YA Thriller + Horror on My TBR 👻

Another Spooky Month means another TBR post, but this time I have some new additions!

I was actually debating on whether to make this post or not because I haven’t actually been adding new books to my TBR on a regular basis. I’m getting to a sort of sensible place of trying to read the books that I already have or going to the library instead of buying new books because I don’t have much money as it is and it’s also kind of wasteful to constantly buy new books that I might never read.

But anyway, this year I’m including thriller books on my TBR because thrillers can be just as scary as full-on horror. The only “spooky” genre that isn’t allowed, however, is paranormal romance. There may be some scary moments in PNR books but not enough for me to consider them truly scary.

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – This book is my current read and while I can’t say too much because I wrote this post a week in advance, I will say that I have been looking forward to this book for quite some time. I only started this series at the end of last year and my feelings towards it have been up and down (loved the first and third books but hated the second) but I am still looking forward to seeing how it ends. Plus, who can’t resist more of Audrey Rose and Thomas?

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh – To say that I have been anticipating this book being released is an understatement. Even though people are touting this as vampires “returning” to YA (which is pretty silly because they never went anywhere), I can’t turn down what I hope is a diverse vampire book. I’ve been avoiding every single thought and review of this book so if you’ve already read it, please don’t tell me anything! I want to know absolutely nothing and go into this with my own expectations and no outside influences.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White – Frankenstein is one of my favourite books ever, and not just because I was born on Mary Shelley’s birthday, so the fact that this is a kind of retelling from the point of view of Victor’s fianceé/kind of adoptive sister (the georgians had different views on things) both interests me and makes me a little wary. I have seen some mixed responses to this one, but that doesn’t put me off because I am always up for some modern Gothic.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I know that I said I wouldn’t be including paranormal romance on this list because it doesn’t really count as horror, but there were plenty of thriller/horror moments in Vampire Academy, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to include Bloodlines. It’ll probably be a while before I get around to this series because my TBR piles for the next two months will be fully booked (huehuehue) but I am still looking forward to it. Not looking forward to the awkwardness that comes with the main love interest having the first name as my dad though.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey – For some reason, I couldn’t get this book on Amazon for the longest time, but now it’s finally available! I am a little disappointed that there isn’t a Kindle edition available in the UK, but that’s okay. The only Rick Yancey book I’ve read is The 5th Wave, which I absolutely adored but ended up not continuing on with the series for some reason, so I don’t really know what to expect from this one.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – Last year I read The Girl from the Well for Spooky Month and loved it, so I downloaded The Bone Witch to my Kindle and then just left it to gather dust. That’s a terrible habit of mine and I need to stop doing it. At the time I was on a huge hunt for books about witchcraft that weren’t about European Pagan-style witchcraft because we need more diversity in spec fiction and that goes for our monsters and magic too.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Even though I saw quite a bit of hype surrounding this book a while back, I don’t really know that much about it. But that’s probably for the best because I feel like thrillers are often the best books to go into without knowing much.

Sadie by Courtney Summers – I haven’t read any Courtney Summers books but I have seen a lot of good reviews of this book too, so it has been on my radar for quite some time.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – Same goes for this book too, there was a fair bit of hype surrounding it when it was released. I’m running out of things to say so I’ll just say that I want to read this book and leave it at that.

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – One thing that I’ve been really wanting to see recently is horror set in space. I’ve had this book on my shelf for years and years but I still haven’t read it for some reason, and I also haven’t put it on my immediate TBR for this month. Oops. I can always use it as a transition book from Spooky Month to Sci-Fi Month, though.

Do you read YA thrillers or horror? What would you recommend or are excited to read?


  1. 05/10/2019 / 11:08 AM

    Ooo you have some great ones on there! I have a few of these on my TBR as well. I really need to get to 172 Hours – it looks really cool and super spooky! Have fun!

    • Louise
      08/10/2019 / 12:23 AM

      It really does! I’ve been in a real “scary space story” mood recently, so I’ll definitely be reaching for it as soon as November rolls around 🙂

  2. 08/10/2019 / 5:30 PM

    Oh this is a lovely list, I hope you’ll enjoy all of these! I got lucky enough to read The Beautiful already, but since you mentioned you don’t want to know a thing, I won’t tell a thing 😛 I’ll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it! Happy reading 😀

    • Louise
      09/10/2019 / 8:14 PM

      I’m so excited for The Beautiful that I can’t contain myself 😍 My copy won’t get to me until the end of the week though so I still have a little wait 😭

  3. 09/10/2019 / 7:22 AM

    Sadie and Sawkill Girls are the perfect picks for this month! Sadie’s actually one of my favorite books of the year — it was absolutely amazing and thrilling and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (And if you can read it in the audiobook form, I definitely recommend it that way!) I hope you get to read all of these this month and enjoy them, Louise! 💕

    • Louise
      09/10/2019 / 8:17 PM

      I don’t think I’ll be able to get around to all of these books since I’m a pretty slow reader, but there’s always the rest of the year left for me to read them! 😀

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