Halloween Horror Recommendations!

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My FAVORITE part of October is getting the chance to recommend some of my favorite horror books to you all! I mean to be honest I can recommend these whenever I want but it’s more fun to do it in October!

These are all books that fall 100% into the horror genre in my opinion whether they’re actually terrifying or just an entertaining read or whether they’re full of spirits/monsters or deal with serial killers and slashers.

***I will be doing another post here soon of Halloween Recommendations for those of you who want a book that isn’t necessarily scary or horror! So some “non-spooky” books!***

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

(Review Here)

This is about a male teen, Cas, who hunts ghosts in his spare time and now he’s on the hunt for Anna, a vengeful spirit who murders anyone who sets foot in her home. Except she spares Cas’s life.

I highly, highly recommend this for any other Supernatural fans out there as it really has the feel to the story!


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

(Review Here)

A YA horror anthology with some top notch stories! There were only a couple of duds in here but for the most part they were all excellent and definitely scary.


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

(Review Here)

This story follows a vengeful spirit who wreaks havoc on those who murder or do harm to children. She meets a strange boy the sucks her in but the boy has a dark secret that she wasn’t expecting…

Okay so with this one I know a few people didn’t enjoy it but I am absolutely terrified of any stories that are even remotely reminiscent of The Ring or The Grudge and have disjointed bodies crawling out of things. That’s all one big nope for me so naturally this story scared the shit out of me!


The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

(Review Here)

This is a psychological thriller with a creepy twist, is it supernatural or is it something else? The story is told through video transcripts, journal entries, and newspaper clippings and the events all lead up to what ends in mysterious fire that killed three students and one, Carly Johnson, disappeared. In the ruins they find a diary that belonged to Carly’s twin sister, Kaitlyn, except Carly didn’t have a twin…..

I recommend this one for people who want more suspense than horror, it gets a little creepy but never anything super scary!


Alice by Christina Henry

(Review Here)

Trigger Warnings: Rape and other graphic violence

This is one where people are the monsters and it’s very violent and graphic. It’s a retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” that’s very dark and gritty I definitely don’t recommend this to the faint of heart, you’ll have to steel your stomach for this one. However, I recommend it to anyone who thinks they can brave it because it is still an excellent story!


Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

(Review Here)

You wouldn’t think that a graphic novel compiled of several short stories would be that scary but it is, it really is! These stories are open ended for the most part and that leaves more to your imagination in which case you’ll probably scare yourself thinking of it like I did! The illustrations are both terrifying and beautiful at the same time.

I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a quick horror read and you don’t mind open ended stories.


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

(Review Here)

This is kind of a thriller/action-adventure/horror all rolled into one. It follows a group of teens who are invited to help explore a recently discovered underground palace in France. However, there’s something else waiting for them in the depths of the palace.

Kind of an odd story but I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a very fast-paced, suspenseful read!


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

(Review Here)

A boy named Will Henry finds himself studying under Dr. Pellinore Warthrop who happens to be a monstrumologist, someone who studies monsters.

Pretty straight forward, this is a historical fiction and it’s a pretty dark horror story because on top of the creepy monsters there’s also just a lot of gore in general. You may get squeamish!


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Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

(Review Here)

Honestly this is one of my favorites on the list!

It’s about a pioneer family who moves out onto the prairie with a teenage daughter who is desperately trying to hide her pregnancy. However, they arrive and find a new home that was abandoned with the walls and floors covered in blood and they’ve heard rumors of the prairie being tainted by evil.

This is a wonderful mix of terrifying, gory, and twisted. You definitely will not see the twists coming at all! I recommend this one for the horror lovers out there who want to be scared silly, this one is a treat!


Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

(Review Here)

A group of teen contest winners all get whisked away out into the middle of nowhere to meet horror director Justin Blake. However, things start to get weird and soon they’re all trapped in a game of nightmares.

This reads exactly like a classic slasher horror movie so if you’re a fan of those you’re probably going to love this one! It’s entertaining but don’t expect a lot of depth.


And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

(Review Here)

One of my other favorites plus I love the cover!

Two girls, Silla and Nori,  arrive at their aunt’s manor in the forest and soon learn that everything is not right and the manor may be cursed. They aren’t allowed to enter the woods, the trees feel like they’re closing in around the house, and there’s a strange man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night…..

So creepy and so good! The Creeper Man will definitely be haunting your dreams after reading this one….


The Merciless by Danielle Vega

(Review Here)

Four girls gang up on an outcast tying her up and attempting to perform an exorcism on her. However, it’s more torture than anything else and Sofia, the new girl, wants out but if she goes against the others she may be next…

This one isn’t too creepy or scary but it definitely is full of twisted mean girls, gore galore, and some demonic possession!

If any of those things interest you I’d recommend checking this one out!


The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

(Review Here)

Lucy and Margaret are cousins who live with their respective parents in a mansion in the middle of the woods, one day Margaret’s mother goes missing and she slowly starts to believe she can hear her dead mother’s voice in the walls. Lucy watches as Margaret slowly goes insane and she soon starts hearing voices as well and must confront the legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

Not as good as “Daughters Unto Devils” but still very twisted and creepy! Most of the book is a bit slow but the ending makes it all worth it!


Dreamfall by Amy Plum

(Review Here)

A group of teenagers enter an experiment that is supposed to help cure their insomnia but instead find themselves all trapped within a dreamworld made up of their worst nightmares.

I thought this was going to be more sci-fi than anything but was surprised by how scary it actually got! There are definitely some very creepy nightmares the kids have to make it through.


Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This one can be both scary horror and suspenseful thriller, there are some supernatural elements to the story and the situations themselves can get pretty terrifying.

A journalist, Scott McGrath, investigates the death of Ashley Cordova, the daughter of the mysterious horror film director Stanislas Cordova. He believes there’s more to her death than anyone knows and as he digs deeper he discovers more and more disturbing things about the family and wonders if he may be next.

If you want a very dark, gritty, and terrifying thriller this one is for you. It’s extremely compelling and fast paced.


The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

(Review Here)

Trigger Warning: Rape, violence, and gore

A Romani girl studying herbcraft under her Gran’s teaching befriends an outsider but on her way home one day they are both jumped and brutally assaulted leaving her friend on the brink of death. She must now utilize her dark witchcraft to extract body parts from the boys who wronged her in order to save her friend.

If revenge stories are up your alley this one is very satisfying and I loved the addition of the witchcraft. However, if you can’t handle gore or graphic violence maybe leave this one alone.

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

Are you going to give any of these horror books a try?

What are some of your favorite scary horror books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

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Book Recs: YA Standalones

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I like to read a lot of standalones since I don’t have a lot of patience for series, I’m better at starting a series than finishing it. So standalones are better for me and they might be for you too! So I just threw together a little list of some of my favorite YA standalones, hopefully you can find some new and interesting books to add to your TBR!

Keep in mind these aren’t ALL of my favorites and some of these are short story anthologies, but they still count in my book! I will link up each title to their Goodreads pages and also link up any reviews I have too.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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You can read my full review here.

This is an absolutely fantastic Peter Pan retelling about the relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter. Although I will warn you up ahead of time, you will cry so many tears! It’s a dark, sad story with many flawed and broken characters but it still manages to be beautiful (thanks to the gorgeous writing!).


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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You can read my full review here.

I don’t think I need to hype this book up anymore but I will 100% support all of the hype it has already recieved since it’s worth every bit of it! This is an absolutely amazing book telling the story of a girl named Starr who witnesses the shooting of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, Khalil was also unarmed. We then watch as Starr struggles between voicing what really happened and endangering her life, or not saying anything at all.

It’s not only a diverse read but also a very important and powerful one as well. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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You can read my full review here.

This is the story of a girl who lived 12 years in a cult before it finally burned down and the Prophet was killed. Now she’s part of the questioning on what REALLY happened that night.

