HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! and a scary book

 





Happy Halloween lovely readers! On this day that is meant for costumes, candy and fantastic creepiness, what book(s) would you recommend as being a scary read? I know I have a few series that have scared the pants off me but I love them regardless. I saw bring that scary on!!!

First I am going to showcase the books that I find to be great scary reads according to series then I will concentrate on the stand alones.

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD series
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life. (OK! this series was great although I favored Anna Dressed in Blood better than her predecessor because it was just wicked beyond belief. If you have not read it I seriously recommend. Especially to those fans of the Supernatural series)


THE ASHES TRILOGY
It could happen tomorrow . . .
 
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation. (Hello creepy, just come in and mess with my sleep thank you very much. This series is terrifyingly graphic and uber creepy but a riveting read with characters that you cannot forget. I also recommend this series but suggest reading it in the light of day)


THE APPRENTICESHIP OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN SERIES 
Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures turn all too real.
     They stumble upon the Dark Library and discover secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies. Father forbids them from ever entering the room again, but when Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is drawn back to the Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Victor, along with his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and friend Henry, immediately set out to find a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help them create the formula.
     Determined to save Konrad, the three friends scale the highest trees in Strumwald, dive into the deepest lakes, and even make an unthinkable sacrifice in their quest for the elixir’s ingredients. And as if their task was not complicated enough, a new realm of danger—that of illicit love—threatens to end the ordeal in tragedy. (This series is on of my favorites because it is beautifully written, a richly atmospheric, romantic and haunting novel that will slowly ensnare you. It will give you the chills while keeping you mesmerized until the very last word. I cannot wait for the next installment of this series because it is just that good.)



I HUNT KILLERS SERIES
It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field.
Except for the body.

Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, "Take Your Son to Work Day" was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminals' point of view.

And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. Again.

In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds. (If that synopsis doesn't just make you want to run and hide, I don't know what will, but you need to read this series and not run regardless of how uncomfortable it may make you feel. Barry Lyga is the master of making you squirm while making you unable to look away. I also adore Jazz and he is so wonderfully fleshed out that is frightens me to my core)

THE MARBURY LENS SERIES
Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury. There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he’s trying to kill them. Meanwhile, Jack is falling in love with an English girl, and afraid he’s losing his mind. Conner tells Jack it’s going to be okay. But, it’s not. Andrew Smith has written his most beautiful and personal novel yet, as he explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds. (Roll....tap, tap, tap. Never has such a set a words carried such a frightening feeling. The Marbury lens is one of the most disturbing novels I have read and it still sticks with me years after I have read it. I am always left guessing at what is real and not and when I think I know the answer I am cleverly left guessing all over again. The brilliantly written series will keep you uncomfortably glued to your book)


Now onto my stand alones.

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...(This series showcases the brilliance of Neil Gaiman, the simplicity of writing a story that seamlessly steps into the supernatural and then keeping you entertained and terrified in equal measure. I was sad to see it end so quickly but I will never forget it)

ROTTERS
Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
    
Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
    
Daniel Kraus's masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality. (Rotters is by far one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. UBER creepy and beyond my comfort zone, but compelling and fascinating in equal measure. I could not stop reading it despite moments that I wanted to walk away from it. Yes, it is that good)


THE PRINCE OF MIST
A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret...It's wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village. But from the minute they cross the threshold of their new home, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist--a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden--an adventure that will change their lives forever. (I actually listened to this novel on audible and it freaked me out to the point that I had to stop reading it until the late of day. It is highly atmospheric and terrifying and I was gritting my teeth the whole time. Well written although it has a slow start, but stick with it and you will not be disappointed)


As you can see I have a list and I find them to all be exceptional in their own way and I will gladly recommend them over and over again. Now, that you know my favorite spooky reads I would like to know your favorite recommendations and what you think about mine. Let's discuss and remember to have a safe and Happy Halloween.

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