YA fiction

9 Recommended YA Ghost Books

If you’re here, you probably already know about my ghost books–the Haunted Halls: Blood Flesh Bone trilogy, and my upcoming Haunted Halls: Winter’s Cavern trilogy. There are a number of other ghost books that I would love to recommend, though! Here are a few of them:

A Certain Slant of Light, by Laura Whitcomb. This one features a ghost who falls in love with a living person–a theme I’m exploring in the Winter’s Cavern trilogy. It’s beautifully written.

The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong. Fast-paced, with scary suspense. Be warned, it ends on a cliff-hanger!

Ghost Abbey, by Robert Westhall. This was an old favorite from when I was a kid, so I had to include it here. The abbey is the ghost, which is pretty cool. Hard to find this one, now.

Bad Girls Don’t Die, by Katie Alender. This book involves a doll that someone becomes obsessed with, and scary hijinks ensue. Deliciously creepy.

The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater. The character development in this series is really well done, and I love the ghost the most.

Assassin’s Heart, by Sarah Ahiers. This is a stunning fantasy novel with excellent world-building and some creepy-as-heck ghost action!

Once Dead, Twice Shy, by Kim Harrison. I read this one a really long time ago, but the main character is a ghost and there are some funny aspects to the story, if I’m remembering correctly.

The Diviners, by Libba Bray. As I mentioned in the mystery post last month, this one is really really scary (but really really good).

Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins. A young witch is forced to go to reform school, where other badly-behaved supernatural creatures get to enjoy all kinds of fun drama. 🙂


mystery, YA fiction

Unputdownable Young Adult Mysteries

8 YA mysteries

I didn’t set out to write a mystery, at first. But when the Blood Flesh Bone trilogy took me there, well, I was undeniably happy because I love mysteries! I spent my teens and early twenties devouring Trixie Belden books, Elizabeth George, and Patricia Cornwell. I just never thought I could write one.

There are quite a few excellent young adult mysteries out there–here are a few of my favorites:

1. Holding Court by K. C. Held: A wacky, heartfelt mystery with romance and a ton of humor. Highly recommend!

2. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly: Gorgeous historical fiction set in the early 1900s, with true-to-life characters who tugged at my heartstrings.

3. Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn: Another historical mystery, this one is set in the 1950s.

4. The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George: Elizabeth George is a master of mystery. This one ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger, fair warning!

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: More of a psychological mystery, it nonetheless had me flipping pages as fast as I could. People either love or hate this one–I personally loved it.

6. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: This might be considered more middle grade than young adult, but I believe readers of all ages will love this story.

7. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma: Beautifully written with magical realism, this is a book I could read a thousand times.

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray: Not for the faint of heart! This one is terrifying (says the author of gothic mysteries featuring ghosts).