Summer Book Promo Tour – Most Underrated/Most Overhyped books.

Hey guys! I’m here again with the wonderful Krystianna from Downright Dystopian and we’re going to talk about our most underrated and most overhyped books. Because I can talk on and on about probably 10,000 underrated and 1 million overhyped books I kept my list to those from 2018. It’s not like I try to be a Debbie Downer, but I always see “most hyped books 2018” and no one ever talks about the overhyped or underrated books… probably for good reason but here on my page I’m without reason…. ANYWAYSSSSS here’s my list of underrated books from 2018:

rule

Amazing lesbian representation in YA Fantasy, amazing feminism, and truly fantastic storyline. I really thought this was going to be a bad copy of Three Dark Crowns, but I was gladly wrong!
reign of the fallen
Another YA Fantasy with LGBT representation and flawed imperfect characters? Yes please! I have had this on my TBR for the longest time and I can’t wait to read it soon! Necromancers are what introduced me to fantasy and it’s been too long without a good necromancer tale.
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This book discusses miscarriage and features a character who goes from annoyingly weak to amazingly powerful. The character grows so much in the book and it’s really fantastic, even though it relies on tropes. Also, there’s miscarriage in this book which isn’t talked about enough and I cried. Yes, the stone princess cried.
the story peddler
Beautiful story with a character who doesn’t come out knowing how to throw knives with perfect precision. It’s also a fantastic action packed YA Christian fantasy book. These types of books are still relatively new and from what I’ve seen and read so far they’re doing amazing things for their small genre.
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A contemporary Daria would read and obsess over. Sarcastic and dark, humerous and sad all at the same time. Although I’m not sure why this gets branded as an LGBT book since only the side character is and she’s not in this book hardly at all. It’s sad when the publishing company finds any reason to claim a book as LGBT or whatever for including minor characters that aren’t present throughout the whole book.
And now here’s my list of underrated books from 2018:
acofas
Did we need an in-between book in which Rhys talks about all the sex he has with Feyre? Did we need a book with 99.9999998% fluff and nothing moving the plot forward? No. We didn’t. It’s a money grab from honest fans who love the series.
ink iron and glass
THIS IS NOT A STEAMPUNK BOOK PEOPLE! The only thing that’s literally steampunked is a fire extinguisher. This book is such a joke on the genre and on YA Fantasy in general.
before i let go
This book was a literal circle. The same conversations happened over and over and over and over and over again. There’s also no message of hope and no healthy acceptance of the character’s depression. The book shows the ugly side of depression and that’s it. It’s a gross display on what mental illness actually is.
zenith
This book is added to the list of books that only got published because  the writer was famous. This book was so awful the editor gave up on it. There were so many issues with this book that I wrote 3 pages on how bad this book was… none of which Amazon will let me write on their website. #rude
smoke in the sun
Guys seriously the first book was awful. It was an awful book that disgraced Mulan’s name. The book wasn’t a real Mulan retelling and the main character in this book was a joke. All I can expect from this novel is more of the same crap. And while I’m all for representation on book covers and the newer covers are super pretty, I honestly hate it when covers are changed mid-series.
And here’s Krystianna’s list of underrated books, no restrictions on year or anything like that because she’s not cynical like me:
172 hours
This book is so creepy and filled with twists that keep the story thrilling and enticing. I also loved all the characters.
letters to zell
This book is literally about the Disney princesses going through real life (for once) and it’s told through a series of letters, usually to Rapunzel. I loved the characters and the writing style, which has kept this book with me for all these years.
armada
I feel like Ready Player One always gets all the attention, but Cline’s sophomore novel was just as enjoyable. It was filled with video games and aliens and I loved it to bits.
because you'll never meet me
This is another book that’s told through letters, but the premise in this one is what really kept my interest. Again, it’s just the writing style and the characters that really made me love this contemporary. I’ve recommended it to countless friends.
how to hang a witch
I think it was the setting that really stuck with me for this one. It takes place in Salem, MA, which is right outside of where I go to college, so I’ve been there many times before. It was all about witches and history and mystery and I ate it up.
And her overhyped list:
a darker shade of magic
This book was so character driven. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the characters, but I need an interesting plot too. Plus, I just didn’t like the random romance that was brewing.
mortal instruments
I’ve tried to get into this numerous times… I just can’t. I find it boring. However, I have loved the TV show. I may retry it eventually.
13 reasons why
I read this book back in high school, way before the show was even a thought. I hated it. I didn’t like the way that Hannah was created as a character who seemed to be bratty and was almost placing blame on people for her suicide.
divergent
I remember only thinking this book was “okay” when I read it initially. The only thing that’s changed my mind about it is the movies, which I actually enjoyed… even though the last movie is never going to be made now, apparently. I just found it too similar to The Hunger Games at times.
half bad
I really just couldn’t enjoy this book. I tried so hard, but I found it utterly boring and I hated the characters.
You see a book you disagree with or think should be added? Let me know! I, for one, will be at the book store buying some new books my new friend suggested.
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Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2018: The Time I Interviewed Downright Dystopian!

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Hey guys! I signed up for the 2018 Summer Blogger Promo Tour! This is a summer tour put together by the Book Bratz that helps a bunch of bloggers both new and old link up with each other and collab on fun posts throughout the summer. This summer I’m with Downright Dystopian! Here’s an interview I did with her:

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1) What’s your name?

My name is Krystianna, though most people call me KP.

2) What’s the story behind your username?

I really wanted something alliterative, and I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels. It’s what got me into reading in the first place. So I searched through a dictionary and came up with Downright Dystopian. I thought it had a nice ring to it, haha.

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3) What did you start first: Instagram or Blog?

I started my blog first and then jumped on the Instagram bandwagon.

4) Why do you like books?

I like books because they’re an escape from the real world. I also get to experience a lot of things through books that I don’t think I’d ever get the chance to in real life. Plus, they’re like a movie in your head.

5) What is your favorite genre?

My favorite genre is science fiction. There’s just something about futuristic worlds and aliens that I find so fascinating.

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6) What’s a book you could read over and over again?

Any of the Harry Potter books! I usually reread them every summer.

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7) Least favorite book? Why?

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. I really thought I was gonna love it but I found the plot so boring and slow. I also couldn’t connect to any of the characters.

 

 

8) Favorite book? Why?

My favorite book is always changing. Right now, it’s Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell which is a collection of poems. It’s so underrated. I swear, you’re missing out. I liked it more than Milk and Honey.

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9) What’s your favorite YA cliche?

TRILOGIES. I literally think they’re the perfect length for a series because there’s clearly a beginning, middle and an end.

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10) Who’s your biggest bookstagram/booktube inspiration?

I love Sasha Alsberg. She posts awesome pictures on Instagram and I also love all the videos she makes on YouTube. I’m also a huge fan of polandbananabooks. Her book talks are always so relatable and funny!

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Blog Tour: The Monster of Selkirk Book II: The Heart of the Forest by C.E. Clayton

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Title: The Monster of Selkirk Book 2: The Heart of the Forest

By: C.E. Clayton

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Synopsis from Amazon.com:

Tallis is learning how to deal with loss and violence as she and her friends traverse the forests of Selkirk trying to find the reason behind the elven uprising. Not to mention why they keep hissing her name. But the further into the forests they go, Tallis is finding that the elves’ depravity can still surprise her and thoroughly test the bonds of friendship, family, and love. Tallis’s journey eventually leads to answers they’re not prepared for. Now Tallis begins to wonder just who she really is, and if she’s the evil that will end up destroying Selkirk. But she cannot stop processing these revelations, as an unforeseen betrayal lands those she loves at the feet of the very monster responsible for all the hurt and heartbreak. Coming face to face with her foe, Tallis discovers all too late she has no idea how to deal with this level of pain and death. One way or another, the monster’s path ends here, and all Tallis can hope to do is bring those she loves safely out of the heart of the forest.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: C.E. Clayton was born and raised in Southern California where she worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts that ranged from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). This was before she packed up her life, husband, two displeased cats, and one very confused dog and moved to New Orleans. Now, she is a full-time writer (mainly in the fantasy genre), her cats are no longer as displeased, and her dog no longer confused. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, and poetry, can be found on her website.

