Book Tag | The Nostalgic Book Review

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Hello everyone! I hope everybody had a wonderful weekend, and that you’re all ready for the upcoming week! Quick note before today’s post: thank you so very much to everybody who was lovely and posted some great advice for me on my post about reading slumps. It meant so much, and your advice itself is slowly bringing me up to speed again, so thanks again! Now, I’m going to stop rambling and start the actual tag!

First off, I want to thank Jesse over at Books at Dawn for tagging me. I’d never heard of this tag before you did your post, and it sounds super interesting and fun! I can’t wait to dive into it, so thanks again for the tag. You’re the bomb. Also, this tag was created over at Read, Think, Ponder, so thanks for creating such a wonderful tag!

how it works

In this tag, you will be reviewing a book you read three or more years ago (if you started reading less than three years ago, tell us about your first book). The best part: you will be reviewing the book purely from memory. I hope you all have fantastic memory (because I certainly don’t)!

Here is the tag, broken down into three parts:

1. The Summary.

First, tell us a little bit about this book, and approximately when you read it. Write a summary (brief, long, anything you like!) of the book you are reviewing.

Note: This means that you are not allowed to look up specific details of the book if you do not remember them. Remember — purely from memory! If you don’t remember that one name, write what you think they were called. Hands off Google, everyone!

2. The Thoughts.

Share your thoughts on your chosen book. Reflect and talk about what you thought of the book back then.

3. The Epilogue.

Here’s the fun part: now you can look up a summary of the book – find all those names that you couldn’t remember, those plot points that seemed pretty important – and all those things you might have forgotten. Don’t go back and edit the summary from the first part!

the rulesPlease link back to Read Think Ponder’s post, so that the original rules are always accessible to anyone who is curious and wants to participate!

Remember: do not look up your book when writing its Summary and Thoughts.

Acknowledge the person who tagged you in your post.

Tag your friends and fellow bloggers – it’s up to you how many!

Now onto to my Nostalgic Book Review!


Name: A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak #1)

Author: Darren Shan

Genre: Middle-Grade | Fantasy | Horror > Paranormal


Darren Shan is an ordinary kid. He has a best friend (I think his name’s Steve), and a nice little family. But when the Cirque du Freak comes in town, things start to escalate. Darren sneaks out with Steve to the freak show. There, he is fascinated by Mr. Crepsley (yo, I think that’s what his name was) and his pet spider. Later that night, Darren can’t stop thinking about this dude and his spider, and he sneaks out of his house AGAIN and goes to the circus, and steals the spider. And Mr. Crepsley comes looking for him, and he’s a vampire and shit goes down.

My Thoughts:

Okay, I freaking loved this book when I first read it back in sixth grade (that was nine years ago, whuuuut!). I read the entire series in a very short amount of time. I loved it. Vampires were all the jazz back then, and I had never read a vampire book before, so this was what got me started into paranormal and horror. I thought the characters were very funny, and I still remember how amazed I was that both the character’s and the author’s name was Darren Shan… I was in sixth grade, sue me. I’ve been wanting to re-read this series for a very long time; hopefully, I’ll get around to it soon.

The Actual Synopsis:

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers– Mr. Crepsley– is a vampire.
Stever remains after the show finishes to confront the vampire– but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his forrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires. 
This is Darren’s story. 

Okay, so I had completely forgotten that Mr. Crepsley (I GOT HIS NAME RIGHT) and Steve (HIS TOO!) get into a deal or something. Guys, I literally forgot the one thing that leads to the events of the entire series- so, I’m pretty sure I failed. BUT. I’m not too sad because that just tells me I REALLY need to re-read this asap! xD


~ Kim @ By Hook or By Book

~ Caroline @ A Novel Romance 

~ Sara @ Freedom Library

~ Aldii @ PerfectioninBooks

~ Ana @ Ana Reyhs

~ Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

~ Cat @ Cat’s Shelf

and you if you want to do it. Feel free to link me in your posts, because if you’re into this (you should be, it was SUPER fun), consider yourself OFFICIALLY tagged! <3


  1. This is so cool! I remember reading Cirque du Freak YEARS ago, and honestly I remembered NOTHING! It makes me question if I even read it at all… I think I did… huh…

    • Haha, yes! I was pretty sure I remembered all the major details while writing “my” synopsis, but I had apparently forgotten everything that actually kicked off the series. xD Enjoyable tag. 🙂

  2. WHAT a cool tag!!! I hope somebody tags us for this (haha) but I probably won’t do it otherwise because our drafts folder is pretty much full… *whistles nonchalantly* I still think you did a pretty good job!!! I would probably be so bad at this…

    • Do it! I tag you! 😀 I always suck at tagging people, so I usually just tag the people who just followed me. So if you ever want to do a tag you see on my page, but haven’t been tagged in, just feel free to do it and say I tagged you in your post! x

  3. Thank you so much for tagging me! This tag seems to be so fun and it’ll prove that I don’t have good memory 😀 I haven’t read this series but I’ll check it! I’ll do this tag as soon as I can because I know I’ll have a great time doing it.

  4. Omg I loved this series as well, I thought I was so EDGY for liking a vampire book LMAO teenage me was a bit of a loser. But I surprisingly remember very little about it, aside from a boy becoming a vampire, my memory is like a goldfish’s and I think I would struggle with this tag XD


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