Horror and Ghost Stories Book Reviews

Z:  ZOMBIE STORIES by J. M.  Lassen
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"For those zombie enthusiasts who haven't already collected the other anthologies in which most of these were previously published. (Horror. 14 & up)"
Another anthology shambles onto the zombie bandwagon. Read full book review >
STILL WATERS by Emma Carlson Berne
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"Short, simple, appealing. (Psychological thriller. 12 & up)"
A girl decides to surprise her boyfriend with a weekend trip, but it goes wrong. Could their problems be supernatural—or something else? Read full book review >

SHATTERED SOULS by Mary Lindsey
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 8, 2011

"Lingering threads suggest a sequel, but isn't that part of the formula? (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
A formulaic forbidden-love story and teen debut featuring [insert female name:] Lenzi, who [insert paranormal gift:] serves as a conduit for ghosts with unresolved issues, and [insert male name:] Alden, the guy she wants but shouldn't have. Read full book review >
CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
This sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO by Heather Davis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"Poignant and eventually quite moving. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
This ghost story gently delivers growing emotional power as it explores the thoughts of three teens, including the ghost. Read full book review >

LAST BREATH by Rachel Caine
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A gripping, original take on vampires. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)"
Absorbing suspense dominates this chick-lit vampire story. Read full book review >
AWAKE AT DAWN by C.C. Hunter
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Overly chatty and overlong. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up) "
The continuing adventures of somehow-supernatural Kylie focus on her identity crisis: What kind of supernatural is she? Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF GRIBBLESEA PIER by Deborah Abela
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A fast-paced, mildly funny, never-quite-suspenseful tale that lacks a magical spark. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)"
Can 12-year-old Aurelie possibly save her family's deteriorating amusement-park-on-a-pier from evil Lucien B. Crook, even with help from some ghostly relatives? Read full book review >
LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver
FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An irresistible read: This book sings. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy. Read full book review >
CIRCLE OF SECRETS by Kimberley Griffiths Little
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"For readers who like their ghost stories more friendly than terrifying. (Suspense. 9 -12)"
A steamy Louisiana bayou is the atmospheric backdrop to a tale about a daughter's estrangement from her mom, the mother's long-held guilty secret and a restless ghost's long-sought closure. Read full book review >
MY BOYFRIEND BITES by Dan Jolley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Hip, steamy fun. (Graphic paranormal romance. 12-14)"
A small-town teen fond of taking on difficult boyfriends as "projects" acquires a taste for tougher challenges when her newest one turns into a giant bat. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY GHOST OF RUE ORLEANS by Mary Quattlebaum
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Pair with Cambria Evans' Bone Soup (2008) or Kazuno Kahora's Ghosts in the House! (2008) for some fantastic, not-so-scary ghostly fun. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An enjoyable New Orleans tale featuring a most un-frightening ghost. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >