Marathon County Public Library

TBC: Fantasy / Teen Reads

Books for teens categorized for your consideration by library staff!

"The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black

'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' by Holly Black

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a ...

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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 grown 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 disappearing on mysteri ...

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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 Peregrin ...

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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 younger boys. ...

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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 normal. ...

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

'The Lost Hero (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 her drea ...

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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 secrets that would terrify ...

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

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

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make t ...

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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, there is a grave.Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is ...

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"Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)" by Becca Fitzpatrick

'Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)' by Becca Fitzpatrick

A SACRED OATHA FALLEN ANGELA FORBIDDEN LOVERomance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be ever ...

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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.In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For he ...

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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 familiarity takes her ...

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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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"Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)" by Melissa Marr

'Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)' by Melissa Marr

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions A ...

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

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

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire -- that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and f ...

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"The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)" by Michael Scott

'The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)' by Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wr ...

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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 back when ...

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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 eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural g ...

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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 about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus ...

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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 toward J ...

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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 girl ...

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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 magician in the ...

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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 prosperity for her ...

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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 could be ...

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