TAG: Halloween Creatures Tag 2.0

I got tagged by the awesome Sara @ Bibliophagist for this really fun prompt! Perfect first tag for October, right? I love tags and love it even more when I get tagged. So thank you, Sara! ❤

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

A magical character or book

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone | Literally the first book that comes to mind when I think of magic.


The perfect book to read at night

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo | I haven’t read enough horrifying horror books or horror books in general. I do think that nothing beats the feeling of reading a thriller at night. And The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is perhaps the most thrilling book I’ve read.



A book that truly shocked you

Sadie |I was shocked by how good this book was. I didn’t expect to be phenomenally blown away when I started it. The book itself has quite a lot of shocks.



A Dark, Evil Character

Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter | Probably the only villain I’ve read who I never could sympathize with andwhose evilness I never doubted for even a second during the whole series.


A character that should never have died

Allegiant | The only reason I could find for the death of (spoiler) at the end of this book was that the author simply wanted to prove a point. A point nobody cared for.




A book that made you “HUNGRY” for more

The Girl In The Spider’s Web | Even thinking about it makes me long for the impossible – another book by the original author.


A Character that you’d protect at all cost

The Trio From Transcend | They probably don’t need me to protect them but I’d do it anyway.


The book that sucked the life out of you

Gone With The Wind | It drained the life out of me in a good way, I think. I cried for like half an hour after finishing the book and felt depressed for the next week as if somebody had dumped me.


A book that still haunts you

The Magnolia Inn | How could a book be SO boring? Nothing ever happens!



A book that really scared you

The Silent Child | I was really scared by the behavior of most of the characters of the book. Especially, the protagonist’s paranoia was frightening to read about.



A character that you have a bone to pick with

Colin Fitzegard from The Chase | I had such high expectations from this book. But Colin let me down. I was so frustrated by his actions or lack thereof throughout, that at one point I wasn’t even sure I wanted him to be with Summer.



A book that you would preserve throughout time

Harry Potter | What can I say? I’m a Potterhead.



A cover too scary to look at

Unwind| I can’t think of any scary covers but I find this cover very creepy – probably one reason I never read it.



It’s fun to be with friends on Halloween!
Tag your friends!
Meltotheany |Fictionnochaser | Rebecca | BriannaAlyssa | Mewocartblog

There’s no pressure if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like doing it. If I did not tag you and you still want to do it, that’d be great! Just link me on the tag if you do end up doing it! Happy October to you all!

Best of September ’18

Happy October, everyone! I’ve already done a TBR list for Fall before. So I thought I’d make a post about the best reads of September. I’ve read a LOT of books this month. Almost 20. But I’m not gonna talk about the unimpressive ones. Life’s too short to spend more than enough time on things we didn’t like.

So, here are my best reads of September –


The Bird King : The writing in this one was so rich, the world-building so outstanding that I feel unequipped to say anything else about this.

Read my review here.

Phoenix Unbound : Grace Draven yet again delivers a masterstroke with her newest release. It was a perfect combination of action, adventure, fantasy and romance.

Read my review here.

99 Percent Mine : I didn’t expect to read this January ’19 release this early but I did. Sally Thorne again weaves a romance that strikes the right chords. And in the process I got another book boyfriend – Tom Valeska.

Read my review here.


TBR Cleanup

Vicious :
It took me 5 years but I finally did it. This book introduced me to one of my most favorite characters in contemporary fiction – Victor Vale. It hasn’t even been a full day since I finished this book. But I can confidently say this about Victor Vale. That’s how good V. E. Schwab’s writing is.

Read my review here.

September Releases

VengefulThe sequel was even more of an emotional ride than Vicious. There are enough unexpected twists and curves to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Read my review here.

Sadie :
One of the best I read this year. The ending was realistic and does not give us the closure we expect fictions to give us. But nonetheless, this was a brilliant piece of story-telling.

Read my review here.

Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating :
It’s among the top 3 romances I read this year. Josh and Hazel are #CoupleGoals. This is the only book in the list that I rated 4-stars. But that’s only for the ending. The rest of the book was amazing!

Read my review here.


Finnikin Of The Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) : I can never get over how wonderful this book is no matter how many times I read it. The world-building and character-growth is absolutely beautiful.


Froi Of The Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) :
In terms of plot, character-development and storytelling, this book even surpasses its predecessor. No words can be enough to describe my love for Quintana, Froi, Finnikin, Isaboe, Phaedra and Lucian.


