- City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder–much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing–not even a smear of blood–to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
by Kim Harrison.
Spunky teen Madison, though technically dead, uses a stolen amulet to retain the illusion of a body and help her in the struggle between Light and Dark reapers.
by Catherine Jinks.
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.
The Sequel:The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group
by Lish McBride
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.
*2011 Morris Award Finalist.
by Yuki Midorikawa
This is not your usual bash-and-slash/exterminate all yokai story. Here, we have an ostracized orphan with the ability to see ghosts who slowly learns to make friends in both the human and spirit worlds.
by Kenneth Oppel
Growing up, twin brothers Victor and Konrad fill their lives with imaginary adventures…until the day they stumble upon The Dark Library, where they discover secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is drawn back to The Dark Library and uncovers an ancient formula, beginning a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life.
by Carrie Ryan.
Tragic zombie lovin’.
by Jon Skovron
Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict–but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl.
by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic.
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
by Laini Taylor. Little Brown.
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimeras who form the only family she has ever known.
by William James Henry, edited by Rick Yancey.
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.
Anthologies (try out some shorts stories):
compiled by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
A literary throwdown: who is superior – Unicorns or Zombies? Try these stories out to decide who you’ll root for.
edited by Trisha Telep.
The some of the authors: Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Kelley Armstrong, Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, and more…
Followed by Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love
- Updated: November 17, 2011