What to Read While You Wait for the New Veronica Mars Show

We're totally re-watching the original Veronica Mars show in preparation for the reboot later this summer. While we wait to return to Neptune, California, here are some of our favorite YA thrillers, mysteries, and crime stories to get us ready for season four of Veronica Mars on Hulu. . .


Riley Sager, bestselling author Final Girls, literally called this  book “a little bit Riverdale and a little bit Veronica Mars,” so obviously it makes the list.

The Cheerleaders

The Cheerleaders

By Kara Thomas

On Sale 08.06.19

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they’d lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow, Monica is at the center of it all.

In this captivating thriller, a strange signal connects two teens who are determined to figure out how their family tragedies are linked. Is it supernatural? A weird coincidence? Or something else?

Come Find Me

Come Find Me

By Megan Miranda

After surviving an infamous family tragedy, Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope—a pattern registering where no signal should transmit.

In a neighboring county, Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn’t been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal—a pattern coming from his brother’s bedroom.

Drawn together by these strange signals—and their family tragedies—Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything’s connected. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that’s already here?

Part thriller, part horror, part survival story, this debut novel is about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears.

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls

By Rory Power

It’s been eighteen months since the Tox hit, and Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

A small town with big secrets and a history of missing homecoming queens make this New York Times bestseller super fun for mystery-solving fans.

Two Can Keep a Secret

Two Can Keep a Secret

By Karen M. McManus

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

The longer Ellery's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous—and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

This thriller is set at a secretive boarding school where students are trained as teenage assassins, and a girl who finds herself at the center of it all when a student gets murdered.

Killing November

Killing November

By Adriana Mather

At the international Academy Absconditi, there’s no electricity, no internet, and classes range from knife throwing and poisons to the art of deception. And the students?

All silver-spoon descendants of the world’s most elite strategists—training to become assassins, spies, and master impersonators.

November doesn’t know how an ordinary girl like her fits into the school’s complicated legacy. But when a student is murdered, she’ll need to separate her enemies from her allies before the crime gets pinned on her… or she becomes the killer’s next victim.

This dark and romantic tale has a little bit of everything—mystery, magic, and horror— and follows a girl who needs to unravel the curse haunting her family before it takes all of her sisters one by one.

House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows

By Erin A. Craig

On Sale 08.06.19

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Get ready to be swept away

Which one will you read first? Tell us in the comments below!


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