Magical Book Recommendations To Add To Your Halloween Book List

Calling all bookworms and lovers of all things spooky! Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into some bewitching books? Whether you're in the mood for spine-chilling horror, enchanting fantasy, or whimsical tales of magic, we've got you covered. Our magical book recommendations include Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron, Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Five Dead Blondes - Lydia Grace, Elizabeth Kennedy.

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Calling all bookworms and lovers of all things spooky! Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into some bewitching books? Whether you're in the mood for spine-chilling horror, enchanting fantasy, or whimsical tales of magic, we've got you covered. Get ready to cosy up with a pumpkin spice latte, light a few eerie candles, and embark on a literary journey filled with supernatural wonders. 

Here are our top magical book recommendations to make your Halloween spellbinding.

Our magical book recommendations include Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron, Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Five Dead Blondes - Lydia Grace, Elizabeth Kennedy.

Five Dead Blondes by Lydia Grace, Elizabeth Kennedy

Seventeen-year-old Cash Stone carries the weight of his family on his shoulders, fiercely loving his mum and sister. However, the responsibility of looking after them is no walk in the park.

Daisy Moore holds tightly to a haunting secret from the previous summer, one that lingers in her mind while her friends wish she could simply let go.

As the school year looms ahead, a shocking tragedy rocks Thorncliffe College when the lifeless body of Lucy Smith, a young blonde from a neighbouring town, is discovered. The news reverberates through the halls, leaving everyone in a state of disbelief. Little do they know, this is just the beginning for the merciless killer, whose sinister plan is only just unfolding...

Hollow Heathens by Nicole Fiorina

Prepare to be enchanted by the gripping tale from an Amazon #1 bestselling author in Gothic Romance. Brace yourself for a haunting and forbidden love that defies all odds, capable of shattering fears and unravelling ancient curses.

Once upon a time, in a world filled with strange traditions and eerie superstitions, a girl named Fallon was whisked away from her home shortly after her birth. The secrets that lay within her ancestral house were far more than mere tales passed down through generations.

Now, twenty-four years later, Fallon finds herself returning to the enigmatic town of Weeping Hollow. It was a place she had only known in whispered stories, haunting her during sleepless nights beneath a luminous marble moon. Her purpose? To care for her sole surviving relative, the very person who the locals deemed a macabre spectacle—a mortician whose inquisitive nature earned her the label of a freakshow.

They warned me to steer clear, insisting I should not approach Fallon Grimaldi. But despite their cautionary words, an irresistible and inexplicable attraction drew me towards her. It was as if there existed a timeless connection, a nostalgic pull that suggested we had crossed paths in this very place before.

Hollow Heathens stands tall as a captivating stand-alone tale but can also be savoured as part of a larger interconnected series. For the optimal reading experience, we recommend delving into the books in the order of their publication. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world where darkness and desire intertwine, where mysteries unfurl, and where love's power defies the boundaries of time itself.

Sherlock Holmes Hounds of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

In the midst of a haunting fog, a ghastly discovery of a lifeless body unfolds, laying the foundation for a captivating narrative. Welcome to a world where the relentless pursuit of truth pits the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted companion Dr. Watson against an enigmatic dog.

When the lifeless body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the desolate and untamed moorlands of Devon, accompanied by the ominous footprints of a monstrous hound, the locals attribute the tragedy to a long-standing family curse. Now, it falls upon the renowned detective Sherlock Holmes and the ever-loyal Dr. Watson to unravel the perplexing mystery surrounding the legend of the phantom hound. Time is of the essence, for if they fail, the heir to Sir Charles' fortune may meet a similarly gruesome fate.

First captivating readers with its serialised publication, The Hound of the Baskervilles has cemented its place in the realm of popular imagination. Brace yourself as you embark on a thrilling journey filled with suspense, dark secrets, and the relentless pursuit of justice. This gripping tale has stood the test of time, captivating generation after generation with its timeless allure.

