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Fall Book Recommendations

It’s fall and it’s the season of pumpkin lattes. And I don’t know about you but this fall is going to be awesome and I can’t read some fall favorites. In this post, I am going to talk about books that are for the fall. This book has a mixture of spooky, dark fantasy, thriller or just anything that I thought was great for the fall. I will add in some lighter books for those that want to be part of the season but aren’t looking to get scared.

BOOK 1: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

This is one of my all-time favorite series. If you are looking for books about witches this is a series to check out. This book is about a girl discovers she is a witch and learns more about where she comes from, learns how to use magic and also tries a live a normal life while avoiding the dangers that make lurk behind.

BOOK 2: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

If you looking for something with vampires well The Morganville Vampires series is going to give you that. It has great characters, and vampires. This series is about a girl named Claire who goes to college in a small town in Texas called Morganville. Claire soon moves into a house with three roommates and learns as well that the town has a secret. And that secret is that the town is run by vicious vampires.

BOOK 3: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Here a series that you should check out if you are looking for something with vampires. I was sucked in from the first book and couldn’t stop reading it. The series is about a girl who loses her parents in a tragic car accident and then moves in with her grandparents. Soon, she ends up meeting a boy named Cal who ends up knowing more about the story behind Allie’s parent’s parents. Eventually, Allie finds out that Cal is zombie slayers and their vicious zombies and Allie ends seeking to avenge her parents.

BOOK 4: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Here is a classic to fill your shelves. I know this book is already well-known but I decided this list needs this book. I figured Frankenstein is great for Halloween if you want something with a monster type of books along with a crazy scientist. When I read it I thought it was way different from the movies.

Book 5: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

My last book is one of my all-time favorites and it’s Neverwhere. This is one of the best Neil Gaiman books that recently got a new cover edition. This book takes place in London and centers around a guy named Richard. Richard has a great life and everything was going great until he runs into a wounded girl on the streets. He tries to help her out but it leads him into more trouble than he expected. The next day she disappears and Richard ends up being invisible. Richard must find a way to get back his life by finding the girl and avoiding those that want her. This also soon becomes an even more twisted dark story.

So that is it for my list of fall favorites. Let me know in the comments below what are your favorites. I am also on social media if you have more you wish to add to the list. Until next time keep on reading.


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Book Review

I am back with another book review. I was happy to finally to get my hands on Lord of Shadows. For those don’t know this already I am a hardcore fan of Cassandra Clare’s books and I love anything Shadowhunter related. After reading Lady Midnight I was sucked into the world of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn and now with the follow-up Lord of Shadows, I grew to love The Dark Artifices even more. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight I do have a book review on that book here for you to check it out.

  • Title: Lord of Shadows
  • Author: Cassandra Clare
  • Series: The Dark Artifices
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 720
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon


In the Lord of Shadows, we pick where we left off from the events of Lady Midnight. First Emma is deeply in love with Julian but because it’s forbidden for Parabatai to be together in that, Emma must pretend to be in a relationship with Mark. But, this is the least of their troubles when everyone finds out about the Black Volume of the Dead. In the process, Julian makes a dangerous bargain with the sneaky Seelie Queen which may have its out consequences. On top of this, a group of Shadowhunters called the Cohort who hates Downworlders wants to take over the Los Angeles Institute and spread their harsh laws. Lastly, to top the icing on the cake another threat arises when the Unseelie King wants the Black Volume of the Dead and will stop at nothing have himself.


I thought that most dangerous thing in the Shadowhunter world was Valentine, Sebastian, and just demons. But I was wrong, in fact, I think demons was the easiest thing to deal with for the Shadowhunters. There so much happening in this book, that I wonder how anyone goes to sleep at night knowing you have to watch your backs.

The book is a roller coaster ride of emotions, action, and thrills. Everywhere I turn there is something that keeps my attention and made it hard for me to put it down. I also enjoyed the world building in this book. I actually the fact that in this book we got to learn more about fairies and see more of their world because in the other series she has written we don’t get a lot of fairies scenes as much. Another thing that enjoyed about the book is the fighting combat scenes that add another punch.

I love the characters. I like the interaction between Emma and Julian and how they always have each other’s back no matter what. Even when they are having a fight or what not they are still Parabatai I also like Julian who will do anything to protect his family and to keep everyone together. Another character that caught my attention was Kit who was introduced in Lady Midnight who was also known as The Last Herondale. I like how he starts out as an outcast but then slowly finds his way. I hope in the next book he overcomes he struggles and gets a spin-off.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and had so much fun. And in fact, I wait so long to read it and now I have I know I have great hopes for what’s to come in the next book. Cassandra Clare’s books keep getting better and I hope the world of Shadowhunters don’t end.


