YA Fantasy - Monsters and Paranormal

YA Fantasy - Monsters and Paranormal

Any time is a great time to read a scary story! Pick up one of these and be prepared to be freaked out.


Compiled by:
Sam O. and Becky F.
13 Days of Midnight

Leo Hunt
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Hunt)

When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, which the ghosts figure out pretty quickly. Armed with only his father's indecipherable notes, and a locked copy of "The Book of Eight", Luke struggles to adapt to his new role as a necromancer.


Allegedly

Tiffany D. Jackson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Jackson)

When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.


The Bone Witch

Rin Chupeco
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Chupeco)

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha―one who can wield elemental magic.


The Boneshaker

Kate Milford
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Milford)

When Jake Limberleg brings his traveling medicine show to a small Missouri town in 1913, thirteen-year-old Natalie senses that something is wrong and, after investigating, learns that her love of automata and other machines make her the only one who can set things right.


Broken Lands

Jonathon Maberry
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Maberry)

Ever since her mother's death, Gabriella 'Gutsy' Gomez has spent her days flying under the radar. But when her mother's undead body is returned to her doorstep from the grave and Gutsy witnesses a pack of ravagers digging up Los Muertos--her mother's name for the undead--she realizes that life finds you no matter how hard you try to hide from it.


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black
(Young Adult Fiction- Y Black)

When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.


The Creeping

Alexandra Sirowy
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Sirowy)

Seventeen-year-old Stella has no recollection of the day her best friend disappeared while the two, then six, were picking strawberries, until the corpse of a similar girl turns up and Stella not only begins to remember, she learns that something dark has been at work in their little town for generations.


The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Kiersten White
(Young Adult Fiction - Y White)

Elizabeth Lavenza has been starved and beaten by her "caregiver" until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything-- except a friend. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and soon she and Victor are inseparable. But as the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. She is determined to stay alive no matter the cost.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini Taylor
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Taylor)

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.


Daughters Unto Devils

Amy Lukavics
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lukavic)

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.


The Dead House

Dawn Kurtagich
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Kurtagi)

Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist's notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents' death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.


The Grave Keepers

Elizabeth Byrne
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Byrne)

Lately, Athena Windham has been spending all her spare time in her grave: her parents are owners of a cemetery in Upstate New York. The new school year begins with mean girls, a new friend, and a runaway boy hiding out. Meanwhile, a ghost hangs around the Windham property.


The Merciless

Danielle Vega
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Vega)

In an effort to make friends at her new school, Sofia gets involved with a group of popular girls who dislike Brooklyn, a loner who they believe to be evil.


The Monstrumologist

Rick Yancey
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Yancey)

In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.


The Near Witch

Victoria Schwab
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Schwab)

Sixteen-year-old Lexi, who lives on an enchanted moor at the edge of the village of Near, must solve the mystery when, the day after a mysterious boy appears in town, children start disappearing.


Odd & True

Cat Winters
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Winters)

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio. In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. 


The Replacement

Brenna Yovanoff
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Yovanof)

Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.


Revenge of the Witch

Joseph Delaney
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Delaney)

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties." For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed?


The Screaming Staircase

Jonathon Stroud
(Juvenile Fiction - Y Stroud)

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

April Genevieve Tucholke
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Slasher)

Inspired by classic tales and films, a collection of fourteen short stories ranging from bloody horror, to psychological thrillers, to supernatural creatures, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, by acclaimed YA authors of every genre.


A Taste for Monsters

Matthew Kirby
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Kirby)

In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man--but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack's identity.


And the Trees Crept In

Dawn Kurtagich
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Kurtagi)

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer.


This Savage Song

Victoria Schwab
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Schwab)

As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between.


The Wicked Deep

Shea Ernshaw
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ernshaw)

Two centuries ago, in the town of Sparrow, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. For a brief time each summer the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But on the eve of the sisters' return a boy named Bo Carter arrives, unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.