Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Nikki Kill has synesthesia, a rare disorder that causes her senses to overlap. In Nikki’s case, she sees colors tied to specific emotions in her environment. So when the number of a popular, uber-rich girl she barely knows pops up on her phone in orange (the color of emergencies) the night she’s nearly beaten to…

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The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

The Cane family embodies dysfunction: an absent military father, a depressed mother who self-medicates, and five daughters left to fend for themselves. Each of the sisters struggles with their own demons, including the oldest with a biting temper and the middle sister, Mona, the narrator and a fifteen-year-old alcoholic. But the family shares a mutual…

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Frankenstein family hires Elizabeth Lavenza to befriend their toxic, unhinged son, Victor. Abused and penniless as a child, Elizabeth soon realizes that to survive, she must manage Victor’s temper and psychotic behavior. But she is hardly the victim. Elizabeth is a nuanced, morally gray character who makes difficult decisions, knowing her survival depends on…

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Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

The unnamed, fifteen-year-old narrator of Go Ask Alice accidentally takes LSD that someone slipped into her drink at a party. For the next two years, we follow her very rapid descent into drug use, promiscuity, and sexual abuse. She has several failed attempts to clean up, but can’t seem to return to her “normal life.” The…

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The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn

Arman is a self-loathing high school senior who’s been heavily medicated for as long as he can remember. So when a mysterious man named Beau invites him to leave his meth-head stepdad, find enlightenment, and live up to the potential no one else can see, Arman eagerly accepts. Beau’s compound, nestled in the mountains of…

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

In the not-so-distant future, aliens unleash a series of catastrophes (waves) to Earth in order to ready it for occupation. During the 4th wave, Cassie Sullivan is separated from her brother. So as the fifth and final wave begins, she is desperately trying to reconnect with him when she meets the mysterious Even Walker, who…

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Celia and Marco are bound together in a decades-long, magical game. Unfortunately, they were chosen as children, had no choice in the matter, don’t know the rules, and aren’t sure how to win. Their shadowy benefactors give them only vague guidance. The venue for this game is Le Cirque De Reves, a circus that opens…

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Being a cyborg means Cinder is a talented mechanic who can tell when people are lying, but it also means she’s a second-class citizen in this sci-fi fairy tale reboot complete with an evil stepmother who resents her, two stepsisters, and of course, a prince. The backdrop to Marissa Meyer’s dystopian retelling is a plague-infested…

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(Don’t you) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Gardnerville is a magical town where no one gets sick and everyone has a long life. Every fourth year, teenagers go on a killing spree with their newly developed super powers. Then there’s the ominous reformatory at the heart of Gardnerville that claims to help the town’s troubled youths. And on top of all this,…

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Following his grandfather’s mysterious death, Jacob follows clues the old man left him to an abandoned orphanage on a remote Welsh island. There, he meets a band of children and their headmistress who have “peculiar” abilities ranging from invisibility to levitation to shape shifting. Eerie vintage photographs are interspersed throughout the book, however, there’s very…

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