It’s only August, but because of all of the press about new television shows*, I’ve been thinking about what books I want to watch for this fall. And while Summer is all about the Romance, fall is all about the Creeps and Chills. So, let’s take a look at some upcoming spooky reads!
Girl from the Well, by Rin Chupeco. I’d have picked this one up based on the cover art and the title alone, but the premise makes it even MORE intriguing! Based in part on a Japanese folk tale, Girl from the Well is narrated by a vigilante ghost—I may faint from the awesome of that phrase—who gets involved with a (living) boy who is the vessel for an evil spirit.
Famous Last Words, by Katie Alender. A serial killer is stalking Hollywood, and a girl with the power to talk to the dead is on his trail! Alender’s books are funny, smart, and scary, and every single one that I’ve read has featured a strong, complex depiction of a relationship between two girls, whether they are sisters, friends, ex-friends or frenemies. Therefore: She writes, I read.
Evil Librarian, by Michelle Knudsen. How’s that for an irresistible title? Witty wallflower takes on a hottie soul-sucking demon librarian who wants to make her best friend his child-bride. The description alone has me Happy Dancing around the room.
Mary: The Summoning, by Hillary Monaghan. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m surprised that there haven’t been more books about this urban legend—it seems tailor-made for a great origin story. The Kirkus reviewer wasn’t all that enthused about this one—and specifically said that the origin story part was weak—but I’m still hoping for some B-movie-type fun.
Into the Grey, by Celine Kiernan. Identical twin brothers move to a new town, one of them promptly gets possessed by the ghost of ANOTHER twin who’s searching for his OWN brother. Historical fiction, lots of family drama, it sounds meaty and original and just GOOD.
Firebug, by Lish McBride and Jackaby, by William Ritter. Both of these are more paranormal than straight-up horror, but it sounds like they have some spooky elements, so I’ll allow them to grace my list. Firebug is about an unwilling assassin (shades of Graceling?) who is a pyrokinetic; Jackaby is about a girl who gets a job with an oddball paranormal detective (shades of Lockwood & Co.?). Looking forward to fae politics and mystery and magic and hopefully a few scares!
And three beloved (by me, anyway) trilogies are ending! I have mixed feelings about coming to the end of Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy—on the one hand, I’m dying to know what will happen in Unmade, but on the other, I don’t want to say goodbye to one of my favorite heroines of all time. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s Burn for Burn trilogy is coming to an end, too, with Ashes to Ashes. I had mixed feelings about both of the previous books, but there’s no way I’ll miss the finale. And the last installment of Barry Lyga’s Jasper Dent trilogy, Blood of My Blood, is due out at the beginning of September. To be honest, I’m not sure how I’ve waited this long for it.
And finally, even though I’ve already read it, I’m very much looking forward to the release of Micol Ostow’s Amity. It’s part Amityville Horror, part ode to Stephen King and all awesome. I can’t wait to finally share it with my library patrons!
*Season three of Arrow! Gotham! Constantine! I had not realized it until just now, but apparently I am all about the comic book shows this year….
If she isn't writing Bookshelves of Doom or running the show at her local library, Leila Roy might be making stuff for her Etsy shop while rewatching Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Black Books or Twin Peaks. Well, that or she’s hanging out on Twitter. Or both.