Hello. Halloween is fast approaching and while most people enjoy the spooky… I do not. So today I am going to highlight some not so scary books. Each has a Halloween or supernatural theme. So let’s get to this!
Bound by Kira Saito
Sixteen-year-old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college.
When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees.
However, at Darkwood strange things start to happen, and gorgeous Lucus LaPlante insists that he needs her help. Soon, the powers that Arelia has been denying all her life, come out to play and she discovers mysteries about herself that she could have never imagined
While this is a bit older the series is fantastic. Voodoo, romance, intrigue, and a bit of darkness. It has everything for a perfect Oct read.
Born at Midnight by C.C Hunter
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
This series holds my heart. Think of a summer camp type school full of supernatural. All learning to be who they are.
Hocus Pocus and The all new Sequel
Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest vile scheme.
Why? Honestly I couldn’t not put it. It’s on my TBR for this month and it’s perfect for those of us who just can’t stomach the scary.
Now for a detour into creepy. The only book series I ever read that creeped me out:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
Now a lot of people read this book and liked it. I was one of them. Yes it was creepy but not so bad as to scare me away. If your looking for something not sweet and innocent this is for you.
My final pick for this post. If I can think of more I’ll do another before Halloween
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
Another school for those with supernatural backgrounds. This one more dangerous. While many know the author for The Royals this series is a great read as well.
Any I missed? What is your favorite not so spooky read? Or do you tend towards the horror?