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"Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)" by Laini Taylor

'Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)' by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to ...

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"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)" by Ransom Riggs

'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)' by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss ...

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"The Marbury Lens (The Marbury Lens, #1)" by Andrew Smith

'The Marbury Lens (The Marbury Lens, #1)' by Andrew  Smith

Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury.There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younge ...

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"Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)" by Kiersten White

'Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)' by Kiersten White

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.So much for norma ...

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"The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)" by Rick Riordan

'The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)' by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand ...

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"Bleeding Violet" by Dia Reeves

'Bleeding Violet' by Dia Reeves

Love can be a dangerous thing...Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark se ...

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"Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)" by Kami Garcia

'Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)' by Kami Garcia

Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.In the end, ...

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"Fallen (Fallen, #1)" by Lauren Kate

'Fallen (Fallen, #1)' by Lauren Kate

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. Get ready to fall . . . ...

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"Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)" by Maggie Stiefvater

'Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)' by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose famil ...

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"The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)" by Patrick Ness

'The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)' by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and ...

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"The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)" by Suzanne Collins

'The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)' by Suzanne Collins

Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a remin ...

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"Marked (House of Night #1)" by P.C. Cast

'Marked (House of Night #1)' by P.C. Cast

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school ...

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"Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)" by Melissa de la Cruz

'Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)' by Melissa de la Cruz

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of ...

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"Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)" by Rachel Caine

'Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)' by Rachel Caine

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's b ...

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"The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)" by Rick Riordan

'The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)' by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for ...

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"Twilight (Twilight, #1)" by Stephenie Meyer

'Twilight (Twilight, #1)' by Stephenie Meyer

About three things I was absolutely positive:First, Edward was a vampire.Second, there was a part of him - and I didn't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood.And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.When Bella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden ey ...

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"A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)" by Libba Bray

'A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)' by Libba Bray

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a g ...

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"East" by Edith Pattou

'East' by Edith Pattou

Rose has always been different. Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose's birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home... but she can't suppress Rose's true nature forever. So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage Rose to come away with it-- in exchange for health and ...

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"The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)" by Jeanne DuPrau

'The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)' by Jeanne DuPrau

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness….But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there ...

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"The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)" by Jonathan Stroud

'The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)' by Jonathan Stroud

Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the "ultimate sacrifice" for a "noble destiny." If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn't tough enough, Nathaniel's master, Arthur Underwood, is a cold, condescending, and cruel middle-ranking magicia ...

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"An Earthly Knight" by Janet McNaughton

'An Earthly Knight' by Janet McNaughton

A cloud has descended over the household of Lady Jeanette Avenel. The year is 1162. Sixteen-year-old Jenny has always enjoyed her freedom as second daughter of a Norman nobleman in Teviotdale, Scotland. But when Jenny's sister, Isabel, disgraces the family by running away with a dangerous suitor, Jenny is thrust reluctantly into the role of elder daughter. While Jenny worries about her sister's future, her father's attention turns keenly ...

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"Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)" by Christopher Paolini

'Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)' by Christopher Paolini

One boy . . .One dragon . . .A world of adventure.When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous ...

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"Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine

'Ella Enchanted' by Gail Carson Levine

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, ...

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"The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)" by Philip Pullman

'The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)' by Philip Pullman

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate uni ...

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"Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)" by Garth Nix

'Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)' by Garth Nix

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in ...

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