2 November 2019

This Is Halloween. 27 YA Spooky Reads

It's the season of ghoulish monsters. It's the season of ghosts and demons that crawl from under your bed. It's the season of haunted houses with creaking floors and creepy tales told surrounded by darkness. It's the season of witches with a machiavellian laugh that will put a curse on you. It's the season of free candy. And, it's over! Are you missing Halloween already? 🎃 Then, here is a list of twenty-seven spooky reads that will help get through the longing.

Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake. Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. Read my review

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, April Genevieve Tucholke. You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Darkness Before Dawn, A.J. London. At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. Read my review

Silver in the Blood, Jessica Day George. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate...
The Beautiful, Renée Ahdieh.  When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose...

This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab. There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. Read my review
The Deathless Girls, Kiran Milwood Hargrave. They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin.
House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig. In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Read my eview

The Wicked Deep, Shea Ernshaw. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. Read my eview

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey.

The Diviners, Libba Bray. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
Read my eview

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Kiersten White. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

His Hideous HeartThirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.

Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco. 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. Read my review

Five Midnights, Ann Dávila Cardinal. Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución. Read my review

Wilder Girls, Rory Power. It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign.
Asylum, Madelein Roux. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Here There Are Monsters, Amelinda Bérubé. In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.

Teeth in the Mist, Dawn Kurtagich. Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations...
Dollhouse, Anya Allyn. An abandoned mansion, deep in the woods. A dollhouse, filled with life-sized toys. A doorway into other realms. And girls who keep disappearing...

Shutter, Courtney Alameda. When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain.

Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Cordóva. I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

The Bone Houses, Emily Lloyd-Jones. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead.
Beyond the Black Door, A.M. Strickland. Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people's souls while they sleep.

The Tenth Girl, Sara Faring. One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

How to Hang a Witch, Adriana Mather. If any town should have learned its lesson, it's Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.
Have you read any of these? What are your favourite spooky books? 
Any recommendations? 

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  1. So many of these are on my TBR list. I love spooky books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I have read three of these, and yes, not scary, but definitely had mood. I thought Ernshaw did an especially good job of that.

  3. I've only read The Wicked Deep, and I love spooky books! Time to use this list to add more books to my TBR.

  4. Out of these, I've only read Asylum. I want to read Wilder Girls and House of Salt!

  5. This is such an amazing list! I've read and loved a ton of books you included and I cannot wait to read Deathless Girls! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  6. Great list of books and you know what, I've read a few of these and would never have thought to put them in a list of spooky reads but they totally fit! The Diviners is perfect on this list as is The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. And that cover for The Beautiful is just lovely, I kind of want to check that book out. If I don't get to some of these books soon I think may have to bookmark this for reading recs for next Halloween.

  7. Love this because although I do like to read spooky things leading up to Halloween, I do enjoy a good frightful story all year long. I really want to get to the Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein soon. Great list!

  8. These covers are all so damn pretty! I haven't read any of them though! I really want to now :D:D

  9. Great list! I've only read a couple of them, This Savage Song and Wilder Girls, but almost all of the others are on my TBR.

  10. GOSH there are so many books on your list that I have just been dying to read! I have read a few though! I really enjoyed The Wicked Deep, Wilder Girls, and House of Salt & Sorrow. This Savage Song I feel like I liked though I don't really remember? The Tenth Girl was SO atmospheric! And Elizabeth Frankenstein... well look it wasn't my fave but they can't all be winners haha.

    The ones I am looking forward to reading the most are The Bone Houses, Teeth in the Mist, Here There Are Monsters, The Beautiful, Anna Dressed in Blood, Slasher Girls, His Hideous Heart.... so you know, like ALL of them haha. And now I am off to check out a few more that have me curious, so thanks for the recs!

  11. I want to kiss you right now for putting The Coldest Girl in Coldtown on this list! It was my first Holly Black and insta crush!!!!

  12. All the pretty covers! I haven't read any of these but The Beautiful is one I'm very curious about! It sounds good but I'm oddly nervous about it.

  13. So many recommendations! I just started Wilder Girls but I am only 5 chapters in. Anna Dressed in Blood, The Beautiful, The Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and The Diviners are all on my radar as to reads. I really enjoyed This Savage Song when I read it! I love how all of the covers here are so dark and haunting looking.

    Olivia-S @ Olivia's Catastrophe