October Book Haul - 6 Books

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book haul! I haven't done one of these in a while, but since I didn't get a ton of books this month, I thought I would share them with you!

I got 6 books this month, one for review, as well as 5 that I bought for myself. I have three of the six, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken and A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. The other three, I am hoping to get to soon!

My Second Life by Faye Bird

The tagline for this one is "Can you be held responsible now for something you did in a previous life?" and I cannot wait to read this one! It's an ARC, and the final edition comes out January 19, 2016.

Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken

If you read The Darkest Minds trilogy, you need to read this book! It includes two previously released novellas, along with a third, never before seen story from after book three! It was so great and its gorgeous to look at! Buy it!

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

A mysterious historical-y thriller that will entrance you with its gorgeous writing! If you've read McGinnis before and weren't a fan, fear not! This book is so much better!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Besides the fact that this edition is gorgeous and has blue pages (you totally have to get the UK edition, not the US one, it is just so much better!), this seems like a great book about ordinary people. Not teens with superpowers or crazy boarding school lives, just you everyday teenager. I am really looking forward to this one!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I have heard nothing but spectacular things about this book! Like every time I post a picture on Instagram about it, there is an outpour of amazing things about it! I'm a little nervous to start it because of the hype, but hopefully it is as good as everyone says!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Ok, this one I read, I borrowed my mom's copy and I really enjoyed it! I just had to get the UK edition cuz it was prettier than the US version (I think) but regardless, it was a great psychological thriller, the next Gone Girl some say. I have yet to read GG so I don't know about that but I enjoyed it!

How many books did you buy this month? More or less than me? I'm expecting a few more in the mail for November (obviously!) so I'll be back next month for that haul!

Monday Reviews - A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Hello everyone!

Sorry it has been a while, but I am back today with a review for a book I just recently read, A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis! Lets get to the synopsis!

I'm writing this review a few days after I finished this book, because I really wasn't sure what to say about it. I can't decide if it was a novel about mental illness or a thriller. Maybe both I suppose?

Ok, so I did enjoy this book, that much I know. I found it very entrancing. McGinnis's writing has really stepped up from Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust and I really enjoyed it. I was hesitant because while I enjoyed NaDtD, I didn't love IaHoD. However, I am very glad that I picked this book up.

This book is set in an asylum based off a real life asylum, located in southeast Ohio, The Athens Lunatic Asylum. Some of you may know it as The Ridges, and I actually just recenetly read a book set there, You Were Here by Cori McCarthy. I find it interesting that I have never heard of this place before (maybe its because I'm Canadian) and now I read two books based on this location. You can look it up, its definitely creepy! Anyways, this book wasn't set here, just based off of.

The story itself was good and it held my interest. Without giving too much away, Grace is in an asylum in the beginning of the book, placed there by her parents to cover their horrid secrets. Again, I don't want to say too much, so I will just say that she ends up working with a doctor on crime scenes, helping him decide who the killer was and why, because the local police force are fairly useless. The doctor is supposedly using a concept of phrenology, the idea that you can be trained to "read," from the bumps and dents in the brain/head, whether or not a person might be inclined to commit a crime, such as murder, theft, etc. This practice was shockingly a real thing, but the doctor doesn't believe in it, or so we are lead to believe... duh duh duh!

Anyways, basically this book has two main lines intertwined. Grace, working with the doctor in an asylum, and Grace trying to free her sister from her family before she gets caught up in the lies. There was a nice balance of the two, and they somewhat collide at the end of the book.

Overall, a very beautifully, well written book about asylums, mental illness and a shocking twist at the end you'll never see coming! Highly recommend!

Monday Reviews - On a Friday! - You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Hello everyone!

I am very excited to share this weeks review with you! I was sent a copy of You Were Here by Cori McCarthy for review, thanks so much Raincoast Books! All opinions expressed are my own.

This is perhaps the best book I've read this year. And believe me when I say, I don't say things like that lightly!

I cannot even begin to describe how spectacular this book was. I loved every page! The story, the illustrations, everything was amazing.

This story is told from 5 points of view, Jaycee, Mik, Bishop, Natalie and Zach. Let's just do a quick character rundown.

Jaycee: This is the main character. Her brother, Jake, died a few years earlier doing one of his signature dares/stunts. She has been struggling with this loss for many years, and each year, on the anniversary of his death, she goes to one of his favourite spots, the abandoned insane asylum and mets his old friend Mik.

Mik: While he is selectively mute, and rarely speaks throughout the entire book, we get a sense of Mik's character and feelings through the various comic-book type pages throughout the story. These give a great visualization of what is going on in the story at key points.

Bishop: His chapters are a little different, tells his story in the graffiti throughout the book. Shattered from heartbreak, Bishop is trying to move on and have fun with his new friends. He is the only one of the characters who wasn't in the town when Jake died.

Natalie: Type A Natalie is heading to Cornell in the fall, to become a new and shiny "Nat." Her on and off relationship with Zach causes some tension throughout the story, and there is one event in particular that creates many problems. Suffering from panic attacks, Natalie hids a secret that has haunted her since Jake's death.

Zach: The joker of the group, Zach is just trying to make do with his verbally abusive father and brother, as well as his twelve going on thirty little sister. He has his problems throughout the story, and his relationship with Natalie doesn't make life any easier.

Of the characters, I think I liked Jaycee the best. Her POV is in first person, so you can really get into her head!

I loved that Jaycee's journey was filled with old and new relationships, and that she was able to come to an understanding about her brother's death.

The comic and graffiti sections were wonderful. I really enjoyed the visual aspect of the story!

Although there are some freaky moments throughout this book (the insane asylum, abandoned amusement park, etc.) I was still able to read it before bed and not be terrified.

I am definitely preordering this book for when it comes out in March, and I highly, highly recommend you do as well!!

Also, the author is giving away 2 ARC copies, you can enter the giveaway here!

Monday Reviews - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for providing me with an e-ARC to review! All opinions are my own.

When I first saw that this book was coming out, I though to myself "Ok, so this is Leigh Bardugo. How can you go wrong?" and the answer is you can't! This book was just spectacular!

I really and truly loved this book. It took a little bit to get into it, although that might be more because I am on a contemporary kick right now, but once I did get into it, I couldn't stop reading! I stayed up to all hours of the night finishing this book.

This book is set in the same world, the Grishaverse if you will, as the Grisha trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising). You don't really have to read that trilogy before this series, that being said, it's nice to know how the powers work, and that sort of thing. Plus, it's a great trilogy, so you should just read it anyways!

Now, I know that I am raving about this book, and its amazing, BUT there is one teensy tiny little detail that made me drop 0.5-1 star. The storyline. Now for some this may be a problem, but for me it was just a little speed bump. I found it was very similar to Marie Lu's The Young Elites, with the group of characters, as well as their rocky relationship and 'magical' skill set as well as having a hint of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. It wasn't so similar that it was annoying or copying, but I just felt like there was a lot of parallels between those books and this one. Now granted, both writing styles are very different, but I just thought it felt similar.

That isn't to say don't read this book. I still highly recommend it, and the Grisha trilogy, so I would say that if you liked The Young Elites and/or A Darker Shade of Magic you will enjoy this book.

My only other complaint, now that I have the physical, finished hardcover, is that it's not the same size as the Grisha trilogy! It's a tall hardcover, and the trilogy is a standard size hardcover. Maybe that is to help distinguish that they aren't the same series, I don't really know.

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and definitely recommend!

Monday Reviews - On a Friday! - The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews - on a Friday! cuz I am lazy like that! This week, I am reviewing The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. Since it is now officially October, I thought I would share some more spooky reads, to get into the holiday spirit.

Wow! I don't even know what to say about this book!

It was beautifully written and so very unique but I still find myself a little confused.

Some parts of this book I thought were predictable, like the romance, but other parts, like the Alice and Elsie parts, I never would have guessed.

I want to love this book, and on some level, I did. But I'm still unsure of what the accident season was and why it happened. Was it all a cover up for Christopher? Was it staged? I don't know!

It was a little creepy, but nothing too scary. At one point I thought I was going to have to put it down, I was reading before bed, but I was just so engrossed in the story, I couldn't stop! (and I didn't have any nightmares!) But seriously, for those that are concerned about it being too scary, I am such a big baby when it comes to scary stuff, I made it through this unscathed!

I would definitely recommend if you liked We Were Liars or the first book in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy (after that one they take a really weird turn).

Anyways, long story short, if you are looking for a October read that is creepy but not nightmare-inducing, I would definitely recommend this one, I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads!