One quick look at my holds list and you’ll see that I read more young adult books than adult fiction and non-fiction combined. I’m completely hooked by the wide variety and depth of books published for today’s teens. Here’s a quick glimpse at a few supernatural, ghostly and mysterious read that recently grabbed my attention.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – Cas Lowood doesn’t have your normal after school job. Rather he spends his free time hunting down murderous ghosts and sending them on their way to the afterlife. Cas approaches his job as simply as possible- get in, get down to business and move on before anyone is the wiser. Most of Cas’s jobs have gone according to plan, that is until he meets the ghost of Anna. Their first meeting wasn’t exactly planned and coming face to face with a ghost of her magnitude proves almost deadly for Cas. Unable to overpower Anna, Cas helplessly watches as two classmates are killed by Anna. As Cas comes to terms with his first failed job, he finds himself in an unusual position. Rather than wanting revenge, Cas becomes curious about Anna. Why does her ghost kill everyone who steps into her home? Why hasn’t she moved on? What story is she hiding behind those cold, dark eyes? And why did Anna’s ghost spare Cas’s life when she has never spared anyone before?
Every Day by David Levithan – Imagine waking up every day in a new body, not knowing who you are and where you live. That’s what life is like for A. Trying not to stand out, A blends in by quietly attending school, nodding during most conversations, and not making any personal connections that might alert others of an imposter living in a family member’s body. All that changes the day A wakes up in Justin’s body and meets Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon. A knows Justin isn’t a good boyfriend and that Rhiannon deserves more. A tries to move on the next day when he wakes up somewhere else, in someone else’s body, but leaving Rhiannon in the past doesn’t seem possible. Now A sets out on the impossible, trying to make a connection with Rhiannon despite being a different person every day.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – Moving to Florida hasn’t helped Mara escape the fact she is the sole survivor of a building collapse that killed her boyfriend and two best friends. If anything, the new school, new classmates and new teachers have only made matters worse. Mara still can’t remember anything from that tragic day and now she seems to be having strange visions that come true. Bit by bit, Mara begins to remember that horrific night. Only problem is the more Mara remembers about the accident, the more she realizes she wasn’t just an unfortunate bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time. -Shannon