It is Halloween today! Personally I’m not the biggest fan of this holiday and not because I’m a scaredy cat but because it all seems a little silly to me now. It was fun when I was younger but now it all just seems… overrated. Or maybe I’m just in a bad mood this year.
Despite that, I have decided to bring you a Halloween themed post because I’m nice like that. Today I am listing my top ten “halloween” movies. For me, this is more or less psychological thrillers as opposed to horrors because I find horrors too funny to take seriously and find them scary, but shove a derranged human on screen and I’m running for the door. That stuff could actually happen, you know? Hope you enjoy these films as much as I do!
(pssst. They’re in no particular order, okay?)
Identity (2003); I watched this film when I was doing my Film A-Levels and I really enjoyed it. I was super transfixed on it and found it to be a really interesting film that can definitely make your heart race!
Secret Window (2004); Okay, I was obssessed with Johnny Depp and then I did a portfolio on his work for A Levels so naturally I had to watch ALL his films. This is one that was truly creepy and kept me on the edge of my seat. A must watch if you haven’t seen it (and you like JD!)
Paranormal Activity (2007); Probably the only actual horror film you’ll find on this list. I wasn’t so much terrified of this film as just feel that it’s one horror film that just worked well. And, admittedly, I did get pretty freaked towards the end of the film. I’m sure you know what I mean if you’ve seen it!
Shutter Island (2010); This film is incredible. It’s very intense, and keeps your curiosity piqued throughout and then it has one of the best ambiguous endings ever. Definitely a film that I would happily watch over and over – you know, when I want to freak myself out a little bit.
Black Swan (2010); Yet another absolutely fantastic film and one that I really want to go and congratulate the cast and crew personally for. It was intense, spectacular, and really, really, creeped me out while also just being a fabuluous film with a great storyline.
Children of Men (2006); This film definitely sits more in the thriller/action genre but it is one that is sure to get your heart racing. It is a very intriguing film that I really love and have watched a fair few times now.
Source Code (2011); What a brilliant piece of filmmaking! The storyline of this film is really complex and it is just such a fantastic film that I really love. I have yet to re-watch this one but I will do so soon because it is really, really good.
28 Days Later (2002); Zombies. Destruction. Waking up alone. Really, what’s not to love? This film is intense, well-filmed, and really makes you think about what you would do if you were to wake up and find that you are, potentially, the only human being left alive.
Let the Right One In (2008); This film is incredibly beautiful. I know horror movies are not designed to be described as beautiful but this one definitely is. The cinematography in this film is just so perfect. The story is intensely creepy and yet I still love it. But if you really can’t stand subtitles, you can try watching the American version Let Me In, but I can promise you that it’s no where near as good.
Dreamcatcher (2003); This is one of the first Stephen King horror adaptations that I ever watched (and I was probably 14?) but I truly loved it. It is one that I did find hysterically funny but because it is a film that has stayed with me, I HAD to include it with this list. I loved the idea of this film, no matter how disturbing and odd it was. Let’s face it, Stephen King is a damned legend!
And that’s everything!
What about you? What are your favourite movies to watch for Halloween?
Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2) by Georgeann Swiger
When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.
But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.
With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken.
The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.
Information about the book
Author: Georgeann Swiger
Series: The Trinity of Souls (#2)
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Published: 21st October 2014
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“Why are you in my room?” Micah asks, angrily.
Kieran and Emory move to the side to give Micah a direct line to me. I look up and his gaze grabs mine. We stare at one another, caught in a wordless hello. Small expressions run over his face, telling me he’s relieved, happy, confused.
“Leave us,” he says quietly without looking away from me.
Kieran and Emory hurry out of the room, shutting the door behind them. Micah closes his eyes. He takes a deep breath, bows his head and mutters something under his breath. When he looks up, he stares at me in disbelief. He doesn’t seem to notice the glass crunching under his feet as he steps toward me. His lips quiver, trying to form words that won’t come.
