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Escape into these awesome books over Spring Break!

It’s Spring Break, and I know that my first instinct is to find somewhere far away to escape and forget my life for a few days. Sometimes that’s not possible, and even if it is, I want to have options! Here are a few great books that will take you somewhere you’ve probably never been.

 

Venture to sunny Southern California in Pasadena by Sherri Smith. Jude is convinced that it wasn’t an accident that led to her best friend floating dead in a swimming pool. Now everyone’s a suspect, and Jude is making so many waves that she might drown.

 

 

Or get away to 16th Century England, but better. In My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, history gets a little help by mixing in shape-shifters with its romance, palace intrigue, and assassination attempts. This alternate history is as hilarious as it is exciting.

 

 

You could also escape the hustle and bustle in small town Henrietta, Virginia in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. You can enjoy its picturesque hills, peaceful countryside, and quaint private school, Aglionby Academy. There’s also a house full of psychics, an ancient buried king, prophesies of kisses and death, murderous teachers, and a magical forest with trees that speak Latin. Maybe not as tranquil as it first seems…

(Note: This is one of the best audiobooks. If you’re an audiobook skeptic, this will probably convert you.)

 

Of course, staying firmly planted in the every-day is always an option. In If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a pretty big secret. When she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

 

 

 

And if even staying in the present is too dull for you, take a trip back tothe ’80s in the graphic novel Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan. Four 12-year-old girls, earning extra cash at early-morning newspaper delivery, end up embroiled in the middle of an inter-dimensional war. Futuristic weapons and unintelligible languages and dinosaurs all mash together in this exciting and original comic that will help get you through between seasons of Stranger Things.

8 New Fantasy Novels for Teens

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Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

YA PURDIE, K.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor of Riaznin. But in a palace of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself. When threats of revolution pit Emperor Valko against his younger brother Prince Anton, Sonya must choose which brother to trust.

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Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

YA EGAN, C.

Possessing an ability to hide on the edge of perception, Julia conceals her talents in a city where magic is banned and poses as a grand lady’s housemaid alongside an eccentric band of fellow housemates who have ties to a powerful killer.

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

YA SKYE, E.

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are the only enchanters in Russia, and when the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threaten to attack, the tsar wants a powerful enchanter by his side, and as an advisor for the prince, Pasha. He initiates the Crown’s Game, a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become his Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. For Vika and Nikolai, the game is a chance of a lifetime, but they come to realize that their growing regard for each other makes the game impossible to win. And as long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes increasingly clear to them that the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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Ruined by Amy Tintera

YA TINTERA, A.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined–completely lacking any magic–she is determined to get revenge by infiltrating the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed.

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

YA BRENNAN, S.

In this near-future retelling of the Dickens classic “A Tale of Two Cities,” a deadly revolution breaks out in a New York City divided by light and dark magic.

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

YA CHOKSHI, R.

Treated with scorn and fear in her father’s kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.

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The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

YA REDWINE, C.

In this retelling of Snow White follows the adventures of Lorelai, an exiled princess who is being pursued by a magic-wielding prince serving as the personal huntsman for evil queen Irina, who has charged him with bringing her Lorelai’s heart.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

YA HAMILTON, A.

Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan’s army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji…and herself.

 

11 Teen Novels to Read If You Like Stranger Things

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The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

YA JOHNSON, C.

A gifted pianist discovers that she and the mysterious boy she’s falling for are part of an alternate world made from dark matter, and in a race of love against fear, she must somehow save her life without losing herself.

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The Taking by Kimberly Derting

YA DERTING, K.

The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on–her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend–but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had… but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

YA BROCKMANN, S.

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid joins her best friend Cal, Dana, a girl with supernatural abilities, and Dana’s friend Milo on a quest to rescue young Sasha from the Organization that kidnapped her because, according to Dana, Sky and Sasha both have special abilities, too.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

YA BRACKEN, A.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.

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The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

YA WASSERMAN, R.

After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the 5 witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

YA RIGGS, R.

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
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The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

YA KURTAGICH, D.

Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

YA KIERNAN, C.

After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. Itʹs there that the ghost appears, a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see whatʹs happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next, within the Grey.

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YA MY HENRY, A.
Told from various viewpoints, Gabie and Drew set out to prove that their missing co-worker Kayla is not dead, and to find her before she is, while the police search for her body and the man who abducted her.
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YA BRAY, L.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.