With Halloween fast approaching, now is the perfect time to pick up a good book about the supernatural. But which type of supernatural creature are you in the mood for?
Are you a fan of vampires?
Vampires remain a popular book topic and there are almost as many different types of vampires as there are books about vampires. The following are sure to offer something for every type of vampire fan.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (2008 Teens’ Top Ten) – Soon to be a movie, the Vampire Academy series takes place at a boarding school specifically for vampires and their half-human protectors. The first book follows Lissa, a vampire princess and her bodyguard, Rose, as they are brought to the boarding school and must try to integrate with the student body and prevent Lissa from becoming one of the Strigoi, the most dangerous vampires of all.
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers) – In a world where vampires have wiped out virtually all human life, Gene must hide himself away in plain sight. Every day is a battle to conceal his humanity from all of the vampires around him who would love to take his delicious blood. But, when he is selected to participate in a competition to hunt one of the few remaining humans, the battle to keep his true identity hidden becomes even more important and perilous.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – Coldtowns exist to keep quarantined monsters and humans segregated from the rest of the world. When Tana finds herself amidst the victims of a massacre in one of these Coldtowns, she must find a way to save herself and her friends from this dangerous dilemma.
Perhaps you prefer the undead?
If you watch the Walking Dead religiously, try one of these stories of the undead to broaden your zombie horizons.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion â€“ Zombies might not seem like the ideal candidates for a love story, but Warm Bodies is the exception to this rule. On a routine hunting trip, R (he can’t remember his real name) meets Julie and, shockingly, he doesn’t want to kill her. Confused by his own behavior, he brings her back to the zombie stronghold and realizes that he just might be getting his emotions back.
Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks â€“ In this fun graphic novel, Hicks takes on angst about college debt, the rules of zombie movies and the stress of taking exams. Set on a Canadian college campus during a zombie apocalypse, Zombies Calling is a great read for those who love the genre but are willing to laugh at it at the same time.
Would you rather read about werewolves?
Are you a fan of Teen Wolf? Were you Team Jacob while reading Twilight? Perhaps you would enjoy one of these werewolf stories.
Soulless: The Manga by Gail Carriger and REM – In this manga adaptation of Gail Garriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, readers enter a Victorian England populated with vampires, werewolves and one very strong-willed preternatural. The books are a fun romp through a steampunk setting with an irreverent tone that works just as well in the manga as it does in the original novels.
Immortal Lycanthropes by Hal Johnson – Myron is a disfigured orphan in the ninth grade when a particularly bad run-in with a bully presents him with a scary revelation: he is a shape shifter. Readers follow his attempts to find his place in a new world that he is only just starting to understand.
Ready for a good ghost story?
If ghosts are more your speed, these books offer plenty of creepy thrills and fun adventures.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (2012 Readers’ Choice) – Cas is the latest in a line of people who have tracked and killed ghosts. Like his father before him, he travels around disposing of ghosts that threaten unsuspecting humans. And, when he moves to a new town to kill the ghost known as Anna Dressed in Blood, he doesn’t expect it to be any different than any of the rest of his assignments. But, what happens when he begins to wonder if she is more than just the next ghost for him to eliminate?
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults) – When Rory starts boarding school in London, the last thing she is worried about is ghosts. Culture shock given her recent move from Louisiana? Sure. But, mysterious figures that only she can see? No, definitely not. What happens though when seemingly impossible murders copying those made famous by Jack the Ripper start to occur and Rory is the only witness? If you love this first book in the series, you will be happy to know that the second book, The Madness Underneath, is currently available.
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (2012 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens) – When Anya finds a ghost at the bottom of the well they quickly become best friends. But, does her new friend really have her best interests at heart? And, can one really be best friends with a ghost? This creepy graphic novel will keep any ghost fan entertained until the very end.
Are spells more your speed?
Check out one of these books set in worlds where witches and wizards cast spells for all sorts of tasks both large and small.
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults) – In a world where magic is starting to fade, Jennifer Strange, a 15-year old orphan is the de facto leader of Kazam Mystical Art Management. Made up of seers, wizards and other magical practitioners, the agency has fallen upon hard times of late and is struggling. But, when one of its seers predicts that a dragonslayer will kill the last existing dragon, Jennifer gets drawn into the search for this mysterious figure.
Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings â€“ Julie’s mother is a witch, but Julie wants to start to cast spells on her own. But, when she decides to tackle an exorcism with her best friend rather than going to her over-protective mother for help, this seemingly simple activity quickly escalates drawing Julie into a conflict that will teach her more about her own family.
This list should help you find the perfect supernatural read for Halloween! Let us know in the comments if you have other suggestions!
– Carli Spina, currently reading Kindred by Octavia E. Butler