10 young adult books offer up Halloween season flair

Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19 2013 8:00 a.m. MDT

Garner has created a delicious sci-fi tale worth devouring. Overall a compelling tale about family, "Contaminated" contains brief descriptions of violence. It also has some references to making out but has no swearing.

— Miranda Lotz


"BATTLE LINES: A Department 19 Novel," by Will Hill, Razorbill, $18.99, 591 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

"Battle Lines" by Will Hill is the third installment in the Department 19 series and is an enthralling book that will satisfy fans of the series.

The book begins with an explosive prologue that documents the escape of a patient in the hospital. This patient is vicious and attacks everything in his way.

This is the start of a global attack on prisons and hospitals that releases all of the inmates and turns them into vampires.

In the meantime, Jaime Carpenter has to stop the attack by training an elite new squad that operates under the name Department 19.

"Department 19" has scenes that include graphic violence and mild language.

— Shelby Scoffield


"THORNHILL: A Hemlock Novel," by Kathleen Peacock, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 342 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

"Thornhill," this second book in Kathleen Peacock's Hemlock series, has many twists and turns that keep it riveting until the very end.

Mackenzie "Mac" Dobson leaves Hemlock to search for her werewolf friend Kyle with her best friend's ghost and boyfriend, Jason. They are reunited, but a raid leaves them trapped in Thornhill and they have to find a way out before hidden secrets threaten them.

Peacock creates characters that enthrall and are easy to root for.

The first page has a sexual allusion, but it by no means sets the tone for the rest of the book.

— Abigail Holt


"DEMONOSITY," by Amanda Ashby, Speak, $8.99, 341 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

"Demonosity" is a delightful novel of teenage angst, love and deception told through the eyes of 16-year-old high school student Cassidy Carter-Lewis.

Cassidy is tasked with protecting a force called the Black Rose from an onslaught of demons who wish to possess the power. Thomas de la Croix, a man who has sworn to protect the Rose, projects himself forward in time to help her. Simultaneously, she has to juggle a high school play and men. One man in particular, Travis, becomes entangled in the story and provides an intriguing twist.

There is a minimal amount of foul language scattered throughout the book, as well as violence and death.

— Tori Ackerman


"BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA," by April Genevieve Tucholke, Dial, $17.99, 360 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

April Genevieve Tucholke's debut young adult novel, "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," is imaginative, lyrical and downright creepy.

Violet's parents have been in Europe for months, leaving her and her brother alone in the dilapidated White mansion, perched on the edge of a cliff above the sea. Having run out of money for food, Violet decides to rent out the guesthouse.

Enter River, a mysterious boy who shows up with wads of cash, pretty eyes and a talent for telling Violet exactly what she wants to hear. Soon, strange things start happening around town. She knows River has secrets, but she is falling in love.

The content of the book matches its dark tone, depicting many violent and disturbing scenes. There is occasional swearing and multiple references to sex.

—Elizabeth Currey


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