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Release Day! No Vain Loss by M.C. Frank

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Hey Guys! Today was the release day for one of my favorite indie author’s book! Her name is M.C. Frank and here is where you can stalk her at. I have already read and reviewed this book, here’s the link if you want to reread it. If you don’t want to click on the link, here’s a blurb about this wonderful book:

 

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2525. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. In No Vain Loss, the third installment, war is about to erupt. Who will be left standing when the stars begin to fade? Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel. – Amazon.com

 

Currently it is available on Amazon for $12.95 USD paperback and available for free on KindleUnlimited. If you read anything this month be sure to read this book! It’s a wonderful series and M.C. Frank does a marvelous job of crafting such a beautiful and unique dystopian world.

COVER REVEAL: Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber

She was far more capable than Earth’s leaders had accounted for—and they had no idea what she’d do next.

Known as a brilliant mind that could hack humanity’s darkest secrets, seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow is the most wanted teenager alive. She found her way to the icy, technologically brilliant planet of Delon to find Shilo, the brother everyone but Sofi believes is dead.

But as she and Ambassador Miguel partner to find her brother and warn those on Earth of Delon’s dark designs on humanity, Sofi’s memories threaten to overtake her, distorting everything she holds true. She knows the Delonese kept her in a dark, deceptive place . . . and destroyed a portion of her life. Now, the more they discover of Sofi’s past, the more Sofi feels herself unraveling—as each new revelation has her questioning the very existence of reality.

In this harrowing sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Sofi and Miguel must trust each other and discover the secrets locked inside Sofi’s mind as the line between what’s real and what they imagine begins to slip away . . . threatening to take humanity with it.

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Go check out Mary’s website for more info! This book is gonna a be amazing so be sure to preorder so you don’t miss this book!

Loud Music Blog Tour

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Title: Loud Music: If It Ain’t Turned Up… It Ain’t Loud Music!

By: Gloria L. Geiger

 

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Synopsis from Amazon.com:

Ryan Davies is the lead singer of America’s most popular rock group Loud Music. His face is on just about every magazine cover, website, and news program in the country and around the world. With T.V. endorsements and film offers, Ryan is set to become one of the most famous superstars of all time. That’s only on the surface, under it all, there are problems, drugs, alcohol, sex, run-ins with law enforcement and his adorable face on the nightly news reporting yet another embarrassing moment in his life. To top that off, his controlling and money hungry mother still wants control of all things Ryan Davies, including money! His bandmates hate him and he has been arrested so many times the jail might as well have a revolving door just for him. All that glitters isn’t gold in his life, that is until a court judge decides to make him the example by sending Ryan to work on his estranged father’s Kentucky horse ranch. At first, Ryan thinks this might be the death of him until he meets the family he never knew and starts to form bonds with each of them including a special needs cousin who will teach Ryan that there is more to life than being rich and famous.

