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Title: A World Without Princes
Author: Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil #2
Genre: Junior/YA Fantasy-Fairy Tales
Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books
Release Date: 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
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After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn't exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she'd chosen a different happy ending with Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again. But Good and Evil are no longer enemies and Princes and Princesses may not be what they seem, as new bonds form and old ones shatter.

Title: Accidentally Engaged
Author: Mary Carter
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Little Black Dress
Release Date: 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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Psychic Clair Ivars has a flair for reading tarot cards, yet a total blind spot when it comes to predicting her own future – especially matters of the heart. Which might explain why she’s surprised to find herself accidentally engaged to vodka magnate Jack Heron after knowing him for only a few hours. What it doesn’t explain, however, is an increasingly strange series of events... and it definitely doesn’t explain the peculiar way Clair keeps thinking about Jack’s business partner, the tall, dark, mysterious and infuriatingly sexy Mike...

Title: Alanna: The First Adventure
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure, Junior Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Release Date: 1983
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
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From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins - one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

Title: All-American Girl
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: All-American Girl #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 2005
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
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Just as a general thing, when you have saved the life of the leader of the free world, most people really want to hear about that and, sadly, don't want to hear a long-winded description of your dog.

Sam Madison has always been totally ordinary. Apart from having two weird sisters, of course. But then she does something utterly out of the ordinary- she stops a crazy psycho from assassinating the American President.

Now Sam's an instant, world-famous celebrity. Dining at the White House sure isn't easy for someone who only eats hamburgers and lives in combat boots. In fact, there's only one compensation- David, the President's son...

Title: Avalon High
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 2006
Format: Paperback
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Avalon High, Ellie's new school, is pretty much what she'd expected. There's Lance, the hunky footballer. Jennifer, the cute cheerleader. Marco, the troublemaker. And then there's Will - the most gorgeous guy Ellie's ever met. She can hardly believe he likes her. But things start getting a little weird!

Title: Burning For Revenge
Author: John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow Series #5
Genre: YA War
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 1997
Format: Paperback
Pages: 274
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llie has started to believe she won't survive the war. Their band of eight teenage guerrillas is down to five now--Robyn and Corrie and Chris are dead, and only she and Homer and Kevin and Lee and Fi are still trying to sabotage the enemy who has taken over their country. They're growing numb and soul sick from the violence, because they've been fighting for a long time--through four previous novels, actually: John Marsden's Tomorrow: When the War BeganThe Dead of NightA Killing Frost, and Darkness Be My Friend. At the same time, they are normal teens who kid around, fall in and out of love, and think long thoughts about the meaning of life.

Title: Crisanta Knight: Protagonist Bound
Author: Geanna Culbertson
Series: Crisanta Knight (#1)
Genre: YA Fantasy Fairy Tale
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Book
Release Date: 10/05/2016
Format: eArc
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I was going to be a great protagonist. At least that's what my mom, Cinderella, kept telling me. I, however, had my doubts. Unlike most main characters at Lady Agnue's School for Princesses & Other Female Protagonists, I was opinionated, bold, and headstrong. 

Moreover, for a princess, I had a lot of issues. I'm talking vicious nightmares about people I've never met, a total stalker prince, and a Fairy Godmother for an enemy. But I digress. Because here's the thing about living in an enchanted realm of fairytale characters, crazy junk you never planned on happens all the time. One minute you could be practicing fainting exercises in Damsels in Distress class, sword fighting in a field, or flying on a Pegasus, and the next, BAM! Your book has begun and you're saddled with a prophecy that changes everything. 

I still don't know if I will be a great protagonist one day. But I know one thing about my fate, for certain. Despite what The Author and the antagonists have in store for me, whatever it costs. . .I'll be the one taking charge of my own story.

Title: Dark Angels
Author: Katherine Langrish
Genre: Junior Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books
Release Date: 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
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A gripping and wonderfully spooky standalone adventure from critically acclaimed author Katherine Langrish.When Wolf runs away from the monastery where he grew up, he finds himself lost on Devil’s Edge – a hill riddled with old mine shafts, said to be infested with ghosts, boggarts, elves, and perhaps even the Devil himself. Wolf meets a local knight out hunting, who offers him work and shelter in his castle – a place inhabited by a host of unexpected characters – a hearth hob, a ghostly white lady and a mysterious wandering juggler…Together Wolf and Nest, the knight’s daughter, become embroiled in a mystery which leads Wolf into the very darkest depths of Devil’s Edge…

Title: Dark Congress
Author: Christopher Golden
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7-8 #7
Genre: Media Tie-In
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
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Since the beginning of time, the demonic races have gathered every century to resolve conflicts among them and to determine the course of their future. This centennial event was called the Dark Congress. 

