book tag, challenge, meme

The ABC Book Challenge (J)

Hello! How’s everyone doing?

The challenge is to post some books that I loved and some books that are still on my TBR (please TBR, don’t hurt me), corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.

Personally, I found this challenge on A Book. A Thought. Go and check this great blog!

Please remember that maybe some books will be in Italian. I will write the English title too.

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The ABC Book Challenge (A)

The ABC Book Challenge (B)

The ABC Book Challenge (C)

The ABC Book Challenge (D)

The ABC Book Challenge (E)

The ABC Book Challenge (F)

The ABC Book Challenge (G)

The ABC Book Challenge (H)

The ABC Book Challenge (I)

Memorable books:

Junjo Romantica: a super cute yaoi (boy x boy) manga! One of the first I ever read!

Jack lo Squartatore (Jack the Ripper): well, you can see that I gave a little obession about Jack The Ripper. This one is written by the author of Psycho, and it’s very good.

James e la pesca gigante (James and the giant peach): it’s still one of my favorite book of all the time. And the movie? Wonderful! Have you seen it?

Books on my TBR:

I’m so intimidated by the lenght of Jonathan Strange! >__<


And that’s all, have you read some of these books?

Tell me in the comments down below!

1 star, review

Suicide forest; Island of the dolls: review


Title: Suicide Forest / Island of the dolls

Series: World’s scariest place 1 / 4

Author: Jeremy Bates

Pages: 549 / 492

Trigger warnings: suicide, death, blood, s** scenes, violence, murder, guns, swear words

Genre: horror, thriller, adult, suspense

Goodreads rating: 3.68 / 3.96

My rating: 1.5 / 1


Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan…and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods.
When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighbouring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning–and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.

Deep within an ancient Aztec canal system on the outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas…a reportedly haunted island infested with thousands of decrepit dolls.
While there to film a television documentary, several friends discover a brutal murder. Soon fear and paranoia turn them against one another – even as the unknown killer stalks them throughout the longest night of their lives.



(Please be aware that these books are located in real places of Earth, and this review contain spoilers)

From the beginning, it was Island of the dolls who ignite my interest, but when I saw that was the fourth book in a series, I decided to begin with the first one, Suicide Forest. In fact, all these books are standalone, so you can read it in which order you prefer.

Suicide forest is located at Aokigahara, Japan, at the base of Mt. Fuji. It’s a popular tourist area, but it’s well known because a hundred people per year come here to commit suicide.

The book began like most of the horror movies out there: a group of American teachers decide to climb Mt. Fuji with a couple of Japanese friends, but the weather isn’t good for climbing, so they decided to go camping in Aokigahara. Have you seen horror movies? Are you aware that is a sort of scheme? You know, the first one who died, the most beautiful girl in the group who survive, etc…

Suicide forest is full of WTF?? moments: for example, decide to go camping for a night with 3 half bottles of water for 7 people. Yes, that’s a great decision. Half an hour in the forest and they’ve already finished the water. I will love to sleep in a sleeping bag where people come to die, surrounded by an ocean of trees and corpses.


Why I combined these two reviews in one post? Simply because Island of the dolls has exactly the same plot as Suicide Forest.

The situations, the cycle of the events, are exactly the same. Even the stupidest decisions of the two groups are nearly the same, but Island is located in Mexico.

The problem with Island of the dolls is also that the dolls… are pretty inexistent. It would be set in Los Angeles or London, and it will be the same. A group of friends visit the Island but they had to spend the night on it, and they begin to die one by one. A group of friends decide to spend the night in Aokigahara and they begin to die one by one.

I know that most of the horror books/movies had this plot, but here even the events had the same timing, like the author wrote only one plot and then just changed the location. It’s frustrating.


The group of main characters are disrespectful of local legends and the local culture. They don’t respect the dead or the “supernatural” forces that could be in those places, and they always, always don’t understand a single word spoken in the language of the country where they are living. Embarrassing.

A special note for the unnecessary s*x scenes in both books: maybe it’s only me, but these two locations aren’t the most romantic or turn on places to do these things, and only because these are adult books it doesn’t mean you need to throw certain scenes like that.

The “villains” of both stories are similar too; the ending no, fortunately.

Last comment: you can watch the Ghost Adventures Special Episode about the Island of the dolls. If you have a phobia of the dolls, it’s one of their scariest adventures.

The World’s scariest places series is composed by:

Suicide Forest (Japan)

The Catacombs (France)

Helltown (U.S.A.)

Island of the dolls (Mexico)

Mountain of the dead (Russia)


blog award, meme

The Real Neat Blog Award

Hello readers!

