Top 10 | 5-Stars Worthy Magical & Paranormal Books 🌙

 🌙 Hi, bookish friends! How are you today? I hope you’re having a wonderful day, and are enjoying the best reads.❤️ Today I’m super excited and happy to bring you the third part of this top 10 series I’ve been doing for a few months now, and I’m more than happy to continue this series, ending for now with what will be my top 10 books of magical realism, magical touches in general and some paranormal tones as well, books that, of course, I think are 5 stars worthy. 👏🏻👏🏻 If you’re interested in knowing a bit about the other previous posts, I’ll leave them right here so you can take a look at them: on one side we have, 5-Stars Worthy Contemporary Books & on the other side, 5-Stars Worthy High-Fantasy Books.
You may have already noticed that it wasn’t easy for me to give a specific title to this top because it makes more sense in my head than when I explain it for some reason 😅, but I hope it makes sense to you. What I wanted to do, in general, is to put in this top all those books that despite having fantasy touches none of them fit in the category of high-fantasy, and on the other hand, I also have books here that are contemporary but with strong touches of magic-realism, magic in general or that have some darker and paranormal aspect or out of the ordinary, you know? 🌟 I know it sounds complicated, but I swear it will make sense once you see them all together, as
I think they fit perfectly into this rare but magical category, which I must also confess that has some of my favorite books, so I’m super excited to share the list with you. 😊

Of course, I hope you can find new books to add to your TBR, and maybe read at some point, also you know I LOVE to know what you think, so feel free to tell me all about it in the comments and we can chat a bit. 🥰 Thank you SO much for supporting this series as well as every blog post, it means a lot to me, and now YES! get ready for lots of charming titles, get comfy, find your favorite drink & let’s get started! 🌙 

 💕 This post may contain too many beautiful covers, I recommend discretion.

“Love is an enchantress—devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.”

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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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“Time might heal all wounds, but what about the scars those wounds left behind?”

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When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Instead, guilt and fear led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona invoked the privileges of a witch; she cursed them. But such a spell always comes with a terrible price, and in punishing the island’s residents, Rona also bound her family ever tighter to them.

Fast-forward to the present day and all Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. And she has reason to hope that she may have escaped the thorny side-effects of the family matriach’s curse. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. The author – Nor’s own mother – seems capable of performing magic that should be far beyond her capabilities. And such magic always requires a sacrifice.

A storm is coming. It’s coming for Nor. 

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“You can’t skip to the end of the story just because you’re tired of being in the middle. You’d never survive.”

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New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. 

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“My father always told me that a person is made up of all the little choices they make in life. The choices no one ever sees.”

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No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.
  

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“Because I am more darkness than girl. More winter shadow than August sunlight.”

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Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic,where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets. 

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“We stretch ourselves: to fit within the roles we are given. To make ourselves look better to those around us. To convince one another that we are good people in a world so vacant. Each of us a desert.”

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A fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.

Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous mayor. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.
 

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“I begin to wonder if white is the color of things to be worshipped in this world. If it’s the only color to be worshipped in this world.”

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Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

A powerful memoir for fans of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson and American Street by Ibi Zoboi

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“Little Lucy, dressed in white

Gave her mother such a fright

Walked into the woods one day

Where she went no one can say

Down a road that no one found

Or are her bones sunk in the ground?

How many steps did Lucy take?

One, two, there, four…”

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In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side. 

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I am supposed to be quiet, I am supposed to be good, but I was born at war and I can only keep from fighting for so long.

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape. 

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“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”

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A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 

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51 thoughts on “Top 10 | 5-Stars Worthy Magical & Paranormal Books 🌙

  1. I have read The Wicked Deep as well as Winterwood as well as Burn Our Bodies Down AS WELL AS The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I TOTALLY AGREE with you…they DO certainly deserve 5 stars😄⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    One thing I love about Shea Ernshaw’s writing is the way she is a mastermind in creating dark and foggy atmospheres where forests and pine trees always find a way to weave in into her stories and make them magical.
    And Burn Our Bodies Down? I absolutely loved this book and I also read Wilder Girls by the same author. I mean, where does Rory Power even get such ideas??
    Addie…..I have no words but this book just sticks to me all the time haha. I HAVE to think of this book at least once a day😂
    BTW, I think I have to try Black Girl Unlimited…the cover SCREAMS beautiful!

