Cal Leandros series

The Spooky Books Tag

As blogtober draws to a close, it’s time for one more seasonal tag! The Spooky Book Tag was created by Shelby Masako and I’m going to do my best to not repeat any of my answers from previous tags I’ve done this month.

What goes bump in the night?: Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.
I know I’ve mentioned Lirael in a previous tag for this kind of question but it’s still relevant. Maybe Safe as Houses by Simone van der Vlugt also deserves a mention as that was a different type of scary as it’s about a home invasion.

Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.
I don’t have a spooky/horror book that I always pick up at this time of year. In fact, I cant remember the last time I reread a book (must be at least four years ago) and that’s something I’d like to rectify soon.

Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.
Again, I think I might’ve mentioned this series in a previous tag but I don’t care – The Magician’s House Quartet by William Corlett. There’s magic and secrets in the house and talking animals and an evil Magician’s assistant.

Witch’s Brew: Favourite witch character in any book/series
It’s easy to say Hermione Granger from Harry Potter but really, I think my favourite witch is Angela from the Inheritance Cycle. My first thought was Hermione because Angela is more than a witch, she’s a healer and maybe a seer and there’s so many layers to her that witch almost seems like a too simple term.

Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Divergent trilogy but the ending of Allegiant sticks with me, mainly because I think it’s an incredibly ballsy move from the author and I kinda liked how things went down – even though I know a lot of people weren’t.

Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?
Hawkeye vs. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli. The vast majority of comics featuring Hawkeye (especially the Clint Barton Hawkeye) bring me comfort but Hawkeye vs. Deadpool was just so much fun, it’d hard to be scared when revisiting that book.

The Undead: Favourite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vamps, zombies, werewolves, etc).
I don’t often read about supernatural creatures – the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman has a lot of them in there though. I think my favourites though are vampires, I think they’re the creature that authors can really put their own spin on.

In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.
I feel like I’ve mentioned this book so much on my blog over the past few months, but I’ve got to pick The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag. It has a stunning cover and it’s just the sort of book I should be reading at this time of year as I think there’s magic and witches and mysteries, but I haven’t picked it up yet.

TOP TEN TUESDAY: My Top Ten Villains

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week it’s all about villains and I’ve chosen to write about the most memorable villains I’ve ever come across, whether that’s because they really are despicably evil or for some other reason. So without further ado, here’s some great villains.

Professor Dolores Umbridge – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
While Voldemort might be the main bad guy in Harry Potter, Umbridge is almost more terrifying because she’s so normal and the way she inflicts pain and restrictions is all within the rules of the law. She uses the system to her advantage and is a bigot who always believes she is right.

Nils Bjurman – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
This man is evil and manipulative who preys on people who he sees as weaker than him and who are dependent on him. He’s a rapist and a sadist and just really, really horrible.

Cruella de Vil – The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
I read The Hundred and One Dalmatians when I was about thirteen and I’d seen both the animated and live action films many times, but Cruella de Vil in the book was still super scary. (more…)

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Biggest Badasses

Top 5 Wednesday is a feature created by GingerReadsLainey. This is the first week I’ve taken part and I hope to continue with it because it’s a great little feature. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page.

So without further ado, here are my five biggest badasses!


lisbeth salanderLisbeth Salander – The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth has a hard life but she doesn’t let that stop her. She’s a super smart and resourceful genius hacker who can fight men twice her size. Lisbeth will go to any lengths to sort out people who have wronged her or the few people she cares about. She’s just a total badass.

 

niko leandrosNiko Leandros – Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman
Niko is a very calm and put-together guy until a monster comes after his younger brother. Niko is a master at multiple martial arts, he can uses guns, knives and he usually has his Katana strapped to his back. You won’t want to go up against Niko in a fight.

 

 

sabrielSabriel – The Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix
Sabriel lives in a world where the dead can walk the earth and she has the power to stop them and send them back to where they came from. Controlling the dead is a seriously badass skill. Sabriel can also fight with a sword and practices powerful magic and is more than capable of looking out for herself and the world.

 

johanna masonJohanna Mason – The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Johanna survived two Hunger Games and when she found out she was going back into the Games for the Quarter Quell, she wasn’t afraid to tell people exactly what she thought about that. Johanna is a fighter, she was tortured but she still got up and wanted to fight against the Capitol. Also Johanna isn’t afraid to give people like Katniss the cold hard truth, she’s a survivor and a badass.

elizabeth bennetElizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
I’m actually reading Pride and Prejudice at the moment for the first time and I’m blown away by how much of a badass Elizabeth is. She might not be a fighter but she’s smart and in a battle of words she’s clever enough to show her adversary that she shouldn’t be looked down upon.

 

Who are your favourite bookish biggest badasses?

REVIEW: Slashback by Rob Thurman

FullSizeRender (95)Cal and Niko Leandros have dealt with monsters and killers in their line of work. But when they were younger they encountered a human killer, a serial-killer. Now twelve years later, a killer with a perchance for skinning his victims has arrived in New York and seems to have a fascination with the Leandros brothers.

I really enjoyed this book – I always feel like returning to the Cal Leandros series is like returning home – a home full of violence and monsters. It’s a world I know well and it’s comforting and easy being around familiar characters.

The action and fight scenes are so well written you can see everything play out in your head like a film. Cal is still his cocky self but there is a slight worry that he isn’t quite half monster/half human anymore and the monster side is taking over – it adds a nice subplot to the main action.

The flashbacks to Cal and Niko’s childhood were great as you see a defining moment in their lives that shaped them into who they are as adults. You see Niko’s protectiveness and how and why he is so in control all the time and then seeing him lose that control is really quite shocking and unnerving.

Naturally I got a lot of emotions about Robin Goodfellow (the guy’s one of my favourite characters ever) – especially the last chapter and I love how that opens things up for other books in the series and the characters themselves.

Slashback is fast-paced, fun and violent. Considering it’s the ninth book in this series it still manages to keep things fresh and interesting and show different sides to characters you think you know. 4/5.