Blog Hop: Top 10 Spooky Places + A Giveaway

Blog Hop Tour

FOREST OF WHISPERS & CASTLE OF SIGHS

By Jennifer Murgia

October 21 – October 30, 2017

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Top 10 Creepy Destinations !

So this is my little portion of the post where I give you a list of my top ten favourite creepy  destinations. I’m not gonna lie, some of these I looked up for writing this post but the first half were all ones I knew. If they were all ones I knew of prior to writing this post it all would have been abandoned fair grounds and amusement parks so… you know. Though I do promise you you will not reget looking into these creepy destinations either.

 

Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park ( Reopens once a year for ‘Autumn at Oz’ )

– In 1970, two businessmen opened a then-cutting edge theme park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Nestled in the mountains, the park was originally opened to keep local ski instructors and workers employed in the summer months.

 

 

Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China

Wonderland was an abandoned and never completed amusement park project located in Chenzhuang Village. Originally proposed by the Thailand-based property developer Reignwood Group, and designed to be the largest amusement park in Asia (to have covered 120 acres ), construction stopped in 1998 following financial problems with local officials, while a 2008 attempt to start construction again also failed.

The site featured a number of abandoned structures, including the framework of a castle-like building and medieval-themed outer buildings. Land was reclaimed by local farmers to grow their various crops while the site was abandoned. People have reported when visiting the site that, sometimes, there would still be parking attendants in the site’s parking lot, presumably to tend to onlookers and curious sightseers that came to visit.

Pripyat, Ukraine

In the 1970s, the town of Pripyat, less than 3 kilometers away from the reactor, was constructed for the plant’s personnel. Once a beautiful town by Soviet standards, its 50,000 inhabitants were evacuated 36 hours after the accident. Today a chilling ghost town, its buildings bear witness to the hasty departure. Dolls are scattered on the floors of abandoned kindergartens; children’s cots are littered with shreds of mattresses and pillows; and in a gymnasium, where teens once trained, floors rot and paint peels. Amidst the surrounding decay, decades after the catastrophe, nature reclaims the town: trees grow through broken windows, and grass pushes up through the cracks in dormant roads that once were glorious promenades – but the town remains unfit for human habitation for hundreds of years to come.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest in Japan has the unfortunate distinction of the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 suicides in 2002.  In 2003, that record was beat with a number of 105 bodies discovered.

Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara’s trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the forest’s depths. Complicating matters further is the common experience of compasses being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil.

Due to the vastness of the forest, desperate visitors are unlikely to encounter anyone once inside the so-called “Sea of Trees,” so the police have mounted signs reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” on trees throughout.

Valley of the Mills – Sorento, Italy

the Valley of the Mills in Sorrento, Italy was abandoned in 1866. This mill ground wheat, and a sawmill operated nearby as well. The mill was isolated from the sea by the construction of Tasso Square, which raised the humidity in the area and caused it to be abandoned.

New Bedford Orpheum, U.S.A

The New Bedord Orpheum is an old theater and entertainment building located in Massachusetts in the U.S. It was opened in 1912 and closed in 1959 – since then, it has stored tobacco and served as a supermarket. Now, the Orph Inc. nonprofit is trying to raise money to revitalize the building.

Salto Hotel, Colombia 

The Hotel De Salto opened in 1928 near Tequendema Falls in Colombia to serve tourists who came to marvel at the 157 meter-tall waterfall. It closed down in the early 90s after interest in the waterfall declined. In 2012, however, the site was turned into a museum.

Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany

The large complex was built at the end of the 1800s and helped Adolf Hitler recuperate from a leg wound incurred at the Battle of Somme in 1916. Parts of the complex remain in operation, but most were abandoned after the Soviets withdrew from the hospital in 1995.

Hashima Island, Japan

Hashima island in Japan has a wide array of nicknames, including Battelship Island (for its shape) and Ghost Island. From the late 1800s to late 1900s, the island was populated because of the access it granted to undersea coal mines. However, as Japan gradually switched from coal to petroleum, the mines (and the buildings that sprung up around them to support their workers) closed down, leaving an isolated ghost town that reminds some of a ghostly concrete battleship.

