Paranormal Picks

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Teen and young adult summer reading

The books that really grab my attention are always heavy in suspense, utilize dark undertones, move at a rapid pace, and highlight characters with paranormal abilities. These ingredients often create the "edge of seat" feel that readers crave in teen and young adult literature.

If you consider yourself a literary fan of the same characteristics, then definitely browse my recommendations below to see what jumps out at you!

When by Victoria Laurie
Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn possesses a unique ability that only a select few have knowledge of: she can see the death date of anyone she encounters. Her alcohol-abusing mother exploits this ability by having Maddie conduct readings for money. When she predicts the death of a young boy to his mother however, the FBI is notified of a possible homicide, and Maddie is hurled into the crosshairs of law enforcement searching for answers. This title might be the perfect choice for a reader into teen-based murder mysteries. 

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
It might seem completely logical to connect a compulsive liar to the murder of a popular teen: This is the situation Micah Wilkens finds herself in. She attends a progressive private high school in New York City where she has dressed as a boy, conjured up imaginary family members, and stretched the truth about her father's profession. A secret relationship outside of school with Zach, her boyfriend, comes to light when he is found brutally killed, making her the prime suspect -- given her checkered past involving lies and deceit. This is an interesting read that features an African American girl as the lead protagonist, a mysterious background, and supernatural senses. 

Bang by Lisa McMann
Jules Demarco has utilized future sight to save several lives over a period of time, including her boyfriend Sawyer. Having also acquired future sight, Sawyer begins to see visions of a disastrous shooting taking place in their school. The two young lovers decide to move quickly and decipher several clues that hopefully lead to stopping a senseless act of brutality. A possible choice for those interested in a dark story line with psychic elements.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Few people are aware of what a tetrachromat is, but for
Micheline Helsing, her ability to see spiritual auras is nothing unusual at all. She belongs to the prestigious Hellsing Corps made up of gifted teens who specialize in exorcising undead ghosts. While encountering a dangerous aura, Micheline and her team are infected with the Soulchain Curse and must exorcise the entity within a week or risk losing their souls. This title should be a nice pick for those who enjoy teen fiction and spiritual possession.

Flip by Martyn Bedford
Alex finds himself in quite the predicament when he wakes up in a completely different house and unsure of how he got there. To make the situation more bizarre, his body has been switched with that of another person in a very creepy turn of events. With his former body laying comatose at a local hospital from a hit and run accident, Alex finds himself looking for answers while struggling with his new "identity." A thought-provoking book that is sure to ignite conversation about self-identity and individual perspective.