The caveat here is that neither one of us love REALLY scary stuff, and especially not slasher or satanic themes. So while our pick of “creepy” novels may seem tame to others, they are still guaranteed to be Halloween appropriate and VERY entertaining! Read on! (This post contains affiliate links for our reader’s convenience).
Cue the creepy music (a la from the shower scene in Psycho), grab your blanket and your flashlight, and get ready to be scared! The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is under the “teen and young adult horror” section on Amazon, but we would think of it as more paranormal ourselves. Much more creepy and spine-tingling than horror. Anyway…Sunshine, our main character was named that because she really has the role of taking people to the light. If you like a good scare but are not wanting truly horrific stuff, this is the book for you. Great storyline, a tiny bit of romance, and a great ending all happen here, but we must warn you! Just when you think most things are resolved, the very last part throws a whopper of a twist at you, leaving you longing for…BOOK TWO. Hate it when that happens (at least until book 2 actually comes out March 8th, 2016).
This was just a fun read. Bubby wasn’t sure what to expect when Sissy presented her with a book titled Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters. Were they his biological daughters? Or were they creatures that he had created in the lab and was just calling his “daughters”? But no, they are the real flesh and blood daughters of the good doctor. We were thrilled that this book had a unique concept and was a bit bizarre (Sissy was especially thrilled when Bubby gave her the look that means “what drivel have you dug up this time?” and then she read it and had to say those precious words “you were right!”). Witty and peculiar, Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters kept us guessing all the way through. We would love to see a sequel, but due to certain culminating events in the story, we don’t know if it’s possible. But you never know. They are, after all, Dr. Frankenstein’s daughters. Ooh, the possibilities that are now percolating in our brains! But we forbear to speak of them lest we reveal the plot too much. Oh, and by the way, this book has a gratifyingly disturbing twist at the end. Shocking and goosebumpy!
We thought when we picked up this book it would be the same old mediocre magical quest/adventure thing and that we might not like it. Wrong! We were drawn into the story immediately and couldn’t put the book down through magic and plot twists, a storyline we couldn’t predict, and a true romance that was not immediately apparent. Unlike some people who might be (scaredy cats), Sissy read it late into the night. Bubby enjoyed The Witch Hunter during daylight hours, and really connected with Elizabeth and her journey to determine which side of the struggle she was going to be loyal to (or maybe she connected to Elizabeth because of her secret dagger-throwing and sword-wielding skills–we’ll never tell!). The relationship between Elizabeth and John was one of our favorite things about the book–so different but so meant to be, we think. Time will tell. This book was so entertaining–it is the fantasy trifecta of witches, ghosts, AND pirates, all in one place! Excellent paranormal fantasy début! The sequel, The King Slayer, is set to be released in June of 2016
And now for our creepiest pick of all…(drumroll, please):
Sissy read this book first and warned Bubby to not read it at night, as she would have nightmares and not be able to sleep. Bubby, of course, went ahead and read it one night while her husband was at work late, the kids were all asleep on another floor, and she was all alone. And about 15 minutes in she was terrified out of her mind. It was all she could do to force herself to open up her bedroom closet the next morning for fear that a psychotic ghost would be waiting inside. (She wished she had listened to Sissy!) Even though Bubby is a first class scaredy cat, in the case of Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto, the fear is well justified. Sissy also read this book alone at night (well, everyone was asleep but her). She went to bed (translation: ran terrified to her bedroom) only to find her dear hubby snoring loudly. Normally she would have gone down to the guest bedroom to escape the snores, but she was so petrified by the thought of Isobel the creepstash swamp-thing jumping out from anywhere en route or in the guest room closet that she simply attached herself to the ghost conquering snorer and lay awake but safe. Let us add, lest you get the wrong idea, that we really liked this book. It was full of drama, excitement, romance, and enough ghostly encounters to scare the holy pantalones off us. Just look at the cover–it’s like Heathcliff meets 21st century teenage medium. Keep in mind that the ghosts in this book are your standard “made bad decisions in life and can’t let go” ghosts, not “evil spawn of Satan” ghosts–We don’t go there. Anyway, our favorite part of Ghost House has to be the ending. Alexandra Adornetto wraps up the story so nicely – all the loose ends are tucked away neatly and everything’s back to normal. And then, in the very last two sentences of the book, BOOM! Massive cliffhanger. Yup. All in all, Ghost House is an absolutely flesh-crawling yet terribly enjoyable read.
Click HERE to buy The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Click HERE to buy Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
Click HERE to buy The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Click HERE to buy Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto