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Staff Picks - Gods and Monsters Teen Fiction

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Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Welcome to Ravka, where some are born Grisha: they practice the Small Science, manipulating matter at its most fundamental levels. Alina Starkov serves in Ravka’s army, but when her Grisha powers are discovered, she is plunged into a quest where light and dark,the fate of those she loves, and the whole of Ravka hang in the balance.
See also: Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising

City of Stairs
– Robert Jackson Bennett 
Once, the gods lived in the city of Bulikov — miracles abounded, and divine power blessed the inhabitants — but now, the city lies in ruins, shattered when the gods left. Shara Thivani is a diplomat sent to Bulikov to investigate a murder, but as she pursues the killer, she begins to suspect that the beings who ruled Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem.
See also:City of Blades, City of Miracles

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black
In a world ravaged by vampiric plague, the Coldtowns are quarantined cities where vampires live unhindered, feeding on willing human victims. Waking up after a party to find everyone dead excpet her infected boyfriend and a mysterious stranger, Tana must journey to the closest Coldtown to keep them all alive.

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black
In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, siblings Hazel and Ben used to pretend they were knights, protecting the mysterious boy who sleeps in the glass coffin in the woods, fighting cruel fae, and making faerie deals. But now Hazel and Ben are older, the boy no longer sleeps, and the fae have come to collect.

Plain Kate – Erin Bow
In a world full of magic and superstition, where witchcraft can get you killed, Kate the wood- carver’s daughter is so gifted at her craft that people begin to think she uses magic. On the run with her cat as a dangerous plague ravages the land, Kate makes a dangerous deal that traps her in a dark web of magic and revenge.

The Lost Gate – Orson Scott Card
Danny North grew up powerless in a family of powerful gods, whose abilities have waned
since the door to Westil, their home world, closed. When Danny is kidnapped by a rival family
of mages, it reveals unexpected truths about himself, his family, and Westil.
See also: The Gate Thief, Gatefather

City of Bones
– Cassandra Clare                                                                                                                                                Clary Fray witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Suddenly drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters,warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, Clary discovers there is more to her and the world she now inhabits than meets the eye.
See also: City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire

Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan
A centuries-long war has been raging between Kalyazin’s holy clerics, blessed with the power of the gods, and Trevanian blood mages. In this shadowy world of mysterious saints, three stories intertwine: a girl who can speak to gods, a boy with a monstrous secret, and a prince who must learn whom to trust.
See also: Ruthless Gods
Vita Nostra – Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
Sasha Samokhina has been accepted to the Institute of Special Technologies, a school of arcane, bizarre learning situated in a small town. Though the students are kept in line using terror and coercion, Sasha pushes past her fear, and begins to change in ways that defy physics and her understanding of the world.

– Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
On a distant island, day and night exist in fourteen-year cycles, and the islanders migrate south each sunset. It’s been twenty-eight years, and in the midst of preparations to leave, Marin and her brother Kana notice that their friend is missing — they rush to find him, but Night is falling...

Smoke and Summons – Charlie N. Holmberg
Sandis is the vessel for an ancient and powerful spirit, used by her master as a weapon alongside others who are able transform into monsters on command. Escaping from him, Sandis fights to stay one step ahead with the help of Rone, a thief with a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute a day.

And The Trees Crept In – Dawn Kurtagich
When Silla and her little sister Nori arrive at their aunt’s home in the woods, it’s immediately clear that ‘Blood Manor’ is cursed. As the trees creep ever closer, and Nori talks about a tall,eyeless man in the basement, Silla and Nori look for answers with the help of a mysterious boy who lives in the woods.

Hunter – Mercedes Lackey
Centuries ago, civilization was destroyed and a permanent rift opened up between our world and the Otherside, letting in monsters — some from mythology, some unlike anything anyone’s ever thought of, and some called Folk who want nothing better than to wipe out humanity. Joyeaux Charmand is a Hunter, who works with her Hounds to fight the monstrous Othersiders, and after being called from her mountain home to the capital city of Apex, realizes there is more wrong in her world than she thought.
See also: Elite, Apex

Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny
See also: Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart

Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
Stephanie Edgley inherits her unusual uncle Gordon's estate and is promptly attacked on her first visit to the property, then rescued by a walking, talking skeleton detective named Skuldggery Pleasant. The two join forces and set off to solve the crime in a series of magical escapades that foray through a world filled with creatures both ancient and evil.
See also: Playing With Fire, The Faceless Ones,Dark Days,Mortal Coil, Death Bringer, Kingdom of the Wicked, Last Stand of Dead Men, The Dying of the Light

– Matthew Laurence
In her prime, Sara Vanadi was Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death -but for an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers (and the power their prayers give) are painfully hard to find. But when a rising power threatens to remake the world by bending the divine to its will, Sara realizes her days of hiding have ended.
See also: Slay

