YA Book Lists

Beyond the Veil: Stories about the Afterlife

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Everneath series by Brodi Ashton / YP FIC ASHTON
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months in this story loosely based on the Hades and Persephone myth.

Series order: Everneath, Everbound, Evertrue

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans / YP FIC APPELHAN
Felicia Ward is dead and spending her time in the hive reliving her happy memories. But when Julian, a dark memory from her past, breaks into the hive and demands that she come with him, she discovers that even the afterlife is more complicated and dangerous then she dreamed.

Spookygirl : Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinsky / YP FIC BAGUCHIN
Violet can see ghosts and communicate with the dead, so it's up to her to uncover the truth behind the school's paranormal activity and to finish the investigation that led to her mother's untimely death.

Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block / YP FIC BLOCK
Julie wanted nothing more than to feel connected to her deceased grandmother, but when she actually makes contact with the other side it's not her grandmother that responds, but a spirit that has its own sinister agenda.

Hereafter series by Kate Brian / YP FIC BRIAN
After Rory escaped the serial killer that was hunting her family, she finally felt safe in idyllic Juniper Landing, but the truth of the town might be more terrifying than the killer.

Series order: Shadow Lands, Hereafter, Endless

Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough / YP FIC BROCKENB
To graduate from heaven's soul rehabilitation program for wayward teenagers, guardian angel Jerome must keep 16-year-old Heidi safe, but when he accidentally lets her down, he has only 24 hours before her soul dissolves forever.

The Secrets of Wintercraft Trilogy / YP FIC BURTENSH
Kate Winters discovers that she is one of the Skilled, a rare person who can see through the veil between the living and the dead. Now she has to defend the line before the dead take over the living world.

Series order: Shadowcry, Blackwatch, Winterveil

The Cupid War: All Love is Warfare / YP FIC CARTER
Ricky Fallon was contemplating suicide when he slipped and fell, only to find himself a Cupid in the afterlife, but between the bad boss, a pink bodysuit, and attacks from shadowy entities called Suicides, he is not feeling much love.

Thin Space by Jody Casella / YP FIC CASELLA
Consumed by guilt and secrets about his twin brother's death, Marsh Windsor is looking for a thin space — a place where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to cross over — in hopes of setting things right.

Touch series by Leah Clifford / YP FIC CLIFFORD
Eden, once a lonely human who lost her heart to a fallen angel, is now trapped between Heaven and Hell. She discovers that her Touch can strip away the morals and logic of mortals, but may also be able to provide Siders like herself with release.

Series order: A Touch Mortal, A Touch Morbid, A Touch Menacing

The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox / YP FIC COX
When Charlotte is pushed in front of the F train, she wakes up as the newest member of the Dead Girls Detective Agency and learns that she must solve her own murder before she can pass to the Other Side.

Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean / YP FIC DEAN
Told from separate viewpoints, Ally discovers that she may have tried to kill herself and Elijah, recalling his own suicide attempt, tries to give Ally a reason to live and escape from the spirits that haunt their high school.

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth / YP FIC ELLSWORT
Told in their separate voices, Eagan, who has died in a figure-skating accident, becomes a heart donor for Amelia, who then begins taking on some aspects of Eagan's personality.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman / YP FIC FORMAN
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, 17-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison / YP FIC HARBISON
When Bridget Duke, the meanest girl in school, gets into a serious car accident, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she's wronged and given only one chance to find redemption.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson / YP FIC HUDSON
Amelia, long a ghost, forms a strong bond with 18-year-old Joshua, who nearly drowned where she did and who awakens in her long-forgotten senses and memories even as Eli, a spirit, tries to draw her away.

Ghost and the Goth series by Stacey Kade / YP FIC KADE
After being hit by a bus and killed, a high school homecoming queen gets stuck in the land of the living, with only a loser classmate, who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts, to help her.

Series order: The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, Body and Soul

Crossing Over by Anna Kendall / YP FIC KENDALL
Roger Kilbourne, who has the ability to "cross over" into the land of the dead, uses his talent to realize the life he dreams of — even if it means bringing the dead back to the land of the living.

Pieces of Me by Amber Kizer / YP FIC KIZER
After a car accident leaves her brain-dead, Jessica tries to prevent her parents from donating her organs and tissues, but then follows the lives of four fellow teens who are able to survive because she did not.

Deadville by Ronald Koertge / YP FIC KOERTGE
While visiting an injured classmate in the hospital, 16-year-old Ryan, who is trying to come to terms with his sister's death from cancer, meets a young patient who claims to be able to see into the world where the dead live.

My Beating Teenage Heart by C. K. Kelly Martin / YP FIC MARTIN
Two unexpected and heartbreaking deaths cause the lives of two very different teenagers to become intertwined. One struggles to deal with his grief and stay in this world, and the other finds herself inexplicably caught between this world and the next.

Lightbringer series by K. D McEntire / YP FIC MCENTIRE
Teenaged Wendy, who has the power to help souls cross over to their final destinations, falls in love with a ghost and discovers horrific, dark forces in the afterlife.

Series order: Lightbringer, Reaper, Never

Soul Seekers series by Alyson Noel / YP FIC NOEL
When she begins having strange experiences, Daire discovers her identity as a Soul Seeker capable of travelling between the worlds of the living and the dead and meets a gorgeous dream boy whose evil brother wants to steal her powers.

Series order: Fated, Echo, Mystic, Horizon

Before I Fall / YP FIC OLIVER
After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg / YP FIC ROTHENBE
Just before her 16th birthday, Brie Eagan literally dies of a broken heart when her boyfriend tells her he does not love her, and she then must go through the five stages of grief, while watching her friends and family try to cope with her death, before her faith in love is restored and she can move on to the afterlife.

Dead Rules by Randy Russell / YP FIC RUSSELL
When high school junior Jana Webster dies suddenly, she finds herself in Dead School, where she faces choices that will determine when she, a Riser, will move on, but she strives to become a Slider instead, for the chance to be with the love of her life — even if it means killing him.

The Archived series / YP FIC SCHWAB
When an otherworldly library called the Archive is compromised from within, 16-year-old Mackenzie Bishop must prevent violent, ghost-like Histories from escaping into our world.

Series order: The Archived, The Unbound

Touching the Surface by Kim Sabatini / YP FIC SABATINI
In the afterlife for the third time, Elliot knows she has one last chance but before she can begin her fourth life. She must delve into her past, earn the forgiveness of her best friend, reconnect with her soul mate, and set things right for the future.

Me & Death: An Afterlife Adventure by Richard Scrimger / YP FIC SCRIMGER
Jim is run over by a car and has an afterlife experience where he meets Slayers, Mourners, and Grave Walkers, who give him the chance to return to Earth with the knowledge of what happens when we die.

Death of a Kleptomaniac by Kristen Tracy / YP FIC TRACY
A 16-year-old girl with the uncontrollable urge to steal is trapped in limbo with three days before her funeral to find redemption and true love.

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout / YP FIC TROUT
A quest to restore his beloved Juliet to life prompts the ghost of Romeo to embark on a journey to the underworld along with an infuriated Hamlet, who assists his fellow Shakespearean hero while seeking vengeance for his own father's death.

The Temptation: A Kindred Novel by Alisa Valdes / YP FIC VALDES
Rescued from a car crash in New Mexico, 16-year-old Shane meets her soul mate, only to discover that he is dead.

Between by Jessica Warman / YP FIC WARMAN
By weaving through her memories and watching the family and friends she left behind, 18-year-old Liz Valchar solves the mystery of how her life ended in the Long Island Sound.