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Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

Darren Shan’s an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth, the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises that one of the performers — Mr Crepsley — is in fact a vampire!

Steve remains after the show finishes, to confront the vampire — but his motives are anything but ordinary! In the shadows of a crumbling theatre, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea.

Later, in a moment of insane daring, Darren sets out to steal the vampire’s magnificent performing tarantula, an act which will have severe, tragic consequences for both Darren and Steve. Their lives will never be the same again …

I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw the movie when it came out, and I can’t wait to see where this story will take me in the rest of the series. A funny thing happened once I read the book though. I now really dislike the movie. That very rarely happens. Usually I find things about each that I enjoy and have a great respect for each art form, no matter how different.

They’ve taken out characters, which is fine. They added characters, which is great. I really just cant believe how much they changed the main character. The main character!!

Leaving the movie out of it, the book was great! It was funny, full of action, and really different! It was also surprisingly thought provoking and at times emotional (don’t let this scare you away, it’s not a sob story…I promise). The characters are interesting, and I just want to know more about them. I need to know what happens next!


Legend by Marie Lu

The flooded coast of former Los Angeles. Two warring nations of North America-the Republic and the Colonies.

Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country, she is  being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles.

Born into the slums of the Republics’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths-until the day June’s brother is murdered. And Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival while June tries desperately to avenge her brother’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together and the sinister lengths their country will go to in order to keep its secrets.

Jumping back and forth between Junes perspective and Days perspective had me worried. I thought it would be confusing and really hard to follow. It actually turned out to be one of the things I liked best about the book! The characters were so different that it was not only easy to follow, but exciting and refreshing!

I felt that the character developement was right on with this one! I felt like I knew enough about the main characters early enough on, but there were new things to learn about them as the story progressed. The relationships were relatable and believable as well! I don’t think I once thought “why did she do that?” or “what was he thinking??”. While the characters actions were intense at times, I’d like to think that I would react in a similar way! Both characters are very intelligent and brave!

There is a lot of corrupt government in the dystopian novels these days, but the more I uncovered with Day and June, the more my jaw dropped. And once again, facts were being uncovered at a perfect rate in my opinion.

Action packed with twists and turns that will blow your mind and characters you can’t stop thinking about, this book is amazing!! I recommend it to everyone!!

Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut. – See more at:

These stories were just creepy enough that I thought about it for days after I read it. It felt like dark fairy tales or old ghost stories passed on for years and years. The classics that just seem to get scarier every time you hear them. The illustrations were amazing! They definitely guided your imagination in an intentional direction.

I read this book in one sitting.  It was a very short,  very satisfying read, especially so close to Halloween! If I had to do it again, I might space it out and read one story a day for 5 days. Really enjoy each story. I was just too excited to read this one though.  After the first story i just couldn’t put it down.  Not for the faint of heart! Unless you are very brave and don’t get scared too easily… I would recommend this book to teens and up. This Canadian author really knows what she`s doing. Get the full effect and read this book with a flashlight in the dark. I dare you.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

I had been meaning to read this book for a long time, but i kept hearing about how similar it was to Twilight. I really just didnt want to be dissapointed. It turns out i didnt need to worry. It wasnt like Twilight in many ways, and i was not dissapointed!

First off, Katy is a very relatable character. Im not just talking about the fact that she loves books and is a book blogger. She is not so sure of herself, yet she`s brave, she`s witty and intellegent, and she doesnt take anyone`s attitude!

While the male protagonist is a massive jerk, he seems to have quite a few layers. I loved him, I hated him. I made excuses for him. I expect lots from him in the next books!

Heads up my friends, the story gets a tad steamy.  Passed kissing, yet not all the way. Just thought Id warn you. While I enjoyed it emencely…I had no warning.  I know that a lot of younger kids are reading teen books, and I just want everyone to know what they`re/ their kids are heading into. Awesomeness!! plus a smidge of sexual content. 😉

This is a refreshing book! It is different in all the best ways. Just when you think the story is going to be predictable, BAM! You are taken to new places my friend!

Go ahead, get obsessed!

Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty—or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .

I have to admit, I was not thrilled to be reading this book.  Recommended to me by a friend i thought i would give it a shot.  I assumed that it would be unbearingly boring.  A girl sitting on her roof shooting at people and animals that get too close to her lake? yawn.

While a lot of the book took place on the roof looking through a scope of her riffle, there was also a lot of emotion, thought provoking ideas, complex relationships and surprisingly graphic gore.  It was a much better story than I thought it would be.

I am also excited to read book number two and find out what happens next. ” In a Handful of Dust”  takes place 10 years after the conclusion of book number one, and it sounds like they go on an adventure, and a large one at that!

If I stay

I love books made into movies! I love picking out the differences and trying to imagine why directors decide to take parts out, or put new scenes in. I don’t get angry when they don’t get the hair color just right on a character, or if all the facts are not 100% there. Instead, I let the actors bring the story to life and enjoy each version. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

If I stay was an amazing book. Heads up folks….the beginning is pretty graphic. The effects of the car crash are described in great detail. Gayle Forman really took you there, as she does throughout the book. Scenes from the past and scenes from the present are seamlessly intertwined through the main characters senses. It was easy to follow and always came back around to the point at hand. Seriously, job well done Gayle!

This book will tug at your heart strings and make you appreciate the life you have! It will make you realize  the important things in life, like family, friends and love.

I have not seen the movie yet! But I am very excited to check it out! Here is the official trailer. It gives you a very small taste of what you can expect…from the book at least.