Hey guys, it’s time for my first recommendations post! I haven’t done one before, so I thought I’d start with a Halloween/ autumn recommendations list, and I will give a brief description of each book going by what the book’s blurb says – or quote it and then explain a little. So, here are my recommendations for you – the block-quotes are from the blurb of my copy rather than the online description (links are to the amazon website – but disclaimer: I am not paid by the company to include these links)
#1 – Shiver ( Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater
It’s a little hard to describe this book without giving at least half the book away but I think it’s safe to say this much: primarily a love story, people that shape-shift into wolves when winter comes around ( sort of like, but a little far from werewolves given that they don’t turn at the full-moon but when the weather turns cold and frosty ), and death. The story spans all four seasons, but I decided to include it in my list because it involves humans that become wolves when the weather changes …basically because wolves are involved hehe.
“The pack circled around me, tongues and teeth and growls”
“…Then she meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away…”
#2 – Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Dead Beautiful follows sixteen year old Renée after the sudden death of her parents, as she moves from sunny California to mist-shrouded Gottfried Academy, a boarding school in Maine, where, she meets the intelligent, elusive and devastatingly gorgeous Dante, and more.
“DESIRE. DANGER. DESTINY. Little did I know that is what I would find at Gottfried Academy”
“Does finding your soulmate mean losing yourself”
#3- The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson
Although I haven’t read it in a while I loved this novel, loved mermaids as a child (I lie, I still love the idea of them)and also thought it would be a suitable contender for my list.
The story revolves around a young girl called Adrianne who encounters the beautiful, elfin featured mermaid of Windwaithe Island who she strongly believes means her harm – not surprising, given the stories and legends of mermaids’ curses that her home is draped in. However, it is the islanders and not this mesmerising creature, she should fear: they think that if Adrianne doesn’t sacrifice herself to the sea and in so doing appease the mermaid, they will all be cursed.
“Everybody she has ever known seems to be against her, even the boy she loves”
#4 – Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
It would be difficult to describe this book on my own, I think, so I am going to quote the blurb – but first will say that I’ve loved books that are about magical, mystical beings like faeries – well, more their….cousins, the pure, kind and young fairies, than faeries, as they are believed to be terribly, dark and mischievous creatures) :
“Sixteen-year-old Dee is a cloverhand- someone who can see faeries.
When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke, Dee senses that he wants something more dangerous than a summer romance.
But Dee doesn’t realize that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world. And she is his next target”
#5 – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book has a rather long blurb, so I will do my best to shorten it down to a brief description for you guys:
Laia’s grandparents are horribly murdered, her brother arrested by the empire for treason, and the only ones she has left to turn to for help in rescuing him are the rebels who in exchange, demand that Laia spies on the ruthless Commandant of the Empire’s greatest military academy, Blackcliff , where she meets Elias who is not only the academy’s finest soldier but the Commandant’s son. However, should she fail her brother’s freedom will be at risk, and her very life is at stake.
Not that brief, but it is slightly shorter than the book’s blurb. I chose it, because the cover (at least the one I have, which has the two protagonists in a small portrait oval, silhouetted against a sort of gold background with fire embers- or sparks, I’m not sure- around it) gave a very autumnal vibe.
Alright, those were my recommendations for Halloween/ Autumn my next post: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman review will be up in the next few days.
Stay true to yourself and don’t ever let anyone deter you from the course you wish to take.