Hi everyone! Happy Friday the 13th! Can you wish people a happy Friday 13th??? Anyway, I thought today would be a good day to share some fall and Halloweenish book recommendations because if you’re anything like me at the current moment, you need to go ahead and start reading these books in hopes that you finish a couple of them before the season is over with!
Can I just say that today has been super long? I’ve been up since 6 this morning and had a doctor’s appointment in the city over and was waiting to be seen by the doctor for almost an hour and a half! Yes, I felt like I was going to fall asleep on the table in the patient room while I was waiting! On the bright side, I bought some donuts after I finally got out. Then, I went to Target in search of a Green Day CD (any one of the many that they have released) because I want to start listening to more of their music, fairy lights because over half of my current strand has broken off so for month I’ve been working with about two feet of lights (with isn’t much when you wrap it around a stack of books), and some new books! Well, they didn’t have any Green Day CDs, but I did get the lights, a book, and a lamp to keep Victor alive (my plant), so it wasn’t a complete waste of time. Then I came home and took some vital signs and started studying for my test on Monday.
Did you know that I became an influencer on Instagram? Yep! I received my code today which is ‘Lauren10’, and y’all can use it to save 10% on your order at fictionalwicks! Jeri has some fall inspired Harry Potter inspired candles and wax melts listed in her shop! I just ordered some candles and can’t wait for them to come in! I’ll do an unboxing on Insta, and I’ll try to post it here as well!
I just want to say before I start this recommendation that I haven’t read any of these books, so I won’t be able to provide my insight of these books, but they are on my TBR if that makes anyone feel better!
The Wicked Deep by Shea Sheerwood
“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.”
I’ve had this book for almost a year and still haven’t read it (the story of my life). This story sounds perfect to read around the fall with the witchy vibes, and the cover is so gorgeous!!!
Slayer by Kiersten White
“Into every generation a Slayer is born…
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.
Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.
As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…
But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.
One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.”
A book with Buffy the Vampire vibes??? Yes, please. I’ve never read one of Kiersten’s books, but when I heard of this book I knew that I wanted to read it! Plus, with vampires it’s another story that is great to read around Halloween.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
“Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.”
This is another book that I always find floating around in the book world. I have the first two book, and I bought a book box that includes the forth book… because that makes perfect sense to preorder a book in the middle of a series that I haven’t started yet!
White Stag by Kara Barbieri
“As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke―as the only survivor―was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.
Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad―especially when it comes to those you care about.
Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.”
Fierce Reads: Kisses and Curses Anthology
“Every page more fierce than the last! Enjoy a good monster love story? Or a dark, Russian-style folktale? How about a flashback to the secrets of a cyborg’s past, a post-apocalyptic romance, or a conversation between a boy and Death’s dead assistant, while both sit in a diner and eat waffles?
Whether you’re already a Fierce Reads fan or you’re a fan-to-be, this short story collection will satisfy your every bookish craving! Featuring multi-genre tales from some of the hottest YA authors around, this anthology includes Ann Aguirre, Courtney Alameda, Gennifer Albin, Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Katie Finn, Nikki Kelly, Jennifer Mathieu, Lish McBride, Marissa Meyer, Caragh O’Brien, Marie Rutkoski, and Lindsay Smith.”
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shephard
“Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.
Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.”
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates―brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find―aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge―but who will be left alive at the end?”
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
“Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.
So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger.
When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself.
And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.”
What are some of your favorite fall and Halloween related books? Let me know below!
Happy reading until next time,