I haven't read many scary books this past year, but I did read a few just in time for Halloween. If you're looking for a good scare on the 31st, without having to go to one of those creepy haunted asylums, then curl up with one of these babies.
“Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...”
You know know those vampire novels where the vampires actually kill people and not just animals? Oh, you'd forgotten about those kind, huh? Well, Emily McKay certainly didn't when she wrote The Farm series. Blood, guts, human concentration camps (Because actually hunting the humans would be much too much work, better to have them all conveniently located in "safe zones", right?), rebellions and morally vague vampires. The Farm will leave your hair standing on end, but it will also leave you swooning for more once you meet Carter. (Because you can never have too much romance, right? Even on Halloween.) Plus the sequel, The Lair, comes out November 5th! Perfect time to catch up on a fantastic series!
P.S. Don't even get me started on Sebastian. I don't care if he's a vampire with a thirst for revenge, I just can't get enough!
“She could save the world—or destroy it.
Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can't do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.”
The Arcana Chronicles can't really be considered a horror series, but it's chock full of scary things like the apocalypse, zombies, cannibals and monsters. If you're looking for something scary, but not too scary, then this might be the series for you. Full of action and drama, both books will keep you on the edge of your seat this Halloween. Plus there's a hot boy mixed in there as well. A really hot one. *fans self*
“New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice brilliantly conjures the shadowed terrors of the Louisiana bayou—where three friends confront a deadly, ancient evil rising to the surface—in this intense and atmospheric new supernatural thriller.
It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred…and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction…and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.
An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries—a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.
Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.”
The Heavens Rise is an adult standalone horror novel that is way creepier than the cover lets on. I can't quite tell you how creepy this book is, mostly because then I might spoil the creepiness for you. But trust me, there is a serial killer with mind control roaming these pages, and he's got revenge on the brain. Seriously. Disturbing. And that's before the monsters even get involved!