Find my contributions to Unbound World’s 100 Best Horror Books of All Time

October isn’t one of my favorite times of year, but who doesn’t love a good horror read? I helped pick out some of the best horror books of all time over at Unbound Worlds, and I got to slide in one of my favorite authors of all time.

Just about every Octavia Butler work is a horror story on some level, but Fledgling’s tale of Shori, by appearance a young Black girl with severe amnesia and in reality a vampire genetically modified to survive in sunlight, explores ignorance, bigotry, and the horror wrought by humans themselves with a timelessness that remains relevant today.

Find the full list of titles at Unbound Worlds — and see if you can find all of mine!

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Don’t miss these 25 YA fantasy titles!

I know as well as anyone that publishing can be… overwhelming. (You can ask my boyfriend about the walls of books in our office.) So I’ve put together 25 YA fantasy titles that shouldn’t be missed.

Speculative fiction has exploded in the young adult category, and the past decade alone has seen some really incredible works. But with so many excellent stories to check out, there’s a chance you might have missed some of the best.

You can find out what 25 books made the cut over at Unbound Worlds.

WILDCARD is more of a mixed bag

As a big fan of Marie Lu’s Legend and The Young Elites series, I was underwhelmed by Warcross, and I’m really not happy with Wildcard.

For readers who truly believe that love can overcome all, the issues of Hideo’s lack of ethical compass and Emika’s conclusions about the consequences he deserves will likely cause no problems, though readers who have more trouble suspending disbelief may also struggle with the consequences—or lack thereof—in Wildcard.

My full review is available at Tor.com.

I can put Murder Schoolgirls everywhere

Okay, so this isn’t TECHNICALLY about murder schoolgirls. Over at Tor.com, I’ve got a list of book & anime pairings for anyone looking for a great school story.

As a long-time fan of both speculative fiction and anime, one common thread I’ve noticed in both media is the enduring presence of The School Story. Plenty of fantasy readers make their grand entrance to the genre via a school fantasy story; for teens, who spend more time at school than at home, what other setting could tie the fantastic world to mundane reality?

You can find out what murder schoolgirls go best together what anime go best with your favorite school books over at Tor.com!

13 Young Adult Horror Novels for next month

This young adult horror list went up at Unbound Worlds over the summer, but it’s a perfect list to get you started on your Halloween reads.

Who doesn’t love a good scary story? Young adult fiction is full of horror, and not just of the embarrassing-nightmare variety. From ghosts and demons in possession of homes to serial killers making their rounds through schools and parties, here are thirteen terrifying books to introduce you to young adult horror – and maybe even keep you awake at night.

Check it out now over at Unbound Worlds.

For the love of all that’s holy, PLEASE read Natalie C. Parker’s SEAFIRE

My first piece for Tor.com (!!!) is a review of what’s possibly my favorite release of the summer: Natalie C. Parker’s Seafire, which came out yesterday from Razorbill.

Caledonia Styx’s ship, the Mors Navis, is one of the only ships that still sails free from the rule of bloodthirsty warlord Aric Athair and his army of Bullets, who brutalize the coastal settlements and seabound communities alike. The Bullets are not to be trusted: after all, it was a Bullet boy claiming to seek a place on the Mors Navis who talked Caledonia into revealing the Mors Navis’s location, resulting in the death of every person in the crew save Caledonia and her best friend, Pisces, who were ashore on a supply run.

Four years later, Caledonia and Pisces have rebuilt the Mors Navis and recruited a new crew entirely made up of women and girls who have lost their own families and homes to Athair’s raids. The women of the Mors Navis are determined to chip away at Athair’s empire, even if that means taking his navy down ship by ship. But when Pisces brings aboard a runaway Bullet who says he wants to defect, the secret Caledonia’s been keeping for four years threatens to come to light, reopening old wounds and endangering the new family she and Pisces have built.

Seafire is a book I’ve been describing to my friend as “If a magical girl anime was actually about pirates,” which translates to “Possibly a book written with my express loves in mind.”

You can read the full and less fangirly review at Tor.com.

Yes, I can list my favorite Killer Schoolgirls, can’t you?

In the category of “Weird pitches I write to my editor at Unbound Worlds that somehow make it to see the light of day”: seventeen killer schoolgirls (or killer FORMER schoolgirls) guaranteed to liven up your TBR pile.

And I managed to fit one of my favorites, too:

In alternate-history Japan, the authoritarian government forces classes of middle school third-years (equivalent to U.S. freshmen in high school) to participate in a bloody fight to the death. This time around, one of the most deadly participants is Mitsuko, a popular and cold-hearted girl whose desire to survive outweighs just about every single one of her classmates. And, as readers find out, her first victim in the battle royale isn’t the first person she’s killed.

Check out the other 16 Murder Friends in my list over at Unbound Worlds!