Fantasy

The Whisperer

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Magic, special abilities, adventures, quests.
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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)

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Curses, supernatural forces, witches, love, romance.

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Is falling in love the beginning . . . Or the end? In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1)

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Dragons, magic, adventure, quests.

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One boy . . . One dragon . . . A world of adventure. When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands…

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Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom #1)

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Magic, plagues, heroes, adventure, good vs evil.

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Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. Arthur is safe – but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with blood-stained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back – even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him. Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house – a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key – and discover his true fate.

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The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

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Medieval history, magic, adventure, heroes, good vs evil.

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Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has longed to be a warrior and to follow in the footsteps of the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont’s Battleschool. He’s no happier when he’s assigned instead to the Ranger Corps, the Kingdom’s secret service, as the Rangers are a mysterious group whose uncanny ability to move about unseen is thought by many to be the result of black magic. Will begins training under the dour and enigmatic Halt, and reluctantly learns all the fieldcraft and archery he will need to become a fully-fledged Ranger. But Will soon finds himself needing all his new-found skills as he and Halt set off on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King…THE RUINS OF GORLAN is an entertaining and exciting quest, the first in a new series about Will and his friends from Castle Redmont.

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Stardust

If you like books about:
Fairy tales, love stories, magic, adventure.
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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

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Wolves, supernatural forces, love, romance, fate.

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For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf-her wolf-is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: in winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl; and in summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human-or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1)

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Ancient Greek mythology, adventure, quests, heroes.

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“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That’s when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.” Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?

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Museum of Thieves (The Keepers #1)

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Dystopian worlds, museums, magic, adventure, secrets.

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It is Separation Day in the city of Jewel, the day when all 12-year-olds are freed from the silver guardchains they have worn on their wrists from the moment they could walk, and for Goldie Roth, the day cannot come soon enough. Constantly protected from any number of real or imaginary threats in the outside world, Goldie’s boldness has frequently put her in punishment chains, a humiliation she can hardly bear, so when the ceremony is dramatically interrupted by the bloodied appearance of the Leader of the Blessed Guardians, she grasps the opportunity to escape. Appalled and excited by what she has done, Goldie finds herself drawn by a mysterious figure to the Museum of Daunt, a place where nothing is as it seems, and where a giant dog, a slaughterbird, and a young boy as spirited as herself will become her close friends. The first part in an exciting fantasy adventure, this is a classic quest story in which Goldie’s courage is tested against the evil determination of the Blessed Guardians to uncover the secret behind the Museum’s closed doors.

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Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1)

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Magic, mysteries, adventure, detectives, good vs evil.

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Hell-for-leather car chases, vampire smack-downs and magical duels. Get ready for the fastest, funniest fright-fest of your life… Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard. When all hell breaks loose, it’s lucky for Skulduggery that he’s already dead. Though he’s about to discover that being a skeleton doesn’t stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there’s anything Skulduggery hates, it’s torture… Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing’s for sure: evil won’t know what’s hit it.

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Silvermay

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Magic, destiny, good vs evil.
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Fallen (Fallen #1)

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Angels, supernatural forces, boarding school, love, romance.

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SOME ANGELS ARE DESTINED TO FALL. Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar . . . The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can’t shake the feeling that she has . . . and with him – a boy she doesn’t remember ever setting eyes on. Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her – or destroy her? Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic. Fallen is a thrilling story about forbidden love.

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Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles #1)

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Dystopian future, telepathy, magic, secrets, quests.

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In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous.

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Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy #1)

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Magic, books and reading, Europe, adventure, good vs evil.

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Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he’s never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger arrives with a warning. The next day, Mo starts packing but won’t tell Meggie why. They must go into hiding. But from what? From whom? Soon, Mo’s secret is revealed. He has the amazing ability to breathe life into stories, to make characters come alive. Years ago, he accidentally released a merciless villain from a book called Inkheart. And now, this hateful criminal is after Mo and his extraordinary gift. Meggie is hurled into the adventure of a lifetime, where the imaginary has become real. It’s up to her to find a way to alter the course of the story that holds them all in its power.

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Tandem

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Alternate reality, parallel worlds, quests, love, secrets.

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Everything repeats. You. Your best friend. Every person you know. Many worlds. Many lives, infinite possibilities. Welcome to the multiverse. Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather’s stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will. To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she’ll be trapped in another girl’s life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love – one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she’s someone she’s not. Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing – and no one – is what it seems.

Fans of Matched, Across the Universe, and The Hunger Games will love this captivating tale of rebellion and romance that spans parallel worlds. Click here to read an excerpt.

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