Everlost (age 14+)
by Neal Shusterman
adventure ... action ... fantasy
Publisher comments: It begins with an accident. Nick and Allie don't survive the crash, and now their souls are stuck halfway between life and death in a sort of limbo called Everlost. It's a magical yet dangerous place, where bands of lost souls run wild andanyone who stands in the same spot too long sinks to the center of the Earth. Frightened and determined, Nick and Allie aren't ready to rest in peace just yet. They want their lives back, and their search for a way homewill take them deep into the uncharted areas of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their pasts. And if all memory of home is lost, they may never escape this strange, terrible world.
Dracula (age 14+)
by Bram Stoker
fantasy ... adventure
Publisher comments: One of the most popular stories ever told, Dracula (1897) is a Victorian saga, an awesome tale of thrillingly bloodthirsty vampire whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of a supremely moralistic age. Above all, Dracula is a quintessential story of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters in literature: centuries-old Count Dracula, whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, the beautiful. Dracula remains Bram Stoker's most celebrated and enduring work. Even today this Gothic masterpiece has lost none of the spine-tingling impact that makes it a classic of the genre.
The Fallen Series (age 14+)
by Tom Sniegoski
fantasy ... adventure ... action
Publisher comments: Aaron Corbet isn't a bad kid, he's just a little different. On the eve of his eighteenth birthday, Aaron dreams of a darkly violent landscape. He can hear the sounds of weapons clanging, the screams of the stricken, and another sound he cannot quite decipher. But gazing upward at the sky, he suddenly understands. It is the sound of great wings, angels' wings, beating the air unmercifully as hundreds of armored warriors descend on the battlefield. Orphaned since birth, Aaron is suddenly discovering newfound (and sometimes supernatural) talents. But it's not until he is approached by two men that he learns the truth about his destiny, and his role as a liaison between angels, mortals, and Powers both good and evil, some of whom are hell-bent on his destruction.
title: The Fallen. Book One
title: The Fallen. Book Two, Leviathan
title: The Fallen. Book Three, Aerie
title: The Fallen. Book Four, Reckoning
The Heritage of Shannara Series (age 14+)
by Terry Brooks
adventure ... fantasy
Publisher comments: The second Shannara series. Three hundred years have passed since Wishsong of Shannara, and magic is forbidden. Then the shade of Allanon summons the descendants of Shea Ohmsford to bring back the magic and restore the Druids.
title: The Scions of Shannara
title: The Druid of Shannara
title: The Elf Queen of Shannara
title: The Talismans of Shannara
The Sword of Shannara Trilogy (age 14+)
by Terry Brooks
adventure ... fantasy
Publisher comments: Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him....
title: The Sword of Shannara
title: The Elfstones of Shannara
title: The Wishsong of Shannara
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (age 14+)
by M. T. Anderson
war ... adventure ... fantasy ... historical
Publisher comments: It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother (a princess in exile from a faraway land) are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments, and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. This deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.
title: The Pox Party
title: The Kingdom on the Vaves
Graceling (age 14+)
by Kristin Cashore
growing up ... fantasy ... action ... adventure
Publisher comments: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight; she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace, or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
Magic or Madness Series (age 14+)
by Justine Larbalestier
family ... fantasy ... action ... adventure
Publisher comments: For fifteen years, Reason Cansino has lived on the run. Together with her mother, Sarafina, she has moved from one place to another in the Australian countryside, desperate not to be found by Reason's grandmother Esmeralda, a dangerous woman who believes in magic. But the moment Reason walks through Esmeralda's back door and finds herself on a New York City street, she's confronted by an unavoidable truth...magic is real.
title: Magic or Madness
title: Magic Lessons
title: Magic's Child
Suck It Up (age 14+)
by Brian Meehl
humor ... fantasy
Catalog: After graduating from the International Vampire League, a scrawny, teenaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans and to demonstrate how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.
Feed (age 14+)
by M. T. Anderson
identity ... humor ... fantasy ... science fiction
Publisher comments: For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon...a chance to party during spring break and play around with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who knows something about what it's like to live without the feed...and about resisting its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. M. T. Anderson has created a brave new world...and a hilarious new lingo...sure to appeal to anyone who appreciates smart satire, futuristic fiction laced with humor, or any story featuring skin lesions as a fashion statement.

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