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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest Covers

Hello and Happy Halloween week!

To celebrate Halloween this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is focused on the creepiest YA book covers.

We do need to acknowledge that creepy is in the eye of the beholder. My personal creepy tolerance is pretty darn low and I get freaked out easily. Thus, I tend to stay away from horror and scary stuff in general. I think it’s because I have a great imagination and once I picture a creepy image in my mind its like the snowball effect and the image gets scarier and scarier and scarier. So yeah, I shy away from scary.

So, what YA book covers haunt my dreams? I’ll show you but you may need to hold my hand!

Unwind by Neal Shusterman1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

This reminds me of one of the images shown during the X Files theme song.

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman2. Unsouled by Neal Shusterman

Seriously. What the heck.

Starters by Lissa Price3. Starters by Lissa Price

I’m sure this wouldn’t freak me out as much if it wasn’t colored this way. But it is and it does.

Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate Alender4.  Bad Girls Don’t Die by Kate Alender

Anyone else think of that awful horrible horrifying scene in The Sixth Sense?

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Mayberry5. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Mayberry

This screaming demon lady makes me want to curl up into a ball and weep.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

What if that’s MY house?!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz7. All of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books by Alvin Schwartz

All of my childhood nightmares were in these covers and the interior illustrations.

Silent Night 3 by R.L. Stine8. Silent Night 3 by R.L. Stine

They have DEAD eyes! (Okay so this one is a mix of creepy and hilarious!)

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick9. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

No more please. PLEASE! This one was in my book fair one year and I actually turned it over because it kept staring at me.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan10. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

This cover has major creep factor, which is why I’d rather watch the cheesy movie than read the book!

Okay, so if these covers scared you I apologize but welcome to my world! Are there any covers that just creep you out beyond belief?  Feel free to share in the comments section below! :)

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Michelle Hodkin

Hi there book loving friends!

Does anyone else feel like October has flown by? I swear I blinked and all of a sudden its a week away from Halloween. Weird.

Part of my amazement also relates to the fact that YALL Fest is getting so freaking close! I’ll be there on November 9th and you should be too! But with that said let’s hear from one of the 50 (yes 50!) awesome authors who will be at this year’s YALL Fest: Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer books.

Describe your book in 5 wordsMichelle Hodkin
Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
I spend a lot of time thinking about my first lines. A lot of time. Too much time. Luckily the last lines usually come to me as I write. 

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What I love about YA is that I don’t have to choose a genre. I can blend elements and mess with conventions from all of them—horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, whatever. I’m not sure I could choose a favorite, if I were ever told that I had to. And my reading is all over the place, but right now I’m reading a lot of old school sci-fi and fantasy, with some literary fiction thrown in. 

What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It’s not YA, but it is about a teenager who reminds me of my teen self. And maybe also my adult self. Anyway. I basically push the book into the hands of everyone I meet. It’s just that good.

What are you working on now?
A secret project that is secret. But I’m wildly excited about it, and I think my readers will be too.The Mara Dyer Trilogy

Okay, so I have to admit that I haven’t read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, or any of the books in the series, but I’m super intrigued by Michelle’s description “Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock”! What?! I had no idea that I needed to read this, but apparently I totally do!

So, if you’re a fan of Michelle Hodkin’s books or just a YA book lover like me, you should come to YALL Fest in Charleston on November 9!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ll Never Read because I’m a Wimp

Hello there everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by those fine bloggers over at The Broke and Bookish!

So, this week’s official theme is Top Ten books to put you in the Halloween mood. That is a great theme, but I don’t usually do creepy books, so I’m calling this like it is.  I’ll probably never read any of these titles because I’m a HUGE wimp when it comes to scary.  This still amazes me because as a teenager in the mid-90s I used to devour R.L. Stein’s Fear Street books like they were covered in chocolate. Seriously.  So, I guess I’ve gotten wimpier in my old age.

These are all books that I have heard awesome things about, so I assume they’re good reads, but I’m too much of a scaredy-cat!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I don’t care what this book is about.  I’ve heard it’s awesome.  But that title already has me way creeped out! I don’t want to be dressed in blood and I don’t know if Anna does either.

The Murmurings by Carly Anne WestThe Murmurings by Carly Anne West

This cover is freaky.  I don’t like super close up faces on covers…they creep me out.  This cover, plus the titles, plus the summary….Sounds really, really scary!

Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate AlenderBad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

This cover makes me think of the Sixth Sense.  My students  LOVE this series, but I just can’t bring myself to see what’s under that curtain.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This book isn’t even categorized as horror, I think it’s dystopian.  I don’t even care, I can’t look at this super scary cover! It’s so disturbing! Again, I’ve heard it’s good though!

The Devouring by Simon HoltThe Devouring by Simon Holt

This one is about evil demonic beings that inhabit humans.  It sounds super intriguing, but it also sounds super scary!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Okay, so I probably will read this one.  I like Maureen Johnson’s books and I bought it at my school book fair, so I’ll try to read it even though I’m pretty sure it’s going to scare me.

Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen by Gretchen McNeil

Yeah, I’ll probably read this one too.  It sounds very Agatha Christie, which I love, so even though it’ll probably freak the poop out of me, I’m most likely going to go for it!

The Replacement by Brenna YovanoffThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

I just know this book will give me nightmares. For reals.

Dust and Decay by Jonathan MayberryDust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The cover. Do I have to say more?

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanForest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I want to read this book so bad.  I even promised I would last year…I didn’t.  And it’s because I’m too afraid.

So there you have it.  These are all books that I’ve heard good things about, but am scared to read because I’m a humongous wimp when it comes to all things creepy.  Have you read any of these?  Are there some I need to just buck-up and read?

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Happy Halloween!

So, I searched for a creepy book trailer to make this week’s post and I’m pretty sure I’ve found it.

Holy junk this trailer creeped me out!  I watched it while I was home alone one night.

Note to you:  its super scary! So don’t watch it  you’re not all about being spooked.

We have this one in our Media Center (the kids adore scary stories!) and I’m going to need to read it…maybe.  It sounds very M.Night Shymalan.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Reads

Its getting closer and closer to Halloween and my students have been in the mood for some scary reads.  So, today’s list is ten creepy titles that my kids have been checking out recently.

1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

2. The Presence: A Ghost Story by Eve Bunting

While visiting her grandmother in California, seventeen-year-old Catherine comes in contact with a mysterious stranger who says he can help her contact a friend who died in a car crash for which Catherine feels responsible.

3. Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.

4. The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw

Jim moves with his dad and sister to Minerva Hall where a ghostly voice urging him to “find the Seventh” draws him into a sort of macabre treasure hunt for clues to an ancient prophecy that threatens them all.

5. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

Suspicious and uneasy about the atmosphere at her new boarding school, fourteen-year-old Kit slowly realizes why she and the other three students at the school were selected.

6. The Complete Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz

Presents a collection of eighteen horror stories, set in England, that focus on everyday items that have sinister qualities, and includes computer games, a mysterious elevator, and a deadly cell phone.

7.  any titles by R.L. Stine

8. The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby

While staying with her family in Louisiana’s Laurel Oaks Plantation, purported to be one of the most haunted places in America, thirteen-year-old Lila is contacted by the ghost of a slave girl unjustly convicted of murder.

9. Hide and Shriek: Camp Confidential 14 by Melissa J. Morgan

With rivalries and cliques to blame for the drop in attendance at Camp Lakeview, Bunk 5A is on official warning but after a horror story about a creepy local who tortures campers, Chelsea’s disappearance frightens everyone into joining forces.

10. The House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

When fifteen-year-old Xander and his family move into an old, abandoned house in the middle of a dense forest outside of a small California town, they discover that not only are some of the rooms portals into other places, but that malevolent forces are at work.

Enjoy the spine tingling reads!! Muuuuhahahahaha

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Book Trailer of the Week: Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carmen

My students absolutely love ghost stories.  I think there is some strange connection to middle school students and a love for scary things.  The Skeleton Creek books are pretty popular amongst the boys at my school.  What I think is interesting is that the author combines the book with videos on the website.  What better way to grab teenagers’ attention? Very smart indeed.