The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is putting a spotlight on Young Adult and Middle Grade horror each month. Below we are featuring the books that were released in October as well as what our team has been reading and reviewing.
Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
Zora Novak has been framed.
When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.
Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.
The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.
At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.
Cold as Marble (Weeping Willow High #2) by Zoe Aarsen
Look out for the original series—starring Peyton List, Brent Rivera, Liana Liberato, Ajiona Alexus, and Dylan Sprayberry—now streaming on Hulu!
McKenna’s mission to save her friends from their predicted deaths continues in the second installment in the Light as a Feather series that’s perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
The deadly game continues…
Olivia and Candace are dead, both casualties of Violet’s deadly game of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. McKenna and Mischa are the only ones left, and having failed to locate and destroy the source of Violet’s power, her curse still abounds, eager to claim more lives.
What does Violet want? And how can she be stopped? Armed with a mysterious package containing clues, as well as a little help from the beyond, McKenna hopes to end this once and for all…before it’s too late.
Young Adult Books Reviewed
Last month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team lead a readalong of Dawn Kurtagich’s Teeth in the Mist. Be sure to check out Laurie’s review (“It is an atmospheric creepfest of the creepiest order.”).
This month we hosted two readalongs and Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand was one of them! You can read Emily’s review here (“There were some good creepy scenes, and I loved the setting of the story.”)
Laurie also read and reviewed The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. Be sure to check out Laurie’s 5 star review (“It’s a brilliant story of survival and self-preservation and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”)!
This month Emily also read Ann Dávila Cardinal’s Five Midnights. You can read Emily’s thoughts here (“I loved the setting, and this is the first time I’ve read a horror story set in Puerto Rico.”)
Audra and Emily both read The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams. Be sure to check out Audra’s review (“This is a witty, modern mashup of all the best dramatic and best friend elements of The Babysitter’s Club series, the black humor and witchery of The Coven, and the crime-fighting badassery of Buffy.”) and Emily’s review (“I highly recommend picking this one up if you need a fun novel with horror tones that is a little on the lighter side”)!
The second readalong we hosted this month in the Ladies of Horror Fiction Goodreads group was Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé. You can check out Emily’s review here (“If you enjoyed Gillian French’s The Missing Season, this book has similar vibes, and I recommend picking it up!”).
Middle Grade Books Reviewed
Toni read and loved Doll Bones by Holly Black this month. Be sure to check out her review (“There are some wonderful themes of friendship and the changes that you go through as you grow up.”)
This month Toni also read The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey. Stay tuned for Toni upcoming thoughts. Toni and Jen read Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, and also upcoming is Emily’s review of The Furies by Katie Lowe!
Emily is currently reading Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab so stayed tuned for her review for that as well!
Have you read any of the books we read or reviewed this month? Let us know what YA or MG books you have read recently!