Goodbye Vampire: 10 Paranormal Books for Teens Without Vampires

Despite the ubiquity of vampire-themed teen books, there are numerous novels that take paranormal themes in other directions. The following list includes ten young adult novels that involve werewolves, time travel, magic and other supernatural elements.

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#1 The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Mary lives in a village that is protected from the undead who lurk just outside a fence by the Sisters. Yet the tenuous safety of Mary's world is compromised when the fence is breached. Mary and a small group of friends are forced to fight for survival in this zombie novel.

#2 The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty

Amelia and Riley are a teenage couple who transfer to Ashbury High for their senior year. Their new classmates soon begin to suspect that something is not right about the pair. There are suspicions of dark pasts and ghosts in this novel, which is told from the perspective of the students' essays, emails and other writings.

#3 Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

At age 15, Billi SanGreal is both the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar. Her youth and inexperience make her easy prey for Mike, who is revealed to be the Archangel Michael. This novel interweaves Christian, Jewish and Muslim folks stories, alongside magic, the undead and other supernatural concepts.

#4 Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray

Lily Crane is a 17-year-old girl with an unusual power; whenever she touches a person, she learns all about his or her life. When she starts being pursued by two boys who seem to be excessively bitter rivals, she senses that something dark is behind their interest.

#5 Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire

When Ellerton High student Phoenix is stabbed to death in a gang fight, his girlfriend Darina is wracked with grief. Then she discovers that several Ellerton students who recently died unnatural deaths are existing in a state between life and death. They each have one year to spend on Earth trying to resolve the circumstances of their death. In order to have more time with Phoenix, Darina agrees to help these souls, who are known as the Beautiful Dead.

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#6 The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching

This paranormal mystery begins with 15-year-old Jacob Lau being pulled from the wreck of his mother's car. With his mother missing, Jacob solicits help from a mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva. In return for her assistance, she requires that he train to become a Soulkeeper, a warrior who protects human souls.

#7 Old Magic by Marianne Curley

This Australian young adult novel centers on teens Kate Warren and Jarrod Thornton. Both have paranormal powers that need to be carefully controlled. Kate works to help Jarrod internalize his unusual abilities, which requires traveling back to the Middle Ages to deal with a curse that was placed on his family.

#8 Diary of a Part-Time Ghost by Vered Ehsani

On his fifteenth birthday, Ash is turned into a ghost and is transported back to the time of the American Revolution. He soon realizes that this is only the beginning. It's up to him to rescue his ancestor from a series of threats, including a supernatural enemy who controls shadows.

#9 Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

When 16-year-old Shelby acts out at home, her parents send her to Camp Crescent for the summer. Once there, she meets Austin Bridges III, the handsome and mysterious son of a rock star. When a romance between the two develops, Austin shares his dark secret; he comes from a family of werewolves.

#10 Starfire Angels by Melanie Nilles

In Starfire Angels, aliens have been visiting Earth for several millennia. Raea was left behind by these aliens to be raised as a human. When she reaches her senior year of high school, she faces a threat from an alien agent who seeks to exploit her hidden powers.

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