It's that time year again, folks! Time for eating so much candy you want to die! Time for dressing up as sexy Olaf! Time for... freaking yourself the eff out...
As Halloween creeps ever nearer (it's SO CLOSE), MTV News has compiled a list of truly terrifying YA books you can read while you eat your weight in candy corn.
It's scary enough to wake up and not remember an entire chunk of your life, but when that chunk includes a mysterious accident that killed your best friend, your boyfriend and your boyfriend's sister, well... "scary" seems an understatement. And when you start seeing your dead friends wandering around -- and even more bodies start stacking up -- might as well hide under the covers until it's all over. Mara Dyer's story only begins in this seriously creepy book (there's still kissing, don't worry). The third book in the trilogy, "The Retribution of Mara Dyer," is set to drop next week.
This book is about a teenage serial killer -- and it's told (mostly) from his point of view. Enough said. Robert Cormier was never one to pander or pull punches and he does neither here. You will not be able to sleep -- or stopping thinking about this story -- after you put down "Tenderness."
Let's just all agree on something: If you're suffering from selective memory loss, something probably not-so-good happened during that lost period. Cadence is experiencing a major dark spot when she returns to her family's summer house on a secluded private island in this tome -- and it's up to her and her cousins to suss it all out. This book is a way slow burn, but, in the end, it will leave you thoroughly creeped-out.
Laurie Halse Anderson is masterful at writing "issues books" that don't read as "issues books." "Wintergirls," although about eating disorders, is also a ghost story -- the tale of a girl (literally) haunted by her best friend after the girl dies of the disease. It's a terrifying book -- in more ways than one.
OK, so this isn't technically a YA book, but for kids or not, "The Witches" is 100% one of the scariest books -- and movies -- Roald Dahl ever wrote. The witches don't have toes, guys! No toes.
Wish you didn't know the end to "Gone Girl" so that you could read it all over again? Well, check out "Dangerous Girls." I won't say any more for fear of giving anything away...
A cold midwestern town. A hot love triangle. A deranged killer slowly abducting and murdering teen girls. A hell of a twist ending. "The Vanishing Season" should basically refer to the pages of this book as you tear through them.
Basically every single book by Ms. Block is the creepiest ever, but this little novel will make you seriously look over your shoulder when you walk home in autumnal darkness tonight -- and never want to use a Ouija board again. Hot twins (one of whom is dead), "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" references, magical ceremonies -- this book has it all.