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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten WhiteTitle: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Publishing Info: September 25, 2018 by Random House Publishing Group
Source: ALAAC18, Scribd
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Retelling, Mystery/Thriller
Date Completed: October 13, 2018
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Related Posts: Mind Games (Mind Games #1)

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

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My history with Kiersten White books is quite rocky, finishing some with intermediate feelings and deciding to abandon others. I feel like I just don’t click with her writing style but I couldn’t resist this Frankenstein adaptation, especially when I saw it pop up as an available audiobook.

I still didn’t quite click with this one for some of the same reasons, but I also didn’t struggle as much either. The beginning intrigued me but I also still felt like so much was narration. With the adage of “show, don’t tell,” I feel like so much was still told to the readers from Elizabeth’s point of view and there wasn’t as much happening through the plot and dialogue. There were a lot of flashbacks to supplement the story line but I’m also not sure how I felt about them. As an audiobook, some of them seemed to come on abruptly and it took me a couple sentences to realize we were flashing back based on the characters ages and which characters were present.

I also felt like there wasn’t quite a clear direction for the characters and there wasn’t a commitment to their demeanor. I guess you can see it as the fact that people aren’t black and white, so I did like the shades of grey where you weren’t sure who had dark motives and if we were still rooting for said motives… but the way that some things in book ended was a little too light for me given other darker things and it just didn’t feel like it fit with the tone of the rest of the book. I ended up being bored and disappointed with Elizabeth’s actions towards the end and things really lost steam instead of having a big, thrilling conclusion.

I’m glad I read the book given its context and I like being able to continuously try authors that I haven’t quite connected with in the past. It’s still not something I’m thrilled with and it wasn’t a superb match for me but it did offer something different as far as a literary style, even if it wasn’t the best match for me.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Frankenstein retellings. For some reason, I think Frankenstein retellings and adaptations are really cool and I liked this take on the story!
Left Me Wanting More: Thrills. This book had a cool, creepy vibe to it and it ended a little dully for me. I thought it was leading up to something insane and the ending just felt a little tame.

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It looks like Kiersten White’s writing just isn’t for me. This was an okay read for me but for a cool retelling, I still didn’t love it.

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#WickedReads | There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

 

I absolutely love reading spooky, scary, and paranormal stories around fall and Halloweentime so Penguin Teen’s #WickedReads campaign is one of my favorites! I’ve actually already read quite a few of their titles on this year’s Wicked Reads list and I’m excited to share a little more about THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins today!

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

90s Slasher Film vibe was exactly what I wanted from this book and it was exactly what I got! I had so much fun reading this book and it was great to be thrilled and a little bit scared without it being TOO scary since I’m a total chicken when it comes to ghostly horror! I do love murder-mysteries though. THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE was set in a small, rural town and the harvest cornfields, fall vibes, and Halloween setting made it extra atmospheric! As the blurb said, it was hard to put down and was such a quick and fun read!

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I always wonder how mystery authors write books! One of my favorite parts is to look back on the whole book and see where their thought process started from. Sometimes it feels like a big leap from contemporary YA like ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS to slasher book but it also involved a lot of the same elements like setting up a conflict, figuring out the end-goal, and even a dash of mystery which often isn’t presented as a mystery in contemporary but ends up being a misunderstanding or confusion that the main character has to solve. I also remember reading that Stephanie Perkins has always loved horror so even though it seems like a step away from the norm, it’s probably pretty normal for her!

If you’re looking for a fun and slightly horrific read (and I mean that in a good way), THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE needs to be on your TBR this fall! The book was a lot of fun, I’m always happy to read more from Stephanie Perkins, and you can always show off that awesomely hot pink cover in book photos!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.


That’ll do it for my Wicked Reads post today! But there’s also a giveaway involved! Head on over to the Penguin Teen sweepstakes website to fill out the giveaway form for your chance to win this year’s Wicked Reads!

