13 October 2020

This is Halloween. 21 Spooky Reads (2020 Edition)

Who is excited about Halloween?! I'm back with Spooky Reads recommendations and this time I'm sharing them with you before Halloween. 🎃 If you are searching for books about wicked witches (and not-so-wicked witches), creepy haunted places inhabited by harrowing monsters and angry ghosts (and not-so-angry ghosts), or vampires that will suck you dry (or just take a bite), here is a list of 21 spooky reads that will raise your excitement for Halloween.
Kingdom of the Wicked, Kerri Maniscalco. Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief.
Forest of Souls, Lori M. Lee. Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms.
A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.

The Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson. But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.
Horrid, Katrina Leno. Then Jane discovers that the "storage room" her mom has kept locked isn't for storage at all--it's a little girl's bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears....
Harrow Lake, Kat Ellis. Things I know about Harrow Lake: 1.It's where my father shot his most disturbing slasher film. 2.There's something not right about this town.
Hollow, Rhonda Parrish. Each time Morgan photographs one of her classmates they become corrupted versions of themselves. It's like the camera steals their goodness, their essence, and leaves them hollow.
Eventide, Sarah Goodman. Strange local superstitions abound, especially about the eerie old well at the center of the forest. The woods play tricks, unleashing heavy fog and bone-chilling cold…and sometimes visions of things that aren’t there.
The Game, Linsey Miller. Abby Ascher, Ben Barnard, and Cassidy Clarke have all turned up . . . dead. Can Lia stop the ABC killer before he reaches D?

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, Lauren James. When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.
Ghost Wood Song, Erica Waters. Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness.
Category Five, Ann Dávila Cardinal. Lupe, Javier, and Marisol are back to investigate a series of murders that follow in the wake of a hurricane and in the shadow of a new supernatural threat.
Clown in a Cornfield, Adam Cesare. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

Blood Countess, Lana Popovic. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.
Winterwood, Shea Ernshaw. Be careful of the dark, dark wood… Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.
Magic Dark and Strange, Kelly Powell. Catherine Daly has an unusual talent. By day she works for a printer. But by night, she awakens the dead for a few precious moments with loved ones seeking a final goodbye. But this magic comes with a price: for every hour that a ghost is brought back, Catherine loses an hour from her own life.

The Scapegracers, Hannah Abigail Clarke. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends.
Vampires Never Get Old. In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out -- and going out for their first kill -- and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
The Call of Death, R.J. Garcia. Fourteen-year-old Hannah Priestly crashes into a terrifying future. She wakes up in her dorm room now knowing the name of an infamous serial killer, Norman Biggs.
Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death
Burn Our Bodies Down, Rory Power. The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.
Have you read any of these? What are your favourite spooky books? 
Any recommendations? 

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  1. I don't really do scary, but I have read some atmospheric books - The Graces and any book by Moira Fowley-Doyle. I thought Ernshaw's first book was super atmospheric too

  2. These are amazing recommendations that offers variety for readers preference, and I love how your book picks seems color coordinated in each row. Cemetery Boys and The Scapegracers were both so good!

    You've reminded me that I need to read The Year of the Witching and Vampires Never Get Old. They sound so good and have raving reviews.

  3. These are all such great recommendations! I'm tempted to add all of them to my list since I haven't read any of them yet. I can't wait to read Horrid and Kingdom of the Wicked! 😍

  4. What a great post! Aaaah your blog is SOOOOO beautiful. I know I always say it, but I always believe it.

    I haven't read any of these, but Eventide, The Game and Winterwood does draw my attention.

    I'm going to have a look at them now!

  5. I love that you sorted this list by color. So pretty!! I really want to read Cemetary Boys---that's one 2020 book that I definitely need to get to in 2021.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction