Less Terrifying Book Recs for Halloween

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So I did a post a few days ago that was my recommendations for the most terrifying books to read for Halloween so this time I’m recommending some non-horror books that I think are great to read for Halloween as well!

It’s not too late to pick one of these up for a quick read today!

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10.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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 While there are a few creepy parts in this book it most definitely is not a horror book. It’s a very unique book and has some interesting pictures within as well which is why I think it’d be a great read for Halloween for non-horror readers.


9.) Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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This is a very heartfelt book that just so happens to have zombies as well. You’ll get attached to these characters and also have the added “horror” fun of some zombie-killing too!


8.) Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

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This is a book all about Tom Ward, the last apprentice, being taught how to hunt down all kinds of ghosts and monsters. Technically this is a middle grade book which makes it not too creepy and yet full of different supernatural beings!


7.) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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This one is just eerie and a bit gory enough for me to recommend it for Halloween but mostly it’s historical fiction and romance.

You can read my full review of “Stalking Jack The Ripper” here.


6.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is not only loaded with all things paranormal but it’s also very mysterious. Worth all of the hype and is a great read for anyone looking for a tamer Halloween book.

You can read my full review of “The Raven Boys” here.


5.) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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Serial killers are just as scary as any ghosts, right? This is a down-right addicting story with all the gruesome detail needed for a great Halloween read!


4.) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This is one of the most heart-harming and gut-wrenching books ever but the reason I recommend it for Halloween is not only because it’s a great, short book but because um…there’s a monster. Basically I’m just taking an opportunity to make everyone read this awesomeness!

You can read my full review of “A Monster Calls” here.


3.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Looking for a good witch book? This is the one for you! It’s full of magic and adventure and will most definitely not leave you with nightmares this Halloween!

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.


2.) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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We all know how often the movie gets played for Halloween so why not read the book? It’s the perfect amount of creepy but most of all it’s just a fun, cute story.

You can read my full review of “Coraline” here.


1.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Odd that my 2 most recommended stories are Neil Gaiman? Nah.

This is my most recommended non-horror book for Halloween! It is utter perfection, full of ghosts and all manner of supernatural creatures and it’s just a cute, heart-warming book. I love it to pieces!

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Hope this helped some of you out and Happy Halloween everyone!

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Creatures of the Night Book Tag

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I was not tagged by anyone to do this but I was looking for a fun Halloween book tag to do and I found this one over at Dreamland Book Blog!

This tag was originally created by Booktuber Katytastic.

What you’re supposed to do is pick your favorite book that contains each creature of the night listed. So vampires? Pick your favorite vampire book and so on.

Also before we start… I can’t be the only one that gets that one Rocky Horror Picture Show song stuck in my head, right?

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Vampire

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I never liked any of the “vampire craze” books at all but I did really enjoy this entire series. I read it a long time ago so I can’t recall much about it other than it was a lot of fun and Rose was a sassy, badass protagonist.

Honorable Mention: Dracula by Bram Stoker


Werewolf

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Okay soooo I have not read many werewolf books and they just are sort of untouchable for me because they mostly seem like books that went hand in hand with all of the vampire craze books. So not a big fan although I’m open to suggestions! I’ve only ever read “City of Bones” (hated it) and “Twilight” (not that great) so the only good werewolf book I have read was “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban”! Still counts!


Zombies

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Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

I love zombie books, okay? They’re so much fun for me and I don’t know why, maybe I’m just a morbid person. This is hands down the best zombie book I have read! There’s some great action and a lot of touching moments, I cried more than a few times.

Honorable Mention: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan


Ghost

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The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

There are quite a few ghost books that I’ve enjoyed but I have to say this one is my favorite. Not only is it just very interesting but it is also terrifying and for some weird reason I love to terrify myself.

Honorable Mention: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Normally I’d immediately say Harry Potter but I wanted to pick something a little different this time! I actually really enjoyed “Beautiful Creatures” when it first came out and I really loved the way they did witches in this book.


Fairy/Fae

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I have read maybe one actual fairy book and I didn’t like it so I’m going to pick  book from my TBR that I want to read! I hear good things about this series so why not?


Demon

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Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

This book has the most terrifying demons and demonic possession is kind of hard to write about and still make scary, but boy did this work.


Angel

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

While the angels themselves are not my favorite part of the book this is my favorite book that has angels by far, it’s amazing!


Aliens

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I have read quite a few sci-fi books and it just occurred to me that none of them have had aliens, what? So here we are with “The Knife of Never Letting Go” which isn’t about aliens but has some in it.


Superpowered Human

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Of course I’m going to pick “Vicious” it’s THE best book about humans with super powers there is. It just is. There’s so many interesting powers and the characters are so morally ambiguous it’s amazing!

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Caitlin @ Words and Other Beasts
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Terrifying Book Recs For Halloween

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Hello everyone it’s time for one of my favorite things to do: recommend horror books for Halloween! Horror books are definitely some of my favorite books to read so weeding through them and finding the best ones is fun for me. Hopefully this list I put together will help you find a last minute read for Halloween or just help you find your next scary read!

I tried to put these books in order of how much I enjoyed them BUT let it be known I did love every single one and recommend each one on this list. I put the scariest ones (for me at least) at the top of my list!

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13.) The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Why I Recommend It: This is a short story by thriller mastermind Gillain Flynn, for any of you who have had the pleasure of reading one of her books before you’ll know you’re in for some dark, messed up shit. This one just so happens to have a bit of a paranormal theme as well, is the house haunted or are the characters manipulative and unreliable? I was actually pretty creeped out during certain scenes and so I think this would make for a great, quick Halloween read!

You can read my full review of “The Grownup” here.


12.) Welcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Why I Recommend It: Love classic slasher horror movies? You’ll love this book then, it reads just like your typical horror movie which makes it tons of fun to read through! There’s many POV characters and quite a few blood pumping scenes too.

You can read my full review of “Welcome To The Dark House” here.


11.) The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Why I Recommend It: Ever wonder what would happen if you combined Mean Girls with blood, gore, and scares? Well maybe not but if you find yourself wondering now then check this book out! A bunch of teenage girls hold another captive and perform an exorcism on her, what could go wrong with that? I will say again that this book is pretty gory so if you’re really squeamish beware!

You can read my full review of “The Merciless” here.


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10.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Why I Recommend It: This is a psychologically twisted and very sinister feeling book, it’s creepy and messes with your mind while reading. There are a few scary-ish scenes but mostly the plot twists and journey through the mind of madness are what makes this a very fun book.

You can read my full review of “The Dead House” here.


9.) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Why I Recommend It: This is a fairly scary book that’s fun, gory, and full of ghosts! There were more than a few creepy scenes and it’s very action-packed and fast paced. Another little fun fact: the entire book is typed in red ink.

You can read my full review of “Anna Dressed in Blood” here.


8.) The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Why I Recommend It: This is an extremely well-written, historical fiction full of …well, monsters. The atmosphere Rick Yancey creates is perfectly eerie and the monsters themselves are the stuff of nightmares.

You can read my full review of “The Monstrumologist” here.


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7.) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

Why I Recommend It: This book has both supernatural horror elements as well as survival horror elements and it’s very reminiscent of the movie “The Cabin in the Woods”. It’s also very unique I’ve never read anything like it before and I doubt you will have either! I mean being trapped in a palace below ground is enough to scare the crap out of you.

You can read my full review of “A Drop of Night” here.


6.) Alice by Christina Henry

Why I Recommend It: This is a dark, twisted retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” and so if you’re a fan of Alice and can stomach a lot of gore and violence then I highly suggest checking this one out. But I will warn you now that there is quite a bit of violence including sexual violence so if you’re sensitive to any of that then skip this one.

You can read my full review of “Alice” here.


