Horror Reads for Teens: Witches

BookofShadows

Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

YA TIERNAN, C.

Life is uneventful for sixteen-year-old Morgan Rowlands in her upstate New York town, until her best friend Bree drags her to a Wiccan circle led by newcomer Cal Blaire, and Morgan begins to experience things she never had before.

WitchChild

Witch Child by Celia Rees

YA REES, C.

In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.

WitchDreams

Witch Dreams by Vivian Vande Velde

YA VANDE VELDE, V.

Sixteen-year-old Nyssa uses her ability to see into people’s dreams to discover who murdered her parents six years ago.

WeatherWitch

Weather Witch by Shannon Delaney

YA DELANEY, S.

Accused of being a Weather Witch in an alternate nineteenth-century Philadelphia, seventeen-year-old Jordan Astraea is taken from her family and near-boyfriend, Rowen, and sentenced to be enslaved as a living battery for an airship.

IronWitch

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

YA MAHONEY, K.

Seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood is considered a freak, cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her alchemist parents, but when vicious wood elves abduct her best friend Navin, Donna must betray all her parents fought for and join the battle between the humans and the fey.

SeasonoftheWitch

Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICKS, M.

A girl who is bullied experiments with witchcraft in order to get revenge on her attackers.

WitchHunter

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

YA BOECKER, V.

Set in an alternative 16th-century England, Elizabeth Grey is the only girl in the king’s elite group of witch hunters. When she’s framed for being a witch herself, Elizabeth finds freedom at the hands of the world’s most wanted wizard and her loyalties are tested.

WickedGirls

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

YA HEMPHILL, S.

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692–Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

Bewitching

Bewitching by Alex Flynn

YA FLYNN, A.

Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the Titanic disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister.

BlueforNightmares

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

YA STOLARZ, F.

Sixteen-year-old hereditary witch Stacey Brown has nightmares of her roommate being murdered and hopes that her magic will be enough to protect Drea–unlike the last person whose death Stacey dreamed.

BlackSpring

Black Spring by Alison Croggon

YA CROGGON, A.

Lina is enchanting, vibrant but willful. And her eyes betray her for what she truly is – a witch. With her childhood companion, Damek, she has grown up privileged and spoiled and the pair are devoted to each other to the point of obsession. But times are changing. Vendetta is coming. And tragedy is stalking the halls of the Red House.

BewitchingSeason

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

YA DOYLE, M.

In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

DriftDagger

Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper

YA KULPER, K.

As a boy in the late nineteenth century, Mal’s only friend was Essie, daughter of the Roe witch, and it was she who discovered that he is a “blank,” not affected by magic, setting him on a career as a con artist, traveling the globe in search of a legendary magical dagger that can steal a witch’s power.

HouseIvySorrow

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

YA WHIPPLE, N.

Seventeen-year-old Josephine Hemlock has spent her life hiding the fact that she’s a witch–but when the mysterious Curse that killed her mother returns, she might not be able to keep her magical and normal lives separate.

MagicMadness

Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier

YA LARBALESTIER, J.

From the Sydney, Australia home of a grandmother she believes is a witch, fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is magically transported to New York City, where she discovers that friends and foes can be hard to distinguish.

Witchlanders

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

YA COAKLEY, L.

After the prediction of Ryder’s mother, once a great prophet and powerful witch, comes true and their village is destroyed by a deadly assassin, Ryder embarks on a quest that takes him into the mountains in search of the destroyer.

UnderMyHat

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan

YA SS UNDER

An anthology of short fiction about witches.

BornWicked

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

YA SPOTSWOOD, J.

In an alternate New England of 1900, where the Brotherhood dominates and controls society, sixteen-year-old Cate Cahill has struggled since her mother’s death to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches, but when a governess arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes.

Immortal

Immortal by Gillian Shields

YA SHIELDS, G.

Falling in love with the mysterious Sebastian, Evie Johnson, a scholarship student at the Wyldcliffe Abby School, is haunted by a sister-like figure that seems to be sending her a warning.

WitchWizard

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

YA PATTERSON, J.

Torn from their parents in a society increasingly controlled by the government, 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, are incarcerated in a totalitarian prison where they discover they have incredible supernatural powers.

OnceWitch

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

YA MACCULLOUGH, C.

Born into a family of witches, seventeen-year-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical “Talent,” but when her beautiful and powerful sister is taken by an age-old rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny.

Hexed

Hexed by Michelle Krys

YA KRYS, M.

Popular cheerleader Indigo Blackwood, sixteen, finds her perfect life threatened when Bishop, a tattooed, leather-clad stranger, tells her the family Bible just stolen from the attic of her mother’s occult shop could mean the end to all witches, including, he says, Indigo herself.

Hex Hall

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green

YA GREEN, S.

In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

Spellcaster

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

YA GRAY, C.

Descended from witches, high school senior Nadia can tell as soon as her family moves to Captive’s Sound that the town is under a dark and powerful spell. Then she meets Mateo, the teenage local whose cursed dreams predict the future, and they must work together to prevent an impending disaster that threatens the entire town.