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Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: 01/10/2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
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In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are both feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.

Feared by the court and shunned by those her own age, the darkness of her Grace casts a heavy shadow over Katsa’s life. Yet she remains defiant: when the King of Lienid’s father is kidnapped she investigates, and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap the old man, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced man whose fighting abilities rivalled her own?

The only thing Katsa is sure of is that she no longer wants to kill. The intrigue around this kidnapping offers her a way out – but little does she realise, when she takes it, that something insidious and dark lurks behind the mystery. Something spreading from the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king...

Title: In the Hand of the Goddess
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 252
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Alanna, disguised as a boy, becomes a squire to none other than the heir to the throne. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend - and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a vicious sorcerer threatens the prince's life, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him, even at the risk of surrendering her dreams.

Title: Incurable
Author: John Marsden
Series: The Ellie Chronicles #2
Genre: YA War
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 246
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Ellie Linton is a survivor.

Survival is an art form. Ellie is a survivor because she's honest, loyal and incurably brave.

And sometimes she's lucky.

What happens to survivors when their luck runs out? If they're incurably brave, they have a problem.

Title: Lady Knight
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Protector of the Small #4
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Bluefire
Release Date: 2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
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Kel has finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a knight. But it’s not turning out as she imagined at all. She is torn between a duty she has sworn to uphold and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of war. . . .

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens
Release Date: 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 698
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The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Title: Letters From the Inside
Author: John Marsden
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 1994
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
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When Tracey and Mandy first became pen pals, they never guessed that they would soon discover the darkest secrets of each other's troubled lives.

Title: Lexicon
Author: Max Barry
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Release Date: 25/06/2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
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Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died. Few people know what really happened. Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love.

Title: Melting Stones
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Emelan #10
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
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New York Times bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce returns to the world of the Circle of Magic Quartet.
 
Evvy, a young stone mage in training, is accompanying her mentor, Rosethorn, and another dedicate from Winding Circle while they investigate mysterious happenings on the island of Starns. Her job is to listen and learn, but, being Evvy, she can't just keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the rock being she befriended at her home in Yanjing, Evvy discovers the source of the problem — a long-dormant volcano. Now she and her friends must save the islanders from impending disaster — if only Evvy can use her talents to avert the certain destruction that looms ahead.

Title: Mia Goes Fourth
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #4
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release Date: 2002
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
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Princess Mia Thermopolis's Royal Resolutions: 

I will stop biting my fingernails.
I will be kinder to everyone, even cheerleaders.
I will spend every waking moment thinking about Michael Moscovitz!


Mia's back from her first royal trip to Genovia. Now she's ready for what's really important: her love life.

Mia and Michael are finally an item, but Grandmere seems to have other plans. Just before the happy couple's first hot date, an unmissable royal engagement turns up. Could it be that Michael; doesn't measure up - and that (please not!) Grandmere's got someone else in the mind for Princess Amelia Mignoette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

Title: Mortlock
Author: Jon Mayhew
Genre: Childrens Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
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The sister is a knife-thrower in a magician's stage act, the brother an undertaker's assistant. Neither orphan knows of the other's existence. Until, that is, three terrible aunts descend on the girl's house and imprison her guardian, the Great Cardamom. His dying act is to pass the girl a note with clues to the secret he carries to his grave.

Title: Nomad
Author: R.J. Anderson
Series: Swift #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 02/01/2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
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Exiled from her underground home by Betony, the jealous queen of the piskeys, Ivy sets out to make a new life for herself in the world above – a quest that leads her to mystery, adventure, and a hoard of spriggan treasure. But a deadly poison still lingers in the Delve, and Ivy cannot bear to see her people dying under Betony’s rule.

With the help of some old friends she sets out to warn the piskeys of their danger, urging them to rise up and free themselves before it is too late. Yet Betony will not give up her kingdom without a fight... and when her evil threatens the friends and family Ivy holds most dear, it will take all Ivy’s courage, daring and determination to save them.

The eagerly-awaited sequel to Swift – from bestselling author, R. J. Anderson

Title: Obernewtyn
Author: Isobelle Carmody
Series: Obernewtyn Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy Dystopia
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: 2007 (orig. 1987)
Format: Paperback
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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. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land.

Sent to the remote mountain institution of Obernewtyn where escape is impossible, she must throw off her safe cloak of concealment and pit herself against those who would resurrect the terrible forces of the apocalypse

Only then will she learn most truly who and what she is.

Title: Page
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Protector of the Small #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
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Kel fights to maintain the rigorous regimen of a page while confronting the prejudices that come with being a female in a man’s world and coping with a crush on her closest friend, Neal.

Title: Phoenix Awakens
Author: Eliza Nolan
Series: The Phoenix (#1)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: 12/10/2015
Format: eArc
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A paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret society for control of ancient magic. 

Julia never believed in magic.

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was a Phoenix — part of a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she's discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

But the Phoenix Society wants Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

Can Julia uncover the truth behind her connection to Graham? How far will Julia go in order to save Graham and stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?

Title: Princess Ben
Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
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Catherine Gilbert Murdock's talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.

Benevolence is not your typical princess. With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle's highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben's private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?

Title: Pure
Author: Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia
Publisher: Headline
Release Date: 07/06/2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 461
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We know you are here, our brothers and sisters. We will, one day, emerge from the Dome to join you in peace. For now, we watch from afar, benevolently.

Pressia Belze has lived outside of the Dome ever since the detonations. Struggling for survival she dreams of life inside the safety of the Dome with the 'Pure'.

Partridge, himself a Pure, knows that life inside the Dome, under the strict control of the leaders' regime, isn't as perfect as others think.

Bound by a history that neither can clearly remember, Pressia and Partridge are destined to forge a new world.

Title: Sixsational
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #6
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 2005
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
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Princess for president!
Student body president, that is -- nominated by her power-mad best friend, Lilly. This is not how Mia imagined kicking off her sophomore year, but as usual, she has bigger problems to worry about, like Geometry. And now that Mia's one true love, Michael, is uptown at college, what's the point of even getting up for school in the morning? But the last straw is what Lana whispers to her on the lunch line about what college boys expect of their girlfriends. . . . Really, it's almost more than a princess in training can bear!

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters (#1)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: 05/04/2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
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First, Callie lost her parents.

Then she lost her home.

And, finally, she lost her body.

But she will stop at nothing to get it back...

Title: Take Two
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #2
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: 2001
Format: Paperback
Pages: 213
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Just when Mia thought she had the whole Princess thing under control... Things get out of hand, fast! There's the havoc of the interview's aftermath and her dreaded princess lessons at the Plaza. Plus an unexpected announcement from her mother and intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer. Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.

What's an heir to the royal throne to do?

Title: The Da Vinci Code
Author: Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon #2
Genre: Adult, Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Corgi
Release Date: 01/03/2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 608
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Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vaults of history.