Another very quietly powerful book on learning to believe things for ourselves and not what others would have us believe. It’s also very interesting if you have some curiousity about cults and their inner workings.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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You can read my full review here.

This is a retelling and origin story for the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland”, is that not enough to make you wanna read it? We get to see some interesting twists on all of our favorite Wonderland characters as well as some crazy plot twists. It’s kind of slow to start but the ending is 100% worth it!


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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You can read my full review here.

I don’t think I can ever mention this book enough! It’s a unique fantasy book that also weaves together little retellings of Mulan, Jane Austen’s Emma, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. It has great world building and fantastic characters as well, plus the plot itself is very original and has all of the retellings interwoven throughout!


With Malice by Eileen Cook

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You can read my full review here.

A very fast-paced YA thriller that’s about a girl who wakes up in the hospital with anmesia and finds out her best friend is dead and she’s the prime suspect! I don’t want to say too much more because there are TONS of crazy twists that will ensure you zip right through this book.


The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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You can read my full review here.

Another psychological thriller that actually gets pretty dang dark and twisted for a YA book. I mean it this book will mess with your mind and you definitely won’t be able to guess what will happen next. The main character, Tessa, goes back to her childhood home to try and dig up the truth of her friend’s cousin’s death that occured when they were little girls. The thing is they lied about what they saw that night and now Tessa must find out what really happened.


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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You can read my full review here.

If you haven’t read this book just….go read it now! It’s the most beautiful, touching story of a boy whose mother is dying of cancer and a monster comes and takes him on an adventure that will change the way he has been viewing things.

Also just a heads up…you will most definitely cry!


Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

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You can read my full review here.

This is actually a small collection of three stories all by Laini Taylor, so of course it’s gorgeously written and all have unique twists and very original mythology/world building. It’s truly amazing how much awesomeness she squeezed into such short stories!

The stories themselves are all Fantasy and revolve around, you guessed it, kisses but the kisses all have consequences that can be…deadly.


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

You can read my full review here.

This is a YA horror anthology that is actually full of VERY good stories with the exception of one or two duds. Although this isn’t for the faint hearted some of the stories get really scary, gory, and disturbing! But if you’re a big YA horror fan like me you’ll definitely love this anthology.

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Did any of these books interest you? Which ones and why?

Do you already have some of these on your TBR?

Have you read any of these before?

What are some of your recommendations for standalone YA books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

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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The Sassy

Book Recs: Bargain Priced

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Hello everyone! This isn’t technically a list of book recommendations but rather a list of some books I really enjoyed that happen to be very cheap, but I’m still kind of recommending them soooooooo. Anyways though the list is pretty self explanatory, good books + cheap prices = happiness.

Now I looked up these prices on Amazon and Book Outlet and Amazon had ZERO cheap prices on these books. It’s actually very upsetting for me since I own a Kindle, why are books that are 5 or more years old $10.99? Why? I want cheaper books! I can get PHYSICAL COPIES cheaper than Kindle copies!!

I digress, all of these prices are on Book Outlet and I will link these books to that website as well as Goodreads.

Remember these prices are accurate today (February 17th, 2016) so I can’t promise they won’t change or sell out. So if you see something you like check it out!

They also have a President’s Sale going on right now so that’s an extra 15% off these prices I listed!

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The Merciless

“The Merciless” by Danielle Vega

I love my hardcover of this book because it is simple and really neat looking, it also reflects the story itself pretty well. It’s not super scary or anything but it has some creepy parts and quite a lot of gore it also has its fair share of high school mean girl drama. So a pentagram and hot pink cover pretty much sums it up.

Check out my full review of “The Merciless” here.

You can get a gorgeous hardcover of this book at Book Outlet for $2.99!

Gone (Gone, #1)

“Gone” by Michael Grant

One of my favorite series, I read them a while ago and never reviewed them. So here’s the synopsis:

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

I highly recommend it, I loved this series probably because a lot of weird messed up stuff happens. *shrugs* I’m weird too.

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $2.99!

