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 December as well as what our team has been reading and reviewing.
Young Adult New Releases
No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen
A mystery about a girl whose family secrets are as threatening as the desert that surrounds her—but whose quest to expose the truth may tear apart reality itself.
Rylie hasn’t been back to Twentynine Palms since her dad died. She left a lot of memories out there, buried in the sand of the Mojave Desert. Memories about her dad, her old friends Nathan and Lily, and most of all, her enigmatic grandfather, a man who cut ties with Rylie’s family before he passed away. But her mom’s new work assignment means their family has to move, and now Rylie’s in the one place she never wanted to return to, living in the house of a grandfather she barely knew.
At least her old friends are happy to welcome her home. Well, some of them, anyway. Lily is gone, vanished into the desert. And Twentynine Palms is so much stranger than Rylie remembers. There are whispers around town of a mysterious killer on the loose, but it isn’t just Twentynine Palms that feels off—there’s something wrong with Rylie, too. She’s seeing things she can’t explain. Visions of monstrous creatures that stalk the night.
Somehow, it all seems to be tied to her grandfather and the family cabin he left behind. Rylie wants the truth, but she doesn’t know if she can trust herself. Are the monsters in her head really out there? Or could it be that the deadliest thing in the desert . . . is Rylie herself?
Young Adult Books Reviewed
This month Kathy read and loved Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis. Don’t miss her 5⭐ review of Bad Witch Burning (“Bad Witch Burning is one of the best young adult books I have read this year.”)
Kathy also read and reviewed Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy. Check out her review of Last One to Die (“It has just the right mixture of mystery and horror to create a fast-paced page turner.”)
Middle Grade Books Reviewed
This month I (Jen) read and reviewed The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari. Be sure to check out my review of The In-Between (“The In-Between was a really unique ghost story and will probably wind up being one of my favorite middle grade releases from this year.“)
I also read and reviewed Ghost in the Headlights by Lindsey Duga. You can check out my review of Ghost in the Headlights (“Ghost in the Headlights is the perfect book to give a young reader starting out on their horror journey.“)
2021 YA and MG Horror Spotlights
Thank you so much for spotlighting YA and MG horror with us all year long! If you missed any of our posts this year, you can find them below. I’m looking forward to spotlighting another amazing year of YA and MG in 2022.
Jen is one of our LOHF admins. Jen manages the technical side of the Ladies of Horror Fiction website. She also keeps a spotlight on middle grade and young adult horror each month.