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Young Adults

July 7, 2016

If you're a young adult and you love to read then kudos to you! As Margaret Fuller said: "today a reader, tomorrow a leader." No matter your preference; mysteries, sci-fi, perhaps even romance we encourage you to read, read and then read some more! To get you going, here are 12 titles our Editors have recommended. Available free here of course. The Youth, as well as our other categories are loaded with plenty more, so come back to this well as many times as you wish. Enjoy! 

1 A Call from the Dark

A Call from the Dark

Adam Deverell | Youth


What would you do if you found yourself trapped in a movie rental store at ten o’clock at night? Just you and a one prank-calling psycho right out of a B-Grade horror movie. Fifteen-year-old Stacey has just started working part-time in the Video Saloon, a run down, cruddy old video store where she also finds herself involved in a pirated DVD ring where it’s easy to get in, but not so easy to get out. The ring leader wants revenge, but Stacey discovers revenge can work both ways…

2 Call of the Herald

Call of the Herald

Brian Rathbone | Sci-fi Fantasy


Call of the Herald is book one of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.

3 Thinks and Things

Thinks and Things

Crystal Johnson | Sci-fi Fantasy


Thinks and things can hear people's thoughts and turn them into things. However, the world is not ready for a farm of Grandma’s clones or an introduction to the Durtle. The Fixer repairs the damage that the thinks have caused. But when a fairy tale witch escapes to suburbia and a carousel lion comes to life, the Fixer has to work fast while tracking thinks and things, before those things unfold irreversibly. 

4 After Darkness Light (Dreamcatchers #1 ) A Young Adult Dark Fantasy

After Darkness Light (Dreamcatchers #1 ) A Young Adult Dark Fantasy

Tom Sarega | Free Previews


Five school friends are dragged unwittingly into a world of menace as they become embroiled in an apocalyptic feud between two Mayan brothers who'll unleash the dreamcatcher and shroud the world in such darkness that none will survive. And if by a miracle some do, they will pray every night that they had perished also. The only person who can stop him is his younger brother, Iktaniki, a spirit guide - but not without the help of the five. 

5 Keepers of the Deep

Keepers of the Deep

Rcheydn | Fiction


Nikko is happily playing in the backyard of his home when a giant bird swoops down and clasps him firmly in its talons and soars back into the sky leaving his mother desperately crying behind. And so begins an incredible adventure for Nikko in a fantastical land where the Leaf Children live in trees with magical musical leaves, where the Drongs wage wars against them, where the beautiful Gabrysia is captured, and where Nikko and his new friends must go to the Dead Place in a bid to rescue her. 

6 Onions


Cy Young | Youth


When twelve-year-old "Onions" arrives at his new foster home in Lozen, Arizona, he brings with him only a skateboard and a lot of anger. After he spots an old lady and tries to snatch her purse, he learns the first of many lessons Sandrine, a retired circus performer, will teach him. From Sandrine he learns about the magic of books, the challenge of playing the trumpet, and, most of all, love.

7 The Traveller

The Traveller

Bassam Imam | Youth


A humanoid originally from Planet X is capable of traveling through different dimensions, meeting interesting human and animal characters along the way. 

8 Aloren: The Estralony Cycle #1 (Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling)

Aloren: The Estralony Cycle #1 (Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling)

E. D. Ebeling | Sci-fi Fantasy


Set in an engrossing fantasy world, Aloren is a romantic, young adult retelling of the classic fairy tale The Wild Swans. Reyna Lauriad is a Gralde--her spirit grows from the ground in the form of a flower. When Reyna's brothers are bound by a deadly curse, she is forced to do the unthinkable: in order to break the curse she must pull her birthflowers from the ground.

9 Turned (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals)

Turned (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals)

Morgan Rice | Sci-fi Fantasy


"TURNED is an ideal story for young readers. Morgan Rice did a good job spinning an interesting twist on what could have been a typical vampire tale. Refreshing and unique, TURNED has the classic elements found in many Young Adult paranormal stories. Book #1 of the Vampire Journals Series is easy to read, but extremely fast-paced. Recommended for anyone who likes to read soft paranormal romances. Rated PG." --The Romance Reviews.

10 Cry of the Goshawk: A Casey Jones Columbia River Adventure Book I

Cry of the Goshawk: A Casey Jones Columbia River Adventure Book I

Roy Bush | Youth


"Set in the Old West in Alaska, this book follows its young lead as he learns to love the beauty and wonder of the wild -a passion that he retains even as he tries to adapt to the complicated machinations of society. An uplifting, adventure story of pride in one’s self, and the courage to claim one's destiny regardless of family, peer. or societal pressures." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW. 

11 Element, Part 1

Element, Part 1

C.M. Doporto | Sci-fi Fantasy


Young Adult/New Adult cross over: Recommended Age: 16 and up. College freshman, Natalie Vega, offers to be a test patient for several vitamins and supplements created by Kronberg Laboratories, a large pharmaceutical company where she interns. Immediately her body starts going through physical changes but when she runs into her former high school crush, Ryan Garrett, she is unaware of the life altering affects he will have on her. 

12 Quest


Laura Masciarelli | Youth


A paranormal thriller for young adults. Quest is about Ty, a high school senior and shy son of a dashing archaeologist, who meets the exotic Ashi, a brown-eyed beauty and spiritual adept from Bhutan. Together they unravel the mystery of the Treasure of the Knights Templar. Dashing around the globe, confronting the Keepers of the Secrets, they find romance amidst the Illuminati's determination to keep humanity in the dark and under their spell forever.