Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys compiled by April Genevieve Tucholke is an engrossing spooky read. If you are craving something that will have your skin crawling before Halloween, then this is the perfect read. The book is a compilation of short stories from some amazing YA authors, such as Marie Lu, Danielle Paige, Carry Ryan, Jonathan Maberry, Leigh Bardugo just to name a few. Each author used a previously published story, movie, or song for inspiration and then re-imagines the tale. At the end they tell you what the inspiration was. Some tales were filled with bloody and disturbing details, but others were more psychological horror that really let your imagination go crazy. After I finished a story, I was excited to go on and see what new sinister creature was lurking around the next page.

The writing throughout is fantastic. Each author created complex characters in a short amount of time as well as really capturing the dark atmosphere. There were definitely times where my hair stood on edge. I really love how creepy this book is and that it is geared for YA readers. It just goes to show that some of the most haunting tales can exist without all of the graphic details.

My favorite short stories were In the “Forest Dark and Deep” by Carrie Ryan and “Hide-and-Seek” by Megan Shepard.

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Darkness the Color of Snow by Thomas Cobb

The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt Illustraed by Oliver Jeffers