In the second century b.c., however, the Dark Congress failed to resolve their conflicts. Instead, the Congress ignited into a war that drove wedges between the various demon races from that time until now. And all of it began as a result of Kandida, the great North African river demon, being nearly killed by forces in the Congress and magically entombed in the riverbank. 

But now, Kandida is free, and for the first time in centuries, the Dark Congress is being called again. All demon races and other varieties of supernatural creatures have been called to gather at the Hellmouth in Providence, Rhode Island. Some gather in hopes of resolution, some in favor of war, and Kandida is tasked to broker a treaty and guide the Congress to peace, wherein everyone might simply agree to disagree. And so the demons gather under a banner of a truce. 

But the demons still harbor many bitter disagreements with one another. The Congress must have an arbiter of these conflicts, and that someone is Buffy Summers. 

Buffy is horrified and disgusted to be included. After all, she is not a demon...is she? She knows so little about her powers that she cannot say for certain where they truly spring from. How can she spend so much time wallowing in the darkness without becoming part of it? Can she possibly agree to a truce with all the horrors of the world, and allow them to come Providence without any attempt to stop them? And does she have a choice?

Title: Darkness Be My Friend
Author: John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow Series #4
Genre: YA War
Publisher: Pan Australia
Release Date: 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 275
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Nowhere to run; one place left to hide. You're running from bullets through the streets of your own town. Your life's on the line and no-one's there to help.

What's happened?

When did safety turn to fear, peace turn to war, happiness turn to panic? When did your normal day become a nightmare?

Ellie and her friends struggle with the biggest questions life can offer in Darkness, Be My Friend, the fourth book in the award-winning Tomorrow series.

Title: Daylighters
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #15
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 440
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While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn't the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one… 

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren't for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end… 

Title: Down With the Shine
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Genre: YA Fantasy-Horror
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 26/04/2016
Format: Hardcover
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Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

Title: Dragonkeeper
Author: Carole Wilkinson
Series: Dragonkeepers #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: by Black Dog Books
Release Date: 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 343
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Dragons fascinate children of all ages, and Carole Wilkinson's inspired mix of myth and historical fact will leave young readers wistfully listening for wing beats. In the year 141 B.C., Ping is an illiterate Chinese orphan who lives on the edge of one of the Emperor's least-used royal palaces. Her master is a boorish drunk who neglects his duties as Imperial Dragon Keeper. Under his watch, the Emperor's dragons have dwindled from a magnificent dozen to a miserable two. When the next to last dies, the remaining dragon, Long Danzi, coaxes Ping into helping him flee to the faraway ocean. Early on in the journey, Ping knows the dragon and the mysterious purple stone he carries are very special. But how is it that a grubby slave girl has come to be the keeper of the last imperial dragon? Only when the friends reach their destination will Ping be able to see herself as Danzi sees her, and learn to use the unique talents she alone possesses.

Title: Enders
Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters #2
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Release Date: 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
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The riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller STARTERS!

Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael – teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations –With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

Title: Enlightenment (ARC)
Author: Liz Keel
Series: The Driel Trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 21/04/2016
Format: Ebook eArc
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After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice.

With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate…

Title: Eye of the Storm
Author: Frank Cavallo
Genre: Fantasy Horror
Publisher: Dark Serpent/Ravenswood Publishing
Release Date: 2016
Format: Paperback Arc
Pages: 402
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On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.

Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: Newt Scamander
Series: Hogwarts Library
Genre: Junior/YA Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children
Release Date: 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 144
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A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling and an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle.

An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail ... Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur magizoologist. Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents ... 

'No wizarding household is complete without a copy' Albus Dumbledore

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Screenplay)
Author: J.K Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Little Brown Book
Release Date: 2016
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 294
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J.K. Rowling invites you to explore a new era of the Wizarding World...

Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt's case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…
 

Title: Give Me Five
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #5
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 2003
Format: Paperback
Pages: 238
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The hilarious fifth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries--Will Mia attend the senior prom or not???

Mia Thermopolis (aka Princess Amelia Migonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo) has already won the hearts of millions of aspiring princesses. Girls will be overjoyed with this hilarious addition to their favorite series, which involves seven minutes in heaven, strikes, and Mia's mission to get asked to the senior prom.

Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Release Date: 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
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From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?