The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling

Meet Elise, burdened with a curse that leaves her with a chilling ability - a touch that reveals the inevitable fate of those around her. Haunted by the tragic loss of her own brother, whose demise she foresaw but couldn't alter, Elise is desperate to break free from the clutches of her haunting gift.

In the midst of her turmoil, Elise crosses paths with Claire, a vampire on a mission to guide her in harnessing her unique powers. Claire's role extends beyond mentorship, as she seeks to recruit Elise into the Veil, a clandestine organisation fiercely dedicated to safeguarding the secrets of the supernatural world, no matter the cost.

Initially hesitant to align herself with a vampire, Elise's resolve strengthens when she foresees a teacher's impending murder. Driven to prevent this violent tragedy, Elise must confront her reservations and forge an alliance with Claire.

As Elise and Claire grow closer, a lingering question takes root in Elise's mind - can she truly trust someone whose duty is to secure her loyalty? Can she place her life in the hands of a being who possesses the ability to extinguish it? Furthermore, could Claire hold the elusive answers to unravelling the enigma surrounding her brother's untimely demise?

Prepare to embark on a thrilling journey of trust, secrets, and the pursuit of truth as Elise grapples with her extraordinary powers and the undeniable connection she shares with Claire. Unveil the mysteries that lie ahead and discover whether the fragile bond they forge can withstand the perils that await them.

These Witches Don’t Burn and This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

In the aftermath of surviving a murderous Witch Hunter, Hannah finds herself navigating the challenges of senior year, trying to balance school, friendship, and her budding romance with Morgan. However, the threat of the Hunters looms larger than ever as they grow more determined to strip Hannah of her magic.

As news spreads that the Hunters have expanded their reach nationwide, armed with a powerful serum capable of decimating entire covens in one fell swoop, Hannah's desire to help her fellow witches intensifies. With witches across the country losing their powers, Hannah becomes a beacon of hope, one of the few witches known to have escaped a Hunter with her magic intact. But appearances can be deceiving, and Hannah conceals a painful truth - even the smallest act of magic inflicts excruciating agony upon her.

In this perilous quest to defeat the Hunters, Hannah discovers that her solace lies in the arms of Morgan, whose magic holds the key to unleashing Hannah's true potential. Yet, Morgan's own powers are in jeopardy, and if Hannah cannot find a way to save her and protect the rest of the witches, she risks losing everything she holds dear. The stakes escalate as the Hunters draw closer to their ultimate target, leaving all the witches in Salem to confront an adversary determined to eradicate magic forever.

Join Hannah on a thrilling journey filled with love, sacrifice, and the battle to preserve the very essence of witchcraft. Will the combined strength of the witches in Salem be enough to thwart their relentless enemy, or will they succumb to a world devoid of magic? Brace yourself as this captivating sequel unfolds, promising heart-stopping moments and a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who wield the power of the supernatural.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Get ready for a captivating retelling of Cinderella like you've never seen before, as two courageous girls join forces to overthrow the oppressive kingdom. With a unique voice that will leave you spellbound, this powerful narrative is a must-read for fans of A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Two hundred years have passed since Cinderella's fairytale ending, but the story has taken a dark turn. Now, teenage girls are forced to attend the Annual Ball, where men of the kingdom select their future wives based on lavish displays of wealth and beauty. Those who are not chosen vanish without a trace.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia, however, has no interest in parading before suitors. Instead, her heart yearns for Erin, her childhood best friend. Faced with the looming ball, Sophia makes a daring decision - she escapes and seeks refuge in the solemn mausoleum of Cinderella. There, she encounters Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step-sisters. United by a shared determination, they vow to dismantle the oppressive regime of the king once and for all. Along their treacherous journey, they uncover a side of Cinderella's story that surpasses anything they ever imagined.

Prepare to be captivated by this fresh and thought-provoking twist on a classic tale, where readers will question the narratives they've been fed and rally behind the girls as they challenge the confines of a world determined to keep them in check. Join Sophia and Constance as they defy expectations and rewrite their own destinies, inspiring us all to break free from the constraints that surround us.

This Wicked Fate - Kalynn Bayron

In a race against time to save her mother, Briseis faces an impossible task: she must locate the final fragment of the dreaded Absyrtus Heart. To unravel the mystery and find the missing piece, she must unlock the secrets of her unknown blood relatives and embrace her rightful place within their ancient lineage. In this journey, Briseis will discover hidden powers and uncover a sisterhood bound by ancient magic.

Yet, the pursuit of the Heart is not without peril. Ruthless adversaries seek its power, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their own sinister objectives. The fates foretell a dangerous path ahead, one that promises heartache and loss. But with the strength of her newfound sisterhood and the ancient magic coursing through her veins, can Briseis rise to the occasion? Will she harness her powers to protect the ones she holds most dear?

Join bestselling author Kalynn Bayron as she weaves a mesmerising tale, continuing the captivating story of Briseis and her family's extraordinary magic. In this highly anticipated sequel to This Poison Heart, prepare to be spellbound as Briseis navigates a world brimming with danger, love, and the untapped potential of her unique abilities.

This Lie Won’t Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

Get ready for a heart-pounding ride that will leave you on the edge of your seat, especially if you're a fan of Riverdale, One of Us is Lying, and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.

In this gripping tale, the stakes are high: tell the truth or face the dire consequences.

A year ago, a fateful party unfolded, marked by tragedy and death. Among the attendees were five teenagers, each with their own role to play in the events that transpired. Since that night, their lips have remained sealed, concealing the truth from the world.

But now, destiny brings them together again. The five survivors find themselves gathered at a secluded mansion nestled in the hills. Their anticipation rises as they believe they are competing in a contest, vying for a grand prize of $50,000. However, as the saying goes, some things are too good to be true.

Soon, they realise that they have been lured into this isolated haven by a vengeful seeker, determined to unravel the truth behind that fateful and deadly night from one year ago.

Five entered the mansion, but not all will leave. As the night unfolds, the battle between truth and deception intensifies. Will revealing the secrets that haunt them set them free from this harrowing ordeal? Or will their web of lies crumble, bringing about their ultimate downfall?

Hold your breath as you immerse yourself in this thrilling tale where the line between truth and lies becomes dangerously blurred. Will the truth be their salvation, or will it prove to be their undoing? Prepare for a gripping journey where survival hinges on confronting the past and unmasking the secrets that bind them together.

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

Step into a world where the delicate balance of power lies in the hands of witches who control the climate, but as their grip weakens, one extraordinary witch must rise to save the Earth from imminent destruction. Yet, as her power burgeons, it inflicts pain upon those closest to her. Caught in the midst of a captivating love story with her training partner, she is faced with an impossible choice: her power, her love, or the salvation of the Earth.

For centuries, witches have wielded their magic to maintain harmony in the climate, but now, their control wavers as the atmosphere grows increasingly erratic, and storms unleash devastating havoc. All hope rests on the shoulders of Clara, a once-in-a-generation Everwitch whose powers are entwined with every passing season.

In the embrace of Autumn, Clara yearns to distance herself from her immense power. Wild and volatile, the cost of her magic—losing those she holds dear—seems too great, even with the pressing need to tame the escalating tempests.

Winter arrives, bearing witness to a world teetering on the brink of catastrophe. Flames engulf, storms rage, and Clara, burdened with the knowledge that she alone can make a difference, must confront her destiny.

As the rebirth of Spring emerges, Clara finds herself irresistibly drawn to Sang, the witch entrusted with her training. With each surge of her growing magic, her emotions deepen, but fear lingers that Sang may become the next casualty of her uncontrollable power.

