Halloween is only days away, and you might be looking for some books to squeeze in before spooky season is over. Of course, there’s no better way to celebrate than with some good old witchcraft! To make sure you don’t run out of spooky reads, we’ve compiled a list of witchy YA books to read this Halloween week.
1. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel’s Latinx family are members of an ancient community called the brujx, otherwise known as people who have the power to set spirits free so they can pass on. As a 16-year-old trans boy, Yadriel faces the struggle of getting his traditional family to accept him for who he is. To prove himself, he sets out to free the spirit of his cousin. Instead, he summons bad boy Julian Diaz–and he can’t seem to get rid of him.
2. The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin
In this book, witches have had the power to control the climate for centuries. Most of their power is tied to the season they were born in, but things are different for Clara Densmore–her power is connected to every season. Although she wants nothing to do with her abilities, the weather grows dangerous–and only she can stop it.
3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
If you’re looking for some enemies-to-lovers and marriage-of-convenience tropes, this is the book for you. This addicting romance is between Louise la Blance, a runaway witch being hunted, and Reid Diggory–a witch hunter. Despite the fact that the two are on opposing sides of an ancient war, marriage will benefit them both–and their feelings for each other cannot be ignored.
4. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Kingdom of the Wicked is about a family of witches who hide among humans. When Emilia’s twin sister is brutally murdered, Emilia will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her and seek revenge. In her desperation, she uses forbidden dark magic and accidentally summons a prince of Hell, one of the Wicked: Wrath.
5. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
A young girl named Tea discovers she is a bone witch, a rare witch with the power of necromancy, after accidentally bringing her brother back to life. Bone witches are cast out and feared by everyone, so Tea finds guidance from another bone witch as she attempts to learn how to wield her dark powers.
6. Cast In Firelight by Dana Swift
A witch and a wizard, both royal heirs to powerful neighboring kingdoms, are arranged to marry and unite the kingdoms–despite their years of rivalry. But when they meet under the guise of false identities, both unaware of who the other really is, the two must work together to protect their kingdoms.
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