Best fantasy and magic academy books

Best fantasy and magic academy books

This summer I’ve spent a lot of time on the couch reading, and here are some of my favorites.

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Coming soon!

I’m currently working on book two of our new magic academy series, “Academy of Falling Kingdoms.”

 

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What about you – what are you reading?

 

15 YA dystopian books for teens who loved Hunger Games and Divergent

15 YA dystopian books for teens who loved Hunger Games and Divergent

Golden Shears has been giving me grief but I’m getting closer to the end… however I’m really excited about my next three projects, which are all dystopians.

Taste: kind of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Hunger Games…
Selfie: an apocalyptic thriller where an smart phone app can alter our appearance (and melt flesh off bones)
Prescient: a time travel, post apocalyptic adventure… with zombies (part one is out already but I need to finish it).

Those will all be series, and I actually have THREE MORE dystopian series mapped out for later. I also want to write some more mainstream vampire/werewolf stuff… but I think all my stories will have world-ending consequences, so maybe that’s why this genre appeals to me most (plus, revolution!).

Anyway, in the meantime, I made a list of 14 other dystopian novels from friends of mine – a bunch of them are on sale for 99cents today, so check them out!

 

influence dystopian fiction for teens

“Exciting! Captivating! Couldn’t put it down!” ★★★★★

If you could manipulate reality, would you?

Seventeen-year-old Kaylin has been on the run, hiding her untapped abilities for six years, but rescuing a mysterious guy risks exposing the depths of her power. The manipulative sector groups hunt her kind. Life has never been easy, but resisting is even harder. This harsh, new world will no longer allow her to remain hidden.

In a future where greed and corruption has torn society apart; these relentless sector groups prey on powerful youths to mold the populace to expand their reach. Young people with the ability to shift the mindset of others are high-value targets. War is waging to expand and control this new world. Influencers, as they’re called, hold the key to humanity’s future.

Will fighting back cost Kaylin everything?

Get Influence on Amazon now!

 

 

Glitch dystopian fiction for teensOn the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving. 

In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the Artificial Intelligence’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind:

“It’s all my fault.”

Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm. Now she’s thrown out, Lib will be forced to team up with another Glitch, Raj, and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the A.I. and change the Norm for the better.

Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose—whether to go with striking loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she’s carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to sa

Get Glitch on Amazon now!

 

 

Block out thoughts.
Talia Lyons has one goal at the McDonough School for the Talented: learn to use her Talent as a Mental Manipulator to kill the man who murdered her parents.
Block out pain.
She’ll deal with anything. The brutal physical demands. The emotional toll. Whatever it takes to reach her objective.
Block out friendship.
With only one year left in the program, though, seventeen-year-old Talia is suddenly finding it harder than ever to ignore the rest of her life.
Block out love.
Even worse, she can’t seem to turn off her psychic connection to her first love…or quit thinking about her fascinating new teammate.
Feel only vengeance.
Ian Crane. The man who destroyed Talia’s life. The one she’s determined to eradicate.
Now focus.
It’s time to kill.

Get Talented on Amazon now!

 

 

There will come a day… when love will mark you as a traitor.
In a society where emotions are nothing and function is everything, Avlyn Lark is just trying to blend in. She’s lucky to be alive, unlike her twin brother Ben who died when they were four. And she’s lucky to have been taken from her biological parents and assigned to a Level Two family. But mastering her emotions? That’s a problem, especially when a rebel bomb blows up a building right in front of her.

Then on Configuration Day, Avlyn’s official transition to adulthood, she starts seeing strange visions. And instead of being placed with a low-level tech company where she could hide away, she’s hired by Genesis Technologies the government firm that monitors every citizen.  Now, instead of blending in, Avlyn fears she’ll be exposed for what she really is. If Gen Tech finds out how deeply she feels, it will ruin her life. And if they find out about her secret meetings with a mysterious but handsome member of the rebel forces, her life will be more than ruined. It will be over.

Fans of Divergent, Matched, and the Maze Runner will love this world of dark secrets, intrigue and thirst for a better tomorrow.

Get Configured on Amazon now!