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

“I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga

Once again a very FAVORITE series, it gets pretty gruesome. Are you seeing a pattern here with my favorite books? I never reviewed this one either, unfortunately, so I’ll give you the synopsis:

What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Trust me when I say this book really delivers, you get a very good insight into the mind and workings of a serial killer. Jazz uses his dad’s methods in order to catch a serial killer. It really is interesting.

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $2.99!

Gone Girl

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

If you haven’t read “Gone Girl” here, get your copy now! You need to read it! It’s Gillian Flynn! It’s amazing and twisted! The first half of the book is a little hard to get through but when you get the the BIG plot twist everything is fast paced after that, I mean my jaw literally dropped. It’s so good! I never reviewed this book either but you all know about “Gone Girl” I’m sure…..

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $5.99!

Dark Places

“Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is amazing, here read another one of her books.

You can read my review of “Dark Places” here.

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $4.99!

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)

 The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

In one of my other Book Rec posts I recommended this series for fans of Percy Jackson, it has a younger protagonist and lots of supernatural lore. It’s tons of fun to read and a little creepy as well!

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $3.99!

You (You, #1)

“You” by Caroline Kepnes

A pretty entertaining and unique book, “You” tells the story of Joe Goldberg who stalks and takes over a girl’s life in order to make her love him. That’s the gist of it anyways it was actually pretty interesting to read through even though the pacing occasionally got a little slow.

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

You can get a hardcover copy from Book Outlet for $5.99!

The Martian

“The Martian” by Andy Weir

Did you like the movie? Read the book it’s just as good if not better.

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

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $5.99!

Midwinterblood

“Midwinterblood” by Marcus Sedgwick

If you haven’t read anything by Marcus Sedgwick then here’s the perfect place to start, he’s very original and downright amazing.

You can read my mini review (that doesn’t do the book justice) of “Midwinterblood” here.

You can get a hardcover copy from Book Outlet for $2.99!

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So hopefully this little post helped you guys out in finding some cheaper book buying alternatives! I know I love getting deals on books!

Although I can’t say this post has helped your bank accounts any…..at least you’re getting a bargain though and when it comes to buying books we always have plenty of money right?

Book Recs: If You Liked That Try This!

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Everybody loves a good book recommendation right? This time I’m doing the classic “If you loved this book try this other book!”.

I tried my best to pick popular or more well read books and recommend something like them. I have read all of these too, so I could give you guys the best recommendations possible!

Also if you happened to have already read the book I’m recommending you can always read the one I’m recommending it for, just swap em vice versa.

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Marked (House of Night #1)

 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you liked “Marked” by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast try “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead.

Both books feature vampires (surprise, surprise),  all vampire schools, and the vampires have unique powers. Although I will say I don’t care for the House of Night series but I LOVED the Vampire Academy series. The girls in House of Night were too boy crazy and damsel-y for my tastes, but the characters in Vampire Academy were independent and badass.

 

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you liked “Anna Dressed in Blood” by Kendare Blake try “The Girl From The Well” by Rin Chupeco.

Both books have very powerful and vengeful ghosts as their main characters and both will scare the crap out of you as well. There’s also quite a bit of interesting ghost lore in each of the books.

 

 

 

 

Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)

 If you liked “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin try “Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie.

Both books have a badass cast of characters as well as betrayals, deaths, and fantastic plot twists. Although “Half a King” is a young adult book it is definitely a great read for any fan of Martin’s series. Not to mention the Shattered Sea series is only 3 books long and is finished while we are all still waiting for Martin to release “Winds of Winter”. So do yourself a favor while you wait and read “Half a King”.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

 

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you liked “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan try “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney.

Both books are kind of leaning towards Middle Grade but are enjoyable for ALL ages. We have two boys out of their element and thrust into a world of magic. Percy’s world is Greek mythology while Tom’s is the supernatural. I can definitely say the Last Apprentice series is perfect for any Percy Jackson fan.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

 

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)

If you liked “The Forest of Hands & Teeth” by Carrie Ryan try “Rot & Ruin” by Jonathan Maberry.

