Some reads for the Halloween season!

Witches are big on TV right now, with Charmed, Sabrina, Motherland, and Susan Dennard’s witch series being adapted.  But if you want more, Epic Reads has a selection of fourteen books for you.  Options range from Rachel Hawkins fun Hex Hall series, to the darker Wicked Deep and Labyrinth Lost.  Adriana Mather’s How to Hang a Witch is also there, along with old favourite Beautiful Creatures, which I suspect will be the latest YA series to get a TV series after a failed movie adaptation, if some of the aforementioned witch shows find success.

The site also presents a list of books perfect for stormy fall nights, including a few new releases, such as Broken Tings by Lauren Oliver and Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand.  Older options include Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (which I liked), and This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab (which I had mixed feelings for).

Moving on to some specific reviews, Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd was a much-hyped book that has been getting some negative feedback since it came out.  But it’s not all doom and gloom, as Mundie Moms was quite a fan of the book.  Her review pr4aises the characters and says the book did a good job of using Paris as a setting.  My Thoughts… Literally falls on the opposite end of the spectrum, feeling the main character was a bit of a Mary Sue while some of the others are fairly indistinguishable, and suggests that the book really could have taken place anywhere.  Shepherd has been a “great concept, shame about the execution” author for me so far, so I’ve so far not put this on my to read list even though it sounds very interesting.

And, that’s pretty much how I feel about The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke, though the Beowulf reimagining is getting more positive feedback than Grim Lovelies, at least from what I’ve seen.  Case in point, this glowing review from Great imaginations.  She praises the character, plot, and atmosphere, and also makes it clear that you don’t need to be familiar with Beowulf to enjoy the story.

Campfire by Shawn Sarles came out in summer, but come on, a story where the creepy tales told by a group of friends around the campfire star to come true?  If that doesn’t sound like a Halloween read, I don’t know what does!    The Barnes & Noble teen blog interviewed the author back when the book came out, and he talked about how the book came to be.  Unfortunately, this review from My Thoughts… Literally suggests the book doesn’t take full advantage of the plot.

Coming full circle, we have another list of witch reads from Riveted Lit.  he Wicked Deep shows well, but the other five selections are not from the other list, including recent release Strange Grace and Light as a Feather, which was just adapted to a series for Hulu!

Published by Andrew Clendening