 

 

War is coming between humans and Arvies, leaving me trapped between two enemies. This time, I don’t think I’ll survive.
The government will stop at nothing to get me back in their clutches. They want what’s inside me—a power I call Venge—and will use my greatest weakness to bring me to my knees.
The Arvies know of my gift, and use my telepathy and their numbers, in an effort to take me out.
My name is Abigail Park, and I promise retribution against those who’ve wronged me, even if it’s the last thing I do.

Get Retribution on Amazon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.

She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.

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2081 and England is broken.

Civil society has collapsed and in the place of government, wannabe warlords and criminal gangs are taking control.

Among the few survivors, Edie and Robin live within a tiny community at the edges of a dying town, struggling to survive, desperate to stay hidden from prying eyes.

Edie’s determination to provide for her family takes her deep inside the forbidden parts of town where disease still lingers and the Snatchers sit in wait.

What she discovers there is a threat far worse. One that will rob her of freedom and the man she loves.

Get Burning on Amazon!

 

 

 

 

You’d think time-travel would be a useful gift. For cheating on tests and winning the lottery – stuff like that. I might have even enjoyed it… if I hadn’t discovered humanity only had a few more years on earth. Now I’m torn between my present-day crush, whose father might accidentally destroy civilization, and my mysterious savior from the future, who won’t exist if I succeed in saving the world from a zombie apocalypse.
Only I have the power to stop what’s going to happen. But I might need to kill someone to do it. Can I do what it takes to save the world… and do I even want to, if it means losing the one thing I want most?

 

Get Prescient on Amazon (it’s FREE right now).

 

 

 

 

 

In a world where addiction is encouraged, one girl must fight to stay clean…

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

 

Get Untamed on Amazon!

ORIGIN. DESTINY. FATE. How far would you go to unravel the truth?

Trattora is the adopted daughter of the Chieftain on a primitive frontier planet. Velkan is an indentured serf who has never known a day of freedom. Forced to flee a terrifying invasion by Galactic Pirates, they find themselves thrown together on a ramshackle mining vessel that harbors more than one dark secret. Fate and chemistry combine when the pair’s matching birth bracelets lead them to a shocking discovery about their true lineage. Stakes rise when they uncover the classified Expulsion Project, and the devastating sacrifice their birth families made to spare their lives. Determined to save them from liquidation, Trattora and Velkan plunge headlong into a frantic race against time and space to take down the genocidal self-actualizing software that now controls large swathes of their home planet.

But will they navigate the treacherous dealings of the seedy Galactic underworld in time to rescue the families who loved them enough to let them go?

Get Girl of Fire on Amazon!

 

 

200 years after the world ends, their future begins.

In 2157, a mysterious gas known as Variant spreads across the globe, killing or mutating most organic life. The surviving humans take refuge in an underground city, determined to return home. But after generations of failures and botched attempts, hope is beginning to dwindle. That is, until a young scientist makes a unique discovery–and everything changes. Suddenly, there’s reason to hope again, and it rests within a group of genetically engineered children that are both human and Variant.

Terry is one of these children, modified and trained to endure the harsh conditions of a planet he cannot begin to understand. After years of preparation, Terry thinks he knows what to expect. But the reality is far stranger than anything he can imagine–and what he will become is far more dangerous.

Get The Amber Project on Amazon!

 

 

 

 

 

Not Every Girl Can Be Katniss Everdeen

Her father never taught her to hunt or survive in the wild.

No. Her dad was a scientist.

Her battle is with a parasitic virus and it’s good that she knows a thing or two about labs.

The world needs her data before it’s too late. There’s just one problem…

…she’s three hundred miles away from the people that can do something about it and in the post-crisis world getting there is harder than you’d think.

Get The Girl Who Shot First on Amazon!

 

 

 

 


How far would you go to save your friends?

When Chase finds survival gear hidden in the attic of his boarding school, he realizes Ashwood Prep isn’t what it seems. Thrust into a conspiracy that is centuries old, he can choose to run or stand up and fight.

After an earthquake cuts the school off from the rest of the world, Chase has to figure out who’s a friend, who’s an enemy, and if there’s really any difference at all. As the world starts to collapse, trusting the wrong person can have deadly consequences. Caught between his classmates and the professors’ schemes, he can’t afford to choose wrong. It would all be a lot easier if Taylor and Maya weren’t pulling him in opposite directions.

Is it really the apocalypse? Or is it something much worse?

Get Collapse on Amazon!