5.) Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

Why I Recommend It: It’s a collection of short, illustrated stories that will creepy you the hell out. Seriously I didn’t know if I was going to be able to sleep after reading and SEEING these things! So if you need a quick, last minute read to scare your pants of for Halloween then definitely check this one out.

You can read my full review of “Through The Woods” here.


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4.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Why I Recommend It: Do you have a fear of isolation or demons or maybe both? Then maybe don’t read this…unless you like being scared, like me, then this book will probably terrify you! It’s also fairly short so yet again another good last minute read for Halloween.

You can read my full review of “Daughters Unto Devils” here.


3.) And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Why I Recommend It: I think the fact that Dawn Kurtagich is on this list twice really speaks volumes about what a fantastic horror writer she is. This book is ten times scarier than “The Dead House”, it’s twisted and extremely creepy. There’s crazy people, creeping trees, and the Creeper Man. Creeper Man should be enough to show you how scary this book is.

You can read my full review of “And The Trees Crept In” here.


2.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Why I Recommend It: See that cover? That cover is fucking terrifying. If you have a deep set phobia of creepy Japanese ghosts then first off join the club and second off this book will scare your pants off.

You can read my full review of “The Girl From The Well” here.


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1.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Why I Recommend It: This is an anthology that not only includes many popular YA authors but also some downright horrifying stories. I kid you not, I was literally looking over my shoulder while reading some of them! If you’re looking for a few short stories to give you nightmares then look no further.

You can read my full review of “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” here.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Did you find any books to add to your TBR?

What’s your favorite horror book?

What will you be reading for Halloween?

Let me know in the comments and I hope this helped some of you out!

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Book Review: And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

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Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at nigh…a man no one else can see?

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Dawn Kurtagich does it again with yet another amazingly creepy psychological horror book! I don’t think I can ever be disappointed with one of her books since I loved her debut “The Dead House” my expectations for “And The Trees Crept In” were high and I wasn’t let down. This is definitely a book for horror lovers and perfect for Halloween!

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Firstly, this book was ACTUALLY scary I mean it is one of the few books that truly scared me. A lot of horror books are usually one of two things: quiet horror or jumpy horror, and yet this book happens to be both. There’s a fair share of quiet, creepy, and suspenseful scares as well as a few jump scares that had me setting the book down so I could take a breather. I was tense the entire time I was reading and that’s something I look for in a good YA horror book (or horror book period). The atmosphere was also on point, it was incredibly eerie and was one of the best parts of the book. I’ve read quite a few horror books and seen many, many horror movie and so my standards for what I find scary are high and I was very impressed with this.

Now normally I’d try and give you a little synopsis of the plot but I just don’t dare say much because the more blind you go into this book the better. There are so many crazy twists that you won’t see coming AT ALL and there’s so much mystery as to what is actually happening that you just have to keep reading.

We start out the story with Silla and Nori arriving in the dead of night to their Aunt Cath’s manor in the middle of the forest. As the story progresses we slowly learn more about the house, how Silla and Nori came to be at the house, and the history between Cath and Silla and Nori’s mother. Then there’s the arrival of an odd young man, Cath’s mental abscence, the depletion of the food supply, the creeping trees, and finally….The Creeper Man. With the many different things happening it’s up to Silla to sort everything out and determine if she can truly trust anyone or even her own mind as the trees slowly creep in….

I loved how we couldn’t trust anyone or anything that was happening throughout this book it added so much to the mystery, the eeriness, and the terror. Are the trees actually moving? Is the Creeper Man real or a figment of Silla’s imagination? What made this even more horrifying was that you can try and answer these questions yourself but you won’t be able too, as I said the plot twists were insane and you just won’t see them coming.

This book is also very fast paced and will have you turning pages and finishing it in no time! I will say that the pacing for me slowed down a bit about 3/4 of the way through because let’s be honest the book got very weird and confusing. However, this just made the story even better when I finally got to the end and sorted everything out! So if you find yourself muddling along towards the end be patient because the ending is very satisfying although I thought the conclusion took a bit away from the scariness ( I won’t elaborate because of spoilers).

