Mini Reviews: My Failed Spooky Reads

So, Halloween means Mandy is bringing out alllllllllllllllllll the spooky reads. She wants mysteries, thrillers, and ghosties galore! Anything that even has the hint of that is what I’ll be picking up for sure! However, quite a few haven’t been hitting the spooky mark that I’ve been looking for. Here are a few that did just that for me!

havenHaven by Mary Lindsey

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“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.


**Okay, this isn’t a DNF on the book’s part – totally mine. For some odd reason, I had in my head this book was not at all about a small town but instead some kind of futuristic Eastern European setting (LITERALLY I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE I GOT THIS) and for some odd reason, I cannot get past this disconnect. I’ve tried five different times picking it up, but I’m just not enjoying it at all. It seems quite interesting and the writing is quite nice, but it’s just really not what I’m quite interested in reading about. This book has a ton of potential, and if you can actually pay attention to the summary (UNLIKE A CERTAIN BOOK PRINCESS), you’ll really enjoy this from the parts that I read.

Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for sending me over a copy even though I so failed hard with this!

shutter laurieShutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she observes and the truths she believes—neatly captured in black and white—begin to blur.

Julian does not look like a murderer, but his story is full of holes, and his alibis don’t quite add up, either. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture…whatever it reveals.

Did he kill his parents? Or didn’t he?

While Julian remains on the run, Day digs deeper into his case. But the more facts she uncovers, the longer her list of questions becomes. It’s also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels with Julian.

Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case that will prove Julian’s innocence. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

I really have enjoyed much of Stolarz’s prior books. The four that I have read have all gotten quite high ratings from me, and I really encourage readers to take a look at them – and not this one. This was one of her finest books, and I found myself not enjoying it all. I found myself mystified by the whole ordeal and nothing ever made me feel on edge or invested in the mystery. Her writing was good as always, but the actual story was boring, lacking, and I didn’t feel much for anything. Project 17 and Welcome to the Dark House are much finer examples of her wonderful writing, and I say definitely check those out instead of this one.

the dead girls of hysteria hallThe Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

From master of suspense Katie Alender comes a riveting tale of twisted memories and betrayals, and the meaning of madness.

It was okay? Like, I don’t know. I was just really bored throughout it, and I couldnt get into anything. That’s all I got.

What do you think? What spooky reads have you read this month? Have they been successful or not? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

22 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: My Failed Spooky Reads

      1. I’m definitely not opposed to spooky reads (I mean Halloween is my fave, so obviously they’re my jam) I just tend to read my fantasy TBR books above everything else and as a result end up not getting to others most of the time.


    1. Yes! I was trying really hard, Krysti. BUT YES. (SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS: I thought the premise and setting was AWESOME but the fact that she died so early on wasn’t what I signed up for it and made it so much less creepy??)But thanks, Krysti! ❤

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    1. Oh no! I’m sorry because creepy reads are great. D: But that sounds super interesting (I’m kind of sold for the title??)! At least November still kind of has a feel to it. I hope you get to it soon, and I’m going to be on the lookout for your review of it. 😀

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