We are back with part two of the October Madness Goodie bag and we’re going over books that fill our bag.
These five books are perfect for this spooky season. Now, these (except the first one) are outside of my usual favorite authors because I want to praise the ones I’ve found that are outside my normal authors. Surprisingly these are mostly YA and/or teen novels that popped into my head.
Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles Series #1) by Gena Showalter
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone…
I adore Gena Showalter for years now and this series went above and beyond with the action, plots, and interesting system of zombies. It’s not your normal zombie book. It was another world I played a bit in my daydreams. Very emotional from their triumphs and from their loses. Alice Bell character development makes her my favorite character.
2. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Ah! I cannot praise this series enough! So good…so good! I was blown away by the creepiness of this book and the plots. One of my favorite part in the first book Bad Girls Don’t Die was the fight between the protag and antag. She states:
“Don’t try to run,”
“You won’t make it out the door.”
My heart was pumping from that moment on.
3. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Already in love with Katie Alender’s books I immediately wanted to read more so here we have The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall.
Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.
But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.
Katie Alender’s action scenes are the best written and memorable. I read this book a year ago but I can already bring up many scenes in my head from this book. It was moments where I was sad, happy, angry, and shocked. It’s a book I could reread for pure enjoyment.
4. Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley
This is more of a physiological thriller and really really crazy but I loved that it made my mind work. I was surprised by the ending as I was trying to put the pieces together. It touches on a few tough subjects but they’re well done.
This was one where I read the ending and had to sit there awhile to process everything I read.
Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological thriller about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity and then piece together her own identity.
5. East Salem Trilogy by Lis Wiehl
These books are they only non-teen book on my list and I almost forgot about how awesome this trilogy is until I looked at my Goodreads profile. They are a great urban fantasy:
All towns have secrets. Some have demons.
Welcome to East Salem.
A sleepy town with a history older than America where things are just a bit off. Where the supernatural bleeds into the everyday.And where a tragic murder mystery is underway. A high school girl is found dead in the town park. And where forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris wants answers. All the suspects are teenagers who were at the party with her the night before-but who woke up the next morning with no memory of what transpired. Even though evidence confirms they were all at the scene of the crime. Former pro-football linebacker-and local celebrity-Tommy Gunderson finds himself drawn to the case. And to Dani-who he last spoke with on their one high school date forever ago. Yet his celebrity status opens doors barred to Dani-so they form an awkward alliance. They soon realize that there’s more to the mystery than murder. And more to the evil they are facing than a mere human killer. (less)
I love the insertion of information about the supernatural/demons lore. It was easy to take away gems of wisdom about the supernatural. It was pretty cool on how these books came together. I am still working on the last one but I’m hoping to tackle the rest of it in the coming months.
I’ve learned Lis Weihl kills it in the crime dramas and invoking mystery, I have read her other series the Triple Threat and I like her style of writing.
And there you have it five books to add to your TBR list before October ends. Let’s me know if you’ve read any of these.