I’m really happy with my September reads. I hope October proves to be even better! What do you think about my list? I hope to see your opinions about the books in my list.

Book Review : Vicious (Villains #1) by V. E. Schwab

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

I finally did it! Vicious is no longer on my TBR list and it feels so much lighter already!

There’s a reason it took me this long to start Vicious, even before the sequel was announced, despite seeing all the raving reviews about the book. The reason was my experience with The Monsters of Verity duology. It was an amazing series, no doubt. And it made me discover what a brilliant writer Schwab is. But that ending? It had brought me over the fence about reading anything else by her. I didn’t doubt Schwab’s masterful storytelling but I was wary of its impact on me. But I’m glad I finally took the jump and finished Vicious!

was a roller-coaster ride and I enjoyed every moment of it. At the beginning, I was almost scared to proceed with the book when I was reading the Before parts. I knew that it was the calm before the storm. But I kinda wanted these two friends to not change despite feeling the undercurrents of more beneath the seemingly normalcy of their lives.

Having constant flash-forwards and flash-backwards can be a tricky thing to execute. It doesn’t always make for an effective method of story-telling. But Schwab makes it work. I don’t think the story would have been as intriguing if it was told in a linear timeline. It’s the anticipation of the cause and aftermath that makes Vicious so gripping right from the start.

The first half of the book has a simmering feel to it. I was engrossed but at the same time, kept wanting more. It was not until the dive into Serena’s psyche that I felt utterly captivated. Serena, to me, was the most chilling character, even among an ensemble of a crazy bunch of characters.

Almost all the characters in this book are substantial in not only the power they wield, but also in the way they are fleshed out. It is easy for some characters to lose their significance when you have so many things happening at once. But Schwab fleshed out each and every character with an unique voice that ensures none of them are dwarfed by another.

Victor, despite his eerie line of thinking, was endearing. The way he collects his strays, and cares for them without showing it, is just adorable. Even at the beginning, he seems to be the one giving more value to his friendship with Eli than the latter. Their enmity also feels to hold more magnitude for Vic than Eli.

I think, at the end, what differentiates Victor and Eli is Vic’s self-awareness. His awareness of his own faults and the darkness inside him makes him a much more logical character than Eli who lets his delusions rule him.

I don’t know who I wanted to hug more throughout the story – Vic or Sydney. The best part of the book for me was their bonding. And let’s not forget Mitch. He was the perfect addition to the duo of candy and spice that’s Sydney and Vic. Heh…

Do I regret waiting this long to start Vicious? No. I get to devour the sequel immediately now. How lucky is that? But I kinda almost wish there was no sequel? After the experience with that first series by Schwab, I’m feeling very nervous about what direction the sequel will take.

Whatever it be, Vicious was a piece of masterful storytelling with beautiful character development that everyone needs to read!

My Rating: ★★★★★


ARC Review: Do You Feel It Too? by Nicola Rendell

*I’d like to thank the publisher for providing an ARC of the book via Netgalley for my honest review.*

A hot summer night is perfect for feeling your way in the dark…

For urban-legend hunter and television host Gabe Powers, it’s business—investigate the most notorious haunted places in Savannah. Then he meets his new sound engineer, a dewy Georgia peach who may just turn this gig into (im)pure pleasure. All it takes is one night for them to conjure floor-rattling, wall-banging moans…but they’re not from the ghosts.

Blame the rippling abs, the cocky swagger, the granite jawline, the whole muscle-bulging package, but Gabe is bringing out good-girl Lily Jameson’s dirty side. Damn her code-of-conduct contract—this isn’t just a molten-hot fling.

There’s just one kink in the relationship they’ve been avoiding: soon they’ll be going their separate ways. Lily’s home is in Savannah, and Gabe is a globe-trotter at heart. For them to be together, they’ll both have to upend their so-very-different worlds and face their fears in the process. And suddenly things don’t feel so Georgia peachy keen at all.

It was instant attraction for Gabe and Lily. In fact, we begin the book with Gabe noticing Lily at a festival in Savannah. He plans to accidentally come across her and make it a meet-cute with her. What ends up happening is not what he planned but it sure is meet-cute. What follows is a lot of sexual tension and a couple of steamy encounters, and before you know it, they’re in love.

Things I liked:

The juxtaposition of the wanderer hero and grounded heroine. That made for an interesting conflict.