 

 

 

A sensible young nobleman, Leaf Watson, and his sister, Willow Oak, live a rustic medieval life rich in traditions and chivalry. Sealed inside an experimental biodome since infancy, they have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable community devoid of Outsider interference.

They are unwitting pioneers on a path toward confined interplanetary homesteading.

Life within their walled garden is predictable and peaceful until the unthinkable happens. With his dying breath, Leaf and Willow’s noble father bequeaths a family secret, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Grief-stricken and afraid for their lives, the siblings defy their upbringing by connecting with Fillion Nichols, a punk hacker who, unbeknownst to them, is linked to their lives in shocking ways. Their encounter launches Fillion into a battle with his turbulent past as he urgently decodes the many secrets that bind them together, a necessity for each to survive.

Get Legacy on Amazon!

 

 

 

“Stay on guard. Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the nuances. Cover your tracks. Always be prepared. Question everything. This is how you stay alive, Joy. This is how you keep the ones you love alive.”

The words of sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery’s late father, Zephyr the Magnificent, urge her onward in this quest for truth and freedom, with the allusion that all is not as it seems in Bygonne.

Faced with the exhausting task of building mechanical trees that produce the precious oxygen they breathe, the Greenleigh orphan slaves piece together clues about the existence of a possible forbidden paradise beyond The Wall. To find the truth, shatter the illusions, and free the children, Joy must entrust the aid of an unlikely ally who harbors dangerous secrets.

Get The Treemakers on Amazon!

 

 

 

 

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.

Get Genesis Girl on Amazon

 

An anthology of young adult fiction (FREE!)

An anthology of young adult fiction (FREE!)

That Moment When is an anthology of young adult writing featuring some of today’s hottest new talent in young adult fiction. Find your next favorite author as you read through 40 thrilling short stories.

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Love YA paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian books?

We’ve gathered a handful of thrilling stories from all of your favorite genres and put them together into an epic anthology of young adult fiction. Some of them are just the beginning of a unique adventure, while others are complete stories that will spark your imagination.

With over 200,000 words (about three full-length novels) That Moment When will provide weeks of reading pleasure.

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Have you ever reached a moment in your life when everything changed? A crossroads of sorts… a point of no return. An event or realization so enormous you knew it would impact you forever in ways you couldn’t begin to understand? Discoveries so momentous they changed everything you thought you knew about the world, and yourself?

That Moment When is filled with exactly these kinds of moments.

If you read the stories in this anthology, I guarantee you’ll find at least a few that thrill and excite you. Make sure to follow the authors if you want to read more – most of us have at least one free book on our sites.

All your favorite YA genres!

PARANORMAL & URBAN FANTASY

SCIENCE FICTION

DYSTOPIAN & POST-APOCALYPTIC

FANTASY

THRILLER & HORROR

AND MORE (UNIQUELY SPECULATIVE FICTION) 

 

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The Alliance of YA Authors is a community of over 1000 young adult writers. Many of us are award-winning, bestselling authors; others are brilliant debut authors just starting out. We team up to make it easier for you to find your new favorite reads, with book giveaways, contests and joint book promotions.

That Moment When is an anthology of young adult writing featuring some of today’s hottest new talent in young adult fiction. Find your next favorite author as you read through 40 thrilling short stories.

Best Scifi Time Travel books for Teens

Best Scifi Time Travel books for Teens

Here are some great young adult time travel books. If you think writing is hard, try writing time travel fiction – it’s so much more challenging! To honor these authors, and to launch the book I’m working on (Prescient), I’m giving away a package of time travel books, and a Harry Potter time turner. It’s the coolest time-travel related object I could find.

I’ll choose 3 winners and give each winner ebook copies of each book, plus a time turner. Everybody who signs up to my list will get my book (Prescient) for free.

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If you don’t win, make sure to check out these books on Amazon! (Click the covers).

Sleepless (Bird of Stone Book 1)UnhappeningsInception (The Marked) (Volume 1)PassengerRewinder (Rewinder Series)Into the Dim

The Girl from EverywhereTime Warper: Fated (A Sage Hannigan Novel Book 1)Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen Book 1)Timebound (The Chronos Files)TimelessTime Salvager

 

My book: Prescient

I started writing Prescient last year and was excited about it, but gave up because it was so hard. I published Shearwater, Orpheum and Scarlet Thread, and have now come back to it. It’s still hard. But I like the story, and I hope you will too.

