With Halloween right around the corner, a great way for teens to get in the mood would be by reading some new YA (Young Adult) books with scary themes. I have not read the books below, so what you are reading are descriptions, not reviews.
1. Velveteen by Danny Marks
Readers of Carrie Ryan and Richelle Mead will love this dark revenge fantasy. When Velveteen Monroe lands in the City of the Dead after a horrific death at the hands of a killer named Bonesaw, her new job in the underworld doesn’t leave much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind… Bonesaw.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment he deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days. It’ll be brutal…and awesome. But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting could actually crack the foundation of her new world, not to mention jeopardize her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
2. Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance.
For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she’s connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab’s magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.
3. Flutter by Gina Linko
For as long as 17-year-old Emery Land can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. In recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time to a mysterious town. The loops take their toll on her physically, so she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father monitors her every move.
Emery decides to escape the hospital and travel to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash’s life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late.
4. The Assault by Brian Falkner
A team of six has been chosen to infiltrate the enemy’s headquarters in the heart of the Australian Outback. The six teens have been modified to look like aliens. They have spent years mastering alien culture so that they can talk, act—even think—like their enemies. But from the start, the recon mission goes terribly wrong. It’s only when they are close to discovering the hidden motivations of our intergalactic neighbors that the team turns in on itself—after realizing there’s a traitor in their midst…
Brian Falkner, author of The Project, Brain Jack, and The Tomorrow Code, delivers a military thriller with sci-fi twists. Perfect for teens who love playing Call of Duty and Halo!
5. Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Sixteen-year-old Neryn is on the run in the land of Alban, and friends are starting to look very similar to enemies in a land the king has ordered all those who possess dark magic captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her unique ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.
She finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.
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