#T5W: Favorite Books Featuring… VAMPIRES

Hello Everyone! It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday or wrote anything besides a Book Review! I have so many books to review, sometimes it gets out of hand, so today I decided to write up sometimes a little bit more different.

The prompt is to write about about Favorite Books Featuring a creature of your preference and I chose for these vampires because 1) I love them 2) these are the books I’ve read the most about! But without further ado, the list:

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1 – Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This book series is the first one I have read in English and probably also the first YA novel; I was 19 at the time. I have fond memories of my time reading Twilight and how it helped me grasp the English language when I was not comfortable with it and entertained me when I was stressing over Uni.

 

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2 – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. This series is by far my favourite YA fantasy book series and vampire series. It features a great cast of characters and a storyline that gets progressively darker. I love the dynamics between the 4 main characters of the series and I do recommend it from all my heart!

 

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3 – The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. This series was recommended to me years ago by someone very close and I loved the series. I recently re-purchased the books and slowly building my collection until I have it complete and able to re-read. It has a great magical & wordbuilding system. It is an adult fantasy novel so something to bear in mind if you are used to reading YA.

 

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4 – The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I recently read this first novel in a trilogy and it scared my pants off. I really enjoyed the suspenseful atmosphere and how the biology of it would have functioned in reality. I really enjoyed reading a different take on the vampire lore.

220px-Bram_Stoker's_Draula_(1992_film)5 – I couldn’t finish off this list without listing Dracula by Bram Stoker. This novel is probably the first one I’ve ever read as I used to read a lot of classics in high school and no YA. Do I really need to introduce this book? I feel like everyone knows about the classical Dracula! 51u-rJeGeXL

Honourable mention:
Salem’s lot by Stephen King. Another book that creeped me out so much I was afraid of the dark. Stephen King has a way with words and paints such a vivid scene it’s hard not to be scared.

 

Have you read any of these? Which are your top 5 books featuring vampires?

Xoxo
Jane

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#T5W: Hidden Gems (favourite books that need more hype)

Hello Peaches! It is Wednesday again. I skipped last week’s as I was too busy, but I am back on it now. This week’s topic is “ Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre ~ What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?”

As far as I am aware, these book did not get a lot of hype:

70945691. Feed by Mira Grant. I cannot begin to say how much I loved this book when I read it last year! The story is packed with action and zombie killings. The characters are incredibly well shaped up and the plot was extremely intriguing. I was not bored for one single minute. When it wasn’t a lot of action, the plot was moving forward as the characters tried to make sense of the mystery of some strange happenings. The book was great, but I do not understand for the life of me why it does not get more hype! It’s well written and engaging, so why not?

IMG_20180119_172817_783.jpg2. The witch’s kiss series by Katharine and Elisabeth Corr. Ok, so we have witches, warlocks, curses and a main character in a quest to find out who she is in a world she does not recognise anymore. The characters, for me, had depth and I thoroughly  enjoyed following them.  So why aren’t people talking about this book?

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3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Not sure if the series had a lot of hype when it was published, but now there are not many bookworms talking about one of my favourite series. What happened here?

Screenshot_20180131-210021.png4. Anna dressed in blood (duology) by Kendare Blake. This duology is simply amazing and I am absolutely in love with it. I am surprised that it does not get as much hype as the more recent works for Kendare, because this duology was amazing! I don’e need to know more than this!! “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.” (goodreads)

PSX_20171118_101010.jpg5. Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I totally loved this book. It is creepy, eerie and suspenseful. thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I am game for following Malerman’s writing because if he continues writing like this… oh man! Have you read this? Do you get where I am coming from? This book may not be on everyone’s tastes, but it’s worth it. Also… floppy paperback!

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with me? Which books do you think need more hype?

xoxo

Jane

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The Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Good morning my lovelies! Autumn is finally here and, yes, I am very excited about it. It is by far one of my favourite seasons so I am looking forward to curl up to a book all wrapped up in blankets and sipping hot tea… *daydreaming*

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a tag so you guys can know me a little more, so when someone shared this here I thought I’d give it a go. 

1. Greed~ What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?38988My most inexpensive book would be Awakening (Chasing yesterday) by Robin Wasserman for which I paid only £0.50 at Oxfam bookshop. The most expensive book I bought would be Infinite Jest by David Fos2457487ter Wallace for which I paid £11 at Waterstones five years ago. I still have not finished reading it because it’s huge (1089 pages)! 

2. Wrath~ What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
I don’t really have anything against authors even if I do hate their book so much that I’d like to burn them, and if we’re gonna talk about love we’d be here all night, so… next question!   

3. Gluttony~ What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?345627
There are a few books actually, but Vampire academy surely comes to mind as it is one of my favourite YA series ever! I also read the Twilight books a few times as well, just because I can and have no shame. I don’t re-read that much lately because 75% of my bookcase contains unread books and I try to dedicate my time to read those ones unless I really want to feel something special, then I re-read. 

4. Sloth~ What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Uh… I have a lot of books that I gave collected during massive book hauls so the list, again, would be too big to even start. 

5. Pride~ What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
I don’t really need to do that because I am already amazing *flips hair* 

6. Lust~ What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?
Smart, humane, broody. I do like my fictional men broody and aloof. The perfect guy is definitely Dimitri Belikov out of the Vampire Academy. He is also a God. 13519397
7. Envy~ What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
This obviously changes, but I would like to receive Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas. I started listening to the audiobook but could not stand the voice, so gave up halfway through, but I’d like to read the book. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this tag.
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