This was the perfect Top Ten Tuesday for me because I’m also starting my Fall Reread Challenge (join on the original post)! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today, I’m here to talk about ten books that I’m planning on rereading for Halloween that really get me in the holiday spirit. I’m a huge fan of paranormal before Halloween, not so much horror. I enjoy horror, but it’s a huge genre for me. I prefer my books with witches and werewolves! Halloween books are things that I associate with stormy nights filled with booming thunder, a creeping sense of unease around every corner, and of course, descriptions of the Halloween holiday. I hope y’all enjoy and find some Halloween reads for yourself!
1. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Paranormalcy is a book that I just love to reread. I’m a huge fan of Kiersten White’s incredible way of blending humor, supernatural elements, and an all-around great cast of characters. I was both on the edge of my seat throughout the series and laughing my head off, especially in the sequel, Supernaturally. The final book, Endlessly, released in July but I haven’t picked it up until now. I don’t want the series to end! I’ve spent so much time absorbed in Evie’s world and falling in love with the storyline and world to let it go just yet. I’m actually planning on rereading the series before Halloween and (hopefully) getting up the guts to read the final book!
2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Okay, confession: it took me forever to get through this audiobook! I listened to it on audio before I went to bed. That was a big mistake, one that left me cowering under my blankets while listening. Distinctly chilling, filled with action and horror, with a twisted heroine that you can’t help but love, Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my top Halloween must-reads. I won’t be rereading it since I just read it for the first time, but I can’t wait to get some unsuspecting victims- er, readers – to read this Halloween treat! Just a tip: don’t read or listen to it before bed!
3. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Going from Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s Perfect Cover - a hilarious and action-packed novel about spies masquerading as cheerleaders- to her dark and incredible Raised by Wolves was a bit of a shock, in the best possible way. I’m absolutely in love with this book and was so happy to read it for the first time last year. I loved the action, the strong characters, and just the plot. It had a very Halloween feel and I really enjoyed it.
4. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors and both Lament and Ballad are two of my favorite books. She combines her gorgeous, lyrical writing with an eerie plot with a reliance on folk tales. In other words, I’m hooked. It just has such a distinctly fall feeling. She just manages to capture the essence of fall while tangling it with a sinister storyline centered on fae. Her descriptions, her plot twists, and her overall masterful control of these books just make me fall in love with them every time I read them. Also, James.
5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Like Paranormalcy, I still haven’t read the final Hex Hall book. I can’t bring myself to let go just yet. This is definitely so funny and crazy intense at the same time. Sizzling tension between the love interests, a wonderfully devious antagonist, and Sophie’s incredible personality will keep you turning pages. I love rereading this book and do so whenever I get the chance. It’s rooted in paranormal while also dealing with other problems that come with being a teenager. I absolutely ADORE this series!
6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush is very different from some other YA books out there. While other YA books can only hint at action and danger and horror, Hush, Hush is steeped in those things while still retaining that glorious paranormal-romance feel. Patch is honestly kind of messed up but in the best possible way. The chilling scenes in this took my breath away and this book kept me up for so long. I couldn’t stop reading it – it’s magnificently paced and the plot twists blew my mind. If you’re looking for something with a little less lukewarm romance and a lot more tension, look for Hush, Hush.
7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This may be cheating a little, because in an hour, I’m going to and speaking at the launch party for The Evolution of Mara Dyer. In my short little introduction, I talk about how it kept me up until 3 A.M., crying and biting my nails and swooning throughout. Mara’s unreliability as a narrator is one of the best parts and I love that internal debate in my head as to whether something is real or not, or what was going on. It made it that much more thrilling. It has a great plot, complex characters, and gorgeous writing.
8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Distinctly Southern and richly dark, Beautiful Creatures will have you absorbed in another world. This series just keeps getting better and better. The writing is clean and flawless. I fall in love with Ethan’s POV and his relationship with Lena is both healthy and incredibly romantic. The witches’ lore woven into the book and the glorious pacing leave me glued to the book. The last book left me so emotional. Beautiful Redemption is releasing today as well so I’ll be buying that when I go to Inkwood!
9. Fallen by Lauren Kate
There are some mixed opinions on this book, but all I know is that when I first read it, it was a complete experience. It had this dark and delicious feel to it that I’ve never had with another book. I actually miss the fallen angel trend a little bit but I fell in love with this. The amazing cover caught my eye and the book itself left me dizzingly spellbound. This is by far one of my favorite rereads and I can’t wait to reread the series. I haven’t read the last book either yet. Noticing a trend?
10. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
I remember reading this for the first time and being completely captivated by the bond and enmity between the sisters. They have such a confusing relationship, one completely different from my own with Hannah (my twin)! Not only was I fascinated by this aspect, but the prophecy and the evocative setting left me riveted. I read this book in one sitting and fell in love with it. Michelle Zink held nothing back in this stunning novel.
I hope y’all enjoyed! I’ll go back and add links later, but I have to go get ready for the launch party!