I’m taking part in the Halloween Read-a-thon from the 10th of October to the 31st! This is my first ever read-a-thon! I’m not actually a big fan of Halloween or creepy things (I get scared easily). But this read-a-thon sounded interesting and I wanted to challenge myself to read some different things to what I might usually read. Most of these books are less on the horror side and more on the supernatural side because there aren’t many horror books that I really want to read. So, I feel like I’m kinda cheating on a few of these. But monsters are scary right?
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
When Alexis’s little sister, Kasey, becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. But things get weirder when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors close by themselves, water boils on the unlit stove, and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house so cold the girls can see their breath. Kasey is changing too. Her blue eyes go green, and she uses old fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time. Most disturbing is that Kasey, the formerly gentle, doll-loving child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister – but what if the green eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?
A creepy girl, hiding behind a curtain is enough to scare me. I’d never heard of this book before but I saw it in the library and I thought it looked creepy and would be ideal for the Halloween read-a-thon so I decided to pick it up.
Vampire Addiction by Eva Pohler
Some call them “tramps”. In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or “vryks”, which sometimes gets translated to “freaks”. They are the vampires of Athens. They live in caves beneath the acropolis according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. They are forbidden from turning humans into vampires however they are allowed to drink from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite gives the mortal great power for a period of time. Such power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals. As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by the lord of the vampires.
This books features vampires and Greek gods, which are two things I like reading about. Yet, I haven’t read any books featuring vampires or Greek gods for ages! So I’m excited to pick this one up.
Frakenstein by Mary Shelley
Dedicated science student Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. He assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
I decided to read a classic horror book for this one. I’ve been interested in reading this story for the longest time and Halloween seems like the right time to finally pick it up.
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar. The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can’t shake the feeling that she has… and with him – a boy she doesn’t remember ever setting eyes on. Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her – or destroy her?
I’m mainly curious about this book because I know there’s a film adaption that’s being released soon and I kinda want to read the book before it’s released. This book barely qualifies for this read-a-thon but it features angels so I decided to add it.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’. Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories. Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run. But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion.
I, of course, decided to go with the treat option for this one which is a free choice of any genre. I recently acquired this book and the plot sounds intriguing so I can’t wait to get around to reading this.
The Purgatorium by Eva Pohler
Daphne is floored when her parents agree to let her accompany her best friend to a getaway resort island. She doesn’t know her parents have sent her to the Purgatorium as a last-ditch effort to save their child. Her best friend takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and ruins on the “haunted” side. The resort might be beautiful but strange things begin to happen that soon have Daphne running for her life. At first she finds the therapeutic games thrilling: the ghosts, the dropping elevator, and the kayak incident are actually kind of fun once she recovers from them. But when her horse bucks her off during a ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, it’s not fun anymore, and she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.
This is the final book I plan on reading for this read-a-thon. The plot sounds exciting and spooky so it’s ideal to read for Halloween. Hopefully, it’s not too scary!
What books do you plan on reading this Halloween?