YA Novels That Make You Shiver: Horror Fiction for Teens

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Are you always up for a good scare or ready to solve a creepy mystery? Is “horror” your favorite genre on Netflix/Hulu? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, then these are the books recommendations for you! These horror novels are sure to send a shiver up your spine and make you a bit more suspicious of those shadows in the corners of your room. Get ready to read about ghosts, witches, monsters, and the paranormal world!

Light as a Feather

McKenna Brady thinks her junior year of high school is going to be the best ever when she’s welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High School, led by blonde, gorgeous Olivia Richmond. Everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover birthday party. Violet, the shy, mysterious new girl in town, suggests the girls play a game called Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, during which she makes up elaborate stories about the future ways in which beautiful Olivia, brassy Candace, and athletic Mischa will die. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Nightingale

At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be–independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. When June resists, her whole world is shattered–suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women…

June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear…or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

 

A Taste for Monsters

In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack’s identity. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Took: A Ghost Story

A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan’s family’s new home. He doesn’t believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is ‘took’ to become Auntie’s slave for the next fifty years. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.