Another very unique thing about this book? The formatting. Just based on Dawn Kurtagich’s two books she is a queen of great formatting, it adds so much to the atmosphere of her books. There are notes, journal entries, and just a few other oddly formatted pages. I think it makes for a more fun reading experience as well!

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If there’s one thing I ever find very lacking in horror books it’s character development and this book definitely is not lacking. We get so much insight into every single character, especially Silla since she narrates a majority of the time I got to really know each character and feel their hysteria as the events of the book progressed.

This book is very much psychologically driven so getting into Silla’s mind was necessary and Dawn Kurtagich did it so well. We got flashbacks of Silla’s memories as well as good looks into her mind set via journal entries and notes.

I also found all of the characters quite..relatable which is odd since there is nothing relatable about their situation at all for me but that just goes to show how well written and complex they were.

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I will just say this now: I am not a fan of Dawn Kurtagich’s romances. I did not like the romance in “The Dead House” and I didn’t like it in “And The Trees Crept In” either unfortunately. I just find them to be kind of unnecessary and take away from the creepy atmosphere. This romance also kind of had a degree of insta-love and just felt very underwhelming. Although I will say at the end I warmed up to it a little bit…but not much.

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I was very impressed with this book but the romance,  my occasional confusion, and a very tiny personal issue with the ending kept this from being a true 5 star read for me.

I will definitely be reading anything and everything that Dawn Kurtagich continues to write though because she is certainly proving herself to be a real YA horror genius!

RECOMMEND

Yes I highly recommend reading “And The Trees Crept In”! Especially if you’re looking for your next “keep the lights on all night” horror book or something to read for Halloween this week!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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Top Ten Tuesday: Horror Books on My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s theme is a Halloween themed freebie and one of the suggested themes was horror books on my TBR, so easy-peasy! I love talking about books I have yet to read almost as much as ones I have read and seeing as how I’ll be posting my favorite Halloween reads later this week this choice of theme was perfect!

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10.) A Taste For Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

A Taste for Monsters

IT’S LONDON 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, who has nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital. Evelyn wants to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut in from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain. When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.

A Taste for Monsters is a terrifying and haunting tale of the monstrosity of men and the salvation one may find in the unlikeliest places, from Edgar Award–winning author Matthew J. Kirby.

This is the newest addition to my Horror TBR every since I saw Lola’s review on Goodreads. It seems to be the book I wanted “Stalking Jack The Ripper” to be, with more actually horror and suspense.


9.) The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

This one actually has quite a few good reviews and along with the creepy cover and premise I had to add it to my TBR! Unfortunately it isn’t something I find to be pressing but I think I’ll read it eventually…..


8.) The House by Christina Lauren

The House

Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

Sounds interesting, looks interesting, may be interesting. I don’t think it will be terrifying but it might have a good, eerie atmosphere.


7.) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box

Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

I found out this was Stephen King’s son and along with the premise for this book I had to get my hands on a copy. I did and from what I read it was creepy as hell! Unfortunately I set it aside and have yet to get back to it but when I do I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.


6) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

This has one of the creepiest freaking covers I’ve ever seen! Plus it sounds super cool and has some pretty good reviews, I will be getting a copy soon and will probably read it before the year’s up but we shall see.


5.) The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Call

Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.

Could you survive the Call?

I saw this book kind of floating around and it piqued my iterest but what really convince me to add this book to my TBR was a review by Esther @ Chapter Adventures! This sounds like survival horror and it sounds well done so I’m very excited to get a copy!


4.) Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

MARY: The Summoning (Bloody Mary, #1)

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them–Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna–must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: “Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY.” A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though–at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary–and Jess–before it’s too late?

Normally I probably wouldn’t want to read this sine it’s reviews are just okay but I got it on my Kindle for $1.99 (Which it is right now by the way!!!) so I figured I’d just give it a shot. Hopefully it’s at least a little scary.