The Carlton Villa – New York

The Carleton Villa was built in 1894 for typewriter magnate William Wyckoff as a summer residence and large spot for entertaining. Wycoff’s wife died of a heart attack a month before he moved in, and on his first night in the mansion he suffered a heart attack in his sleep and died. Wycoff’s youngest son inherited the villa after his father’s death, but within a few years the family lost much of their fortune in the Great Depression and the house fell into disrepair.

 

 

About the Author and her Books!

 

shp-author-photo-jennifer-murgia-updated-headshotJennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, released October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Literary Representation:

Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com

 

 

Connect with Jennifer:

Website: www.jennifermurgia.com

Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/

Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

 

About the Books:

FOREST OF WHISPERS

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago . . . and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to — one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder — a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

CASTLE OF SIGHS

Some secrets cannot be kept–in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon, and something darker seems to have been awakened, as well.

Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs–shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping she will find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

And the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

 

 

Giveaway!

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Blog Hop Participants:

 

10/21: EAPL Teens – Top Ten Witchy Reads – Graphic #1

            http://eaplteens.blogspot.com

10/22: Heather – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #2

            http://yankeedragon4booknerds.blogspot.com

10/23: Penny – Top Ten Creepy movies – Graphic #3

            https://www.facebook.com/penny.k.wright?fref=ts  

10/24: Ashley  – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #4

            https://afterthelastpage.com

10/25: Melissa – Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #5

            http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com

10/26: Adriana Gabrielle– Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #6

           https://adrianagabriellewrites.wordpress.com

10/27: Zachary – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #7

            http://www.zachsyareviews.com

10/28: Paula – Top Ten Urban Legends – Graphic #8

            http://herbookthoughts.reads-it.com

10/29: Brooke  –  Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #9

            http://www.thecovercontessa.com

10/30: Kimberly – Top Ten Urban Legends – Graphic #10

            https://booksaremetal.com

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So life has been insane…but here is whats coming up.

 

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So long story short, my computer bit the dust. ( *weeps* ) its why I haven’t been blogging as of late because work has been crazy, my boyfriend was visiting AND I haven’t had the chance to get to the library long enough to actually write up a blog post or two…BUT here I am. At the library writing away and I’m popping in to tell you whats coming up.

 

  1. Sometime in this next week I have a blog hop post for Author Jennifer Murgia and her spooky novels! (Just in time for halloween!) – long story short it was supposed to be done today but see reasons above relating to my computer and now I have no graphics for the post either 😦

2. November 2nd – Unwritten Melody by Tessa Emily Hall Blog Tour

3. Early November (No set date yet) – I’m REALLY excited to bring a music review of a family friends newly released album. Just need some time to listen to the album and write up a post

4. More life posts! 

Castle of Sighs Blog Tour! Book Review + Quote Stop

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Hello Readers!

Welcome to the blog tour for Jennifer Murgia’s Castle of Sighs! In today’s post I’m gonna share some info about Jennifer’s new upcoming novel, my own mini review, some other praise for the novel, a giveaway, AND more bog tour related stuff. It’s cool and you are gonna want to stick around for this.

~Adriana G.

 

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Castle of Sighs
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 

SYNOPSIS:
In this sequel to FOREST OF WHISPERS, Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death. Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew
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ADRIANA GABRIELLE’S REVIEW

What a wonderfully chilling sequel to Forest of Whispers!!

This book gave me a crazy case of paranoia related feels and many chills. There were many times I would actually glance over my shoulder just because the chills I got from this book are simply unreal. If you want a good Halloween read with witches and ghosts, this is your book.
I’m still just as in love with the characters as I was in book one. One element I loved in this story wasn’t the creepiness of the story but the stronger element of mystery. I liked how even though not always in the spotlight that sense of mystery remained in the novel and I feel it just added to the creepiness and suspense of the whole witches, plagues, ghosts and other horrors much more than with Forest of Whispers. I applaud Jennifer Murgia for another chilling, brilliantly written sequel.

 

QUOTE STOP!

