ARC Review--And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

I received this ARC from the publisher while attending BEA earlier this year. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Dawn Kurtagich, a master of horror and suspense brings us a frightening new ghost story that is sure to leave you chilled...and fearing the toilet! And the Trees Crept In is her second novel and is just as creepy as her debut, but this time it's extra twisted!

Silla and her sister Nori arrive at their Aunt Cath's house in the middle of the night. It's clear they've escaped from something, but Silla is unwilling to say what. The answers are a little slow to come and at times when we get perhaps a glimpse of what might have happened, we can't fully trust what we're reading/seeing. Cath is just happy to see the girls. After some happy years in the house, strange things start to happen. Things that can't be explained. Things that were seriously really freaking creepy!!

This book was weird. However, I am a fan of weird, so I quite enjoyed it! I do want to tell you that because it's weird it might be harder to understand some things. I had moments of confusion, I'll admit but as the story went on the confusion made sense. I was still confused mind you, but I think I was supposed to be confused. Silla is confused herself by all the crazy happening so me being confused with her made a messed up kind of sense. 

The weirdness of the story really added to the creepy. What's real? What's imagined? Silla believes the trees are moving closer to the house (that is basically on the edge of a forest, surrounded by trees) preventing them from leaving. Their aunt goes crazy one day and ends up staying in the attic after some time, never coming down but just pacing along the floor constantly. It's sooo creepy! We basically have a scary story setup on our hands. Then Nori, Silla's sister, makes a friend. One Silla can't see even when he's right behind her. we get to learn things from Cath and Nori through POV changes. But they're kind of few and far between. And the glimpses from Nori come in the form of journal entries. 

It's always strange to read from the mind of someone going crazy, and it's clear that Cath has some things going on with her, because she is a little crazy. Then there's odd things going on with Silla. Is Silla herself going crazy? It all becomes so convoluted in a way, because you really don't know what to trust. But that feeling my friends, just makes the book even more intense!

This book is weird. Completely and totally weird. It's also really frigging creepy. It will confuse you halfway through. I think really the last 1/3 or so was the most confusing. And when the answer finally start to come, it was still a touch confusing, but I pretty much got the general idea of it. What I want to say when you're reading this is don't let the confusion bog you down. Don't DNF because you can't understand what the heck is going on. You're meant to be confused, much like Silla is. This book is crazy, but it's also really freaking awesome!

The ending is where we get that shining light of answers and understanding. Well, some general sense of understanding! Lol. I like the kind of twisted ending we get. It reminds me of this one movie's twisted ending--one I won't share obviously. Heehee! It's not an exact copy of said ending, but in a sense they are kind of similar! But I liked that movie and when you look back with the answer key, you totally get everything that happened! This book is like that, though the answer key doesn't make it 100% clear, more like 90-95%, still good enough! Though the more I think about it after letting the ideas simmer, it's definitely closer to 100%, like 95-99%! LOL!

If you're wanting a read to totally take your head for a spin and give you a scare, then look no further! And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich is one to leave you with a nightmares and chills...and possibly a fear of the toilet! LOL!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

And the Trees Crept In releases September 6, 2016


It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (ARC)--Review to come later this morning!
Review that was Posted:
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (ARC) (5 stars)
Currently Reading:
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
What I Plan to Read this Week:
 Ungodly by Kendare Blake 

Other Posts of Interest:

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Waiting on Wednesday
Random Thursday
Follow Friday
Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

I had a pretty awesome week! I got my first #otspsecretsister package in the mail and it was awesome!

a cute tote
a cute button
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

THANK YOU Secret Sis!

Then I did a little shopping of my own, I remembered finally to buy my keeper copy of Rachel Vincent's book and then was able to find the new copies of JLA's Dark Elements trilogy so that I could have a matching set! Even though I was more a fan of the previous look, I still felt liked I NEEDED these copies too! Yeah...I'm weird like that! LOL!

The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino--really need to start these villain books! LOL!

So what did you all get this week?

Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

The Rules:
  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

This week's prompt is: Top 5 Favorite Book Boyfriends

MY ANSWER: Going to keep this to my adult reads, because there are plenty of YA guys that make me swoon but I would feel like a cradle robber for choosing them! LOL!

BONES is always on that list!!

Hunter because he's protective and caring and pretty much like the adult version of Daemon, so not creepy to have him on my book boyfriend list! LOL!

I'm a Marc girl through and through!

It took me awhile to warm up to Ethan, but not he totally has my heart!

Barrons was yet another that took me awhile to warm up to, but I love him too! Really need to get caught up in this series! SO behind!

Random Thursday

It's the final day for 16 Things You Never Noticed About Disney Classic Mulan written by Rachel Paige! This has been a fun little article of some surprising (and maybe some not so surprising) factoids about Mulan! I've enjoyed reading it! As promised, here you will find the link to the article in full! Once again I will be borrowing the pictures the author used because it will be the best visual to the factoid!

"Chi Fu has this picture on his desk"

The author goes on to mention what a classic pose this is and how we'd all want to do this with someone famous! And due to the time era she points out how it's a painting vs a picture! I always thought it was pretty funny myself!

"Mulan is the only warrior with a different chest plate"

I chalked that one up to the fact that she took her father's armor, he was in the army several years ago, so naturally his would be "outdated".

"Shang's horse has not one but TWO hidden Mickeys"

Never caught that myself! Guess the spots were too far away for my anal brain to pick up on it! LOL!

"There's a cliff that magically disappears and then reappears throughout the avalanche"

Yeah...totally didn't catch that really!

"A medic appears out of thin air"

Well I didn't think it was thin air, I just assumed he was nearby or someone ran like Forest Gump and got one to their area. It is later in the day now! 

"The number of Shang's army drastically changes"

I just figured the nameless guys we didn't know hung back for some reason! LOL!

And there you have it!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

I still need to read the second book of this trilogy, I had heard mixed things about that one, but heard the ending was awesome...yet cliffhangery. So hence the reason why it's still unread! And it's become my goal to do a series binge for most of my trilogies and whatnot. We shall see what happens!

AUTHOR: Sara Raasch
PUBLISHER: Balzer & Bray
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2016

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. 

Another series I plan to binge hopefully this year! At least this one's a duology!! :D

TITLE: Crooked Kingdom
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo

PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Co.
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2016


Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB of Books and Beat

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

You shall now fear ever going to the bathroom again!! Read on if you dare!

"I was on the toilet, midstream, when I felt movement in the bowl. At first, I ignored it, but then I felt smoothness, tickling between my legs. I jolted with fright and looked down.

And screamed.

Scales, shining under the lam
p, two territorial eyes--cold-blooded and cunning--and a forked tongue, darting out from between my legs." p 20*

*This quote comes from the ARC and therefore it and its page number are not final.

TITLE: And the Trees Crept In
AUTHOR: Dawn Kurtagich

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Horror YA
RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet 

*in no particular order

Hmm...that might be difficult as most of the books I added to my TBR pile came from blogging. Before blogging I didn't know what a TBR pile was and there were actually times when I did NOT have something new to read! So my post will include books that were added in the beginning days of blogging. So these really all should've been picked up in 2010 and I later added them to Goodreads as I got the hang of it by 2011!

10. DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY by Terri Garey--this was actually one of my first blogger pals recommendations. I thought it sounded interesting so I bought the whole series at a Borders closing sale. *Sobs*
9. RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier--this was actually one of my first contest wins! Still need to read this series!
8. NIGHT WORLD Vol 1-3 by L.J. Smith--yup more Borders closing sales acquisitions. Though actually I found the third one at TJ Maxx for $3! Still need to read this series, though I have read one of the individual novels!

7. DARK VISIONS by L.J. Smith--another TJ Maxx find! Think it was somewhere between $2-4. Can't remember because I took that dreadful sticker off!
6. THE ROSE BRIDE by Nancy Holder--I bought this one at a signing she and Debbie did for their final (and resurrected) Wicked book! You don't know how excited I was for that one! I bought this because I enjoyed the series I read so far of the retold fairy tales! Never realized how many there were in this particular line!
5. SCENT OF A WHITE ROSE by Tish Thawer--another blogger recommendation from the early days! Still need to read it, but can't remember what drew me to it! LOL!

4. SAVOR by Megan Duncan--another early day blogger recommendation! And again, can't remember why I wanted to read it! LOL!
3. DARK HEART FOREVER by Lee Monroe--yet another blogger recommendation from that first year or so! Love werewolves, so I know why I picked it up! LOL!
2. EMBERS by Laura Bickle--picked this series up at my first RT and still need to read it!! I loved her Alayna Williams series, so I suspect I will love this one too!

1. TOUCH OF FROST by Jennifer Estep--another one I picked up at my first RT and every RT after that I picked up the next book. Basically have the whole series now and still haven't read this first book!

ARC Review--A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

I received this ARC from the publisher while attending BEA earlier this year. I was in no way compensated for this review.

A Torch Against the Night is Sabaa Tahir's second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series (that's right SERIES! As when I write this today, Sabaa announces an additional two books will be added to the series at large!). Which is a good thing because this one ends with so many loose-ends and whatnot that I would be most unhappy if that was the actual end for our characters. Even with one more book, as I initially thought this would be a trilogy would feel rushed with all the need to tie up those loose-ends! But I'm getting ahead of myself here!

While a great deal of things happen in this one, on the same hand not much truly happens. But this is in no way a bad thing. I enjoyed all the buildup to things to come. And I am pretty sure the next book is going to be explosive! We have Laia and Elais on the run from the Commandant and certain death while they try to make their way to Kauf, the prison where Darin, Laia's brother, is being held prisoner.

Not long into their journey they are joined by Keenan and Izzi, who I was most excited to see! I always liked Keenan and his broody moods, but yet how he developed a softer side when it came to Laia. And Izzi is truly one of teh most bravest characters I've met in this series! Plus she's a very loyal friend to Laia.

The danger is amped up a bit when we learn that Elias has been poisoned and doesn't have long to live, but he will do everything possible to rescue Darin before his time comes to an abrupt end. This I think truly adds to the danger and pacing because I couldn't reas fast enough to see if he would make it or not.

Then there's Helene, who's got a few chapters of her own. She's now the Blood Shrike to the emperor--Marcus--and her first mission is to find Elias and bring him back for a public execution. Which Helene will have to administer. Helene has a lot of inner battling going on because a part of her still loves Elias, but then she's also hurt because he essentially chose Laia over her. This definitely makes the love complication I talked about in the first book even more messy, for Laia and Elias still have that other person who they care for, but they still care for one another.

The love complication, as I said, remains to be messy in this one. Though it does seem Helene is trying to do her duty to the emperor and also because she needs to protect her family. Then there's Laia and Keenan and of course Elias. I always enjoyed Keenan's character like I said and I must say I was completely surprised by how this love complication gets settled. At least on one side. it's too soon to say for the other half. Plus, more obstacles still stand between....everyone!

There's a lot of detail to what happens in here and I don't want to get into all of it because of spoilers. But you can know that this was a remarkable read filled with lots of tension, action, suspense, and of course some stolen moments of romance. There's secrets abound in this one too! There's so much mystery surrounding a certain character that we've been getting hints at for two books now. I can't wait for clear answers! Obviously, we can gather some things about what's going on, but for me, I'm the kind of reader who needs to know exactly what's what! LOL!

The ending to this one was good! It's not entirely cliffhangery, but a nice pause in the actiony moments. There's still a great deal to come for all our characters involved. And I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Marcus gets a few chapters pov's next time, because he too is going through somethings that we only get hints of!

A Torch Against the Night was an incredibly alluring read and I am anticipating the release of the third book to see what fates await all our favorite characters! If you haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend it! It's a nice fantasy read that isn't overly hard to understand its world and rules and naturally, it's one dangerous place to live in! Good thing I'm just a reader on the outside! LOL! Yet another fabulous read from the talented Sabaa Tahir that leaves me craving for more...but at least this time I am not screaming in agony while I wait! ;)

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

A Torch Against the Night releases August 30, 2016