Halloween is just around the corner and while you finish up carving those pumpkins and putting together your Dauntless costumes, why not add some scary books to the top of your to-be-read piles! Here’s what I recommend you read this Halloween:
1. DARK EDEN by Patrick Carman
When Will Besting approaches Fort Eden for the first time, he knows something isn’t right. With more terrifying secrets at every turn he discovers a hidden fear deep inside himself, a dark mystery a thousand years in the making, and the unexpected girl of his dreams. But can he save everyone from the dangers of Fort Eden before it’s too late?
2. TEN by Gretchen McNeil
In this horror novel loosely inspired by Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast…only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one.
3. SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins
This novel is about a sweet Southern girl, Anna, who discovers she is the daughter of a demon and a guardian angel and the chosen one to vanquish all demons from the earth. This paranormal romance will captivate with its forbidden chemistry and angel/demon lore set in a steamy Southern setting.
4. THE TURNING by Francine Prose
A mind-bending and chilling retelling of THE TURN OF THE SCREW for modern teens. Jack is spending the summer on a private island far from modern conveniences. No wi-fi, no cell service, no one else on the island but a housekeeper and the two very peculiar children in his care. The first time Jack sees the huge black mansion atop a windswept hill, he senses something cold, something more sinister than even the dark house itself.
Soon, he feels terribly isolated and alone. But he is not alone. The house has visitors-peering in the windows, staring across the shore-but why doesn’t anyone else see them….and what do they want? As secrets are revealed and darker truths surface, Jack desperately struggles to maintain a grip on reality. He knows what he sees, and he isn’t crazy…Or is he?
5. MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin
One teenage girl seeks to escape everything in a society decimated by a deadly plague. Her choices will decide not only her own fate but that of two boys warring for her heart . . . and the survival of the entire human race. Bethany Griffin has reimagined Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic horror story “The Masque of the Red Death,” creating a breathtakingly real city that’s coming apart at the seams, a riveting romantic triangle, and a heroine faced with heartbreaking choices.
6. CORALINE by Neil Gaiman
When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.
7. WICKED GIRLS by Stephanie Hemphill
What started out as girls’ games became a witch hunt. Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials told from the perspectives of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692. With new accusations mounting daily against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth?
8. SHADOWCRY by Jenna Burtsenshaw
Fifteen-year-old Kate Winters possesses the powers of The Skilled; she’s one of the few who can see through the veil between the living and the dead. If the treacherous high council finds her, they will use her and her gift to perform terrifible acts for their own purposes. A dark, highly original dystopian teen fantasy.
9. TEETH by Ellen Datlow
This irresistible YA anthology of vampire tales for paranormal-loving, vampire-adoring teens includes contributions from some of the biggest names in commercial teen fiction: among them, Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Garth Nix, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare.
10. THE LAST APPRENTICE by Joseph Delaney
For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.
What are you reading for Halloween this year? Tell us in the comments!