emotional novels I’ve read so far this year.

From the start of the book I had such conflicting feelings in relation to the main character, I both understood what she had to do due to torture, but also was shocked at how she seemed to be giving up information to the enemy with such ease. However as the book continued the reasons behind what she was doing were so perfectly explained that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her and her writing. I loved how it wasn’t until at least a third of the way into the book that we got to know who our protagonist was. The mystery fit in so well with the story being set in WWII, the notorious time for enemy spies and hidden agendas.

The writing style of this book is beautiful. It feels so raw and so real, you can imagine yourself in the characters shoes as she tells her story to the Germans. I also particularly love that the story she tells was angled so well to explain just how important the character of Queenie was to the female war effort, and the importance of the character of Maggie was to the war effort and to Queenie’s life. The friendship between Queenie and Maggie is one of the most beautiful friendships I have ever read about, and soon as I began their story I fell completely in love with them.

The underlying message within this book I also felt was so important. As shown when the German Officer becomes a softer and happier person when talking about his daughter, the message that the reality of war affects every single person on both sides, both the friendly and enemy sides, was so important to express and I think Wein explained this perfectly.

The depth and research that must have gone into this book is admirable as there was so much depth into the weapons, planes etc used during the American war effort, that I admire Wein for providing such detail to really make the audience feel immersed in the story and give it a reality check. The ending is so heartbreaking but also so realistic to the effects that war has on people and what it drives people to do, that I was just in awe of the writing.

This book not only provides a wonderfully historic fictional insight into a war that still affects many to this day, but also provides such a beautiful story between two best friends and the lengths they will go to protect each other. I was left in tears but also with such a fierce amount of respect for the women of WWII and how well all the loose ends were tied up.

A moving story, but with perfect writing, and heart-breaking actions, this book will truly stay with me forever.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

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Starr Gone Blog Tour // Interview with Kim Briggs & Excerpt!

Hi everyone!

Here’s my second post for the amazing Book Unleashed Blog Tour for Starr Gone! Kim was lovely enough to talk to us about her latest novel and the best things about being an author! She’s one of the kindest people, and I’m lucky enough to get the chance to share this interview with you! Here we go!

Q: What’s your inspiration for the character of Starr?

A: Starr’s a little bit of me from high school or at least the seventeen-year old girl I wanted to be. She’s together. She’s opinionated. She’s loving and she cares passionately. She kicks ass in school, but when the Organization decides they want her as assassin, she needs to figure out who she is and what she wants. In Starr Lost, Starr forms her own team, and they make a number of startling discoveries including who or what is behind the Organization. Starr thinks she’s beginning to make sense out of chaos. She’s wrong. In Starr Gone, she smashes into brick wall after brick wall. Her character, her friendships, and her relationship with Christian are put to the ultimate test. Will she snap and become the assassin General Treadwell wants her to be? I’ll never tell.

Q: Did you always know that this was the way the story would go (relating to including the grandparents and Jody and Sami)?

A: So I have a confession to make…Every aspect of the Starr Fall story arc came to me fully formed. I knew the trials that Starr would need to go through to test her grit and determination. I knew that Jody and Sami would return in Starr Gone. I also knew that her grandparents and the Organization would be tied to one another. There are more tests Starr will need to go through, but Di will be tested too. She’ll need to rise to be a leader or lose herself entirely.

If it’s any consolation to other writers, my current WIP series is not as easy—payback is a bitch.

Q: What is your favourite part of writing this series?

A: When I open the file for Book Four, it’s like falling back into a world I adore. Each character is my best friend. Coda makes me laugh. Ben is the steadfast, solid friend who will be there no matter what. Christian and Frank care about Starr and will do anything to protect her. Starr and Di are opposite sides of the same coin. Many reviewers have asked me how I can switch between them so fluently and keep their voices unique, and I think it’s because I know them both so well. Sometimes Starr might say something that sounds like Di and vice versa, but that’s normal when a friendship is as tight as theirs. So in short, every part of writing Starr Fall is my favourite.

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