Halloween Recs: Zombies & Other Infectious Creatures

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I’m cramming my recs now! Whoops! Still I hope you can enjoy them and find some new spooktacular books to add.

If you’re interested in any of these and want more info please click each title for my full review!

Other Halloween Rec Posts:

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

This is the zombie historical fiction with badass women you are looking for and if you weren’t looking for it well…..trust me it’s still worth the read! This features a diverse, POC cast of characters, plenty of action, great twists, no romance, and likable characters. Basically it has everything you need and it’s a great read for Halloween, especially if you don’t want something super scary.


Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

This book is more “infected humans” than zombies and I think that makes it all the scarier! They’re fast and all around terrifying, they don’t get as much page time as I would have liked but definitely enough for me to recommend it to my fellow zombie lovers. This is action-packed, very atmospheric, and has some great, well developed characters. It’s a western too so seeing a zombie/infection story with a western desert setting was really unique.


Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

This book deals in traditional zombies, you know the un-intelligent, slow moving ones? However, it’s more of a character study than anything and it’s so well written that you won’t be able to help but fall in love with the characters and their story. It’s a very emotional ride, I was bawling at one point so be warned!


The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I think this is a book that’s due for a re-read for me, however, I think it’s still safe to say I recommend it. It reminds me a lot of “Rot & Ruin” where the book is more so about the characters and surviving than the actual zombies. There are twists and some pretty stressful situations as a girl’s small village is breached and she learns everything she was taught may not be true.


Contagion by Erin Bowman

Probably my favorite book on this list and isn’t about zombies necessarily, it’s about a contagion (hence the title). Therefore we deal with infected humans that are 10x more terrifying than zombies, in my opinion, in space. IN SPACE! On an abandoned planet! This book is extremely fast paced, really terrifying, has no romance, and has diverse characters. If you enjoy sci-fi or horror or both together I definitely recommend this one!

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Have you read any of these? What did you think? 
What are some of your favorite reads featuring the humans as the monsters?
Planning on reading any of these for Halloween?
Let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Halloween Recs: Zombies & Other Infectious Creatures

  1. Kelly Brigid October 29, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    Lovely recs! I’m so happy to see that someone else also loved Rot and Ruin! Such an under appreciated book imo!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 6, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      It really is underappreciated, such an amazing book too there’s just so many emotions! Hopefully recommending it will push more people towards it! 🙂

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  2. Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 29, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    I am LIVING for all these recommendation posts from you! Rot & Ruin and Forest of Hands and Teeth are both on my TBR shelf and I need to hurry up and read them!!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 6, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks Destiny! I was wanting to lump together my Halloween recs but then decided it would be more fun to kind of separate them like this so I’m glad you liked it and definitely recommend Rot & Ruin the most especially since it’s so underrated! 🙂

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  3. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious November 2, 2018 / 11:38 am

    I am so glad that CONTAGION made your list, that is one of my absolute FAVORITE books of the year! Adding Devils Into Dust on my list now tho

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