Halloween is in a few weeks and I’m very much in the mood for it. October so far has been a very slow reading month for me so I’m hoping the Halloween spirit might put me more into a reading mood.
I know I might not be able to read all these books up to the end of the month, but they are the ones I really want to read right now, and when I get into a book I can be a pretty speedy reader, so you never know.
None of these book are actually scary books as far as I can tell, because I cannot handle scary things – like at all. So this will be a scary-free Halloween…I’m praying, which is a big deal because I don’t pray that often, only when I’m scared, usually of the dark…
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch(the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
I bought this book because it was recommended by a friend, and I been wanting to read something by both authors too, so this book is a two birds with one stone situation. After watching the trailer for the series adaption, I got even more excited to read it – and it being the Halloween season a book about the end of the world, demons and angels seems like the perfect choice.
‘The Diviners’ by Libba Bray Age 14+
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
The Booktube community loves this book, so I though I might too. The blurb doesn’t give you much, but it mentions “supernatural powers” , so I’m sold on it. This book is set in the 1920s, so I’m getting many ‘The Great Gatsby’ vibes and I’m loving it.
‘City of Ghosts’ by Victoria Schwab Age. 10+
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.
Is there Halloween without a ghost story?
I bought this book when I was last in London, and I bought it because I’ve a thing about buying Victoria Schwab’s books latelly, which means I buy them but don’t read them – so, I’m hoping to end that this month, because it’s stupid, and I want to get into the Schwab wagon. This book is a middle grade, so it should’t be scary at all. I heard many good things about this book and Victoria Achwab is an author that usually have a very good hype over her books, because they are usually so good – which is why I want to join the Schwab wagon.
Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.
As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.
But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?
I have been trying to read books from authors who will be in the book convention I’m going to next year, RARE London 2019 – Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of those authors and her book fits very well with this Halloween season. I mean, we have angels and demons, ghosts, possibly witches, a two-thousand-year-old-curse fits right in.
This book is more on the sexier side, which I love, and I’m hoping that this book might be a quick read, as I tend to read supernatural books like this quiet quickly.
If I actually find myself growing some lady balls, I will try and finish ‘The Shinning’ by Stephen King – when I say finish I mean start, because I only read a few chapters before I put it down, because I scared myself by anticipating how scary this book is. Classic me. Though, I cannot stress it enough how unlikely it will be.