Ok, I’m not usually a big fan of gore and ghosts, but when they come with excellent characters and a great deal of witty dialogue, what’s not to love? I can’t guarantee that everyone will find these books funny, but that was definitely an aspect that kept me turning the pages. After all, I had to find something to read while I wait (and wait) for the next Lish McBride book.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Rory, recently of small town Louisiana, has decided to try a boarding school in London. She would pick a school right in the middle of a sudden resurgence in Ripper murders, of course. And then develop an ability to see and interact with ghosts, because that’s just how her life goes. Smart, snarky, and all around engaging despite the gore flowing on all sides, the first book in the Shades of London series is quite excellent, and I’m looking forward to The Madness Underneath.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Speaking of teens with a gift for interacting with ghosts, Cas Lowood has taken over the pacification of murderous ghosts following his father’s untimely death. He moves to Ontario on the trail of the vicious haunt called Anna Dressed in Blood and discovers something entirely different from his previous kills. It turns out Anna is under a curse and solving it may just free Cas from his own demons.
Croak by Gina Damico
I know, I know, the teenage grim reaper is a thing that’s been done to death. (hah!) Enter Lex Bartleby and her violent tendencies and just step back to enjoy the show. We discover that her extreme rages are a harbinger of her new reaper abilities, and she turns out to be truly gifted. Lucky for us, she’s also sarcastic and surrounded by entertaining new companions and a very interesting world.
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Apparently if your teenage child suffers from uncontrolled anger and suddenly begins to act out, it could be a sign that they are developing paranormal abilities connected with talking to the dead. Who knew? When Kylie Galen’s father moves out, she attends an ill-fated party and is shipped away to a summer camp for troubled kids as a result. Not your average troubled kids, mind, these ones have trouble not drinking blood or shape shifting in public. It reminds me a bit of The House of Night series by P.C. Cast, with a little less goddess and a little more range of paranormal abilities.