So obviously these both feature zombies and they both take a look into the bonds that form between people when they’re forced (or not forced) together to battle and survive a world with zombies. While I did enjoy “The Forest of Hands & Teeth” I think that “Rot & Ruin” is a far better book overall.

Gone (Gone, #1)

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

 

If you liked “Gone” by Michael Grant try “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness.

Vastly different and yet very similar, these are both books that have themes of survival and coming of age. Kids are forced out on their own to deal with problems they normally never would have to deal with and both come from the dystopian/sci-fi genres. I will say that “Gone” doesn’t really delve into anything deeper than entertainment like “The Knife of Never Letting Go” does, but they both are very enthralling reads.

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That wraps up this book recommendation post, hopefully you guys found some new books to add to your ever-growing TBR’s!

Which books have you already read on this list?

Or if you added any of these to your TBR which ones were they?

Let me know in the comments, I love hearing from you all!

 The Sassy

11 Haunting Books To Read This Halloween

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That’s right kiddos it’s that time of year again, Halloween! So I’ve put together a couple of great recommendations to get you in the right mood for this Saturday.

I’ll list the books in order of least scary to the scariest, you’ll everything from charming all ages books to middle grade books to the scariest books you’ll ever read. Hopefully you find something to add to your TBR.


11.) How To Survive A Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

How to Survive a Horror Movie

This book will show you how to defeat every person/creature that any horror movie could ever throw at you:

  • How to perform an exorcism
  • What to do if you did something last summer
  • How to tell if you’ve been dead since the beginning of the movie
  • How to stay awake for a week
  • What to do when an evil vehicle wants you dead

Oh and did I mention that it’s down right hilarious and full of pop culture references?

Perfect For: Definitely a must read for any horror movie lover, like myself.You’ll appreciate all of the classic horror movie references throughout and laugh your ass off the entire time.

10.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book The story is about Nobody Owens who lives in a graveyard full of ghosts and other supernatural beings. Bod has lived there all his life and knows little of the world outside the graveyard, that is until the man Jack (who killed Bod’s family when he was a baby) finally tracks him down.

Perfect For: A perfectly spooky read for all ages, it is absolutely charming and heartwarming as well as full of adventure. Where’s the spooky come in then? There’s everything from ghosts, to werewolves and vampires. Perfect for Halloween.

9.) The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

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Old Gregory has been the county’s Spook for years, rooting out evil and ridding the world of it. Now he needs to train someone to take his place, an apprentice, which is where Thomas Ward comes in. He wasn’t the first apprentice but he will be the last.

Perfect For: Once again all ages, it’s got witches, boggarts, and ghouls, you name it. Plus a handful of eerie scenes, that are sure to put chills up your spine. Who doesn’t love a good story with good guys taking down supernatural forces?

8.) Dracula by Bram Stoker

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A classic, how could I make a list of must read horror books for Halloween and not have “Dracula” on it?

Trust me when I say this is a classic that you can easily get into, it’s full of terror and thrills, and the overall feeling of the entire book is plain ol’ eerie. That’s really all I can say, it’s a classic for a reason people. Because it’s AWESOME.

Perfect For: Anyone who loves classics, vampires, or good old fashioned horror.

7.) Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin (Rot and Ruin, #1)

Benny Imura lives in a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies, and in order to not get his rations cut in half Benny must find a job at age 15. What better job to get then to be trained as a zombie hunter by his older brother Tom? Not to Benny, he’d rather be doing anything else actually. But what starts out as learning how to make a living turns into learning what it means to survive and be human.

I have a mini review for this book here.

Perfect For: People who love a lot of heart wrenching feels alongside their zombie horror fiction. It’s on this list because it has zombies, zombies are for Halloween and this is a good book. Read it.

6.) The Merciless by Danielle Vega

The Merciless

A super gory and slightly creepy book about a group of girls attempting to perform an exorcism on another girl. This book makes you question if something supernatural is really happening or if it’s simply the dark nature of humanity.  If I wanted to compare this to something I’d say it’s a cross between “The Exorcist” (or any movies with exorcisms really) and “Mean Girls”.  Don’t get me wrong this book is pretty creepy, slightly scary, and down right gory. Definitely worth checking out for any YA horror fan.

