Teen Fantasy

What are you reading this summer? Here's some Teen Fantasy that Rita has recommended lately:

Nikki Beckett, who has just spent the past six months in the underworld having the life force sucked out of her by an immortal, has returned to the Surface for another six months before she's banished back to the underworld for eternity.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. They have trained all their life for the battle ahead because only one can inherit the crown and she must kill her sisters in order to do so.  A dark world of magic resides in this book with a touch of romance.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (eBook and eAudiobook)                                                                     In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. This novel is the first in a series.

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything, pairing everyone with best choice: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia when she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect! But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well? This is the first book in a trilogy. It’s The Hunger Games meets The Giver.

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien. This is the first book in an action-packed series of seven books.

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.  The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Shiverby Maggie Stiefvater (eBook and eAudiobook
Grace has always been intrigued by the wolves in the woods behind her house, but these aren’t normal wolves, they are lycanthropes. These werewolves don’t change with the full moon though, they spend winters as wolves, each year spending more and more time as wolves. There has always been one wolf that Grace has been drawn to more than any of the others, the one with yellow eyes, and when one day after an attack in the woods, Grace finds an injured boy on her porch she knows that it is her wolf. Sam has the same yellow eyes as her wolf. They quickly fall in love, however their love is faced with a ticking clock, when will Sam turn into a wolf forever? Told in alternating chapters this book has a rich mythology, romance and lots of dramatic tension.

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into Beauties where their only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or she will never become pretty at all. It soon becomes clear that the government is doing a lot more than just making people pretty. This is the first book in a series of four.