Friday, 21 October 2016

Spooktober Recommends: Zombies & All Things Creepy


Okay so...today's rec post is kind of a mix of things! I was going to do Zombies separately to the monsters/creepy/etc rec post, but turns out there aren't enough days in the month for all the rec posts that I have planned for you guys, and the reviews and the discussions...so here we go! 
First up I'm gonna hit you guys with Zombies, and I only came up with four. I know there are more, but I've only read four. So...I need to work on that clearly! 


Zombies *undeadly groan*


She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
 

This is one of my favourite series, I'm not going to lie, I stumbled across it at the library and completely loved it. Sure it has the tendency to be a little cheesy, but it's a great series, honest! It has a brilliant twist on zombies, and there's plenty of action and romance blended together to keep you reading! I'm still iffy on the fourth book though! 



The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria - a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible - until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. 

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead - and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

Another library find! Honestly, I find libraries are the best place to stumble across hidden gems! I found this to be such an original and fun read, and I'm forever gutted there isn't a third book! There needs to be more from this world, I'm not going to lie! Anyway, this is a really fun read and Lia has another book out that's awesome and set in an alternate 50's that's full of magic, Familiar Things is totally worth a read too! 



There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
 

I'm sure if you've seen my instagram over the last day or so, you'll see that I've read this and the sequel in one sitting each. Seriously. Took me about three hours to read each one, and I'm a quarter of the way through the third and final one! These had been on my list for ages, and then I read Truthwitch, the first in Susan's new series, and I had to read these! So I finally got them and Halloween has provided the perfect TBR bumping opportunity! These are original, fun, and the romance is too cute you guys! 

Monsters, Creepiness and Everything Else


Okay, so, for this section...sure they might not be traditionally Halloween-y but I know a lot of you guys don't like being creeped out or you know...terrified when reading! These are all YA, and they've got loads of different things about them, there's monsters, humour, romance, a little bit of creepiness if old photos creep you out...you know exactly what book I'm talking about, no doubt! ANYWAY. While these might not all immediately scream Halloween, most of them have a vibe/atmosphere that kinda fits with it, and makes them books you feel like you should probably read in October! (Plus a couple of these are ones I just couldn't work out what damn category to put them in because it's been a while since I read them!) 


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

I love everything Victoria writes, I'm not going to lie to you and after reading ADSOM I pretty much picked up everything else she'd written. Seriously. Including one out of print book. This may not seem all that Halloween-y but I love the atmosphere to the book, and the vibe it has, and it's original AND I can't think of a better time of year to read it to be honest. 



Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She's also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie's concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie's mother informs Maggie that she can't get her journeyman's license for hunting until she loses her virginity.

Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that. 

Maggie's battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy - fitting in with her peers - proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don't stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like "matching" and "footwear." Of course, they also can't clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they're lame and Maggie's not. Because Maggie's awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She'd be more than happy to tell you. 

After she finds herself a date.

This book is freaking hilarious, seriously. When I read it, it had me laughing out loud most of the time and I breezed through it in a very short time! It's the perfect Halloween read because it basically has everything in it. Vampires, ghosts, zombies etc and genuinely...cry laughing happened. Maggie's narrative is just too funny! Perfect for Halloween if you prefer to have a laugh rather than be creeped out! 



There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Yes. Yes I have included a second book of Victoria's. Why? Because one, she's awesome! And two, it's totally fit for Halloween! Monsters. Monsters everywhere. And blood. Totally Halloween! Plus it's a brilliant read, so while it's not traditionally Halloween, it still fits, and I think you'll all enjoy the originality to it! 



Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh...

She can sense when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest boy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the dark forces behind Kaylee's power than she does.

And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason and only Kaylee knows who'll be next, she realises that finding a boyfriend is the least of her worries!
 

I read this entire series in like a week or whatever it was, and I'm putting it on the list because you know....Banshee. I think this is the only Banshee book I've actually read! It's kind of creepy at times, and there's eventually all this other stuff going on, and there's demons, and romance and plenty of awesome scenes that combine to keep you reading! There's also some surprising plot twists! 



When Lily Parker's guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, Lily was shocked. So was St. Sophia's.

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia's boarding school, Lily is surrounded by an ultra-rich bratpack. She's pretty sure her spoiled, petty, fashion-obsessed classmates are the most monstrous things she'll have to face, and surviving them and their cruel practical jokes is proving even tougher than the homework...

But on top of being the punchline to every joke, Lily's hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. All building have their creaks and groans - but Lily could swear that she's being watched.

The only thing keeping her sane, so far, is her roommate Scout. But something strange is going on there too - Scout keeps disappearing late at night, reappearing bruised and tired, and she won't tell Lily where's she's been... until, that is, a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school. Lost in the dark Lily hear's footsteps heading towards her - it's Scout and she's running from a real monster.

Scout is part of a group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers: magic users who've been corrupted by their power. Much as Lily would love to help, it's too dangerous without powers of her own - especially if she'd have to go up against the firespell herself...

Chloe Neill is one of my favourite authors, and it's largely down to this book! It was the first book of hers I had read, and I refuse to call it a trilogy because I'm still hoping for a fourth book because there could totally be a fourth book! This has plenty going on, magic, witches, werewolves...everything! It's plenty of fun, and action, and I'm getting all nostalgic writing this so I think a re-read is in order! 


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Of course this is on the list! This book has plenty of creepiness to it, not least because of the photos. Seriously. Some of them really freaked me out, like the ones with white eyes, and even some of the regular ones. There's something about old photos that are both fascinating and...creepy! This is yet another book full of originality and it has a brilliant story that sucks you in. READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE BECAUSE YOU NEED THE FULL EFFECT! 

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