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The House of the Spirits Book Poster Image
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
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Silence: The Queen of the Dead, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 16+
Paranormal adventure bogs down in details.
By Michelle Sagara
(2012)
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Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury Book Poster Image
age 16+
Tribute collection will please Bradbury fans, new readers.
By Sam Weller, Mort Castle
(2012)
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Rise Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Sexier, slower second Nightshade prequel.
By Andrea Cremer
(2013)
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The Kingdom of Little Wounds Book Poster Image
age 16+
Brutal, breathtaking historical epic is graphic but great.
By Susann Cokal
(2014)
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Dirty Wings Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Sex, drugs, rock, mythology fill dark paranormal tale.
By Sarah McCarry
(2014)
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Winterspell Book Poster Image
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age 16+
No sugar plum fairies in fevered, violent Nutcracker tale.
By Claire Legrand
(2014)
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The Tangled Lands Book Poster Image
age 16+
Related novellas have ecological themes, lots of violence.
By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias Buckell
(2018)
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Damsel Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Dark, twisty dragon quest tale has sex, gore, brutality.
By Elana K. Arnold
(2018)
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Snow, Glass, Apples Book Poster Image
age 16+
Fairy tale favorite gets dark, violent, sexy makeover.
By Neil Gaiman
(2019)
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Not Just a Witch Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Magic and humor mix with dark details for strange brew.
By Eva Ibbotson
(2003)
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Terrier: Beka Cooper, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Satisfying fantasy crime drama for tweens.
By Tamora Pierce
(2006)
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The Witch's Boy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Rumplestiltskin revealed! Why he did what he did.
By Michael Gruber
(2005)
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Fairest Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Handmaid to queen discovers true beauty in charming fantasy.
By Gail Carson Levine
(2006)
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Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
The epic saga continues -- and improves.
By Christopher Paolini
(2005)
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Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
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Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Enthralling, gritty, classic dragon trilogy.
By Jane Yolen
(1982)
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(1998)
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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Poster Image
age 10+
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Poster Image
age 10+
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2000)
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