Thomasine by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends the tropes of folk horror with the intensity of teenage belief, creating a story that asks “what if everyone really was watching you?” Thomasine was born in the same small rural town in the USA as her father, her grandparents, and most of her other relatives. Her childhood was filled with nightmares of … Continue reading Thomasine by Jordan Elizabeth

Tabitha’s Death by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends the intimacy of despair with the universal resonance of fairy tales, creating a bleak yet engaging young adult fantasy novel. While Elizabeth handles the topic sympathetically rather than seeking to titillate or shock, readers should be aware this book contains overt mentions of self-harm and suicide. The death of her best friend unravels … Continue reading Tabitha’s Death by Jordan Elizabeth

Hawthorne High by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth transports the trappings of a classic ghost story to the tawdry dystopia of a US high school, amplifying the exclusion faced by those whose life includes—or publicly includes—other than the narrow list of socially acceptable things. Dylan Hatfield’s grandmother suffers from dementia. And, ever since moving to Hawthorne, Dylan has been followed by imaginary … Continue reading Hawthorne High by Jordan Elizabeth

An Introduction to Paranormal Diplomacy by Matthew S. Cox

Cox adds a nuanced portrayal of the United Kingdom to his fresh take on new vampirism, allowing both power and obstacle to organically increase. This novel is the ninth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Totes spoilers and other youthful expressions. After months of vampirism, Sarah has become both comfortable with unlife and resigned to … Continue reading An Introduction to Paranormal Diplomacy by Matthew S. Cox

Deceived by Stephanie Flint

Flint draws upon the combination of rebellion and naivety in the normal teenage mind to create a science-fiction conspiracy that provides emotional complexity without requiring byzantine convolutions. While this novella is set in the same universe as Distant Horizon and events happen shortly before that book, it is an independent narrative rather than a prequel. … Continue reading Deceived by Stephanie Flint

A Vampire’s Guide to Surviving Holidays by Matthew S. Cox

Continuing his exploration of how a vampire might balance their new life and their old, Cox demonstrates that sometimes a vampire hunter backed by technology and magic can be less of a challenge to handle than that one relative who always spoils family gatherings. This novel is the eighth in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Probable … Continue reading A Vampire’s Guide to Surviving Holidays by Matthew S. Cox

How Not to Summon Demons by Matthew S. Cox

Relying on strong characterisation rather than flashy effects, Cox skilfully extends his exploration of neophyte vampirism beyond the immediate challenges of metaphysical limitations while retaining the immediately accessible echoes of becoming an adult. This novel is the sixth in the Vampire Innocent series. Possible spoilers ahead. While being a vampire makes going to college a … Continue reading How Not to Summon Demons by Matthew S. Cox

Tithe by Chani Lynn Feener

Feener merges the traditional myths of the fairy tithe to hell and the power of a willing sacrifice, providing a fresh and plausible reason for that competition between teenagers which defines one subgenre of young adult fiction. One of Arden Archer’s ancestors was cursed to see the Unseelie; a curse that has travelled down through … Continue reading Tithe by Chani Lynn Feener

Bunker Boy by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth shrinks the post-apocalyptic settlement trope down almost to a single family, starkly portraying how close the edge of human control becomes without ubiquitous civilisation. One moment, Zara is wondering whether her uncle will turn his music down enough that she can revise and what the searing flash outside the kitchen window is. The next … Continue reading Bunker Boy by Jordan Elizabeth

The Artist of Ruin by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to blend classic horror tropes, the issues common to teenagers, and unique perspectives, creating another young-adult vampire tale that will appeal to readers of all ages and on many levels. This novel is the third in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers might lurk ahead. With the mood swings her transformation brought fading, her … Continue reading The Artist of Ruin by Matthew S. Cox