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
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >