18 of the Most Foreboding Book Titles in YA

Alright y’all, let’s talk about book titles. Some are sweet, some are hilarious, some sound like they might be Fleetwood Mac songs, tbh.

And some? Some are hella foreboding, promising books that just may take a dark turn. Muse of Nightmares? Sign us up for a terrifying read. They Both Die at the End? Spoiler alert: they do, and we’re still mad about it. Basically, we’re all about the book titles that give us a taste of the potential terror and/or heartbreak we’re signing ourselves up for, because you know we live for the kind of books that hurt us. Scroll down for some of the most foreboding book titles in YA!

1. The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone

“Someday” is here and we’re simultaneously apprehensive and all about it.

Hard-charging and irrepressible, eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away—and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zooming around a track at the speed of light.

What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the flare-up of the rare liver disorder she was born with. But now it’s the only thing she—and everyone around her—can think about.

With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of—like college plans or the possibility of one day falling in love—has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid.

Then a friend from the past shows up. With Will, it’s easy to forget about what’s lurking between the lightness of their time together. She feels alive when all signs point elsewhere.

But with the odds decidedly not in her favor, Amelia knows this feeling can’t last forever. After all, what can? Read More.
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2. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Us: reads a book called They Both Die at the End

Also us: gets mad when they, well, you know

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. Read More.
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3. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Also filed under: books that hurt me.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.

When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone? Read More.
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