Spooky YA reads about ghosts, witches, and events where eerie creatures are gonna spawn on every corner.
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The spooky season is here, which means horror books. What do you plan to read this week?
If it's queer and scary, give it to me! Here are five novels featured LGBTQ protagonists that are perfect for when you're looking for a YA fantasy read for this season.
1. WICKED LITTLE THINGS // JUSTIN ARNOLD
Dane Craven is forced to return to his unbearably small hometown of Jasper Hollow after his cousin is murdered. Dane would refuse to come back if it weren't for three facts. One, he's a witch with fiery powers he can barely control. Two, he thinks he has caused this tragic situation to play out. Three, there's this 'mean girls' witches trio who can help him, with their necromantic powers, to figure out who killed his cousin... only if he lets them give him a makeover. During Dane's time in town, he realizes this place is not that bad after all, especially now he has met this cute guy who works at the local coffee shop. But when the rabbit-faced killer comes for Dane, he has no choice but face who he is and where he belongs before it's too late.
2. THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON // RYAN DOUGLAS
Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston is caught between two worlds: the world of living; where he's constantly bullied by his racist teachers and peers, and the world of the dead, where he acts as a medium since he can see ghosts around every corner. Now that Sawyer, a troubled teen who shot six kids last year before taking his own life, is a powerful, vengeful ghost, everything Jake knows about the dead world goes out the window as Sawyer begins to haunt him.
3. LOS CHICOS DEL CEMENTERIO (CEMETERY BOYS) // AIDEN THOMAS
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
(Note: I read this book two years ago. Now I'm listening to the audiobook in Spanish, and my gosh! This is a completely wonderful experience.)
4. THE DEAD AND THE DARK // COURTNEY GOULD
Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just come to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV's ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before. But the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there's more than ghosts plaguing this small town. Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his ghost following her ever since. Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness.
Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside. A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt. Only, Chelsea is haunted by ghostly visions. Loner Ryan stirs up old hurts and forces golden boy Chase to play peacemaker. Which has perfect hostess Kennedy on edge as eerie events culminate in a stunning accusation: Emily’s death wasn’t an accident. And all the clues needed to find the person responsible are right here.
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