So. Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Halloween freebie. I got into the horror genre a few years ago (thanks Supernatural) and have since added a lot of cool YA horror novels to my TBR. I've read a few so far, but most are still patiently waiting for my attention. So in honor of the spookiest, most October of holidays, I'm going to share my Top Ten YA Horror Novels I'm Intrigued By. This list will include some I've read and others I'm excited to read (all of them already published). Enjoy!
2) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics. Amy Lukavics is another name commonly associated with YA horror. Daughters Unto Devils is a supremely creepy historical horror that I have read and was blown away by. It's about a family who moves from the mountains to a cursed prairie house with their teen daughter, who carries dark secrets about past sickness and present pregnancy. At the end of this book, I didn't even know what to say except, "AAAAAAAAAUGH!"
3) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. Dawn Kurtagich seems to complete the golden trio of YA horror novelists. I haven't read The Dead House yet myself, but it looks super promising. It's a multimedia format narrative (I love that stuff!) about the unsettling secrets behind a high school that burned to the ground, killing three people.
4) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. This book, one of my top favorites of recent years, is a weird, unique mix of genres full of darkness and brilliance. I'd say it fits into the horror genre, and I absolutely loved it, so definitely give it a read. It's about a rising ballerina, a prisoner in a female juvenile detention center, and the girl who connects them both.
5) When They Fade by Jeyn Roberts. This one is a past "Waiting On" Wednesday which I have not yet had the pleasure of reading. It's a paranormal novel with horror leanings, so far as I can tell, about two girls, one dead and one alive, who are mysteriously connected to each other.
6) And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. Another past "Waiting On" Wednesday, I've recently put this book on hold at the library. Excited for it to come in! And the Trees Crept In is about a cursed manor where the trees come closer each night, a beautiful boy waits outside, and a man only a child can see lurks in the basement.
7) The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. This is sort of a low-key Ring for the YA audience, though with some extra humanity on top of all the creepiness. A uniquely toned story that I read a little while back about a young Japanese ghost who hunts child killers in search of closure and peace. I look forward to reading the second book, The Suffering.
8) White Space by Ilsa J. Bick. This is the kind of book that requires a very particular kind of reader--I found that I'm one of them. It's horrific and graphic and totally confusing--seriously, this is a weird novel. I described it as Supernatural meets Inception, about the daughter of a novelist who gets mixed up with the characters of her father's books, but it's weirder and more messed up than either of those. If you think you might be able to run with it, then give it a try! I also read the second book and liked it.
9) The Third Twin by C.J. Omolulu. Sadly, I've not been able to get my hands on this, but if I'd been doing "Waiting On" Wednesdays back in late 2014/early 2015, this would have been one of them. This is a horror-type thriller about twin girls who, their whole life, have used a "third twin" as an excuse for their mistakes. When someone ends up dead, however, the question becomes did one of the twins do it, or is the third twin real after all?
10) *Removed because it turned out to be an adult novel.*