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Legacy


Molly Cochran - 2011
    Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow students seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it's up to Katy to unravel her family's many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction.

Illuminate


Aimee Agresti - 2012
    But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit. As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Carrier of the Mark


Leigh Fallon - 2011
    After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

Bite Me!


Melissa Francis - 2009
    Her ex-boyfriend—whom she's still totally in love with, by the way—is now her stepbrother. A former classmate—who, um, she may or may not have turned into a vampire—is stalking her. And now, apparently, the fate of humankind lies in her little undead hands. What ever happened to the good old days, when all a vampire girl had to worry about was the occasional zit and hiding her taste for blood?

Stolen Away


Alyxandra Harvey - 2011
    Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won't comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan's mysterious son, Eldric-who may or may not betray them.Watch Alyxandra Harvey talk about Stolen Away

Touched


Cyn Balog - 2012
    Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make. . . .

Daughters of the Moon, Volume 1


Lynne Ewing - 2010
    Four mysterious powers. They seem like ordinary girls living in Los Angeles. But they each have a secret. Vanessa can become invisible. Catty can travel through time. Serena reads minds, and Jimena has premonitions. As they become friends, their incredible powers bind them together as The Daughters of the Moon. In Book One, Vanessa, who has always had the power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox. In Book Two, Serena, a moon goddess who has the gift of reading minds, is torn between joining the dark force of the evil Atrox and staying with her friends. In Book Three, ex-gang member Jimena is terrified by the reappearance of Veto, who was once the love of her life. Veto was killed a year ago by a rival gang. Or was he? Jimena discovers that he has made a devil's bargain, which could cost both of them their lives.

A Witch in Winter


Ruth Warburton - 2012
    When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her - but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.When love is tangled up in magic, how can you be sure what's real?

Night Runner


Max Turner - 2008
    After his parents died, he developed strange allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home. But that all changes the night a stranger on a Harley crashes through the front doors and tells him to run. Along with his best friend Charlie and a girl he may or may not be falling in love with, Zack does just that: run. Under the cover of night, hiding amongst the shadows, he races for the truth.

Fractured Light


Rachel McClellan - 2012
    This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Elemental Origins: The Complete Series


A.L. Knorr - 2018
    Don't miss these stories readers are calling their 'new favorite'! Born of Water: A mysterious shipwreck could unlock ancient powers... or send her to a watery grave. Targa MacAuley feels more at home on dry land than in the realm of her mermaid ancestors. To keep her mom's identity under wraps, Targa signs on for a salvage in the Baltic Sea. Her plan to blend in with the crew is spoiled when she catches the eye of a handsome local. A freak accident attracts even more unwanted attention, putting their lives in danger. Can Targa find the courage to unleash the currents surging deep within? Born of Fire: Welcome to the world of fire magi, where what doesn't kill you (literally) makes you stronger. Saxony Cagney counts herself lucky when she wins a position in Venice for the summer. She meets two Italian men.... Both are smart, successful, and sexy. When she discovers one of the boys in her charge is dying, things get a shoved into complicated...then contagious - she'll never be the same. Just when she's got more than she can handle, she gets tangled with the most powerful crime family in Venice. Will she survive long enough to learn the secrets of her new abilities, or will they kill her? Born of Earth: When the earth gives up her dead, you shall understand. Georjie isn’t thrilled about going to Ireland for the summer, and even less thrilled when her sexy cousin Jasher (not blood-related and don't you forget it) is as friendly as a nest of vipers. When Georjie unearths Jasher's terrifying secret, things she never knew about her family come to light; A woman who disappeared without a trace. A desiccated body. Strange cocoons hanging in the greenhouse. Georjie finds herself trapped in a mystery involving the power of nature itself. Born of Aether: They say if you tell a lie long enough, you'll eventually believe it, but Akiko will never forget who she really is. Akiko's life as a teen is a complete sham. The old man she lives with is not her grandfather, he's her captor. And Akiko isn't a teen. In fact, she isn't even human. But Akiko isn't allowed to share her truth with a soul. Not even her friends know the power she could wield.When she's sent to steal a sword, she jumps at the chance to secure her freedom, only to get caught in a game with the most deadly crime syndicate in Japan.Can Akiko escape with her life, or is true freedom as elusive as the Aether she was born from? Born of Air: She is a supernatural unlike any you've ever seen before. All Petra wants in life is to study Archaeology. She's got the grades and ambition, all she needs now is work on an Old World dig. When Petra spies an ad for an excavation to Africa, she knows its for her.A heart-pounding race through the desert with Jesse-her sexy dig-mate-ends when she falls into a cave where her life changes forever.As her powers manifest, there are those who have reason to destroy her. Will she survive long enough to learn what she's really capable of? The Elementals: Can they use their newfound powers to save their hometown? The summer is over and the girls share the adventures that have gifted them with elemental powers.

All That Glows


Ryan Graudin - 2014
    But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

Angel


Cliff McNish - 2007
    Stephanie is friendless, strange, a misfit. Freya can't stop seeing angels. But when one of those angels begins to stalk her, its shadow following her everywhere, Freya is forced to make decisions from which there is no turning back. Reviews 'Outstanding prose is married to a suspenseful plot and a quiet humour.' Amanda Craig, The Times 'Stands out for its original subject and plot ...each book takes McNish into new territory, and this one is both assured and thought-provoking.' Nikki Gamble, The Bookseller 'Tense, quirky and highly individual, this story has plenty going for it.' Nicholas Tucker, TES 'A deft construction — McNish vividly portrays two worlds in the light of each other, creating a thin space between them that makes for a moving and thought provoking tale.' Huw Thomas, BOOKS FOR KEEPS 'A fascinating read.' Carousel 'This neat combination of teen angst and behavioural ethics is — complex and charged.' The Daily Telegraph 'What a book. I simply couldn't put it down ... a highly charged look at personal spirituality... the writing is effortless and elegant and as it slips between character perspectives, Angel never loses an air of authenticity. And at moments, it reaches the sublime. I loved it.' Jill Murphy, The Bookbag 'This unusual fantasy is made plausible by a very strong depiction of the underpinning pattern of teenage anxieties and everyday angst.' Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller 'Haunting and thought provoking.' Cy Mag 'A fantastic read.' Jo Griffiths, Waterstones 'If you love stories about friendship, this one's a must!' Bliss

City of Halves


Lucy Inglis - 2014
    Girls are disappearing. They've all got one thing in common; they just don't know it yet... Sixteen-year-old Lily was meant to be next, but she's saved by a stranger: a half-human boy with gold-flecked eyes. Regan is from an unseen world hidden within our own, where legendary creatures hide in plain sight. But now both worlds are under threat, and Lily and Regan must race to find the girls, and save their divided city.

Shadow Hills


Anastasia Hopcus - 2010
    Hoping to make sense of her sister's sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA -- a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.  Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills' history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach -- the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after -- seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister's untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.