Halloween is fast approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to grab some spooky books to get you in the seasonal spirit!
Super Space Chick mentions a few well-known creepy YA stories in her recommendation video, starting with The Diviners from Libba Bray. I’ve heard good things about this story, which starts with a Ouija session that summons a frightening spirit, but I’ve also heard that is rather slow in places. She also mentions Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. The video also mentions The Archived series by Victoria Schwab. I recently read her newer release This Savage Song, and found it to be a decent enough read, but I didn’t feel particularly connected to the characters. I’ve seen some reviewers mention the same issue with her other books, so bear that in my mind while considering if you want to pick her books up. Though I’ve also seen quite a lot of reviews that absolutely praise her books, including the characters.
This video also lists books that Super Space Chick is hoping to get too, including a couple witchy books that I’ve recently read. I do recommend both How to Hang a Witch and The Graces, though The Graces was a very slow burn that a loft of reviewers DNFd.
Girl Reading also has a recent Halloween Book Recommendation video, with a few lesser known options. She starts off with Monster by C.J. Skuse, a book I was definitely interested in, but one which has sadly elected not to show up at a local bookstore or library. Sigh. Another book mentioned in the video is one that I had actually never even heard of. Darkmere by Helen Maslin tells of a group of kids who decide to spend the summer at a castle that one of them has inherited. She also mentions The Call by Peadar O’Guilin, a recent release that I definitely recommend.
A recommendation video from SophiesSeries mentions The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, a zombie apocalypse story that is supposed to be getting a film one of these days. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout tells of a girl who wakes up with no memory, and a missing best friend. The video ends with recommendations for a younger audience from Joan Lowry Nixon, including The Séance and A Deadly Game of Magic.
Kayla Rayne suggests five books involving compelling monsters, starting with The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black and The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Claire, involving creepy fairies and elementals. She also mentions Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, the first book in a trilogy for magical beings. I can’t speak for the other books in this video, but this is a good option for those who want to get into the Halloween spirit without checking out anything too scary.
We also have a recommendation video from The Book Leo, staring off with Angel Fall by Susan Ee, an angel apocalypse book that is one of her favourites. Her video also mentions a dark Alice in Wonderland retelling from Christina Henry
The Barnes & Noble Teen Blog offers a list of books that are inspired by real-life murderers. Infamous names like Jeffrey Dahmer, Elizabeth Bathory and Lizzie Borden are mentioned here, along with a couple lesser-known (at least o me) criminals. I’m a bit surprised that recent release Stalking Jack the Ripper doesn’t make the cut, though maybe that’s because they don’t have a specific individual to point too as the murderer?