The fire crackles and pops behind him. Micah’s eyes glisten while he studies my shaking hand, reaching for him. My hand finds his, linking our fingers together. The strong beat of his pulse thumps in his trembling fingers. I step cautiously to the floor, avoiding the glass. When I’m eye level with him, his pupils flicker. As soon as I open my mouth to tell him how much I missed him, he pulls me to his body and covers my mouth with his. Every pent up emotion is released the second he kisses me. I don’t know where this Micah came from. His mouth claims mine without reservation or fear of repercussions. I fall into his embrace, enjoying every bit of the intensity of the kiss that tells me he missed me as much as I missed him. The tension in his body falls away as his hands travel through my hair and down my back, over my hips and up my sides like he’s making sure I’m real. I’m real, Micah, I want to say but I don’t want to stop kissing him. The taste of his lips brings to life the forbidden feelings I’m done hiding. I can’t get enough of him.
Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.
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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit
All of these books I found to be exciting, thrilling, and naturally – horrifying. They may not be your “classic” horrors, but I much prefer psychological thrillers! These are all YA reads too!
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Croak by Gina Damico
Say Her Name by James Dawson
Into The Grey by Celine Kiernan
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
These are books that I have heard so much about and cannot wait to read!
Rain by Virginia Bergin
The 100 Society by Carla Bradberry
Glimpse by Kendra Leighton
Something Strange and Deadly
What about you? Which Halloween reads do you like? Or do you want to read?
Today I’m just popping in with a quick post to let you all know that I am participating in NaNoWriMo again! This year I really want to win again and have got a lot of things sorted to help make sure this happens.
This means that blogging will be taking a back burner for the next month.
I will still be posting and I’ll definitely still be around but I just won’t be blogging quite as much! I’m aiming for one or two posts a week and nothing more.
If, of course, you want to cheer me on, you can tweet me or leave me messages on my facebook page – or e-mail me!
So yeah, that’s happening.
In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.
Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.
Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.
Ever since I finished The Screaming Staircase, the first Lockwood & Co book, I have been dying to get my hands on the sequel. Thus I was disappointed that I didn’t love this book more. While there were many things that I adored about this book, once I finished it I realised that I had not loved it as much as I’d hoped I would. I was expecting to be blown away once more but this just didn’t happen so even though this book was exciting and entertaining, it just didn’t reach my high expectations, unfortunately.
Important Is Missing
Before we get bogged down in the negatives and you start thinking that I truly hated this book, let’s look at the things I did like. The plot of this book was complex, full of action, and really made the book tense and exciting. Every time you were certain things were finally going right, something else would occur which definitely kept you on your toes! I was also continuously guessing as to what had happened until I was eventually proved right. It is a plot that will keep you alret and always wondering, which is never a bad thing.
You Will Have
In the first book of this series we’re introduced to a dynamic trio that really made the stroy more fun and exciting to read. Unfortunately I didn’t feel that this time around. The trio didn’t feel quite right to me and it made the book a little harder to read. There wasn’t as much humour as in the first book and while it’s all explained at the end, I just got a little put off that the main characters were in such a tiff with each other. I really just wanted them to be a strong unit but they weren’t. This, in turn, went through the rest of the book as well. There just wasn’t as much humour and excitement in this book as there was in the first. And I know I shouldn’t judge this book on the first but it’s difficult not to.
To Find It
I did enjoy this book. It was tense, mysterious and did get your heart rate moving rapidly but I also really missed the humour and fun that I had in the first book. While there were moments of it in the second, it just didn’t fall all the way through and that saddens me a little. I would still recommend this book and tell people that they should read both and I’m still very excited for the third book but I can only hope that there will be more fun in the next book again. I know that the topic of the book this time was more serious but it just didn’t sit right for me personally. I really wish I had enjoyed it more but in places, it felt like it dragged a little and yet I still found myself wanting something a little more from it. But really, I need to re-iterate that I did really like this book, I just didn’t love it but there is nothing wrong with that.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
Some of these titles are classics and some are films that aren’t so well known (but in my opinion should be!). Some are incredibly cheesy, some are really fun. But they’re all great to watch. Hope you enjoy this list!
Pitch Perfect (2012); This is a film that is funny, in places OTT, and will have you rooting for the main character and the main team throughout. A definite must-watch!
Mean Girls (2004); This was the film that made teen movies boom again. It is a classic movie that is funny, interesting and is easy to just re-watch again and again.
