Young Eve takes her first breath in the Garden attended by her guardian, the beautiful, nurturing Serpent. Daily it teaches her about all of life, including the all-powerful Creator, God. When the Serpent finally takes her to meet God and Adam, the boy he teaches, Eve is fascinated. But when she questions God in order to understand more, God is annoyed, demanding that she obey unquestioningly. Eve and young Adam are instructed to come hear lessons from God about how to properly worship him. Eve's natural curiosity, nurtured by the Serpent, continues to anger the stern God. Impatient to see if his creations can properly procreate, God forces Adam on Eve in an ugly rape that devastates both Eve and Adam. The Serpent demands a six moon-cycle separation of the two, and during that time, Eve revels in the forays that she and the Serpent make outside of the Garden. When the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil grows as a result of Eve's travels, the Serpent carefully explains the consequences of disobeying God to Eve and Adam. Despite Eve's dark prophetic dreams, they choose freedom rather than unquestioning obedience to God and are expelled from the Garden.
YA FIC AND Anderson, Jodi LynnTiger Lily
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
YA FIC ARC Archer, LilyThe Poison Apples
We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. But have you ever heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller? Of course you haven't. Not yet. But here's something you should know. What these girls have in common with their fairy-tale sisters is this: They are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers. And they're not happy about it. They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely, rural Massachusetts. Here is where they will plot their revenge. But first, they have to meet. In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, unforgettable story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.
YA FIC ASH Ashton, BrodiEverneath
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen. As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.
YA FIC BAN Banks, AnnaOf Poseidon
Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.
YA FIC BAR Baratz-Logsted, LaurenCrazy Beautiful
Last year, Lucius Wolfe blew off his hands in a science experiment gone bad. Last year, Aurora Belle's mother died. Now both Lucius and Aurora are about to start sophomore year in a new school. On the very first day they meet, forming an instant connection. But high-school politics runs against the notion of the girl everyone wants to be around having anything to do with the boy no one wants to be around, the boy whose nickname is Hooks. Yet still, their connection deepens and the unlikely friendship grows. But there's another boy who likes Aurora, Jessup Tristan. Aurora doesn't return Jessup's affection as he would like and bad things start to happen. Aurora's father, the school librarian, is falsely accused of making improper advances against a female student, the daughter of the vice principal, and the rumor is spread that it was Lucius who fingered Mr. Belle. Can Lucius clear Mr. Belle's name, clear his own name, and finally win the girl?
YA FIC BAR Barnes, Jennifer LynnTattoo
Bailey Morgan isn't the type of girl who shows a lot of skin, but somehow, she ends up in a dressing room at the mall with her friend Delia applying a temporary tattoo to her lower back. Never one to suffer fashion doubt, trendsetter Delia knows exactly where she wants her own tattoo: on her stomach, right where her shirt ends-can you say 'midriff'? Annabelle, the quiet one, chooses the back of her neck, and tomboy Zo plasters hers on the top of her foot. The tattoos will last for three days, and Delia's sure that with them, the four friends will absolutely kill at the school dance. Unfortunately, killing is just what someone has in mind, and Bailey, Delia, Annabelle, and Zo are in for the battle of their lives. Along with her tattoo, each girl receives a gift-a supernatural power to help them in their fight. As Bailey's increasingly frightening dreams reveal the nature of their enemy, it becomes clear to the girls that it's up to them to save the world. And if they can get Delia to stop using her newfound power to turn gum wrappers into Prada pumps, they might actually stand a chance.
YA FIC BAR Barnes, Jennifer LynnFate
For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but as Plain Old Bailey, her life is falling apart. She’s got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn’t), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after high school graduation. Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she’s being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.
YA FIC BAR Barrett, TracyKing of Ithaka
Telemachos has a comfortable life on his small island of Ithaka, where his mother Penelopeia keeps the peace even though the land has been without its king, his father Odysseus, since the Trojan War began many years ago. But now the people are demanding a new king, unless Telemachos can find Odysseus and bring him home. With only a mysterious prophecy to guide him, Telemachos sets off over sea and desert in search of the father he has never known.
Tween & YA SF BAR Barron, T.AThe Lost Years of Merlin
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
Having stumbled upon his hidden powers, the young wizard Merlin voyages to the Otherworld in his quest to find himself and the way to the realm of the spirit.
Tween & YA SF BAR Barron, T.A.Fires of Merlin
Having voyaged to the Otherworld in his quest to find himself, the young wizard Merlin must face fire in many different forms and deal with the possibility of losing his own magical power.
