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October and November 2020 Book Wrap-up

Life has been insane for the last month and a half. I am getting close to the end of my fall quarter at school so I have been nonstop busy with homework, papers, and projects. Then I spent most of November sick with a bad case of bronchitis (got checked and it was not COVID) so I haven’t had much energy to write up the reviews of the books I read in October and Novemeber. I decided for these two months, I am just going to list off the books I have read and what I rated them as; no reviews this time. That being said; if you want to know my opinion about any of the books on this list, feel free to send me a message on here or on my instagram, @staceyrz! My normal book review setup suddenly came back in December! 

Enough rambling! 

Here are the books I read in October and November! 

October

Market Ghost Stories by Mercedes Yaeger 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tales of the Slayer by Doranna Durgin 

Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard 

Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Burned to a Crisp by K.A. Miltimore 

Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix 

Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tomie by Junji Ito

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics 

Rating: ⭐⭐

The Whisper Man by Alex North 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Crave by Tracy Wolf 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Malevolent by Jana Deleon 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rival by Penelope Douglas 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Falling Away by Penelope Douglas 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aflame by Penelope Douglas 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

November

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Christmas Eve by Jim Butcher 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Ian Nathan

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Conclave by Penelope Douglas 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dominicana by Angie Cruz 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nightfall by Penelope Douglas 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Diviners by Libba Bray 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L Armentrout 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Timekeeper by Tara Sim 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Five Thrillers To Make Your Heart Race This Fall

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 

This gothic horror thriller is set in 1950s Mexico in an isolated mansion where a family’s secrets might be ready to explode. Noemi is a gorgeous, independent socialite who travels to the Mexican countryside after receiving a disturbing and unsettling letter from her cousin who was recently married. Moreno-Garcia created a beautifully creepy atmosphere that pulls you in and you won’t be able to put this book down. 

The Shadows by Alex North 

The Shadows is a psychological thriller filled with lucid dreams and ritualistic murder that follows Paul who is coming back to his hometown after many years because his mother is dying and once back, weird and possibly supernatural events start occurring. These events are very similar to what happened 25 years ago to Paul and his friends. This book follows two different timelines, both revolving around Paul. Creepy, suspenseful, and dark, perfect for the fall season. 

Eight Perfect Murder by Peter Swanson 

Here is another psychological suspenseful thriller full of mystery and twists. Malcolm is a mystery book lover who runs a bookstore and a blog. After writing a blog post about “eight perfect murders” from mystery books, several murders start happening in the area that might be connected to this list he created. Malcolm along with an FBI agent work together to find out who is using this list to hurt people. 

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins 

Mystery girl moves to the middle of nowhere, Nebraska and she starts dating the strange, loner boy. Then a bunch of murders start happening to the students at the high school. Who is doing this and why. It was a quick and fun mystery story.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager 

The last thriller to talk about is Home Before Dark and wow, was this great thriller. Maggie and her family experienced a haunting in their Vermont home 25 years ago although Maggie was too young to remember most of these events. Her father ended up writing a book about their experience and her family was met with skepticism. Now as an adult, she doesn’t believe in ghosts or the words in her father’s book so since she inherits the “haunted” home in Vermont, she doesn’t think twice about going to renovate the house in order to sell it. Strange and unnerving events start occurring at the house and Maggie has to come to terms that what her father wrote might be in fact true.