Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

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Who knows why the monster didn’t eat James Lerber…right away…Maybe it was because he was a geeky kid from Chicago who thought monsters were cool and who didn’t want to go to camp in the first place. Maybe it was because the other guys made him wear a dress and he was covered in mud. Maybe it was because the monster was already too full after eating all of the campers in Barracks 4 and 6.

The Wrong Grave

He should never have gone back for the poems he had impulsively put in his dead girlfriends coffin, but Miles was one of those self-involved poet types. He had to try to dig up her grave almost a year later to try to get the poems back. Too bad it was  the wrong girl in the grave who then decided to follow him home so she could teach that idiot a lesson.

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Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman

dreadlocksPeter Baer is a rich, spoiled brat who is used to getting everything he wants. And right now what he wants is the new girl in school. Tara has moved here from England and everyone wants to get to know her. She is beautiful and her hair is in long, golden dreadlocks. She never takes off her sunglasses. She is a mystery. But those who get close to her come down with a mysterious illness. They start moving as if they weigh 2 tons, their skin and even their eyes turn a grayish color and they start eating dirt and kitty litter.

One morning, Peter finds Tara in his room. She wants him to be her boyfriend, her companion. Not for a few months or years. They will be together forever. Because is immortal and he will be too. But at what price?

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The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

themonstrumologistWe all know monsters don’t really exist, right? Frankenstein, werewolves, vampires are just figments of your imagination. In The Monstumologist, it is 1888. After Will Henry’s parents are killed in a house fire, he goes to live with Dr. Warthop, an eccentric scientist who takes on the boy as an assistant. Dr. Warthop is a Monstrumologist, a scientist who studies monsters. Nighttime visitors with strange business dealings aren’t uncommon in the doctor’s house, but one night a frightened man brings the doctor the body of a young woman who died while being eaten by a monster.

Attached to her is the dead monster. It is an Anthropophagus, a headless creature with impossibly strong arms and legs, eyes on its shoulders and incredibly sharp teeth and strong jaws that sit right in the middle of its chest. They can rip a person apart in seconds.

The arrival of the creature in New England is quite alarming, not only because of its mere existence, but because if there is one in the area, there is a colony. They must be stopped before they kill the whole town, the state, the country.

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Soulless by Christopher Golden

soullessThey had the best of intentions…

Three mediums hold a séance on a morning talk show in Manhattan. They will call the spirits of the dead forth so that they can give a final message to their living friends and relatives. One last chance to say goodbye.

The séance starts, the mediums go into a trance-like state. And then mayhem ensues. The dead start to rise out of their graves in graveyards all around Manhattan. They start walking around attacking and feeding on the flesh of anyone they see. “Empty! I’m empty!” they moan.

Soon, graveyards across the Northeast are erupting with Zombies. That’s right, Zombies! As soon as anyone dies—whether from a Zombie attack or a heart attack, they turn into a zombie on the spot.

Mass chaos is everywhere and it continues to spread. If you listen, you can hear them coming, rising out of the graveyards around Naperville. They are coming for you! I can hear them now.

Will anyone be able to stop them?

 

Just After Sunset by Stephen King

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A young couple in love sits in a bar listening to a band. Although, are they really there in the bar?

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A psychiatrist leaves behind therapy notes for his sessions for a patient that has OCD and might be psychotic. The patient thinks he is responsible for preventing supernatural forces from destroying the world. And then the doctor checks out the man’s story for himself…

 

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

bloodandchocolateVivian, her family, and several of their friends, moved to Maryland from West Virginia about a year before the book opens after the death of two girls and a fire that killed her father. They were blamed for the death of the girls and her father died because of it.

Vivian is sixteen, beautiful and athletic. You would think she would be one of the most popular girls at school. But she stays pretty much to herself most of the time. That is, until she meets Aiden, a boy who is not only good looking, but also a sensitive poet. He truly understands her, she thinks. Her family and their friends don’t approve of the boy, an outsider to their group. But she doesn’t care.

As they start dating and get more intimate, she begins to trust him. Until one night when she decides to show him her true self. He plans a romantic encounter when no one is home. Candles everywhere. Both of them naked. She could finally tell him her secret.

First came the claws extending at the end of her hands. Then the fur started cover her body and her face started transforming. How could he look so scared? She is a werewolf. Why can’t her understand?!

It was then the trouble began all over again.

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Cell by Stephen King

cellHow many people do you know that don’t have a cell phone? Walking down the street, you might see every 2nd or 3rd person on a phone call or texting.

Clayton Riddell has finally made it big. He just landed a comic book deal and now he can finally support his wife and son on his comic book talent. Yeah, everything is wonderful as he leaves a meeting in downtown Boston.

All of a sudden, everything is thrown into chaos. A business woman attacks a guy in an ice cream truck. Another guy is chewing on a dog’s ear. A teenager girl starts yelling and acting crazy. So are a bunch of other people?

What is the connection? They were all using cell phones the moment before it all started.

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The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

Nuclear war has finally happened. Eli , his sister and parents made into their underground shelter in time. His twin brother and grandmother didn’t make it. Eli’s dad is a multi-billionaire who had the resources to build an underground compound where their family can wait until it is safe to be above ground—they have enough food, clothes, video games and other important stuff they need to survive for at least 15 years. Eli’s family is one of the few that survive.

Six years later it is still not safe to go above ground. But things start to get worse. Eli discovers some food has been tainted. Food and water are running out faster than they ever thought it would. They could die down there, but anything would be better than another year underground.

