Up until about 6 months ago when I had to convince my manager that I was a serious bookseller who reads serious books, my main literary love was the teen section in bookshops. Sadly, I haven’t read a YA book in the past 6 months, but, figured it’d be a great springboard for Blogtober as not everybody likes being spooked out of their pants by a Stephen King book (me included – go away, Pennywise!) So I started re-reading a couple of my old favourite YA books that had sorta Hallowe’en-themed plots like vampires (yes, I’m gonna mention THAT infamous book), ghosts and general fantastical worlds and beings. And I’m not ashamed to say, it’s been SO FUN!
Let’s get THAT one out of the way first – Twilight by Stephanie Meyer has earned a bad rep over the years, one which wasn’t overly helped by how popular it became. Did you know that 50 Shades of Grey started out as a Twilight fan-fic online? I’m not lying, look it up. Anyway, yes, I agree that Meyer isn’t the best writer in the world, but she knows how to write to make you turn the page. Once Twilight gets going, around 4 chapters in, it’s almost impossible to put down. Also, this book still kinda makes me wish vampires were real. The idea for Twilight came to Meyer in a dream, and she insisted on heavily supervising every scene in the film where Bella & Edward so much as kiss, to make sure it was tame enough! Random facts aside, this is a great book to re-read this spooky season if you don’t want to be creeped out!
On the same theme, but not written by a devout Mormon (which loosely translates into the same story but with multiple partners and lots of sex and nudity) is the House of Night books by P.C Kristin Cast who are a pair of sisters writing together. The plot follows Zoey, who discovers she has been ‘Chosen’ to become a vampire and must enter the House of Night school where she will learn all about her new world. Vampires are shunned by the humans, although it turns out that they teach spirituality and kindness to all (and very similar beliefs to Wicca). However, not all vampires are as kind as they make out to be, and Zoey has been Marked for danger. These were SO fun to re-read, purely because as Zoey matures, she starts having sex scenes with pretty much everybody, even her TEACHER at one point. Puberty hits these guys hard (no pun intended) even with all the bloodthirsty shit they’re dealing with (like, guys, get your priorities in order??) A slight niggle is there are too many of these books, about 11 in total, but I’d highly recommend the first 3 or 4.
If you’re after something with a little more bite than lovebite, Charlie Higson’s The Enemy series might be your cup of tea. Set in the present-day except Zombies have taken everybody over the age of 15 and are now roaming the streets looking for children to eat. The series follows various groups of kids around London as they all try to unite with their lost friends as well as trying to find a cure for their world. Gritty and blunt, with fight-scenes as epic as any film, the horror seems very real in this world and danger lurks around every corner. Although, I do wish the children would stop trying to trust every adult they come across. The zombies took ALL of them, OK? Just because they look OK, they still very much want to eat you, please don’t step into their trailer – seriously, what are you doing??! Come back! Ah shit, too late, they ate you.
Other titles worth checking out are:
- There’s Something in Your House by Stephanie Perkins
- Fallen series by Lauren Kate
- The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
- A Court of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J Maas
That’s all for today, guys! Hope you’re having a good week and I shall see you tomorrow! P.