Easy A (2010); I truly love this film. I watched it because I think Emma Stone is amazing but this film was really funny, really cute and was just a great one!
The Breakfast Club (1985); Let’s face it, John Hughes was the master of teen movies in his day but this one is definitely one of my favourites of his. If you watch it and like it, I’d definitely recommend any and all of his others like Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink…
Accepted (2006); This one was a random purchase for me but is a film that I have since re-watched many, many times. It’s about someone who doesn’t get into college and ends up, through many mistakes, creating his own college. It’s funny, fun, and shows that there are many sides to every story!
10 Things I Hate About You (1999); A shakespeare re-telling but done in a modern and incredibly entertaining way! I love this film so much and if you’re a sucker for romance, cheesy lyrics, and a heart-throb bad-guy, then you should watch this film!
Wild Child (2008); This film has a very classic storyline but I love it all the same! It shows that boarding schools aren’t that bad, friends are amazing, and sometimes boys do make the world better. It’s fun, cheesy, and you won’t be able to keep from loving it. And if you do, I’d also recommend St Trinians!
Raise Your Voice (2004); Time to show my “inner-geek”. I was a huge Hilary Duff fan growing up and watched a lot of films with her in. This was one that really grabbed me. It’s an emotional, coming-of-age, friendship story that is great. Other great films with her in include, A Cinderella Story, The Perfect Match and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
The Fault In Our Stars (2014); I couldn’t not put this in here, right? I saw it three times in the cinema and cannot wait for it to be released on DVD to watch it again! Other films like it that came out in the last few years include Now Is Good, Perks of Being a Wallflower…
The Covenant (2006); This one’s a little different from the rest as it’s a supernatual teen movie. It’s really good though. Addictive, interesting, inticing. You know, all that good stuff. I would definitely recommend you watch it if you like witch-y books!
Not only do I feel that these are movies people should watch, they’re also films that I could easily watch over and over again. Of course, that probably says a lot about me but I don’t care. There’s a lot of negativity surrounding teen movies but I honestly don’t think there should be as a lot of these movies really do have a lot of potential.
But what about you? What teen movies do you like?
Weekly Highlights is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.
In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.
A pretty steady week post-wise, if I do say so myself! I definitely think not posting every day has its perks!
I posted ONE review this week;
A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence (FOUR HEARTS)
I also did something a little differently this week and posted a list of books that all have a similar trend, can you work out what the trend is? Check it out here.
Book Blogger UKYA Awards
But the biggest post this week goes to the Book Blogger UKYA Award winners! I just want to say a massive thank you again to everyone who helped to make this a success and I really hope you like all your winners! Don’t forget to congratulate them all!
You can find the winners here.
Around the Blogosphere
This week Gaby and Lisa have officially started their co-blogging site! I’m super excited to keep up to date with them all. You can find Gaby’s leaving post, and links to the new site here.
Something I’ve been struggling with is keeping my life in healthy balance. This week Nicole has posted about how she balances things. Find out how she does it here, and of course, tell her how you balance life!
This week Jen talks about forbidden romances and when it goes too far – for her. Head over to this post to find out what she put and to add in your own two cents!
Andye has posted a very interesting discussion post this week about author responsibility. Have a look at what she says in this post.
It’s been a pretty spectacular week, book wise! I’m SO EXCITED and so HAPPY about so many of the books I got!
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes; I’ve had my eye on this since BEA and I’m glad to finally have a copy! Cannot wait to get to reading it. Thank you so much to Harper360 for this book.
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern; I actually already owned this book but when I went to the premiere of the film, I completely forgot to take it with me! Thus I bought it again and got it signed by the author, director, and some of the actors and actresses! Needless to say, this is now a very special book!
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Morriarty; Ever since I finished Little Lies, I’ve been dying to read this book so when I saw it was on offer, how could I possibly resist? Really looking forward to reading this one, eventually.
Penelope by Rachel Harrington; I’ve been meaning to read this book for AGES. One of my aussie blogger friends told me it was amazing and I’ve since had it on my radar. Finally saw it in paperback and on offer so I HAD to buy it!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; I saw the film of this last week and I loved it! It was a little disturbing and quite entertaining all at the same time. Regardless, I cannot wait to read the book so I was very happy that my mum has lent me her copy!
Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson; I LOVE Jacqueline Wilson. I grew up reading her books and so when I heard about this one, I knew I wanted to read it. Add in a super interesting summary and I couldn’t wait. I’ll be reviewing this for Big Book Little Book. Many thanks to Penguin Random House for the copy!
I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)
This week I am currently reading;
And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!
What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?
A Boy: Alaric’s life has unraveled in the two years since he lost his mother in a terrible train crash. He and his father are barely speaking, and their home, Withern Rise, is in shambles.
A Girl: Naia tries not to dwell on the accident that nearly killed her mother two years ago, now that life with her parents at Withern Rise has returned to normal.
One and the Same: Alaric and Naia do not know each other, or that they are living nearly identical lives. But when they meet, their resemblance to each other is unmistakable. As their lives entwine, they uncover a truth that has the power to rearrange, or even erase, their very existence.
A Crack in the Line is a book that I read as a teenager and the story has stuck with me ever since. Thus I eventually decided to re-read it and am glad to report that I loved the book just as much the second time around. This book is a marvel in teen fiction as it poses some large and deep philosophical questions and that is one of the things I love most about it. This is a book that has the power to make you question everything. Needless to say I’m glad I re-read it and would highly recommend it to others.
This book is about parralel universes, and the consequences of decisions and small minute moments. It is deep, philosophical, entertaining, and emotional. The plot it really well thought-out. Where it could have become confusing, Michael has done a good job of essentially keeping it simple. The story keeps the concept from getting buried and makes it easy to follow. I really loved where this story takes you and how it eventually ends. It definitely made me want to read the next book straight away to find out what will happen now!
There Was More
One of the ways in which this story manages to be so readable and relatable is through two distinctly different, yet comparatively the same, characters. Naia and Alaric are the same person but as their lives are also different, they do have differences in their personalities. I really enjoyed the way the book jumps between the two and how eventually throughout the book they become more empathetic of each other, how much they connect with each other and where it all ultimately leads. I loved that Micheal didn’t just make this from the perspective of one but from them both. This made the style of the book incredibly easy to read and separate everything out in my head.
Than This Life
A Crack in the Line is a book that could very easily become confusing, especially when you imagine just how many parralel universes there could be for each and every different decision and statistic we go through in our lives. If only we got there a minute earlier, if only we had gone back to double check, etc. This book deals with the other side, the consequences our small actions can have on the larger things. It’s exciting, intriguing, and following the lives of two fascinating characters, truly moving as well. It keeps the reader hooked until the very end and then has them practically begging for more. It is definitely a book that I was happy to re-read, a trilogy I cannot wait to continue and one I would make sure you read.
Today I’m here with what I hope is an exciting new type of post for you all!
Below I have listed ten books that have a similar trend running throughout them but I am not going to tell you what that trend is! It is your job to guess the trend in the comments, then next week I’ll reveal what the trend is.
There is no reward for working it out, but I’d love it if, instead of just writing out the answer in the comments if you could list OTHER books that follow the trend!
I just thought it would something fun to do.
Catch A Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
I Predict A Riot by Catherine Bruton
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Say Her Name by James Dawson
Trouble by Non Pratt
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Don’t You Forget About Me by Cecily von Ziegesar
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Can you see the trend? Can you name any other books with the trend?
Today I am here to announce the winners of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
Before I do so, however, I just want to send out a quick thank you to every single person who nominated and voted.
I also want to take another minute to thank all of the wonderful bloggers who helped out.
Jim @ Ya Yeah Yeah
Caroline @ Big Book Little Book
Daphne @ Winged Reviews
Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Sarah @ Feeling Fictional
Cicely @ Cicely Loves Books
Charli @ To Another World
Fi @ Bookish Outsider
Raimy @ Readaraptor
Michelle @ Much Loved Books
Shaila @ Hush Hush Revealings
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Julianne @ This Fleeting Dream
Laura @ Bookish Treasures
Samina @ Escapism From Reality
Catriona @ Fabulous Book Fiend
But now onto what you’re all really here for…
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Any author that would like to have their prize on their blog can comment below, tweet me or e-mail me and I’ll send you the graphic file, or you have my permission to take it from the URL on this blog!