Coming into September, it’s finally time to bring in the cosy jumpers, pumpkin spice and fallen leaves. Along with these things that make up the BEST SEASON EVER, it’s the season for all things spooky! With that, I present to you my list of spooky book recommendations!
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
This post is brought to you by the City of Ghosts Blog tour! This week, Victoria Schwab’satmospheric, eerie middle grade City of Ghosts was published! I really enjoyed this book and you can find my full review here!
“Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.” – Synopsis taken from Goodreads.
Schwab weaves such an elegant, atmospheric portrayal of the city of Edinburgh in this book. As a reader I was transported to the misty, cold cobbled streets and historic locations that this book has to offer. It’s one of the most sophisicated and well-written middle grades I’ve had the pleasure of reading. This book would be absolutley perfect for reading with any younger readers over the spooky season, or simply anyone who wants a quick but fantastic book to curl up with on a rainy evening.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.” – Synopsis taken from Goodreads.
Shea Ernshaw is the literal QUEEN of atmosphere! I have never read such an eerie moody book and my biggest regret is that I didn’t have this one from autumn! This is such a curled up with a hot chocolate on Halloween with mood lighting kind of book! It’s like the creepy YA version of Hocus Pocus set in a tiny little fishing town. I found myself lost in the cold sea mist whilst reading this and feel confident in saying that this is the ULTIMATE Halloween YA read.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
“When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting…
When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure–a silent companion–that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of The Bridge are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition–that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.
A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.” – Synopsis taken from Goodreads.
This is one for those of you who want a proper scary, on the edge of your seat, too scared to read on but too gripped to look away, ghost story. This was atmospheric (I know I’ve overused that word in this blog post but, honestly, it’s really what makes spooky stories good!) and so so creepy. I’ve not heard of a concept like it so I was instantly drawn in, and whilst it wasn’t perfect, it really did it’s job of creating tension and adrenaline. This book had my family laughing at me cowering away from a book, they thought I was so lame! But I think it shows great writing if I was just as scared of this book at some points that I would have been by a film. Give this one a go if you want some gothic-Susan-Hill-creepy-house-mystery vibes!
So there we have it! Pick up a copy of one of these books, grab a coffee and a blanket and I guarantee you’re in for the perfect rainy autumn day reading experience! Let me know if you do read any of these, or if you already have what you thought of them! If you have any spooky story recommendations of you own, please let me know! I’m hunting for some new additions to my October TBR!