Phantom Assassin (Darkling Penitentiary Book 1) – Stephany Wallace

Tonight, I killed the Queen of the Starlight Faeries… my grandmother.

I am Zeneviève, the Starlight Princess, and with one glance you’d think nothing else of me, yet there’s another side that no one knows. From the age of five I’ve secretly trained in the dark arts, foreseeing that one day I would be summoned by the God of the Realms.

So, when a burning rose appears on my pillow, I know I’ve been chosen.

Accepting my new purpose means losing the only family I’ve ever known, earning a one-way ticket to Darkling Penitentiary. Nevertheless, my mission is bigger than all of us. But there is one obstacle I didn’t anticipate, the monster who rules the prison, and in order to fulfill my destiny I’ll have to eliminate him.

The issue? He appears to be the only creature immune to my deadly light.

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The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) – Brandon Sanderson

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Only he's not just planning the greatest heist in history, he's plotting the overthrow of a divine despot. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks like a long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

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Emerald’s Fracture (Isles of Stone Book 1) – Kate Kennelly

Her worst nightmare. His dark past. Can they save their people? A deadly epidemic devastates Whitestrand city.

Healer Natalie Desmond must unravel the disease’s secrets before it spreads. Lives are on the line—among them, her beloved family.

In the wake of an injury, Healer Jules Rayvenwood can no longer use Healing magic. Reluctantly, he works with a former student, Natalie, to regain his abilities. It’s a tough pill to swallow for someone once so gifted in his profession.

Ordered to fight the epidemic as a team, Natalie and Jules must make their partnership work—or face the disastrous consequences.

Will Natalie and Jules save their people in time?

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Unwritten & Rewritten – Tara Gilboy

Twelve-year-old Gracie Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read. When she was a baby, her parents learned that she was supposed to die in the story, and with the help of a magic book, took her out of the story, and into the outside world, where she could be safe. But Gracie longs to know what the story says about her. Despite her mother’s warnings, Gracie seeks out the story’s author, setting in motion a chain of events that draws herself, her mother, and other former storybook characters back into the forgotten tale. Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she’ll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy tale ending.

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Olympian Reckoning (Olympian Challenger Book III – Astrid Arditi)

Even in a world of mythology and stories, fairytales don't know always come true.

By releasing the Olympians, Hope took a reckless bet. But she must face the odds and play to win, for her sake...as well as humanity's.
Aided by her friends and allies -- old and new -- Hope crafts the trap meant to ensnare the gods, while striving to survive this dangerous game.

She once championed the Olympian gods. Now, she must challenge them.

Read Olympian Reckoning now to discover the ending to Hope's heroic journey!

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Olympian Heritage (Olympian Challenger Book II – Astrid Arditi)

A newly-crowned Greek heroine. An impossible search for eternal life.
If her godly quest succeeds, she may just doom humanity.
Hope always kept her feet on the ground until she started flying with the Greek gods. After being crowned the new heroine of Olympus, she’s become her own myth and legend. But when the gods give Hope a challenge to find the goddess of eternal life, she’s caught in a deadly dilemma.

As she travels back to the earthly realm to fulfill her mission, Hope knows that carrying out her task would sacrifice humanity.
But when she discovers her own mysterious legacy, her choices become that much more complicated.

Olympian Heritage is the second book in the Olympic Challenger series of YA urban fantasy trilogy that fans of Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins are sure to devour.
If you like heroic quests, riveting action, Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.

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Olympian Challenger (Olympian Challenger Book I – Astrid Arditi)

A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?

Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.

Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…

As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.

Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.

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To Kill A Fae (The Dragon Portal Book I) – Jamie A. Waters

The darkness holds more than just secrets...

Marked for death, Sabine escaped from her home more than ten years ago.

But the Wild Hunt will never give up.

It should have been easy to stay hidden. All Sabine had to do was keep her head down, avoid telling anyone about her past, and above all else -- not let her glamour drop.

Even the best-laid plans eventually fall apart.

When a charismatic stranger arrives in the city, Sabine finds herself unwittingly drawn to him and the power she can sense hidden within him. Keeping her distance is nearly impossible, especially after a life debt is called due and she’s tasked into helping steal a rare artifact.

In order to break the magical barriers protecting the item and save her companions, Sabine will be forced to drop her glamour and reveal her true identity.

Unfortunately, the Fae aren’t the only ones hunting her.

And the most dangerous monsters aren’t always confined to the dark.

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Within Magic (Portals to Whyland Book 3) – Day Leitao

Magic has never been as dangerous.

Troubled by dreams of Sian in danger, Karina opens a new portal. But instead of going to Whyland, she breaks the defenses against Lumina, an ethereal city with advanced and dangerous magic. Not only that, she ends up powerless, alone, and without any awareness of her magic, trapped in a strange land where not even her mind is safe

Sian has an impossible task: defeat the gigantic Maris king. A victory doesn't mean a ticket home, though. In his struggle, he'll come across magic more powerful than he ever imagined

Intruders in Whyland force Cayla and Darian to go to the Light Gardens, where more truths and secrets are about to be revealed.

Stranded across dimensions, how will these characters come together again?

Get immersed in this action-packed, emotional conclusion to Portals to Whyland, recommended for teens 13 and up. 

You'll find adventure, romance, intrigue, revelations, and magic. Start reading it now!

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Spell Speakers (Portals to Whyland Intro Novella) – Day Leitao

He was raised to resist them. Now he has to join them.

14-year-old Darian was raised in an isolated village in Whyland, among people who resisted the oppression of the King and his army. When his life takes a tragic turn, he ends up living in the King’s castle, forced to train in the military academy, closer to his enemies than he has ever dreamed. His only solace is Cayla, a girl he befriends at the castle, who helps him smile and feel whole again, with whom he slowly falls in love, whose identity he ignores at his own peril. 

But the castle holds more dangers than expected. Darian has to thread carefully if he wants use his position to help Whyland find freedom and remain alive. 

Spell Speakers is a coming-of-age fantasy novella introducing characters featured in the upcoming series Portals to Whyland

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Kissing Magic (Portals to Whyland Book 2) – Day Leitao

Kiss him. Don't fall in love.

Break a spell with a kiss. Karina has heard and seen enough weird stuff for this request to sound legit.

At 16, Karina has a shot at adventure—and an odd first kiss—when she's called to Whyland, a kingdom in another dimension, to save Sian.
Sian. Last time she saw him, they were in opposite sides. Still, other than trying to take the kingdom for very selfish reasons and keeping her friend hostage, he was pretty nice. And he sent her a book. Maybe he's not that bad. Well, she’s not going to leave him enchanted just because he was a greedy jerk some months ago. And it's not like kissing him is some kind of torture. Far from torture. Still, Karina's smart enough not to fall in love—or at least to tell herself not to.
But it turns out that risking a broken heart is the smallest of her problems. As an ancient darkness rises in Whyland, Karina will have to take a stand—and face more dangers than she’s ever expected.

If you like romantic fantasy and adventure with snarky and witty characters, you'll have a great time reading Kissing Magic. This is book 2 in Portals to Whyland but you can jump straight into it without having read book 1. This novel is recommended for readers 13 and older.

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Step into Magic (Portals to Whyland Book 1) – Day Leitao

Not special. Not chosen. But she's got magical shoes.

14-year old Karina doesn’t know what she wants, but knows what she’s found—fascinating silver shoes. Fascinating, dangerous, and potentially evil. On the upside, they do bring cool visitors. When a princess invites her to go to Whyland and save her kingdom, of course she accepts. There’s that little “let’s destroy the shoes” detail she’s not crazy about, but hey, free trip, alternate world.
But Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself—if she figures out how. 
To make matters worse, as much as the princess is fierce, determined, and brave, she'll jeopardize everything just to reconnect with her boyfriend, almost boyfriend, or whatever. And that might just be their doom.

Step into Magic is a fun YA portal fantasy adventure. If you like books with strong heroines, friendships between girls, subtle romance, and some mystery, you've found your book.

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