It’s August but all I can think about it Spooky Season. Yep, it’s capitalized because it’s that important. I am so excited for the best reading season of the year! Tanya already posted the Book Bingo for Wicked Good Reads and I have been thinking about all the books I want to read this Fall. That had me looking back on some really great YA Speculative Fiction Books I read and loved over the years. I have to share them with you! Add these to your list if you like Spooky Season as much as we do…
The Taking of Jake Livingston, Ryan Douglass
This is a story about a boy who doesn’t have a lot of confidence, doesn’t believe in himself, and sees dead people. This makes him an easy target. A short book with a couple of great fight scenes involving ghosts!
Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep, one of the others being his infinitely more popular older brother. It’s hard enough fitting in but to make matters worse and definitely more complicated, Jake can see the dead. In fact he sees the dead around him all the time. Most are harmless. Stuck in their death loops as they relive their deaths over and over again, they don’t interact often with people. But then Jake meets Sawyer. A troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school last year before taking his own life. Now a powerful, vengeful ghost, he has plans for his afterlife–plans that include Jake.
City of Ghosts, Victoria Schwab
This whole trilogy is such a great one! Lots of adventure and LOTS of ghosts. Plus, each book takes place somewhere really cool.
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one. When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that they are “In-betweeners” and their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil (whether they want to go or not) which starts Cassidy on a whole other adventure.
Aurora Rising, Jay Kristoff and Ami Kauffman
Not all my speculative fiction favorites are paranormal! I also love a good ya sci-fi and this one is so much fun.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch. And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. She could turn out to be the the catalyst that starts a war.