Halloween Book Tag!

Halloween is my favorite holiday and so I definitely had to do at least one Halloween book tag! This was really fun to do and I tag anyone that wants to do it and loves Halloween!! This is also a lot of me confessing my previous Halloween costumes where I’ve dressed up as a character from a book. I hope everyone has a great Halloween and that everyone’s night goes well!

1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

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Cuckoo Song by Francis Hardinge is definitely one of the “scariest” books that I’ve read in a while and I could totally see myself picking it up again for Halloween.

2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

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I don’t really find book covers scary but this is definitely one of the creepier ones that are out there!

3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

Probably Sarah J. Maas because she just seems like a lot of fun to hang out with and she could probably talk her way into getting a full-sized chocolate bar.

4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?

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I think I would be Daenerys Targaryen for Halloween. I’ve already been Mannon Blackbeak and a Shadowhunter so I’m prepared to go full nerd for Halloween!

5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

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I could definitely use a dragon egg or a magical wand. Either way, I’m going to be a powerful woman after sorting my Halloween stash and I’m not sharing!

6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

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I think it would be really cool to go Trick-or-Treating in the Wizarding world because you would get all of the cool candies and trinkets!

7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

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Natasha from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is one of the cruelest characters and I definitely wouldn’t want to be alone with her in a dark alley.

8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

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Its no surprise but I’d definitely be a shadowhunter. To be completely honest, I’ve already gone as a Shadowhunter for Halloween a while back and it was definitely not the worst thing I’ve dressed up as.

9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

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Omg, only one?! This is so hard but I’d probably want a chocolate frog so I can get a collectible wizard card!

10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

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Kit Kats or Twix! I love chocolate and these are just the right amount of sweet for me!

 

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October Wrap Up & November TBR

I actually read a decent amount of books this month! I’m not 100% sure if I’m going to get to my goal but we will see!

Wrap up!

There’s Someone Inside your House by Stephanie Perkins, Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Colorless by Rita Stradling, All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater and Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

TBR!

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz, Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Horror Movies Book Tag

I found time to do another Halloween themed book tag!! I’ve just recently got over some form of a head cold that kept me from reading for about four or five days. Which sucks but I’m happy to be done with it! As you may have noticed, I don’t tend to tag people in my posts but if you’re interested in doing this tag, feel free to say that I tagged you cause in a way I guess I did. I’m tagging everyone who loves Halloween or anyone who loves watching horror movies!

Here are the rules:

  1. Please credit Princess Royal Reader (or just Royal Reader), as the creator of this tag, and add the rules
  2. You can use the graphics provided in your post, or you’re welcome to make your own!
  3. Thank the person(s) who tagged you and let others know of their fabulous blogs
  4. Tag as many people as you want, be it 1 or 20, it’s entirely up to you!

THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: A BOOK YOU WOULD SAVE WHEN CIVILISATION ENDS?

There’s no way that I could pick one and so um I didn’t because I can change the rules right? I’d save either City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

THE VAMPIRE: A BOOK YOU WOULD STAKE THROUGH THE HEART?

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Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. I just can’t stand that book and it’s the most recent one that I’ve read that I’ve disliked, to be honest.

THE HAUNTED HOUSE: A BOOK THAT STILL HAUNTS YOU?

I honestly cannot think of anything that would fit this category. I can’t really think of any book that continues to haunt me and that’s a little upsetting.

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER: A BOOK WITH A TWIST YOU DID NOT SEE COMING?

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Okay, so I honestly didn’t see the killer coming in Hunting Prince Dracula by Keri Maniscalco. It took me by surprise and was one of the things I loved most about it.

THE CREEPY DOLL: A BOOK THAT SEEMS INNOCENT BUT ISN’T?

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was a book and movie that seemed innocent but definitely wasn’t innocent at all.

THE MONSTER: A BOOK YOU COULD BARELY TACKLE/DEFEAT?

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte was a book that I wouldn’t have been able to finish if I hadn’t had the audio version of it along with the print copy. There are other books that I struggled to get through because I was in a slump but that is the one that came to mind at the moment.

THE COMEDY-HORROR: A BOOK WITH MIXED GENRES THAT WORKED (OR DIDN’T)?

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephine Perkins was a romantic horror and the two genres didn’t really work well together. I go into more detail in my review, which just so happened to go up a few days ago.

THE (CLICHED) TEEN HORROR: A BOOK YOU FOUND SUPER CLICHED/STEREOTYPICAL?

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The Merciless by Danielle Vega was a little cliche but it wasn’t the worst book in the world.

THE DEMONIC POSSESSION: A BOOK SO GRIPPING YOU NEEDED AN EXORCIST TO ESCAPE IT?

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco was such an amazing book (so was the second one) and as of right now, it is the one that comes to mind first when thinking of books that wouldn’t let me stop reading them.

THE SCIENCE FICTION: A PRECIOUS BOOK YOU WOULD PERMANENTLY SACRIFICE TO ALIENS FOR THE GOOD OF MANKIND?

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Oh crap, what. That’s not cool. I don’t think I like people that much lol. But I guess that would have to be my copy of Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner because I love it so much.

There’s Someone In Your House ★★★☆☆

3 stars

I really like Stephanie Perkins as a romance author but when it comes to horror, it’s not really her strong suit. I did really enjoy the book though! Besides the poor attempts at making the book scary, this book was really cute and interesting.