3.) The Suffering (The Girl From The Well #2) by Rin Chupeco

The Suffering (The Girl from the Well, #2)

Seventeen-year-old Tark knows what it is to be powerless. But Okiku changed that. A restless spirit who ended life as a victim and started death as an avenger, she’s groomed Tark to destroy the wicked. But when darkness pulls them deep into Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, Okiku’s justice becomes blurred, and Tark is the one who will pay the price…

Okay so I LOVED “The Girl From The Well” and was absolutely terrified by it so of course I need to read the sequel.


2.) Say Her Name by James Dawson

Say Her Name

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before.

Another Bloody Mary story but this one was recommended to me by Lauren @ Wonderless Reads and I’ve seen a few other reviews floating around recently that have convinced me I should probably get my hands on a copy soon.


1.) The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

The Women in the Walls

Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.  

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

I really enjoyed Amy Lukavics debut novel “Daughters Unto Devils” so I can’t wait to get a hold of her newest book especially with that awesome, creepy cover! I have heard it’s not quite as terrifying but very much creepy which is still okay with me.

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What are some of your favorite horror books?

Have you read any of these on my list?

What books do you recommend for a Halloween read?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

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Fall Activities Book Tag

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I was tagged to do this by Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature who also created this tag! So be sure to head over and check out the original tag and her blog because Ashley is so wonderful and creative! Thanks for tagging me Ashley!

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1.) Apple Picking: A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it.

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

This hasn’t been released yet but it IS on my TBR and I can’t wait to read it! It’s a new Renee Ahdieh book first of all and second of all daaaammmnnn that cover though!


2.) Corn Maze: A book that’s so much fun to get lost in.

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Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

This is a fantasy book and like most fantasy books it’s so much fun to get lost within its pages! There’s so much mythology and lore that I could read this book forever if I could and the characters are fantastic, I wish it never ended. Good thin there’s still two more books!

You can read my full review of “Stormdancer” here.


3.) Haunted Houses: A book that scared you silly.

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The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

This is one of the most legitimately scary books I’ve ever read, although all it really takes to scare me is some disjointed crawling and creepy Asian ghosts which this book definitely has.

You can read my full review of “The Girl From The Well” here.


4.) Pumpkin Patch: The latest book you picked up (purchased).

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

This is the most recent book I purchased although I desperately want to purchase more! There’s so many great books coming out! I loved Kendare Blake’s other book “Anna Dressed in Blood” and with the premise for this book I hope it’s as good as I hope it will be!


5.) Scenic Drives: A book that is lyrically beautiful.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is easily one of my favorite writers, her writing is so lyrical, beautiful, and flowery I can’t help but love everything she writes. Seriously I’d read this woman’s grocery list!

You can read my full review of “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” here.


6.) Pumpkin Carving: A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up.

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One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

My most recent disappointing read, I wouldn’t mind getting rid of it in order to make room for better books. Although I would NEVER vandalize any book no matter how bad but let’s just say if I was stranded on an island with a few select books…I wouldn’t mind feeding this one to the fire for warmth.

You can read my full review of “One Was Lost” here.


7.) Hiking: A book that was a highly enjoyable romp.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Do I even need to explain this one? “Illuminae” is one of the most fast-paced, action-packed, and enjoyable books I’ve ever read, period.

You can read my full review of “Illuminae” here.


8.) Drinking Apple Cider: A sweet book to curl up under the covers with.

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

This book, if anything, is so sweet and adorable that I’d love to curl up with comfy blankets and re-read it! Fairy tales, even if they are retellings, just do that to a person.

You can read my full review of “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” here.


9.) Jumping In A Leaf Pile: A book that reminds you of your childhood.

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Harry Potter

Obviously.


10.) Scary Movie Night: Your favorite spooky read.

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Slasher Girls & Monster Boys with stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

This anthology is not only full of some truly terrifying short stories but they’re also written with incredible quality making this my absolute favorite spooky read!