Then Eli starts to notice some things that don’t make sense. He finds a laptop computer that was meant for his twin brother. It is getting a wireless internet signal. The signal is strongest near his dad’s office, one of the few places he is not allowed to go.

There could be people outside, alive.
But that’s not the only secret in the compound.

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Recommended Reading: Escape!

Stories about teenagers held against their wills trying to escape before it’s too late.

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Bodeen, S. A. The Compound.
When a nuclear war starts, Eli’s billionaire father rushes his family in into their underground compound. They have everything they need to survive until it is safe to go above ground again. But when things start to go wrong, Eli realizes the real danger is not just on the surface but within his own family.

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Dashner, James. The Maze Runner.
When Thomas wakes up on the lift, all he can remember is his first name. When the door’s open, he finds himself in a huge maze with stone walls called the Glade. He is surrounded by a group of boys his own age who have a similar story. Every 30 days a new boy arrives, but no one has ever escaped the Glades.

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Henry, April. Shock Point.
When Cassie finds out that her psychiatrist stepfather Rick has been illegally prescribing an experimental drug to teen patients who have then committed suicide. To silence her, Rick commits her to a sadistic boot camp for troubled teen in Mexico called Peaceful Cove.  Even if she can escape the brutal camp, she has to get through the Mexican desert and get back to Oregon. And even then, who will believe her story?

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Smith, Alexander Gordon. Lockdown: Escape from Furnace.
Furnace Penitentiary is the world’s most secure youth prison. It is a mile underground and its inmates are all serving life sentences. The guards and the other inmates are sadistic, but they aren’t the worst things about the prison. Alex Sawyer is a criminal, but he has been falsely imprisoned for murder. Together, with a group of other innocent kids and some cold blooded killers, Alex plans a dangerous escape.

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Strasser, Todd. Boot Camp.
Harmony Lake is a boot camp for troubled teens and supposedly a godsend for desperate parents.  Like all kids at the camp, Garrett is taken in the middle of the night. He knows that some of the kids deserve there, but when he is beaten and subjected to psychological abuse, he knows he has to try to escape at all costs before it is too late.

 

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

30324[1]Vivian, her family, and several of their friends, moved to Maryland from West Virginia about a year before the book opens after the death of two girls and a fire that killed her father. They were blamed for the death of the girls and her father died because of it.

Vivian is sixteen, beautiful and athletic. You would think she would be one of the most popular girls at school. But she stays pretty much to herself most of the time. That is, until she meets Aiden, a boy who is not only good looking, but also a sensitive poet. He truly understands her, she thinks. Her family and their friends don’t approve of the boy, an outsider to their group. But she doesn’t care.

As they start dating and get more intimate, she begins to trust him. Until one night when she decides to show him her true self. He plans a romantic encounter when no one is home. Candles everywhere. Both of them naked. She could finally tell him her secret.

First came the claws extending at the end of her hands. Then the fur started cover her body and her face started transforming. How could he look so scared? She is a werewolf. Why can’t he understand?!

It was then the trouble began all over again.

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Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

959320[1]Vampires. Everyone thinks it would be so great to be a vampire. Let me tell you. It’s not. I know. My name is Cal Thompson. I’m sure we haven’t met before. I don’t get out much during the day. Besides, I don’t think you would want to know me. I’m dangerous and I’m contagious. Allow me to explain.

I work for on secret organization called the Night Watch. I hunt vampires for them. At least that’s what you might call them. In my line of work, we call them Parasite Positives, or Peeps. The creatures you call vampires aren’t the undead from horror movies. They are people with an incurable disease. A horrible, life-destroying, incurable disease. They are sensitive to light, the live for hundreds of years, they attract rats like pets, and they kill humans.

My job (and life) wouldn’t be so bad if it were one that I had chosen. It all started last year. I moved to New York City to go to college. Two days after I got off the plane from Texas, I was sitting in a bar…

…18 and sitting in a bar…in New York City…

This girl comes in. Kind of hot and mysterious. She starts flirting. Her name was Morgan. It turns into a one night stand. Yeah? Well, it was as good as it sounds. She had a disease. You see, the way this Peeps disease works is that you get infected by exchanging bodily fluids (yes, those types of fluids) with someone who is a carrier of it. Not everyone who gets it turns into a vampire…I mean a Peep. Some of us are carriers. We get the super strength and heightened senses. (smell, sight, etc). But we don’t turn into Peeps. We just infect other people and they turn into the creatures.

So I can’t even kiss a girl, let alone have sex with her. It’s just too dangerous. So just don’t do it, right? Stay celibate. Look, it’s bad enough I’m a young guy. But here is the worst part. The disease is designed to spread itself, to survive. The only way it can keep reproducing is if I infect other people. And the disease is built to insure that I will spread it. It makes carriers like us totally, unbearably…horny. That’s why I work alone and why I refuse to get close to anyone else.

Besides, this job isn’t so bad. It pays the bills. But lately, things have been getting even weirder around here. Something big is going on. Some sort of big Evil is coming to town. And my crazy life is about to get even more complicated.

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Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (editors)

7171748[1]Since the dawn of time one question has dominated all others: Zombies or Unicorns?
Now it is time for you to decide for yourself. Which side are you on?

Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

There are 12 stories in this anthology: 6 about zombies, 6 about unicorns.

Zombies are scary, Unicorns are for 8 year old girls, right?

WRONG!

Here you will find zombie love stories, killer baby killer unicorns, a group of high school students who have decided to hold prom despite the fact that the world has been overrun by zombies, and a unicorn named Princess Pretty pants that helps a teenage girl get revenge on her cheating boyfriend.

Read it. Pick a side.

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