Goodreads Summary:

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

My Review: 

I didn’t really mind the main character, but she doesn’t really have a ton of substance. She is closed off to some and incredibly open to others and I feel like a lot of people can relate to that. Makani is an African American lead character and I was really happy to see her and a transgender character in this novel! I feel like where Perkins failed with horror, she made up with diversity. I can’t say that Makani will stick with me for long because she wasn’t that memorable, even if I did like the romance between her and another boy.

Besides the obviously not scary murderer, Perkins did something that annoyed me to no end. Every time someone in Makini’s life did something slightly standoffish towards her, she freaked out and thought they suddenly knew about her “terrible past” and that they were going to hate her. Now yes foreshadowing is a great literary technique but when she’s freaking out about her past every other chapter, it gets a little excessive. Then when you actually find out what happened, it’s not even that bad. It was a letdown and it made me think that Makini was someone who always exaggerated.

I will say that Perkins did a great job of creating another novel that was fast-paced and could be read in one sitting. I read this book in a day and I really liked that about it. There wasn’t a ton of filler and that was something I really enjoyed because with some horror books just drag on.

I think I would recommend this book to anyone who likes her other romance books but I would say to not bother reading it if you’re looking for a horror novel. There really isn’t any reason to place an age restriction on this book, except maybe don’t read it if you’re squeamish and don’t like hearing about dead bodies.

Finally Fall Book Tag

The weather where I am is so unconventional but it’s slowly becoming more fall-like. I’m going to have a few more book tags going up this month because I love Halloween and the fall season. So, I’m sorry if you’re not interested in tags but I’ll be back to predominantly book reviews next month!

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

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Six of Crows has such a vivid setting and I really loved the description of all the different places in the book.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is such a beautifully written book and I loved how it dealt with such heavy topics.

3.Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

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Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown is a really influential book that while I’ve only read portions of the book, it’s one that’s stayed with me for a while.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

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The Inner Circle from A Court of Mist and Fury omg can I please just join your group?Thanks! They’re just such an amazing group of people (or fae) and I’d love to be a part of that group.

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

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The Star Touch Queen by Roshani Chokshi is the only book I can really think of where the main character is telling a story. I know there’s another book where someone is telling a story but I really can’t remember anything right now.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge is definitely one of the creepiest reads that I’ve read recently.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

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Me and Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher is a book that I can see anyone falling in love with, or at least being warmed by.

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

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City of Bones and The Infernal Devices are books that I really want to read again because I loved them so much.

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

I love reading with cute bookmarks, fall leaves, and a chunky maroon scarf! I got the scarf while I was in Inverness and I love it so much!

Hunting Prince Dracula ★★★★★

5 Stars

This book was amazing. It took over my thoughts and every time I put it down I could feel myself itching to pick it back up. Kind of like a drug addiction, I couldn’t stop thinking about this book.

Goodreads Summary:

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

My Review:

I loved the first book and this book was no exception. I still can’t decide which book I prefer over another because they were both really great.

There were some interesting plot points but I could see certain things coming. Except for the murder! This book kept the killer from me the whole time, which was unlike the first book and I was so happy about that. I was a little worried about who it would end up being but it was actually something I didn’t really see coming.

I loved the end of this book a whole lot! While the first book ended with her going to a school and it was really progressive, this ending focuses a little more on the romance and I was totally okay with that! It did end with enough story to continue on to the next book but it wasn’t done harshly. I don’t think that makes much sense but I mean that the story continues organically. I’m excited to see what serial killer that they investigate next!

I’d highly recommend this book/series to anyone who loves YA, romance or mystery books. It is a little descriptive when it comes to dead bodies and what she does to them but it isn’t the worst. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I hope that you think about picking this book up!

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag!

I’ve finally unpacked my books so I can post about a bookshelf scavenger hunt! I’ve got 2 large bookshelves in one room and then there’s a built-in bookshelf in my room! I think this will consist mainly of books from the two big shelves! This was such a fun tag and I had a good time looking for each of the books on my shelves!

Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it

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Melissa de la Cruz has multiple books but the only one I own is Alex and Eliza!

Find a classic

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Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Find a book with a key on it

I don’t own any books with a key on it 😦

Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book

My wand from the renaissance festival sits on my bookshelf and it is such a pretty piece of woodwork. I also have some funko pops that sit in front of some of my books!

Find the oldest book on your shelf

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A copy of Dragonfly in Amber from 1992

Find a book with a girl on the cover

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Hollow City by Ranson Riggs

Find a book that has an animal in it

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Find a book with a male protagonist

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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Find a book with only words on it

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The Merciless by Danielle Vega does have the star on it but it is one of the most minimalistic covers out there.

Find a book with illustrations in it

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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo is one of the prettiest books I have right now and I love looking at the illustrations.

Find a book with gold lettering

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The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer is one of the nicest books I own.

Find a diary (true or fictional)

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A Work in Progress by Connor Franta is the closest thing on my shelf to a diary and it’s not technically one I guess.

Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)

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Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Find a book that has a closeup of something on it

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Find a hardcover book without a jacket

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter doesn’t have a dust jacket because it was from a used bookstore and I didn’t really mind it because the price was so great.

Find a teal/turquoise colored book

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Find a book with stars on it

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A reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

Find a non-YA book

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Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin is definitely not a YA book