Spooky Reads Week Round-Up!

Well, we’ve reached the end of Spooky Reads Week, and I really hope you guys have had as much fun as I have! I’ve absolutely loved reading new books and discovering new authors. It’s definitely opened my eyes to more genres and I’ll be much broader in my selections going forward.

Click the books to read my reviews from this week:

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

Grim Crush

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As well as some fabulous guest posts from Sasha Leigh and S. L. Bynum.

Well done to everyone who took part in this week! There’s one book that shone through as a clear favourite:

The Boy In The Cemetery, by Sebastian Gregory

Here’s what everyone has been reading:

Mandy – The Hidden Girl, by Louise Millar

Candy (Candy’s Bookcase) – The Boy In The Cemetery, by Sebastian Gregory

Isabell (Dreaming With Open Eyes) – The Accident, by C. L. Taylor

Lynsey – The Boy In The Cemetery, by Sebastian Gregory and Because She Loves Me, by Mark Edwards

Ana (This Chick Reads– In The Blood  & The Whispers, both  by Lisa Unger

Suus (Librarian Lavender) – The Boy In The Cemetery, by Sebastian Gregory; Faery Tales of the White Forest Omnibus, by Danika Dinsmore; Hush by Anne Frasier; and You Wish, by Terry Tyler

Leah (Girls Love to Read) – Last To Die, by Tess Gerritsen

Sophie (Reviewed the Book) Voodoo Romance, by Janice Horton; Hobb’s Cottage, by Ruth Saberton and The Boy in the Cemetery, by Sebastian Gregory

Rachel (Rachale’s Reads) – The Boy In The Cemetery, by Sebastian Gregory

AJ (AJ Book Review Club) – The Boy In The Cemetery, by Sebastian Gregory; Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn; Twilight and The Host, by Stephanie Meyer

Jenny (Jenny Bee’s Book Blog) – Stitching Snow, by R C Lewis

Danielle (Stories Unfolded) – Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

A special well done to AJ, Suus and Sophie for getting through so many books! Great work, guys 🙂

There’s still a little time to enter the giveaway before the winner is chosen at midnight, so if you haven’t yet, enter now!

Enter the Spooky Reads Week Giveaway.

Book Review: Fate’s Exchange, by Sasha Leigh

Death wants her. Fate has already claimed her. Angels protect her.

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What if Death didn’t mean you had to die? When Alyssa Frank dies trying to save herself from a brutal attack, she finds that second chances do exist. Now, reliving the final week leading to her death, can she discover the right choices in a sea of wrong? Or will her circumstances never change?

Death always meets its quota, and Alyssa has just made Death’s list.With new love brewing and friendships on the line, what happens when chances run out?

Can she survive?

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Guest Post: 8 Magical Questions for World-Building in Fiction, by Sasha Leigh

Magic is common in novels. Fantasy isn’t just for sci-fi fanatics who love quoting Spock anymore. It isn’t just vampires, witches, demons, and gods/goddesses, but whole new worlds. Places where it would be weird if you didn’t see a unicorn walking down the street because the myths we grew up hearing stories of are so believable, they are real to readers. Superheroes, angels, demons . . . anything goes.

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Book Review: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter, by Kate Winter

Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you’re dead.


When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter’s afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

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Book Review: Grim Crush, by S. L. Bynum

Can love overcome Death?

Grim Crush

1. Do not interfere with someone’s death. 2. Do not become emotionally involved. 3. Do not show yourself to the living.

As a grim reaper, seventeen-year-old Xia has to follow these Rules. But when she meets Shilah, a Native American boy who can see reapers, she figures the rules don’t apply. To find out why he can see her, she pretends to be human, since carrying a scythe probably isn’t the latest teen craze.

Things become unnerving as she begins experiencing first-time affection with Shilah, but she’s irreversibly drawn to him. Suddenly Xia finds herself breaking Rule Two, even while collecting dead souls behind Shilah’s back. It isn’t long before she is caught red-handed by the Angel of Death himself, and then not only is her relationship at risk, but also Shilah’s soul. And this leaves Xia wondering: can love overcome Death?

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Spooky Reads Week

Hi everyone!

It’s nearly time for Spooky Reads Week – have you made your selections yet? If you missed the first post and would like to get involved, you can read more about it here. Let me know if you’d like to sign up, I’d love for you to take part! (Or feel free to just join in!)

So here’s a quick re-cap of the few loose rules:

  1. Books can be  thrillers, fantasy, gothic, paranormal etc – anything a bit magical or mystical or scary. (So you can totally bend this to suit you!)
  2. If tweeting, please use the hashtag #SpookyReadsWeek so I can keep track and help RT etc.
  3. For blog posts etc, I have created the below graphics. Use whichever you like, I simply ask you link back to this post.

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Giveaway prizes are still being confirmed, so I’ll get up a link to that ASAP. Winner will be announced on Monday November 3rd.

I’ll be posting what I’m reading plus a few reviews and guest posts throughout the week, and I’m excited to be reading some books that are a little different from my norm! I hope every one can have some fun with it 🙂

Here’s who we’ve got signed up so far:

ana beccasbooks candy isabell  suusleah sophie aj mandy dani Arielle jolynsey Kristi  rachel

Spooky Reads Week: 27th Oct – 2nd Nov

While I’ve been getting seriously into the Christmas spirit already, what with all the amazing Christmas book releases at the moment, I don’t want to miss the fact we’ve got another holiday coming up first at the end of this month – Halloween!

I’ve always loved a bit of fantasy, but have definitely been focused a lot more on standard romance lately, so it only seems right to at least dedicate Halloween week to reading and reviewing some ‘spooky reads,’ and I love for you to join me!

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I use the term ‘Spooky’ loosely; as the idea encompasses a few different options: Fantasy, Thriller, Paranormal, Gothic…anything a bit magical or with a bit of a scare factor etc…You get the idea 🙂 Continue reading