Review: Sam I Am by Heather Killough-Walden

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I was pleasantly surprised by this!

This was a well written stor and despite some mistakes, I really enjoyed the read! The author managed to pull threads of my favorite holiday through to create an original, engrossing tale. I obviously loved the Halloween elements and enjoyed the idea of Sam altogether. I wish there had been a bit more on the magic witchcraft side of things, but I appreciate the fact that the story didn’t drag because the author was trying to explain everything. There were a few plot holes or at least things that I felt needed more explaining, but the story was pretty well formed and mostly coherent.

The characters were decently developed. I think Logan was edging towards too perfect, but just barely. Dom was everything I want in a male lead and I liked that there was a useful adult in the mix – unusual in YA. I hope to see more of Meagan in book 2.

Overall, I am impressed. I hadn’t been expecting much.l, but I got a great, fun, Halloween read out of it. I would recommend to fans of Halloween, mild romance, and some supernatural fun. Will definitely be reading book two!

**I should make a quick note on this. Yes, I really enjoyed this book. I did not, however, feel that it was truly groundbreaking or extraordinarily amazing. I thought it was MUCH better than expected and enough that I didn’t feel bad for paying the three bucks to read it. And I will read the others, too. But if you don’t like Halloween and you get easily distracted while reading, this probably isn’t for you. I personally really liked it, but I think there are a lot of readers that might not feel the same way.**

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E.C. Orr

Book Information:

sam-i-amTitle: Sam I Am (The October Trilogy)
Author: Heather Killough-Walden
ISBN13: 9781301163373
Language: English
Approximate Length: 147 pages
Stars: ★★★★☆
This is currently only available in ebook format.

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Halloween Read-a-Thon: TBR

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Because I am currently suffering from one of the worst writer’s blocks I’ve had in a long time (a combination of short-timer’s disease and a complete irritation with not getting paid…), I thought I would go ahead and post my TBR list for Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews’ Halloween Read-a-Thon. (You should definitely join if you haven’t already!)

I’ve broken this up into the Shorter Books That I Might Actually Fit In By Halloween and Longer Books That I Really Hope I Have Time For (But Probably Won’t). But for brevity, I’ll refer to them simply as Short and Long.

Starting with Short:

  1. MARY: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
  2. Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block
  3. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
  4. The Hallowed Ones by Bickle
  5. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  6. Ouija by Katharine Turner

Moving on to Long:

  1. Shutter by Courtney Alameda
  2. Frost by Marianna Baer
  3. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  4. Possess by Gretchen McNeil
  5. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  6. Dead Girls Don’t by Mags Storey

I’ll just say that I could find MORE, but these were the ones that I bought specifically for October – I may have gotten a little excessive, BUT I got some great deals (Possess was only $4 with shipping and I got both Shutter and The Body Finder for free thanks to a promotion!).

If you’ve noticed, there are a total of TWELVE books on my list. I KNOW that I will not finish them all in October. However, I will try my hardest to get through at least half of them. And since one of the challenges is to read at least six, I’ll aim for that anyway!

Now, on to the specific challenges!

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shutterI totally pick Shutter for this one! It is one of the creepiest covers I’ve seen in a LONG time and I am seriously impressed. It creeps me out just by looking at it and I think if I saw it sitting on my shelf in the dark, I might just freak out. That’s a win for me! (Wait, didn’t I just say I was going to try and stick to my Short list? Apparently I’m a liar.)

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ouijaHm. I think I’ll do either Ouija or Teen Spirit for this one, because they both deal with ghosts and spirit boards. I’ve really been dying to read Ouija, so I’ll probably do that one (AND IT’S SHORT!), especially since I’m not one hundred percent on Teen Spirit. But it sounds like it could be pretty good, so we’ll just have to see.teen-spirit

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maryI’ve got the perfect one for this! (Actually, I could use Anna Dressed in Blood for this one, but since Lauren used it as an example, I’m going to list my alternate instead.) Mary: The Summoning about Bloody Mary which I can remember trying to call with some of my friends as a kid. We freaked ourselves out because when we turned off the light, someone SWEARS they saw red eyes looking at her in the mirror! (It was actually just the LED light from a plug, but that didn’t take away the lingering sense that something crazy had totally just happened. Ah, the good ol’ days.)

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blackbirdsHm. This one’s a tough decision, but I think I’m going to say either In The Shadow of Blackbirds or Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. I’m not sure which one will be creepier, but I LOVE the cover for Blackbirds, so I think I may end up doing that one. I should pick a creepier one, really, but… I reserve scaring myself silly at 3am for The Conjuring and Sinister only, thank you. 😉

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dead-girls-dontHm. I’ll think about a free genre book, but honestly I’m probably going to try for Dead Girls Don’t, because I’ve had that one for almost a year and still haven’t gotten to it! The others I’ve gotten more recently, so I haven’t really been putting them off. If I come up with one I’d rather, I’ll update this, but otherwise, I’m going to go ahead and go with Dead Girls Don’t! (Also, I have a red cover, but I like the blue one better.)

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the-body-finderI think I’m going to go ahead and say The Body Finder on this one, because I REALLY want to read it, but it hasn’t cropped up for any of the other challenges! I probably won’t get through even half this many, but I’m putting it down anyway! (Also, I can’t really say why, but I absolutely love this cover. I have since the first time I saw it and I love it all over again every time I see it. Maybe it’s the contrast? I don’t know.)

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I love so many of these covers!

Note: I have more. Ebooks galore, but I just cannot list them all. So these are the ones I bought with Halloween specifically in mind. I hope that by some miracle I will find the time to read them all, but even if I don’t, I know that I will get to them eventually. October may be the spookiest month of the year, but there’s something creepy about November and December, too. It’s about the cold and the ending of another year. So I’ll get to them. Eventually.

Also, the credit for the graphics (except for the main header, can you tell? Lol) goes to Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. Aren’t they flippin’ adorable?! They make me happy.

I hope to see you all join in on the Halloween Read-a-Thon, because I think it’s an awesome idea! But even if you don’t, I hope you have a spectacular October!

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E.C. Orr

Halloween Read-a-Thon via Wonderless Reviews

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OMG guys! This is exactly what I need for October! (Okay, not really, because WHERE WILL I FIND THE TIME?! But still. So. Awesome.) It’s a read-a-thon with a Halloween theme for this coming month. How cool is that? The idea is credited to Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, because she’s just that awesome.

Check out the post here for rules and challenges! Halloween Read-a-Thon

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E.C. Orr