Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Halloween freebie (Happy Halloween!). I've been working hard at this one, and I'm happy to present, today, my Top Ten YA Horror Novels! Plenty of chills and thrills below. So check it out!
1) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. This is an oft-recommended YA horror novel, and for good reason. Blake's tale of a teen ghost hunter facing a haunting like no other alongside his brand new (not always welcome) friends is both well-written and engaging. It's definitely reminiscent of Supernatural.
2) The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco. I've mentioned before that Chupeco is one of the most oddly brilliant writers I've read. This is well-shown in her most famous book, a YA horror about a Japanese-American boy with a murderous ghost attached to him. It's reminiscent of The Ring, but a little more cultural and less gory.
3) Shutter by Courtney Alameda. This book also features monster hunters; in this case, a tough-but-tragic teen girl who captures ghosts on film with the help of her trusty teammates, all part of a long legacy of hunters. It's intriguing, engaging, and at times, heartbreaking.
4) Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender. This is a YA horror novel amidst your average teenage girl's life--a girl who's beginning to suspect there might be something horribly wrong with her younger sister. It's the first in a series I'm still working my way through.
5) White Space by Ilsa J. Bick. Also the first in a series, this is by far the strangest and goriest of the books on this list (sensitive readers beware). The story of White Space is so incomprehensible I can't really describe it other than to say it's like a horrific mix between Inception and a Supernatural meta-episode. If your brain--and stomach--are up for a challenge, pick this one up!
6) The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. This is the first in a YA historical horror trilogy that remixes old horror classics like The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein. With a smart and resilient teen girl at the core, this series is brilliantly written--but also very dark. Sensitive readers should skip this book.
7) Dreamfall by Amy Plum. Horror wrapped in sci-fi, this novel takes a group of sleep-deprived teens, puts them in a trial for a new insomnia treatment--and then has everything go horribly wrong, throwing them into a shared nightmare. It's a fast, action-packed read, with a sequel to come next year.
8) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics. This YA historical horror novel is about a newly pregnant teenage girl who moves with her family into a cabin on the prairie, only to find that the prairie isn't the safe haven they were hoping for. This story has a strong psychological aspect to it, and, though a bit sparse in plot, it left me speechless.
9) Choker by Elizabeth Woods. Although this book is technically a YA thriller, it has such a strong horror aspect that I think it belongs on this list. It tells the story of a bullied teen girl whose best friend from her previous home shows up--but she seems to have brought violence in her wake. This book does have a pet death, which I personally find very difficult to cope with, but it's a quick read, and a stunning one.
10) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. I've recommended this book a lot, and I'm still not sure what genre it is, exactly--it's quite unique--but horror is definitely part of the mix. It follows three girls: one, a successful ballerina, one, a prisoner in a juvenile facility, and the last, who, in a dark and mysterious way, connects the two. Definitely read this book!
What are your favorite horror novels, YA and otherwise? Let me know, and I will be back tomorrow.
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