By: Stephanie Wyatt
I have loved all things paranormal since I was a small child. I grew up in a house where my mother didn’t really like Halloween because she associated everything involved with it as demonic. It was my way to rebel, so of course I’m obsessed.
Here are some “spooky” series that I want to read. I define “spooky” here as any book with witches, vampires, ghosts, etc.
1. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
This has been on my TBR for years because I’ve been obsessed with the cover. I finally looked up a synopsis. It seems like a girl from a prestigious private school gets turned into a vampire. Then, one of her classmates is murdered, so she and the most popular boy in the school team up to find out what happened.
2. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
This is a sequel series to Vampire Academy. It follows Sydney the Alchemist as she works to help protect the sister of the Queen of the Vampires and her friends while trying to protect humans from knowing about their existence. I stopped reading after the first one because the ending made me mad. It’s been 10 years. I’m curious how it ended
3. Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer
I saw this in a bookstore years ago, but I never bought it It’s about a young girl named Calla, who is a wolf humanoid of some kind. Her whole life is planned out for her when she decides to save a human, who was out for a hike, which breaks her masters’ laws. Her life is thrown for a loop. I feel like wolves never get their turn, and I’m always curious to read new lore.
4. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
This tells about a group of vampires who protect the human race from desouled humans called lessers. Each book tells the story of a different brother finding their mate. These are adult books with fairly graphic sex scenes, language, and violence.
5. The Vampire Diaries Series by L.J. Smith
This is another series of books that I’ve wanted to read for a while. I love the TV show, and I’m thinking about jumping back into the universe. I know the books are very different, but I always like to know the differences. It’s been long enough I should get to know the book version of the people of Mystic Falls.
6. Night World Series by L.J. Smith
This is a book series about witches, vampires, and werewolves that live among humans without their knowledge. The cool thing about these books is it’s like four novels all connected to the same universe with a portion of the full story in each book. I read the first one years ago and haven’t managed to find the other ones. I’m curious to see where the stories go.
7. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I have heard that this is adult American Harry Potter, and that intrigues me. It’s a trilogy for new adults. I have been trying to find more adult fantasy. Maybe this will be a good jumping-off point for me.
8. Howl’s Moving Castle Series by Dianna Wynn-Jones
Howl’s Moving Castle is the first book in the series (Yes, like the amazing Studio Ghibli film). The series follows the adventures of the marvelous wizard Howl and his friends. I love the film, and I read the book ages ago. I want to see what happened to everyone.
9. Otherworld Series by Kelly Armstrong
I love series that have all kinds of magical creatures in them. I read a short story by Kelly Armstrong in an anthology a while back and didn’t know which series to start. I’m glad I found my answer.
10. Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
It’s mythology, romance, and vampires all rolled into one. Dark-Hunters are people who were betrayed in death and brought back by the goddess Artemis to fight Daemons as payment for being able to avenge their death. Each book tells the story of a Dark-Hunter finding their soulmate. I’ve read the first threer. They are adults, talk about some graphic things, and have graphic sex scenes. My favorite character appears in all of them, so I want to finish them and get his full backstory.
Have you read any of these? What are your favorite books or shows to watch during October? Let me know in the comments!