I have a review for this book here.

Perfect For: People who LOVE gore and a lot of girl drama.

5.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead House

This book is everything from psychologically twisted to supernaturally sinister, it’ll definitely give you goosebumps.

It’s been 20 years since a fire at Elmbridge High killed three students and left one missing: Carly Johnson. And the main suspect in the case is Kaitlyn, who is the alter ego of Carly. Carly comes out during the day and Kaitlyn the night. During the night is when the mystery of the Dead House appears as well as a dark and evil magic that torments the students of Elmbridge High. Is what haunts Kaitlyn psychological or supernatural? A question you’ll be asking even after you finish the book.

Even EXPLAINING this book gets my brain all twisted and confused. You can find my review for it here.

Perfect For: Anyone one who enjoys books where you get completely mind fucked with a paranormal twist.

4.) The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining (The Shining, #1)

A classic in it’s own sense because who hasn’t at least heard of “The Shining”? Plus I have to have some kind of King book on a list of scary books, obviously. Besides reading this book honestly scared me half to death, it scared me worse than the movie ever did.

(I’m taking this description from Goodreads because not only am I lazy but I am fairly confidant in the fact that everyone reading this already knows what “The Shining” is about)

Past horrors and evil lurk in Colorado’s Overlook Hotel, threatening winter season caretakers Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son, Danny. Gifted with the shining, a clairvoyant Danny must battle the darkest evil in the remote hotel in an attempt to save his family from its influence.

Perfect For: People who want to read a classic horror book, people who want their pants scared off, or any fan of Stephen King.

3.) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

If you’re looking for a fantastic YA horror book then look no further than “Anna Dressed in Blood”, if you ask around for book recs in this genre then pretty much EVERYONE well recommend this book. It’s gory, scary, and just an all around enjoyable book. Anna is a badass.

Cas Lowood hunts ghost, like his father did before one killed him first. Cas is now in search of a ghost the locals refer to as Anna dressed in blood ,and she is like no other ghost he’s faced before she’s much more powerful. She’s killed anyone and everyone who’s entered her house and yet…she spares Cas’s life.

You can read my review for this crazy good ghost story here. 

Perfect For: Fans of gory horror, ghosts, and that’s it mostly…ghosts…gore…gory ghosts.

2.) Slasher Girls and Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

An anthology of some of the best YA authors and horror authors around, it’s really REALLY awesome I can’t gush about this book enough. I mean it’s a book full of scary short stories and most of them will scare you shitless, seriously a couple of them had me legitimately looking over my shoulder while reading them.

You’ve got everything from psychological horror, gory/gruesome horror, supernatural creatures, and even some unsettling realism.

You can check out my review for every individual short story in this book here. 

Perfect For: Any fan of horror you’ll find every type of horror in this book, also perfect for anyone looking to get the crap scared out of them for a few days.

1.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

Probably my new favorite YA horror book. I mean it’s horrifyingly scary and yet filled with a ton of fascinating Japanese ghost lore. I can’t explain how scared I was reading this book, I didn’t expect it at all.

Okiku is our narrating vengeful spirit who spends her afterlife hunting down and killing child killers,and a young boy soon draws her attention one that is covered in strange tattoos. And so we are drawn into a story involving children that can see dead people, creepy ass dolls, exorcisms, and scary ghosts.

You can check out my review for this amazingly scary book here. 

Perfect For: Horror fans (obviously), people looking for a book with really good Japanese ghost lore, and definitely for people looking to sleep with the lights on for several weeks after reading a book.


Well that does it for my Halloween book recommendations! Hopefully you found one that you want to hunker down with a bag of candy and read this week.

Happy Halloween!!!

