Which Book Should You Read During Shark Week?

Shark Week is here! Every year, the Discovery Channel celebrates these fascinating and feared creatures with eight days of shark-themed programming so of course, we had to make the perfect Shark Week reading list.

Whether you’re a fan of the thrills that Jaws brings or are just fascinated by the ocean and its mysterious flora and fauna, there’s a YA novel out there that makes for the perfect Shark Week supplement.

If you love the thrills and chills of Shark Week:

Otherworld

Otherworld

By Kirsten Miller

The first book in the Otherworld series features a fantastic modern sci-fi world, in which participants leave behind their physical bodies to enter an immersive new virtual reality. Chilling and surreal, the novel follows Simon as he smuggles himself into Otherworld and scours it in search of his lost friend, Kat, who, in the real world, is lying unresponsive in a hospital bed after a terrible accident. The Company, the shadowy organization behind the virtual reality, has plugged her in as an experiment. Like a great episode of Black Mirror, Otherworld is both frightening and fascinating, with plenty of chills and thrills that make it impossible to put down! What’s super creepy is just how believable this not-too-distant future scenario is.

If you love how creepy the ocean can be:

Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake

By Marisha Pessl

One year after graduating from high school, the former cool kids of Darrow-Harker are grieving the loss of their friend Jim. It’s summertime, and the group is ready to meet up at a mansion in Rhode Island after a punk rock concert. But on the way, they get in an accident and find themselves in a nightmarish situation: they’re stuck in time. A mystery man informs them that they’ll be in this limbo called Neverworld Wake until they can decide who wants to return to the world of the living. It’s a chilling tale that will leave you questioning the nature of your reality, and definitely give you goose bumps along the way!

Haunting the Deep

Haunting the Deep

By Adriana Mather

Samantha Mather keeps having crazy dreams that she is aboard the RMS Titanic, and in her waking life, she’s seeing strange visions of people who died in the infamous shipwreck. What’s extra eerie is that Sam’s own relatives were first-class passengers aboard the doomed ship! Sam and the other Descendants work together to find out who has been putting a spell on Sam, sending her further and further into the ship of dreams to meet her deadly fate.

If you love a good predatory villain:

The Cheerleaders

The Cheerleaders

By Kara Thomas

A series of horrific events left five young cheerleaders dead in the small town of Sunnybrook, New York. Years later, sixteen-year-old Monica is still mourning her sister, Jen. But Samantha discovers that what at first seemed like a string of unrelated tragedies turns out to be part of a much larger and deadlier mystery. There is a potential killer waiting in the wings, ready to terrorize the town once again. Complicated and layered storytelling, a true-crime feel, and a terrifying villain make this the perfect beach read.

If you love the complex mysteries of the ocean:

Beneath the Haunting Sea

Beneath the Haunting Sea

By Joanna Ruth Meyer

This dazzling debut centers around sixteen-year-old Talia, who is destined to become empress of half the world until she and her mother are banished from their kingdom by a cruel usurper. They journey together to a far-off province on the edge of the Northern Sea, but during the voyage, Talia’s mother begins to go mad. The young empress arrives at a strange island, where a most unwelcome fate awaits her—she discovers that her destiny lies beneath the ocean. The novel is rich in atmosphere and full of complex world-building, and features a headstrong and independent heroine who is bold and fearless in the face of adversity. With plenty of oceanic mythology and evocative writing, it’s a fantastic Shark Week companion!

Random Minis: We Were Liars

Random Minis: We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Eastman belongs to a family of prestige and old money and spends her summers with them on a private island called Beechwood. She and her cousins call themselves the Liars and have a seemingly unbreakable bond. The summer she turns fifteen, Cadence suffers a head injury while in the water and loses most of her memories of that fateful summer. Two years later, she returns to Beechwood and begins to recall complicated and often twisted details, including an earth-shattering secret that she and her cousins have kept hidden. We Were Liars is haunting, intriguing, and nautical enough to make it the perfect Shark Week beach read.

Which book will you sink your teeth into this Shark Week? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Storm_Chaser

    I just finished We were liars. At 3am. bad choices. Lots of emotions

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