Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Halloween freebie (Happy Halloween!). I've been working hard at this one, and I'm happy to present, today, my Top Ten YA Horror Novels! Plenty of chills and thrills below. So check it out!
1) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. This is an oft-recommended YA horror novel, and for good reason. Blake's tale of a teen ghost hunter facing a haunting like no other alongside his brand new (not always welcome) friends is both well-written and engaging. It's definitely reminiscent of Supernatural.
2) The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco. I've mentioned before that Chupeco is one of the most oddly brilliant writers I've read. This is well-shown in her most famous book, a YA horror about a Japanese-American boy with a murderous ghost attached to him. It's reminiscent of The Ring, but a little more cultural and less gory.
3) Shutter by Courtney Alameda. This book also features monster hunters; in this case, a tough-but-tragic teen girl who captures ghosts on film with the help of her trusty teammates, all part of a long legacy of hunters. It's intriguing, engaging, and at times, heartbreaking.
It's time for "Waiting On" Wednesday! This is a feature begun by Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers share an upcoming book about which they are very excited. I've added a new one to my list, so we're sliding back into 2017 with this next yet-to-be-published YA novel from the top of my TBR!
THIS MORTAL COIL
Releases 7 November 2017 from Simon Pulse
Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?
Image and info via Goodreads.
Hey, friends! It's time for a life update as told through a series of "-ing" verbs. Enjoy!
Eating: baked potatoes and penne basically every day
Wearing: a navy and white striped dress and white, knee-length compression socks
Smelling: that my room is a bit cleaner now
Reading: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Writing: nothing other than the usual
Editing: THE PROPHECY KEEPER
Making: fun of my younger self
Listening: to awesome new songs like "Young and Menace" by Fall Out Boy
Watching: nothing ATM, but I'm super looking forward to the next season of Stranger Things!
One last Wordy Wednesday before we return to "Waiting On" Wednesday next week. You guys voted for me to share two more poems today, so here they are!
And there was light!
The sun rises into the sky.
Brilliant gold screams out
from on high.
The sun rises into the sky.
Dew lights up on the trees.
From on high
comes the colors of fire.
Today I'm doing the Netflix Book Tag, as found here on Ana Loves, where I share book recommendations based off of common Netflix categories! Check it out.
Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading
A few hours ago, I finished The Bad Seed by William March. It's a classic thriller that I saw referenced a few places, so I figured I'd read it myself. It was pretty decent. A little fancier/more old-fashioned on the language than I expected, but an interesting read. However, the last book I read that I would recommend is Shutter by Courtney Alameda. It's a YA horror novel with a really intriguing central concept and some tough characters.
Top Picks: A book recommended to you based on your favorite reads
Apparently, no bookish blog post by me is complete without a mention of Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. I read so much and so widely, at least in the YA sector, that it's hard to recommend anything to me that isn't already on my list, but a friend of mine originally recommended this YA sci-fi fairytale retelling. I'm really glad that she did.
*Long post ahoy.*
So, the next book in my "Waiting On" Wednesday queue doesn't yet have a cover. That's the hazard of sharing books that won't come out for months! As such, I'm going to hold off on posting "Waiting On" Wednesdays until the cover is revealed.
Today, instead, I'll share the first chapter of the novel I'm revising right now, THE PROPHECY KEEPER. This is a YA epic fantasy novel that I originally wrote when I was a senior in high school. Right now I'm doing an intensive worldbuilding edit. Obviously, this is not the final draft, so do keep that in mind!
“Are you ready?” their teacher asked.
Hey, friends! It's been quite a while since I last did an "on this day" post! So I thought today I'd go back through my diaries and share what was happening in my life on October 10th throughout the years, starting in 2005. Enjoy!
October 10th, 2005, 6th Grade
It was Columbus Day. We lit the fireplace for the first time that year, and I spent the day making dreamcatchers and other crafts.
October 10th, 2006, 7th Grade
I had a cold, and I was also in the middle of a bad fight with my best friends--something about kicking dirt at each other. My classes were normal. A boy in my science class decided it was his mission to make me laugh, and he managed to do so by telling me he loved me. I spent most of the day trying to reconcile the fight, which I finally managed over the phone, with lots of tears, that night.
It's time for "Waiting On" Wednesday! This is a feature begun by Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers share an upcoming book about which they are very excited. So here's the next yet-to-be-published YA or MG novel from the top of my TBR list!
Releases 20 March 2018 from Feiwel & Friends
Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.
Leah Klein's life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―"Mother," as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.
As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia's headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized.
Info and image via Goodreads.
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