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Jennifer Barnhart | The Many Masks of Halloween

October 9, 2014

I love Halloween, but I particularly love the many masks of Halloween. Scary, magical, campy, thrilling, and haunting, Halloween reveals its many faces in delightful and creepy ways. That’s why the entire month of October I’m dedicating this column to Halloween! From magical to hilarious to horrific to revisionary, I’ll select books that delight, terrify, charm, and amaze. So grab your Trick-or-Treat bag and get ready beg for these books that will put you in the Halloween spirit!

This week is all about the magic—because what Halloween would be complete without a witch or two and a ghostly romance?

SALT & STORM by Kendall Kulper


Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe is a witch of Prince Island, and like her grandmother, she wants to make the charms and spells that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has other plans. She’s forced Avery to give up magic for a life of respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows she must unlock her magic and save herself. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island, but magic always requires a sacrifice.

Fresh Fiction Reviewer Samantha Randolph says, “For those looking to have their heart squeezed until it seems it will burst from either sheer strength, sadness, beauty, or all three, SALT & STORM is the perfect choice.” This historical fantasy shows the beauty and consequences of magic. Plus with the “mesmerizing and beautiful Tane” SALT & STORM is a magically romantic choice for this Halloween.

THE PAPER MAGICIAN by Charlie N. Holmberg


Ceony Twill has graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined and is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic with Magician Emery Thane. The spells Ceony learns from Thane are more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes.

Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic. A practitioner of dark, flesh magic rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save him, Ceony must face the evil magician and enter the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

From the beautiful artwork on the cover to the intriguing title, THE PAPER MAGICIAN promises a unique and extraordinary world filled with magic, a little romance, and danger. I can’t wait to get THE PAPER MAGICIAN in my Trick-or-Treat bag of Halloween reads!

SUBLIME by Christina Lauren


True love may mean certain death…

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. Then she sees Colin and knows that she’s here for him. Colin is captivated by Lucy, and every day their lives intertwine until neither is willing to give up on their love. No matter how impossible. Each day Lucy remembers more of her life—and death. Only on the brink of death can Colin physically be with Lucy, but some lines aren’t meant to be crossed…

Who said all ghost stories were meant to be scary? SUBLIME offers a hauntingly, beautiful romance that promises to have readers reaching for the tissues. First love, heart-ache, and broken souls make SUBLIME the perfect read for the moment when you need to shut out the cold, rainy fall days and let yourself cry.

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