Having Savannah as the setting provided a mystic vibe to the book. The possibility of a ghostly encounter at any moment was thrilling. There was also some comic-relief and sub-plots that didn’t really catch my interest.

I loved Gabe and Lily both as individuals and a couple. Neither of them were repressed emotionally. They were open about their feelings most of the time. Especially Gabe who was a swoon-worthy alpha guy. He was relentless and unapologetic in pursuing Lily, and respectful at the same time.

Things I did not like:

Insta-love. Not my thing. And Gabe and Lily fall in love pretty fast. Too fast!

I like it when the main characters are willing to go to any extent to make their relationship work. And I could buy Gabe – the forty year old bachelor – willing to give it his all to make things work with Lily. I could accept that they had chemistry and he didn’t want to nip it in the bud. And oh boy, did they have chemistry!

But my problem was with the “love”. Having chemistry with someone and willing to make it work is one thing. But falling in love within a couple of days of meeting each other and taking major life decisions based on that? I guess I’m too cynical to buy it. And Gabe was willing to give up a huge part of what made him who he was for Lily. I could see why Lily would be hesitant.

I also wasn’t a fan of the sub-plots and comic moments. But Gabe and Lily were adorable enough for these things to not have mattered as much, I guess.

Don’t mind me. You’re gonna love this book if you don’t mind insta-love and steamy scenes.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publication Date: 20th November, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book in – Goodreads | Amazon

ARC Review: Unwritten by Tara Gilboy

*I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing an ARC of this book through Netgalley*

Twelve-year-old Gracie Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read. When she was a baby, her parents learned that she was supposed to die in the story, and with the help of a magic book, took her out of the story, and into the outside world, where she could be safe.

But Gracie longs to know what the story says about her. Despite her mother’s warnings, Gracie seeks out the story’s author, setting in motion a chain of events that draws herself, her mother, and other former storybook characters back into the forgotten tale. Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she’ll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy tale ending.

This was such a different foray from my usual reading choices

Unwritten is a children’s book. More specifically, middle grade. But I was really fascinated by the synopsis and ended up requesting for an ARC.

It sort of follows the idea of “Enchanted”, a movie I adore.

12 year old Gracie gets vision or what her mother calls glimmers of a different world. She dreams of fires. It turns out that she was a part of  a fictional world, an unpublished novel by a writer who’s real. That book even has an evil queen. Her mother with a group of accomplices escaped from the world of those fictional pages when Gracie was just one year old. According to her mother, the writer of Gracie’s book had written her to die as a child. That is why, her mother escaped that world to escape that cruel fate.

If it sounds vague to you, that’s because it is. Gracie’s mother is not very forthcoming about the details. She has told Gracie only the bare minimum – that she was destined to die and that’s why she had to be brought to the real world – to keep her safe. But Gracie has a lot of questions which her mother doesn’t want her asking. Her mother wants to let go of the past. But Gracie’s glimmers and nightmares won’t let her move on. That’s why when she gets the opportunity to meet Gertrude Winters, the writer who wrote her story and whom her mother despises, she leaps at the chance. But because of her desperation to find out the answers to her story, she sets things in motion that could put her future in jeopardy.

There is something very fascinating about the concept of characters from books crossing over  into the real world. There were enough twists and unexpected reveals to make the idea work too.

I liked how the book made us question the idea of villains, fate and parallel worlds. This story seemed to be a take on one of my very favorite quotes by Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter –

‘Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?’

I liked the character of Walter and how he wanted to find the scientific rationale behind everything. Characters that are science nerds are always a welcome addition to any book.

Of course, it wasn’t all perfect. I think, the execution could’ve been better. There was lack of proper character development and world-building. Maybe, because it was for children, this book felt too short to me. I felt like more time could’ve been spent on building the world and establishing the plot. But a shorter length meant a tighter story line and fast pace, which I can’t really complain about.

I’m just pleasantly surprised that I ended up liking the book as much as I did. Goes to show that trying something different every once in a while isn’t always a bad thing.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Publication Date: 16th October, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Amazon


ARC Review: A Year Of Extraordinary Moments by Bette Lee Crosby

*I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing an ARC of this book through Netgalley*


From USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby comes a heartwarming novel about letting go of the past to make way for a brighter future.

Tracy Briggs has finally gotten her act together. She’s focusing on her own life and helping her hearing-impaired son learn to talk. With her sister married and exploring a new career, Tracy has begun to run the family’s magazine business and feels her life is pretty much perfect. That is, until her son’s deadbeat dad shows up in Magnolia Grove asking for a second chance.

Now that her son is getting the help he needs and a promising new romance with his teacher is in bloom, Tracy wants to keep her life just as it is. But her ex isn’t taking no for an answer. And when a spirited elderly woman enters Tracy’s life in an unexpected way, she’ll have to work harder than ever to keep her new life on track.

Torn between the past she knows and the uncertain future, Tracy must decide what is best for both her and her son, learning along the way that ordinary choices can bring extraordinary possibilities.


This one was a surprise

I had expected this book to be from a singular point-of-view, after reading the synopsis. The blurb made me think that Tracy would be the focal point of the book. But it totally defied my expectations.

Tracy did not even feel like the main character. I think it was Alice, the dying grandmother of Dominic. Dominic is a deadbeat guy who left Tracy soon after she gave birth to their son. This is a character who I found to have very few redeeming qualities. He is a chronic liar and a self-involved guy who was insecure even about his son getting more attention than him.

At the beginning, I thought this book would be about the redemption of Dominc. I found that to be intriguing because like I said – I didn’t find many redeeming qualities in him. But no, this book wasn’t about his redemption. I still can’t narrow it down to one story or an arc or even a character this book was about.

But as I mentioned before I got distracted by my own train of thought, if I were to pick a main character, I’d have to mention Alice. This is a woman who has only a few months to live because of Cancer. Her only wish before she dies is to see her grandson mend his ways and move his life to the right track. She feels that it would be possible if Dominic reconciled with Tracy and his son Lucas – both of whom she only heard about through town gossip but never from Dominic himself. Dominic is tight-lipped about it when she asks him about it. So she takes it upon herself to make some much needed changes.

On the other hand, we have Tracy.  She’s a great mother to Lucas who is deaf and has recently just started hearing because of Coachlear implants. She has her mother, an elder sister Meghan and a friend Gabriel as her support system. I must say, it took me some time to warm up to her, even though she had all the makings of a genuinely nice character from the very beginning.

The first time we meet her, she is insistent on not letting her friendship with Gabriel become anything more. In the next scene, Gabriel asks her out and she enthusiastically says yes. What a whiplash! I would’ve liked a better transition from point A to point B. But like I said, I do slowly warm up to her eventually.

I also would’ve loved to see some insight into what made Tracy fall in love with Dominic in the first place. There was barely any romance in the book but I didn’t mind that. But I’d have preferred a bit more depth in the love story we do see.

Bette Lee Crosby’s writing style is not what I’m used to. I think my issue with this book was that I never became a part of it. I know it sounds odd but I felt like an outsider throughout the book. Do you get what I mean? But I’ll just chalk it up to the “It’s not you, it’s me” factor.

This book was a good read about families, relationships and flawed characters. An extra star for being able to surprise me, which is a rarity.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Publication Date: 16th October, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Amazon

TAG : 3 Days, 3 Quotes (Day 3)

I was recently tagged by Mariam for this challenge. Today’s the last day and I wasn’t any less confused about which quote to select. I’ve decided to go with another book that’s really close to my heart. Perks of Being a Wallflower is a gem that’s got so many quotes to boast over! Everyone should give this book a try if they haven’t.


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

So, this was really fun! I’m glad I got to do it! 😀

I’ll tag Bookandmorebd| Lindsey| dgbookblog

No pressure if you have already done it or don’t feel like doing it. If you want to do it and I haven’t tagged you? Please go ahead and do this thing anyway! Can’t wait to see all your favorite quotes. 🙂

ARC Book Review: The Found Child by Jo Crow

* I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley for the purpose of honestly reviewing the book*

One mother’s life will change in the blink of an eye—and there’s no going back.
Elaine’s worst fears become reality when her beloved son Jakob is diagnosed with cancer. She needs to find a bone marrow donor, and time is running out. But while awaiting test results to see if she’s a possible match, Elaine learns a shocking truth about her son; a truth that threatens to send her back to the pills that almost destroyed her life once before; a truth that pushes her already fragile mental state to the breaking point.
Even as the family faces this new crisis, a ghost from Elaine’s past emerges to jeopardize everything she’s built. But is the threat real, or is it all in her mind? Elaine needs to stay strong for her son, but as her whole reality continues to unravel, she can’t trust anyone—not even herself.

The Found Child is a psychological thriller/suspense through and through. You don’t know what’s happening and who to trust for majority of the book. This book is nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for your mind.Read More »

Book Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

It kills me that I’ve waited this long to read this book. I wonder how many other books I’ve got on my TBR list waiting to make me feel even more of an idiot.

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

It’s always great to find a book that has a group of friends, each with their own identities and quirks. I also love it when a book can be about a multitude of things without sacrificing any one of those themes for the sake of another.

It took me a little time to warm up to the book. And warm up, I did. By the time I was halfway through the book, I was laughing out loud at the hilarious hijinks and text conversations between Andy and her friends, I was melting at Clark’s lovableness and  I was cheering for Andy and her dad. It was sailing so smoothly.

The last quarter of the book was somewhat frustrating. Because, at the first sign of trouble, Andy reverts back to her old controlling and immature self. I was so annoyed at her! I was annoyed at her friends Bri and Tobey. I was even annoyed at Clark, well a little. The only character I was still rooting for was Tom. Tom is just the sweetest. But really, my annoyance with Andy reached new peaks by the last quarter. Her double standards, immaturity and controlling nature irked me to no end.

There are countless other closed off and immature protagonists I’ve come across but not all of them came across as irritating to me. I think that you can make a character very flawed and yet make them likeable. But Andy, at times, became very unlikable. I don’t know if it’s a thing about Morgan Matson. Because the only other book I read by her, Save the Date also had a very unlikable protagonist. Or maybe it’s just me?

What makes me sad about it is that we see a lot of character growth for Andy in the first three-quarters of the book. I was enjoying the dates, dog-walks, dinners with dad, pool parties, scavenger hunts a lot. I could empathize with her up to a certain point. But then she had to turn back and get on my nerves with one action after another. Such a pity!

Overall, though, I enjoyed this book a lot. It was the perfect read for the summer. And it was well-written too. I just wish this book hadn’t taken an unlikable turn in the last quarter, because it was too good to be true until then.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Have you guys also read this book? Did you also find Andy irritating? Or was it just me? I’d love to know your opinions!

Book Review: Sadie By Courtney Summers

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

This book.

This. Freaking. Book.

This book has wrecked me real good.

You know those books which leave you content? Sadie isn’t one of them. This book leaves you emotionally ruined.

Sadie is on a journey to get justice for sister’s death. Except, Mattie wasn’t just Sadie’s sister. She was the purpose of her life. The reason she woke up every day.

“Sometimes, I feel made of Mattie’s absence, this complete emptiness inside
me and the only thing that makes it bearable, that quiets it, is moving, is putting
distance between her murder….”

The author alternates chapters between Sadie and the radio show where West McCray is on a journey of his own to track Sadie down. The two are not at the same time line.  The books starts off as just any crime novel. But the more you read, the more it grips you with chill and anticipation of what’s to come.

Sadie is not a lovable protagonist. She’s icy. And yet the love you feel for her, it feels as real as the book feels.  Sadie is a character written so well, that your heart stutters for her just as she stutters in her speech. She’s had a troubled life. The scene where she meets people her age with normal lives is very sad. This is just a young girl, vulnerable and tired. Life has taken so much from her that has her feeling she has nothing to live for.

“I wish this was a love story because I know how it goes in one like mine, where the only moments of reprieve are the spaces between its lines.”

I can’t disclose the plot more than what’s being said in the synopsis. I went in blind and I loved it. There are so many twists. You can never really guess what direction the book would next take. There is this revelation in the end which is delivered so subtly and yet it hits your gut like a punch.

There are dark themes in this book. But the author keeps it clean. I love how even though this book covers some ugly and repulsive topics, there’s still no direct mention or visuals about them. This book covers adult themes and yet manages to remain a Young Adult. That in itself is a big achievement.

This is as real as a fiction can get. If you go into this book looking for answers, then you’ll be disappointed. But if you go just for the journey, it’ll be totally worth it. I had to stop at many points during my read to think about the choices Sadie had and how important every one of them were.

“I can only feel the weight of it, all of it, of every Sadie I’ve been, every choice that she’s made, and everything she could have possibly gotten so wrong that she’d end up here”

If you’re a fan of crime thrillers, suspense and mystery, then this is the perfect book for you. This was my first read from Courtney Summers but it won’t be the last.

My rating: ★★★★★