Tween & YA SF BAR Barron, T.A.Child of the Dark Prophecy (Great Tree of Avalon v. 1)
Long ago, the great wizard Merlin planted the seed that would become the peaceful world of Avalon. Now, though, Avalon is suffering from mysterious droughts. Then the very stars begin to lose their light, and it seems that the Lady of the Lake's dire predictions are about to come true. The fate of Avalon now rests with Tamwyn, a wandering wilderness guide; Elli, an apprentice priestess; and Scree, a young eagleman. One of them is the true heir of Merlin, the only person who can save Avalon . . . and one of them is the dreaded child of the Dark Prophecy, fated to destroy it.
YA SF BAR Barron, T.A.The Shadows on the Stars (Great Tree of Avalon v. 2)
When young Tamwyn, determined to solve the mystery of the vanishing stars,seeks a vision in the mountains, he is confronted by a vision he never expected: From the place of the stars, dark shadows, omens of evil, are pouring out toward Avalon, posing a threat to the Great Tree’s very existence. Tamwyn and his loyal troupe must split up: Elli to rush to the Lady of the Lake, Scree to heal with the Eaglefolks, and Tamwyn to journey to the Heartwood of Avalon itself to discover the portal to the highest branches and confront the very powers of Darkness.
YA SF BAR Barron, T.A. The Eternal Flame (Great Tree of Avalon v. 3)
Avalon, the great tree world connecting the earth and the heavens, is about to be destroyed. The warlord Rhita Gawr is bent on conquest--and using an army of deathless warriors, a corrupted crystal, and a plague of arrogance and greed to succeed. Three unlikely heroes are Avalon's only hope. Tamwyn, the wilderness guide, must travel the secret pathway to the stars. Elli, the brave young priestess, must defeat a terrible sorcerer in a realm of utter darkness. And Scree, the eagleman, must lead his winged people to do what seems impossible . . .
Tween & YA SF BAR Barron, T.A. Merlin’s Dragon
When Basil the dragon discovers a terrible threat to his world and the wizard Merlin, he begins and epic journey from the Great Tree of Avalon to the outermost edge of the spirit realm to save Merlin-and finds a future as great as his heart.
Tween & YA SF BAR Barron, T.A.Doomraga’s Revenge (Merlin’s Dragon v. 2)
The most powerful dragon of all time, Basil, is the loyal friend of the great wizard Merlin. Together, they serve as courageous defenders of the mystical lands of Avalon-now threatened by a creature determined to pitch the realm into darkness.
Tween & YA SF BAR Barron, T.A.Ultimate Magic (Merlin's Dragon v. 3)
The dragon Basilgarrad leads the ultimate battle to save the land of Avalon, and finally must decide whether to obey his dear friend Merlin's request, even though it means giving up his powers as a warrior.
YA FIC BEN Bennardo, Charlotte & Natalie ZamonSirenz
Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up. Finding that delicate balance between their fashion addiction and their new part-time job in the eternal hellfire biz turns out to be harder than Meg and Shar expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there's the matter of the fine print in their own contracts...
Tween & YA SF BER Berry, Julie Amaranth Enchantment
Orphaned as a small child when her wealthy parents were killed in a carriage accident, Lucinda has grown to the age of 15 as the maidservant in her goldsmith uncle’s home, suffering abuse at the hands of his wife. Life changes quickly for Lucinda after her uncle dies when she attempts to complete an errand to return a strange glowing stone to a woman locally known as the Amaranth Witch. A street thief, the local Prince Charming, a goat with the manners of a loving dog, and an evil chief justice are among the characters who complicate and enrich Lucinda’s life as she discovers her own past and the otherworldliness of Beryl, the amaranth lady. Tamora Pierce fans will particularly appreciate Berry’s smoothly rendered first novel, where magic and historically accurate courtly rites are balanced with Lucinda’s maturing sense of independence, fate, and self.
YA FIC BLA Blake, KendareAntigoddess
Old Gods never die…Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health. Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath. The Goddess War is about to begin.
YA FIC BLA Blakely-Cartwright, SarahRed Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood is a gothic and frightening reimagining of this classic tale.
YA FIC BLO Block, Francesca LiaRoses & Bones
What happens when a girl finds herself at the crossroads between worlds—where the angels and ghosts, gods and demons, and beauties and beasts of myth are real? What does she do and who does she become? Tween & YA FIC BOO Booraem, EllenTexting the Underworld
Middle-schooler Conor O'Neill has a tendency to believe his grandfather's stories from Irish mythology and folklore despite the rest of his family's clear disdain for such tall tales. Teased for being afraid of everything, he is forced to face his greatest fears when a banshee shows up in his bedroom one night, looking to escort a family member to the underworld and earn her own mortality. The two become cautious friends as the banshee, named Ashling, decides to follow him to school with both humorous and disastrous consequences. When Conor makes the brave choice to head to the underworld and rescue a family member from death, he starts to respect himself.
