Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve last written. And an even longer while since I’ve last created a “top ten” post. School has been crazy! Even though I’m a day late, (as always) I’ve decided to do one of those fancy shmancy top ten posts. What do I have for you this time, you ask? *insert evil laugh here* the horror genre.
Since Halloween is right around the corner, I decided to put my favorite thinking cap on and come up with my top ten favorite books in the horror genre. Considering that my favorite reads lie in that genre, this may take a while. Nonetheless, I shall try to choose my top ten favorite books that are kind of… spooky…
10. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.
I really enjoyed this book when I read it. (Link to my book review here: https://nerdybookgirl13.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/the-replacement/) However, to me, it lacked something. I wished it was a little bit creepier. Although, it was still an amazing book, so I definitely recommend it.
9. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is probably one of the most amazing books out there. (See how hard it is to choose? I think every book on this list is amazing.) The book begins when Jacob gets to move to this mysterious island, where he discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in ruins. I developed a huge obsession over this book for a while. The photography and the writing mixed to create an eerie, spooky tale that pulls you in and doesn’t spit you back out until the end.
8. Zom-B by Darren Shan
Yes, I’m absolutely obsessed with the works of Darren Shan, and this won’t be the last time you’ll see his name in this post. Let’s be honest, Shan is amazing. His writing is amazing. His books are amazing. He’s amazing. This book is set in a more of an apocalyptic time period, where B and a few of her friends have their first look at zombies. This book is number one in the Zom-B series, and it’s truly amazing.
7. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
Set in a small Amish community, Katie is about to go out on Rumspringa, where she will get a taste of the Outside. However, rumors of unrest in the Outside has led to the doors of the community to close. But when Katie finds an injured young man at the fence, she provides him shelter in her barn, with a small cost. This book takes on a more dystopian fiction-style but is still enough to make you shiver. When I discovered this book I was at the state book fair, and the cover is what drew me to it, as well as the focus of the Amish culture. However, don’t let the setting of the plot fool you. You should definitely read this book. Especially if you’re wanting a thriller.
6. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Alexis leads a normally dysfunctional life, with her anti-cheerleading ways, and trouble-making attitude. But a family fight leads to a discovery: dysfunctional is becoming more like dangerous. Her sister, Kasey, is acting different. This book may be the typical “ghost story” book, but, let’s just say, it’s also not. This book was one of the most amazing horror books I’ve read, and you should read it, too!
5. Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead
In this book, the world of the undead consists of three parts: the strigoi, the moroi, and the dhampir. Each has a special part. The strigoi are the bad vampires. The moroi, the good. The dhampirs, assistants to the moroi, and protectors. Rose, a dhampir, is sworn to protect her moroi, Lissa, as the society of vampires start to untangle. Read this book! You won’t regret it.
4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The monster in this book isn’t a typical monster. Yes, it shows up at midnight as they always do. Yes, it haunts you. But it’s not the monster that you’d expect. This book is a beautiful book, and even if it’s not a typical horror book, you should definitely read it.
3. Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan
I can’t even describe to you how amazing the whole Cirque Du Freak series is. It was the first book I had ever read by one of my favorite authors: Darren Shan. This story is narrated by Shan himself, in the view of the main character, who steals a spider from a vampire, and gets adopted into the world of vampires and the freak show. This is one of my favorite books. It’s creepy, and beautiful, both at the same time. I definitely recommend it.
2. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
This book is a little different from all the rest. Based on Grimm’s Story Tales, Hansel and Gretel head out on a great adventure. I loved this book and read it in only a few days. I definitely recommend it.
1. The Demonata: Lord Loss by Darren Shan
This is the second series that I had read by Darren Shan. The first book, Lord Loss, is written in the point of view of Grubbs, a teenage boy who witnessed his parents get murdered, then left to live with his uncle, who introduces him to the secret world of demons. Together, along with a few friends, they face the demons, and what they have to offer. I’m obsessed with this book. Not only do I recommend it, I beg you to read it. Shan’s gory details and beautiful writing makes for the best horror book ever written.
Thank you guys for reading this post! I really hope you try out all of the books above and enjoy them. If you’ve already read a few, comment below and let me know what you think. Also, if you want more posts, follow me! …I may even follow back.