{Guest Post} Books to Get You in the Halloween Mood

Today I welcome book-blogger Ashley from Book Labyrinth, who shares her favourite spooky reads:

YA Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween
AKA Creepy, Atmospheric Books
  • Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. Something is wrong with Alexis’s sister. This story includes ghosts, possession, and a creepy doll (!).
  • Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions anthology edited by Kelley Armstrong & Melissa Marr. A whole mix of paranormal stories, ranging from funny to romantic to creepy.
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Cas is a ghost hunter who wants to get revenge for his father’s death. Think ‘Supernatural’ (TV show) in tone.
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. A fantasy tale set at an old boarding school, this book features a chilling mystery involving an other realm.
  • Vacations from Hell by Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mlynowski. One of the ‘from hell’ anthologies, each story is a creepy tale about a far from typical vacation.
  • Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman. Power makes people indestructible in this thriller which involves issues of life and death, right and wrong.
  • Shadowland by Meg Cabot. This first book in the Mediator series sets up the story of Suze, a mediator who moves into a new house where a hot ghost is haunting her bedroom. An equally creepy and hilarious series.
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This much lauded title is about a human boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard. A book that is creepy and dark, yet full of whimsy.
  • Possessions by Nancy Holder. Lindsey arrives at her new boarding school to discover that the popular girls are performing strange rituals.
  • The Devouring by Simon Holt. The terrifying Vours are creatures who can inhabit human bodies and take over minds. An absolutely creepy tale that will make you question the line between nightmare and reality.
  • Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus. After her sister’s death, Phe tries to deal by going away to school. However, something is amiss in Shadow Hills, and Phe suspects her sister’s death and her own future are linked to the town.
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Jack the Ripper lore and secret ghost police mix with boarding school in modern London. So basically: awesome.
  • Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey. Lenzi has visions and hears voices: but what if these things are real? A debut novel involving themes of love, death, and destiny.
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Takes place in a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America. Full of great character development, this book will also make you think.
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann. A creepy and atmospheric paranormal tale that feels unique in a saturated genre. A ‘haunted’ desk is sending message to Kendall. Can she use this to solve the disappearances in her small town?
  • Possess by Gretchen McNeil. Bridget has the ability to hear and banish demons. When she receives a message about a demon plan she must figure out how to stop it before the demon king possesses someone close to her.
  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil. Teens are trapped together on a stormy island, and people are dying. A re-telling of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’.
  • Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell. A coming of age story featuring a group of friends who play around with talking to the dead, until one day a ghost really does start to haunt Iris.
  • Deception by Lee Nichols. When Emma’s parents don’t return from a business trip her life is turned upside down. Romance and mystery ensue while Emma becomes haunted by strange visions.
  • Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen. Charlotte’s parents are ghost hunter TV stars who make their living debunking paranormal encounters. What happens when some of those spirits turn out to be real?
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island and an abandoned orphanage are the setting for this work. The plot was fashioned around strangely creepy found photos which are included in the book’s pages.
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. A terrifyingly creepy and, at times, heartbreaking look into a world where the “unconsecrated” (zombies!) surround Mary’s village, a place where nothing is what it seems.
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. In this throwback to Victorian literary horror, Will Henry is the assistant to a doctor whose speciality is monster hunting.
  • The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Mackie Doyle is a replacement, having taken the place of a human child. He struggles with love, humanity, and finding his place.
  • The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. Daphne, a half-demon/half-fallen angel, travels to earth to search for her missing little brother, and discovers what it is to love.

You can win your own bunch of spooktacular books by entering one of three Happy Hallow’Read Giveaways!

The above books are all available through www.bookdepository.com.


Ashley is a proudly Canadian book blogger and LIS grad. She is a fan of YA books, earl grey tea, cats, and watching copious amounts of TV on DVD. You can find Ashley online at: http://booklabyrinth.blogspot.ca

Twitter: @booklabyrinth

This post is part of the month long feature Happy Hallow’Read! Don’t forget to check out more Happy Hallow’Read posts and the spectacularly spooky giveaways! (Details here.)

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