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Happy Halloween! or what shall you watch or read to get you in the right mood?


Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope you have a very joyful one!
Here is my personal list of books and movies/TV episodes to get you into the right mood :)
Hope you enjoy it and leave your own suggestions in the comments.

1. The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


IT BEGINS WITH ABSENCE AND DESIRE.
IT BEGINS WITH BLOOD AND FEAR.
IT BEGINS WITH A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.

This book is incredibly atmospheric, lush and spooky. It also has a fabulous Halloween with pumpkins and all. If you never tried reading this series, today is the right day to start!

2. The Restorer by Amanda Stevens


Very spooky and almost Gothic, this book is a charming Southern tale of old cemeteries and hungry ghosts. It's also very eery. You need to read it!

3. A Soul To Steal by Rob Blackwell


Okay, a small town, a series of murders from a long-forgotten serial killer and an awakening paranormal power... This is scary and powerful and recommended to all the fans of Sleepy Hollow.

4. The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin


It's an awesome take on old school vampires in 19th century America. Seriously grisly, chilling and thrilling.

5. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 2 (Halloween Episode)

I particularly enjoy this episode although I love Buffy in whole! It's just so much fun!

6. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 4 (Hush episode)

Oh, so spooky! This  is a momentous episode in the season because Buffy reveals her identity to Railey, but it's also a pretty scary one as well. Right?

7. Hemlock Grove mini series

I only watched the first season so far and thought it was superb. Great scenery, beautiful cinematography and at the same time it's pretty gory.

8. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

Say what you will but early Anita Blake is classic horror, and this book with its horde of zombies is pure amazeballs.

9. Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton


I know, I know, another Anita! but this is my favorite in the whole series and Otto is in it.


10. Practical Magic (The Movie)

I love that movie! It's so sweet and full of fairy-tale like quality. Definitely pure magic.

As you see I don't particularly like my Halloween books, TV episodes or movies to be hardcore horror. Spooky, yes. However, I'm a chicken with anything else especially on the screen. I can read about it but not see or hear it.

What about you? What would put you in a Halloween mood?

Historical Fantasy Review: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth


Egalley courtesy of Thomas Dunne Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love
French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.

Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository

8/10

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  This is a lovely story, my dear readers, unhurried, bittersweet and contemplative. The reason for my subdued rating is purely subjective. You see, the story is split between three characters, and some of them I liked more than the others.

Urban Fantasy Early Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #1)


review copy courtesy of Avon

Synopsis from Goodreads
#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond

9.5/10

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*MINUSCULE SPOILERAGE AHEAD* 

 Pure awesomesauce with a cherry on top! That's all I'm saying, folks.

“One school of thought says that the best way to handle an issue like this is exposure therapy," Mad Rogan said. "For example, if you're terrified of snakes, repeated handling of them will cure it."
Aha. "I'm not handling your snake.” 

Short review:

GO AND BUY IT. *see first sentence*

The Postman Knock #100

Woohoo, it's my 100th Sunday post! How the time has passed so quickly?
We've almost finished building our kitchen this week, so here is a quick glance...
More on the progress on our Facebook page, Olives and Acorns.

Here is what I READ in the past 2 weeks:

I've already discussed DESERT BOUND together with Vika in our joint review. RUIN has been reviewed as well. THE SCHOLOMANCE and COTTONWOOD are absolute, pure brilliance from R Lee Smith, and I just adore this author! I wish she wrote more books, peeps. and I might need to re-read Last Hour of Gann now... She is unpredictable, horrifying, sadistic, spell-binding and invigorating. I'd recommend her books to anyone :)
This is it. Not much for 2 weeks, I know, but I've been so tired and wrapped up in building work I haven't had time to finish any of my review books.

BOUGHT:

This is it for me, and how was your week?
Have a lovely weekend, tchau!

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