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And I Darken

Kiersten White

What if Vlad Tepes, the historical inspiration for Dracula, had actually been a fearsome and brilliant teenage girl? That’s the question posed by the first book in White’s (Perfect Lies, 2014) new series set in the 15th century, first in Wallachia and then in the Ottoman Empire. Lada and Radu are the children of Prince Vlad Dracul who tries to secure his throne by sending his children as royal hostages to the Ottoman Empire. Unlike her gentle, younger brother, Lada knows that being ruthless is the key to survival and her brutality makes her a natural at court. She despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning for the day when she can return home and claim her birthright. When Lada and Radu befriend the young Ottoman heir Mehmet, the three form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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Black River Falls

Jeff Hirsch

Hirsch (The Darkest Patch, 2013) creates a terrifying reality in his unforgettable story about survival, identity, and what it means to be a family. On October 16 a flu-like virus ravaged Black River Falls, wiping out the memories of everyone who contracted it. Cardinal Cassidy, 17, is one of the few who managed to evade the virus by escaping to the forest. There he and his unlikely best friend care for a group of orphaned kids in a quarantined mountain camp. As Card carefully navigates this new world, he feels increasingly trapped by memories of what happened to his family. These memories, along with the stresses of the National Guard turning the town over to a ruthless private corporation, cause Card to make a series of rash decisions with potentially disastrous results.

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This Savage Song

Victoria Schwab

In Schwab’s (The Unbound, 2014) first book in her new post-apocalyptic series, natural enemies find themselves reluctant allies in a war-torn, monster-infested city. Kate Harker’s father controls half of the city of Verity by using the evil Corsai and Malchai monsters as an army and sells protection to residents who can afford it. Kate’s just been kicked out of boarding school again and has returned home determined to become as ruthless as her father. Across town Henry Flynn wants to create a better world and keeps chaotic south Verity safe by utilizing the talents of his three adopted human-looking Sunai monsters. The youngest, August, is as good-hearted as his father. After Flynn instructs August to spy on Kate at her new school, the teens form an unlikely alliance and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their lives and all of Verity.

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