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The music is thunderous roaring in my chest and vibrating down to my feet. My body buzzing, itching to move with the beat as the backup dancers come out on stage. Blue, purple and white stage lights along with smoke from the smog machine fill the air as the audience starts screaming and chanting along with Bobby, who raps, “Rock that body, rock it good shake what yo’ momma gave ya, promise not to break ya…” The distinct sweet smell of cannabis wafts towards me on the stage making me want to light up just once before this segment of the show. I follow behind lead choreographer, Benny Henderson, one of my friends on this tour, he’s tatted all over his chest and arms and has large black gauges in his ears, and a buzz-cut so close to his scalp the stage lights gleam off his head. The dancers line up diagonally and wait for me to make my move, and then right on beat, I jump out in front of the dancers as planned to start my choreographed dance. Swaying and stomping to the music with the dancers. A female dancer saunters in front of me, wearing a flesh-colored dress covered in clear sequins and fringe, swaying her hips. She gives me a flirtatious smirk as she runs her finger across my chest. I give her a look that conveys my lustful interest then grab her wrist and spin her into my arms. We begin an insanely fast-paced cha-cha dance as the other dancers follow in suit. The crowd goes nuclear feeding my performers soul. I wink at my dance partner, Chalice, Cherise, Patrice. Whatever, then dip her backwards and kiss her cheek. It’s all part of the show; still, I can feel her melt in my arms. “Not yet, sweetheart!” I say in her ear then pull her up straight and continue dancing while Bobby’s rapping into his mic. She sways her hips, twisting and turning in step with me. “Gimme, gimme, give me what I want!” Bobby shouts into his mic as I spin her from my arms and perform a Fred Astaire move with another beautiful redheaded dancer twirling her about like a little

shiny spinning top, the fringe of her nude colored dress splaying out from her body catching the stage lights like a human crystal. The music suddenly stops as we stand with our heads down waiting for our cue. “ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR!” Bobby shouts and on cue the male back up dancers, dressed in only black leather pants, and I rush toward the audience of screaming teenage girls drop to our knees and skid to a stop, turning sideways, leaning back slightly, and start thrusting our hips as if we are sexing thin air. Then we drop forward into the most inappropriate version of push-ups known to humanity and simulate what we’d do to our girl if she were under us. On the eight count, we flip over, land in a crab position, and thrust our pelvis skyward giving the girls up front the “do me baby” face. Quickly popping up on my feet I race back toward my mic as Bobby shouts in my ear, “Gonna get someone spontaneously pregnant doing that!” I look at my friend and laugh, seeing the surging and frenzied crowd, gives me feeling of completeness, of being whole. Performing is like flying. Up here, I am untouchable, I get high off the music, the crowds cheers and screaming, lights and sounds! This is where I am free to be the real Ryan Davies. No one to treat me like a kid without say in his future, only the music, the fans, and my voice…up here, I am king. I am alive and up here I matter, not because of what I can do for someone or what my name will get them. It’s because my fans see me! They know I do this for them and them alone! Up here I feel… loved, something sorely lacking for the past twenty-one years of my life. Shawn steps forward with his guitar and does some crazy Chuck Berry dance moves then spins and walks back to his place next to Trevor they trade looks then continue bopping their heads to the music. The two of them are crazy talented songwriters. “Gimme your life, gimme your soul, come on baby I’ll eat you whole…” I sing into the mic taking over on vocals again. Funny thing about performing it makes me feel as if I took the happiest of happy pills getting the ultimate high! The bad thing about getting high though is eventually you have to come back down again and the crash is always painful. That will be later…after the show, when it’ll be Ryan versus… them, me against my entire world. I wish it were different. I wish it could be as it was when I first joined Loud Music. But we can’t go back in time, can we? ______________________________________________________________________________

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gloria L. Geiger is a lover of the written word, mostly YA novels. Her love of reading started in elementary school when the librarian introduced her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. From that point forward she has been an avid bookworm. Reading books whenever and wherever she could. As an author, she hopes to inspire others. Always be the sunshine and not the black cloud in someone’s day.

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TOUR SCHEDULE:

Nov. 11th: Jen (http://www.happylilbooknook.com)

Nov. 12th: Sarah P. (http://www.sarahinzombieland.wordpress.com)

Nov. 14th: Sarah E. (http://www.transientdrifter.blogspot.com)

Nov. 15th: Pagie G. (http://www.popthebutterfly.wordpress.com)

Nov. 16th: Kira (http://thelonelybookclub.blogspot.com)

Nov. 17th: Misty (http://www.mistysbookspace.wordpress.com)

Blog Tour Organized by: Happy Lil Book Tours

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ROSEMARKED BLOG TOUR!

