I’m not sure what Halloween is like in other parts of the world, but here in rural Ohio, it’s amazing. The views are spectacular, falling leaves, brilliantly colored forests, country roads lined in hay bales and scarecrows spinning in corn fields. The crows are out. Pumpkins line fences. The whole things is gorgeous and then there are the ghosts. Ohio has oh, so many haunted asylums, prisons, homes and grave yards. Hey, Ohio’s also a great place to be a specter!
Here are a few things I love about Halloween:
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Halloween! My favorite holiday. Maybe that’s why most of the stuff I write has some spooky element (not all of it, but a lot). Though maybe I like Halloween because I write spooky stuff? Which came first: the writing or the holiday?
Whatever the case, I love that we have a whole holiday dedicated to the creepy, the strange, the scary and spine-chilling. When we’re kids it means lots of candy and when we’re adults it usually means dressing up in something fun and/or revealing and getting drunk. The trappings of Halloween are great too, above and beyond dressing up as a sexy nurse and ruining your hair bobbing for apples. Here’s my top ten favorite things about Halloween:
Promise Me This
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths, book 4
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Source: From publisher for review
Buy it here: Amazon
Christina Lee’ website
Christina Lee is an author with a really strong voice, even if I haven’t loved all of her books. I have enjoyed most of them though and Promise Me This is another solid entry in the Between Breaths series. I like the banter between the group of friends and while her main characters have issues (because it wouldn’t really be New Adult if they didn’t apparently), it’s not dragged out in a super melodramatic fashion.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: From NetGalley
Buy it here: Amazon | Book Depository
Maggie Stiefvater’s website
Gansey, Adam, and Ronan (the Raven boys), Blue, and the ghost, Noah are searching for Glendower, the sleeping King. The stakes have been raised as Blue’s mother has gone missing. They know she’s underground. Mr. Gray, the assassin who was originally supposed to find Ronan is confronted with his old boss who causes trouble with our group. Blue’s family of psychics sees three sleepers, one to wake, one to never wake, and one they don’t know what to do with.