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    Posted by: Ember Blue Posted date: 5:34 AM / comment : 0

    Since I missed this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, I'll give my answer today.  This weeks question?  What summer reads are on you planning?  I'm tweeking the question a bit for my purposes.  Instead my question - What are my anti- summer reads?  AKA - how to beat the heat.  My list... May surprise you.  

    My choices?  YA Horror.




    Title:  Ten
    Author:  Gretchen McNeil
    Genre: YA Horror
    Number of Pages:  296
    Release Date: September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray


    Don't spread the word!
    Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
    You do NOT want to miss it.

    It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

    But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

    Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?



     Title:  The Dead House
    Author:  Dawn Kurtagich
    Genre: YA Horror
    Number of Pages:  440
    Release Date:  August 6th 2015 by Orion Children's Books


    Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

    Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

    Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

    Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you've finished reading.


    Title:  The Accident Season
    Author:  Moira Fowley Doyle
    Genre: YA Mystery
    Number of Pages:  288
    Release Date:  August 18th 2015 by Corgi Childrens


    It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

    The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

    But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?


    Title:  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
    Author:  Holly Black
    Genre: YA Fantasy Horror
    Number of Pages:  419
    Release Date:  September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


    Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

    One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.


    Title:  I Hunt Killers (#1)
    Author:  Barry Lyga
    Genre:  YA Crime Horror
    Number of Pages: 359
    Release Date:  April 3rd 2012 by Little, Brown and Company


    What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

    Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

    But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

    And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

    In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?


    Title:  The Name of the Star (#1)
    Author:  Maureen Johnson
    Genre:  YA Fantasy Horror
    Number of Pages:  372
    Release Date:  October 2nd 2012 by Speak


    Jack the Ripper is back, and he's coming for Rory next....
    Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him - the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target...unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.



    Title:  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (#1)
    Author:  Ransom Riggs
    Genre:  YA Horror
    Number of Pages: 352
    Release Date:  June 7th 2011 by Quirk


    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

    A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

    Title:  Shutter
    Author:  Courtney Alameda
    Genre:  YA Thriller
    Number of Pages:  384
    Release Date:  February 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
    Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

    Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

    When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

    Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week. 
    Title:  Paper Valentine
    Author:  Brenna Yovanoff
    Genre:  YA Horror
    Number of Pages:  304
    Release Date:  January 8th 2013 by Razorbill
    The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

    For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

    With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

    Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.
    Title:  Bad Girls Don't Die
    Author:  Katie Alender
    Genre:  YA Horror
    Number of Pages: 346
    Release Date:  April 21st 2009 by Disney-Hyperion
    Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

    Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?  
    Title:  Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    Author:  April Genevieve Tucholke
    Genre:  YA Gothic Horror
    Number of Pages:  360
    Release Date:  August 15th 2013 by Dial
    You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

    Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

    Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

    Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back.

    Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

    Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
    Why do I have an Anti-Summer list?  Because personally, I don't like 'beach reads', which are usually YA Contemporary.  Just not my thing.  Occasionally I will read some if the story deals with particular issues, but I'd rather have more.  Also, I enjoy reading stories set in the heat during winner and stories set in colder weather in the summer.  Kinda quirky.  I also like reading Horror during the summer because well... I'm a scardey-pants and there is more light outside.

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