Hi hello welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to be recommending some books for this spooky season. Although it is heading into Spring here in New Zealand I still wanted to recommend some atmospheric books for you all to curl up with.Spooky season is all about atmosphere so let’s dig into some book that I found very atmospheric and compelling.
The Grace Year By Kim Liggett – 5 stars
Synopsis: No speaks of the Grace Year. 16 year old girls get sent out on their Grace Year to get rid of the magic that is stuck inside of them. This magic is known to seduce men and turn them away from their wives so the Grace Year needs to happen, Sixteen year old Tierney dreams of a life without the Grace Year and as her Grace Year looms she realises the magic and the poachers aren’t what she has to worry about but the other Grace Year girls.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. The majority of this story takes place inside a forest during Tierney’s Grace Year. The girls are in a desolate camp with Poachers right on the outskirts who will kill any girl who breaks the camps boundaries.
This is a very dark and isolated story which gave me very atmospheric vibes. Throughout this story we don’t actually know what is actually happening, if the girls are crazy or if it is their magic. This story explores so many themes such as complex relationships between girls, oppression, feminism and so much more.
If you haven’t read this book yet please do.
Lock Every Door By Riley Sager – 5 Stars
Synopsis: Jules is down on her luck. No money, no home until a strange offer comes her way. House sit in the Bartholomew, a place that Jules has been obsessed with since childhood for three months with pay. There are many rules with this job, no visitors, no nights away and no disturbing the other residents. Is this too good to be true?
My Thoughts: I love Riley Sager and was so excited to pick up this book from them. This book is so hyped across the book community and it is so worth the hype. This is such a creepy, atmospheric read.
Jules becomes very isolated within this building and following her throughout this story you do feel this sort of ominous feeling.
This building is very ominous, strange and very atmospheric with its wonderful furnishing, the old elevator and the very quirky and weird residents. There are so many twists and turns within this story and I loved every single one.
This is a must read!!
House of Salt and Sorrows By Erin A Craig – 3 stars
Synopsis: A twelve dancing princesses retelling. Annaleigh has lived a very sheltered life until her older sisters start to die one by one. Annaleigh does not believe that these deaths were accidental and starts to investigate.
My thoughts: I read this book quite a while ago and I can’t remember much of this book apart from that it was quite mediocre hence the 3 star rating. This was a very atmospheric read, this story was very dark, bleak, chilling and ominous. The water setting was really different and unique which definitely added to the atmosphere. Although this was a disappointing read for me I do think a lot of people will enjoy this one.
The Shrike and The Shadows By Chantal Gadoury and A.M Wright – 4 Stars
Synopsis: A small village called Krume is haunted by the shrike who lives in the forest. Men have gone missing before and when it starts happening again the village falls into chaos.
Hans and Greta are orphan siblings find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and murder. They are left with a choice, burn at the stake or leave the village through the forest facing the shrike.
My thoughts: This was a chilling book. The Shrike & The Shadows mostly takes place inside this dark and terrifying forest which was really atmospheric and tense. As we follow Hans and Greta through their journey through their forest you could feel the claustrophobia and the tension that the forest creates. It was definitely spooky to read.
Throughout this story I really enjoyed the exploration of Hans and Greta’s sibling relationship. It was very interesting seeing their dynamics change and how all the trials and tribulations that they have gone through and how it affects their sibling bond.
I really loved this story and will definitely be looking out for book two! If you love dark, gritty, gruesome and graphic fairy tale retellings this book is for you!
Ninth House By Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars
Synopsis: Alex Stern has had a troubled life. One day after waking up in the hospital she is offered a position at Yale University to monitor Yale’s secret societies. Are these societies involved in some terrible monstrosities or is something else triggering these terrible murders?
My Thoughts: I adored this book. This is definitely a very dark story with a lot of dark and triggering themes such as abuse, sexual assault and so much more so please be cautious heading into this one.
While you are reading this book you can feel the darkness and ominous feeling even when you close this book you can still feel it and it stays with you for quite some time. This is a very dark book with a lot of tough themes to read about so please do some research before you read this book to make sure it won’t harm you in anyway.
Spellbook Of The Lost And Found By Moira Fowley Doyle – 2 Stars
Synopsis: One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.
Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.
When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .
My Thoughts: Another book that’s mainly set in a forest but this is one I wasn’t a big fan of. The writing in this story was very beautiful and definitely did give you a picture of Ireland. Due to this being set in a forest it is very dark and atmospheric. A lot of this story is also set at night. A lot of the things that happened within this story did happen at night which added to the darkness and atmosphere.
So there you have it! This is my list of recommendations if you are looking for atmospheric reads! Have you read any of these books? Are on of these on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!!