Michael Prasad is tired of everyone telling him to stay inside. Ever since he was diagnosed with suit anxiety, he’s been kept inside the Mars colony while the rest of kids his age travel outside. When he sets out to prove everyone wrong with his best friend Lilith, a solar flare knocks out the magnetic field that blocks the sun’s radiation. Stranded outside, Michael and Lilith have to survive miles from home with just their suits, few supplies, and their minds.
Why this book?: I was shelving at my library when I saw this book hidden among the junior fiction. It sounded like a middle grade The Martian, which I loved.
Shy college student Ken Kaneki finally gets the nerve to ask out his crush Rize who he met at the local coffee shop they both frequent, Anteiku. Through a series of unfortunate events, Kaneki ends up in the hospital and an emergency leads to his organs being replaced with Rize’s before approval can be given. As it turns out, Rize is what is known as a ghoul–a human-like monster that sustains itself on human flesh.
Why this series?: I read this series while I was back in high school. I had a lot of good memories of it, and so, since I never finished all of it, I decided that it was time to reread and finish the rest of the series. I wish I hadn’t.
Quinn and her father just moved to Kettle Springs from Philadelphia after her mother’s death, wanting to make a fresh start. Quinn soon finds herself in the middle of the town’s war between the adults and teenagers, with the adults blaming the kids for everything that has gone wrong. While getting to know her new peers, a masked intruder shows up, ready to get revenge on the high schoolers.
Why this book?: I’m not good with slasher horror movies, but I wanted a scary book and a slasher horror BOOK sounded like exactly what I needed.
CONTENT WARNING for the review: discussed/mentioned gore and violence.
Sadie woke with a gift after a near-death experience in her teens, one that she avoided using at all costs, until she had no choice. Sadie can see the dead, but she had been taught to never go near them, to ignore them, and soon she stopped seeing them. That is, until a family friend, years later, finds Sadie and asks for her help to save her daughter, who is being haunted by … something. With her co-workers help, Sadie decides to start using her gift for good.
Why this book?: It looked and sounded good and was on the Scribd catalog. Plus I was a little upset about how my last read ended, so I wanted another good, horror/thriller ghost mystery.
In a world where vampires co-exist with humans, one has to go through specific channels if they want to become one. One requirement is that you can’t be transgender or gender non-conforming due to how it will change your body. When Finley is bit without consent, his life changes in unexpected ways.
Why this book?: I was looking for queer horror and this was recommended to me. It’s not exactly “horror”, more like supernatural, but it was still really good.