When it comes to reading, I always have to have a book ready at hand. So it’s no surprise that I have a few books currently on my e-reader to read. Let me know what you think of my choices and if you have any recommendations for me to read in the comments.
by Brian K. Henry
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Moody sixteen-year-old barista Devin Mulwray is doing his best to ignore bizarre manifestations at his job in the chilly Northern California town of Arcata. Already teased about his recurrent ‘phase-outs’, the last thing he needs is to get pegged as a guy who sees ghosts. It doesn’t help his state of mind that his boss is a sarcastic slacker, his single dad is always on the road with clients and local occult fan girl Nayra is spreading ‘ghost boy’ rumors about him online.
But when violent paranormal activity badly spooks teens at an abandoned estate, Devin’s pushed into investigating by his eccentric friends Clive, a budding composer, and Rex, a tech head excited by ghost hunting gadgetry. At first reluctant to get involved, Devin’s encouraged when Emily, one of the more empathetic girls at Grey Bluff High, is impressed with his daring.
Together the friends explore the creepy Rousten manor. But as the only person able to perceive the manifestations, Devin soon finds himself going one-on-one against a powerful spirit who attacks the locals and infiltrates Devin’s own dreams.
Devin must face his fear of confronting the spirit world and get to the bottom of the hauntings before the specter unleashes more havoc on him and his friends.
Cover art by Christopher Park of Plant Monster Studios
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Harry Potter #7
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.
The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.
To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.
He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult
by Allison Whenman
Series: The Witch City Detective Agency #2
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Links: Buy On Lulu
"Terrance’s case lined up almost perfectly with the case of Georgia Helm, and Arthur Indigo. Georgia had been a mother of four and Arthur hadn’t had any kids at all but the scenes of their suicides were a little too close to each other. All were killed with a bullet to the brain, all died in the bathrooms of a close family member, and all had left suicide notes on the sinks.
Even if it was nothing, even if the three had just called it a quits and ended it all by their own hands, things were suspicious and should be looked into.
Much like with Katie’s case, though, the police weren’t doing a thing.
Because there was something else that the three victims had in common that made it so that they didn’t even get an obituary in the Boston Globe. In looking at birth certificates Ben had discovered something that had left him swearing softly and having a stiff drink entirely too early in the day. Under the birthdate was a big, silver L. Lycans. In layman's terms - werewolf."
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural
by Julian Barr
Series: Ashes of Olympus #1
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Source: Odyssey Books
The gods betray you.
The winds are hunting.
Nowhere is safe.
The journey begins…
The war of the gods has left Aeneas’s country in flames. Though he is little more than a youth, Aeneas must gather the survivors and lead them to a new homeland across the roaring waves. Confronted by twisted prophecies, Aeneas faces the wrath of the immortals to find his own path.
First in a trilogy based on Virgil’s epic poetry, Ashes of Olympus: The Way Home is a tale of love and vengeance in an age of bronze swords and ox-hide shields.
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Publisher: Odyssey Books
by Stephen King
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”
In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
by Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Series: House of Night #2
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Young Adult
Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin