Saturday, December 31

Best of 2016 - How I Fared in Blogging This Year


2016 has been a crazy, wonderful, wonderfully crazy, crazily wonderful year. I say this every year, but I really can't believe how fast the year went! To think that at the beginning of this year I was e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y naive about diversity, feminism and racism is bizarre. I was. If there's one thing I'm glad about this year, it is because it rekindled the fire in me. And the reason? It's all because of blogging. The book community literally changed me and I couldn't be more thankful about it. Sure, there are times when there is too much drama, hate and negativity around, but at the end of the day, we are all here for the love of books and that's the best thing in the world! 

Oh, but I digress gloriously, don't I? Today's post is to highlight all the best bits of blogging for me this year! I'll take some time to bring to you the very best of blogging in 2016, and bear with me while I indulge in some self-praise. Thank you! 

Thursday, December 29

Crazy Good Books I Read in 2016


HI ALL OF YOU, GORGEOUS PEOPLE.  I'm here with some crazily, unbelievably awesome books today - THE BEST I'VE READ IN 2016. Is that exciting, or what?? 

I've read 179 books, with the average rating of 3.9, so I think I can say 2016 was a good year for me reading wise. I found tons of new favorites, including Cat Winters and Simone St. James, and finally managed to finish the Psy-Changeling series, and became incredibly obsessed with it - like, so much so that I reread some of the novels around five times this year. #crazy

And yeah, I encountered with plenty of books that greatly disappointed me, but the highlights of the year way over-shine these any day.


Here's what has happened in my 2016 recap so far:

Tuesday, December 27

Biggest Pleasant Surprises of 2016


Hi loves! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookishtopic is all about our 2016 faves. As I'm starting to feel really bad about cheating nearly every week with the number of picks, this week I'm totally sticking to 10. *nods*

As choosing 10 faves (even narrowed down to certain genres or categories) is basically impossible, given that I read 150+ & loved more than half of them, I'm going to list 10 of the biggest PLEASENT surprises of novels I read in 2016.


This list was made at the end of October, any book read after that date is NOT included!

Sunday, December 25

Book Characters Who Slayed My Life in 2016


Hello sweeties! First of all -


MERRY CHRISTMAS, YA'LL! 

Hope all of you will have a wonderful time this holiday season with cool presents, great food, BOOKS, your loveliest relatives (if there's such a thing) and/or friends. (Maybe even snow? Though, bruh, I hate it, despite how pretty it *can* be... from the inside. Emphasize on "can" here.)

As for today's end of the year summary post, I'm going to talk about the bestest characters I've encountered with this year, all of whom - be killers or non-killers - are precious diamonds, who should be protected at all costs. DON'T EVEN SAY OTHERWISE, OR ELSE... 

No, I'm joking, I'll definitely hear out why you didn't like these perfect little nuggets. Yeah, totally. *cold smile*


                                         

Here's a little info on what these 4 posts are about and why I decided to write them:

Let's not lie, 2016 was a pretty shitty year for various reasons, but I'm not here to talk about any of those, nuh-huh. Christmas and the new year are rapidly approaching and we need some positivity in our lives, which, in my book, means that I'll try to cheer you all up with some crazy fangirling. Makes so much sense, I know. *nods*

In these 4 posts - including this lovely here - I'm going to share with you stuff that made me smile, beam, laugh etc. etc. etc. in 2016, and, of course, I'm hoping they'll have the same effect on you. Oh, and WE SHALL BOND OVER ARE COMMON FAVES AND OBSESSIONS, 'KAY?

Here's what's to come & what's happened so far:
  • December 10: Most Gorgeous YA Book Covers of 2016
  • December 15: Killers Songs & Albums of 2016
  • December 29:  Crazy Good Books Read in 2016
                                         

Thursday, December 22

Best of 2016 - What Reading Meant for Me This Year


Now that I've shown you guys all the wonderful books and authors I discovered this year, let's see how 2016 was for me, reading-wise in general, because you guys obviously need to hear about all the wonderful stuff this year meant for me, even though it was an equally shitty year as well. 

