TGIF is hosted by Ginger from GReads.
Today's question is: Which stories do you consider festive Halloween reads? Which stories have chilled you to the bone?
Well, as always, my choices are a bit off the wall. I picked my five and then realized there were probably a few that are not so well known. But some of these books really scared me. And some of them were atmospheric as heck. And some did both. I hope you like my choices.
I found this book to be terrifying. I remember when I was reading it that I had to put it down a few times and take a breather because it was so intense. It's gory, it's scary, but most of all it makes you feel really unsettled while reading. I adored this book. Who doesn't like books about flesh-eating zombies?
Death Watch (Undertaken Trilogy)I just got done reading this one a few weeks ago. This book is so rich and so atmospheric. It's got a great story and I wouldn't say it's scary, but it's full of ghosts, death rituals, and a really creepy town that is more full of ghosts than actual humans. The book is not out yet, but it will be soon (Nov. 15th), and I cannot recommend it more.
Under the Dome: A Novel Sometimes it's the characters that make the book. And then once in a blue moon there is a villain so bad, so evil, that your skin literally crawls while you are reading. That was Under the Dome for me. I have never read a book with so many characters there has to be an index for them, and yet remembered every single one of them. The town is full of great imagery and a lot of evil actions. I'd have to say that this book was probably my first memorable brush with dystopian fiction. And it is one of the best, if not the best. If you haven't read it yet, you should. It's a long, long book, but surprisingly is an extremely fast read.
An Apple For Zoë (The Forsaken) I thought this book was a really great read and a really great pick for Halloween. It is full of evil characters and rich atmosphere. There were parts that scared the bejeezus out of me. There's a great story here, and yes, the sequel is not out yet, but this book is totally worth picking up. At $0.99 for the Kindle edition, the price can't be beat. You will be reading something totally demented and you will wonder where the author's imaginations came from.
Balefire OmnibusAhhh, Balefire. You were one of my first reads as a book blogger. As such, my review for you was less than entertaining. But as a book, I loved you to death. In your pages is one of the best settings in all of fiction. New Orleans. And a great story about a coven of witches, identical twins, and some really memorable characters. While you are not a scary read, I would say the topics of New Orleans and witchcraft make you a great Halloween read. A great book to curl up by the fire with. A piece of pumpkin pie, some apple cider and a bag of candy will complete the experience.
What do you guys think about my picks? Got any recommendations for me? Why not link up and creat your own list? And if I don't talk to you before then, Happy Halloween! Make sure you enter the giveaway for the Kindle Fire and copy of 11/22/63 while you are at it! Links can be found on the sidebar to your left!