Keep Me Posted!

Sign me up for the latest news from Penguin Teen, including new books, special offers, and promotions.

9 Books to Give You the Summer Scaries

SHARE

Looking for a way to beat the heat? You’re in luck–there are a lot of books that will send a chill down your spine on even the hottest of nights this summer. From monsters to ghosts to serial killers (and even some ghostly serial killers), there’s a book for everyone seeking thrills. Check out this list for nine books that will give you a wicked case of the summer scaries–if you dare.

 

The Merciless Series by Danielle Vega

The term “mean girls” takes on a whole new meaning when this group of friends decides to perform an exorcism on one of their own.

 

And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin

What’s worse than discovering that someone is trying to murder you? Discovering that your parents are the ones behind the plot, for one.

 

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

On this island, sunrise doesn’t come every 24 hours–it comes every 28 YEARS. Don’t get left in the darkness–you don’t want to know what dwells in the shadows.

 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

A quiet girl named Violet meets a dark-haired boy who naps in the sun, drinks coffee like it’s his job, kisses girls in cemeteries–and just might be the Devil. Everyone has their faults, right?

 

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Think twice before complaining that you’re bored this summer–with a string of murders happening in her town and her dead best friend haunting her room, Hannah has more than enough problems this summer.

 

Blood & Salt by Kim Liggett

Traditions lead to gruesome deaths in Quivara, a place where something sinister waits in the cornstalks. Traveler’s tip: don’t make your way into the fields alone…

 

Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

An all-night, underground rave in the subway system of New York City–what could go wrong? Mutilated bodies showing up in the tunnels, that’s what.

 

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

A serial killer? Scary. A serial killer that can’t be killed (or even seen) because he happens to be the ghost of Jack the Ripper? Scarier.

 

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

Lock your doors and make sure all the lights are on before you start reading these terrifying short stories by your favorite YA authors.

 

Start reading a few select titles below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ShelfGoals

A New Way to Binge: 12 of Our Favorite Standalone Novels to Read

We love finding that perfect series, the one where you want to read every single book. But often times, waiting for the next book has got us like What to do in the meantime? Binge our list of awesome standalone novels, that’s what! These books will have you turning the pages so fast that you’ll … Continued
See More

Every Book Hitting Shelves in April 2018

April showers bring…new books! We have a small but mighty list coming at you this April, with highly-anticipated sequels, books that are new in paperback, and…Gudetama’s Guide to Life, which is truly hard to put in any category! Read on and build that TBR!   4/3: Folded Notes from High School by Matt Boren: A status-obsessed senior … Continued
See More

7 Books to Make You More Socially Aware

YOU are the future. No, but like for real, one day you are going to be the one in charge of everything: schools, hospitals, book publishing, and even the government! That’s a lot to take on, but don’t worry, you aren’t the first generation to rise up and fight for what you believe in and you’re … Continued
See More

6 Must-Read Forbidden Love Stories

We all love a good love story. But a forbidden love story? Even better. These stories have us anxiously turning the pages, rooting for the two characters against all odds. Read on for some of our favorite forbidden love stories!   Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh What do you do when you’re falling in … Continued
See More

5 Contemporary Books Told From More Than One Character’s Perspective

We all know there’s always two sides to a story…or maybe three… or maybe four. These books are told in multiple point of views to show all the sides of a story and to show what makes each character different in their thoughts and actions. Read on for a few of our favorites!   I … Continued
See More

10 YA Page-turners You’re Sure to Devour

If you’ve been looking for a book to leave you breathless and keep you up all night, then look no further. Whether they’re full of mystery, escapades, conspiracies, or adventures, these pulse-pounding page turners will have you flipping so fast the pages might catch fire. Grab a flashlight and your most pumped-up playlist and dig in … Continued
See More

8 Diverse Fantasies to Read if You Loved CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the biggest books of 2018 so far, and has enticed readers with its lush West-African inspired setting and its intriguing world of dark magic. Readers are craving more diverse fantasy, because after a while, the same old stuff gets a little bit tiring! Need more … Continued
See More

12 Books That Will Get You Hooked on Historical Fiction

Here’s the thing about reading a life-changing historical fiction novel. Once you read one, there’s no going back. You need to read another. And another. And another. So we decided to share the love and round up 12 reads that will get YOU hooked on historical fiction.   Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen Sarah … Continued
See More

Our Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Reads!

Ok, so we know it’s basically not even spring yet, but can you blame us that we are SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER?! It’s only natural. And not only are we excited for warm days, long nights, flip flops (the list goes on), but we absolutely cannot wait for all the amazing books we have in … Continued
See More

Get Ready to Feel All of Your Feelings With These 7 New Books

Are you that reader that likes to have your heart totally crushed, weep silent tears of joy, or feel inspired AF when you read a book? Any way you like to feel, we’ve got the books for you this spring and summer! Read on for 7 of our favorites that will make you feel ALL of … Continued
See More
BACK TO TOP