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Hi Everyone!

 

This is Livia Blackburne, and I’m thrilled to share ROSEMARKED with you at long last. There are a lot of elements to this book, including a love story, a spy story, reflections on trauma and mortality, medical ethics, and political intrigue.  Perhaps because of this, my research for the book was equally eclectic, from archery and stick fighting lessons, to chats with memory researchers and soldiers, and lots and lots of reading, including books about leper colonies, hospice care, and PTSD. Hopefully, I wove it all into an entertaining and thought-provoking story!

 

This story centers on Zivah, a talented healer with an incurable illness, and Dineas, a traumatized soldier. The two couldn’t be more different, and I had a lot of fun writing their unlikely love story.  In order to work together, they both have to let go of their own prejudices and preconceptions. It’s a painful process, with fights and misunderstandings, anger, laughter and tears, but in the end, they both come out as stronger people.

 

To celebrate the ROSEMARKED release, I’m offering 3 lucky winners a ROSEMARKED swag pack, which includes a copy of ROSEMARKED and a signed bookplate! Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate. Best of luck, and happy reading

 

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The first in a duology, ROSEMARKED (Hyperion | On Sale November 7, 2017) by New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne follows a healer and a solider on a high-stakes mission to spy on the Empire to uncover a deadly secret. With sizzling chemistry and a heartrending ethical dilemma, this thrilling fantasy with nuanced characters will capture fans of An Ember in the Ashes and The Lumatere Chronicles.

 

New York Times best-selling author LIVIA BLACKBURNE has a PhD in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Livia is also the author of Midnight Thief, an Indies Introduce New Voices selection, and its sequel, Daughter of Dusk.

 

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MIDNIGHT THIEF

New York Times Bestseller 2014

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2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee

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Wunderkids Blog Tour!

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Hello everyone! I am here today with Jacqueline Silvester, the author of Wunderkids. In case you haven’t heard about Wunderkids here’s the link to the Amazon page. Since her book has some very witty and scary villains, I asked her what her top “worst” villains and here’s what she said:

 

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The Darkling from the Shadow and Bone series (Grishaverse) is one of my favorite villains because of his complexity, and the fact that I still rooted for him long after I had discovered that he was the villain in the story. I love villains that make you want to root for them, despite your better judgment.

 

There is a vulnerability to the Darkling, a kind of brokenness. There is also his desire to be loved, and of course there is the seductive appeal of his beauty and his power. He’s such great character it’s almost hard to hate him. Almost.

 

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What I love about Dolores is that she’s not a physical villain, she’s not a fighter and there is not physical aspect to her villainy. She’s an old lady in a pink tweed suit, giggling and tittering about and talking about. But somehow she is still terrifying. I love this juxtaposition in villain and J.K Rowling pulled it off brilliantly (not like anyone is surprised.) The contrast of her being an elderly lady, who likes pink and cats and bone china, but is also the cruelest person at Hogwarts, is fascinating. And the amount of damage she is able to cause with legislation reminds you that politicians can be some of the most dangerous people.

 

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Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

 

If you read Wunderkids you would know that evil nurses are my kryptonite. However, where I consider my villain Mrs. Smith to be mid-range scary, but her literary ancestor Nurse Ratched is positively terrifying. When I saw “One Flew Over the Cuckoos’ Nest” I had nightmares about the cruel nurse for years. Nurse Ratched rules over her hospital with an iron fist, and punishes, humiliates and abuses her patients. Villain indeed.

 

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Nils Bjurman (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

 

Now moving on to truly terrifying villains. Nils Bjurman from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is everything I fear personified-a sadist and a rapist, in a position of power over the young protagonist. Even though he gets his own in the end the damage that he causes to Lisbeth can never truly be undone. Nils Bjurman is what nightmares are made of.

