Double, double toil and trouble — we’re cooking up some awesome reads to get you in the spooky spirit! Here are a few of our favorites:

1. A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

“A vivid ride through eighteenth century Europe with darkness and dread creeping at its corners. Utterly enchanting.” – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

“Cohoe transmutes the legend of the Philosopher’s Stone into a dark, intoxicating tale of ambition, obsession, and sacrifice. Prepare for a magic that will consume you.” – Rosamund Hodge, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beauty and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

2. Lobizona by Romina Garber

“Garber’s gorgeous novel combines the wonder of a Hogwarts-style magic school with the Twilight-esque dynamics of a hidden magical species that has strict rules about interacting with the human world.” – BOOKLIST

“With vivid characters that take on a life of their own, beautiful details that peel back the curtain on Romina’s Argentinian heritage, and cutting prose that shines a light on the difficulties of being the ‘other’ in America today, Romina crafts a timely tale of identity and adventure that every teenager should read.” —Tomi Adeyemi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone

3. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

“Legendborn is intoxicating, electrifying, and resonates with a deep understanding and vulnerable adoration of what it is to be a Black girl searching for the magic of herself. Tracy Deonn captivates you from page one with her perfect pacing, exhilarating plotting, and a command of storytelling that cannot be ignored. This book will hold everything you are hostage until, page by page, you discover how it has actually set you free.”
— LL McKinney, author of the critically acclaimed Nightmare-Verse series

“A King Arthur reimagining that adds seats to the roundtable, inviting new readers to find themselves within its lore, Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn braids southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power, and self-discovery.”
— Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

4. White Fox by Sara Faring

“Eerie and sly, White Fox is a trap waiting to be sprung. I was completely enthralled.”—Rory Power, New York Timesbestselling author of Wilder Girls

“A ghost story that will spook even the most hardened grown-ups.” —Entertainment Weekly

5. Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova

“A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary.” – Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper

“Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine’s journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family.” – Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix

Labyrinth Lost is more like reading Paradise Found. Zoraida Córdova brings us a new generation of witches, enchanting and complex. And every page is filled with magic.” – Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die

6. Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Córdova

“The book is at its best examining the relationship between Lula and her sisters as brujas, but also as teens, who have the same yearnings and petty arguments as any girls. For readers coming for the ghouls, there are plenty of those, too.” – Booklist

“An exciting read with a wonderful Latinx feel woven throughout.” – Kirkus Reviews

7. Wayward Witch (Brooklyn Brujas #3) by Zoraida Córdova

“Córdova’s conclusion to the award-winning “Brooklyn Brujas” series offers readers the plot-driven, thrilling fantasy tale they have come to expect…A fast-paced adventure fantasy story infused with Latin American traditional elements.” – School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Infusing her story with Latinx traditions and characters, Córdova beautifully wraps up the series through the self-assured narration of a 15-year-old girl who finds herself as she learns to control her powers. Readers new to the series will find the book easy to follow and discover much to love in the immersive, diverse world of the close-knit Mortiz family.” – Kirkus Reviews

8. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

“A tale with substance and depth, one of magic and curses, betrayal and revenge, but most importantly, it is a story about the redemptive power of love to make even the worst wrongs, right. — Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be.

“Balancing delicate emotion and authentic suspense, the hypnotic prose pulls readers into the question of how, or if, the curse of the sisters can be broken.” —Publishers Weekly

9. The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

“Loner, lesbian teenage witch Sideways bubbles with nerves, insecurities, and longing in this action packed debut from a young queer writer. Jam packed with intensity of feeling ALL the feelings, Clarke takes us on a roller coaster ride, oscillating between headiness of recognizing one’s own power, first date nerves, trying to smash the patriarchy while looking great at a party, and the dizzying joy of finding your clan. Bonus points for super sweet gay dads and all around great representation of diverse characters.” —Chana Porter, author of The Seep

The Scapegracers wallops you with all the raw, thrilling vertigo of young love and new friendship, alongside a deeply-plotted mythology that will delight any magic fan. It’s a jewel-studded book, with an unearthly glow. You will definitely want to join this coven.” —Jess Zimmerman, author of Basic Witches

10. Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

“Proving that vampires never go out of style… Vampires Never Get Old is perfect for any and all lovers of vampires, be it Twilight stans or Dracula fans!” —The Nerd Daily

“This boundary-pushing collection seeks to upend the default with 11 toothsome stories that stake a new claim on old tropes, centering an intersectionally diverse range of protagonists.” —Publishers Weeklystarred review

11. Blood Countess by Lana Popović

“Popović balances lush, romantic language with gruesome imagery in this tale of innocence lost.Readers will likely be inspired to do actual research into Lady Bathory’s murderous misdeeds.”-Booklist

“Popović also touches on how a patriarchal society can drive women to extremes without letting the truly terrifying Bathory, or Anna, off the hook for their own actions. . . A lush and bloody historical thriller.”-Kirkus Reviews

12. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

These Witches Don’t Burn is an original, thrillingly romantic spin on the classic teen witch tale. Infused with page-turning suspense, bittersweet romance, shocking twists, and tragic turns, Sterling has written a standout debut. Never sentimental, often sweet, but unafraid to break your heart, the writing is as lovely, vibrant, and ruthless as its characters.” —Dana Mele, author ofPeople Like Us

“An enchanting debut from Isabel Sterling. I’d be in for the note-perfect f/f romance alone, but These Witches Don’t Burn perfectly blends a fun teenage relationship story with a delightfully dark and twisty supernatural thriller. A lovely witchy book full of complicated girls and a world rich with queer characters. It’ll leave you wanting a coven of your own.” —Britta Lundin, author of Ship It and writer on Riverdale

