When Life Gives You Demons
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Some people have school spirit.
Shelby Black has real ones.
Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy―a Catholic priest―has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.
High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time.
But Shelby knows how to keep a secret―even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it’s all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her―even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.
Guest POst: Paranormal Book Recs by Jennifer Honeybourn
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been interested in the paranormal. I’d gravitate towards the Lois Duncan and RL Stine books in the library. Hand me a story with ghosts, werewolves, vampires, witches or zombies and I’d be lost in them for hours.
A few years ago, I decided to try my hand at writing my own paranormal YA. I wanted it to be light and fun to read, rather than scary. The eventual result was WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU DEMONS, a book about a girl trying to keep the fact that she’s training to be an exorcist a secret from her friends.
In the spirit (see what I did there?) of my love of the otherworldly, I thought I’d recommend a few other paranormal books that I loved:
– The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade. A book about a recently deceased popular/mean girl who finds herself haunting her emo classmate who can talk to ghosts. All three books in this series are perfection.
– The Mediator by Meg Cabot. Nothing can quite top Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series for me, but her Mediator series — about a girl who can see and speak to ghosts — is a fun close second.
– This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. This zombie book is not really about zombies. It felt like an apocalyptic twist on The Breakfast Club. Total page turner.
– The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. I’m a big fan of Maureen Johnson’s (follow her on Twitter, you won’t be sorry) and while her Shades of London series about a ghostly Jack the Ripper is a departure from her earlier YA contemporary books, these books maintain her signature sense of humor.
– Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. A teenager who kills the dead and falls for a murderous ghost. It’s creepy, at times it downright freaked me out, but I loved it.
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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.
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