Young Adult

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The Kingdom of Back

Marie Lu

Young Adult

"Desperate to be forever remembered for her music, Nannerl Mozart makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious stranger from a magical land, which may cost her everything"--

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Throne of glass

Sarah J Maas

Young Adult, Fantasy

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

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Cunning and lethal, teenage assassin Celaena Sardothein, competes in a royal competition to be the king’s assassin. Winning means gaining her freedom and escaping the evil force killing off her competitors. This young adult book is the beginning of the Throne of Glass Series, which I could not put down. I was truly awestruck by the exceptional character development and plot continuity that begins in this book and carries through till the end of the series. -Lauren

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Trickster's choice

Tamora Pierce

Young Adult, Fantasy

Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.

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I highly recommend this book; I enjoyed the detailed spy work and fantasy setting immensely. This young adult book initiated me to Tamora Pierce’s well-developed fantasy world which centers on the kingdom of Tortall. A bonus for anyone who enjoys this book is that several other series are written in the same kingdom, from the perspective of other characters. -Lauren

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Stephanie Garber

Young Adult, Fantasy

Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance when her ruthless father arranges her marriage, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer.

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Once a year, the elaborate week-long performance of Carval takes place, with some of the audience members choosing to be a part of the show. This year, Scarlett and her sister Tella are a part of a competitive show that involves clues, deception, magic, and romance. Is the show really a harmless illusion or are there real consequences woven into the magic? I loved the quick plot twists, romance, mystery, and suspense in this young adult story, it was a well-written tale of dangerous magic. -Lauren

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Christopher Paolini

Young Adult, Fantasy

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

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Full of thrilling battles, schemes, tragedies, and triumphs this book is for those who enjoy fantastical adventures. -Lauren

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Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Young Adult

After the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri is forced to find common ground with Darius, while struggling with her four wild sisters, a handsome boy vying for her attention, and college applications.

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A poignant and funny retelling of Pride and Prejudice featuring all characters of color. Definitely one to pick up whether or not you enjoyed or have read the Austen classic. -Casey

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The cheerleaders

Kara Thomas

Young Adult

"As a town prepares for the anniversary of the deaths of five cheerleaders who were killed in three separate, horrific accidents, two teens uncover long-buried truths about what really happened years ago"--

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Five years ago, one high school faced a semester of tragedy in which five cheerleaders died. Now, Monica, sister of one of the deceased, looks back at the situations surrounding the deaths and begins to wonder if the police missed anything. Did they catch the right murderer? Did her sister really kill herself? What happened to cause all these deaths in her town? On top of the questions, Monica sorts through her own struggles with an older man, changing friendships, and existing in a family still mourning the loss of her sister. For a fast paced thriller filled with twists and revelations, pick up The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. You won’t be putting it down any time soon! -Shawna

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American royals

Katharine McGee

Fiction, Young Adult

In an alternate America, princesses Beatrice and Samantha Washington and the two girls wooing their brother, Prince Jeffrey, become embroiled in high drama in the most glorious court in the world.

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What if George Washington had accepted a crown instead of the Presidency? And then, what would that monarchy look like in the modern day? The book covers the adventures of four women: Beatrice, the first to-be-queen to reign America on her own; Samantha, her spunky younger sister; Nina, Sam’s loyal best friend; and Daphne, ambitious ex-girlfriend of Sam’s twin brother, Jeff. It does bop between their differing POVs, but it isn’t confusing or jarring. This was a fun YA read with many things that I love - royalty, romance, really well-written female characters. My expectations were high, and they were definitely met! -Angie

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Ella enchanted

Gail Carson Levine

Kids, Fantasy, Young Adult

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

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This is such a wonderful adaptation of the story of Cinderella. What I especially love about “Ella Enchanted” is that Ella is such a positive role model for girls. She is strong, bright, funny and self-aware. As a baby, Ella was given the ‘gift’ of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda, but we quickly see that the gift is truly a curse and could have many implications on the life of Ella and those connected with her. Beautifully written! -Becky

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House of salt and sorrows

Erin A. Craig

Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Suspense

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last -- the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge -- and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sisters' deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who -- or what -- are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family -- before it claims her next.

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This retelling of the 12 dancing princesses was an intense read from start to finish. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I read this twisted, lovely book! -Callie