Oct 13 2015 10:00am

Until Death Do Us Part: 7 Must-Read Novels for the Halloween Lover

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year. If I could have pumpkins outside my house and fake bats hanging from my ceiling all year round, I would definitely do it. But since I can’t do that without making my neighbors raise their eyebrows, I’m going to share my top 7 must read Halloween Romances. Why 7? Well in the world of Harry Potter 7 was a special number in the magical world. So 7 sounds good to me! I’m ranking these in no particular order, so put on your witch hat, dust of your broom and let these books cast a spell over you this fall!

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A woman with latent witch abilities raised by her darling crazy witch aunts gets rescued by a sexy French vampire who helps her uncover the secret of her past. She learns she’s the daughter of two of the most powerful witches to ever exist and they locked her abilities inside her as a child to protect her. The chemistry between the witch and the vampire in this book is just off the charts and Harkness writes in such a rich, luscious style that you’re just sucked into the story (get it, sucked?).

2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Yes, it’s not a vampire or werewolf book, but it’s aliens and those are sort of Halloweenish right? Just go with me on this. It’s one of the best romances I’ve probably ever read. Meyer shows the world her insight into humanity and love both physical and platonic in this book. A small silvery parasite-like alien is implanted in a 21 year old female host body of a resistance fighter. When the alien wakes up, the human host uses memories to make her fall in love with humans, particularly one human male. What follows is one of the most powerful love quadrangles I’ve ever read. Four souls, four hearts, four love stories woven seamlessly into a story of what it means to be human and to love.

3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
This isn’t your grandfather’s Dracula story, but it has that old world, sumptuous literary feel to it while you read. There are two love stories, a present day story about a college girl and a handsome upper year British student who helps her try to find her father after he goes missing, and the second story is her father’s love story with her mother set about twenty years before. An ancient vampire, the original Vlad Tepes is lurking in the shadows, leaving bloody trails across Europe and the two love stories converge around the search to find this Vampire. The way it’s written, so realistically, I actually spent an entire week looking over my shoulder in concern. It was that creepy in the best way.

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

4. Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
This is one of the best blends of classical styled sexy vampires set in the Carpathain mountains, but it has all that glorious steamy scenes we readers love. Add a brooding, dominant vampire, delicate, curious heroine and chemistry that will burn your kindle up, that’s what all of Feehans books deliver, but this was my first book to read of hers, and left me hungry for more blood…er books.

5. The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands
I adore everything Sands writes, but this one from her Argeneau series sticks out for me the most. You have a slight twist on the usual storyline. Girl is vampire, girl meets boy, Boy kidnaps girl to turn his terminal cancer daughter into a vampire. Girl has only one chance to turn a person and saves his daughter but can’t make Boy her immortal mate. Full of tender scenes that make you cry (yes I totally cried) and twist you into emotional knots, this book is one of my must-haves for any vampire book lover.

6. Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright
This isn’t the first book in her Phoenix Pack series, (I could talk about the series all day) but this is the one where my heart was ripped out and shoved back in. If you’re a shifter or werewolf reader, this is your book. An emotionally traumatized female shifter has to learn to trust the teasing, fun-loving member of another pack. But she’ll lose herself to her wolf forever due to a genetic condition that not even love can stop, and that doesn’t mean the hero won’t try. It’s a tear-jerker and sexy as heck!

7. The Mummy by Anne Rice
This book is probably one of the most fascinating, sexy, and intoxicating reads I’ve ever had on my shelf and it’s also one of the lesser known books she’s written. Set in the late Victorian era, the heroine’s father collects Egyptian artifacts from a dig and he brings home a mummy in a sarcophagus. Unbeknownst to her, the mummy inside is really a living god who thrives on sunlight. He hears her voice and climbs out of his tomb and strips his bandages away and transforms from a shriveled creature to a sexy, god right before her eyes. This book will spellbound you with its chemistry and its unique storyline.


Learn more about the books mentioned in this post: 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness  
The Host by Stephenie Meyer  
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova  
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan  
The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands  
Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright  
The Mummy by Anne Rice  









Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.


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1. PhoebeChase
I absolutley loved A Discovery of Witches! And I think I'll have to check out Rice's The Mummy, it sounds intriguing. Great post!
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3. aculver1
Another fabulous story for Halloween is The Night Circus bu Erin Morgentstern. Set in Vicrotian England, the story follows the cast and characters that create and are part of the Circus of Dreams, a travelling circus that opens at dusk and ends at dawn. In the background is the competition of two competing magican, who quickly and tragically fall in love.
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