YA Horror and Fantasy Pre-Orders

Oh books. It’s nice to have a bit of space to be buying hardcovers again. I cleared off two stacks worth of (very old) paperbacks to make more room on my shelves and to send all those Anita Blake novels off to a better home. The end result is a bunch of pre-orders in young adult horror and fantasy that are coming out over the next few months.

It’s a short selection, but these all have me totally tickled.

Check them out. 🙂

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Amy won me over with Daughters Unto Devils. This is one of those situations where the cover was revealed along with a little snippet which I sort of read, but not really because I was already rushing to Amazon to put it in my cart.

YA Horror: The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Summary

Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

Release Date: September 27, 2016

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The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Basically everyone in the circles I run in has been talking about The May Queen Murders. Okay, fine. I give in. (Really, it wasn’t too hard to persuade me. “Gothic” in the blurb? Miam.

YA Horror: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Summary

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

Release Date: May 3, 2016

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

While not strictly speaking a horror title, I can still get on board with dark fantasy in an urban setting. From what I’ve read, Vassa in the Night is hacking some old fairy tales too. A whisper of Baba Yaga is all it really takes sometimes.

YA Fiction: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Summary

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.

Release Date: September 20, 2016

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Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Moonshine and wishes. I might’ve mentioned a few times that I have a soft spot for anything southern and anything wish-related, following the devouring of the Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone books. I hope this has a similar flavour. I like magic, and I especially like magic when it goes wrong.

YA Horror: Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Summary

There’s a reason they say “be careful what you wish for.” Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for “balls of steel” and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it’s too late-after she brings some of her uncles’ moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn’t mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles’ moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their “important family legacy,” she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

Release Date: April 26, 2016

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What have you got on your TBR pile, in your Amazon cart, and on your Goodreads Want-To-Read shelves? (I still have space on my shelves for more!)

Showing 4 comments
  • Notebook of Ghosts
    Reply

    These covers are amazing. I’d pick these up at the bookstore on the cover alone.

  • Kiran S.
    Reply

    All the pretty books! You have really good taste – Vassa in the Night sounds particularly intriguing.
    I am finding it really hard to give away my own old books, even though most of them are probably for ages 6-12 or something. I guess I just have to find someone worthy to pass them on to. In my mind, when I finally will give them away it will be like that last scene from Toy Story 3 :/

    • Kira Butler
      Reply

      I feel like my inbound recommendations are a bit limited sometimes, or maybe there just isn’t enough dark fiction for young adults coming out fast enough. :/ Not sure. Won’t be the last of this sort of post in any case.

      I’m… unfortunately not familiar with the last scene from Toy Story 3. Would that require Kleenex?

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