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September 2017 TBR

This is list is late but I did a video recently, talking about my TBR for the month. This month I am excited to read some of the books that have been on my TBR for awhile. I have a mix of sequels, a standalone and a new trilogy. This month I am adding an extra dose of fantasy and one historical fiction book.So let’s get to the list.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare books and I am an even bigger fan of the world of Shadowhunters. Even since The Infernal Devices I was hooked and loved her recently trilogy The Dark Artifices. So this month I will continue with the second book of the trilogy. If you have read it yet this is a trilogy focused on the two characters Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn along with the family of Blackthorns and other characters.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

Another book I will be reading is the last book from the A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you haven’t read the trilogy it’s about a girl named Feyre who accidentally kills a wolf. Later an angry beast shows up to tell it her that she actually a fae. As punishment, she must live with the beast and to live in the world of fae. If you wish to learn more do check my review on the book itself at here.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

This is a fantasy book that I am excited about. I actually saw the cover and thought it looked cool. This book takes place in New York when magic was thought to be extinct. Except a few have magic but sadly it’s not allowed in this world. A thief who also has magic has to power to time-travel. This thief whose name is Esta takes on a job to steal an object that is in Old New York and so she has to time-travel there. Soon, she learns that the past is as dangerous the present.

The Lesser Bohemian by Eimear McBride

Here is another book that got my attention by the cover. I thought the cover was cool, mysterious and just interesting. This was a book sent to me by Blogging for Books. This is the book is history book about a girl who goes to a London school to study drama. There she meets an older man who is an experienced actor and then form a bond.


Lord of Shadows
The Last Magician
A Court of Wings and Ruin
The Lesser Bohemian

The Social Media Network Book Tag

Hi guys, I back with another post. Today I take on a new tag video. Today I will be doing the Social Media Network Book Tag. If you are a fan of social media and love books keep reading. Along with the video, I will be bringing on my kitten who I got this weekend. Her name is Mechis the kitten. I found her at PetSmart and I knew that she was the cutest thing ever next to my other cat Gigi.


  1. Twitter: A book you want to share with the world
  2. Facebook: A book you really enjoyed that was recommended by someone else
  3. Tumblr: A book you read before booktube but haven’t raved much about on booktube
  4. Myspace: A book you don’t plan on re-reading
  5. Instagram: A book with a gorgeous, picture worthy cover
  6. Youtube: A book you wish would be made into a movie
  7. Skype: a book with characters that you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about

Pictures of Mechis

Anticipated Reads of Fall 2017

Even though summer is at a close, I am not sad in fact, I am stoked because this fall there is a boatload of awesome books ready to hit the shelves. There are some sequels, returning authors who left us wanting more since their last book, and new series to looking forward to starting. So, in this post, I will be talking about some of the books that made my anticipated list.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows Duology I was really impressed and wanted more. So I was excited to hear there is a new book coming out. This book is a collection of fairytales, folklore, and myths that are connected to the Grisha World that we got to know about it in her other books.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

This is another book that I was interested in checking out after reading Passenger and Wayfarer. I never read her other works and felt like I wanted to pick up another of her books. This is a fantasy book about a boy who has to deal with a demon that lives in him because of his great-great-great-great grandfather broke a deal with the demon. And through the story, the book must break the curse or else.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I never read any of Marie Lu’s book but her books have been on my TBR List for awhile. After my recent trip to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C and seeing her speak I knew I wanted to pick this science fiction book.

Turtles All The Way by John Green

I was excited to learn that John Green is coming out with a new book. I was a fan of The Fault in Our Stars and recently read Looking For Alaska. I knew I must pick up this book when it comes out.

Origin by Dan Brown

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I been waiting for this book like forever. I am a huge fan of The Robert Langdon series and when I saw the cover I went crazy. This is the newest installment and can’t to see what adventure Dan Brown has in store.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Lastly, the new book by Andy Weir is going to be dropping in November and I am stoked. I been a fan of his other book The Martian and enjoyed it so much that I will soon reread it and then watch the movie. I can’t wait for Artemis to drop.

So that is my list of anticipated read of fall. I hope you enjoyed this list. Let me know in the comments if you are excited about these books and what other books you are excited about.


Language of Thorns

A Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Turtles All the Way Down

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

I was excited to get my hands on the book right after reading Six of Crows. I just wanted more from the world and wanted to find out how things will be tied. Later did I realize that the book left me wanting more.