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PRAISE FOR FOREST OF WHISPERS
“Murgia’s dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in . . .  the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale.” ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“FOREST OF WHISPERS drew me in from the very first page! Rune is a capable and empathetic heroine who had me rooting for her from the start. Fans of witch and rune-lore will enjoy this darkly woven tale.” ~Amalie Howard, author of critically acclaimed Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kids’ INDIE NEXT title.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer MurgiaJennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (Angel Star, Lemniscate, The Bliss), to contemporary gut-punchers (Between These Lines). Her latest, Forest of Whispers, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. Look for the sequel,​Castle of Sighs, to hit shelves 9.15.15 from Spencer Hill Press. In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton, PA.
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Publicity inquiries: brooke@spencerhillpress.com

 

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Tour Schedule
October 12th: A Leisure Moment ~ QUOTE STOP
A Dream Within A Dream ~ REVIEW
October 13th: The Librarian Files ~ REVIEW + QUOTE STOP  <— THAT’S HERE! 😀
October 14th: Me, My Shelf and I ~ QUOTE STOP
October 15th: Her Book Thoughts ~ REVIEW + QUOTE STOP
October 16th: Books Are Metal ~ QUOTE STOP
Zach’s YA Reviews ~ REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday ||Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

Hello Readers!

I’m back, once again, with a Top Ten Tuesday and I am excited for this weeks topic! And that is, What Books I want to see as either a movie or TV show.

*Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a Linkup Hosted by the Broke and Bookish

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1. A movie trilogy of Laura L. Smith’s Status Update Series!

Nuff said. This needs to happen!

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2. Same goes for Rajdeep Paulus’s Trilogy of Books.

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3. We Were Liars (By E. Lockhart) TV Series

Oh come on, admit it. That would be a super cool TV show.

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4. Movie of The Story of Owen by E.K Johnston

Modern day dragon hunter, quirky characters, dragons. Movie set in Canada? Yah. Sign me up.

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5. The Sehret Chronicles (C.F Barrows) Movies

Yah. This needs to happen people. I NEED movies of Follower and The Merchant’s Son…and the other upcoming books. Like you have no idea how badly I need movies of these books!

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6. Movie of Becoming the Chateran by S.J Aisling

This would be such an epic fantasy movie. Must happen.

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7. Movie of Swept To Sea by Heather Manning

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8. Movie of The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea

The book itself doesn’t release until the 15th of June, but let me tell you people, the book is wonderful and a movie of it would also be wonderful!

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9. Glass Girl and Perfect Glass (By Laura Anderson Kurk) movies

Such beautiful books! If these were made into movies, I would cry….then I would go watch the movies and cry while watching them.

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10. Movie of Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

This..would be an awesome movie!

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A to Z Challenge || Letter F: Fictional

Hello Readers!

I’m finally back from my trip to visit some of my family! Wooh! Meaning I can jump back on board with answering comments and posting posts in real time and actually being here and gah! *hugs all my readers* I missed you all! (Even though you wouldn’t have known I was gone if I didn’t mention it…) Anyways! So far, I’ve kept up with the A to Z Challenge posts here and I am determined to do so. (Unless you guys aren’t liking these posts! If you aren’t, tell me and I shall stop immediately!) Anyways. Today’s topic word is ‘Fictional!’ Well….Fictional Characters if you want to be super specific.

FSo, for the post today, I shall be listing off some of my favourite Fictional Characters of all time. (Not my own, of course, cause thats unfair…) Okay well not of all time or that would be a super long list….But maybe I’ll narrow it down to 5..or 10…maybe 20. I don’t know… *long sigh* ON WITH THE POST!

 

Fictional Character #1: Sohrem Terahl from C.F Barrows ‘The Sehret Chronicles

If you’ve read either ‘Follower’ or ‘The Merchant’s Son’ you will understand when I say this: Who doesn’t love Sohrem? I mean really.  😛 Seriously though, Sohrem is one of my favourite characters for sure. A sad, broken character (but those are the best, right?) but my favourite for sure!

