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Spooky Books for Staying Up Late…..with the Lights ON.

October 31, 2011

We all love spooky stories, around the campfire, at a sleepover or pretty much anytime. To get in the Halloween Spirit RAoR presents some of our favorite spooky books to entertain and keep you up late!

Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Katelyn McBride’s mother had died and she has to move from LA to the tiny village of Wolf Springs, in the Ozark Mountains, with her grandfather who fetches her up at the airport in a pickup truck and thinks she needs to know how to use a gun. The horror….on so many levels. Culture shock is the least of Katelyn’s worries. It seems there’s been a murder, and though details of that are sketchy at best, Katelyn hears bits and pieces about other murders in the town years before and whispered fears that “it’s happening again”. This is clearly a small town with big secrets that go back for centuries, and our protagonist is ever so curious. Unleashed is the first book in the Wolf Springs Chronicles, and it’s sure to leave you wanting to know what’s next? I can hardly wait for the next book!

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

“All the Blood, none of the vampires.”  Magic, mystery and romance, what more could a reader ask for? Add blood, a book of spells and a quest for eternal life and you’ve got Blood Magic. Tessa Gratton’s debut novel is not to be missed, filled with spooky and unexpected plot twists it’s a book that will keep you up late with the lights on until the action-packed conclusion. And bonus (!) there’s more to come from this talented author—The Blood Keeper will be available in August 2012. *




The Revenant by Sonia Gensler

A real ghost story, magnificently woven with a story of “borrowed” identity and secrets, history and romance. Its 1896, times are hard and 17-year-old Willie is being forced to leave school to help out at home, a home where she doesn’t want to be right now. Impulsively Willie assumes a the identity of a classmate and accepts the other girl’s teaching position at the Cherokee Female Seminary. Willie encounters cultural and societal differences at the school, but the biggest surprise is the “revenant” the ghost of a student who drowned following a secretive and ill-fated romance the year before. Willie does her best to navigate this new territory, but the ghost continues to call out to her and wreak havoc  on the school, she must be heard so that she can rest. Oh, and there’s also a potential love interest, just to add to Willie’s potential troubles. Secrets, secrets, so many secrets. *

*You can find the RAoR post in which Tessa Gratton & Sonia Gensler interview eachother here.

Kill You Last by Todd Strasser

I grew up racing through teen mysteries from authors like Caroline Cooney, Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan. When we started publishing Todd Strasser’s books a few years ago, I was thrilled to see that the teen horror genre is still popular and just as compelling as I remembered it. Strasser’s “thrill-ogy” includes Wish You Were Dead, Blood on My Hands and Kill You Last, all fast-paced, chilling and full of plenty of surprises to keep the reader guessing until the last page. Although these share similarities with the suspense novels I remember from my youth, they involve blogs, social media and cell phone texts as a way to truly scare young readers with their own popular technology. I can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween week than reading one of these frightening books late into the night (just make sure your house is securely locked)!

Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow by Katy Towell

Targeted as “scary children” by their classmates because Adelaide resembles a werewolf, Maggie is way too strong and Beatrice claims to see ghosts, these school outcasts (who spend a lot of time in the school library) are all the more suspect when librarian Miss Delia disappears.  Keep a light on when reading this one.

Time to curl up with a great spooky story, happy reading!

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  1. October 31, 2011 12:11 pm

    Oh, all of these seem perfect for this time of year, and I wish I had been paying more attention to them when I was searching for a Halloween read! All of these books sound fascinating and like things that I would love. I think I am going to have to stretch my Halloween reading out just a little bit further! Happy Halloween!

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