Fortnight of Fright 2017 | A Trip to Salem (Lauren from Bookmark Lit)

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Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Thanks for checking out the SIXTH (is it really!?) annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Lauren from Bookmark Lit is sharing about her recent trip to Salem, MA! I went to Salem last year and LOVED it so I’m especially excited to share her post today!


LAUREN FROM BOOKMARK LIT | SALEM, MA

I’m so excited to be here for another year of Fortnight of Fright! My posts usually consist of recommendations for scaredy cats around Halloween, since I don’t do as well with things too gory or spooky (here and here!). Don’t get me wrong… I’ve seen a fair share of horror movies in my younger days. My boyfriend, on the other hand, avoids scary things at all costs. I think it’s made me less brave when it comes to those things!

In any case, I’m here to chat about my recent trip to Salem, MA and all of the barely-scary or not-at-all-scary things we did there. It was for my birthday so Chris wasn’t allowed to complain, but I don’t think we did anything that really creeped him out. I’ve always wanted to go to Salem, so this was a really fun trip for me.

We started out by getting some lunch outside at a fairly forgettable tavern, so I won’t even bother looking that place up. There are some cool tours and museums, like the Salem Wax Museum and Witch Village. When we went in early September, there was a third attraction associated with them that we weren’t able to go to. We went through the small wax museum, which was moderately interesting, and then the “witch village,” which talked about witches throughout history. It was really cool to take in all of that history because it’s not something I remembered a lot of throughout high school. Right up that little street there’s also the Burying Point and Witch Trials Memorial, which were cool to see both during the day and at night.

There are so many cute little streets for shopping too! We found Harry Potter-themed stores called Wynott’s Wands and some other store that I seriously can’t find the name for. They’re right next to each other so I’m sure you’ll find it 😉 The first store obviously has WANDS and the second one has a lot of wizarding/witchy products across different fandoms (I saw mostly Harry Potter but there were some Game of Thrones things too!).

Even though we already learned plenty about Salem’s history, we kept going with the Salem Witch Museum. I felt like there was probably no better place to check out to learn even more. To be honest, it got a LITTLE repetitive because we had already seen two similar tours. I liked the format of this one though, because they had little animatronic scenes to talk about the full history of the witch trials. Then, there was a walk-through section that talked about types of witches throughout history and modern day “witch trials.”

I knew I wanted to check out the water and have a nice birthday dinner in that section of town, so we took the short walk from the Witch Museum to Finz. They had a smaller menu but it was full of delicious seafood options, which is exactly what I wanted. The waterfront section of Salem is really pretty; there was even a wedding taking place right there. I made sure to take advantage of some seasonal beers even though I wish I tried local brews instead (I can still get plenty of them since I live less than two hours from Salem, though!).

We finished the night with arguably the best part of our trip. There are plenty of nighttime Salem tours to take you around the city on foot. We found a great one in the Salem Night Tour because our host was unbelievable. She was funny and interesting; you could tell she really had a passion for everything she was talking about. We walked around the city for an hour or two while she pointed out historical landmarks, haunted spots, and places where Hocus Pocus filmed. It wasn’t really scary, which was nice, but it was really fun and atmospheric to walk around like that at night! Definitely a great way to end the trip.


Thanks so much, Lauren! We did a lot of those things too and I loved the Salem Night Tour! I nearly killed Alyssa and Amy when the tour guide announced it as a ghost tour but you’re right — it really wasn’t scary! Thanks so much for sharing today!

You can also see my own post about my Salem trip as previously posted on my blog!

Fortnight of Fright 2017 | Fall Traditions (Jessie from Goldilox and the Three Weres)

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Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Thanks for checking out the SIXTH (is it really!?) annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Jessie from Goldilox and the Three Weres is sharing her Fall Traditions! Check out her fall routines and say hello!