I was nominated by Chapter Malliumpkin for this award, a way to highlight blogger that need more attention.

So thank you so much for the nomination! ❤ I truly appreciate it! Please go and check her blog, read her answers and be sure to follow!

The Rules:


Display the Award Logo.

Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

Nominate some bloggers.

Ask them seven questions.

Questions by Malliumpkin:

What was the biggest influence for you starting your blog?

This is funny: I decided to open this blog because, when I reviewed English books in Italian, on my Italian blog, all the authors keep saying to me that they (reasonably) doesn’t understand Italian. I was incredibly sad. I naively thought that my work will help to spread the love for these books even in my country, and that they will be happy to know that their work is loved all over the world. Most of my Italian readers don’t read English books, so I decided to try and open an English Blog. I thought it will help me to better write in English too. Now that I have it, I’ve learned that authors don’t like to read reviews, even if they are positive.

What is your favourite season?

Fall/Autumn without a doubt. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to suffer extreme heat or extreme cold. So I usually suffer during summer, thanks to mosquitoes too, and during winter, even if I like winter more than summer. Because there aren’t mosquitoes in winter!

Also, there’s something special when all the leaves turn red and yellow. I love autumn.

If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

This is easy: Whitby, UK. I will say the UK in general, I spend most of my holidays here, I love the food, the bookshops, the landscapes, but my gothic (and Dracula’s obsessed) heart belongs to Whitby.

Here’s a photo I take this summer. Yes, it was August.

 What are the three items that are most precious to you?

My copy of The ocean at the end of the lane signed by Neil Gaiman; my pendant inspired by The Raven by Poe; the photos of my pets that are no longer with me.

What are your two biggest accomplishments for 2019 that you’re proud of?

I’m proud of how many followers I have gained this year on this blog and I’m proud of my new diploma that I received after finishing one of the online course I follow.

If you could have any mythical creatures as a pet, what would it be and why?

I would say a dragon, because, you know…is a dragon! But I fell in love with the Thunderbird from Fantastic beasts.


What is one thing you wish to accomplish before the end of 2019?

I just want to live like that, without more drama. It will be fantastic.

My Questions:

What’s the best book you’ve read in 2019 so far?

What is one thing you wish to accomplish before the end of 2019? (it was a really good question)

If you celebrate/enjoy Christmas, what’s your favourite Christmas song?

What book you wish to receive this Christmas?

If you can change one thing about your blog (graphic, title, etc…) what will be?

What are you relation with social networks like Facebook or Instagram?

Favourite hot beverage to drink during winter?

My nominations:

Eternity Books

Feed the crime

Foxes and Fairy Tales

Mani’s Book Corner

If you don’t like doing tags/awards, feel free to ignore my tag.

And that’s all!

5 star, meme, wrap up

Wrap Up: October 2019

Hello readers!

October is finished (buhuuu) so have a look of what I have read during this month: I’ve read a total of 10 books in October, but I DNFed 2 of them. I decided to include in this post also the books that I read in Italian.

5 stars:


Constable & Toop is a great middle grade with gothic aspects and a cover that, frankly, creeps me out. That ghost behind the boy… isn’t beautiful the perspective?

The Carnelian Crow, the fourth book in the Stoker and Holmes series, the best steampunk /historical fiction series out there, and it’s so underrated.

4 stars:

Mirror mirror is a short story about a haunted mirror… and it’s really scary, mostly because resemble a true story, and it’s written so well.

Last year I’ve read The clockwork alchemist and the two main characters were so cute that I decided to read all the series of The Thief’s apprentice , fortunately it was included in Kindle Unlimited.

3 stars:


My first paranormal cozy mystery is Greensmith Girls: funny and easy to read, but a little unbelievable.

2 stars:

The Gadgeteer is a steampunk with a strong protagonist and her pet fox… but for me, it wasn’t love at first sight. It’s excessively long and sometimes boring, but I really like the costume of the girl on the cover.

L’eroe perduto (The Lost hero). Here I am, giving 2 stars to a Rick Riordan’s book. I’m just missing Percy so much.

1 star:


Wicked children is not a book: is a mere excuse to promote the other books of the author. 30 pages of a list of murderous children, with links to buy her books, then two previews of other books for a total of 36 pages. I wrote to Amazon to remove this from their catalogue.


Scary covers, right? Well, one book is full of stupid characters that make stupid decisions (The slender man), the other (morte a 666 giri) is full of typos, misogynist characters and violence against animals.

And that’s all, have you read some horror/creepy book for Halloween?

Tell me in the comments!