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Literature / Samhain Island

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The cover of the first installment.

Samhain Island, a series of short young adult novels by Taylor Thomas. The series revolves around the titular town, Samhain Island, Maryland, which hangs off the coast of the Delmarva. The area is known for its urban legends and monster sightings. The main character, Tremaine Boppel, has moved to Samhain Island with her family and soon notices something amiss in the apartment next to her.

Samhain Island: Episode One shows Tremaine’s introduction to the island and its way of things, including meeting Hannah St. Charles, a girl from a family of monster hunters, and Skyler Hornbostel, a comedic Krampus. The second novel, Samhain Island: Episode Two was released in Summer 2016.

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Mom: When Josey finds out about Skyler breaking into Tremaine's room she whips out a gun that her husband didn't know she kept.
  • Big Fancy House: the St. Charles's house.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The St. Charles siblings. Hannah is a platinum blonde, René has black hair, and Zac’s hair is auburn.
  • The Brute: René.
  • Dem Bones: Vanessa Vargas is revealed to be Santa Muerte.
  • Family Business: The St. Charles's with monster hunting.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Omokah Weiss, in spades.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Tremaine.
  • Hunter of Monsters: The St. Charles’s, but mostly Zaccaria and René. Zac serves as the leader, and René as the muscle. Miss Vargas is part of the hunters too because of her knowledge of the preternatural, but isn’t all that helpful.
  • The Krampus: Skyler Hornbostel.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: the street-wise, edgy Tremaine is dark, while her best friend - the wealthy, preppy Hannah - is light.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Called sirens in the series, they’re ghoulish creatures who patrol and guard the Macabre from wandering tourists or monster hunters. Each siren has a noticeable injury or infliction. Marshall who is the husband to Santa Muerte is pale green and has ice protruding from his back. Kaimana has unnatural grey hair and has the scar of a shark bite on her torso, and Pinwheel is sickly pale and trembles for an unknown reason.
  • Quirky Town: Samhain Island, Maryland.
  • Rich Bitch: Hannah, depending on the person. Though she is nice to mostly everyone she meets, it doesn't negate from the fact that she wanted to watch her brothers perform potentially harmful experiments and tests on Skyler.
  • Skeleton Key: What Hannah and Tremaine use to get inside the tower.
  • Smoke Out: When Skyler is captured by the St. Charles's, he drops an object which he thought was a smoke bomb disguised as a snow globe, turns out it was just a regular snow globe.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zac after Skyler doesn’t agree to give away information.
    • René is also a culprit of this, even more so than Zac after he fired a gun twice at Skyler even though he knew he was young, almost smashed the butt of a shotgun over his head, and finally, cut his finger off as part of experiment to see if it would reattach again.
  • Youthful Freckles: Skyler, but he has white freckles in accordance to his grey skin tone.