Jessie H.
Twitter: @BookishJessi
Blog: Goldilox and the Three Weres

Fortnight of Fright Fall Traditions Post

Hello! My name is Jessie! And I have a confession to make. As soon as October 1st hits, I become a total creature of habit. I have traditions and by golly I will celebrate them every year!

I pull out my battered and well-loved combat boots whether it’s cold enough to wear them or not. I rewatch the same favorite Halloween movies. I drink gallons of spiced hot cider. I reread the same books. And I celebrate All Hallow Reads. Today, I’m going to be talking about a few of the fall traditions I just can’t not follow each year.

The Movies

My family has this awesome tradition of celebrating Halloween with a week of movie nights. No matter if we live close to each other or not, we all watch the same movie each day and we share our thoughts and feelings with each other the next time we see each other or talk on the phone.

While we try to add at least one new-to-us Halloween movie to the line-up each year, we have our favorites. We usually watch the classics like Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Coraline, and Casper. For me, I have one movie I have to watch for it to feel like Halloween and that’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve been enchanted with this delightfully weird movie since I’ve been a small child and I never tire of it. I’ve been known to start humming “This is Halloween” randomly through out October as I try to beat my record of how many times I can rewatch it between October 1st and December 25th.

The Books

I love reading books that have an eerie atmosphere or a spooky setting in the month of October but I have two books that I HAVE to read every year.

The first is Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October. I have been rereading this book every October for years thanks to the recommendation of Neil Gaiman. It has thirty-one chapters so you can read one each night like a Halloween advent calendar. It’s the story of an eldritch scavenger hunt between some of the most famous horror names in literature. It’s told from the perspective of Snuff, the familiar of the man named Jack. It’s fun trying to figure out which familiar belongs to which famous character. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s just so quintessentially Halloween.

The second book is Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. This book is a delightfully magical and special story about a boy who grows up in graveyard among the ghosts and other creatures. Since it’s about a boy who grows up in a graveyard you’d expect it to be creepy, but it’s actually really heartwarming. Not that it isn’t creepy and a bit macabre in parts, but you just don’t expect a story that takes place in a graveyard to be touching. But it really is, despite some somewhat gruesome elements. It’s also exciting! And funny! It also has two excellent audiobooks (one narrated by the author and a full-cast production) and a two volume graphic novel adaption if you want to switch things up.

All Hallow’s Read

I’ve been participating in All Hallows Read since 2013 and it’s been delightful! Basically, it’s a holiday made up by Neil Gaiman that gives us all an excuse to giveaway books the whole week around Halloween. My group of friends and I have adopted this holiday as a reason to get together and exchange spooky books with each other and eat a metric ton of Halloween candy. I also try to find a couple of classrooms, children’s hospitals, or women’s shelters I can donate to. Last year, I gave out copies of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. This year, it’s a tie between The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken and Beanstalker by Kiersten White. Books are always a gift that keeps on giving. 🙂

 


Thanks so much, Jessie! I adore your fall traditions and have some of the same! I love watching Hocus Pocus every year along with some other TV shows and movies! 

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) – Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) – Kendare BlakeTitle: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake
Publishing Info: October 17, 2011 by Macmillan, Tor Books
Source: Audiobook borrowed from library
Genres: Young Adult, Ghosts, Horror, Paranormal
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 30, 2017
Related Posts: Antigoddess (Antigoddess #1), Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

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I actually tried to read this book, oh about four or five years ago, and decided it was too scary because I hate reading ghost stories but so many people had talked about the book that I had wanted to give it a try. I figured now that I’m braver and decided to read it NOT in the dark, NOT home alone, and NOT in a very old apartment that it would take away some of the fear factor and really… it’s not a scary book at all. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD has some gory and creepy moments but it’s more about the story of Anna and how she came to be, Cas and his family, and the friendships that form, rather than the fear.