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    • OMG, you don’t know how happy it makes me that we share so many books in common!!!! 😍😍 I think they all deserve more love, but I also understand that they’re very particular and not for everyone, so I’m glad you liked them too. ❤️
      Yes!!!! That’s exactly what I love about Shea Ernshaw, I adore atmospheric books, and even more so when taking place in small towns or forests or that kind of landscape you describe are perfect!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻🔥 & Rory Power really is a singular mind and super different I love how weird her stories are, but in the best way, though!
      You’re so me! 🥺🥺🥺🥺 I also think of Addie LaRue sometimes, I think it’s that kind of read that just stays with you, I need a re-read soon, I swear. 😂
      YES!!! I know you’ll love Black Girl Unlimited but you need to have your tissues close by, it’s a roller coaster of emotions. 😭😭😭😭
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment & have a beautiful day 🥰

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      • Ah! I was also thinking about rereading Addie LaRue sometime next year! Black Girl Unlimited looks really great and I will definitely keep in mind that tissues will have to accompany this story especially since I certainly am a very emotional person when it comes to emotional books😄.
        Have a lovely day to you too Sofii 😇

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    • I confess that many of them are cover buys 😅, really the artists did an amazing job with those covers, and besides, of course, they’re amazing stories!!!! 😍
      Super happy you added The Price Guide because it’s one of those books that deserves more recognition and love, I hope you love it ❤️

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    • Thanks SO much for checking out the list, Lovely!!! ❤️ OMG, feel you 😅, I think it’s one of those books that are really scary but at the same time you can’t stop reading and I love that, plus the atmosphere is super well done in my opinion ☺️✨

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  2. Absolutely agree with The Price Guide to the Occult and the Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! I adore both those books and I need to re-read them at some point. It’s also actually pretty funny I’ve come across this post (coincidentally speaking) because I’ve recently saved The Wicked Deep from being properly unhauled from my collection. The witchiness should be right up my alley so I really hope it is as good as I want it to be.

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    • I’m SO glad you enjoyed Addie LaRue, but even more glad you liked The Price Guide because it deserves more recognition and love too! 😍👏🏻 Well, that’s great!!! I really hope you enjoy it a lot once you give it a chance, it’s one of my faves 🥰🥰

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  3. This list is perfect!! When Fall approaches I like reading magical and whimsical books and I will make sure to add some of the books you recommended to my list, thank you! 💕

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    • OMG, SO true!!! I love that book so much, obviously it’s super creepy, but it’s also so addictive and I love that 👏🏻😍 & YES! The Price Guide deserves more love, it’s an incrieble story.☺️ I hope you enjoy Winterwood a lot once you read it, it’s so magical and atmospheric! 🥰

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  4. So many of these books are on my TBR and I have read 2 of them and they have been so atmospheric!

    Event kitty the plot of Wicked Deep was not my favourite the atmosphere of the books was so damn cool

    And Addie LaRue is hands down one of the best books ever with such a cool plot line and villain and the story was done so phenomenally well that I can even begin to deceive how much I loved it 🤩

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    • I hope you love the others you get to read from the list, I promise they’re beautiful, especially super atmospheric 😍 & I get it about The Wicked Deep, the plot doesn’t work for everyone but the atmosphere is undeniably beautiful. 🥺✨ Yes!!! Addie LaRue is EVERYTHING! ❤️❤️❤️

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    • OMG, Isha! It makes me so happy that you discovered Shea Ernshaw through my blog, I love the author’s works so much, they really are perfect for this season of the year! 🍂😍✨ & I certainly love all the books on the list, so I know you might like any of them. ☺️ Thanks for stopping by sweetie, hope you have a great October! ❤️

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      • I completely agree that SE’s novels are fit for this season. It gets really cold when I read her novels. I heard she’s releasing another book in 2022, so I’m excited for that. I’m definitely trying the books here. Thanks for the wishes, Sofii. Happy October!!

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