Pumpkin spice and everything nice.  Halloween season is once again upon us, so it’s time to get into trick-or-treat mood by getting your hands on some Spooky Reads.  Our carefully curated list of Spooky Reads follows after the jump.

2016’s Spooky Reads List


And I Darken

And I Darken by Kiersten White: Ever wonder how the Dracula story would play out if the blood thirsty Vlad The Impaler was a girl? Kiersten White explores the making a monster in And I Darken, the first in the Darken Trilogy.     (Goodreads)


Nevernight European Cover

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff:  What happens when a Darkness is literally following you around, eating up your fear as you enter a secret society of ninja assassins? Mysteries unravel at every corner in Kristoff’s suspenseful Nevernight. (Goodreads)


Half bad trilogy

Half Bad by Sally Green: It’s modern day England and there are white witches (good) and black witches (evil). But what are you if your mother was a white witch and your father a black witch? You’re Half Bad. But with a war between black and white on the horizon, being half anything won’t be enough.     (Goodreads)



Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: Cas Lowood sees dead people. Well first he sees them, then he kills them, sending them back to the land of the dead. And so far, Cas has a perfect record. But when Cas follows the local ghost stories to an old house haunted by a girls known as Anna Dressed in Blood, he may have just met his match.   (Goodreads)


Stalking Jack The Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco:  When you’re searching for Jack The Ripper in Victorian London, everyone’s a suspect and there is danger on every corner.  Who will be the next victim in a dark, dank alleyway?  How many bodies can you possibly dissect in one book?  All these questions and more are answered in Maniscalco’s debut novel. BONUS:  The blood splatter chapter headings and gruesome vintage photography.  (Goodreads)


Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood:  Witches living in plain sight, trying to keep their secret and their family safe, while fighting against a patriarchal society may not be the spookiest read on this list until you see how women are treated in this novel.  (Goodreads)



Monstrous Affections edited by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link:  A compiliation that explores monsters of every kind, mythical and otherwise, by some of YA’s hottest authors, such as Patrick Ness, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and others.  How could you NOT be spooked out by the cover alone?   (Goodreads)



Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older: Sierra Santiago comes from a line of Shadowshapers, those who can commune with the spirits, only she doesn’t know it yet. When the first party of the school year is crashed by a zombie, Sierra must battle the undead while uncovering family secrets if she’s going to make it to graduation.  (Goodreads)


If you’re looking for MORE spooky suggestions try last year’s list.


~Ann & Carmen