Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

With Halloween just around the corner The Broke and The Bookish have given us the topic this week of The Top Ten Books that get us in the Halloween spirit. I have never really thought about books in this way before so I’m not sure how good my list is but hopefully it’s got a few good spooky stories.

1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.

2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

3. House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast

It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends. It gets even harder for Zoey to fit in when she finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?

4. The Drowning Pond by Catherine Forde

Nicky is the least popular girl in school, so when the popular kids briefly befriend her—out of boredom—she’ll do anything to keep them, including picking on the new girl. At first it’s easy since everyone thinks she’s weird anyway, but when does weird become witchy? Is it when Bella’s skin breaks out like a plague? Is it when Mags and Janet end up in the hospital? Is all of this normal teen stuff or evidence of witchcraft? As Nicky’s plan reaches its shocking conclusion, she discovers that she has not only lost her friends but also unleashed something truly evil in the process.

5. The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan

Darren use to be a normal boy but his love for spiders is about to change is life forever. Delve into the world of  not just vampires but the strange creatures that share this planet with us and see if Darren can save himself from destiny.  

6. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

A fiercely individualist Goth girl wakes up to discover that the whole world has gone Goth and she’s actually — gag — “popular.” Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They’re considered the “freaks” of their high school. But when Jade’s smart mouth lands her in trouble — again — her principal decides to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

8. The Black Pear by Allan Porter

This was the New Beginning. Away from the memories, away from the past.
But sometimes the past comes back…
What is the secret of the old Black Pear tree that taps on Emily’s window when no one else is around?
And why did Alice, a long-forgotten resident of the house, leave a simple silver necklace twined among its branches?
Emily and her family moved to Orchard Grange to escape the memories of the past.
Unfortunately, Orchard Grange has some terrifying memories of its own…

9. Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin

Convinced her brother’s death was murder rather than suicide, sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious student activities at her boarding school.

10. 44 by Jools Sinclair

Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death – but she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.

Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him. But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters: the truth.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Kindle Freebies

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is anything you like so I have decided to go for Top Ten Kindle Freebies. I am always surprised by what you can get for the kindle so my list is made up of books I think were good for a free book or are a good bargain.

1. The Black Pear by Alan Porter

This was the New Beginning. Away from the memories, away from the past.

But sometimes the past comes back…

What is the secret of the old Black Pear tree that taps on Emily’s window when no one else is around?

And why did Alice, a long-forgotten resident of the house, leave a simple silver necklace twined among its branches?

Emily and her family moved to Orchard Grange to escape the memories of the past.

Unfortunately, Orchard Grange has some terrifying memories of its own…

2. William Shakespeare

There is a variety of Shakespeare’s plays available for free on the kindle. I think this is great because they are used in education a lot and it make its easy to get a hold of it.

3 & 4. Northanger Abbey and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Vanity, not love, has been my folly

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

5. The Puzzle Master by Heather Spiva

Twelve-year-old Marshall Thompson’s favorite place in the world is Luke’s Junk Store. With one last trip in before school begins, he’s intent on finding the perfect thing to take on the first day back. But his “great find” ends up being a girl — and a friendship begins that will change him forever.

Together, they share a love of puzzles and something else: sickness. With his asthma, and her in cancer recovery, they’re linked as kindred spirits. But when a life-changing event threatens their friendship, Marshall has to learn to pick up the pieces to his broken puzzle of life … and put them back together

6. Maybe, Maybe Not by Rae Hachton

David likes Lisa. Lisa likes Colton. Colton likes David. But what if David secretly likes Colton, too. How will they ever solve this love triangle?

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.

8. 44 by Jools Sinclair

Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death – but she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.

Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him. But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters: the truth

9. The Big Stinky City by Jason Deas

For as long as he can remember, eleven-year-old Mash has felt trapped in a city he despises. Mash feels like he is surrounded by a zillion people and noise at all times. The city is suffocating him.

Unfortunately, life at home with his mother is even less tranquil. She’s always drinking her “special drinks” and acting a fool, prompting Mash to escape further into his obsession with all things aeronautical. If only he could fly away from it all…but not before the upcoming air show—the air show that may change his life forever.

When Mash crosses paths with Juniper, an eccentric artist who once dumped 10,000 rubber duckies over Niagara Falls, Mash becomes an unwilling accomplice to the most spectacular art stunt Juniper has ever conceived. A project so cataclysmic and daring, it puts Mash’s entire life at risk.

As the opposite worlds of Mash and Juniper collide, the unlikely duo meets for an unexpected event and a surprise ending that will have you cheering for them both.

10. Life by Jack Gunthridge

Much more than simply a story of adolescence, Gunthridge writes in a voice reminiscent of J.D. Salinger. His accounts cross the generation line. If you have ever loved, you will be touched by this work. He crosses the act of love with the past, present and future bringing forth unexpected emotional involvement with his words, ideas and philosophies. He reminds readers why we love in the first place, why we consider the meaning of life, and later, why we examine the meaning of our own existence. For such powerfully touching words to come from such a young voice is extraordinary. This is not a simple memoir from a high school student, the mere fulfillment of an assignment, another reflection of teenage alienation and loss of innocence. This is a declaration of love for all time. His work is an opportunity to experience now what will later be considered a classic.

44

Yet again I was surprised by a rather good free kindle book.

In 44 the main character Abby is recovering from a drowning accident were she was medically dead for 44 minutes but some how woke up. However she is still suffering from memory loss and can now only see in black and white. Since going back to school none of her friends want anything to do with her apart from one Jesse but even he isn’t acting his normal self. To make things worse she is started having visions in her dreams of murders and only her sister, who has to investigate them for her job, believes that her dreams, and the suspicious suicides, are more than that.

Whilst seeing a phyciatrist Abby begins to make breakthroughs in her memory and for a few weeks things seem normal again. But then she has another vision and soon after believes it is her sisters new boyfriend that is doing the killing. Together they decide to try and put a stop to what is going on but what they discover is not what they had expected and things don’t go according to plan.

Although the book could have ended here the story then has Abby revisiting the place of her accident in hope of helping her heal. It is here that her memory returns and a twist occurs that I have to say made me sad for the characters involved.

I was very surprised by this book. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like but I found it easy to read and wanted to know what happened. There are two follow up books that I may have a look at but overall I am glad yet again of my kindle find.