October: A Full Month of Creepy Goodness!

October begins my favorite month of the year! Not only was my dear Bean born in October, I can’t believe he will be three this year, but I’ve always enjoyed the mild weather, the falling leaves, the white chocolate peppermint mochas from Starbucks, and HALLOWEEN!

Halloween ALL the things! Books, movies, corny jokes, decorations, attire!

To celebrate our love of October my sister Rachel of The Perspicacious Bookworm and I will be reviewing a different spooky or creepy or Halloween-esque book each week in October, and then, on the 31st, doing a sister review of the same book. My line up looks as follows (in no particular order):

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Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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The Fall by Bethany Griffin

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The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

 

We will finish out the month with our sister review of:

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Little Girls by Ronald Malfi

Three great spooky fun novels that I usually try to reread around this time of year but I’m not sure I will be able to this year (due to time constraints) are listed below along with their goodreads summary. Each of the books below actually take up residence in my personal library and I would recommend them! In reality, I have more than three that take up physical space on my shelves, but these are my go to when people ask for suggestions.

The HollowJessica Verday

A love like no other…

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again…but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her – one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

(my side note: this is book one of three and really feeds into my “Sleepy Hollow” need for October)

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

(again, book one of three. In my personal opinion, it’s best of the three, but all of them are worth reading.)

NevermoreKelly Creagh

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

(yep-you guessed it: book one of three. I haven’t read the second one recently enough to remember how well I liked it and I haven’t read the third one at all yet. It’s just sitting gathering dust until I have baby Squish and all those nighttime nursing sessions ahead of me. ha. This has a very Poe background and setting and that makes it so perfect for this time of year.)

So that’s what’s coming up for the blog in the next month! Hope you’re ready!

Happy reading!

-Angie

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