The Counterbalance (Ruling Magic Book 1) – Lissa Bolts

Mother can’t kill me. Not that she hasn’t tried.

I’m the heir to a modern-day magical dynasty, daughter of the most powerful mage in existence. From day one, Mother made it apparent that she never wanted me—never wanted an heir at all.

That’s why she’s forced me into the shadows, where I remain invisible. Nobody even knows what I truly look like. Locked away, I dream of ordinary things. You know. Friends. A boyfriend. A purpose for my existence… 

But I’ve got secrets too. Things she can’t find out. 

For years, I’ve watched her scheme to expand her grip on the mage world. Like a snake, she waits for the right moment to strike. If she succeeds, there will be deadly consequences.

As my powers grow, I think Mother and I have both come to the same conclusion. 

I might be the only thing that stands in her way.

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An Heir Comes To Rise – C.C. Peñaranda

In a clash of steel, a mortal body may fall. But in a clash of dreams, a powerful heir may rise.

A SWORD…

In the impoverished outer town of a kingdom where fae outrank humans, Faythe, an orphan with a talent for swordplay, knows the importance of keeping her head down around the fae patrol. She and best friend Jakon long for a better life, and her desire to swing her sword in combat may bring the purpose and coin she’s yearned for. 

A DREAM…

When she draws the attention of royal guard Nik, she soon learns that her mortal nature isn’t the only reason to remain out of sight. Nik is a Nightwalker, a silent assassin of the mind with the power to enter others’ dreams, and whether she trusts him or not, he’s about to awaken abilities in Faythe that shouldn’t exist in a human. Nightmarish abilities. Deadly abilities. Abilities that will teach Faythe blood really does run thicker than water…and if she doesn’t trust in higher powers soon, blood will run indeed.

AN HEIR…

For this is no battle Faythe can fight with steel. Within the city walls, suspicions are arising, and here in the outer town she has deeper bonds to protect. It seems everyone will die with a dark secret to tell, but what if one unlikely human girl was born harboring the darkest secret of all…?

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Lia Fail – Stone of Destiny (The Four Keys Book 3) – J.C. Lucas

A relentless evil. An impossible choice.

“Despite all the heartache, the injuries, the terror and the unknown, you forge ahead without hesitating. This is why you were meant to find the Keys.”

Andie expected everything to be the same when she and her team returned home from finding the second Key, but she didn’t realize she’d find herself in a nest of loss and unexplainable connections.

Now her world is crumbling. She must learn to be a leader and navigate the magical world without her best friends. Where everyone wants something from her—and an unbreakable bond shakes her to the core.

Time is running short and an army of darkness gathers, preparing to destroy the Fae and perhaps, even the human world.

Little does she know there is another player behind the scenes. An old evil is rising up, more powerful than anyone can imagine, and Andie is called to take up a path she had never thought possible, and that she never wanted…

PLEASE NOTE: This is book three in The Four Key series and is best read after books one and two. This is not a standalone novel.

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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Bennet couple have five marriageable daughters between the ages of 15 and 23. Getting them settled with a good marriage is the only hope the mother can have, knowing that her daughters will lose their meager fortune when their parents die.
The arrival of a rich young landowner, Charles Bingley, revolutionizes the small society of suitors. He is accompanied by Fitzwilliam Darcy, who soon gains a reputation for being distant and unfriendly. The presence of the two young people will be the trigger for a torrent of passions that will also reach Elizabeth Bennet, the center of the history.

Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's best known work. In its day it constituted an entire argument against the marriage of convenience and the social conventions that valued the value of women in the amount of their dowry. Through her protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, the writer showed for the first time what it meant to be an intelligent woman in a world ruled by men. Unlike her sisters, the protagonist of her story is a young woman determined to marry for love and not to safeguard her financial future. The arrogant Mr. Darcy crosses her path, with whom Elizabeth will establish a particular relationship, full of pride and prejudice, which will lead to the discovery of true love.

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The Curse and The Prince (Kingdom of Curses and Shadows Book 2) – Day Leitao

A troubled prince. 
A deadly curse. 
A mysterious cup.
And the power to save or doom the kingdom. 

Of course things didn’t go as planned at the Royal Games. When do things go as planned? 

Now Zora is on the run, and has to join a disgraced prince in order to retrieve a powerful magical artifact that might undo her valley’s curse. For the first time in her life, she has real hope for her people.  

Problem is, for the second time in her life, she’s falling for someone she shouldn’t. Finding a hidden object is hard enough on its own, she could do without the heart palpitations and lack of air. And she could certainly focus better without the constant memory of his lips on hers, his arms around her… Gaah! See? How can she avoid pursuers and decipher enigmatic writings when her brain has been turned to mush? Painful, hopeless mush. 

But the real trouble is that there’s more than one curse in the kingdom. And not enough objects or time to get rid of them all.  

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Elemental Outcast (Paranormal Outcasts Book 1) – Sean Fletcher

In this paranormal world, her death is just the beginning…

All I wanted for my seventeenth birthday was a fun night out. But when a knife-wielding psycho attacks my best friend, of course I try to stop him. 

Take it from me, a knife through the heart isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

Apparently, neither is death.

Instead of pearly gates, I wake up alive and ensnared in a witch’s curse with twelve paranormals known as the Outcasts—including the inhumanly beautiful, totally-hates-my-guts vampire Jasper. Supposedly, an ancient prophecy says the thirteenth Outcast will be the one to break our curse. 

That means me. Lucky number thirteen.

Between attempting to control my unstable new magic, figuring out what the deal is with broody Jasper, and learning more about the Outcast’s prophecy, it becomes clear that I’m a target. A dangerous paranormal knows about my connection to the prophecy and wants me dead. Only this time, dead means dead

There’s only one thing to do: I’ve got a destiny to fulfill. 

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The Calling (The Andovia Chronicles Book 1) – Tiffany Shand

Meet Nyx Ashwood; sentenced to death for supposedly murdering her foster father, saved by Darius Valeran—but why did he help her?

Nyx, a fae mind whisperer, has no idea she has magic. When Darius saves her from certain death, she knows there’s more than he’s telling her about herself, his motives, and his plans for her.

Darius is the son of the Archdruid; a position of privilege and power. Along with everyone else, he believed the mind whispers to be extinct. None have been seen in a generation after the Archdruid wiped them all out. Yet here is Nyx, living proof they’re not all gone. His brother believes Nyx is part of an ancient prophecy that could either save their world… or destroy it.

When a rift opens to the underworld, Darius realizes that Nyx might be the only one that can help him discover who opened it and why. Except not only does she not know she has powers, she has no control over them. But if they don’t work together, evil spirits and monsters will destroy their world.

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Dragon Rider (Rise of the Dragon Master Book 2) – Stephany Wallace

I have the gift of Dragon sight…

At first, I thought I was going crazy, but now I’m training among warriors in a world I’d never been. Except, I know it like the back of my hand.

Coming to Caelisium—the Sky Paradise—promised to reveal the truth about my parents and the ring’s power, but with Evie no longer by my side, I’m forced to search for answers on my own. With each secret I uncover, more questions arise. Was my illness ever real, or is it connected to this place? And did the Warlock King truly kill my father?

Falling for Braxton is a weakness I can’t afford…

Being abducted by Raithian revealed a bitter truth. The girl who wants Braxton, cannot become the queen my people need to end the war. I have lost so many, sacrificed too much to let my heart distract me from my duty.

Yet, our Dragons are pulled to him in an impossible way, causing some kind of reaction. Something else is happening to him, and I don’t know how to stop it. I thought Braxton would be safe here, perhaps I was wrong.

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The Strong & The Stolen (Gifted Fae Academy Book 3) – Brittni Chenelle

The Fae have fallen.

Our world isn’t what it used to be. Fae were once revered as saviors and now? Hated doesn’t even begin to describe it.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the elites no longer hold the power in Ancetol, the guy I love is in prison for life and my best friend? She disappeared without a trace—kidnapped—and I’ve made it my personal mission to save her.

To call my life complicated would be an understatement, but it gets worse when an old enemy resurfaces and threatens to slaughter the already tenuous peace in our city.

The strong have to rise, before life as we know it is stolen.

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The Brave & The Broken (Gifted Fae Academy Book 2) – Brittni Chenelle

When one of the four elite students of Gifted Fae Academy is murdered, it leaves the entirety of the student body feeling defeated... especially me.

A shocking declaration shatters the fragile peace the school has barely managed to maintain and brings the criminal organization dedicated to murdering Fae to the forefront of society. Their leader is identified--a traitor we believed to be one of our own.

With the only home I have left threatening to close its doors, I must prove where my loyalties lie. There is no such thing as trust within the walls of the legendary academy any longer. It's now student versus student. We're all hurt... all broken. The thirst for revenge is palpable, and there is no one who craves justice more than I do. But, no one is as conflicted as I am, either. Nothing is as it seems. The lies are too simple and the truth is far too complex. The more pieces of the puzzle that I uncover, the closer I get to the boy who broke us--who broke me.

Will I have what it takes to stop him before his plans come to fruition? Or will my hesitation cost me my life?

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Daughter of Darkness – Juliana Haygert

She is destined to kill a demon.
He is sent to protect her.
One of them is about to fail ...

He spent centuries in the dark ...

After 300 years spent in the underworld as a punishment, warrior Devon is called on by the gods for a chance to fix his mistake--and to win his redemption. But there's a catch: the gods won't tell him details about his mission. He's supposed to suffer while trying to figure out what he did wrong in the past, and fix it in the present.

All Kenna ever wanted was to be the owner of her own life and destiny. But for now all she can do is run away from the evil wanting to claim her powers.

 ... until she came ...

When Devon becomes unintentionally entangled in his new neighbor's life, he can't help but feel he's closer to his purpose. Every moment he spends with Kenna makes him confused, and every time he touches her, glimpses of the past, of his failed mission, come back to haunt him.

... and showed him the light.

Darkness is closing in, and with Kenna's help, Devon needs to put the pieces of the puzzle together before he fails his mission again and evil consumes the world.

Only this time, he's sure he won't be the only one damned.

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The Fae & The Fallen (Gifted Fae Academy Book 1) – Brittni Chenelle

My first kiss nearly killed me—literally

When 80% of the population is gifted with touch magic, it’s best to keep your hands—and your lips—to yourself. Especially if you’re an ungifted serf like I am. 

The problem is, the most dangerous guy at Gifted Fae Academy is the one I want to touch more than anything, even as I draw the attention of the school’s most gorgeous Apprentice Fae. 

When my entry exam leads to the revelation that I may not be as Ungifted as I previously believed… well… surviving until graduation might prove harder than I thought—particularly when a certain fatal touch may be worth the risk.

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