Ten Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favourite/Disliked Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about those characters that we liked, but were in books that we didn’t like so much…Some of these books were 3 stars for me, but they just aren’t favourite reads!

Jessica Stanley- TwilightStephenie Meyer– I really didn’t mind Jessica. I liked her gossipy nature and that she had a crush.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Alex- Those Girls- Lauren Saft- I wasn’t a fan of this book at all, but Alex was the most likeable character in it for me.

Those Girls

Heart- Ask Again Later- Liz Czukas- It wasn’t a book for me, but Heart was a sweet character.

Ask Again Later

Hannah- Paper Valentine- Brenna Yovanoff- I was intrigued by Hannah throughout this story. I felt like there was too much going on.

Paper Valentine

Anna- Girl Of Nightmares- Kendare Blake– I wasn’t the biggest fan of the sequel to Anna Dressed In Blood, but I was still intrigued by Anna’s character.

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

Willowdean- Dumplin’- Julie Murphy- I did really enjoy the character of Willowdean. She was so unapologetically herself.

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

Gwenni- The Earth Hums In B Flat- Mari Strachan- This book was a 3 star read for me, so it wasn’t a bad book, just not my favourite. Gwenni really did steal my heart though!

The Earth Hums in B Flat

Lil- Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story- Carolyn Turgeon- I found Lil to be a fascinating character! The book just became a bit weird.

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story

Ella- The Night We Said Yes- Lauren Gibaldi- I liked Ella and Matt despite them being flawed characters.

The Night We Said Yes (The Night We Said Yes, #1)

Monroe and Nathan- Boys Like You- Juliana Stone- Two very cute characters!

Boys Like You

Have you liked any of these characters too? Feel free to leave a link to your post, so I can have a look at your list!

This Week In Books #25

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Samaritan (Carter Blake, #2)  Carrie's War Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

NOW- The Samaritan- Mason Cross- I am over halfway through this crime/thriller read. It’s okay, but it’s not blowing me away.

THEN- Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden- I enjoyed exploring this book recently for the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister.

NEXT- Girl of Nightmares- Kendare Blake- I am aiming to read this book next, I’m determined to finish more series this year!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Type of Book


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the books we’ve read recently that were outside of our usual

In no particular order, here are my favourite recent-ish outside of my comfort zone reads!

Bad Girls Don’t Die- Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)

I’m not usually a fan of spooky, creepy reads. Especially when it comes to dolls. Ha! I absolutely adored this book. It’s not terrifying, more creepy. It didn’t give me nightmares which I’m very pleased about.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

Again, a creepy one. I absolutely loved this book. I actually preferred it to Frozen Charlotte which was also a brilliant read.

Through The Woods- Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

This was my first creepy graphic novel. I loved it. Not all of the stories are as good as each other, but it was still an enjoyable, eerie read.

Anna Dressed In Blood- Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Ooh, look another creepy one! I loved this ghostly tale.

Ten Tiny Breaths- K.A Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

I had been avoiding this book for a while because I had heard mixed things around it. I’m not a massive fan of the genre but I was pleasantly surprised by this book-despite the ending.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I would usually read a book about an eating disorder, but this was a graphic novel. It was incredible.

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

I am stepping into middle grade more nowadays, but I would say this is middle grade/graphic novel/memoir which is certainly an interesting combination!

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I didn’t think I’d like this book, but I found myself sucked into the world!

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

I don’t think I would have picked this book up, had it not been for my Reading Spa in Bath. I’m so glad I did though!

Always Emily- Michaela MacColl

Always Emily

I’m not the biggest classical literature fan, so I didn’t expect to like this book.

What books have surprised you recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

15 for 2015: How did I do?

In 2015, I highlighted 15 series that were on my radar- either to finish or to start! Here is how I did with this challenge…

Series I finished…


Splintered (Splintered, #1)Unhinged (Splintered, #2)Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

I read Unhinged and Ensnared.


Legend (Legend, #1)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Champion (Legend, #3)

I read Champion.

-Burn For Burn-

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)

I read Ashes to Ashes!

-The Summer I Turned Pretty-

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

I read We’ll Always Have Summer (review to follow).

Series I’m nearly finished

-Something Strange and Deadly-

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Strange and Ever After is coming soon.

Series I didn’t finish and have no intentions of finishing…


Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)Prized (Birthmarked, #2)Promised

I didn’t enjoy Prized, so didn’t and won’t continue the series…

 -Unwind Dystology-

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Unwholly (Unwind, #2)UnSouled (Unwind, #3)

This one surprised me. I didn’t really enjoy Unwholly, so don’t want to read the rest. A shame!

-The Darkest Minds-

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I didn’t enjoy this book, so won’t be continuing!