Then, Summer dawns, demanding Clara's ultimate decision—a choice between her power and her own happiness, her duty and the profound connections she has forged. Time is running out, for each passing moment threatens to snatch away Sang, her magic, and plunge the world into irrevocable chaos.

Join Clara on this spellbinding journey as she grapples with her tumultuous power, the tender bonds she forms, and the weighty choices she must make. Will she find a way to safeguard both the Earth and her heart, or will the price of her magic be too steep to bear?

Layla by Colleen Hoover

Get ready for a powerful and emotionally charged tale from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover. In this gripping novel, Hoover delves into the aftermath of tragedy and the unwavering strength of love.

Leeds believes he has found his forever in Layla when their paths intertwine, but their idyllic future is shattered by an unforeseen assault that leaves Layla fighting for her life. While Layla recovers physically after weeks in the hospital, the emotional and mental toll has transformed her into a different person. Determined to reignite the flame of their relationship, Leeds takes Layla to the very bed-and-breakfast where their love story began. However, once they arrive, Layla's behaviour takes a perplexing turn, and unsettling events start to unfold.

As Leeds finds himself growing distant from Layla, he discovers solace in the company of Willow, another guest at the bed-and-breakfast who shares his concerns. Their connection deepens, but as Leeds delves into helping Willow find the answers she seeks, he becomes entangled in a conflict that jeopardises Layla's well-being. The weight of his decision intensifies as he realises he cannot assist both Layla and Willow simultaneously. With everything hanging in the balance, Leeds must make a choice, knowing that making the wrong one could have devastating consequences for all involved.

Prepare for a gripping exploration of love, sacrifice, and the complexities of relationships as Colleen Hoover skillfully weaves a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Will Leeds be able to navigate the intricate web of emotions and protect the ones he holds dear? Find out in this compelling story that reminds us of the enduring power of love even in the face of adversity.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

Prepare to be swept away by the delightful collaboration of #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award-winning artist Faith Erin Hicks in Pumpkinheads. This heartwarming and hilarious story follows two captivating teens as they embark on a journey to discover the true meaning of bidding farewell to a place and a person without any regrets.

Deja and Josiah are the epitome of seasonal best friends. Every autumn, throughout their high school years, they find themselves working side by side at the most extraordinary pumpkin patch in the world, nestled in Omaha, Nebraska (though not many people are aware of this fact). They bid each other farewell every Halloween, only to be joyfully reunited every September 1st.

However, this Halloween marks a significant change. Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and it dawns on them that this will be their last season at the beloved pumpkin patch. Their final shift together. Their ultimate good-bye. Josiah is prepared to spend the night engulfed in melancholy, mourning the impending end. But Deja refuses to let him wallow in sadness. She hatches a plan: What if, instead of dwelling on their farewell and engaging in the usual mundane tasks, they go out with a bang? What if they seize the opportunity to explore all the sights, savour all the delectable snacks, and, most importantly, enable Josiah to finally strike up a conversation with the cute girl he's been pining over for three long years?

What if their last shift at the pumpkin patch becomes an extraordinary adventure, brimming with unforgettable moments and unexpected surprises?

Join Deja and Josiah as they embark on an enchanting escapade that will redefine the meaning of closure and celebrate the bonds of friendship. With Pumpkinheads, Rowell and Hicks have crafted a tale that will warm your heart, tickle your funny bone, and leave you with a renewed appreciation for embracing life's adventures, even in the face of farewells.

Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice

Prepare to be enchanted by the mesmerising prose of #1 New York Times bestselling author Anne Rice as she weaves a spellbinding tale that has earned its place as a classic, rivalling the iconic Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Within the depths of a dimly lit chamber, a young man unravels a macabre and haunting account of his life—a life entwined with the existence of a vampire, cursed with immortality and consumed by an insatiable thirst for human blood.

