Normal Public Library Teens

Fantasy and Supernatural

Thirsty by M.T. Anderson

From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human. (M, S)

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

By day, Risika sleeps. By night, she hunts the streets of New York City. She is used to being alone. But now someone is following Risika. Someone has left her a black rose, the same sort of rose that sealed her fate three hundred years ago. Three hundred years ago Risika had a family – a brother and a sister who loved her. Three hundred years ago she was human. Now she is a vampire, a powerful one. And her past has come back to torment her. (S)

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Bedor

The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss’ parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated, and Alyss finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. (S)

Tithe by Holly Black

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death. (S)

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

After the suicide of her mother, Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to a boarding school in England. To make things even worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, sent to watch her. But why? (S)

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

16-year-old Nick and his older brother, Alan, are accustomed to life on the run. Since their father was murdered, the boys have been forced to slay demons set on them by magicians seeking the powerful charm stolen by the boys’ mother. Nick is furious when Alan receives a first-tier demon mark while saving a neighborhood boy. While seeking to remove it, Nick begins to suspect that his brother is lying to him about the reason for the magicians’ attempts to kill them and about why their mother screams whenever Nick touches her. (S)

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer. (M, S)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa can kill a man with her bare hands—she’s a Graceling, born with an extreme skill. When she meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa begins to learn a new truth about her own Grace—and a terrible secret that could destroy the world. (S)

Shadowland by Meg Cabot

Suze is a mediator – a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh. But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind…and Suze happens to be in the way. (M, S)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When Clary witnesses a murder, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. Soon Clary is thrown into the world of Shadowhunters, humans who hunt and kill demons. (S)

The Naming by Alison Croggon

Maerad is a slave, stolen as a child when her family was destroyed in war. She doesn’t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror. (M, S)

The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

New at her high school, Imogene enlists the help of her introverted friend Maxine and the ghost of a boy who haunts the school after receiving warnings through her dreams that soul-eaters are threatening her life. (M, S)

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school in New York. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food, and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a girl from her school is found dead…drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesnt know what to think. Could those vampire legends really be true? (S)

Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

When her father dies, Sadima, a young woman who can communicate with animals, keeps house for two renegade magicians at a time when magic has been outlawed. Her experiences, which include learning to read and falling in love, alternate with those of Hahp, born generations after Sadima. Exiled by his wealthy, disapproving father, he attends a school of wizardry where students are starved to death if they can’t conjure up food. (S)

The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven

Jack’s best friend, Charlie, is in serious trouble, possessed by an ancient demon called the Scourge who plans to use Charlie to bring about its evil ends—which, unfortunately, involve the destruction of the entire universe. Now Jack and the butt-kicking, sword-wielding Esme must contend with floating sharks, intelligent jelly, oversized centipedes, gladiator pits, and vomiting bats, all for the sake of saving Charlie—and the universe—from the Scourge. (M, S)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. (S)

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. (M, S)

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

Eon has been studying dragon magic for years, hoping to become a Dragoneye, the link to an energy dragon’s power. But he has a dark secret—he is actually a girl named Eona. It’s forbidden for women to practice Dragon magic, and if discovered, Eon faces death. (S)

Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family. Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. (M, S)

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over cute bad boy Mark, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline.  But then everything changes. The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man shoves a tattered Bible into Ellie’s hands, exclaiming, “You need it. It will save your soul.” Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, and an epic battle for immortality. (M, S)

Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

In modern-day London, Lucien undergoes chemotherapy treatments, but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him, he is transported, or “stravagated,” to an enchanting 16th-century Venice-like city called Bellezza, in the country Talia. (M, S)

Beating Heart by A.M. Jenkins

Following his parents’ divorce, seventeen-year-old Evan moves with his mother and sister into an old house where the spirit of a teenager who died there awakens and mistakes him for her long-departed lover. (S)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

When Sophie unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself under a spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. (M, S)

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form. Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will.  Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows she should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy. (S)

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan Chase’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. (M, S)

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

Her mother is dying of cancer, and sixteen-year-old Zoe feels isolated by grief, anger and fear. Then she meets the alluring Simon, who she discovers is a vampire kept alive by his thirst to avenge the death of his own mother three centuries ago. Drawn to him by an empathy charged with both longing and fear, Zoe agrees to participate in a dangerous scheme to trap Simon’s mother’s supernatural killer. (S)

Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier

For fifteen years, Reason Cansino and her mother, Sarafina, have 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. (M, S)

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Aislinn has always seen faeries. She fears their cruelty — especially if they learn of her Sight — and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. Now faeries are stalking her. Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything and everyone she loves is on the line. (S)

Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots. (S)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

When Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. (M, S)

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

What is Un Lun Dun? It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things and people of London end up. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago. When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong. (M, S)

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel is a student in Ancelstierre, where Magic does not work, but lives near the Border with the Old Kingdom, where it does. She and her father are skilled necromancers, fighting the dead who seek to return to Life. But when her father is trapped in Death, Sabriel must journey into the Old Kingdom to find him. (S)

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

It’s 1805, and England is immersed in the Napoleonic Wars. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature. Thrust into the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he faces a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle as he prepares to face France’s own dragon forces. (A/YA)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire. (M, S)

East by Edith Pattou

Rose has always felt out of place, so when an enormous white bear asks her to come away with him, she readily agrees. He takes Rose to a distant castle, where in the process of solving the bear’s mystery, she finds love, discovers her purpose, and realizes her travels have only just begun. (M, S)

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

When Aly is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, she must learn to make her way in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods. (M, S)

Vampirates by Justin Somper

Twins Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there’s the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other? (M)

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? (S)

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

When the 5000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice, he expects to have to do a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something more dangerous in mind: revenge. (M, S)

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

After Gen’s bragging lands him in the king’s prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king’s scholar, the magus, needs the thief’s skill for a seemingly impossible task — to steal a hidden treasure from another land. To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own. (M, S)

Restless by Rich Wallace

Frank, a teenaged ghost who has not been able to move on to a higher realm in the afterlife, tries to connect with his younger brother Herbie, a high school senior who was eight years old when Frank died. (S)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry.  Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run.  All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With the Great War brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way – taking them both aboard the airship Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever. (M, S)

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen – terrified, but intrigued – is drawn to him. As the two struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess. (S)
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
 

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.  But when his crush Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. (S)

 
 

Grade Level Interest
M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).
S Senior High (defined as grades 9-12).
A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for teens.

 
 
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