“Very Superstitious, Writings on the Wall” – Supernatural Teen Fiction

Stevie Wonder’s famous song “Superstitious” always makes me think of supernatural novels. I guess I am just one of those people that has to relate song titles to books. (Have you noticed the last couple of my posts?) Even though vampire books have become a little lackluster for the moment, novels with supernatural elements are still very popular. Angels, Speakers, ghosts, and the Underworld are just a few of the things you will be introduced to in these fictional novels for teens. Enjoy!

Everneath by Brodi Ashton. 2012. 9780062071132. (Gr 10-12.

What would you do if you only had six months to say goodbye to loved ones, as well as find redemption? Meet Nikki Beckett, who has just returned from six months in the Everneath (otherwise known as the Underworld). Her one wish is to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person who was most devastated by her disappearance. There’s only one person standing in her way: Cole, the irresistible immortal who lured her into the Everneath in the first place. As Nikki’s time on the surface is limited, she is forced to make the most painful decision of her life:  find a way to stay with Jack, or return to the Underworld and become Cole’s queen.

Dead of Winter by Chris Priestly. 2012.  9781599907451. Gr 7-12.

If you are looking for a creepy read that sends shivers down your spine, Dead of Winter is the book for you! After his mother’s death, Michael is invited to spend Christmas with a wealthy guardian in a large and abandoned country house. His immediate feeling upon arrival is that something is not quite  right—especially when he sees a ghostly woman in the frozen mists. Michael soon realizes that the house has many secrets, dead and alive, but there are more dark secrets to come.

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. 2012. 9780061996184. Gr 8-12.

Clara feels like destiny is playing a mean trick on her. When we left her in Unearthly, she was training for months to face the fire she had seen in her visions. In the end, she couldn’t possibly prepare for the choice she was forced to make. In Hallowed, she is torn between her love for Tucker and what she and Christian are destined for. In this compelling follow-up novel, Clara struggles with a new revelation: Someone she cares about will die unexpectedly. With an uncertain future, how will Clara change a loved one’s fate for good?

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey. 2011. 9780399256226. Gr 10-12.

Lenzi begins to hear voices and has visions of gravestones and of a boy with steel gray eyes. Just as these things start to get louder and more intense, she meets Alden, a boy from her dreams. He explains that she’s a reincarnated Speaker—a communicator of the dead, and that he has been her Protector for centuries. Now Lenzi is forced to choose between her present life and her destiny with Alden, before time runs out.

Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in Stories by Lauren Kate. 2012. 9780385742610. Gr 9-12.

Fans of  Kate’s Fallen series will love these four never-revealed stories of their favorite characters. Fallen in Love is a collection of short stories, set in the Middle Ages, featuring central characters from the main books. Each story provides valuable insight into each character and how their lives intertwine with the epic love story of Daniel and Luce. A must-read for fans who are eagerly anticipating Rapture!

Kristin J.