🎃 October Wrap Up ðŸŽƒ

This month was my best reading month all year! I definitely leaned into the spooky season and read mostly horror/thriller books which was a nice departure from my usual fantasy reads. There was a lot of just average reads but overall I highly enjoyed everything I finished for October.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo⭐️3/5 stars

Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher⭐️3/5 stars

Come Closer by Sara Gran⭐️3/5 stars

The Seep by Chana Porter⭐️2/5 stars

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones⭐️3/5 stars

Crossroads by Laurel Hightower⭐️3/5 stars

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare⭐️4/5 stars

Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives by Adam Cesare⭐️3/5 stars

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda ⭐️3/5 stars

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean⭐️4/5 stars

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney⭐️3/5 stars

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D Jackson⭐️4/5 stars

Giving up on Contemporary YA

I’m at the stage in my reading/adult life where contemporary YA books don’t really interest me anymore. There are still a few YA fantasy/horror books that I still want to pick up but that’s about it. I have quite a few hard hitting contemporary/romance YA books on my TBR that I know I’m never going to make the time to read even though at one stage I very much wanted to get to them.

All the YA books on my TBR I am giving up on:

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Hyped Horror Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween freebie.  Last year I posted about 10 hyped horror books on my TBR and I’ve actually completed a few of the books in the last year so I figured I’d do a follow up on what I rated them!

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca⭐️4/5 stars

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix⭐️3/5 stars

Clown in the Cornfield by Adam Cesare⭐️4/5 stars

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones⭐️3/5 stars

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Such a Quiet Place Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Hollow’s Edge use to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow’s Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, unable to sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby’s back.

Harper honestly kind of got on my nerves for the majority of the book. I don’t understand why she wouldn’t just confront Ruby and ask her why she came back. She just let this supposed murderer waltz back into her house and use all of her stuff, it was frustrating to read. She let this girl come back after being released from prison with no explanation and offered to buy her some new clothes? Harper didn’t really have a backbone and just let everyone walk all over throughout the course of the book that I just wanted to shake her and tell her to snap out of it.

Ruby’s character was an interesting one for sure. Immediately you just knew that she was back for revenge on this community for essentially being the ones who cemented her guilty verdict. If it wasn’t for the group chat and everyone’s wariness for outsiders and non home owners then Ruby would never of even been a suspect. So I completely understand her motivations for coming back to Hollow’s Edge and causing a stir. But I kind of wanted her to do more in her time back. There wasn’t really any big dramatic scenes with her until it came to the pool party and even then it was a tad anticlimactic until we find out what happens.

I was a bit confused when we find out that Ruby dies. On one hand I was very shocked and surprised and on the other I just thought what was the point of her coming back just to die. It really turned the story on it’s head though and shifted the narrative to a place I wasn’t expecting it to go which did ultimately keep me engaged. Trying to put together all of the little clues and finding out more about Harper’s involvement in the original investigation was interesting and quite entertaining.

⭐️3/5 stars Not the best but full of juicy drama and neighborhood secrets

Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

For the last couple of years I’ve been doing this tag around this time so I figured why not continue with the tradition! See the original tag post HERE!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Slewfoot by Brom

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake