Top 5 Wednesday #10 : Books Featuring Vampires & Fairies

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here

This weeks topic is Books Featuring Vampires & Fairies/Faeries

I’m doubling up this week and including two mythical creatures for this post. I love reading books with vampires, but in the last few years, I have also been immensely enjoying books with fairies in them.

IMG_45181. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

     I discovered this series back in my freshman year of college, Fall 2009. I have never looked back. Even though I’m a few books behind, I can’t wait to dive back into the story when I finally pick the most recent books of my shelf! Even thought you can find these books in the “Romance” section, they contain so much more than your normal vampire romance. The plot and characters have so much depth to them that you just want to keep reading.

2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I do not know what to say about this book, besides, I read it in 8 hours! This alone should explain how much I enjoyed this book. This was my first glimpse into a pure faerie driven book. I have read books where fairies play a role but never have such a big part as they do in this novel. I can tell how much Holly Black loves to write about the Fae, by how great this book is. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of The Cruel Prince, the first book in her new trilogy!

3. The Call by Pead
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     I’m cheating a little here and adding this to my list of favorite books that feature faeries, but I haven’t even read the book yet. This book is sitting on my TBR. I received a sampler last year at YallFest and loved it. The opening totally gave my the creeps that book about the Fae sometimes give and I loved it! I can’t wait to dive into this book because I have very good feelings that it’s going to end up being a fave.

4. A Midsummer Nights Dream by William ShakespeareIMG_4516

     I couldn’t write about fairies and not include my favorite play by William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Nights Dream has been my favorite fairy driven book/play since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. I was then lucky enough to take part in performances of this play, my junior year of high school and I cherish those memories greatly. The playfulness of Puck, the intense relationship between Oberon and Titania, and the silliness of the actors, bring so much to this Shakespearean comedy! 
5. Underworld

     For my final favorite, we are hopping back to vampires with the 2003 film, Underworld. I have seen many a vampire film, but I always come back to this story. The one of the war between the vampires and the lycans. The plot, set design and costumes just bring this story to life and with the cast of actors they brought on, I don’t know how it could have been better. This movie is definitely on my Halloween watching schedule! 

QOTB: I would love to know, what movies you love that feature mythical creatures? I really need some new films to watch!

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Top 5 Wednesday #9: Favorite Creepy Settings

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here

This week’s post was thrown together as I completely lost track of the days and all of sudden it is now Wednesday! How did I do for a written on the day blog post? 

This weeks topic is Favorite Creepy Settings


1. Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King
     Before I had even read this book, I had visited The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. This hotel was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in the book. Now, after reading the book, I never want to step foot in there again! The novel being set inside a hotel gave an extra creepy factor to the novel as there are only so many locations for action to take place. Basically, this means the hotel itself is like one big haunted house. For me, the most creepy setting of the novel was the hotel’s topiary garden and when it “comes alive.”


2. The island of Vane in The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
The island of Vane and its residents really added a creepy feel to this novel. Setting wise the different locations like the cave and her father’s study really made the spine tingle, while the characters themselves made an uncomfortable feeling settle around you. If you get a chance to read this book, please do, as it is a very interesting read.


3. London in Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
London in the time of Jack the Ripper was a very hunting place. The books really brings the creepy feel of that time to life! I absolutely loved this book and the imagery that the author includes let’s you paint a graphic image as you traverse the streets with Wadsworth and Cresswell! –  You can my find my review of this novel here! I fully recommend this book if you are looking for a chilling read this Halloween season! 

4. Alchemists facility in Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
     The Re-Education facility in the Bloodlines series was absolutely terrifying. It creeped me out more than any strigoi could have. The measures that the alchemists took to re-educate their people, showed you a more disturbing layer to the Alchemists. Their thought processes in their world of vampires, damphirs and strigoi was more unsettling then you would have originally thought. 


5. Allerdale Hall in Crimson Peak
   This one is cheating a bit as Crimson Peak is a movie, but they did write a companion book so it counts…right? I immediately thought about Allerdale Hall as I thought of my favorite creepy settings. The dreariness of the house along with the appearances of the crimson colored ghosts really set the tone for this fantastic ghost story. The use of imagery really pulls you into the plot and gives you a chill all at the same time! If you are a fan of a good ol’ ghost story, please check out this film! You will love it! 

QOTB: What is one of your favorite activities to do during the Halloween season? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for reading this weeks Top 5 Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite creepy settings! 


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives



October’s Spooky TBR ~ 2017

Halloween is only a few weeks away and to get into the spirit I have chosen three books that showcase the paranormal in different ways! We have supernatural powers, a 33784373haunting, and vampire which all await me in this month’s TBR! Without further rambling, here is what I am reading this month.

I’ll be starting off the month by reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Earlier this year, I read her debut novel, Stalking Jack The Ripper, and loved it.  I fell in love with not only her writing style but also with her storytelling. I cannot wait to meet back up with our characters, in Romania, as they begin this new mysterious adventure.

51yeLeY4vfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Next, I will be beginning a new series that seems to have been on my radar forever and I just never picked it up off my shelf and that is…The Diviners by Libba Bray. The third book in this series was released this past Tuesday, October 3rd, and it jump-started my need to read this book. We are moving on from murder & vampires in Romania, to murder & supernatural powers in 1920s New York City. A book containing flappers, speakeasies, and the supernatural sounds right up my alley! Do you think I’ll need a password to open the book?

Finally, I will be moving on to the haunting tale of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. Taking place in two different 24376529asylums, we see our main character, Grace Mae, use her powerful mind to help assist at crimes scenes and hunt a murderer. She does this all while dealing with the darkness that lurks in her own past. This book sounds absolutely chilling and I cannot wait to flip thru its pages!

QOTB: What is at the top of your TBR this month?

Can’t wait to read what is on your TBRs as well as fall into the books on my list! Thanks for reading!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives



Top 5 Wednesday #8: Books Featuring Witches

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve participated in Top 5 Wednesday on my blog or my YouTube channel. I’ve started slowly posting reviews about once a month but I’m ready to dip my toes back into the TAG pool. I absolutely love the list of spooky topics we get to cover this month! October was definitely a great place to start back with this TAG.

This weeks topic is Books Featuring Witches

I decided to step back in time to some of my favorite witchy books from my school years. We are time traveling all the way back to 3rd grade for this first book and will move forward from there! 

1.  Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Even though this book is first about a boy wizard, it was the beginning of a series that brought forth some of my favorite book witches. These witches include Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Nymphadora Tonks. It gave us strong female characters that we could look up to and watch them fight against the forces of evil…and I think we all know that Harry would have been lost without them.

IMG_44402. T*Witches by H.B. Gilmour & Randi Reisfeld

T*Witches was probably one of my first book series about witches. It revolves around two twin girls who find out they are witches as well as sisters and how those revelations twist and change their lives. I loved waiting for the next book to come out. I want to say I picked this one up at the Scholastic Book Fair one year and never looked away from the series. It is a great witchy series for younger readers.


3. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
Sweep is a step up in reading level from the T*Witches and revolves around a girl, named Morgan Rowlands, who with a few of her friends become a part of a coven of witches. Throughout the series she begins to slowly learn the truth about who she is and what her past will say about her future. I began reading this book series when I was sick with Tonsillitis and had to keep returning to the bookstore everyday to get the next book as I would easily finish one each day. Quick reads filled with drama, magic, and a little dose of romance.




4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

It wouldn’t feel right not to include a story of the Salem Witch Trials. This play was required reading my Junior Year of high school and then my Senior Year our Drama classes performed the play. It is such a gripping play, that will keep you on edge as you see the hysteria of the witch trials unfold for the Proctors. If you haven’t read this play, I beg you to pick it up.

5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan


   Balefire is a bind-up series of 4 books. Taking place in New Orleans, long-lost twins are reunited. One knows about magick and the other is thrust into this unknown world. Brought together they will learn about their family and the mystery that surrounds them. It is a quick read and I love that the book takes place in such a mystical setting of New Orleans and the French Quarter.

QOTB: What is your favorite witchy read? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog and stay tuned for more spooktacular posts this month!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives

Book Review ~ Begin Again : Allie and Kaden’s Story by Mona Kasten

Title: Begin Again: Allie and Kaden’s Story
Author: Mona Kasten
Publisher: »be« by Bastei Entertainment; an imprint of Bastei Lübbe AG
Published: (Coming Soon) 10 October 2017
Pre-Order For Kindle: Here


He makes the rules. She breaks them all. A new start.

It’s the only thing keeping Allie Harper going, when she packs up her life and moves across the country to Woodshill, Oregon. She’s about to start college, desperate to leave the ghosts of her past behind her. Even if that means never talking to her parents again.

Now the hard part – finding an apartment before classes start. Just when it seems she’ll have to live out of her car, Allie visits one more place. It’s beautiful. With one exception: can she stand being roommates with campus bad boy Kaden White? Sure, Kaden is sexy with his tattoos and careless attitude, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. With nowhere else to go, Allie moves in.

The first thing Kaden does is make a set of rules. Either Allie obeys, or she’s out:
1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.

Easy enough, thinks Allie. Who would want to get involved with a brute like Kaden? But the more she gets to know him, the more she sees beyond his gruff facade. He, too, is harboring some painful secrets. For Kaden and Allie, it gets harder and harder to ignore the sparks between them. And the lines between the rules start to blur-

Begin Again is a beautiful romance that shows us just how possible it is to start over. To find freedom in heartbreak and love in the most unlikely places.


 Begin Again by Mona Kasten is a perfect introduction for what I say was my first true, “New Adult” novel. As a 26-year-old female, reading about characters that are always in their teens can make it hard for me to relate sometimes. I had no problem relating to the characters of Begin Again, even the minor ones. The main theme that stood out for me was the desire to feel free. This issue was introduced early in the book, and truly helped the plot move forward by building off this yearning.  Reading about characters that are searching for the same wants and desires as myself, has helped to validate my own needs.

One subject of the book I want to approach is the use of abusive relationships. I was nervous to read the “New Adult” genre after hearing that abusive relationships played a role in many of them. This book is different. The author uses it as a tool to help our characters, Allie and Kaden, understand each other. The abuse and subsequent repercussions are ghosts of their past that brings the plot forward for the story. The author took care to ensure the novel didn’t condone abusive types of relationships, which was great to read.

Overall, this novel was everything I could have wanted in a New Adult – Contemporary. The novel had drama, romance, and friendship. If you are looking for that curl up on the sofa, with a cup of tea, on a rainy day read then this one is for you. I will be waiting impatiently for the sequel novels to be translated.

Originally published in German, the English translation of Begin Again : Allie and Kaden’s Story will be available October 10th 2017 from  >>be<< by Bastei Entertainment.

I hope you enjoyed my review. Feel free to browse my other content as I continue to grow and expand my blog. Thanks for visiting.

***Thank you to NetGalley and >>be<< by Bastei Entertainment for providing this ebook in exchange for a honest review.***


Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives