Four haunting must reads

In a world of Netflix and endless hours spent online or on a phone, the act of simply reading a book has become something of a novelty. While nothing’s wrong with some mindless television every now and again, it is my firm belief that reading is not only good for the mind but also for the soul. Finding a good book can be hard, but here are five extremely great books that will ignite your love for literature.

"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl" is a must read. Graphic from Good Reads
“The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” is a must read. Graphic from Good Reads

1) The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

Based on her hit Youtube Series, “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl”, talented teen, Paige McKenzie, released the first book in her series earlier this year with plans to release the sequel soon. In addition to her numerous book deals, a movie for the first book is already in the works.

The story revolves around a bubbly teenaged girl named Sunshine and her mother who begin experiencing disturbing paranormal activity upon moving into a new house. While the plot seems cliche, the story is incredibly creepy and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

2) Anna Dressed In Blood by Kedare Blake

This lesser known, but awesome, novel follows high schooler, Cas, a ghost hunter. Cas travels around, ridding towns of ghosts that plague the locals. When he embarks on a mission to destroy the bloodthirsty spirit of Anna Korlov, a teenaged girl murdered decades ago, he finds himself infatuated with the enemy making it difficult to complete his mission.

The book is the first in a series and will soon be made into a movie.

3) Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore revolves around a teenager, Ever, whose life is turned upside down when she loses her family to a fatal car crash. Once the most popular girl in school, Ever becomes a recluse, depressed by the death of her family and disturbed by her ability to read people’s minds when they touch her- a power that emerged after the crash.

Soon she meets Damen, a handsome Immortal, and discovers the troubling secret about who she really is.

This book was slightly popular in the Twilight craze of 2006-2010 due to the mortal/immortal love story. However despite being a seemingly copycat novel on the outside, the story is well written and entertaining.

4) Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

While her books are mostly marketed towards middle schoolers, Mary Downing Hahn is the queen of thrilling ghost stories. While you will find her excellent novels on bookshelves everywhere, Wait Till Helen Comes is one of the best.

Following her mother’s remarriage, Molly and her brother Michael are forced to move in with their new stepfather and devious stepsister, Heather.

Their new house is actually a remodeled church, which means that an old cemetery lies behind the house. Heather is drawn to the cemetery and Molly soon discovers that Heather has befriended the ghost of a young girl named Helen. Helen is malicious though and has sinister plans for Heather, leaving the burden of saving her step sister on Molly’s shoulders.

The book is a quick and chilling read. The movie is in post production and is set to be released in 2016.

Maybe it’s time for a trip to Barnes & Noble?