 

Fictional Character #2: Kat from Laura L. Smith’s ‘It’s Complicated

I LOVE Kat. I mean I love all four of the main POV characters from The Status Update Series but there was something about Kat that I especially loved. What it was exactly I can’t say but she was definitely my favourite of the four POV characters….I almost considered mentioning Hannah but she’s way too much like me…Like more than I would like to admit….BUT anyways. Kat is definitely my favourite.

 

Fictional Character #3: Siobhan McQuaid from E.K Johnston’s ‘The Story of Owen’

So, I read this book last summer. (Never reviewed it….But I read it) and I loved it! I especially loved Siobhan. Her character was fantastic and it was so cool to have the story from her POV simply because she was a spunky, snippy little character who was just amazing 😀

 

Fictional Character #4: Rune from Jennifer Murgia’s ‘Forest of Whispers

Oh my…I loved Rune! She was such a sweet character who was put through a lot of trials and had a heavy, and life threatening burden to carry…and really I think she handled everything pretty well. Cheers from Rune! I just loved her courage and her strength. So amazing 😀

 

Fictional Character #5: Gretchen from Holly Kelly’s ‘Decending

I love Gretchen. She’s got quite a temper, she’s sassy, sarcastic, driven and rather stubborn. Her stubborness makes things a little difficult at points but that, my friends, is the fun of it! Gretchen is definitely awesome and one of my favourites thats for sure.

 

So that’s my post for today! Hope you like it. Have you read any of the books these characters are from? Did you like any of the characters I mentioned? Let me know in the comments! 😀

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Its Time for a Game of Tag || The Cake Book Tag!

Hello Readers!

So I saw this tag on Paperfury.com and, no I wasn’t tagged, I thought it would be fun to do the Cake Book Tag! Wooh! (Yeah I break the rules and totally do tags even when not tagged haha)

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Another rule that I’m breaking is that I THINK its supposed to be a list/tag including the books I’ve read this year…considering I’ve only read 11 books so far I’m going to mix it with books I read last year. (But try and include as many of the books I have read this year as I can 😀 ) So lets get started!

 

FLOUR:

A BOOK THAT WAS A LITTLE SLOW TO START OFF BUT REALLY PICKED UP AS IT WENT ALONG

For me the book that started off a little to slow for me was Cinder actually. (I’m gonna be reviewing it Monday)  I really enjoyed the story but it was a little to slow for my liking in the beginning.

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MARGARINE:

A BOOK THAT HAD A RICH, GREAT PLOT

Okay so I got two books. Those books are *drumroll* Paradox and The Maze Runner!

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EGGS:

A BOOK YOU THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE BAD BUT ACTUALLY TURNED OUT QUITE ENJOYABLE

I-I don’t want to offend any author or anything *gasp*…That would be bad. Though, to be honest I’ve never really thought a book would be bad. (If I do I don’t read it)  Usually I have the issue of I think its gonna be fantastic but I’m always disappointed so…

SUGAR:

A SUGARY, SWEET BOOK

Oh boy…I have read so many sugary sweet books…SO many. I’ll pick my top 3. These three books might be in the same genre but deal with 3 topics that couldn’t be more different from each other. Each one of them I found sweet in its own way.

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ICING:

A BOOK THAT COVERED EVERY SINGLE ELEMENT THAT YOU ENJOY ABOUT A BOOK (FUNNY MOMENTS, ACTION MOMENTS, SAD MOMENTS, ETC.)

Either Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia or Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus. Two completely different genres but I can’t chose one over the other.

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SPRINKLES:

A BOOK SERIES THAT YOU CAN KIND OF TURN BACK TO FOR A LITTLE PICK ME UP WHEN YOU’RE FEELING DOWN

Ohhhhh boy. Its tied between The Status Update Series by Laura L. Smith or the Glass Girl series by Laura Anderson Kurk

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THE CHERRY ON TOP:

YOUR FAVORITE BOOK THIS YEAR SO FAR

Oh my gosh! Without a doubt WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. I haven’t sobbed so much when reading a book in a while… like daaaaaaaang. I do have a review of that one too. Maybe that will be posted on Monday instead of the review of Cinder. (I can’t decide) But anyways. Definitely the best book I’ve read so far this year.

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I tag: Brett @ Brett Michael Orr || Rae @ What Happened To The Wallflower || Rachel @ Stained Glass Windows || Victoria @ Stori Tori Blog || Rachel W @ Secret Scribblings || Aimee @ To The Barricade! ||

Top Ten Tuesday || My Top Ten Favourite Book Heroines

Hello Readers!

It’s once again time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! For those of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, it’s a link-up done by The Broke and the Bookish and you are free to join in! You can check it out here 🙂

Finally made my own cover pic for it *heehee*

Finally made my own cover pic for it *heehee*

So, today’s post is my Top Ten Favourite Book Heroines! (Seems like lots of people are doing over a certain genre but I think I’m just gonna go with overall favourites and see what happens.)

 

1. Nancy Drew from Carolyn Keen’s Nancy Drew Series

Weren’t expecting that one, were ya? Heehee well, it’s true. I LOVE Nancy Drew. I still read the books and listen to audio books and everything. (One of the few audio books I actually like)

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2. Melissa Rollins from Laura L. Smith’s Skinny

I really loved Melissa’s character in Skinny.(She was also seen a little bit in the books Hot and Angry also) I really love her character a lot 😀

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3. Srilani from Kathrese Mckee’s Mardan’s Mark

I loved Srilani’s character! Such a tough cookie but a total sweetie at points too. I don’t know what it is about her character exactly, but she is definitely one of my favourite characters. Such a strong character (in a realistic way) and just pretty awesome.

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4. Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games

Good old Katniss! 😀 Seriously though, I love Katniss. Such a strong, realistic character who sacrificed so much. She was such an amazing character. With good reason is she on my Top Ten List.

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5. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

I mean, hello. She’s Elizabeth Bennet. Whats not to like?

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6. Yannah from C.F Barrows The Follower

I absolutely love Yannah’s character! Like so much! 😀

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7. Talia Vanderbilt from Rajdeep Paulus’s Swimming Through Clouds

Oh my goodness. What an amazing character. Such a sweetie who’s been through a lot. Love her!

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8. Catherine Morland from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

I love this character’s imagination. Totally fascinated by the uniqueness of Catherine’s character.

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9. Hannah from Laura L. Smith’s It’s Complicated

I feel like I really relate to this character a lot. She’s kinda just your average girl who’s life is fairly ‘normal’ I guess you could say. Anyways! I’m always looking for the closest representation of me in a book character, and I would say she is the closest yet. 😀 I love Hannah a lot actually 😀

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10. Rune from Jennifer Murgia’s Forest of Whispers

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Bonus: Hermione Granger from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

So, I didn’t count this as one of my 10 because I have this thing where so far I have only read the first (and part of the second) book in the series thus far so…I don’t know if I quite qualify as a fan just yet.

 

 

 

Share The Love: ||3 Day Cover Reveal Countdown + Forest of Whispers Book Review||

Hello Readers!

Sorry for my absence of countdown stuff these last couple days AND the lateness of this post. My family and I spent our Family Day down at Frank Slide walking around and learning more about the tragic event in 1903 in the small town of Frank, Alberta. It’s such a chilling thing to be there, walking around on basically a two mile wide graveyard of limestone. (I’m working on a project related to this so soon I will tell y’all more about it.) So, that is the reason why this post is so late, BUT it’s here now….Better late than never, right?

First things first, The Book Review of Forest of Whispers!

 

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“This is who I am. I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make-believe forest. I am the story. I am the tall tale . . . I am the witch.”

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

 

This book….was absolutely FANTASTIC. Within seconds I was pulled into the story and doomed to never return until I reached the words ‘The End’

When I finished this book I sat around for a while trying to figure out what the heck to do with my life now that the book was over.

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This book had me doodling away and SURPRISE fan art was made. I need to actually finish with it…but that is seriously how much I adored the book. 🙂

I was very brutally attacked by feels and many times I just wanted to reach into that book and give Rune and the other characters big hugs… Or just abduct them and put them away in a safe place where their author can’t hurt them and the characters would be happy and I would give them yummy hot chocolate and yes…I would keep them very safe. I just want my beautiful characters to be happy DX But really, despite the fact that this book did kill my feels I still say you pick up your own copy of this book as soon as you can and read it all right now….

