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 Written in the 50s, this book might be a bit out of date and a little hokey at times, but that didn’t keep be from loving it!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

This week I read:

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 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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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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I picked this one up, then almost set it down after a few pages. I didn’t like the writing and could tell right away that at least one of the characters was going to rub me the wrong way, but I had just seen the title on a list with many books that I had enjoyed, so I kept reading. It never shocked me like the cover blurb promises, but it ended up being decent with a nice twist. 

Mexican Gothic
This was a #BlameItOnLitsy read because this book is getting so much hype right now. While it was definitely creepy with well developed characters, an eerie setting, and plenty of atmosphere, I found that at times the descriptive writing broke up the suspense with all its details. Good, but not as good as I was hoping.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This is a novella to accompany Leaving Time which I read several years ago and absolutely loved! While good, it lacked most of what I enjoyed about the novel. There was nothing uplifting, no message of hope, it was informative and well written but ultimately a downer.

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A girl who escapes her real life by becoming lost within the pages of books. Read my ARC review here.                          To be released August 25, 2020

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ARC Review: Kind Of A Big Deal by Shannon Hale

50884610. sy475 From Goodreads: From bestselling author Shannon Hale comes Kind of a Big Deal: a hilarious, deliciously readable YA novel that will suck you in—literally.

There’s nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie.

She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead.

Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading.

Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she’s inside it. And with each book, she’s a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset.

It’s alarming. But also . . . kind of amazing?

It’s the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape.

Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever?

My Review: I was a little worried at first with this one. The writing was good, but the main character was shallow and while the premise was interesting, I was afraid it was going to be stupid rather than silly – but I’m glad I stuck with it! The story grew depth and direction and ended up being great fun!
I enjoyed the story and found myself laughing out loud several times. It has a good message, the MC grew and matured over the course of the pages, and even though this book definitely falls under the ‘clean teen’ category, there’s still plenty of entertainment! And the ending? Completely took me by surprise!

I feel that this one probably appeals most to traditional aged YA readers. 3.5/5 stars

I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Expected release: August 25,  2020

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