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Top 25 Best Young Adult Mystery Books

Best YA Mystery Novels (aka Mysteries for Teenagers)

These days young adult fiction is everywhere, in a revolution sparked by sparkly vampires, young adult fiction is enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike (oftentimes more by adults). 

YA Mysteries are, ostensibly books aimed at the Young Adult (often called YA fiction) market which includes books targeting readers between the ages of 13 to 18. The themes and characters usually deal along the lines with those faced by teenagers becoming adults. 

Because of the explosion of the YA genre (due much in part to the hugely popular Twilight & Harry Potter fantasy franchises), there's a flood of new fiction aiming at the YA market, some of which includes mystery books.

As such, you can expect a lot of romantic angst, coming of age problems to solve, and generally a gaggle of teens trying to make sense of that tricky space between adulthood and childhood as they venture out into the greater world of becoming an adult. 

The characters featured in YA fiction usually centers around Young Adults, though this is not always the case. The subject matter, the language, and general themes may be more young reader 'friendly (i.e. without gratuitous sex and violence) though the recent movement in genre fiction the past few years has been to inject a more grittiness into fiction, including Young Adult fiction. As such, some YA mystery books may in fact be pretty horrific -- bad things happen to the heroes, themes of violence and sex are explored, and other "adult" topics are explored under the vice of YA fiction to push the boundaries.

This list of the top YA mystery books draws from all genres (fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, and mystery) and will have something suitable for every teenie's taste, regardless of how different those tastes can be!

So whether you’re a teen looking for some age appropriate mystery or an adult who is drawn in by the suspenseful fiction intended for teens or someone who's looking for the next paranormal romance with a mystery to solve, then stay put for our countdown of the top 25 young adult mysteries, updated for 2016.

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Next we go on another quest to find a missing teenage girl (they seem to be more elusive than a Sasquatch, these girls!), a girl who has even more secrets than the marvellousMsSpiegelman. Our finder in chief this time is Mickey Bolitar, an intelligent but troubled teen whos had a difficult life; hes witnessed the death of his father, and his drug-addicted mother is in rehab so Mickey has to move in with his uncle Myron, which also means a change of school.

With a new school come new friends, and a new girlfriend the sweet and charming Ashley. But this is not where Mickeys life suddenly becomes sunshine and rainbows, because as you have probably guessed, Ashley disappears. Determined not to lose another person from his life, Mickey sets out to find Ashley with the help of his two new friends, gothEma and fount-of-all-trivial-knowledge, Spoon.

In a Nancy Drew-style investigation the trio embark upon solving the mystery behind Ashleys disappearance that uncovers that behind her sweet exterior she was not all she seemed, and leads them to a tangled web of mysteries that even connects back to Mickeys parents. Shelter is a precise, gripping and tense mystery with a dash of violence that is sure to keep you hooked until the very end, augmented by its colourful cast of characters and witty dialogue, it is a tour de force

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Margo Roth Spiegelman loves mysteries. Margo Roth Spiegelman is loved and adored by almost everyone especially Quentin Jacobsen. Then Margo goes missing. She has been missing before, running away from home on a regular basis, often leaving a trail of clues behind her. With it put down to just another of Margos attention seeking stunts, nobody really tries to look for her.

Quentin thinks theres something wrong however; the night before she went missing, Margo took him on a vengeance quest, dealing out sweet (hilarious) justice to people who have wronged her, and he is sure something has now happened to Margo. Enlisting the (often reluctant) help of his friends, Quentin takes it upon himself to find and understand Margos clues (if there actually are any), and along the way he finds out that Margo isnt everything she always seemed to be.

Its a tense, thrilling and humorous journey, wry and witty in typical John Green fashion, and accurately and emotionally describes issues of teenage life, coming of age and learning truths about life beyond teenage-hood through his sharp-witted prose. Since its release in 2008, Paper Towns has been decorated with a slew of literary awards, including the prestigious Edger Award for Best Young Adult Mystery in 2009. John Greens Paper Towns is a truly marvellous mystery that adults both young and old will enjoy.

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Now for a peek into a secret diary that reveals some amazing things. The diary in question is that of Will Henry, assistant to DrPellinoreWarthrop, monstrumologist he studies monsters. The pair have seen many unimaginable things, but their next case brought to them by a grave robber will be their most dangerous and deadly yet as they try to figure out what they're up against. This is a gothic master stroke, Victorian fiction with more blood spilt, pages soaked from beheadings and children reduced to nothing more than a fine mist of blood spatter.

Its fast-paced and unrelenting, filled with action, monsters and gore definitely not a book for those of you out there with a weak stomach. Guts and gore aside, the book is strongly rooted in its historical setting, and has strong undercurrents of unsettling views surrounding the nature of humanity, what it means to be human and the lines between human and monster.

The Monstrumologist is a dark and gruesome book that is not for the faint of heart and not ideal for a casual reader looking for a light read but for those willing to dive in fully and hold on tight its a rewarding read that is powerful, mysterious and will haunt the corners of your mind long after youve put it down.

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Christopher John Francis Boone is an autistic fifteen year old blessed with a superbly logical mind and a strong feeling of empathy towards animals but no understanding of how human emotions work. He knows all the prime numbers up to 7,057 and all of the countries of the world and their capitals.

When his neighbours dog is killed with a pitchfork, Christopher puts his logical mind to work to find the dog-murderer, in the style of his favourite highly logical detective, Sherlock Holmes. Christopher must navigate the tricksy world of human emotion and interaction in conjunction with logical analysis of clues to find the fined at fault.

It is a difficult task to write a book from the perspective of a teen with autism but the author pulls it off well, there are a few issues with believability and how true to life the depiction is, but largely it works. The actual mystery is pretty predictable, so it isn't necessarily the best choice if you're looking for something that will give you a real suspenseful mystery story - the main focus is of the autistic protagonist trying to find his place in a world he doesnt understand, and this is achieved in amazing style, winning the Whitbread Award for Novel and Book of the Year (2003), McKitterick Prize (2004), and the LA Times Book Prize (2003) amongst others. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a critical darling that provides a unique insight and reading experience that teenagers and adults alike will enjoy.

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The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith is a strong and masterful combination of young adult mystery, paranormal thriller and historical fiction, that follows two teenagers, Katie and Law, through tough times. Orphan Katie's father was killed in Afghanistan when she was very young, her mother died in an accident one year previously, and to make things even worse the teenager, also a gifted artist, sees and draws ghosts which has landed her with the nickname, Crazy Katie.

Law is the deeply conflicted son of a black Harvard history professor and a white architectural historian, torn by the two races he was borne from, race being an issue that affects his family deeply. These two very different teenagers are brought together at a historical landmark; Pinebank. Law is trying to preserve it, Katie to help a ghost, and together they learn the truth of what really happened there, and how echoes of history affect the present.

The book deals with issues such as mental health, race and slavery, death, loss, family and disability in an accessible fashion that teenagers can relate to, but without being condescending or preachy. This intricately woven story is one that will draw you in and for it's effort it won the Agatha Award for the Best Children's/Young Adult Novel in 2010.

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Fourteen year old Alex Rider is in the care of his uncle, Ian Rider. Everything is going pretty well for Alex until he is woken at 3am by police informing him that his uncle has been in a car accident, one that proved fatal due to his lack of a seatbelt. Refusing to believe his uncle could be so careless, Alex does some investigation of his own and finds bullet holes in his uncles car, putting him on a path that leads to the discovery that his uncle was actually an agent for the British intelligence agency, MI6.

Alex is then recruited by MI6 and trained by the SAS to complete his uncles mission. Stormbreaker is similar in style to Ian Flemings James Bond series, but much more appropriate for younger readers with the omission of sex and extreme violence. Whilst the premise of a 14 year old becoming an agent for MI6 is implausible it is a fun concept that young adults will surely enjoy reading about, especially fans of spy fiction and gadgetry and this makes it a perfect candidate for trying to illuminate the reading spark within teenage boys.

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Rabbits in the Garden Jessica McHugh Rabbits in the Garden is a young adult mystery set in 1950s Massachusetts that follows the story of Avery, a rebellious and tenacious teen battling against a twisted mother, whose behaviour stands in the way of her making friends. She does have one though, best friend and boyfriend, Paul.

When the two teens decide to follow Avery's maniacal mother they see what seems to be her dumping a body. Is Avery's mother really a killer? Through her manipulative power, the psychopathic progenitor convinces everyone that Avery is the murderously mad one, and she is locked in an asylum.

