5 Fun YA Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

Halloween’s my favorite holiday, but this year it looks like it’s going to be a little . . . different. But that doesn’t mean it has to be disappointing!

Here are 5 books to add to your Spooktober reading list if you’re looking for a fun escape!

And Then There Were None but with teenagers. At a house party. On a remote island. Need I say more?
Yes, same author as above, but good is good, and this book is . . . awesome! What would make a reality TV show about prisoners in jail forced to fight for their lives against eccentric assassins better? If the prisoners were teenagers, of course.
I don’t know how anybody who’s read this series who hasn’t loved it. A dual mystery, hidden passages, secret tunnels, a kidnapping, a game and a murderer. If you haven’t read this one, you’re missing out!
Clue. If that doesn’t say enough, I’m afraid I don’t have the words.
A girl gets sucked down a sink hole into an underground cavern. But is she down there alone? Yikes! This one made my toes curl!

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This book kept me guessing! I liked the podcast aspect, and the crime – a girl who supposedly killed her best friend while they were celebrating a witchcraft ritual in the woods – was certainly compelling. Dark and chilling, this story had me hooked!
The title says it all! Written in the 50s, this book might be a bit out of date and a little hokey at times, but that didn’t keep be from loving it! Creepy and atmospheric, this one is a study in how you do it right! There’s no doubt that Jackson has the supreme talent to make us care about her characters – and then to torture them! (I haven’t checked out the series, but I like the movie.)

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This was definitely an interesting mystery. I liked the way the author approached the story, splitting the narrative into different points of view that kept you guessing what was true while slowly revealing what had really happened. Although I had my suspicions, it kept me guessing until the end.

I didn’t like this one quite as much as Dumplin’. It took me a while to warm up to the characters. That said, once the story got underway, I was feeling it. It had that mix of feel good, wrong righting, everything will turn out all right warm fuzzies that makes some YA books so special. Add to your TBR for when you’re looking for something lighter.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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If you’re looking for a nice slice of Gothic horror, this book’s for you. Creepy and atmospheric, this eerie little masterpiece is sure to give you the chills (or at least the heebie jeebies). Unlike some books published decades ago, this one stands the test of time. (Interesting side note: this author co-wrote the Beetlejuice screenplay!)

This one had good atmosphere and a sinister plot, characters you could sympathize with and a creepy setting, but it wasn’t quite as spooky as I was hoping for. Still, a solid read and I’d definitely be open to checking out more by this author.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This one got off to a great start, full of mystery and suspense (which is what it’s categorized under at Amazon). But then it slowed until it dragged. Instead of a crafty plot, there was narrative heavy analysis. The second narrator works in the beginning to add intrigue and keep you reading, but these scenes lose steam until their sole purpose is to fill in (far-fetched) blanks. The ending felt rushed. Instead of a satisfying conclusion, there was the stasis of simply continuing to exist which for some reason is such a popular theme in literary fiction – because that’s what this is. If it had been a mystery, as I expected, I probably would have liked it better.

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If you’re looking for a teenage horror movie in a book, look no further – this is a slasher flick in word form. And I really liked the premise of this one: someone is messing with people in their own houses before killing them. At times, the execution left questions, and the secret haunting the MC is underwhelming when revealed, but this book provided a nice escape from reality. 

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but I liked it anyways! Never one to pass up a coming of age story set in the 80s, this hauntingly deep and insightful novel gave me the feels. Well written and touching with a nice little twist, this one is short enough to bump to the top of your TBR list!

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This one got off to a sluggish start, and I was worried at first, but before long this slow burner was barreling full speed ahead towards all the creepiness and horror this girl could want! Well written and eerily atmospheric, this book is not for those who want just a hint of the macabre – it delivers the whole enchilada!

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This book was glorious and brutal and thrilling and heartbreaking and wrong. But SO right. You can always count on McGinnis to emotionally destroy you. If you need to cry, she’s your girl. If you need a lift and some strength, she’s your girl, too. Officially crushing on this author. (Is it wrong that I plan to use this book as my defense in court if I ever go on a rampage?)

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I felt kind of blah about this one. It was on a list of titles with killer twists, so my expectations may have been unfairly high. There were plenty of twists, but they left me underwhelmed – I didn’t experience the highs and lows I expect from a thriller. That said, it was well written and a different reader may really enjoy it.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This may be one of those rare cases where I like the movie better than the book. To be fair, they were very different, and I did enjoy the book, it just wasn’t what I was expecting – because of the movie. It kept my attention and I had to keep reading to see what happened next, and all the basic plot points from the movie were there. Ultimately, I think that the movie left me with more of a feel good, hopeful note, which I missed in the book, but it was still a good read.

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I’m not entirely sure what to say about this one. The narrative alternates between the fight for survival after a plane crash, and the fight for survival after the rescue. On the one hand, I couldn’t put it down. I liked the author’s writing, the plot, and the scenes out in the wilderness. That said, there were some rather large, unexplained jumps in the plot, the MC’s after rescue internal strife made me scratch my head at times, and some of it just didn’t make sense. I really enjoyed it, but although it was traditionally published and edited, it needs a good developmental edit to fix the holes and inconsistencies. 

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This is all I want in a book. Mystery. Suspense. Intrigue. So many twists and turns that it’s impossible to peg the exact truth down, and then, at the reveal, everything makes sense because all the groundwork has painstakingly been laid. I’m satisfied yet yearning for more. This is my happy sigh. SIGH.

Five students, a storm, and sabotage. Read my ARC review of this twisty YA                                  thriller here.                             Expected release: October 6, 2020

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ARC Review: Five Total Strangers By Natalie D. Richards

sFrom Goodreads: A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.

When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.

As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.

Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.

My Review: I read One Was Lost by this author last year and really liked it, so I was excited to get my hands on this one!

This book drew me in and kept my attention. Fast paced and suspenseful, every time I thought I knew what direction this twisty thriller was going to go it shifted gears and surprised me! Craftily plotted and with plenty of red herrings, the author keeps you guessing until the end. So get in the car and prepare yourself for a ride full of nail biting tension!

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Expected release: October 6, 2020

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