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 May as well as what our team has been reading and reviewing.
Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz
Lost meets Stranger Things in this eerie, immersive YA thriller, thrusting seventeen-year-old Sia into a reality where the waters in front of her and the jungle behind her are as dangerous as the survivors alongside her.
Sia practically grew up in the water scuba diving, and wreck dives are run of the mill. Take the tourists out. Explore the reef. Uncover the secrets locked in the sunken craft. But this time … the dive goes terribly wrong.
Attacked by a mysterious creature, Sia’s boat is sunk, her customers are killed, and she washes up on a deserted island with no sign of rescue in sight. Waiting in the water is a seemingly unstoppable monster that is still hungry. In the jungle just off the beach are dangers best left untested. When Sia reunites with a handful of survivors, she sees it as the first sign of light.
Sia is wrong.
Between the gulf of deadly seawater in front of her and suffocating depth of the jungle behind her, even the island isn’t what it seems.
Haunted by her own mistakes and an inescapable dread, Sia’s best hope for finding answers may rest in the center of the island, at the bottom of a flooded sinkhole that only she has the skills to navigate. But even if the creature lurking in the depths doesn’t swallow her and the other survivors, the secrets of their fractured reality on the island might.
Young Adult Books Reviewed
This month Emily read and reviewed Girl of Nightmares – the second book in Kendare Blake’s Anna series. Be sure to check out her review (“I would love to read another story set in this world one day – it would be really cool to read some novellas or short stories about other ghosts, or from some of the other characters’ POVs.“).
Jen read and loved Blood Countess by Lana Popović. Don’t miss her 5⭐ review (“I loved Blood Countess, and I’m so glad I took a chance when I ordered it. I can’t wait to continue on with the next book in 2021.“)
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!