Now! Characters! I LOVED the characters. First of all I am not going to lie and say that I kept picturing Matilde to look like the witch from Disney’s Brave…Though maybe not with such a big nose….Okay,anyways. moving on. I really liked Matilde as a character and I loved how she was like a mother to Rune and I just likes that whole relationship going on there. That was great. I loved Rune as a character as well. She was such a sweet character who was put through a lot of trials and had a heavy, and life threatening burden to carry…and really I think she handled everything pretty well…I mean if I were her I would have just curled up in a ball and cried until the ‘bad guys’ found me and POOF! bye bye me! So yeah, she was a great character who was a pretty tough cookie and I really enjoyed her very much.

The story is also from the POV of a young man named Laurentz and it was really great seeing his side of the story and just getting to know him as a character. I really enjoyed him as a character and his want to protect Rune and how he tries to help her is just-I just- ashjskshruhgjkshikgusyfgjysklfg.

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It was just so cute how he set out to protect Rune and refused to see her like everyone else did and was set on her not being what people said and yes…I loved it! Quite adorable. I ship it! There is so much I hope happens in the second book too…. LIKE MY SHIP ACTUALLY SAILING for one thing! It’s a little stranded right now while I wait for ‘Castle of Sighs’ but, either way this book was absolutely wonderful and I adored it very very very much! 😀

My rating for this book is 5 Stars people….and in my mind, 5 Stars = Go buy this book right now, read it then LOVE IT.

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Oh….and one more thing!!!

Day 3 COS

 

Castle of Sighs (by Jennifer Murgia) Cover Reveal Countdown || 6 Days

I have failed you as a blogger my friends! These last couple days I think I might have failed to get you excited for Castle of Sighs!!! *gasps* The horror. I feel so terrible because I have been so busy these last couple days and not really doing much to promote excitement and here I am thinking of ‘Castle of Sighs’ release and going like this:

 

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*all of which are my various levels of excitement*

 

 

 

 

 

So, as you may or may not know, I am halfway through ‘Forest of Whispers’ by Jennifer Murgia and I am loving it to itty bitty pieces (I’ll have a review up on Monday 😉 ) Where I last stopped made me tear up I kid you not. Such an amazing book and very feels crushing and just so much amazingness! If you’ve read this please don’t spoil it for me and if you have NOT read this book then ummm…*cough* go buy it right now. Totally worth the buy and you absolutely must read it! 😀

Though, I will say I broke my normal ‘rule’ by reading a book where there is a witch as the main character but I have read some of Jennifer’s work previously and really, it didn’t worry or bother me at all. So far the elements of which craft are mentioned of even, weirdly enough, not that major of an occurrence at all. (So if you don’t like books with witches and such take it from me and read it cause its all good!) …..and yes, I am aware that the Harry Potter series also has witchcraft but to be honest that also doesn’t bother me….Maybe its because if I don’t go around trying to do these spells its of no harm. Right?

….Anyways. Whole other discussion! So,yes. Have you read Forest of Whispers? Is it on your TBR? (If it is move it to the top okay?) Did you love it? What about Castle of Sighs? Ready to see the cover? Ready to READ it? (as usual you know I would love to hear from you lovely people!)

Well, until next time! and oh! One more thing…..

 

 

 

Day 6 COS

Castle of Sighs (by Jennifer Murgia) Cover Reveal Countdown || 8 Days

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About Castle of Sighs:

Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

Links: Goodreads

Haven’t Read FOREST OF WHISPERS? You can find out more about it HERE or HERE and purchase it on Amazon (HERE)

About the Author:

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Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative — and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 — Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Literary Representation:
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com

Connect with Jennifer:

Website: https://www.jennifermurgia.com
Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/
Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

Jennifer is available for book signings, book fairs, interviews, library and school visits. Please contact
her directly for scheduling at: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com.

Publicity inquiries: brooke@spencerhillpress.com