Halloween is almost here, and YA author Elizabeth Fais had a great idea for her guest post on YAmondAY. I’m fond of the books she mentioned, and I’ll tell you why at the end of the post.
Scary-Fun Paranormal Activity
When I was growing up, the old black-and-white monster movies were my favorites. You know … Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Not because they scared me. Not even close. It was because they were so much FUN.
So it’s no surprise (to me anyway) that my genre-of-choice as a writer, is young adult paranormal. Not a fan? Give one of these awesome paranormal reads a try, and you might change your mind.
Paranormalcy – Book 1 of the Paranormalcy trilogy
By Kiersten White
Evie always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s falling for a shapeshifter, and she’s the only one who can see through paranormal glamours.
But now Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and cryptic messages—and she’s realizing that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
The Scary: The stakes are high for Evie and her paranormal friends, and not all survive. Not knowing who’s behind the murderous attacks on paranormals, or who will be hit next keeps the intensity high. The homicidal faeries were the creepiest for me and Evie’s ex-boyfriend the worst. He doesn’t hold back in his attempts to steal Evie away to the faerie kingdom and destroy her new shapeshifter boyfriend, Lend.
The Fun: Fast-paced and entertaining, this story blends intense action with just the right amount of humor and snark. Evie won me over with her pink rhinestone-bedazzled Taser named Tasie, and substituting “bleep” for any swear words. Evie may be paranormal, but her longing to be a normal teenager is something every human can relate to, especially in the boyfriend department. Her romantic conflict and confusion ignites a paranormal love triangle that kept me turning the pages up to the surprise plot twist ending. I’m definitely on board for “Supernaturally”, the next book in the Paranormalcy trilogy.
Hex Hall – Book 1 of the Hex Hall series
By Rachel Hawkins
On her twelfth birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered she was a witch. Three bumpy years later, after a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong she’s exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Then when a mysterious predator begins attacking students, and Sophie’s only friend is the number-one suspect, a horrifying plot begins to surface. Soon, Sophie is preparing for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
The Scary: The creepy house on the remote island surrounded by woods the students aren’t allowed to go into filled me with dread from the get go. Sophie’s in danger from her first day at Hex Hall, and the anxiety amplifies as the murders unfold. A coven of dark magic witches add to the tension with vindictive pranks to take Sophie down. The murderer remains a monster in the shadows until the surprising ending, which left me desperate to read “Demonglass”, the next book in the Hex Hall series!
The Fun: Hex Hall puts a fresh spin on the school for magical creatures storyline. Paranormal activity aside, what I liked most was that Sophie and the other students are honest to goodness teenagers. We can relate to their longings, root for their success, and hiss at their jealous pranks. The plot twists were exhilaratingly, especially the truth that’s revealed about the hot guy Sophie is crushing on, and who ends up falling for her.
Shadowland – The Mediator, Book 1
By Meg Cabot
Susannah, Suze to her friends, is a mediator—a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees and talks to dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.
But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy to start over. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.
The Scary: Suze’s knack for attracting the unhappy dead, who are notoriously dirty fighters, puts her in physical danger as often as you or I go to the grocery store. Because Suze is a mediator, ghosts are as solid to her as the living. And since they’re already dead, they can hurt her a lot more than she can them. Not that she worries about it. Much. That is, until she runs into the psycho ghost at her new school who wants Suze as dead as she is.
The Fun: Suze Simon’s snark-tastic edge is laugh out loud funny. Suze’s new friends are adorkable, as are her new stepbrothers–nicknamed Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc. The relationship between Suze and Jesse–the 150 year-old ghost who haunts her new bedroom—bounces between sarcastic hilarity and slow-simmering romance. In true Meg Cabot style, Jesse’s and Suze’s relationship comes to a delightfully satisfying conclusion in the final book in the series. If you read the first book, BE WARNED! You’re going to want to read the rest of the series.
A Treat of a GIVEAWAY!
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Elizabeth Fais in her own words:
Fifteen things about me…
- I’m a young adult (YA) author, because I never grew up … and never will. That’s a promise.
- I started my first novel when I was seven, but stopped after the second sentence because I realized I didn’t have enough life experience.
- I was a strange kid … and still am … I just look older.
- “B” adventure films have always been my faves, the more action the better. Guess which kinds of stories I like to read … and write?
- OK, I confess. Romance and comedies are a close second, especially the wacky screwball ones.
- I love to laugh, nothing makes me feel better … except maybe chocolate.
- A life without music is a life without sunshine. Can’t live without it!
- There’s a neon sign flashing above my head that only animals can see that says “Eat here! Always open, always good!” Which is why they seek me out in droves.
- I learned how to work with elephants (yes, real ones!) hands-on.
- Cricket Magazine published my article about going to elephant handling school at Riddle’s Elephant Sanctuary in Arkansas.
- I grew up in the Southern California desert, and have lived where it’s cool and green ever since. HOT is not my thing.
- I got a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, because I liked doing the high twirly kicks.
- I love costumes, because people treat you like the character. Being Mary Poppins is awesome.
- I’m really a Dog Person, but my cats don’t believe me!
- I must have been a rabbit in a past life, because it’s the only way to explain my cravings for all things salady.
Love these picks, not only because I admire the authors, but also because the voice in Wicked Sense has been compared to the ones in Paranormalcy and Hex Hall (they’re both on my shelf, as you can see on my facebook page banner). And I compared the humor to Meg Cabot’s when describing the book to other folks. Elizabeth and I didn’t dicuss the picks before, so this coincidence is weird. Maybe even… spooky? 😮
What about you? Do you know other scary-fun YA books? Please share!
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