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Sweet Sweet Fantasy, Baby

A list of great fantasy reads for teens curated by MPL Librarians

Cover of Shadowhouse Fall
Jose Older

Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light—an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The Deck tracks the players and powers of all the magical houses in the city, and when the real Hound begins to stalk Sierra through the streets, the shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived. (GoodReads)

Cover of Flame in the Mist
Penguin Random House

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath. When her journey to reach her bethrothed goes dangerously and quickly off course, Mariko finds herself amongst bandits who appreciate her talents and skills. Her newfound community--and perhaps falling in love with someone unexpected-- causes her to question everything she knows as true. (GoodReads)

Cover of Warcross

When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. And choosing who to trust might be the biggest gamble of all. (GoodReads)

Cover of Wild Beauty
Anne Marie
Feiwel and Friends

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. As Estrella gets to know him, and help him get to know himself, they encounter mysteries and answers that they never expected. (GoodReads)

Cover of The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. Behind the scenes, a centurys-long rivalry unfolds. Can you discover all the secrets hidden within the tents and enchantments? (GoodReads)

Cover of King's Cage

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal. The first book in a quartet throws you into a dangerously beautiful world where Mare can only count on herself. (Amazon)

Cover of The Girl With the Red Ball

When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process. (GoodReads)

Cover of The Belles

In the opulent world of Orleans, Beauty is a commodity prized above all. The Belles have the power to transform citizens' ordinary looks into extraordinary beauty. But at what cost? And why? Camellia, the current Favored Belle, quickly discovers that Beauty's secrets are not merely skin deep.