Tuesday, December 29, 2020

YA/MG Horror Spotlight December 2020

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is putting a spotlight on Young Adult and Middle Grade horror each month. Below we are featuring the books that were released in December as well as what our team has been reading and reviewing.

Young Adult New Releases

For Better or Cursed by Kate Williams

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed sequel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Esme Pearl’s life used to be all about bumming rides and babysitting. Sure, it wasn’t glamorous, but it was predictable. All that changed when Cassandra Heaven came to town, and they discovered their complicated, and connected, legacy: Esme and Cassandra are Sitters, supernaturally-gifted teens armed with an ever-changing grimoire of Sitter witchcraft to help them protect the innocent and keep evil demons at bay. You know, the typical teenage stuff.

But just as Esme is starting to adjust to–and maybe even like–her new normal, life lobs another glitter bomb her way. The Synod–the Sitterhood’s governing circle–has called a Summit, a once-in-a-generation gathering that promises training, education, and whole lot of ice-breakers.

Esme should be excited–a Summit might mean she can finally get the answers she desperately wants–but she can’t shake a building sense of panic. Especially since Cassandra’s not acting like herself; Esme’s dad is MIA; Pig is out of dog food; Janis is scared to be alone; and there’s a guy who seems too good to be true, again. Worst of all, it soon becomes clear, there’s no one watching the kids. It’s obvious the Summit is a haute mess, but will it be a deadly one, too?

Expected publication: December 15th 2020 by Delacorte Press | Amazon | Goodreads

Young Adult Books Reviewed

This month Laurie reviewed and recommends Horrid by Katrina Leno. Be sure to check out Laurie’s review of Horrid (“I thought this was a quirky and thoroughly creepy book from beginning to end.”)

Jen read and reviewed Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz. You can check out Jen’s review of Fracture Tide (“It’s a thrilling book, and the strange setting adds a lot to the experience.”)

Middle Grade Books Reviewed

This month Jen also reviewed the following middle grade novels:

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega. Don’t miss Jen’s 5 star review of Ghost Squad (“Ghost Squad is cute, scary, funny, and heartwarming.”)

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf. Be sure to check out Jen’s review of The Girl and the Ghost (“This book has everything I want in a middle grade novel.”)

The Haunting by Lindsey Duga. You can also read Jen’s review of The Haunting (“This is exactly the kind of middle grade book I would have loved as a kid.”)

Have you read any of the books we read or reviewed this month? Let us know what YA or MG books you have read recently!

Jen is one of our LOHF admins. Jen manages the technical side of the Ladies of Horror Fiction website. She also keeps a spotlight on middle grade and young adult horror each month.

You can also find Jen on her blog Book Den, Twitter as @bookden, Instagram as @bookdenjen, on Goodreads, and Letterboxd.

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