Hey everyone, I hope you summer is going fantastically—mine is going by too quick with not enough time off and too much work haha! Today I thought I would sneak in a book tag that has some fall vibes because tbh, I just want it to be fall and Halloween time, so I thought why not do the Summer Scaries tag! I originally saw this on Emmma Books and I believe that she said that Penguin Randomhouse made the tag for the release of the new book in the Merciless series by Danielle Vega. I read the first book in the series last(?) summer and I adored it but I own it in paperback so I’m just waiting to be able to get my hands on the series in pb before continuing on! Anyways, let’s get started!
Specter-A book that still haunts you after reading it
You(You 01) by Caroline Kepnes
I really wanted to go with a thriller novel that I read that still creeps me out when I think about it but to be completely honest, I couldn’t think of anything so I changed up the meaning of the question a bit! I decided to go with a book—yes, it is a thriller—that haunts me because I can’t stop thinking about how good it was and talking to people about it non stop. I know for a fact that you’ve heard me talk about this book before on multiple occasions so I’ll keep it brief and just say this: I will be thoroughly shocked if a thriller/horror novel will ever be able to knock this book off of my #1 spot. I loved every second of it and have been looking forward to rereading it ever since I closed it basically. To give a brief summary, in this novel we follow Joe, who after an encounter at work with an aspiring writing, does what any person would do: google the name on her credit card. There is only one Guinevere Beck in NYC and she is surprisingly lax with her privacy settings on the internet. Twitter tells him that she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn that night—a perfect time for a “chance” meeting. Joe invisibly an dobsesively takes over Beck’s life and he won’t let anything stand in the way of their happiness. So, this book will definitely not be for everyone, it is told from the POV of a stalker which is both unique and unsettling but I would recommend it a thousand times over for fans of the genre. Oh psst, there’s a tv show coming out mid September starring Penn Badgley as Joe and I am so here for it.
Don’t split up-A book you would want to read around the campfire with friends
The Lightning Thief(Percy Jackson and The Olympians 01) by Rick Riordan
This answer could really be any of Riordan’s books but I thought why not start with the first PJO. I love these books so much, they’re so much fun and are so full of laughs and lovable characters that they would be awesome to read with friends. If you’re not sure what this is about, we follow Percy Jackson, a good kid who just can’t seem to focus on anything. While he’s away at school, it seems to only get worse—he even thinks one of his teachers turned into a monster that tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out what happened she realizes its the time to finally tell Percy where he came from and that he goes to the one place that can keep him safe, Camp Halfblood. Camp Halfblood is a place for demigods and while Percy is there he finds out who his absentee father is—the Greek God Poseidon. Not long after that, Percy and his friends get sent on a quest to find the doors to the underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the Gods. Riordan has a fantastic knack for balancing emotional scenes with just the right amount of humor. Where his writing really shines though, is in his creation of his characters, I have “met” some of my absolute favourite characters in the pages of a Riordan book and if you haven’t read any yet, it’s never too late to start.
Ghost-A book that you would like to ghost
King’s Cage(Red Queen 03) by Victoria Aveyard
I think by now that I’ve made my dislike for this series pretty well known. What I don’t know is if I’ve mentioned how this is my absolute least favourite book in the series—it’s even almost tied with Insurgent for worst book in a series..I mean, Insurgent still wins but this is a close runner up. Let me just say upfront that I originally thought this quartet was a trilogy..and let me tell you, it should have been. In Red Queen we follow Mare, who lives in a world where everything is determined by the colour of your blood. Silvers are royalty while reds are commoners that are treated horribly, as if they’re disposable. Somehow Mare finds herself working in the Silver palace surrounded by people who hate her. Then Mare discovers that despite her red blood, she posesses a power of her own, one that could change life as they know it and throw off the power balance. Desperate to hide what Mare is, the silvers take her under her wing, all while Mare is helping the rebels. While Red Queen wasn’t my favourite book ever, I thought it had potential. However, King’s Cage was pretty much entirely pointless, I don’t even know how to describe how unnecessary like 95% of this book is. I’m going to be vague for a second because I don’t want to spoil anything but I thought that with the way things left off and how much shit hit the fan at the end of Glass Sword, that King’s Cage was going to be a book full of mindgames, hatred and intensity between Mare and Maven. Instead what I got was a book that was full of nothing but a lot of broken dishes—if you’ve read the book you should know what I mean. Luckily, the final book War Storm sort of made up for this book, but everything that happened could have fit in three books. So for that reason, I would like to ghost King’s Cage and just pretend it didn’t exist/have a brief existence in my life.
Frankenstein-A book that mixes genres well
The Dark Days Club(Lady Helen 01) by Alison Goodman
I had a hard time picking an answer to this question that wasn’t The Diviners by Libba Bray—see how I’m still casually mentioning it anyways? haha— but I finally settled on The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. This book actually mixed together the exact same genres that The Diviners does—historical fiction, paranormal and a tiny smidge of horror/creepiness—but since it’s a different time period, it’s a totally different feel. Set in Regency era London—1812, to be exact—we follow Lady Helen Wrexhall when, on the eve of her 18th birthday, one of her housemaids disappears. Lady Helen is determined to find out what happened and ventures into the shadows of London, there she meets Lord Carlston, a man with a bad reputation and the knowledge and skillst o stop the perpetrators: demons who have infiltrated every level of society. Dare Lady Helen ask for his help despite his reputation and will her stubbornness and curiosity lead them into a death trap? I love anything set in the victorian/regency era and you can tell Goodman did her research, it shows in every aspect of this book right down to the characters. I also loved how she incorporated the paranormal into the historical setting so smoothly. I know these two genres have been mixed many times but I think that Goodman does it very well and I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of the series as I just bought book two, The Dark Days Pact.
Murder-A book with a twist you didn’t see coming
Help for the Haunted by John Searles
I can’t really say anything about this because, well, it’s about the twist. I will say that I hated the direction it went in, I felt like it was a complete cop out and I was legitimately angry when I read it. Also the book as a whole was seriously lacking in the ghost/exorcism content considering what it was about. Sylvie’s parents have a unique and unlikely profession, they help haunted souls find peace. So when the phone rings in the middle of the night, Sylvie usually thinks nothing of it, but she can tell right away that this phone call is different than the rest. Especially after they end up at a church in the middle of the night. Once there, her parents disappear inside while Sylvie falls asleep in the car, not long after Sylvie is awoken by a gunshot and finds her parents dead in the church. One year later, Sylvie is living with her older sister—who may be responsible for their death—and trying to deal with the loss and grief. Told through flashbacks and present day, Sylvie pursues the truth and is on her way to uncovering the secrets that have haunted her family for years.
Zombie-A book or series you want to resurrect from the booktube/bookstagram/blogging graveyard
I don’t actually have an answer for this one because I haven’t read a lot of books/series that are really popular on there..I own a lot of them but just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet because I’m awful
Witch-A horror book with a strong female protagonist
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m mixing this one up and actually picking a movie. I couldn’t think of a book that had a really strong/standout female protagonist because so often they are unreliable narrators and I wouldn’t immediately think of them as strong. However any time I think of this type of question I think of the movie You’re Next. It is by far one of my favourite horror movies and features such a strong, badass leading lady that you won’t forget any time soon after watching it. The Davisons, an upper-class family, are extremely wealthy — but also estranged. In an attempt to mend their broken family ties, Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Rob Moran) Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their children’s significant others to their weekend estate. The celebration gets off to a rocky start, but when crossbow-wielding assailants in animal masks suddenly attack, the Davisons must pull together or die. *description taken directly from google*(which I don’t usually do but it’s been like 7 years since I’ve seen this movie)
Mind Control-A spooky book you would recommend to everyone
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
I don’t know if I would actually recommend this one to everyone but I’m using it because I love it. The writing is brilliant, the plot is incredibly interesting and you’ll find yourself constantly thinking about the story in these pages. It’s also a mixed media book which makes it unique—especially for the genre—and it adds an extra element for people who maybe don’t read the genre often. On a dreary October night, the body of Ashley Cordova is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. Even though her death is ruled a suicide, reporter Scott McGrath is convinced it has something to do with her family. As he digs deeper into her death he comes face-to-face with the legacy of Ashley’s father, a cult horror film director Stanislaus Cordova, who hasn’t been seen in public in over 30 years. Last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his job and his wife, this time he might lose even more. Also, if you’re a horror film lover, you will appreciate some of the aspects of this book even more, you’ll find yourself smiling to the pages when some things are described, that’s for sure.
That’s it for me today, I would love if you let me know a book that YOU would love to ghost. A book that you would love to just pretend didn’t exist! Tell me all about it in the comments down below!