Halloween Recommendations: Monsters!

We are nearing closer and closer to Halloween and the month is getting spookier and spookier so I thought I would give you a couple of Halloween recommendations.

Today I have picked 4 books that include your classic stereotypical Halloween monsters like Ghosts and Werewolves. They range from historical fiction to contemporary graphic novels. So let’s go!!!

  • Title: A House of Ghosts
  • Author: W.C. Ryan
  • Monster: Ghosts
  • Genre: Historical Fiction and Mystery

Plot: Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.

This was an unexpected find for me. I requested it on Netgalley not sure if I was going to like it or not but I LOVED it! The atmosphere was amazing, I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book! The way the mystery unraveled was so interesting and I really enjoyed our two main characters!

  • Title: The Last Smile in Sunder City
  • Author: Luke Arnold
  • Monster: Various
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy and Mystery

Plot: Welcome to Sunder City. The magic is gone but the monsters remain. I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:
1. Sobriety costs extra.
2. My services are confidential.
3. I don’t work for humans.
It’s nothing personal—I’m human myself. But after what happened, to the magic, it’s not the humans who need my help.

This series is fast becoming one of my all time faves. Set in a world where all the magic has disappeared we are met with many of your classic Halloween monsters and you learn how they have been affected by the disappearance of the magic. You get werewolves, vampires, fairies etc.

  • Title: Mooncakes
  • Author: Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker
  • Monster: Witches and Werewolves
  • Genre: LQBTQ+ Romance and Urban Fantasy

Plot: Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

If you don’t want to read something that is super scary but still want to get into the Halloween spirit this book is for you. The art style is so cute and this book is filled with amazing representation i.e. sexuality, race and gender. The romance is super cute as well! I just want to live in the world of this book!

  • Title: Wyrd Sisters
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • Monster: Witches and Ghosts
  • Genre: Comedy and Fantasy

Plot: Three witches – Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick – have gathered on a lonely heath. A king has been cruelly murdered, his throne usurped by his ambitious cousin. An infant heir and the crown of the kingdom, both missing. Witches don’t have these kind of dynastic problems themselves – in fact, they don’t have leaders. Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders the witches don’t have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe.

This is just a really fun read with political intrigue, crazy friendship dynamics and weird family history. I really enjoyed this book and again this would be perfect if you’re not really into something scary.

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