Anyhoo, in today's post, I'll just be highlighting everything reading-wise I did that stands out from my normal routine, or things that just are worth mentioning. I won't be looking at all the books I read of course-you can check them out here, if interested. Without further ado, let's begin!

Tuesday, December 20

Dearest Santa, Bring Me These Books... OR ELSE


Hello everyone! There are 4 days for Christmas Eve when we, Hungarians, receive our presents. Eep, I'm SO EXCITED to see what I'll receive and how people will react to the gifts I picked out for them. 

If you still need ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Booklovers!

But back to today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic - it's all about wistful thinking, a.k.a. some books I wouldn't mind Santa leaving under my Christmas tree. (Or, in my case, the angels, because they bring Christmas presents in Hungary, while Santa arrives on the 6th of December, mostly with chocolate, not big presents.)

Saturday, December 17

Best of 2016 - Authors Who Swept Me Off My Feet


This is no doubt a golden age for YA literature, with books of various genres seeing daylight everyday. Out of all the authors I've come across this year, I'll be highlighting a few who I wouldn't hesitate to swear by in today's post. These authors all managed to impress me right away, so much so that I had to check out other works by them or wait in anticipation for their next to come and slay me.

Thursday, December 15

10 + 1 Killer Artists I've Been OBSESSED with in 2016



Hello to all of you, lovely people! Today's post surprisingly isn't book related - I'm sharing the artists I've been obsessed with in 2016. I'll be concentrating on those who released at least one new song this year to stop this list from becoming a mile long.

                                                            

Here's a short description of what are these posts and why I decided to write them:

Let's not lie, 2016 was a pretty shitty year for various reasons, but I'm not here to talk about any of those, nuh-huh. Christmas and the new year are rapidly approaching and we need some positivity in our lives, which, in my book, means that I'll try to cheer you all up with some crazy fangirling. Makes so much sense, I know. *nods*

In these 4 posts - including this one lovely here - I'm going to share with you stuff that made me smile, beam, laugh etc. etc. etc. in 2016, and, of course, I'm hoping they'll have the same effect on you. Oh, and WE SHALL BOND OVER ARE COMMON FAVES AND OBSESSIONS, 'KAY?

Here's what's to come & what's happened so far:
  • December 10: Most Gorgeous YA Book Covers of 2016
  • December 24: Book Characters Who Slayed My Life in 2016
  • December 29:  Crazy Good Books Read in 2016
                                                            

Tuesday, December 13

Fantastic AF Books Released in the First Half of 2017


Hi everyone. Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookishtopic is Top Ten Books I'm looking forward to in the first half of 2017. As there are waaay more than ten books I'm looking forward to, I decided to cheat (again) and add as many as I want to to this list. And thus, this becomes a handy guide to new releases in the first half of 2017 - great, right?

*covers lead to Goodreads*


List was made more than a month prior to being published - I apologize for any change in pub dates since then. 

Saturday, December 10

Most Gorgeous YA Book Covers of 2016


Let's not lie, 2016 was a pretty shitty year for various reasons, but I'm not here to talk about any of those, nuh-huh. Christmas and the new year are rapidly approaching and we need some positivity in our lives, which, in my book, means that I'll try to cheer you all up with some crazy fangirling. Makes so much sense, I know. *nods*

In my next 4 posts - including this one lovely here - I'm going to share with you stuff that made me smile, beam, laugh etc. etc. etc. in 2016, and, of course, I'm hoping they'll have the same effect on you. Oh, and WE SHALL BOND OVER ARE COMMON FAVES AND OBSESSIONS, 'KAY?


Here's what else is to come:

  • December 15: Killer Songs & Albums of 2016
  • December 24: Book Characters Who Slayed My Life in 2016
  • December 29:  Crazy Good Books Read in 2016
Now, onto today's post - there's honestly not much to say about it, besides that it only contains 2016 releases that I either read or want to read. The reason I picked gorgeous book covers for one of the four posts is simple: they're damn pleasing to look at. 