  • Title: Crooked Kingdom
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Series/Trilogy: Six of Crows Duology
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Page Count: 546
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon


In the Crooked Kingdom, we continue where we left off in the last book. Kaz and the rest of the team must find a way to deal with the fact that they were doubled crossed by Jan Van Eck. And top off the problem, Inej was taken prisoner as well. In order to rescue Inej and get the money they were promised, Kaz must come up with a plan to make it happen. To make things worse the word got out about the Parem Jurda and about Kuwei and now every country wants it for themselves. Now in this book Kaz and the characters must fight their enemies, get their money and find a way to survive.


I had so much fun reading Crooked Kingdom. In fact, the duology stepped up from the last book. I actually liked how the action built up and the fact that all countries were in the same city made it even more intense. I also liked the fact that I got to see more of the city of Ketterdam and how dark and grim it is. It made me think of the show Gotham or even Starlight city from Arrow combined. I also liked how Leigh also had more Grisha elements in the book as well. I have a feeling that I should read the Grisha Trilogy after this.

Starting off Kaz who I pretty much think is the most interesting character has developed so much in the book. I also like despite being a cruel, and smart person he has many sides of him. I also like seeing a part of him that actually cares for his team. I mean when someone is in trouble or down he will actually give a look. But at the same, I also like how Leigh didn’t make a 180 change for Kaz. It was more realistic and gradual which help keep the character we know.

For Inej, I think she is one of the strongest characters. I like how regardless of her past and the situations she knows how to take care of herself. She is tough and very smart. I also like the fact she and Kaz share this bond where they work well with each other. I hope another book comes out so I can see if they actually get together.

On to Wylan and Jesper. In the book, you get to know more about the characters and their backstory. I also liked Wylan, especially because in the first book I thought he was a whiny kid who just wanted to rebel. But throughout the book, I got a new respect for him. And Jesper he is just funny.

Lastly, I think the way it ended was perfect and it gave more open possibilities of more books. Like maybe spin-offs for the characters and maybe another series featuring the characters because I think it would totally fun to explore. I also would’ve liked to see how the characters who evolve as well. So if you are interested in checking out the book I have links and until my next post keep on reading.


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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It’s no secret that Six of Crows is one of those over hyped books. But after hearing so much about it I decided to give into the hype and read it. Plus, if you saw the book itself you know it looks cool. From the black painted edges to the awesome map that is in the book. It was just so cool.

  • Title: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Series/Trilogy: Duology
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Page Count: 518
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon


Six of the Crows you in for a treat. It’s like a mix of Gotham meets Leverage meets magical realm. The story starts out in the city of Ketterdam. Ketterdam is a fictional city of course. And the story centers around a group of characters that come from a different world that have to come together in order to steal something important. The main something important is a powerful drug that has the ability to amplify the abilities of Grisha which is like people with special abilities. This drug however also can lead to destruction and even worse. So the group of character lead by the smart thief Kaz must find a way to steal this drug which is held in The Ice Court. Did I mention The Ice Court is heavily guarded?


This is like one of the best books I read this year. If I was honest I was worried that this hype would fail me but it didn’t. It actually went beyond what I expected. Six of Crows from the cover to the entire story blew me away. Starting with the cover and packaging of the book it’s just cool. From the book cover with mysteriously creepy crows to the black painted edges, it is awesome. I never read a book with that kind of design.

Now onto the story itself, it had a plot that just pulls you in. I liked the concept of a heist taking place in this fantasy world that seems to be either Eastern European or Russian vibe. I also like the way Leigh built the world that makes you fill like you are walking into the streets of Ketterdam. I also like the fact that the story itself has its own history, rules, and magic. Sadly, I missed out on the Grisha Trilogy because of the few references but luckily it wasn’t too much that confused me.

Onto the characters that really shine. The book actually focuses on six characters and Leigh lets you dive into each character. I liked getting to know each of them and learning about their backstory. I also like the way the actors talk, act and interact. I especially love Kaz. He is dark, cruel but also smart. Regardless of the situation, Kaz knows how to get out of trouble. I also enjoyed the character Jesper who I wished had more of his backstory but I guess that was saved for the next book.

Overall I had so much fun reading this book. Plus, picking up a book with blacked painted edges is like the icing on the cake. I also enjoyed meeting the characters and watching them grow throughout the story. So if you are interested in checking out the book I have links on the bottom. Until my next book review keep on reading.


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