August 22, 2023

Visions of Destiny

Edward Lipinski’s novel poses the intriguing question: what if you could see the future?

Visions of Destiny centers on Henry Gainsvort, who appears to be a typical boy growing up in Jersey City. But then, Henry starts seeing visions of things that later happen.

Henry’s first prediction is of a car crash, which happens in […]

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August 15, 2019

Between Wild and Ruin

Jennifer G. Edelson’s Between Wild and Ruin is a page-turning, young adult paranormal romance.

The story centers on Ruby, nearly 18, who has moved to La Luna, New Mexico with her aunt to repeat her senior year because of the tailspin she went into after her mother’s untimely death in Santa Monica, California.

In between […]

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December 17, 2018

I See You…

This young adult paranormal thriller combines all the right elements: friendly ghosts, vicious demons, a high school setting with rival cliques, clueless adults, and a psychically gifted girl and boy at the story’s center.

Sixteen-year-old Kat undergoes a life-changing event after getting hit by a truck. While hospitalized, she sees ghosts floating through the hallway […]

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December 10, 2018

Etty Steele: Vampire Hunter

Etty Steele, the scrappy 10-year-old budding vampire hunter and protagonist of this wittingly engaging novel, is a welcome addition to the bloodthirsty literary fantasy world.

Etty and her best friend (given the unfortunate name of April Showers) each are coming into their own alter-ego powers. Etty is a vampire hunter and the youngest in a […]

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October 8, 2018

Awchewa: Awakening to Swan Medicine

In Nita Bauer’s first novel, self-conscious Katie, 15, goes to stay with her eccentric grandmother after experiencing unsettling visions and voices, and discovers that she’s a descendant of the Oklahoma-based Tonkawa clan of the Tickawanic tribe—and that she holds the key to subduing a restless spirit.

Overwhelmed by premonitions, and by an apparently […]

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October 8, 2018

Slaying a Harpy: Tales of Curtis Hall

In the second book in L.A. Matthies’s young adult book series, a group of friends join forces with their new vampire companions to combat an evil Harpy bent on destroying the immortal bloodsuckers.

Besides studying standard academia at an elite school, students Tristen, Billy, Sasha, and other friends have their hands full as […]

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November 7, 2016

The Angel of the Mansion

Victoria Rich’s novel about a young woman’s descent into a world of bizarre ritual and dark enlightenment offers a stylish fusion of supernatural mysticism, horror, mystery, and romance.

Anis is a stunningly beautiful 18-year-old fashion model residing in Manhattan. She seems to be living a charmed life, but after she is brutally attacked on a […]

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June 13, 2016

15 Stitches

Essentially a paranormal romance, this debut novel—presumably for young adult readers—has a decided Twilight feel to it. Steeped in adolescent angst and set largely on the grounds of a private school near Philadelphia, the storyline revolves around a girl named Harmony, who, after overcoming the horrific experience of being raped, is struggling to regain her […]

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April 14, 2014

Ethics of the Undead

The various iterations of teen vampires in fiction have taken so many forms that a website recently spoofed the genre by writing about vampires who were actually Yorkshire terriers. What’s even weirder than that? How about a charter school for Libertarian vampires? Ethics of the Undead fills that void splendidly, and does so with equal […]

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