Books·Posted on Dec 9, 2022If You Loved "Wednesday" On Netflix, You Will Love These 15 Monstrous BooksIf you're obsessed with the strange and creepy world of Wednesday, here are 15 macabre and monstrous books to read in between rounds of rewatching the series.by Cassie GutmancassiegutmanFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian Park Row What it's about: Chloe is a top student at her DC college, involved in the honors program and a devoted yogi. She’s also a psychopath. Because of this, she’s one of seven students participating in a clinical study led by a renowned psychologist who looks at the students’ lack of empathy and incomprehension of others’ emotions. When a student is found dead in the psychology building, everyone looks at Chloe immediately, and she finds herself hunting down the real killer before she’s caught in the crossfire herself.Get it from Bookshop here! 2. The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky Henry Holt & Company What it's about: Rachel Chavez is the new student at Manchester Prep, and she’s automatically an outcast because she’s one of the few scholarship students. When she gets caught in a prank gone wrong, a secret club — the Mary Shelley Club — taps her to join. They have only one goal: to execute the scariest prank that will cause real fear from its victims. But soon, the pranks spiral out of control, and the members of the club find themselves being targeted instead, and Rachel realizes it’s up to her to track down who, or what, is hunting them.Get it from Bookshop here! 3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire Tordotcom What it's about: This is the second book in the Wayward Children series about children who complete magical adventures and find their way back to the real world, never quite able to leave their pasts behind. This book tells the story of twins Jack and Jill and what happened when they traveled down an impossible staircase into their own land of magic. When the two very different sisters ended up in a new world full of darkness and death and decisions, they each went their own way, finally breaking free of their molds and able to make their own choices. But their choices came at a cost, changing both of them forever.Get it from Bookshop here! 4. House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson Ace Books What it's about: Marion knows that to get out of the slums she’s known all her life, she’ll have to escape the city. When she sees a strange ad in the newspaper looking for a bloodmaid, she applies. Soon, she finds herself at the House of Hunger, the newest bloodmaid for nobles who drink the blood of those in their service, and she becomes the muse of the powerful Countess Lisavet. When bloodmaids begin to vanish without a trace, Marion must figure out who is behind it and how to survive in this new and dangerous world.Get it from Bookshop here! 5. Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman Penguin Books What it's about: Sol leads a mostly quiet and solitary life, hiding in his basement office and working as a library archivist. He also has an illness called vampirism, which means he must stay out of the sunlight. When he meets Elsie, he can’t help but feel an instant attraction to her, and as the two grow closer, they navigate grief and loss, hope and love, stigmas of sickness, transphobia, and all that life has to offer together.Get it from Bookshop here! 6. A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee Delacorte Press What it's about: The Dalloway School, located in the remote Catskill Mountains, is a legendary school. It’s rumored to be haunted by the Dalloway Five, five girls who each died mysteriously on the grounds of Godwin Hall, one of the dormitories on campus. Felicity is back at school after her girlfriend’s death, and she wants to keep her head down and focus. But the new girl, Ellis, sweeps her into her research about the Dalloway Five, and as the girls uncover secrets about what happened all those years ago, history begins to repeat itself in unsettling and tragic ways.Get it from Bookshop here! 7. No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull Blackstone Publishing What it's about: When Laina hears the news that her brother was killed, it immediately looked like police brutality. But as the investigation progresses, it’s clear something strange is going on — something otherworldly. Suddenly, monsters and creatures only ever in books and legends begin surfacing in the streets, from werewolves to children with magical abilities, and more people than ever are going missing as crime escalates. But the mystery at the heart of it all is why are the monsters coming out of the shadows now, and what will happen when the world finds out?Get it from Bookshop here! 8. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Tordotcom What it's about: Harrowhark of the Ninth House has been invited, along with the heirs of the other loyal Houses, by the Emperor to compete in a deadly competition of smarts and skill. The winner will become immortal and all-powerful, but there’s one problem: Harrow needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, and she’s ready to escape her life of servitude, but it won’t be that easy, and Harrow knows she needs Gideon if she is to prevail.Get it from Bookshop here! 9. The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean Tor Books What it's about: For a secret line of people, the book eaters, consuming books is taken literally — they can eat books and retain all of its content after eating. The Family is an old line of book eaters, and Devon grew up eating fairytales alongside her adventurous brothers. But when Devon’s son is born with a darker and extremely rare hunger, her life is upended. He needs to consume human minds in order to survive, and Devon is faced with an impossible choice: do the unthinkable to help her son eat, or refuse him the one thing that can satisfy his hunger?Get it from Bookshop here! 10. Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad Soho Teen What it's about: Saskia Brown is new at her school, and it’s hard not to feel like an outsider. But when she accidentally touches an old vial of liquid mercury, she stumbles into a strange and unnerving new ability: the ability to visit people in portraits in her dreams. In an attempt to make friends, Saskia tells a few girls in her class about her odd revelation, and soon, the girls have formed a secret society in which they all visit boys from old portraits. For a while, they’re happy to have something that bonds them together, but things take a darker turn for the girls as they hide secrets from each other that could tear them apart.Get it from Bookshop here! 11. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia Harper Perennial What it's about: Tuesday Mooney has a routine, and she likes it that way. She works at her nonprofit job, comes home, orders food, and hangs out with her cat. But at a work event, when the richest man in the city drops dead and leaves a public obituary containing a treasure hunt to his fortune, Tuesday’s life changes. She finds herself forming a team, including her nerdy teen neighbor and a handsome stranger, and racing across the city against others to get to the fortune first.Get it from Bookshop here! 12. Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda Harpervia What it's about: Lydia wants to fit in so badly in London, where she’s moved on her own, away from her mother, for the first time ever. She wants to try all the food and meet others, but she can’t do any of this. She can only digest blood, and it’s turning out to be a lot harder to get ahold of than she thought. Plus, she wants to understand human relationships and be more like them. Lydia battles these two selves, coming into her own and learning who she is as a woman, all while trying to tamp down her desire to eat.Get it from Bookshop here! 13. The Honeys by Ryan La Sala Push Books What it's about: This fever dream of a novel has an explosive start, with Mars waking up to his twin sister Caroline trying to murder him and instead dying herself. Mars, a genderfluid teen who’s used to feeling like an outsider, finds himself attending Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy, the summer camp Caroline always went to, to learn as much as he can about his sister’s final weeks. But when he arrives, he’s not excluded by one of the top social groups at camp: the Honeys. The Honeys are the girls of Cabin H, Caroline’s friends, and they welcome Mars into their fold. But as Mars witnesses strange things around camp and about the bees Cabin H takes care of, he begins to wonder if Caroline’s death had a much more sinister story behind it.Get it from Bookshop here! 14. White Horse by Erika T. Wurth Flatiron Books What it's about: Kari James is haunted by her mother. When she finds an old bracelet that belonged to her mother, Kari’s mother’s ghost is conjured, and Kari begins seeing strange visions she can no longer ignore. She knows she must find the truth behind her mother’s death, or she may be haunted forever, but her family isn’t giving up any information. As she digs further for the truth, Kari must come to terms with her own family’s dark history that can’t stay buried anymore.Get it from Bookshop here! 15. A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill Vintage What it's about: Noah’s family runs The Wandering Dark, a famous and strange horror park. But Noah sees monsters for real. His mother and sister refuse to acknowledge them, but when Noah’s sister is swallowed up by a mysterious glow, things change. Noah is determined to acknowledge the monsters for what they are and get his family to do the same.Get it from Amazon here!