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The 11 Most Haunting YA Characters of All Time

Sometimes you meet a YA character you wish you could date in real life (looking at you, Maxen). And some YA characters haunt your dreams and make you very glad they’re stuck on the page. As Halloween approaches, we’ve rounded up some of the creepiest, most frightening, scariest YA characters to ever send shivers down our spine…

Read on if you dare.

 

The 11 Most Haunting YA Characters

 

1. Calliope

RINGER, BY LAUREN OLIVER

The character of Calliope is one of the creepiest we’ve encountered in all of YA. So unreadable, so calculating, so terrifying. The word bone-chilling comes to mind, and it’s totally changed the way we feel about hearing we have a doppelgänger!

 

2. Maven Callore

RED QUEEN SERIES, BY VICTORIA AVEYARD

POWERFUL FEMALE VILLAIN • I had to choose Elara Merandus from the red queen series by @victoriaaveyard because who doesn’t love her? No matter how evil she was no one can deny loving her bad ass nature and her tendencies to take what she wants. I also hate her because of the whole thing you know. Well there’s a lot of things that could be but I’m not gunna spoil. Also I got my books signed at the book signing she did in Manchester and she was just so kind and smart and it was one of my favourite book signing by far! #octinbooks17 • Also WOW my wicked like a wildfire post got over 200 likes yesterday!! Thank you so much 🖤 I was so happy. Anywayyy do you have any favourite female villains? Mother Gothel is also a favourite of mine if we’re choosing from films too!

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The creepiest potential love interest of them all. We mean… anyone who’s willing to take you prisoner, use you as political propaganda, dictate your wardrobe and still thinks you are meant to be together? Swipe left.

 

3. Mr. Morningside

HOUSE OF FURIES, BY MADELINE ROUX

We knew the author of the ASYLUM series would include more than a few terrifying characters in her latest series but seriously… worst. AirBnb host. ever. Also he’s basically the devil… which can’t help his reviews.

 

4. Drake Merwin

GONE SERIES, BY MICHAEL GRANT

Straight up diabolical—Drake is just out to destroy anything and anyone in his path. The kind of scary where even after he’s dead and gone, you’re not totally convinced you’re safe. And you might not be… the FAYZ horror continues in MONSTER this October 😱

 

5. Keris Veturius (AKA the Commandant)

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES SERIES, BY SABAA TAHIR

The commandant is terrifying because she’s the ultimate blend of power and sheer evil. She’s smart, she’s strong, and she’ll stop at NOTHING to keep an iron-fisted grip on the Academy – even if it means crushing her own son.

 

6. Natalia Arron

THREE DARK CROWNS SERIES, BY KENDARE BLAKE

Went to Barnes & Noble to use a gift card and they had the coolest Harry Potter display up. I'll have to put the little video clip in my stories. • How are you spending the weekend? Reading any good books? • Usually the last day of the month is for wrap ups, talking about what books you got and how many you read. I'll be honest….I lost track of my haul this month, but One Dark Throne is one I bought that I'm really excited about. I read eight books, one of them was audio. How many did you read? • Setup inspired by @darkfaerietales_ @myfriendsarefiction @cbookaddiction *** #septinbooks17 #allthebookssept #bookstagrambasics #ampersandsept17 #rfabseptember17 #sixofcrowsseptember #septmaiden #dreambunnybookishseptga #bookdragon #kendareblake #onedarkthrone #threedarkcrowns #harperteen #library #shelfie #bookstack #stacksaturday #blackandwhite #bookcrown #bookandmap #bookishmap

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The commandant is terrifying because she’s the ultimate blend of power and sheer evil. She’s smart, she’s strong, and she’ll stop at NOTHING to keep an iron-fisted grip on the Academy – even if it means crushing her own son.

 

7. Sebastian Morgenstern

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, BY CASSANDRA CLARE

Sebastian is so freaking creepy that we don’t even call him by his weird name, because it just makes him that much creepier. As a Shadowhunter tainted with demon blood, he’s fighting an uphill battle here, but this twisted soul embraces it. He’s obsessed with his sister, obsessed with his (sort of?) adoptive brother, and obsessed with getting revenge. He’d also gladly burn the world down and then gladly sell your soul for a bag of chips. Eurgh.

 

8. Adelina Amouteru

THE YOUNG ELITES SERIES, BY MARIE LU

The descent into madness that this trilogy follows is so dark we needed to take a break at times. We were so torn between rooting for Adeline and rooting against her, and Marie Lu perfectly captured her intentions—the fact that she’s so sympathetic makes her even more haunting in our opinion.

 

9. Sloan

THIS SAVAGE SONG, BY VICTORIA SCHWAB

Good morning bookies! 🌙 Kind of an unusual topic but lets talk about dreams today. 🌝 And I don't mean life dreams or things you want to achieve but dreams you are having at night while sleeping. 😴 Dream interpretation is such an interesting topic in my opinion and I'm always eager to hear about the experience of others regarding their dreams. 😀 I for example remember a lot of my dreams and obviously I have great imagination because I dream the most crazy things. 😂 A few weeks ago I dreamed that in the forest behind our house was living a creature that was half dog🐕 and half alligator 🐊 and I knew that it wanted to break into our house. Yeah… kind of weird…haha. 😂 So do you remember your dreams and if yes what do you dream most about? ✨ 🌙 Sooo another autumn-like pic today. 🍁 I just love the current season so much and I feel full of inspiration at the moment. Why can't it always be like this? 🙈 This Savage Song is another book that I hope to get to in 2017. I heard so many fantastic things about this duology and I also heard the second one is even better than the first -⏩ plus packed with emotion which is kind of my thing. 😉 🌙 Saturday is always cleaning day, so I have to get going. (meeeeh…adulting 😤…but it has to be done!) 🌙 Have a great start into the weekend bookies! ♥😘 . . . #bookstagram #instabooks #bibliophile #bookish #iloveya #thissavagesong #bookster #yalit #booklion #autumn #vscobooks #booknookstagram #bookporn #igreads #instareads #bookstagramfeature #bookaddict #bookworm #totalbooknerd #booklover #culturetripbooks #booksofinstagram #bookgasm #bookstagrammer #beautifulbooks #reader #booklove #picoftheday

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In the first book, Sloan was creepy. He lurked at the edges and plotted and schemed, always the shadow, dark and creepy in the corner of the plot. But in OUR DARK DUET, Sloan takes center stage. This creepy, vampiric monster sent chills down our spine every time he commanded a scene and if we never had to read his creepy taunts again, it would be too soon.

 

10. Kaitlyn Johnson

THE DEAD HOUSE, BY DAWN KURTAGICH

Alter ego or figment of imagination? Kaitlyn only regains consciousness and control of the body she shares with main character Carly Johnson at night… Dream possessing evil? Terrifying whether its real or imagined.

 

11. Teague

THE WISH GRANTER, BY CJ REDWINE

This Rumpelstiltskin is way more sinister than the fairy tale you remember from childhood. Let’s just say he has a very evil fashion sense, and then there’s the whole stealing souls thing…