Discussion: My Perfect Supernatural Book

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FOREVER ago, I did a really fun discussion post all about my favorite fantasy books and what exactly makes up the perfect fantasy book in my mind. I always meant to continue this with different genres of books and it is finally time to talk about another genre, maybe even a subset of fantasy – supernatural.

For some reason, every time I start thinking about supernatural books, my mind immediately jumps to Twilight. Vampires and werewolves are the two featured there, but there are so many other types of supernatural creatures. Just a few that I have read include wizards, faeries, mermaids, and more. I think that this genre is really fascinating because it continues to grow in many ways. There are endless options to look at these creatures and integrate them into our world or a whole new one.

What are some of the aspects that I am looking for in the perfect supernatural book?

  1. A system that makes sense! This is critical because it is the backbone of the entire story. If I don’t understand the creature or the rules they live by, it will ruin the entire book for me. I am pretty easy to convince of something (which may or may not be a good thing) and finding plotholes is not something I try to do, but if it is really obvious, I have a big issue with that!
  2. A relationship with humans or the non-paranormal that also makes sense. In most cases, this is just their inability to be seen and I am okay with that. But it really shouldn’t be obvious that they exist if it is supposed to be a secret. For example, the Twilight vampires! How has no one but Bella made the connection before? Especially if there are some really damaging action scenes, I need a real world explanation for all of us mundanes out here.
  3. Some really interesting plot/conflict! Of course, this is the perfect key to most books, but here it is really essential. I get pretty bored by books that are JUST about supernatural creatures doing their thing, so having some type of conflict is great. It can be between humans and the supernatural, but I really prefer when they aren’t!
  4. Characters who already know about their powers. I really enjoy reading about characters who already know the supernatural world and the system, instead of focusing on the characters discovering their powers. There’s nothing wrong with it, as it seems to be the focus of most supernatural books, but I would love to see some from people established within their abilities!

These are just four of the parts of supernatural books that I look forward to reading in these types of books. Some of my favorites that exemplify some of these qualities include:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)      The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)      Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)      Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)      The Host (The Host, #1)

And a couple on my TBR that I hope can becoming a new favorite supernatural book:

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)     The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)     The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)    Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)      The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

What do you think makes a good supernatural book? And what are some of your favorites?

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Emoji Book Tag (2)

Today, I’ll be doing the emoji book tag! I was tagged by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed and this tag was created by Sanaa @ Ink Bones Books. The idea here is to pick 5 of your most used emojis and match up books to them. I already did this tag once, about this time last year, but I figured I would do it again because my emoji usage has changed somewhat!

  Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – This book is so funny! Sophie has a great outlook on life and her experiences with the new paranormal world she found herself in. I love her humor and sarcasm.

  Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman – When I think about this emoji, I think about a book so intense that I couldn’t put it down! Both of the books in this duology are really intense with such high stakes. It’s so much fun and you won’t be able to put it down.

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – This emoji to me is sarcastic and a little flirty. This PERFECTLY describes Kaidan who is a great book boyfriend and essentially this emoji in character form.

     Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This one was hard for me, but I ended up choosing this book because it is so good, plus this emoji could represent St. Clair!

     The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – This emoji is like a totally shipable couple! I really liked this romance.

I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag, so if you want to do it, go ahead!

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins Review

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall #1)

Published Hyperion 2010

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: Paperback

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998After reading Rebel Belle, I really wanted to see what Rachel Hawkins’ first book was like. I had heard good things about this series, so I decided to try it out.

AND I LOVED IT.

This book was everything that Rebel Belle is – funny, witty, and a brand new twist on the same paranormal concepts we all know. The magic system and the boarding school are two of my favorite tropes. Seeing them together was so much fun. There are two types of witches in the school as well as shape shifters, faeries, and a vampire. I did want to see some more of the other types, but I liked learning more about the light and dark witches. Sophie is a dark witch, meaning she has the ability to do more powerful spells. There are a few other dark witches who are all being attacked, which adds a layer of suspense and mystery.

Sophie is a great main character. She is funny and witty. I enjoyed reading from her perspective because she gave a great lens in order to look more into this world. Her sense of loyalty to her friends also make everything more exciting. Plus, there is a really cute romance and a new book boyfriend! I ship it.

This book is so exciting! There is so much tension and mystery that leads everything along. I can’t wait to continue on with this series more!

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