As it’s almost halfway through October and fast approaching Halloween, I thought I’d add to all the Halloween book lists appearing at the moment with my top 5 supernatural or things-that-go-bump-in-the-night books/series.
I’ve decided not to include angel/demon stories here (might do a separate post about those soon, but to stick to witches/zombies/vampires etc)
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realises she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.
So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.
The first in the wonderful ‘Women of the Otherworld’ series Bitten focuses on Werewolves. I love Kelley Armstrong’s take on this supernatural staple. Her lore feels realistic and although there is a romantic element to the story it isn’t the main focus.
Dead until Dark by Charlainne Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….
Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.
The first Sookie Stackhouse novel that threw us into the world of Bon Temps and Sookie’s crazy life. The series got more and more involved as it went on, but Dead until Dark stands well on its own as well.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cosy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilisation.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living colour in R’s grey landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
Who doesn’t love a good Zombie story? This is Zombie romance Romeo and Juliette style, hes a zombie, she’s not – what could possibly go wrong? A fun story that still has ‘proper’ Zombies I really enjoyed this one (the film was pretty enjoyable too)
Slayer by Kiersten White
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.
Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.
I couldn’t not include this one, set in the Buffy Verse after the end of the shows, we find out what happened to the Watchers Council. Very much looking forward to the second in the series next year.
Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.
Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.
There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?
Generally at the lighter end of the creepy scale but still great stories, Verity and her ghostly gangsta side-kick Frankie solve crimes for both the living and the dead.
What are your favourite supernatural books?
Blurbs taken from Goodreads