Upon its release, Interview with the Vampire captivated readers and critics alike. The Washington Post hailed it as a "thrilling, strikingly original work of the imagination...sometimes horrifying, sometimes beautiful, but always unforgettable." Now, over four decades since its publication, Anne Rice's masterpiece continues to reign as a timeless treasure cherished by devoted fans worldwide.

Indulge in the evocative and sensuous storytelling that has made Anne Rice an unrivalled force in the realm of vampire literature. Prepare to be enthralled as you immerse yourself in a world where darkness and beauty collide, where immortal beings navigate the shadows, and where the boundaries of desire and eternity are explored with haunting intensity.

Interview with the Vampire stands as a testament to Anne Rice's unrivalled imagination and literary prowess. Enter a realm where vampires dwell, and experience a tale that will captivate your senses, linger in your thoughts, and leave an indelible mark on your soul.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" weaves a captivating tale penned by Washington Irving and featured in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Written during Irving's time in Birmingham, England, this timeless short story was first published in 1820. Alongside Irving's renowned "Rip Van Winkle," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" stands as one of the earliest and most enduring examples of American fiction that continues to enthral readers to this day.

Set in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, inspired by Tarrytown, New York, the story transports us to the enchanting glen known as Sleepy Hollow, circa 1790. Here, we encounter Ichabod Crane, a lean and superstitious schoolmaster hailing from Connecticut. Ichabod finds himself entangled in a rivalry with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the boisterous troublemaker of the town, as they vie for the affections of Katrina Van Tassel—a young woman of 18, the sole child of the wealthy farmer Baltus Van Tassel.

As the tale unfolds, Ichabod attends a lively party at the Van Tassel residence on a crisp autumn evening. However, upon leaving the festivities, he becomes the target of a chilling pursuit by the Headless Horseman. The Horseman is believed to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, decapitated by a stray cannonball during an unnamed battle of the American Revolutionary War. The specter roams the night, forever in search of his severed head. The narrative takes a mysterious turn as Ichabod mysteriously vanishes from the town, leaving Katrina to wed Brom Bones, who assumes a mischievous air whenever the tale of Ichabod is retold. While the true nature of the Headless Horseman remains open to interpretation, the story implies a cunning disguise, suggesting that Brom Bones is behind the spectral guise.

Delve into the captivating world of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," a timeless classic that lingers in the collective imagination. Experience the charm of Tarry Town, the eerie atmosphere of Sleepy Hollow's glen, and the unforgettable characters that populate this bewitching tale. With its blend of romance, mystery, and the supernatural, this beloved story continues to captivate readers, inviting them to unravel the enigmatic threads woven by Washington Irving's masterful pen.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The enchanting week leading up to Halloween has arrived in Green Town, Illinois, casting a spell that draws all towards Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show. The mesmerising calliope's melodic tune captivates hearts, promising the restoration of youth and the fulfilment of long-forgotten dreams.

Amidst this captivating atmosphere, two young boys, teetering on the cusp of adulthood, embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries concealed within the dark carnival's swirling smoke, bewildering mazes, and tantalising mirrors. Little do they know that their exploration will unveil the true cost of their deepest desires.

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), a prolific literary genius, gifted the world with over 500 short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and poems. Regarded as one of America's most elegant and poetic writers, he is hailed as a pioneer of dark fantasy. His profound contributions to the literary landscape garnered him numerous prestigious accolades, including the esteemed World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the esteemed title of Nebula Grandmaster.

Immerse yourself in the bewitching world crafted by Ray Bradbury, where shadows hold secrets and desires carry unforeseen consequences. Traverse the realms of dark fantasy as you experience the indelible mark left by Bradbury's eloquent prose and imaginative storytelling.

As Halloween approaches, it's time to let your imagination run wild and escape into the enchanting realms of these magical books. Whether you prefer a bone-chilling fright or a whimsical adventure, these book recommendations are sure to ignite the Halloween spirit within you. Happy Halloween and happy reading!

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