The book was fun but it didn’t really pull me in. I liked Cas and enjoyed his point of view but the plot just didn’t quite work for me, which seems to be kind of a pattern with Kendare Blake’s books for me. I didn’t really care about the ending and didn’t really like where the story went. I felt like it would have been a better stand-alone, making this more about Cas and Anna’s story rather than Cas’s family and his history (for once I don’t want character backstory!). Even though there were a lot of things leading up to the conclusion, it still seemed to veer off in a different direction and just didn’t seem to fit the rest of the book.

It was a fun read but I don’t think I’ll pick up the second book. I’m glad I “faced my fears” and tried it again because it really wasn’t scary at all! I had just put myself in a spooky place when I first tried to read it and barely made it anywhere because I freaked myself out with a spooky setting, so I’m really glad I attempted this book again. I feel silly for being scared before but I guess I concocted the perfect storm for a fear factor the first time around!

The audiobook narrator was also very meh. He had breaths and pauses in weird places (the middle of sentences) and didn’t have very good accents at all. Anna’s Finnish accent was more Russian and no one had a Canadian accent or even a hint of one despite the fact that the book took place in Canada. I mean, all Canadians don’t have to have a strong, pronounced accent but I do notice the vowel changes a lot with my own Canadian friends so I guess I expected the same here. His voices for the other guys were like, no one’s voice ever in real life, and the girls were overdone and stereotypical, so that didn’t enhance my reading experience like some audiobook narrators can do.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Ghost stories?! I can handle ghosts in books as long as it’s not in a scary capacity. I tend to freak myself out when reading scary ghost books but I’ve read quite a few books where ghosts appear in a less threatening capacity. Anna got a little creepy in this book but Cas’s interaction with her calmed it down.
Left Me Wanting More: Focus. I felt like the focus strayed, which is silly considering that was the end point all along… So I guess I was looking for the “twist” of the end to play a bigger role in the rest of the book so it didn’t feel like we were talking about two different things.

Addiction Rating
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ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD was a quick and fun Halloween-time read. It didn’t impress me a lot but I had a good time reading it and while it was middle-of-the-road for me, I’m still glad I read it. I probably won’t read the second book, especially the way that it ended, so I can’t really recommend it but others enjoyed it a lot!

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Fortnight of Fright 2017 | 5 Creepy Books to Read for Halloween (Angela’s Library)

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Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Thanks for checking out the SIXTH (is it really!?) annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Angela from Angela’s Library is sharing her Halloween reading recommendations! Check out her recs below!


5 Creepy Books to Read for Halloween
By Angela Cabezas from Angela’s Library

Hi, everyone! I’m so pleased to be participating in Fortnight of Fright for the third year running. I’m generally a big wuss when it comes to scary movies, but I love me some creepy books. Below is a list of my top five recommendations for Halloween reads.

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Zombie books usually gross me out, but Summers’ take on zombies is fascinatingly original. What truly makes this story terrifying isn’t the zombie apocalypse that’s taking place, but the mindset of the protagonist, a girl named Sloane who wants nothing more than to end her own life; Sloane’s broken mind is far more horrific than the events going on around her, although those are chilling as well. Another factor that makes this book so interesting is the Breakfast Club-from-hell vibe. Sloane and five other teens, all very different, are barricaded inside a high school together, and the desperation and tensions threaten to destroy them before the zombies do. (Read my review here.)

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: My love for this novel knows no bounds, to the point where it’s hard for me to write coherently about it. Instead, I tend to simply gush and ramble about how it’s dark and sensuous and horrifying and thrilling all at once. The book starts with 17-year-old Tana waking up after a party to find she’s one of the sole survivors of a vampire massacre. Traumatized, Tana escapes with her newly infected ex-boyfriend and an ancient, possibly mad vampire whom she’s rescued from his bloodthirsty peers. Knowing the three of them aren’t safe to be around normal society, Tana checks them all into Coldtown, a vampire quarantine where people often go in…but rarely come out. Their adventures and dangers ensue from there.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender: Alender’s novel has all the trappings of a great spooky read: an abandoned insane asylum, eerie ghosts, and a malicious force that hungers for the spirits of girls. When young Delia inherits the Piven Institute, a defunct mental hospital, from her great-aunt, little does she know she’ll be doomed to stay there the rest of her life…and afterlife. (Read my review here.)