After her father's death, Charlotte Miller, the eldest of two surviving daughters, becomes the owner and operator of Stirwaters, the family mill. Charlotte is determined not to let down her family or the entire village, which depends on the mill for its survival. As she diligently prepares for the upcoming mill season, a man from Pinchfields, a nearby industrialized mill, surprises Charlotte with an offer to buy Stirwaters and its prestigious label. The sale would leave the villagers without work and the family business in the hands of strangers. Charlotte adamantly refuses Pinchfields' offer and begins fixing up the aging mill in hopes of a productive season. During the repair process, a sign falls onto one of her workers, causing serious harm. Not only does her worker get injured but the repairs mysteriously undo right back the way they were. After these events, rumors of an age-old Stirwaters Curse buzz around Charlotte's ears. Even after Charlotte discovers that her father mortgaged the mill and that the mill's stall at the annual market has been revoked, Charlotte refuses to believe in any curses. When more mysterious problems arise, Charlotte makes a deal with a strange magical man to save the mill, bringing the family curse she so vehemently wants to disbelieve into the very center of her life.
YA FIC BUT Butcher, NancyBeauty
Princess Tatiana Anatolia, 16, knows that the only way to have her mother's love and attention is to be as physically unappealing as possible. Queen Veda of Ran cannot stand the thought that someone may be more beautiful than she. Ana does not bathe, her hair is raggedy and oily, her face is covered with blemishes, and she feeds off pastries and other unhealthy food, thus continuing to expand her rolls of flesh. The Queen's obsession drives her to a murderous plan. She invites all of the beautiful girls of the kingdom to attend a new, prestigious academy for young women. At the school, the students take a powerful drug guaranteed to make them more beautiful-and deathly ill. Ana discovers her true self and beauty as she saves those she cares about and stands up against her mother.
YA FIC CAB Cabot, MegAvalon High
Cabot (the Princess Diaries) brings the Arthurian legend to modern times in this clever novel. Ellie's parents are medieval studies professors on sabbatical in Annapolis, where Avalon High's senior class president tells her he feels a strange connection to her. Will seems like a golden boy, but Ellie soon hears strange rumors: Will's father had his best friend killed and married the man's wife, leaving Will with a troubled stepbrother. Plus, Ellie discovers Will's girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend. Readers will enjoy making the connections to the real Arthurian legend, puzzling out-as Ellie does-that girlfriend Jennifer is sort of like Guinevere, and Will's best friend, Lance, Lancelot. It will likely come as no surprise to readers when Ellie learns that Will's first name is really Arthur. But could it be true, as one teacher (and the Order of the Bear to which he belongs) believes, that Will is King Arthur reborn, destined to "lead the modern-day world out of the Dark Ages and into a new age of enlightenment"-unless his brother kills him? Ellie cannot deny the similarities in their stories, but she refuses to believe she is Elaine of Astolat (aka the Lady of Shalott), who killed herself over Lancelot. If that's the case, she thinks, why is she crushing on Will?
YA FIC CAB Cabot, MegAbandon
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld. YA FIC CAB Cabot, MegUnderworld
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn't dead. Not this time. But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey. Her captor, John Hayden, claims it's for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they've come back as Furies, intent on vengeance . . . on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves. But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there . . . and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies. And unless Pierce is careful, this time there'll be no escape.
YA FIC CAB Cabot, MegAwaken
Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let go. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves. But now her happiness -- and safety -- are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul. If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.
Tween & YA SF CAR Carey, Janet LeeDragon’s Keep
In 1145, on Wilde Island, Rosalind counts the days by the saints and once a week has her mother the queen trim the dragon claw that is the third finger of her left hand. Told in the first person, Rosie's story unfolds slowly. Her mother has kept Rosie's claw hidden from the dragon-ravaged populace, always wearing golden gloves so her daughter's will not be questioned. The dragon comes to feed as dragons do, and is slaughtered by Lord Godrick and his son Kye. The dragon's mate, however, comes to rescue his eggs and takes Rosalind as servant to tend them. Rose learns from the dragons, believing that the key to her birthright is found in the children's chant, "Bright fire. Dragon's fire. Broken sword. One black talon ends the war!" Wonderfully imagined dragon lore and an elegant backstory connection to the Arthur Pendragon legend are woven with rich strands of mother/daughter, child/nursemaid, friend/companion resonance, and the dark-skinned, blue-eyed half-Muslim Kye is a worthy hero.
YA SF CAR Carey, Janet LeeStealing Death
“I want that soul sack,” he said suddenly.
“What?” the witch asked around the scrap of meat she was chewing.
“I want it so no one I love will ever, ever, ever have to go inside again.”
“It’s not for mortal hands to have.” The witch spat out a bit of bone.
“You know magic. Give me the power to steal the sack.”
When fire steals his family from him, Kipp is left with only his little sister to protect as best he can, and he’s determined that death will not come to her–or to the girl he loves but can never approach. But who would dare to master death? As Kipp finds out, it’s complicated, and possession of the soul sack is no guarantee of success.