A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

Oh, goodness, where to start? Is there any “good” day for voodoo revenge on a mean teacher who failed you just because he doesn’t like you? Or any good day to travel through the slums and get car jacked trying to undo a too-effective revenge spell? Over the top, hilarious and more than a little […]

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave starts on the naming day of Deuce, a young woman who has been training her whole life to be a Huntress, a protector and food gatherer for her clan which lives in an underground enclave. The tunnels mean a hard life, snaring what food can be caught, scavenging what remainders of society can be […]

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

In Fallout, the third book in the series that started with Crank, centered on meth addict Kristina Snow, Hopkins moves on to show the effect Kristina’s selfish ways still have on her children, and covers a wide spectrum of emotional and psychological problems. Fallout is told through three narrators: Hunter, Kristina’s first child, born of […]

Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Glass is the direct follow up to Crank. Glass continues the story of Kristina Snow after she’s had her baby, and kicked meth and nicotine, shortly before her eighteenth birthday. It follows her relapse in her struggle with the meth monster and goes farther than Crank imagined. Sharp and painful, Glass is hard to read. […]

My So-Called Death by Stacey Jay

Karen tragically died from a major fall from the top of the cheerleading pyramid. Even more tragically, she has discovered that she is a genetic zombie and now has to live out the rest of her days slurping down animal brains and fearing maggot infestations. She’s even transferred to DEAD high, where supposedly she’ll learn […]

New Mutants Classic, volume 1

It’s a bit dated (early 80s) and of course a bit cliché (being a comic book) but I found this graphic novel to still be a lot of fun. First, you have a very multicultural collection of mutants here; Kentucky-coal boy Sam (Cannonball), Native American shaman-in-training Danielle (Psyche), hot-blooded South American Roberto (Sunspot), weeping Irish […]

Free book!

Giulietta Maria Spudich, whose book on obsession (Hannah’s Story: Vampire Love Never Dies) I really enjoyed has a free book on Amazon this weekend. Details here and blurb below, (Free through Sunday): A strong, intelligent eighteen-year old, Ariana is frustrated by her inability to contribute to her forest band as she is chained to a […]

The Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja

Maggie flees to The Blue Mirror, a café that serves as her sacred space, nightly to escape her drunk, depressed mother. There she nurses a drink and spends most of her time drawing the things and people around her, translating them into her own world, which shares a name with her café hide out. It’s […]

Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire

Darina thinks she’s going crazy. She’s seeing her dead boyfriend everywhere and having visions of beating wings and death’s head masks. If she’s off, though, the whole town is too. Four teens have died suspiciously in the past year, and the most recent was her boyfriend, Phoenix, who was stabbed during a fight. While the […]

Guide to YA Novels with GLBTQ Characters

I want to give a shout out to this blog from YALSA’s The Hub. Make sure to read the comments too for more titles. Mostly, though, I want to add in the Weetzie Bat books by Francesca Lia Block as well. I HIGHLY recommend them. Tweet