You can read my full review of “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” here.


11.) Bonus! Costume Party: A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m going to go ahead and agree with Ashley on this one because there isn’t another book out there with a better cast of characters than The Hobbit!

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Firstly I Tag Some of My Newest Followers!

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ARC Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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description

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

review

****Big thank you to Jimmy Patterson Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review****

This wasn’t a bad book but neither was it as fantastic as I had hoped it would be and I’m actually a little disappointed. Therefore it’s getting a 3 star rating, right in the middle which is exactly how I feel about it.

PLOT

The story itself was incredibly slow and boring which is why it took me a ridiculously long time to finish it, I didn’t want to DNF it but I came awfully close and even skimmed some parts. I mean the book is titled “Stalking Jack the Ripper” and obviously that sounds creepy, exciting, and suspenseful right? Well I didn’t get any of those things this book is neither creepy, exciting, nor suspenseful. We spend a majority of the book following Audrey Rose around as she pretends NOT to fawn over Thomas Cresswell, watch as she tries to prove to everyone that she is independent, and read about her day to day activities. That’s what the book was mostly about. Booooooring! Where the heck is the murder? The mystery? The creepy atmosphere? I wanted more of the mystery surrounding the Jack The Ripper murders and less romance and less about Audrey Rose’s mission to become an independent woman.

What was good were the descriptions of the murders themselves and the autopsies of the bodies they were gruesome, gory and detailed I honestly got a bit faint when reading. That was the kind of stuff I expected throughout the entire book! They were never scary or anything like that but they were interesting scenes and probably the most interesting parts within the book.

I enjoyed the writing as well I liked the descriptions and the attention to detail however at times I found it got a bit…long-winded and it was easy to lose my patience.

Some of the plot twists were easy to predict but I thought the ending was enough of a surprise although it wasn’t very shocking either. Overall I did think it was a complex, well-written story but it just never really grabbed my attention.

characters

The characters were one of the better parts of this book although they did get annoying at times. Most of them were portrayed has having flaws as well so the development was quite good. Audrey Rose made for an admirable heroine, with her peculiar interests (science and forensics) and independent thinking however I did not like being constantly reminded on just how independent of a girl she was. We get it: she doesn’t need a man and wants to think for herself! I liked the girl power sentiment but it got old after a while. One last thing that bothered me is that Audrey Rose is supposedly half Indian and half English which is never actually mentioned a lot and it definitely does NOT fit the cover of the book at all.

As for Thomas Cresswell he has got to be one of the most irritating and pretentious characters I’ve ever come across, he is NOT charming whatsoever! He’s an intolerable, condescending, arrogant know-it-all. Really I so no purpose in his character other than to be the love interest.

As for the secondary characters I rather enjoyed them and wished I would have gotten to see more of them and get a little more backstory and interaction.

romance

I thought the romance here was very unbelievable it also doesn’t help that I found Thomas more annoying than charming, I just wasn’t buying it. There was also a bit of insta-love, Audrey Rose started getting butterflies the minute she met the guy and then proceeded to say how annoying she found him. Honey, I found him annoying and you just fell in love. How about no? I also found the chemistry between them lacking and wished we would have concentrated more on murder and less on romance.

in conclusion

Overall this book’s pros and cons mostly balanced themselves out with me and although I was disappointed it was still a decent read. I’ll probably check out the sequel too.

What I Liked:

  • The Setting
  • The Characters (with the exception of Thomas)
  • The Descriptions of The Murders and Autopsies
  • The Writing
  • A Few of The Plot Twists

What I Didn’t Like

  • The Slow Pacing
  • The (Mostly) Boring Plot
  • The Ever-Annoying Thomas Cresswell
  • The Insta-Love Racked Romance

RECOMMEND

If you love Victorian settings with romance and a bit of mystery you may like this one! However, if you’re like me and are expecting more creepiness, more murder, and more horror this isn’t what you’ll find here. It’s definitely a decent book and worth checking out though!

Links : Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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