Avery is now in a struggle to prove her innocence and keep a grip on her sanity, which even Avery herself begins to question. Who is really the insane one, and who really committed the murders? It is a thrilling and suspenseful storyline, written with style and emotion; an original premise completed by it's realistically written and believable characters. Rabbits in the Garden is gruesome and filled with an impending sense of horror and doom that begins slowly washing over you as you read, gradually enveloping you from the very first page; it grips you tight and refuses to let go, even long after you've put it down a fantastic young adult horror mystery mash up that explores what it means to be insane.

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Right, now here's a question for you: If I said to you, wise-cracking skeleton-wizard-detective would you say HELL YEAH! or ..What..?? If you fall into the first category, then come get acquainted with Skulduggery Pleasant. If you hadn't figured it out yet, he's a skeleton... and a wizard... and a detective. Skulduggery has a big ego, a smart mouth and a number of magic spells up his pin-striped sleeve (and he also has a Bentley talk about style!).

With the help of sidekick Stephanie Edgley, Skulduggery investigates the unusual circumstances surrounding Stephanie's uncle's death, sweeping her up in a whirlwind adventure into a chaotic, magical world. Landy's writing style is fantastic; he describes everything in glorious detail without ever descending into tedium, and gives snappily-dressed Skulduggery some deliciously sarcastic one-liners that at times will make you laugh out loud. This is a fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery adventure that will have readers of all ages entranced and begging for more of the delightfully dandyish and ever so slightly devilish Skulduggery

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Selwyn is a farmer who thinks he's in luck when his love-rival, Farold, is murdered, but not so. Having been in a fight with Farold not long before, all the villagers point the finger directly at him and he is promptly locked away in a burial cave with the body of his supposed victim. Selwyn and the decaying Farold are not alone however, a witch offers a route of escape for Selwyn, all he must do in return is become her servant.

The witch brings Farold back to life in the form of a bat in order to try and glean the truth about what happened to him, however he has no idea who killed him. In order to prove Selwyn's innocence and get justice for Farold, the unlikely farmer-bat duo must work together to find out the truth.

This is both a suspenseful and humorous mystery, with some of the exchanges between Selwyn and bat-Farold being downright hilarious, and a particularly funny scene in which Selwyn has to disguise himself as a girl. Never Trust a Dead Man is a young adult mystery masterpiece that becomes more and more intriguing as you begin to learn just how many people had reason to want Farold dead, and as a result it was awarded the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery in 2000.

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High schooler Christina Lattimore is kidnapped, drugged, and held for ransom. She thinks she can get back to her normal life after her parents pay the ransom and she is set free, but her problems are just beginning. Her family thinks that she planned her own kidnapping, and now Christina is battling to prove her innocence.

Not the most original plot, but it works, unfortunately let down largely by its cast of characters which possess about as much depth as a puddle in a drought. Nonetheless, it is worth reading for its interesting plot, which is suspenseful and intriguing if a little underwhelming on the mystery aspect at times, but still possessing enough mystery fare to win it the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery in 1980. The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is a young adult mystery classic that moves at a steady, bearable pace that creates tension and has a number of twists and that will keep you hooked until the very end.

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Now, how about a strong dose of girly gossip drama with a tinge of mystery? Sound good? It all begins with five friends who have an argument at a sleepover, after which Alison, the secret keeper of the group, walks out and disappears. Years later, the four remaining girls are now in separate social groups, and havent spoken since Alison disappeared years earlier.

They are all brought together once again when they begin receiving messages from a sender going by the name of A, disclosing their past secrets that left with Alison as well as things that are happening in their current lives that theyd like to keep secret. They must now get to the bottom of the mysterious messages and follow their instructions before their big secrets become big news.

Is Alison back? Its a fun light read that touches on some pretty controversial and dark subject matter at times but this adds some credibility and realism to a plot which could otherwise be considered laugh out loud ludicrous. By and large, it is a great beginning to an intriguing series that shows you that the prettiest of girls can sometimes have the ugliest secrets.

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It is 1868 and Sherlock Holmes is not the hardened master sleuth that we know him to be. Sherlock is 14 years old, living at boarding school when his father is suddenly sent away to India and his mother falls mysteriously ill, and so young Sherlock is sent to spend the summer with his eccentric aunt and uncle in the huge Hampshire home.

This is the summer where Holmes uncovers his first murder, a kidnapping and corruption. Its a violent case for Holmes, and along the way he meets a lot of henchmen who apparently have no moral issues with murdering or torturing a kid. Said henchmen are working of course on behalf of the Big Bad Villain at the centre of all things, and he is suitably grand in his schemes and manner very classic Evil Overlord who wants to rule the world.

The most intriguing thing about this book is watching the early development of Holmes brilliant analytical and curious mind, and his change from a nosy kid into the beginnings of the great detective he is to become. The book is not perfect, there are many things that could be different, but when the name of Sherlock Holmes is attached to something expectations are always high and hard to meet. Its an enjoyable insight into the early years of the most well-known detective to ever grace print that will entertain young adults (though not too young, some of those torture/fight scenes are a little brutal for anyone under the age of thirteen or so).

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Seventeen year old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma with no memory of her life. She doesnt remember anything, but with the help of her parents and some old home movies memories start to resurface but something doesnt feel right... Little inklings, her parents constant evasion of her questions and their refusal to allow her to leave the house or go to school and home videos that show her with a facial scar that is no longer there. Jennas life does not feel like her own, and when she finds out why it is a shocking revelation that will surprise even those readers who think they know whats going on.

Its a strong mix of science and mystery with a light romantic element that thankfully doesnt pull focus from the main plot, but actually serves a valid purpose for the character. There is a lot of discussion surrounding science and ethics, and it can get a little dense at times, but for you smart cookies out there who like some scientific food for thought and a bit more substance to their novels, it could be worth your time to give The Adoration of Jenna Fox your attention.

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Madison Stanton is dead. She doesn't know how it happened, she doesn't know what this vast of expanse of space that she has found herself in actually is, but she does know that she is most definitely dead. In the infinite space she can see glowing objects which on closer inspection turn out to be the items that she lost over the course of her (unexpectedly short) life, and these items can be used to relive and even change moments from her life.

Using these items and re-examining and re-shaping her life, Madison begins to learn some unexpected truths about her life and her death. What happened to Madison, and what happens now? Will she find out the truth and finally be able to move on? This is a poignant and original novel; beautifully written if at little times a bit too pro-death, but it provides an interesting idea of what life after death might be like, and is genuinely creepy at points.

It all ends a little too abruptly, and leaves some unanswered questions, but nonetheless The Everafter is worth the attention of young adult mystery fans who like a supernatural, ghost or original spin to their stories.

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Gallows Hill is the tale of 17 year old Sarah who after being persuaded by an attractive classmate to pose as a fortune teller for the school Halloween party, begins to have real visions that tell her things she couldn't ever possibly know. Branded a witch by her classmates, Sarah is thrown into a downward spiralling series of events that mirrors the Salem witch hunts, and the town itself with it's backwards small town mindset is filled with infuriatingly close minded people and resembles a modern day Salem Village in itself.

Now Sarah must find out what her visions mean, and wll discover the truth behind the history of the town. Gallows Hill has a predictable plot and is filled with lots of super faux spiritualistic bullshit, but this makes it a perfect example of a typical (pre)teen horror story tinged with mystery, far from complex but capable of holding your attention in its silver-crossed palm.

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Mitty Blake is a carefree student and procrastinator extraordinaire- he doesnt worry about grades or anything, and so is late getting started on his report for his Advanced Biology class. Having some difficulty in finding sources and even a topic to write about, Mitty cant believe his luck when he surreptitiously finds an old medical book in his familys weekend home, little does he know hes now got much more than he bargained for.

On opening the book it turns out to have belonged to a doctor who worked with smallpox patients in the 1920s, and in a little yellow envelope Mitty finds two scabs from smallpox patient (Bleh, pass the sick bucket!). Now Mittys life is in danger, as he begins to suspect that he has contracted the fatal disease (well duh, don't play with diseased scabs!), and this sparks a bioterrorism scare that escalates quickly.

Has Mitty unleashed a deadly disease upon the world? This is a realistic fiction with a tinge of mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrills that also contains solid facts about the history and nature of smallpox, making the book a great learning experience as well as a truly gripping thriller, with a good slice of violence and some gore.

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We next come to a mystery in the vein of old-school classics centred around a group of four 7th grade students; Sophie, Rebecca, Margaret and Leigh Ann. Sophie is our narrator for this first adventure starring the quartet, in which they meet an elderly (if slightly bonkers) woman who informs them that she has just found a note that her now-deceased father wrote to her estranged daughter just before his death 20 years previous.

The note contains a riddle that he constructed for his granddaughters 14th birthday that would lead her to a precious treasure, a centuries old ring. Now the four friends must decipher the riddle and follow the trail of convoluted clues it leads them to in order to find the ring however thats not crazy enough, and of course some unknown party who is also looking to claim the ring is lurking in the shadows, so its a race against time. The mystery is one that seems on the surface to be pretty simple, but it isnt as easy as it seems.

There are geometry problems and word puzzles to solve along the way that are a great deal of fun to try and figure out yourself, and the cast of characters further add to this books already wide-open-accessibility factor. The four girls are just average 12 year old girls, not child prodigies like most young detectives take this almost-teenage troupe, a thrilling mystery and a good helping of typical pre-teen angst and drama over a cute boy and youre left with The Red Blazer Girls; an entertaining, well-paced and gentle but surprising mystery.

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Fifteen year old Carey Blackburn and her younger, mute sister Jenessa are living a harsh existence, abandoned by their bi-polar meth-addicted mother in her old camper van, the two are barely surviving. Then they are found by a social worker and taken to live with Careys (but not Jenessas) biological father (without any background checks or even taking into account all of the psychological trauma the girls must have suffered, way to go!).

They are thrust into a world of things that are new to them, often taken for granted, school, boys, and toilets are a marvel to them. Trying to adjust to their new lives is hard enough as it is , but Carey is struggling to keep the secrets in their dark past, including why Jenessa hasnt uttered a word in over a year along with trying to find out why Careys mother abducted her ten years previously.

There are scenes that at times can be shocking and hard to read due to the realism with which they are written, but this is balanced by little injections of humour surrounding the girls' first experiences with new things like French fries which Carey deduces must be something that must have been fried in France. Overall it is a heartfelt and emotional ride, and it handles its tough subject matter well, (even if it is rife with inaccuracies surrounding the child welfare system).

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After losing his mother to cancer, Eleven year-old Zack, his father and his new stepmother have moved to his fathers hometown in North Chester, Connecticut. Still despairing over the loss of his mother, Zach is not prepared for the unexpected and terrifying things that he will discover in this new town. The house that the family now live in is close to a crossroads where a maniac once caused an accident that killed 40 townspeople.

The people who live in North Chester often talk about the haunted track but Zack is about to find out how much truth there is in rumour, when the tree in which the killer's spirit now resides is struck by a storm, unleashing the deranged demon upon the town. Zack is the only one who can help put a stop to the evil and release the souls of the victims that have been earthbound for fifty years... he just doesn't know it yet!

The Crossroads is written in an impressively realistic tone for a story that deals with such strong supernatural elements, even if it's childish tone sometimes calls into question the intended audience, but its sometimes quite scary scenes elevate it just above children's mystery and into young adult territory.

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Next we have a dystopic/post-apocalyptic world with a cut and paste protagonist who's fighting for his life. Our largely devoid of personality blank-slate Thomas is thrust, clueless, into a gigantic maze, and the only thing he remembers is his name. The maze is filled with boys whose only purpose is to survive by escaping. The next day brings the arrival of a girl in the maze, the first girl to ever enter, and this brings about a sharp change for its prisoners.

What is the purpose of the maze? How will they escape? These questions and more, should leave you on the edge of your seat as you read. I say should because this another because that divides it's readers, it's either tense, gripping and suspenseful or it's leaves unanswered questions, makes no sense, and is pointless. It's considered a great though, picked up by Hollywood for an upcoming big-screen adaptation so if you haven't done so yet I suggest you go read it and find out if you're going to be pro- or anti-Maze Runner or if you are so (hipsterly) inclined, at least bag yourself the rights to say I read this before the movie.

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Now for another young adult mystery with romantic elements and once again its a divider, love or hate. It follows the story of Jayce and Rachel, or rather the story of Jayce trying to find out who murdered her ex-best friend Rachel. She has a vital clue to the identity of the killer in the form of a text that Rachel sent her within the hour before her death, but feeling guilty that she ignored the text and as a result could have prevented Rachels death, Jaycee does not disclose this clue to the police and instead attempts to solve the murder herself (of course, why wouldnt you hide clues from the police?!).

