Reading Riot: Paranormal Genre Still Going Strong

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Creepy stories about the supernatural never go out of style. Do you like to read about ghosts, magic and things that go bump in the night? How about stories that make your heart pound? Today (May 3) is National Paranormal Day so go ahead and revel in all things supernatural. Whether you believe in supernatural phenomena or not, it’s fun to read about it! And the young adult collection is full of this popular genre. Read on for our recent recommendations.Book cover picture of broken tea cup

If you’re looking for supernatural with a strong dose of mystery, try The Leaf Reader. With her cynical sense of humor, Marnie knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother is eccentric. So no one bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. It’s fun but she knows that it’s not real. Then basketball star Matt asks for a reading and suddenly the readings seem very real. And they’re telling Marnie things that make Matt seem increasingly dangerous. A page-turning whodunit that will have you scrutinizing the tea leaves in the bottom of your cup!

Freeks welcomes you to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act. While Mara longs for a normal life, she roams from place to place with the carnival, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night. But when performers begin disappearing and bodies are found mauled by an invisible beast, Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. Now she has seven days to take control of her power and unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone she holds dear.

In the modern urban fantasy series, Shadowshaper Cyper, book one features graffiti murals on the walls that change in front of Sierra Santiago’s eyes, clueing her in to the fact that something strange is going on. Then Sierra discovers that her Puerto Rican family has supernatural powers and she finds herself in a battle against evil to save the lives of her family and friends. Shadowhouse Fall continues the story with Sierra now at ease with her new life as a shadowshaper. When she receives a strange card she knows that her next battle has arrived. Thrust into an ancient struggle with enemies old and new, Sierra and Shadowhouse are determined to win, turning the tough Brooklyn neighborhood into a battleground against racist spirits and corrupt law enforcement.

To find more books featuring paranormal phenomenon, try searching by genre in the library’s catalog.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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