Book Recommendations: Must Read (Lesser Known) YA Series

 

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

I’m going to recommend a few YA series that I’ve read that happen to be (unfortunately) not as popular as others, but just as good or even better. And sure some of them may be more of a Middle Grade series, but it’s OK. I haven’t seen enough love for these books around in the book blogging community, but maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. This is going to be my way of spreading the love though!

Plus who doesn’t love book recs?


1.) The Inkworld Series

 

Why I Recommend It: These books are all absolutely enchanting, they’re books about a book and we can ALL definitely relate to that right? There is a wonderful cast of characters that grows as the series goes along, I was absolutely in love with every single one. You’ll care about every character good and bad, major or minor. The Inkworld series is simply magical.

Meggie, our 12 year old protagonist, learns that her and her father, Mo, can read fictional characters to life by reading out loud from books. When Meggie was younger her father read from a book called Inkheart, characters were unleashed into the real world and Meggie’s mother disappeared into the book. And so Meggie and Mo are kidnapped by one of the very characters Mo released, where Mo is forced into servitude thanks to his magical ability.

That’s how this series kicks off and let me tell you it only gets better after the first installment “Inkheart”. If you find yourself close to DNFing this first book, I beg you to reconsider because the next two books are definitely worth it.  “Inkheart” is a little more slow and tedious than its followers.


2.) The Leviathan Series

Why I Recommend It: Well first off it’s an alternative history and steampunk series of novels. Grab your attention? I hope so. If any of you have read steampunk before and you haven’t read this, what are you waiting for? And for any of you who haven’t read steampunk before you should definitely give this series a try, it was my first and it was amazing.

The setting is during the time of WWI and our MCs are: heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Prince Aleksander, who’s on the run from his own people and Daryn Sharp who wants to be an air man, but he has a problem, he is a girl. There’s two forces in this series that are at war: the Clankers and the Darwinists. The Clankers who use mechanical war machines to fight, and the Darwinists use fabricated living organisms to fight for them.

It really is fascinating, even if the story isn’t engaging for you, reading about the Clanker’s and the Darwinists’ machines and creatures makes the whole book worth it. Plus there’s pictures! So that always helps, and who doesn’t love pictures in their books?


3.) The Jasper Dent Series

 

Why I Recommend It: It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This series is dark, psychological, full of thrills and action, and keeps you guessing. It’s definitely a lot of fun seeing (or in this case reading) the world through the eyes of a serial killer or at least a serial killer in training. It puts you through constant grey areas, the plot is engrossing, the characters are all lovable even the “bad” guys. It definitely calls the whole “nature vs. nurture” thing into question.

So the “Jasper Dent” series is obviously about Jasper “Jazz” Dent, the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer. Jazz’s childhood was spent being taught the ropes by his Dear Old Dad, in other words being nurtured into the next most notorious serial killer. So when the body count in Lobo’s Nod starts rising all eyes are on Jazz, so he has to hunt down this new killer and clear his name.

This series is definitely one heck of a thrill ride and it gets to be pretty grisly down the road, so those of you who are squeamish be warned!


4.) The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series

Why I Recommend It: These books really broke my heart and I want them to break your heart too…just kidding, but seriously feel my pain. It’s all about zombies, but it isn’t your usual zombie fiction. This is more of a break down of the group and characters while being forced through zombie situations. Bad things happen, it’s horrible, sad, and heartbreaking! Read it, it’ll be fun!

Each book is told from the perspective of a different girl, but it’s all in the same world state. The first installment is told by a girl named Mary who lives in a village surrounded by a fence in the middle of the Forest of Hands and Teeth. This village is ruled by the Sisterhood, a religious order that runs the place and to which Mary belongs as a Sister in training. Ultimately the fence is breached and the village is destroyed by Unconsecrated and forces Mary and her friends to flee into the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

It’s pretty intense stuff and you never know if you can actually trust the narrator or not. Definitely a must read for any zombie fiction lovers!


And so ends my first round of book recommendations, hopefully one of the series sparked you interest enough to give them a try. You guys are more than welcome to come back and chat about them with me anytime. These books need more fans!