Of course, in the midst of her investigation Jaycee manages to continue exploring her blossoming romance with uber creep- I mean, sweet and totally not obsessive and stalkery, Skyler. Once again this is a book that is only going to appeal to a certain number of you out there if you prefer your young adult mysteries darker and minus the romantic tripe then dont touch it with a barge pole, but if you love young adult romance and want some suspense and whodunit murder thrown in then this is for you. All in all, Dead Girls Dont Lie provides some thrilling and emotional suspense for those of you who are ready and willing to get engrossed in it.

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The Springfields are a family of four that are part of a privately-funded group that investigates strange occurrences and crimes on behalf of the FBI and the President. They are... The Veritas Project 'cue title music'. The team made up of parents Nate and Sarah and their teen twins Elisha and Elijah go undercover at a high school in Baker, Washington to find the Truth (with a capital T) behind some recently hospitalised students.

Three jocks have fallen, hallucinating, into comas and it is rumoured that they are victims of the ghost of Abel Frye, a former bullied student who hanged himself on the premises in the 1930s. It is a creepy and suspenseful story, but a warning: this is Christian fiction, not that I have anything against Christians/Christian fiction in general, but at times this book does cross the line into overly preachy.

The reader is clubbed over the head with the Creation vs. Evolution debate and ideas of absolute Truth, and the family even rock up to the school in their van that they have dubbed The Holy Roller. This element shouldnt necessarily put you off, though it is better if you can either ignore it or are already predisposed towards Christian ideals. Religious aspects aside, this is a surprisingly tense, atmospheric and sometimes scary horror/mystery for young adults.

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The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is just your ordinary high school (for geniuses). Or thats what they want you to think, the school is actually... (Wait for it)... A SPY SCHOOL! 'dun dunduuuuuuun!' At the school young women are taught how to be top-notch spies, with classes including Ancient Languages, Countries of the World, Covert Operations, Culture and Assimilation and Protection and Enforcement.

Cammie the chameleon Morgan (am I the only who now has Karma Chameleon playing in their head?) is one of the schools elite students, daughter of the headmistress a former student herself and about to get tangled up in a web of lies and love. Her new hunky teacher Mr Solomon seems to be all too well informed on the subject of Cammies missing (currently presumed dead) father, and even worse she has met a boy: one she wants to spill all her secrets to but cant because shes a spy (obviously).

Shock horror! Okay, so Cammies priorities are a little out of balance, but what you see is exactly what you get when you pick up this book. Its a cheesy plot, mystery tied up with spy thriller and chick-lit romance; straightforward, but fun a little bit strong on the high school drama at times, but a simple and amusing mystery when you have an appetite for something light.

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This is one for you Twilight fans out there, or those of you who like stories in a similar vein by which I mean you prefer your books heavy on the creepy paranormal romance and bearing little of anything else. Mara Dyer is the victim and only survivor of a car accident which killed all of her friends but left her unharmed, waking up in hospital with no memory of that fateful crash.

Now of course, the rest of the story is Maras desperate struggle to understand what happened and cling to some semblance of a normal life whilst having plenty of time to embark upon a romance with a classically YA hunk Noah, a bad boy with a reputation. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a book that is loved and hated in equal measure by the end (or a few pages in) youll either be gushing and singing its praises or regarding it with disbelief and disgust.

If you fall into the category of people who hates young adult supernatural romance l Twilight and Hush Hush, then steer clear to avoid the urge to throw it across the room, but if the mere mention of those titles gets you excited then be sure to pick up The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for another (apparently) steamy and sensual romance with mystery and some purportedly creepy and eerie moments.

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Paul is a typical teenager, he lives a fairly standard boring life in London's Whitechapel, and as far as he remembers, nothing spectacular happens until he meets the mysterious Redman. Redman instantly acts as Paul's best friend in the world and takes him on a whirlwind journey of girls and parties, but it ends in blood.

Killings are happening in Whitechapel, on The Rippers old stalking ground, but what connection does Redman have to the murders, and what is his connection to Paul? It all sounds like a great mystery doesnt it? And to a certain extent it is; a Jack the Ripper themed murder mystery for teens with a few supernatural elements thrown in for good measure unfortunately, the mystery is only really (inexplicably) shadowed for the characters in the book, to those reading, the answers are all pretty much blindingly obvious from the start.

Even so, Scared to Death still holds some form of mystery, like when everyone will develop brain cells and figure out what the reader already knows but mostly it is a decent slice of young adult Ripper horror tinged with mystery for those who are slow on the uptake or prefer to have their answers served to them on a plate it's a great ride, just don't expect a head-scratcher.

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