The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (YA Fiction BLA)
In Tana’s world, there are walled cities known as Coldtowns where quarantined monsters and humans mix together as predator and prey. Once you enter a Coldtown, you can never leave. When Tana wakes up one morning to find herself surrounded by corpses, she realizes that she is the only one that can save the three survivors, but in order to do so she must go to the very heart of Coldtown.
The Mostrumologist by Richard Yancey (YA Fiction YAN)
Dr. Pellimore Warthorpe’s speciality is monstrumology, the study of monsters. Will Henry, Warthorpes assistant has seen many mysterious and unbelievable things in his time working with the doctor. However, when a grave robber comes in the middle of the night with a grisly find, Will and Warthorpe may have found their most deadly case yet. WARNING: This book is very graphic and gory. Read at your own risk!
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (YA Fiction MCB)
Sam leads a normal life until he meets Douglas, a very creepy guy with a violent streak. Sam discovers that Douglas is a necromancer; he raises the dead for cash. Soon Sam discovers that he is a necromancer too, and a force of evil wants to either join forces with him, or kill him. Will Sam be able to figure out his new powers soon enough to save his life?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (YA Fiction BLA)
Cas Lowood following in the footsteps of his father, kills dead people for a living. Cas, his kitchen-witch mother, and their spirit-sniffing cat travel the country following legends of murderous ghosts. One day, they arrive in a town where a ghost known as Anna Dressed in Blood lives. Since her death, Anna has killed every person who has entered her Victorian home. That is until Cas enters and for some reason she spares his life. This is the first book in the Anna series.
Everlost by Neal Shusterman (YA Fiction SHU)
Nick and Allie die in a car accident, but their souls don’t end up where they are supposed to. Instead, they are caught in a limbo known as Everlost, halfway between life and death. Everlost if filled with things and places that no longer exist. After a while, Nick is satisfied with Everlost. Allie, on the other hand, does not want to spend eternity between worlds so she begins learning the “Criminal Act” of haunting and ends up entering dangerous territory. This is the first book in the Skinjacker series.
Lord Loss by Darren Shan (YA Fiction SHA)
When Grubbs Grady decides to skip a family weekend trip, he could have never guessed that he is about to take a terrifying trip of his own, into the world of his nightmares. In this world hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his every moment and threaten to take his life. WARNING: This book is very gruesome and grisly. Read at your own risk! This is the first book in the Demonata series.
The Devouring by Simon Holt (YA Fiction HOL)
The Vours are evil beings that inhabit bodies on the winter solstice. Reggie assumes that The Vours are just mad rantings of a lunatic, but when her brother Henry begins to act strangely, Reggie discovers that The Vours may actually exist. To save her brother, Reggie must face a world of nightmares and learn to confront her deepest fears. This is the first book in The Devouring series.
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (YA Fiction CRE)
Isobel does not want to be paired with Varen for an English project, and Varen is clear that he is not thrilled about it either. However, when working together, Isobel discovers some strange writing in Varen’s journal that she can’t help but explore. Soon Isobel is spending more and more time with Varen and pulling away from her friends. Isobel and Varen venture deeper into the pages of his notebook, into a realm where the stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Soon Varen is consumed by the nightmares of the notebook and it is up to Isobel to save him, and herself. This is the first book in the Nevermore series.
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (YA Fiction VIN)
Kaylee can sense when someone near her is about to die, and when this happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Kaylee just wants to live a normal life. She wants to date the hottest guy in school, however, that guy, Nash, seems to know more about her screams than she does. When classmates start dying for no reason, Kaylee always seems to be around to predict the horror. Is Nash the secret to determining who she is and what is happening? This is the first book in the Soul Screamers series.
The Light by D.J. MacHale (YA Fiction MAC)
Sixteen-year-old Marshall is being haunted by something from beyond our world. Eerie clues are piling up and soon people start dying. Marshall’s only clue as to what is happening to him is the disappearance of his best friend Cooper, who has been missing for over a week. Along with Cooper’s sister, Marshal searches for the truth and ends up uncovering something much larger than he could have ever imagined. This is the first book in the Morpheus Road trilogy.
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (YA Fiction MAB)
The post-apocalyptic America where Benny lives is infested with Zombies. At age 15, every teenager must find a job or their rations will be cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice with his brother to become a zombie hunter, but he has no choice. He expects the job to be tedious and boring, but instead he learns about life and what it means to be human. This is the first book in the Rot and Ruin series.