Over the many years since I started tracking the books that I have read, I’ve always been a huge YA Dystopic and Thriller fan. But once I started branching out from those topics, I discovered the books below that made me appreciate and love reading other genres. This is my Top Ten Tuesday list: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone.
- The Merciless by Danielle Vega (YA Horror)
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA Sci-Fi)
- Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (YA Western)
- The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (Middle Grade)
- Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner (Children’s Graphic Novel)
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (YA Fantasy)
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (Poetry)
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA Contemporary)
- Runaways Vol. 1 Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (YA Comic)
- Sex Criminals Vol. 1 One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Comic)
Title/Author: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Retelling
Publication Date: August 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 402
Rating: ★★★★ stars
I’m not familiar with the 12 Dancing Princesses story, so I went absolutely blind into this book (other than the hype I received at ALA MidWinter Conference).
Annaleigh, her 11 sisters, father, and stepmother live in a manor right next to the sea. The 12 girls are princesses that sneak off in the night to go dancing and to get away from their town who thinks the family is cursed. One by one each individual girl slowly gets picked off and dies. As the tension grows and Annaleigh slowly becomes mad, is this all just a horrifying dream or reality?
The cover is beautiful. I love all the detail on it and it gives off a good feel to how I was picturing the book while reading it. I felt this story was a nice slow burning pace seeing how our main character slowly starts to go mad towards the end of the book. The end of the book was very interesting and the stepmother ended up giving me vibes of Melisandre from Game of Thrones.
However, I felt that there was this weird love triangle to be forced between Annaleigh and two other characters. Eventually, I grew tired of the dancing plot and was ready for the end of the book.
Overall this book was definitely interesting and is worth the hype. 4/5 stars. If you liked the Selection series by Kiera Cass I think you would enjoy this book.
I received an ARC from the publishing house at ALA MidWinter Conference.
Since it’s the summer time again, that means a new spooky book by one of my favorite authors gets released. The Haunted by Danielle Vega is one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2019. This book was released on June 4th but I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy at ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle this year. Below you will find my review which contains all my thoughts, feels, and opinions. Enjoy!
Before I get into my review of The Haunted by Danielle Vega, first there was a vlog behind it. I absolutely love reading and vlogging my journey through books and it’s become one of my favorite things to do! This way you get to see my live action (kinda?) to the specific book I’m reading. Last year I did one for The Merciless IV: Last Rites and I really enjoyed it. So with a new Danielle Vega book coming out this summer, I thought what the heck I’ll do it again! Here’s the vlog of my journey through The Haunted by Danielle Vega.