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy: Sirowy’s mystery/thriller tells the story of two little girls who go missing. One of the girls, Stella, eventually returns with no memory of what happened to her. The other girl is never seen again. The case grows cold until, years later, a body is found that bears an eerie resemblance to the missing girl. The incident inspires Stella to finally try to get to the bottom of what happened all those years ago…and the answer will shock and horrify you. In fact, it’s what makes the book so impressive; I nearly gave up on this novel several times, but the ending was so epic that it turned around my entire reading experience. (Read my review here.)

Project CAIN by Geoffrey Girard: Do you ever wonder what it would be like to discover you’re a clone? And not just any clone, but the clone of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer? This is the premise of Project CAIN, a marvelous but chilling read. The whole time I was reading, I kept waiting for Jeff to snap and give in to his dark biological tendencies. It’s a peculiar thing to be afraid of a narrator, but it worked perfectly in this case. (Read my review here.)


Thanks so much, Angela! I’ve only read a couple of these but have a few more on my TBR! Thanks so much for your post today! 

Blog Tour: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins | Book-Inspired Candle + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins | Book-Inspired Candle + Giveaway!

Welcome to the blog tour for
THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite authors and I’m so obsessed with ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS! I was so excited to read THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, which is the very first Stephanie Perkins book (aside from short stories) outside of the Anna-verse! I don’t normally read horror but I do enjoy books exactly like this — a little mystery, a little thriller, and pretty much a 90s slasher movie! I’m way too chicken to read scary horror but I do love the thriller murder-mystery!

Before we jump into the tour, let’s take a second to check out some details about the book:

Blog Tour: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins | Book-Inspired Candle + Giveaway!Title: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Publishing Info: September 26, 2017 by Penguin
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Horror
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 9, 2017
Related Posts: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After, My True Love Gave To Me

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


ABOUT STEPHANIE PERKINS

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.

BOOK-INSPIRED CANDLE: THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE

Ever since I started making candles, I’ve been so much more in tune with the sensory notes in the books that I read. I feel like aromas in a book are easily skipped over and forgotten once a reader has finished because noticing and committing a smell to memory is such a unique experience that it’s harder hang onto if you haven’t experienced it first hand. I know at least for me, when a book draws on a familiar smell, I’m instantly hit with memories and nostalgia that have the potential to tie me to a book more than any other scenic description so I feel like those smells that add to the atmosphere are not to be overlooked!

I usually try to pick out specific scent descriptions in books, but when you’re reading a murder mystery like THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, so many of those scents tend to be… unpleasant haha! But not to worry — there was still plenty more to choose from even if they weren’t specifically mentioned.

THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE takes place in the fall, specifically around Halloween, and fall scents are my FAVORITE scents. The book also takes place in the cornfields of the midwest, so there are a lot of outdoors, fields, and corn inspirations to draw upon. The overall feel of this candle is Halloween in the midwest, with delicious fall spices cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, a touch of softer harvest fruits, fallen leaves, hay, and grain. It’s a lovely overall combination and I had so much fun making this candle for the book and one of my favorite authors!

FRAGRANCE PROFILE: 

Top notes: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg
Middle notes: fallen leaves, hay
Base notes: harvest fruits, grain

So what do you think?! Which scents do you think are the strongest sensory inspirations? Which are your favorites?


Don’t miss the rest of the blog tour stops for THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE! I’m smack in the middle so make sure you check out the posts that are already up and follow along with the rest of these amazing posts!