 

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To me Malkovich personifies villains. I’m sure in life he’s a lovely person, but on screen he is able to school his features into an expression of perfect unmistakable evil. I kept a photo of him up in my office to help me write out the expressions that my villains (particularly the Dean) make.

 

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As you may have noticed from my list, I’m most afraid of powerful people who abuse their power. From nurses to guardians to priests- people who are put in a position to help the weak and vulnerable and instead use that power to hurt them are pure evil in my book. Top of the list is Quasimodo’s guardian Frollo (the Disney version, Victor Hugo’s Frollo was more compassionate and caring.) Hiding a disabled person in your bell tower? Check. Using your power to prey on the weak and justifying it with religion? Check. Creepy and repressed sexual desires towards woman half your age? Check.

 

So since Jacqueline offered up an inside to what scares her most, I thought I’d offer up a similar piece. Beware though: while Jacqueline is scared of those in power, I am scared of things that go bump in the night.

Paige’s List

 

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Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It by Stephen King)

 

I know I recently raved about Pennywise in a recent review, but he legitimately scared me in my first read of the novel… when I was 10…. Parents this is why you monitor what your child is reading! I think what really scared me about him is that his favorite personification was of a clown which represents childhood carefree nature and innocence. The other part that scared me was that he’s a freaking demon who can shapeshift into your worst fears! He can also appear anywhere and he’s not just restricted to the sewers of Derry. The thought of him lying under my bed at night gave me many a sleepless night. Since I’ve read a few Stephen King books now I think I can say that this is King’s scariest monster to date.

 

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Governor Dragna aka Scarlet and Tella’s Father (Caraval by Stephanie Garber)

 

It’s probably due to my background in Criminal Justice, but I CAN’T STAND bad parents! It makes me want to punch them in the face, especially those who have abused their children or whoever the main character may be. Aside from feelings of anger, I’ve never really experienced an abusive parental figure in a book that made me very nervous until I read Caraval. Scarlett and Tella’s father made me very jumpy while reading the book. I just expected him to pop up anywhere at any time. I think the author did a good job of making the fear that Scarlet and Tella felt towards their father feel very real to the reader.

 

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Minya (Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor)

 

Aren’t children supposed to be sweet and innocent? Well this Godspawn is no angel sent from above. Her powers include trapping departing souls, making them into slaves, and forcing them to do her bidding for as long as she may live. Oh and she’s stuck as a child forever. I love the uniqueness of this character and that she does not appear threatening nor does she have threatening powers to the living. The fearsome part of her is not that you’ll have to face her down while alive, it’s that you’ll have to face down her undead army and risk being her slave for the rest of eternity.

 

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The Weeping Angels (Doctor Who)

 

“Don’t blink”. The two scariest words uttered in a Doctor Who episode ever. While these villains may appear as just normal statues that mourn the loss of our dearly departed, they’re much more than that. They move faster that you can imagine and with one touch they can send you back in time. They feed on the energy of what could have been, what should have been, but never will be. And in one episode they demonstrate their intelligence by creating a hotel in which they constantly send people back in time to feed off them. The only way you stop them? You have to stare at them (not a picture of them though, that creates an image in your eye and thus you are the weeping angel then). This doesn’t tend to work well when they are working in packs of 3 or 4 though.

 

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Steelheart (Steelhart by Brandon Sanderson)

 

 

“I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.” This was the opening line for the Reckoner’s series. Now you might think that this would make a villain appear weak, but you are oh so wrong. This villain cannot be injured by any means. He’s literally impenetrable and he can make anything into steel. While he’s only one of the many villainous “heroes” Calamity caused, he’s the one who struck fear in all of Chicago (now called Newcago). I loved how Sanderson wrote all of the “heroes” in this series and how their powers and their weakness had parallels. While it showed me that sometimes your greatest enemies power can also be their weakness, it didn’t make me fear Steelheart any less.

