Alice is one of my favorite novels out there and easily one of the most gruesome books I’ve read. This twisted Alice in Wonderland retelling is not for the faint of heart. Henry creates a vivid, horrific setting known as the Old City, where beastly men rule and women are treated as nothing more than slaves.
Our story follows Alice as she escapes the hospital and ventures out into the Old City to discover why she ended up in the hospital in the first place. Her story is bloody and graphic, delivering a powerful message on what it means to be a woman in a world dominated by sickly men. Despite this being a fictional world with magic, Henry presents an eye-opening message that sexism still very much exists and could evolve into a horrible world if we are not to fight against it.
Not only does this horror novel provide depth by carrying deeper meanings, but it’s characters, spun-off of the eclectic characters from Carol’s original story, that truly make Alice come to life. They are unreliable characters who have committed acts of murder, and yet you cannot help but love them?
I know, I know. It sounds awful. But once you read Alice, I think you’ll understand exactly where I’m coming from.
(TRIGGER WARNING: this novel contains graphic content, including sexual assault and abuse.)
The Last Leaves Falling is the sort of novel that will make you step back and evaluate your life, realizing how rare and beautiful living is. Going into this novel, knowing our main character Sora has been diagnosed with ALS, we are quite aware of the outcome, and still, I was left in tears.
Sora proved to be an excellent protagonist. When learning of his fate, he fell into a depression. But after turning to the ancient wisdom of the samurai and joining an online chatting website, Sora begins to find hope again.
The Last Leaves Falling delivers a beautiful message that we should never give up on our dreams. That no matter what we’re told, what happens to us, we should always continue to follow what makes our heart soar. Not only for us, but for those that are unable to pursue what they want.
A Great and Terrible Beauty is a historical paranormal novel that follows Gemma, a teenage girl who grew up in India, but is then shipped off to a boarding school in England after her mother commits suicide … or did she?
This novel is full of mystery and intrigue, with the slightest flecks of magic. Bray does a wonderful job of capturing the strangeness of human emotion, our thoughts and feelings as we grow through stages of grief and anger and angst. Gemma was such a wonderfully layered protagonist, and while I worried her counterparts would end up being the mean girl cliches, Bray surprised me by creating this real cast of characters.
This book isn’t too creepy or scary, but it will definitely give you those spooky vibes complete with those autumnal tones. A Great and Terrible Beauty is sure to reel you into its chilling setting.
All right, I’m sure the majority of you hear have heard of and / or already read this entire series, but of course, I have to recommend one of my favorite novels ever, The Raven Boys. Complete with magic, murder, sass, a girl who’s cursed and a bunch of pretty boys with dark pasts, this book is for you. And everyone. Everyone should read this book.
Stiefvater is easily one of the greatest writers of our generation. She has the ability to twist words into this poetic, rhythmic masterpiece while still maintaining a cast of characters that feel incredibly real. She creates this setting that, even if it may technically be small, feels vast and tangible. This is one of those books that grabbed every strand of my being, pulling me into its depths where it felt as though I was living amongst the characters.
I’ve still yet to finish this series (because I want to savor it and I don’t want it to ever end and I plan on re-reading about a dozen times already), but I highly recommend reaching for The Raven Boys, if not the entire series. This series is perfect for this time of the year.
Today is a very special day. Why? STRANGER THINGS SEASON TWO THAT IS WHY LADS AND LASSES. I am so excited for this new season. Stranger Things is one of my all time favorite shows ever. It has made me grow an appreciation and fascination for the 80’s and the paranormal, inspiring me so much creatively.
Also, Halloween is only four days away and I have absolutely nothing to do. Plus, nobody at my household likes to decorate so *eye roll* looks like I’ll be staying in watching horror films or reading, which isn’t such a bad thing. But tell me, what are your Halloween plans? Are you dressing up? If so, tell me who you’re going to be!
Have a spooky little week, my lovelies. And remember, friends don’t lie.