Week One:
September 18 – Mostly YA Lit – Author Q&A
September 19 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
September 20 – Peace Love Books – Review
September 21 – Lost in Lit – Book Photography
September 22 – Novel Novice – How You’re Going to Feel While Reading TSIYH
 
Week Two:
September 25 – Stories & Sweeties – Review
September 26 – In Wonderland – Book Photography
September 27 – Book Addict’s Guide – Bookish Candle
September 28 – YA Romantics – Horror Movie Quiz
September 29 – Twirling Pages – Author Q&A
 
Week Three:
October 2 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – 5 Reasons to Read TSIYH
October 3 – Oh the Book Feels – Review
October 4 – Andi’s ABCs – Author Q&A
October 5 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Event Recap
October 6 – YA Bibliophile – Top Fall Activities as Inspired by TSIYH
 
Week Four:
October 9 – ButterMyBooks – Author Q&A
October 10 – BookCrushin – Top 10 Horror Villains in Movies & YA
October 11 – The Wednesday Blog for Books – Review      
October 12 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Dream Casting
October 13 – Don’t Fold the Page – Review

GIVEAWAY

There are TWO exciting giveaways for my stop on the blog tour today! The first is through Penguin for a chance to win a copy of the book! See rules and details below and enter the first Rafflecopter form for you chance to win!

BOOK GIVEAWAY (from Penguin)

Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. (ARV: $17.99 each).
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 18, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 16, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 18, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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CANDLE GIVEAWAY (from me)

The second giveaway is my own personal contribution to this blog tour stop for the candle inspired by this book! The candle giveaway is for one 4oz tin called “In the Killing Fields”. Open to US entries only. Must be 13 years of age or older to win. Candle giveaway open from 9/27/17 through 10/3/17 . Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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A Fortnight of Fright 2017 | Intro & Sign-Ups!

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October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Wow. I can’t believe we are doing this for a SIXTH year in a row! Alyssa (blog and Twitter), Amy (blog and Twitter) and I try and host this two week feature where we celebrate all things Autumn and (if you want) HALLOWEEN!

I am basically just going to copy the same blurb I have for years cause 1. I am lazy and 2. It’s the pertinent info that ya need….SO for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about (hello, and welcome!) Fortnight of Fright is a time in which we host and share different posts related to Autumn and Halloween! We work with you guys and sometimes amazing authors to showcase some creepy books, interviews, movies, and SO MUCH MOAR! There is no limit on what you can post about! Do you have a signature Halloween or Autumn cocktail recipe? Pinterest board filled with DIY decorations? A book recommendation for those of us who love to be scared? We want it all!! JOIN US!!

Sign ups will be open from 9/11 – 9/22 and you will be notified the following week to confirm your post topic, and so on. We are going to ask that all posts get to us the week of 10/9 as we will be hosting you during the event which runs from 10/17 – 10/31! As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out!

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Fast Five Friday | Not-Too-Scary Horror

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I love blogging and writing and recommending books… but I know that I tend to get a little long-winded in my blog posts! FAST FIVE FRIDAY is a means for me to recognize some favorite books and round them up for recommendations without talking your ear off.

FAST FIVE FRIDAY | NOT-TOO-SCARY HORROR

I am not a horror person, but I picked up THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE because of course, it’s written by Stephanie Perkins and I just adore her! I don’t tend to read SCARY books, but I do enjoy some 90s slasher film-type reads, which fits perfectly along side TSIYH! So those are the books I’m sharing today!

