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.
All Our Hidden Gifts

Caroline O'Donoghue
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Odonogh)

Maeve Chambers doesn't have much going for her. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she's found her gift at last.

All of Us With Wings

Michelle Ruiz Keil
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Keil)

Xochi's life changed when she became governess to precocious twelve-year-old Pallas, but the duo unintentionally summons a pair of ancient creatures determined to right the wrongs of Xochi's adolescence.

Babysitters Coven

Kate Williams
(Young Adult Fiction - Y William)

After new student Cassandra Heaven joins Esme Pearl's babysitters club, the girls learn that being a babysitter really means a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from evil.

The Beautiful

Renée Ahdieh
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ahdieh)

In 19th century New Orleans, Celine, a dressmaker from Paris, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery that's connected to a glamorous supernatural cohort.

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.

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.

Cemetery Boys

Aiden Thomas
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Thomas)

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

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 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.

Eat Your Heart Out

Kelly deVos
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Devos)

Six disgruntled teens are forced to spend their winter break at fat camp during Flagstaff, Arizona's worst blizzard in a century, only to find that Camp Featherlite is even worse than expected because it is crawling with genetically-modified monsters.

The Fell of Dark

Caleb Roehrig
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Roehrig)

August thought living in a vampire town was the worst fate that could befall him, but when an annoyingly cute undead messenger boy tells him he's the chosen one standing between Earth's continued existence and an ancient power bent on destruction, he understands things can always get worse.


V.E. Schwab
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Schwab)

Olivia Prior has grown up at the grim Merilance School for Girls with no no past except for her one treasure, her mother's journal. When a letter arrives inviting her to come home to ruinous manor, Gallant, she seizes the chance to find out about her family.


Shaun David Hutchinson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Hutchin)

When no one in the small town of Merritt, Florida, believes that he was attacked by a monster, Virgil Knox fears the monster will return to finish him off, or worse--that he is becoming a monster himself.

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

Kristen O'Neal
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oneal)

Forced to leave Stanford's pre-med program after contracting Lyme disease, Priya finds solace in an online chronic-illness support group and with best friend Brigid, whose own illness may be more unique than Priya suspected.

Missing, Presumed Dead

Emma Berquist
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Berquis)

With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. When Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. Jane doesn't go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi's help.

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 River Has Teeth

Erica Waters
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Waters)

When her sister goes missing on the Bend, becoming the second girl to disappear from the wildlife preserve, Natasha turns to a local girl rumored to be a witch to find her.

Scouts Honor

Lily Anderson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Anderso)

Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs--interdimensional parasites who feast on human emotions like sadness and anger.

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.

Small Favors

Erin A. Craig
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Craig)

Ellerie Downing's days are filled tending to her family's beehives. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, and strange activities begin to plague the town, it's clear something is terribly wrong. The forest creatures are real, and they need a favor.

Sorcery of Thorns

Margaret Rogerson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Rogerso)

Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery -- magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

What Big Teeth

Rose Szabo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Szabo)

Returning to Maine after years at boarding school, Eleanor Zarrin barely remembers her monstrous family, but she sets off a series of events that could destroy them all.

When We Were Magic

Sarah Gailey
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Gailey)

When Alexis accidentally kills a classmate on prom night using magic, her best friends Roya, Iris, Paulie, Marcelina, and Maryam join in using their powers to try to set things right.

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.

Wicked Fox

Kat Cho
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cho)

After Gu Miyoung, a nine-tailed fox surviving in modern-day Seoul by eating the souls of evil men, kills a murderous goblin to save Jihoon, she is forced to choose between her immortal life and his.