Firebug – Lish McBride
Ava is a firebug: she can start fires with her mind. Also a reluctant assassin, when the magical mafia known as the Coterie ask her to kill a family friend, Ava refuses, and hits the road with her friends in order to figure out a way to break free.
See also: Pyromantic,
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer – Lish McBride
Accidental necromancer Samhain (Sam) Lacroix is dragged from his dead-end food-service job into a terrifying magical power struggle set in Seattle’s dangerous magical underground. With his friends — ghost Ashley, werewolf Brid, and a reanimated head Sam tries to stop a powerful enemy from using him for evil.
See also: Necromancing the Stone

Reign of the Fallen
– Sarah Glenn Marsh
In Karthia, where the dead are raised back to life, bodies shrouded to prevent them from transforming into the horrifying monsters known as Shades, Odessa is the royal necromancer; it’s her job to pull souls back from the dreamy shadow world of the Deadlands. As the number of Shade attacks in crease, Odessa discovers that someone is uncovering
bodies on purpose, and she and a fellow necromancer try and solve the mystery of who is creating the monsters, and why.
See also: Song of the Dead  

– Garth Nix (Hoopla/Overdrive/Libby)

Sabriel’s father is the Abhorsen, a necromancer whose duty is to make sure the dead stay dead and keep magic beyond the wall separating the modern kingdom of Ancelstierre from the dangerous and wild Old Kingdom. When the Abhorses is trapped trying to contain an ancient evil, Sabriel must leave school with her mysterious cat Mogget (who may or may not be a powerful spirit) and journey into the heart of the Old Kingdom to free him.
See also: Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel, Goldenhand

Beasts made of Night – Tochi Onyebuchi
In the walled city of Kos, mages call forth the transgressions of sinners in the form of lethal sin-beasts that are then slain by the mages’ aki, their indentured servants. Taj is the most talented of the aki, but his livelihood comes at a terrible cost: when he kills a beast, a tattoo appears on his skin while the guilt of the sin appears on his mind.
See also:Crown of Thunder

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
A horrific family tragedy sets Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children may have been dangerous, quarantined on a deserted island for good reason, and somehow— impossible though it seems — they may still be alive.
See also: Hollow City, Library of Souls, A Map of Days, The Conference of the Birds

Mistborn: The Final Empire
– Brandon Sanderson (Overdrive/Libby)
On the world of Scadrial, the tyrannical Lord Ruler holds divine power, ash falls perpetually, and magic takes three forms: Allomancy, where the use of different metals confers various powers; Feruchemy, in which the same metals are used to store powers for later use; and darkly twisted Hemalurgy. The thief Kelsier is an Allomancer who takes orphan Vin under his wing, training her to help him overthrow the Lord Ruler.
See also: The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab (Hoopla)
Kate Harker and August Flynn are heirs to two sides of a divided city at war with itself, and the violence has begun to breed actual monsters: the flesh-eating Malchai, blood-drinking Corsai, and soul-stealing Sunai. As the two struggle against their parents and the divisions that plague their bloody city, they grow closer in defiance of their families’ rules.
See also: Our Dark Duet

Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd
17-year-old Anouk is enslaved to the witch Madame Vittora; she is a Beastie, an animal enchanted to live as a human. Wrongly accused of murdering the Madame, Anouk and her Beastie friends are thrust into the dark, opulent world of the Haute, Paris’ magical underground, as they look for the real killer.
See also: Midnight Beauties

Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou is a lovely, enigmatic art student by day, but a runner for the demon who raised her by night. When the monsters she sees as family begin to be locked out of their world, she and beautiful, haunted Akiva race to uncover centuries-old secrets and the angelic war that created them.
See also:Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Strange the Dreamer
– Laini Taylor
The mythical city of Weep was lost hundreds of years ago, but Lazlo Strange, war orphan
and junior librarian, is obsessed with finding it. But what Lazlo finds may not be what he
expects; Weep is real, and the cursed city hides secrets and revelations beyond imagining.
See also: Muse of Nightmares

The Boneless Mercies
– April Genevieve Tucholke
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade, so when she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, she and the Mercies decide to take up a new trade:monster hunting.

Orphans of Chaos – John C. Wright
Five orphans are raised in a strict boarding school, but none are what they appear: Amelia is a fourth-dimensional being; Victor is a synthetic man who can control matter; Vanity can make passages through reality; Colin is a psychic; and Quentin is a warlock. As the students experiment with their powers, they realize their school is staffed by inter-dimensional beings,
Greek gods, witches, and monsters, and that they are being held prisoner for reasons they fight to discover.
See also: Fugitives of Chaos, Titans of Chaos

The Monstrumologist: William James Henry
– Philip Yancey
In 1888, Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters. When they discover a rare monster that signals the presence of a nearby breeding ground, Will and the doctor must face a horror that will overtake New England if not contained.
See also: The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood,The Final Descent