The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallDate Published: August 25, 2015

Published By: Point

Pages: 329

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 10/11/17-10/13/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisIn this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

From master of suspense Katie Alender comes a riveting tale of twisted memories and betrayals, and the meaning of madness.

 

My Thoughts: I have read some thing else by Katie Alender in the past so I knew I liked her writing. Going into this I wasn’t expecting to really enjoy the story as much as I did. I thought that this was such an interesting take on a “ghost story”, I haven’t read any other ghost books like this one. The characters were great, I loved Delia. As the story goes on you get to learn about what really happened there in the past and how the ghosts got to be ghosts. This was exactly the kind of creepy book I was looking for and it was a super fast read.

 

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)Date Published: March 8, 2016

Published By: Viking

Pages: 316

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 10/9/17-10/11/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisMortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power. 

 

My Thoughts: I kept putting off reading this and now I wish I hadn’t. This book wa sso much better than I was expecting it to be. I loved the story and the world so much. All the little stories you get told throughout about the history and their legends were fantastic. The whole cast of characters were great but Amani was definitely my favorite. She just didn’t take crap from anybody or let the fact that she was born a girl stop her from trying to do what she wanted to do. I think that the relationship between Jin and Amani is so realistic. They aren’t automatically in love with each other and that was a nice change form the normal “instalove” you tend to get in some fantasy stories. I am beyond excited to continue on in this series and get to see even more of the world and these characters. I am hoping to get to the next  book very soon!

T10T: Ten Books with Fall/Autumn Covers

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Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the people over on The Broke and the Bookish! This weeks topic is books with fall covers or topics. I am going with book covers that just scream all to me. Whether that’s the colors on the cover or the things on the cover! I will have the books linked up to the Goodreads page, so click the cover image if you want to know about the book!


 

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)  Living Dead Girl  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)  Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)  Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

The Scorpio Races  The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)  Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)  Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) Linked (Linked #1)

 


 

Some of these books I have read and other I haven’t gotten around to yet. They all have beautiful fall colored covers though!!

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Date Published: September 22, 2015

Published By: Quirk Books

Pages: 464

Edition Read: hardback & ebook

Dates Read: 9/20/17-10/9/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

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SynopsisA boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

 

My Thoughts: I thought that this was such a fantastic conclusion to the trilogy. I love all of these characters so much and I’m kind of sad to have the story be over. There is so much adventure is this and suspense. Things get a little crazy and there was a twist I wasn’t quite expecting although I should have seen it coming. As with the first two books, the pictures in this were amazing and added so much to the story. I think things got wrapped up nicely. I highly recommend checking out this trilogy if you haven’t yet.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)Date Published: October 20, 2015

Published By: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 388

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 9/30/17-10/5/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

 

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SynopsisHer story begins on a train.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

 

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book way more than I was expecting to. Yael is now one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s so tough and isn’t willing to back down from what she believes in and that’s such a good quality. The other characters were all great as well. I thought Luka was interesting and I hope to see more of him in the second book. The thought of Hitler winning the war is a scary one and sadly things are starting to mimic what that would have been like now. I thought the whole story line was captivating. I was sucked into the story the entire time I was reading. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.

September 2017 Wrap Up!

September Wrap Up

I didn’t get as much read last month as I wanted to, but that’s okay. I read some pretty decent books. I only bought one book this month. So, let’s jump in and see the stats!


 

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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1) Body Parts Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House, #1)

 

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37. A book you chose randomly
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)

 

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A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful, #1)

 

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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

 

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August 2017 Wrap Up
Nimona (review)
Magonia (review)
A Monster Calls (review)
Hollow City (review)
The Murder Complex (review)
Body Parts (review)
T5W: Books I Read Because of BookTube/Blogging
Welcome to the Dark House (review)