By: Melanie | October 24, 2014 | (45) Comments

YA Midnight Reads

It’s October, so it’s the perfect time to get crackin’ on those spooky Halloween-esque reads. Today, Larissa, Celine and I are going to each share 5 of our favourite books that we think would be perfect for this Halloween.


So I have to make a confession first: I don’t read horror or especially scary books. Why not? I’m a complete wimp. But there are definitely a few books that gave me the shivers, despite not being a traditional horror or Halloween-esque story. A few of those would be…     celineh

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas: Okay, so this could be classified as a thriller, I think, and trust me, it is creepy. There are some scenes and some characters and man. *shivers* It’s also REALLY REALLY good so if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Throne of Glass (and Crown of Midnight) by Sarah J. Maas: Some of you might be scratching your heads at this, because why did I put these on my list? Well. Have you read those dungeon scenes? I mean, I really really am a wimp so maybe it’s just me, but they were CREEPY. Fact: I read most of Crown of Midnight at night, and I could. Not. Sleep after having read one of those dungeon scenes. They’re atmospheric and scary and also strange creatures hang around and *shivers*

Angelfall by Susan Ee: Again, maybe not traditionally scary but definitely creepy. There are some creatures in this book that really just should not be. Also some pretty gory scenes with a few descriptions of intestines that made me go NOPE. (but in a good way.)

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn: *sigh* I really am cheating at this list. None of the books so far have been especially Halloween-like. But like I said, I just don’t really do that, I guess. However, this one definitely messes with your mind and because it does that and the way it does that just makes you really uncomfortable and creeped out but in an intruiging way. You just have no idea what to believe and the hazy dreamlike quality of the book just sort of creeps up on you.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: Finally, something that actually has to do with Halloween! This book is just filled with zombies, and it’s also magnificent and scary and shiver-inducing and amazing. The whole book just has this high-stakes feel to it which made my heart race, and I just couldn’t stop reading. The zombies are also sufficiently scary.


larissahAll of the above books may not be strictly “horror” but however contain creepy elements that puts me in that Halloween mood.



The Girl from the Well: This was was a pretty creepy read told by a pretty creepy and mysterious and quite frankly dead narrator. It’s based on a Japanese ghost story, too.

The Fall: This one scared me shitless, guys. I am no horror fan and the house in this book was damn scary. *shudders*

Parasite: So this one involves tapeworms. Do I need to say more? It’s HORRIFIC, I tell you, HORRIFIC. HORRRRIIIIFIC.

Coraline: A classic one for the younger peeps to check out. It’s such a well crafted novel for you readers, and definitely perfect for Halloween season.

The Year of Shadows: Yet another perfect for younger readers. I’d say this one would be aimed at an older audience than Coraline–not to say adults can’t read these too! This book is a little gothic-y and has ghosts in the story and is set in an old concert hall.

Have you read any of these or plan to read any?

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45 Responses to Our Top 15 Halloween Reads

  1. THESE ALL SOUND SO COOL. Though I hate horror MOVIES, I love the creepy aspect in books. Dangerous Boys would definitely make my list!! 😛
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  2. I LOVE horror-y things… but the problem with me is that I’m not easily scared! Haha. I so do want to read a lot of these, and reading these lists has NOT made any improvement on the state of my current TBR pile, but I’ve been meaning to read more horror lately, so I’m thinking that some of these are a good place to start. I especially want to read The Fall, The Girl From the Well, Blythewood, and Dangerous Boys. (LOVED Dangerous Girls, so I must get onto this one immediately.)
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    • Melanie says:

      Girl yes for DB! It’s amazing as DG, though I can’t really say which one i loved most. Wow, kudos to you! You’re clearly made of steel or something, horror is well, terrifying o.o

  3. These are some great Halloween reads. Like Celine, I’m not a huge horror person in books, love horror in films though. I need to read the Dangerous series, it has been talked about a lot these days. I love Throne of Glass still need to Heir of Fire, and Angelfall. As for the others I haven’t really read them. I will confess that Halloween reads for me, at the Mortal Instruments and any Vampire/paranormal novel. Love them! Great post ladies. 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, i’m no horror fanatic either. Angelfall is fabulous, Emma! It’s a little gory here and there, but quite fabulous in terms of everything. Thanks 🙂

  4. Anna Dressed in Blood is the only horror book I read so far and it was fantastic! I’m not a big fan either so 😛
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  5. WOHOOOO I LOVE YOUR LIST CELINE! I’ve read Dangerous Girls, which I loved, but have yet to read Dangerous Boys. Soooooon! Angelfall definitely had some creepy aspects. And after seeing Allie rave on about Don’t Forget About Me, I feel like I definitely have to pick this one up!

    Larissa! The Diviners was definitely creepy. I MISS THE WORLD SO MUCH THAT MAYBE I NEED A REREAD.

    And, as ashamed as I am to say this, I’ve yet to read ANY of your recs, Mel! Everyone’s talking about The Fall nowadays so perhaps I’ll have to give that one a try.
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  6. I don’t read too many horrors either but a couple of books that stood out from your list are: The Girl with All the Gifts and The Forest of Hands and Teeth. They’re plenty scary in my eyes.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Tanja says:

    Oh ladies, you’ve got some amazing ones there and yeah Anna for sure!! I love that one and it’s my fave spooky book. I’ve got The Diviners on my shelf so I might go for it. Great list 🙂
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  8. Pretty much ALL of these are on my TBR list, apart from Coraline which I read a long, long time ago but remember loving and being completely creeped out at the same time. I’m planning to read The Diviners this Halloween, but I do hope to get to a lot of these sometime in the near future! Great post, girls! 🙂
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  9. I have read most of the picks on your list. Dangerous Boys is one I have got to read ASAP. Happy weekend, ladies.
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  10. I LOVE The Girl From the Well and The Girl With All the Gifts! Two of my favouritest books of this year. x) And, of course, EVERYTHING THAT MAAS WRITES. I agree there were some creepy parts in that one. *ugh* And the end of Angelfall freaked me out! I did not see that part-about-the-little-sister coming at all and my have hide under my bed for a while. *shrugs* These things happen. 🙂
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  12. Hilary says:

    I read Coraline and I was scared out of my mind (I’m a coward). Especially when I watched the movie. I’m planning on reading The Girl With All the Gifts and The Throne of Glass since I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about Maas.
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  13. Bennari H. says:

    I’m bookmarking this page because I love all the recs! Out of this list, I’ve read Throne of Glass, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Girl with all the Gifts, Anna Dressed in Blood and Coraline. I absolutely adored all of them, and I definitely agree–so Halloween worthy! I really want to read The Year of Shadows and Dangerous Boys–DG was sooooo good!

  14. Celine: I love love love Dangerous Boys, and yes, it was such a thrilling read! I have yet to read Throne of Glass, and I’ve heard so many great things about it.
    Larissa: I actually just bought The Divinirs two days ago and I am starting it after I finish my current read. Glad it’s just in time for Halloween, too.
    Melanie: I read Coraline when I was in primary school and I really loved it! So glad it made the list for you. I have yet to read The Year of Shadows, the cover is very nice.
    Awesome recommendations ladies :DD

  15. Amelia K says:

    i really want to read blythewood and the fall! they both sound so good. i haven’t read any of these books apart from like two, which is really sad. time to remedy that, i guess then

  16. MELANIE I LOVE THAT YOU HAVE PARASITE. OMGGG It is so freaking glorious, one of my favourite books ever next to FEED! Mira Grant is a legend! I totally agree with Dangerous Boys, Angelfall, Caroline, The Diviners and Anna Dressed in Blood. Some of those aren’t traditionally horror but definitely had creepy elements to it! Really great list ladies!
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    • Melanie says:

      Hah glad you approve of this. I really enjoyed Parasite as well, and I definitely want to read her other books, if they’re written just as brilliantly! Thanks <33

  17. Geez, I’m so ashamed. I REALLY need to get with the program here!! I haven’t read ANY of these books yet!! 0_0 Well, I am currently reading Throne of Glass, but I’ve been reading it for months and go back and forth between that and other books. It’s kinda weird how many books I read at the same time. I’m so weird like that. LOL Anyway, I digress… Great post, ladies, as always!! <3
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  19. Celine: Dangerous Boys was seriously creepy, but it was actually Dangerous Girls that gave me all. The. Chills. x_x Angelfall definitely had some… disturbing scenes, but I wasn’t all that creeped out since those kinds of bookish descriptions are totally my thing. ;D I STILL haven’t read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, even if it is one of the first books I’ve ever added to my Goodreads TBR. T_T

    Larissa: Definitely agree with Anna Dressed in Blood. Super creepy, but eerily lovely as well. I still have to read Of Metal and Wishes as well as The Diviners.

    Mel: LOVED The Girl From the Well. I found it so hard to sleep after reading. xD The Fall looks awesome. *prepares blanket to hide under*

    Awesome list, girls! <33 Thanks for sharing!
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  20. Valerie says:

    THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS YESSSSS (I flail over this book all the time because everyone should read it). I haven’t read anything else, so I’ll just trust you guys, because those books look scary anyways. I avoid horror books though, like I would not read The Girl from the Well. (reminds me too much of the Ring, and no)
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  21. Celine I totally agree with you with the creepiness of Dangerous Boys and I know what you mean about Throne of Glass! I’m going to have to check out the rest of the books on all your lists! I love scary stuff 🙂
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  22. I really want to read Dangerous Boys and Angelfall. I even have a copy of Angelfall. I’ve read Anna Dressed in Blood and it was scary! For me 🙂
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  23. Haha, Throne of Glass totally makes sense to me. I’ve been reading Heir of Fire at crazy times in the middle of the night and I’ve definitely gotten really scared! If only The Diviners was split up into 3 books or something. >< It's size has been scaring me more than what the story's actually about LOL! I've always wanted to get into Neil Gaiman and Coraline would be the perfect place to start. I've actually never watched the movie so it'd be fun to marathon them!
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  24. I haven’t read any of these, but Throne of Glass, Angelfire, Girl with all the Gifts and Anna Dressed in Blood are all high on my to read list. Happy reading! 😉
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  25. VeronikaDream says:

    Amazing list! I haven’t read many horror books but I loved Anna Dressed in Blood and Throne of Glass. The other books listed are on my the list as well. I can’t wait to start Angelfall, it sounds great.

  26. Pili says:

    Celine, you are not the only wimp! I don’t usually do any sort of proper horror movies or books, and even less at night cause I’m very good at creeping myself out!
    I really need to read Dangerous Boys because I read Dangerous Girls and loved it!
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  27. Sushma says:

    I have read Dangerous boys,one of my favourites this year.And also read Parasite which so realistic and spectacular.I found the book informative because I have dealt with many creepy crawlies in lab!

  28. Bube says:

    I haven’t read any of these books,but I plan to read Dangerous Boys,Throne of Glass,Anna Dressed in Blood,The Fall 🙂
    Thanks for the great recommendations! 🙂

  29. Rain Jeys says:

    Nice choices! I really want to read The Fall, Blythewood and Anna Dressed In Blood.
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