What: Sweet
Who: Emmy Laybourne
Why: Think cult classic zombie movie and you’ve got SWEET! It’s funny, campy, and totally gory but it was such a fun read!  
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: The Fall
Who: Bethany Griffin
Why: A retelling of the classic Poe tale, this was such a creepy, atmospheric read. It gave me the shivers but it wasn’t too horrifying for a chicken like me!
Where: Goodreads| Review

What: This Dark Endeavor
Who: Kenneth Oppel
Why: A Frankenstein retelling! Sort of an origin story and very interesting. It definitely falls under the horror category but isn’t TOO horrifying.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Who: Kerri Maniscalco
Why: Can I recommend this series enough? Probably not. How much more horrific can you get than Jack the Ripper?
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Who:  Claire LeGrand
Why: Middle grade books can still possibly scare the pants off of you, but this creepy read was so much fun! I don’t read a lot of middle grade but when I do, it’s always fantasy or some sort of paranormal/horror. Lots of fun!
Where: Goodreads | Review


That’s my fast five for today! Have you read any of these mildly horrific books? What are some of your favorite chilling reads for horror-chickens?

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) – Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) – Kerri ManiscalcoTitle: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
Publishing Info: July 11, 2017 by Hachette, Jimmy Patterson
Source: ALAAC17, Author
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Historical Fiction
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 8, 2017
Related Posts: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1), Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again

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Kerri Maniscalso has done it again. HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is just as fantastic as STALKING JACK THE RIPPER with a whole new exciting and yet horrific tale (and I mean that in the best possible way). I loved that HPD was a sequel to STALKING JACK THE RIPPER but it develops its own mystery and its own story line. The series continues with main characters Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell, so readers get to continue reading about their relationship, their work together, and their adventures along the way, but there’s no panic to think about the time that naturally occurs between each new book release because each case wraps up neatly! Although I will say that I’ll still panic a little bit since I read this book so long before its own release in the fall (I finished in May) and now I need to wait probably over a year for book three when I want to read it nowwwww. *ahem*

My only complaint about my experience with HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is that life got in the way and I didn’t have enough time to just sit down and inhale it, as much as I wanted to. *grumbles things about responsibilities* Just like SJTR, I had so much fun reading this book from start to finish. I love the gothic horror elements, the pieces of true history combined with amazing adaptations and embellishments for the books, and most of all, the excellent banter between Audrey Rose and Thomas. Their relationship is fantastic in every possible way.

The suspense was constant and I loved the way that Kerri Maniscalco continuously shifted focus, as is natural in a mystery. When murders are occurring, it’s natural to be suspicious about everything and everyone and I always am as a reader so it was great to see how the focus tended to shift throughout the book as Audrey Rose and Thomas gathered up more clues. It kept me guessing as a reader and left some excellent surprises in the end! Looking back, I probably should have picked up on a few things but I’m actually glad that I wasn’t even thinking in that direction because the reveal was MOST EXCELLENT and the dark part of my heart totally flipped. out. a certain reveal point!

Kerri Maniscalco’s books are stunningly sensory with great visuals for the reader to picture, wonderful atmosphere, and delightful descriptions that really appeal to every sense. It was so easy to get lost in the castles and forests of Romania in a totally different time period despite knowing little to nothing about either the time or the place. The light tone from the banter amongst the characters really brings a great levity to a horror story that I always appreciate and it breaks some of the more serious moments to allow readers to enjoy some of that character development. The balance of dark and light is truly perfected within these pages and to quote the book, “I am wholly bewitched.”

I cannot wait for the third installment and I will be thinking about it until it’s finally revealed what the third book will be about!!

** I received a copy of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA from the author, Kerri Maniscalco, for review purposes and to assist in the creation of new candles inspired by the book. The fact that I received this copy to read from the author in no way affected my review, feedback, or the fact that I have the mighty need to be endlessly book-pushing and recommending. **

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Kept Me Hooked On: Horror. I’m loving the historical horror and the blend of myth and history. These books are SO much fun and really make you feel like you’re a part of the action!
Left Me Wanting More: Audrey Rose & Thomas. UGH these two. They’re just the best. I love the tension, the banter, the support, the back-and-forth. It’s all great.

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Buy it!

Kerri Maniscalco is wonderful and I simply adore her books. They’re fun, clever, thrilling, and romantic.

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