Sign up to my list and I’ll let you know when you can grab a free copy.

>>Check it out on Amazon here.

>>Or add it to Goodreads.

Here’s the summary.

The first time I saw the future I lost hope.

It wasn’t just that the future sucked; that civilization had gone and ruined itself; that we’d altered our own DNA and devolved into predatory monsters that fed on the few remaining survivors. That was all awful enough, but it was more than that. I remember being young and thinking, when I grow up, I’ll have a nice big house. I’ll get an exciting, interesting job. I’ll meet the man of my dreams and we’ll fall in love and stay together forever.

But that all disappeared the first time I tripped 20 years into the future and found the houses burned, the handsome boys dead, and the only jobs were the ones young girls gave hairy old survivors in tents in exchange for a little food and water. Nobody asked little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up anymore. Nobody wanted to draw attention to the fact that most of them wouldn’t live that long.

There was no hope, no peace for anyone. At least I had it better than they did. When my trip was over, I would get to go back. Back to the normalcy of 2015. Back to iPhones and Twitter and buying so much food it went bad before you could eat it. Back to laughing over foamy cappuccinos and iced lattes at the mall, window shopping and flirting with hot guys (not that I ever did that, mind you – but I always wanted to). And I still could. That was the point. Unlike everybody else, for whom 2015 was 20 years ago – long before humanity was destroyed – it was my reality. At least, it was some of the time.

But after seeing the future; after struggling to make it to the end of the day; after my first kill – none of those other things were the least bit enjoyable. All I could think when I got back to the real world, is how can I stop what’s coming?

Prescient is a young adult time-travel dystopia, this is Part One of the first book in the series.
Best books for teens based on Greek mythology

Best books for teens based on Greek mythology

Here’s a list of my favorite young adult books based on Greek Mythology.

Click the covers to see them on Amazon!

I’m running a giveaway so you can win some of these books, scroll down to enter!

 

Elementals, Michelle Madow

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows (Volume 1)

The Helicon of Muses, VJ Chambers

The Helicon Muses Omnibus: Books 1-4

The Curse of the Sphinx, Raye Wagner

Curse of the Sphinx

Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

The Power, Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Power: A Titan Novel

Half Blood, Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant)

Dark Descendant, Jenna Black

Dark Descendant (Immortal Huntress)

Everneath, Brodi Ashton

Everneath

Sweet Venom, Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom

Starcrossed, Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed Trilogy)

AntiGoddess, Kendare Blake

Antigoddess (The Goddess War)

From GodsMary Ting and Maxine Bringenberg

From Gods (Descendant Prophecies Book 1)

The Gatekeeper’s Sons, Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper's Sons (The Gatekeeper's Saga Book 1)

The Shadow Prince, Bree Despain

The Shadow Prince

The Goddess Test, Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test

Persephone, Kaitlin Bevis

Persephone: The Daughters of Zeus, Book One

The Trials of Apollo, Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo Book One The Hidden Oracle

Omega, Lizzy Ford

 

Omega (Omega Series Book 1)

Pandora, Andrea Domanski

Pandora (Book 3) (The Omega Group)

Goddess Legacy, M.W. Muse and Mandy Harbin

Goddess Legacy: Goddess Series Book 1 (Young Adult / New Adult Series)

The Scarlet Thread, D.S. Murphy

The Scarlet Thread

This one is mine! And I only have part one up; it’s a mashup of fallen angels and forgotten gods, kind of Percy Jackson meets Fallen.

Click here to get it.

Or see it on Goodreads.

 

Orpheum, D.S. Murphy

Orpheum (Part One): A Dark Fantasy Romance

Orpheum is mine too – it’s based on Orpheus and Eurydice; an amazing tragic romance basis that is much less used than the more popular Persephone and Hades.

Click here to get it.

Or see it on Goodreads.

Best YA mythology books on Goodreads

Here are some lists of mythology books for teens on Goodreads; if you like any of the books above, please add them to a list or vote for them!

Best books about Mythology

Oh my Gods and Goddesses 

YA mythology series

Best of the YA Greek Mythology Books

Books with Greek mythology references

Don’t forget to review!

If you like any of these books, don’t forget to review them! Authors work really hard on their books, and we love feedback – even a few simple sentences would be amazing.

 

 

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