Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books to Read to Get in the Halloween Spirit.
1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – Complete with dark curses, possessed houses, and a vengeful ghost who tears people to pieces, Blake’s book is a great read to get you ready for Halloween. (Read my review of Anna Dressed in Blood)
2. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff – Clementine has spent the past 10 years imprisoned in the basement of her dilapidated house, trapped there by powerful magic. Is it coincidence that when she’s finally freed, wild devil dogs roam the streets, monstrous fish appear in the rivers, and the sky starts raining ash?
3. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – Jazz Dent is the son of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers, who slew more than 100 people before his arrest and passed his bloody expertise on to his son. When a new murderer shows up in Jazz’s hometown, he must use the very skills his father taught him to track down the killer and prove he can use his knowledge for good, not evil.
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – As creepy as parts of this story are – most notably, there’s an orphanage full of ghostly children who relive the night of their death over and over again – what really gave me goosebumps were the bizarre, unsettling vintage photos that accompany the text. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I never, ever want to see those eerie black and white photos again. Just thinking about them makes me shudder.
5. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers – I’ve said before that This is Not a Test isn’t really a zombie book, just a book that happens to include zombies. In either case, I wouldn’t want to live in this world, or in the protagonist’s head. Her mind is a scary place…. (Read my review of This is Not a Test)
6. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy – Not for the faint of heart, The Monstrumologist tells the story of a young boy who’s an apprentice to a scientist who captures, dissects, and studies monsters. Once the first person got eaten, I decided I didn’t have it in me to finish the book.
7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholske – Tucholske’s book has all the trappings of a spooky gothic romance: a once-lavish mansion falling into disrepair, ivy-covered mausoleums, a mysterious stranger whose arrival stirs up all manner of hysteria and strange behavior. Combine this with suicides, witch burnings, and a gang of stake-wielding children hunting the devil, and you’ve got yourself the fixings for a Halloween treat.
8. Project CAIN by Geoffrey Girard – Imagine that someone has decided to make clones of history’s most notorious serial killers: Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, Albert Fish, etc. Chilling, no? This book will keep you up at night. (Read my review of Project CAIN)
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – Mara is seeing things that may or may not be there, losing stretches of time without being able to account for her actions, and noticing her darkest desires coming true. Is she going crazy, or is she being haunted? I slept with the lights on after reading this one.
10. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda – Tired of the same old vampire stories? Twilight just not your thing? You might want to check out The Hunt; I guarantee you haven’t seen vampires like these before.