I thought it would be fun to be another season-reads-themed post like I did for the summer (Whiich you can read here if you’re still somehow holding onto the warmth!) so for today I wanted to give you all some awesome fall themed posts that are spooky, mysterious and dark – perfect to get you into the Halloween spirit!
So let’s get into it 🙂
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6 Ghoulish Reads For Fall!!
‘A Touch Mortal’ by Leah Clifford
“Eden didn’t expect Az.
Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings.
So long happily-ever-after.
Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.” – Goodreads
This one is a quick read and fast-paced read. I was pulled into the unique paranormal world that Leah wrote which -while it may have fallen angels in it- is almost a completely new world we haven’t seen before which was really refreshing! Fallen angels are by far my favorite paranormal race to read about and Maddie, who becomes an immortal species called a Sider following her death, realizes that the afterlife is not quite what she expected. Doomed to be in a world she thought she’d left behind and stuck with a destructive new ability, Maddie uncovers the truth behind her death and the secrets kept by those she thought she loved.
‘The Forbidden Game’ by LJ Smith
“When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.
But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.
One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning…” – Goodreads
If you’re looking for a horror-filled read, this is the one! LJ (author of The Vampire Diaries,) is the queen of writing novels that are a perfect balance of fantastical and frightening. The book centers around Jenny, who is in charge of planning a birthday party for her boyfriend Tom. After buying a strange board game at the recommendation of the cute but outlandish boy behind the cash, Jenny takes her find home to play with her friends and boyfriend for a night of fun. What starts out as a celebration, quickly turns into a horrifying experience as the game literally becomes their reality and they’re forced to play by a mischievous boys rules. I love this book for it’s layered characters Jenny and Julian, as well as the unique concept of a game coming to life! Thinking of that scene even after all this time has past since I read it, stilll gives me goosebumps!
‘Hush, Hush’ by Becca Fitzpatrick
“Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.” – Goodreads
There is literally nothing more Halloween-like than a girl falling in love with a dark, hot, mysterious guy who may or may not be the man stalking her in rainy Maine neighborhood. When Nora is thrown together way too many times for her liking with the new and infuriating guy in her class, Patch, some pretty creepy events start taking place too. It’s way too suspicious that these start RIGHT around the time Patch rolls into town but Nora can’t seem to shake her attraction to him either and she’s not sure which terrifies her more. Are they connected? And if they are, what does Patch really want from Nora? This book is hands down one of my favorite novels ever and will continue to be I’m suree! Plus it’s just everything you could want on a spook-filled fall night. It’s short enough that I was able to read it one sitting and blends a ton of addictive genres together like YA, paranormal, romance, horror and mystery so it’s got something for every type of reader!
‘Once Dead, Twice Shy’ by Kim Harrison
“Madison’s prom was killer—literally. For some reason she’s been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.
Now she’s stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn’t know why the dark reaper is after her, but she’s not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.” – Goodreads
I’m recommending this specifically for a younger age group – like early teens – because while Kim Harrison is known as a wonderful author of her genre, this is a nice and thin story for anyone looking for something quick and easy. It’s another great unique concept and a paranormal species that we’ve never seen before. Telling the story of Madison, who are being murdered on prom night, is caught between life and death and a whole lot of questions about what the heck just happened. Madison is not one to let things lie and being murdered is right at the top of her list.
‘Dearly Departed’ by Lia Habel
“Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead – or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.” – Goodreads
Still one of my favorite unknown authors, Lia writes an amazing parallel universe where high-Victorian-society meets zombie apocalypse. Say what?! Yes, you read right! I love how these two COMPLETELY opposite concepts clash and the outlandishly tragic but adorably-shippable love between Bram, a zombie, and Nora the sassy but darling protag. Mixing two awesome genres you’d never expect – steampunk and apocolyptic – Habel created the perfect Halloween read with this one.
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So there you have it — all my favorite Halloween/Fall reads! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found something fun to read this festive holiday! And tell me , what are YOUR favorite fall reads? Help a girl out and let me know in the comments below 😀
– Mel xx
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