-Across The Universe-

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Unfortunately I didn’t connect with this book!

 Series I started-

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Giver (The Giver, #1)Awaken (Awaken, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Unspoken– I’m almost finished this trilogy! (Unspoken, Untold)

Shiver– I started this trilogy, not my favourite trilogy, but decent enough! (Shiver)

The Giver– I’m almost finished this quartet. One book to go! (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger (review to follow))

Awaken– I started this series, I remember enjoying it at the time, but it’s story isn’t sticking with me. (Awaken)

Ten Tiny Breaths– The ending really annoyed me, but I’m intrigued enough to continue! (Ten Tiny Breaths)

Anna Dressed In Blood– I enjoyed the first book! (Anna Dressed In Blood)

In 2016, I shall continue to conquer my series. Look at the page HERE for series I am aiming to finish!

Stacking The Shelves #130

Click on the image to get to Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

Lighter than My Shadow

I saw this beautiful graphic novel in Foyles. It’s huge! I’m really intrigued. It is about a girl’s battle with anorexia.

Messenger (The Giver, #3)

This is the third book in The Giver quartet. I’m intrigued to see what this book is like.

Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)

I am very excited to see how this trilogy ends with Sisters’ Fate.  I have enjoyed this trilogy much more than I anticipated.

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for a while now after enjoying Anna Dressed In Blood. I’m trying to finish off some series before the end of the year. Fingers crossed!

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I’ve been putting off this book for ages now as I don’t want the trilogy to end!

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

This is yet another trilogy that I’m hoping to complete!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!

Ten Finished Series That I Have YET To Finish


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten finished series that we have yet to finish. I have a few of these… but I must admit that I’m getting much better at catching up with series, and a lot of the series on my TBR at the moment are unfinished!

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads):

The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

I only have one more book left in this trilogy and I’m looking foward to finishing it ASAP. I’m very much enjoying it, much more than I had anticipated!

Lynburn Legacy

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

This is another series which I only have one left to read! I love Kami, the main protagonist in this series!

The Giver

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I’ve read The Giver and Gathering Blue. I’m intrigued to read more of the books!


Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Yet another book where there’s only one pending for me! I look forward to reading the next book.

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

I have just got the final book to go. I don’t want to complete this series as I love it so much! Totally holding out on reading the final book.


Awaken (Awaken, #1)

I’m not sure that I’ll love the next book as I thought this book was just okay, but I’m willing enough to give it a try!

4 finished series that I want to start

Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It’s been on my radar for a while now.

If I Stay

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

I have had this book for ages, but the hype surrounding Gayle Forman worries me.

Goddess Test

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

This book doesn’t have the best reviews but I’m intrigued!

The Syrena Legacy

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)I haven’t read many books like this. I’ve been put off by the reviews, but I think it’s time to form my own opinion!

What finished series are you yet to complete? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Anna Dressed In Blood (Anna #1)

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!


Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.


I have had this book on my radar for a long time now, so I was pleased to get around to it during my latest series binge read! I really enjoyed this book, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t tend to always enjoy creepy reads.

Anna Dressed In Blood centres around our two main characters Cas and Anna. It’s so refreshing to read a male point of view in a Young adult piece of literature. All too often the female protagonist dominates, so it really was a breath of fresh air to read from a male viewpoint. Cas is a 17 year old boy who kills those that should have remained dead. Cas carries a weapon that sends the spirits that are causing trouble on to where they should have been when they died. Cas has inherited this skill from his father who has recently been murdered. Cas doesn’t really have any friends, as he embraces his job as a ghost hunter and doesn’t care about making friends. He often moves across the country with his mother in order to track down the ghosts he needs to kill. Although his father is absent, Cas’s mother is incredibly supportive of Cas’s calling. Anna is an angry ghost, who has been cursed and therefore can’t leave her house. She is known as Anna Dressed in Blood… because of the white dress with blood splattering (and dripping) all over it and also, because anyone that crosses Anna ends up torn apart. Cas ends up attempting to kill Anna, but Anna proves to be a challenge. She’s the strongest ghost he has met. Cas ends up getting to know Anna better and realises there’s more to her than meets the eye, and some seriously bad things happened to her in her life!

This book was creepy, but not terrifying, so if you’re not a fan of horror reads then I wouldn’t necessarily steer clear of this book. I think if you’re a horror fan then you definitely need to go into this book realising that there are some quite cliche horror moments. The whole abandoned house/going to the neglected house on a dare has of course been done before, so it’s not overly original. However, I really enjoyed the funny moments included in the book. I thought there were some great characters, good pacing and good story development.

Would I recommend it?:

Anna Dressed In Blood is much more paranormal romance than horror, but it’s definitely worth a read!