 

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AIDAN (The Illuminae Files by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)

 

At first (and during the audiobook) you might think of AIDAN as a Baymax-type character: here to help and never harm. However, whether it be due to damage sustained during the war at Kerenza or because of just AI things, AIDAN quickly turns murderous and decides some people are better left dead. I think the scariest thing about this is that we are willingly giving our trust to these inanimate objects that are supposed to make our lives easier and better. They’re supposed to be helping us when really they might be plotting our demise.

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If you’ve made it to this point then YAY! Thanks for reading! Jacqueline’s book is very good. It’s a sci-fi boarding school type YA book. I love books set in boarding school type settings and this book was very unique in it’s field.  If you want to know more about it check out my blog post here. You should also check out her Twitter, Blog, and Instagram page! She is seriously such a sweet person and a brilliant author. I loved her book and I can’t wait for when the next one comes out! Go check her out and leave me a comment with your favorite “worst” villains!

 

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Jacqueline is a London-based novelist and screenwriter. Her first YA novel Wunderkids (book 1) Wildwood Academy was released in June 2017. Currently, Jacqueline is working on her second novel; book 2 in the Wunderkids trilogy. She also works as screenwriter and producer on multiple cartoon series. In her spare time she likes to re-watch old episodes of Buffy, talk about her most recent book haul, and play with her direwolf Laika. 

Cover Reveal!!!! ~CurseBreaker by Taylor Fenner~

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CURSEBREAKER is coming January 2, 2018! A standalone YA Historical Fantasy set in Viking era Scandinavia, CURSEBREAKER is a retelling of the Norwegian Fairytale, East O’ The Sun and West O’ The Moon. Pre-order your copy today! Kindle users – stay tuned for the pre-order coming in October! And don’t miss the gorgeous cover below…

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Cover design by Taylor Fenner.

About CURSEBREAKER

A Scorned Queen, A Cursed Prince, A Girl begging for love and adventure…

 

History Channel’s Vikings meets Norse Folklore and Mythology in this High Fantasy retelling of the Norwegian Fairy Tale, East O’ The Sun and West O’ The Moon.

Eighteen-year-old Helga “Hel” Daalgaard has accepted that the only love and adventure in her future live within the pages of the books her father brings for her from his travels. She’s content helping around the home she shares with her parents and eight siblings; it may be a dull life but it’s all she’s ever known… until a polar bear arrives at their tiny cottage and offers up a strange proposal.

After spurning his young stepmother’s advances, Prince Dyre is cursed to spend his days in the body of a polar bear. To break the curse he must find a woman to fall in love with him and stay with him for a year – but the woman of his choosing can never learn that he is truly a man or Dyre will be forced into a future even worse than spending his days as a polar bear. He thinks Hel could be the one to break the curse, but if Hel ever finds out what brought them together he may lose her forever.

Nobody ever crossed Viveka, Queen of Aldavellir, and lived to tell about it. Dyre is the only man alive that has turned her down but she’ll have him whether he likes it or not. She’ll make it impossible for the girl he’s chosen to last long enough to break the curse. After all, queens don’t have to play fair.

CurseBreaker is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Erin Summerill!

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PREORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

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About Taylor Fenner

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Taylor Fenner grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. She’s a strong believer in ghosts and the paranormal, which led to her interest in writing paranormal romance. Since then she has branched out into Urban Fantasy and now High Fantasy and Fairytale Retelling

An admitted workaholic, when not working on a novel Taylor spends most of her time blogging about books, taking photos for her bookstagram account, binge watching the latest season of Vikings, and listening to music that’s sure to ruin her hearing eventually.

In addition to CurseBreaker, Taylor is the author of The Haunting Love, Finding Elizabeth, Out of Darkness (Eternals Trilogy #1), Into the Light (Eternals Trilogy #2), Through the Fog (Eternals Trilogy #3), Eternal Fire: An Eternals Trilogy Novelette, and her upcoming New Adult debut, Headless, a contemporary reimagining of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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