Less Terrifying Book Recs for Halloween

top-ten-tuesday16

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!

my page divider

10.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Image result for miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

 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

Image result for rot and ruin jonathan maberry

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

Image result for revenge of the witch

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

Image result for stalking jack the ripper

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

Image result for the raven boys

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

Image result for i hunt killers

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

Image result for a monster calls

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

Image result for labyrinth lost

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

Image result for coraline book cover

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

Image result for the graveyard book cover

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!

my page divider

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

Image result for hocus pocus gif

The Sassy

Terrifying Book Recs For Halloween

top-ten-tuesday14

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!

my page divider

untitled-design1

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.


untitled-design2

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.


untitled-design3

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.


untitled-design4

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.


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

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.

my page divider

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!

The Sassy

Book Recs: Bargain Priced

books recs

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!

my page divider

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!

my page divider

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?