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The Compulsive Reader: Don't Turn Out the Lights: Six YA Thrillers

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Don't Turn Out the Lights: Six YA Thrillers

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an absolute wimp when it comes to horror movies. I usually avoid them, but when I do watch them, I am an obnoxious mess; cowering under blankets, asking a million questions, and jumping and shrieking at the slightest thing. In short, I am rather pathetic.

But...there is something about a nice, creepy, chilling book that I can't get enough of. Maybe I secretly love these genres, but I can only handle them when I can take the story at my own pace and build the scene in my head. Either way, I like those sorts of books a LOT, and here are a few of my favorite YA thrillers (some super creepy, some subtly so) that will keep you up at night!

Frost by Marianna Baer

Click here to read my review. This is one of my absolute favorites on this list, and I think I like it so well because the fear and uncertainty of what's going on in Frost House really gets into both the characters' minds and the readers'. It's not your typical haunting/boarding school story, and that makes the book even more creepy. Plus, Marianna Baer is an excellent writer--you'll be hooked right away!

What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Click here to read my review. The teens of this novel are forced to live out their lives at night due to a deadly skin allergy, and what better setting for creepy, murderous activities? When the protagonist's love for extreme sports leads her to witness something so terrifying that she isn't quite sure what she saw, everyone she knows it thrown into danger. This book is intense from the beginning to the very end!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Click here to read my review. This book begins with an epigraph from "Second Coming" by William Yeats--"And what rough beast, its hour come at last / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" Those two stanzas set the creepiest vibe for the entire book. The excitement, fun, and jazz of the Roaring Twenties is contrasted nicely against this darkness that is rising in the book, and it makes for an intense read!

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Click here to read my review. What's creepier than an old school desk talking to you while teenagers are going missing in your small town? The "evil force" at work here might not be the most innovative one you've ever heard of, but how the protagonist deals with it is fascinating, and the story is no less intense because of it.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Click here to read my review. Ten teens in one huge house on a secluded island, and no one knows that they're there. And when the power goes out and people start showing up dead, they realize that someone has a thirst for revenge. If you're a fan of the TV show Harper's Island, then pick up this book!

Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Click here to read my review. Pfeffer is the author of Life As We Know It, and its sequels. In this book, the protagonist must deal with her family troubles and tensions when her estranged and abusive father kills his new wife and children and she finds out she and her mother are next on his list. This book is unsettling in how realistic it is, and it will keep you thinking long after you finish.

What are your favorite thrillers/horror novels?

1 comment:

Friendly Neighbourhood Bookseller said...

One that's just been published in the UK is The Bunker Diary, Kevin Brooks. It's not a thriller the way the ones on your list are, but it's definitely a page turner, and chilling, especially the last few pages. I won't say any more for fear of spoiling you, but if you get the chance, do check it out.