Thursday, December 8

Best of 2016 - The Best of the Bestest Books


This year has been one of the weirdest ever- on one hand, it was everything I could hope for, yet on the other, it was one of the worst ever. Just last month stands testimony to why 2016 wouldn't be a year I'd particularly look back upon fondly. Skittles...rings a bell? Anyway, the rest of my posts for this month would focus only on  the best parts of 2016, which no doubt include books, books, and yet more books, because god knows we've had more than our share of negativity and disappointments this year. 

Tuesday, December 6

Totally Kickass Authors I've Discovered in 2016


Hello loves. Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about the awesome-souce authors I discovered in 2016. I was a tad bit afraid of this topic, thinking I wouldn't be able to find 10, but in the end I had a hard time picking *only* ten. #crazy

2016 has been a pretty good year reading-wise for me, if nothing else, the talented, new-to-me authors on this list showcase that. Let's take a look at them, shall we? 

*in no particular order, because that was impossible*

Thursday, December 1

Imani Josey - The Blazing Star


Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.





Wednesday, November 30

The Leading Ladies Fantasy Bundle


First of all, thanks to the lovely Ruzaika and Veronika for having me (and my Storybundle peeps) on their blog!

*bows*

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s get down to business, to defeat the hu- wait, that’s Mulan.

Ahem.

Let me start again.

There’s a reason I write the kind of characters and books that I write. Actually, there’s two. The first is that no one was writing the kind of books I wanted to read. More importantly, very few of them were writing the kind of heroines I wanted to read about. You know, the kind of girl who doesn’t collapse because her ‘true love’ turns out to be a prat, or leaves her, or doesn’t return her totally not stalkerish affections.

So when I was approached by Charlotte English to join a Leading Ladies of Fantasy Storybundle (where I would be positively surrounded by such heroines), to say that I was overjoyed is an understatement.

I may or may not have danced. The dog may or may not have looked at me oddly.
If you, too, love to read about damsels who can get themselves out of their own distress, thank you very much—or those who are more than likely to have been the cause of said distress—allow me to introduce you to Charlotte English, the curator of the Leading Ladies of Fantasy Storybundle!

Tuesday, November 29

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers


Hello everyone! Christmas is less than a month away, people, LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY. I'm giddy with excitement, tremendously so, because it's finally time for picking out the perfect presents for your friends and family. Going shopping is one of my favorite parts of Christmas after all the FOOD, though shopping and eating can be done together so it's not like they exclude each other, right? 

As booklovers, we'd love to gift books to anyone and everyone, and I'm preeety sure it is possible to give a book they'd love to most people. In today's post, I'm going to concentrate on those of you who'd like to get some YA Fiction for their friends/family, and will be recommending various YA titles in different genres (like horror, contemporary etc.). Obviously, there are some that fit into various genres. :)


Hope you'll find this fun, little gift guide of mine helpful for Christmas!

Saturday, November 26

Books I'm Excited To Read, But Never Actually Feel Like Picking Up (HELP ME!)

So many people think that bookworms have it easy, that we are just simple dreamers, who basically day-dream through life. HAH. We bookworms have it real hard, to be honest. Obviously, we do have to deal with normal everyday stuff like anyone else, which, to be honest, I find a bit harsh, considering that we also have tons and tons of #bookwormproblems.

One of them, for me, is that I'm a huge mood-reader, which either results in a) me picking up books totally randomly when I feel like it, or b) desperately wanting to read a novel, but never actually being in the mood for it.



Has the latter ever happened to you guys? Or is it just me who, at times, waits months for a book, and then doesn't pick it up for YEARS? (Please, don't tell me if it really is just me, I'd much rather live in a lie than realize I'm just weirdo.)

A few days ago I was looking through my physical and digital tbr piles and the amount of books that I'm actually super-excited for and quite certain I'll enjoy, yet haven't yet picked up was saddening. So I decided to create a post in which I list some of these novels to remind myself of my most awaited ones and encourage myself to read all these. (Plus, I was hoping you guys would have some nice stuff to say about these books, and then I'd be more likely to pick them up, huh?)

