I’m taking part in Wonderless Review’s Halloween Read-A-Thon from the 10th to the 31st of October! I’ve never done a read-a-thon, it’ll be a challenge to try to keep up! Halloween isn’t that big in the UK (like, all we do is dress up and maybe get drunk), but I do love horror and anything supernatural, so this read-a-thon sounds great for me! (I might cheat and not read these in the given order).
Bloodlust by C R Benson
At the outskirts of the shady forests in Pennsylvania, Derek Woods leaves behind his delinquent high school days. Derek determinedly turns his life around and attends the most prestigious college in the state, Global-Tech, for a chance at a fresh start. However, Derek quickly becomes enmeshed in a confusing romance with the green-eyed beauty Mila Baine, even as his old crew resurfaces and tries to draw him back into the life Derek swore he’d left forever. Despite his best efforts, the overwhelming task of keeping both The Pack at bay and Mila in his life becomes even harder when a mysterious, crimson ring is branded onto his chest. Although an ancient, evil calling is the last thing Derek needs, there is no denying the Devil’s curse once you are chosen.
I actually find this cover weirdly creepy. Like, yes it’s just a man’s torso, but the mark on his chest and the creepy title font freaks me out.
The Perfect Mortals by Reece Bridger
During a ceasefire of a war that has taken more lives than could be considered just, there are shadows of betrayal and deceit lurking in the rays of the morning sun. Something is lingering on the horizon, and it’s hell-bent on destruction, despair and death.
Whatever it may be, it’s driven the Goddess to some very desperate measures.
Life for the Harmon siblings has been hard enough, but now they face responsibilities that they never asked for. They never asked for power. They never asked for a world of monsters. They never asked to come face-to-face with demons, the corrupted of their own people, or their own mortality.
But that is just what they will have to do. They are the chosen heroes of Cornelia, the final hope for order and sanity, the last line of defence against the darkness.
They are the Buan.
Demons and monsters? Yes please.
Abduction by Nicole Hatfield
Audrey Green’s life was going nowhere fast. She didn’t think things could get any worse until a stranger at a door proved her wrong.
Mistaken for another woman, Audrey is abducted and thrown into a situation she thought possible only in the movies.
Upon discovering the identity of her gorgeous yet arrogant captor, Audrey is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: Fight for her freedom… or stay and be rewarded.
A simple choice with a huge reward.
Easy decision, right?
Or will her choice and her captor’s secret ultimately lead to more danger than she could ever be prepared for?
I definitely find books where real people are doing bad things the scariest, so this seems like an appropriate choice. (Also I’m being sneaky adding this one in because it was already on my TBR).
The Nurse by Amy Cross
When Rachel moves to a new house with her mother, she immediately realizes that something isn’t quite right. Although she’s blind, Rachel can tell that the stories about the house’s past don’t add up. And slowly, she starts to worry that someone or something from that past might still be around.
Soon, Rachel learns the story of the house’s previous occupant, a troubled nurse who spent every waking moment caring for a sick old man. The nurse eventually lost her mind, resulting in a series of horrific murders, but have the events of that awful time truly been left behind? Or is something stirring in the night, something that only Rachel seems to notice?
The Nurse is the story of a girl who finds herself trapped in a sinister house, and a woman who believes she’s being haunted by the ghost of a long-dead child. Contains scenes of violence.
I do most of my reading at night, but I feel like I might end up regretting reading this one after sunset. It sounds SO CREEPY.
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Whalen
From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighbourhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.
Up and down the streets, neighbours quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbours’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.
During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbours learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?
I decided to go for the treat option – don’t want to overdo it and scare myself silly all month.
Risen by M.T. Miller
In the middle of nowhere, a nameless individual rises from the dark. With barely any knowledge apart from how to speak and how to kill, he finds himself in a world gone mad. Worse off, nearly everything that moves is out for his blood.
Not knowing where to turn, the wanderer traverses the desolate landscape of a ruined continent. Along his travels, his mind and body are pushed to their limits as he desperately tries to make sense of what is going on, what he is, and why he exists.
Foe after foe meets their end at his hands, yet each kill only serves to raise more questions. Is he even human? What has happened to the world? Where does his path lead?
The answer lies beyond the blood-stained horizon.
It’s a bit ambiguous whether this is actually a horror or not, but the cover has a kind of creepy vibe and the blurb sounds pretty deathy, so I reckon it counts.
What do you plan to read this Halloween? And be sure to check out all the posts of other readers taking part in the Halloween Read-A-Thon!