13. This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic.

14. Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

“The atmosphere of the grim dog-eat-dog world of the seedier parts of Los Angeles provides an enticing noir flavor. Lexi’s aching loneliness is palpable in her narration. . .The romance between Lexi and Jane offers a bright spot, and their relationship develops organically from merely a source of comfort to genuine love. . . .a compelling page turner.” -Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Gritty and high-concept, this cross-genre murder mystery has plenty of appeal for horror and crime fiction fans, and the beginnings of a star-crossed f/f romance add depth.” -ALA Booklist

15. Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

“Schrieve depicts diversity among the queer and trans characters, highlighting how economic and racial privilege make the concerns of middle-aged, rich, white trans women different from those of a young, trans woman of color without access to medical care. Tension burns hot until the explosive conclusion, which begs for a sequel. On fire with magic and revolution.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Shrieve conjures intricate magic vital to the plot, pushes the book’s leads to grow amid the book’s ratcheting tension, and provides incisive social commentary via monster-tale tropes. Any reader who has felt it necessary to hide their true identity will find strong characters to connect with in this fun, powerful story.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Out of Salem is the best urban fantasy I’ve ever read. Hal Schrieve refurbishes old school world-building sensibilities into a note-perfect dysphoria metaphor that feels fresh and classic at the same time. Simultaneously nostalgic and forward looking, this book should set a new standard in the genre. Terrifying, beautiful, exhilarating.” —April Daniels, author of The Nemesis trilogy

16. Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

“[An] Intricately plotted psychological horror story . . . With evocative language, a shifting timeline, and more than one unreliable narrator, Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly–and the unpleasant truths that are released when these scales are upset.” —New York Times Book Review

“[A] supernatural page-turner . . . In [Suma’s] story, some people are guilty and damnable, and some are innocent and good — and the ones who fall in between are simply innocuous. This stark character classification isn’t a flaw, but rather, a demonstration of Suma’s fantastic writing. Her images, even the horrible ones, linger like dust and glitter after an epic stage performance.” —The Boston Globe

17. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

”This moody maritime retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses blends elements of suspense and horror for a gothic twist on a familiar tale. A memorably built world populated with a hauntingly doomed family.”—Booklist

“It’s a fairy tale, a young-adult romance (though gothic enough for adult readers) and a whodunit too.”—The Wall Street Journal

18. Light as a Feather by Zoe Aarsen

Riverdale meets Final Destination in this fast-paced and deliciously creepy novel about an innocent game that turns deadly at a high school sleepover.

19. Cold As Marble by Zoe Aarsen

McKenna’s mission to save her friends from their predicted deaths continues in the second installment in the Light as a Feather series that’s perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!

20. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

“Doesn’t skimp on supernatural spookiness, slapstick, or teenage snark. . . . A darkly humorous, rapid-fire read in which the living are sometimes scarier than the dead.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Zappia crafts an engaging dark fantasy, expertly weaving together a small-town aesthetic and a Midwestern gothic sensibility, a complicated town history replete with grudges and ghost stories, and complex characters in a Buffy The Vampire Slayer–esque story with plenty of appeal.” –Publishers Weekly

21. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is a triumph. Thrilling and sexy, funny and shocking, deeply moving and very, very magical. Trust me, you have never, ever seen a wizard school like this.” —Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians trilogy

“It’s a brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story about teenagers who can’t be neatly sorted into houses, coping with stress and loss and the confusion of just trying to be who they are. It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside.” —Time Magazine

22. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

“At last! A sequel to Carry On…every fine as fine as the first. …overall excellence of a book in which every vista pleases and every character delights. Carefully plotted, the book is a classic page-turner right to the open ending which, o frabjous day, promises a sequel to the sequel! One can hardly wait.” – Booklist (Starred Review)

Wayward Son‘s American road trip narrative reflects America itself. It’s flashy and fun and full of adventure, but underneath all of that lurk difficult questions about identity and colonialism.” – NPR

23. His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined including the Original Tales edited by Dahlia Adler

“A genre-bending collection of 13 twists on Edgar Allan Poe’s works does Poe proud with this creepy and atmospheric set of stories inspired by a handful of his most well-known works…Strong feminist themes appear throughout, and genres run the gamut from futuristic to gothic to lots in between. Diversity in race, gender identity, and sexuality is well-represented. As a bonus, all of the original stories and poems are included. Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Presenting 13 reinterpretations of Poe’s works alongside the originals, this enticing anthology offers an accessible, multifaceted reading experience for fans old and new…A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there’s something for everyone in this delightful compilation.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

24. A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

“[Suma’s] narratives are subtle, quicksilver creatures, her language is elegant, and her characters keep more secrets than they reveal. If this book was a dessert, it wouldn’t be a chocolate chip cookie or a vanilla birthday cake — it would be an earl grey lavender macaroon, or maybe balsamic fig ice cream.” –

“A gorgeously written and evocative ghost tale set in a storied boardinghouse for troubled young women . . . Suma is a masterly storyteller, here creating a thoroughly unreliable modern narrator in a deliciously creepy gothic haunt. With much to mull over and discuss, this is a taut and nuanced coming-of-age tale perfect for fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar.”
Luann Toth, School Library Journal, starred review

25. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

“This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic. I was bawling by the end of it, but not from sadness: I just felt so incredibly happy that this queer Latinx adventure will get to be read by other kids. Cemetery Boys is necessary: for trans kids, for queer kids, for those in the Latinx community who need to see themselves on the page. Don’t miss this book.” —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift

“Cemetery Boys is nothing short of an astonishing work of art. Aiden Thomas masterfully weaves a tale of family, friendships, and love in a heartwarming adventure full of affirmation and being your best self.” — C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick

25 YA Books for ~Spooky Season~

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