Thursday, November 24

Barbara Golder - Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders Book 1)

Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world. 

DYING FOR REVENGE is a story of love, obsession and forgiveness, seen through the eyes of a passionate, beautiful woman trying to live her life -- imperfectly but vibrantly -- even if she won't survive. 

Tuesday, November 22

5 Things I'm Thankful For + 5 Authors I'm Thankful For


Hi lovelies. Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is a Thanksgiving Freebie. After I gave this topic some thought I decided it was best if I listed 5 authors I'm really, really thankful for, because they're just so talented, and this is a book blog, after all. However, I wanted to do something different as well, which basically resumed in me sharing 5 things I'm truly thankful for in life. #deepaf

Hope you'll enjoy both lists, and, as always, don't forget to share with me your TTTs in the comment section below. :)

*my picks are in no particular order*

Sunday, November 20

Iain Reading - Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure - flying around the world!


Thursday, November 17

Cute AF Contemporaries for the Win - 5 Reasons To Read Cinder & Ella and The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram



It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.




When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Tuesday, November 15

My 2016 in Movies & TV Shows


My 2016, so far, definitely had its ups in respect of movies and tv shows - though that is hardly a surprise, because I'm pretty sure that's the case with everything. AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. The ups could never feel so sweet and perfect without all the downs, am I right? #deep

Anyhow, this WEEK'S TTT is technically a movie freebie, but as I've been thinking about writing a post about movies and tv shows I watched in 2016, I decided to do just that this week. I think that's CLOSE ENOUGH. *shrugs*

Sunday, November 13

Tamsyn Murray - Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

Jonny isn't like "normal" teenagers. Every day he wakes up in hospital, kept alive by a machine. Every day he wonders if this is the day they'll find a donor match for his heart. Every day he wonders if this is the day he'll die.

Every day, Niamh fights with her "perfect" brother Leo. Every single day, Leo wins. Every day, Niamh dreams of a life without Leo. But all that changes on the day of the accident: the day EVERYTHING falls apart.

This is a story about facing the future no matter how frightening. This is a story about healing your heart, no matter how much it hurts. 


Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing 

Saturday, November 12

Kelly Charron - Pretty Wicked

"There’s a distinct difference between a kill of opportunity and a planned murder."


The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.




Tuesday, November 8

Cooler Than Cool New Books on My TBR List



(weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish)

Hello sweeties. It's been so freakishly long since my last Top Ten Tuesday post, and I'm SO GLAD to be back with such a great topic. 

I add many, many novels to my tbr every week, but end up deleting more than half of them just as soon... right after the first excitement is over. However, I strongly believe that you all can tell me some about these books, with that helping me out to stay excited for them, or, on the contrary, convince me they aren't worth my time and money. 

Hopefully, I'll have a bit of free time in the close future, because I can't wait to see YOUR lists - I love to flood my tbr with new books, bc it's not long enough already. :/

Now without further ado, here are - 


Saturday, November 5

Holly Bourne - ...And a Happy New Year? (The Spinster Club #3.5)


It's the Year of the Spinster!

Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.

For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It's time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.

(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)

Because everything's going great for these girls - Spinster Club for ever! Right?






Thursday, November 3

Tara Sim - Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1)

"You're a good mechanic," Colton said. Their eyes met, and Danny fought to swallow. "I want you to be my mechanic."
"Well, that's not really my choice to..."
His voice died away as the spirit leaned down and kissed him. 
Danny's eyes widened. His chest rioted.

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.




Tuesday, November 1

🎃 ...And So It's a Wrap! 🎃

Graphics from Freepik

Ever since we - as in Ruzi and I - first did Spooky October in 2015 we've been obsessed with it, waiting eagerly for the following Halloween, so we could start all over again and create an even bigger and better event. An event that'd help many a reader find their next favorite reads, while introducing some of our absolute favorite bloggers to our readers through their guest posts. An event that was positively epic.


Monday, October 31

🎃 The R.I.P It or Ship It Book Tag- With a Twist! 🎃

Graphics from Freepik

Hello, you lovely, lovely pumpkins! For our joint post for Spooky October, Vera and I put our heads together and had a very long think and ultimately zeroed in on the RIP It or Ship It Book Tag created by emmabooks...but since we are obviously very creative and quite genius, we decided to give it a twist this time, unlike the last time we did this tag, and so, in honor of all things spooky, we are doing this tag with some of the most meanest characters ever in the history of YA literature! 

For those of you who already know this- please bear with us as we go through what happens briefly, and for those of you who know head nor tail of this tag, here's what it's all about! First you put a bunch of character names in a bowl/ jar/ whatever- both male and female- and then you pull out two names. Next you make your decision about the pair- whether you R.I.P it or ship it. Simple, huh? 

So Vera and I chose 10-10 male and female villains names and drew out couples for each other to make the very torturous decision of whether we'd ship them together or not. And so, without further ado, let's do this!

Friday, October 28

🎃 5 Reasons to Read Christopher Pike {Guest Post by Roberta @ Offbeat YA} 🎃



A warm hello to all the thrill seekers out there! :)

This is Roberta, hailing from a blog called Offbeat YA, but sharing the fun at The Regal Critiques during the Halloween season. Ruzi and Vera were so kind to engage me in a guest post for the occasion, and I was more than happy to oblige. Since the girls have recently launched a feature called "5 Reasons to Read...", I was inspired to write a 5 Reasons post about one of my favourite YA (and occasionally adult) authors: Christopher Pike. I suppose most of you have at least heard about him, but have you actually read any of his books? If not, I'm going to try and gently push you in his direction :). Please follow my lead for a little while...you can thank me later ;).

Wednesday, October 26

🎃 Halloween Movies for the Cowardly Lions {Guest Post by Huriyah @ SugarQuills} 🎃


Hi, it’s Huriyah from SugarQuills! I’m at this neck of the woods because Ruz sweet talked me into writing a Halloween-y guest post for her (many emojis and exclamation marks were involved). So, here’s my Halloween post, and it’s based on my Halloween tradition! 

What’s a holiday without traditions, right? Every Halloween, I bring out my favourite childhood movies and to watch them back-to-back. Since I’m a wimp, you can bet that anything I watch is going to be rated pitifully by horror fans (sorry, not sorry). But Halloween doesn’t have to be scary! These movies scream Halloween spirit in the form of magic, vampires, ghosts, bubbling cauldrons, and homicidal children. And it’s just not Halloween without them (and a venti pumpkin spice latte).


Monday, October 24

🎃 Make it Monday: Spooky Snacks {Guest Post by Kerr @ Paein and Ms4Tune} 🎃


Hello! I’m Paein from Paein and Ms4Tune’s book blog and this is my very first guest post! I believe Ms4Tune had a recommendation post for you last week, but today I'm bringing you a MAKE IT MONDAY!

I like making stuff, I’m one of those people that actually makes the things they pin on Pinterest which surprisingly surprises a lot of people, so with that in mind (and our love of making cakes) we created the Make it Monday post on our blog. When we were kindly asked to participate in Spooky October we jumped at the chance and once we were given the suggestions and dates, it seemed silly to do anything but spooky snacks! Here they are:

Friday, October 21

🎃 A Feast for Greedy Eyes this Halloween {Guest Post by Divya @ Endless Pages} 🎃

Graphics from Freepik

Hey everyone! I'm Divya, and I'm very glad to be here at The Regal Critiques today. Thank you girls for having me here!

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I'm a cover snob. I'm not saying that I don't read books with ugly photoshopped looking covers, but the ones that look pretty do have a higher preference. So, in the interest of other readers like me, here's a list of horror books with pretty covers to curl up with this Halloween!

Wednesday, October 19

🎃 Review and Compare: The Mist by Stephen King {Guest Post by Laura @ Blue Eye Books} 🎃

Graphics from Freepik

The Book



standalone

Goodreads blurb: “It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?”