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 January as well as what our team has been reading and reviewing.
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire’s award-winning, bestselling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.
But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.
Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.
Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula
In 17th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.
Young Adult Books Reviewed
This month Emily reviewed Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and The Lights by Carrie Pack. Be sure to check out her review of Anna (“I had a lot of fun reading this one, and can’t wait to read book 2!“) as well as her review of The Lights (“If you like horror stories with creepy kids, this is definitely one for you.“!
Emily is currently reading The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (YA) and Jen is currently reading Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn (MG). Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of these 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!