Fantasy/Paranormal Books

Fablehaven series : by Brandon Mull
Kendra and Seth visit their grandparents in their ellusive home.  They are the caretakers of a sanctuary for mystical creatures.  Fabulous series.  Highly recommend it.  Juvenile to Young Adult


The Unicorn Chronicles : by Bruce Coville
It's been a while since I read this series.  I do remember that I loved them.  These books are more the age group of Juvenille.  Fun for anyone to read though.


The Faerie Path : by Frewin Jones
At t his time there are five books in the series.  I have not read the fifth, but have had friends say this is not the end of the series.  Young Adult

The Iron King: by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase is having a hard time fitting in.  She doesn't get along with the kids at school and her best friend is a boy, named Robbie.  Then her brother is taken and a changeling is put in his place.  She begins a journey where she discovers she is  the daugher of King Oberon and her best friend is Robin, aka Puck.  Young Adult. (the 'f' word is used)
        The Iron Daughter is the second book and the third is The Iron Queen. (Mild sexual situations) Young Adult

The Chronicles of Fiarah: by K.L. Morgan
There are six books in this series.  The first is Castledance.  Written for an adult audience, but can be read by younger people.  A fantasy adventure with Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, etc.


Twilight books : by Stephenie Meyer
Young Adult books.  I have to admit, I like these books.  I have t-shirt with Twilight themes even. (They are now my work out shirts.) An obsessive love story between a human, vampire and a werewolf.   4 books in series, Young Adult


The Host by Stephenie Meyer
This is the first book, more are planned in the future. This book deals with rebels fighting against an alien species who have come to Earth.  The aliens implant themselves into the humans and take over the body. Weird concept, but enjoyable book.

The Vampire Diaries: by L.J. Smith
Young Adult.  I liked the first two books of the "Vampire Diaries".  They are "The Fury and Dark Reunion" and "The Awakening and the Stuggle".  I liked the love story between Elena and Stefan (the vampire).  The next series are "The Return: Nightfall" and "The Return": Shadow Souls".  I cannot recommend these two to young adult readers.  There are situations of cutting, mutilation, and possession.  The second of the two is not as dark, unfortunatley you need to read the first to grasp the second.  A third book is coming in the second series, I am sure that I will read it, to gain closure. Young Adult

The Drake Chronicles: by Alyxandra Harvey
The series begins with Hearts at Stake, the story of Solange Drake.  The only daughter in a house full of vampire brothers.  She is destined to become the vampire queen, but there are those who would stop her.  My favorite part is the romance between her best friend and her brother.  Blood Feud follows one of her brother's who helps Isabeau in the war between the vampires.  Another book called Out for Blood  will be released in Deceber 2010.  I think it will follow another member of the Drake family.  Young Adult


The Hourglass Door: by Lisa Mangum
Abby meets Dante, who is mysterious as well as from another century.  The Golden Spiral is the second installment, I have not read it at this time.  It's on my too read list.

The Thirteenth Chime: by Emma Michaels
A horror/ghost story in the Young Adult classification.  This book has some choppy editing, but stick with it, it's worth reading.

The Thief:  by Megan Whalen Turner
There are three books after "The Thief" :" The Queen of Attolia", "The King of Attolia" and "A Conspiracy of Kings".  Fantastic books.  I love them!  Gen is a thief, who says he can steal anything.  He is caught and captured by the Queen of Attolia.  Young Adult


The Sword of Shannara trilogy:  by Terry Brooks
I remember reading these books when I was a teenager.  They are an epic adventure of good vs. evil that remind me of the "Fellowship of the Ring" books by JRR Tolien.   "The Sword of Shannara", "The Elfstones of Shannara", and "The Wishsong of Shannara."


The Hobbit: by JRR Tolkien
How can you not love the overlooked hobbits as hero's.  Bilbo is recruited by Gandalf to join a group of dwaves on an adventure that takes him to dragons, trolls, giant spiders (they gave me nightmares), elves and of course, the infamous ring.

The Lord of the Rings: by JRR Tolkien
This series include:  "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King".  Frodo's adventures to destroy the ring. 


The Silmarillion: by JRR Tolkien
I must admit, this book is a little hard to read and understand.  It is a history of the Elves in Middle Earth.  If you don't get bogged down by the random history, trivia, etc that is thrown in and just read it as a history of the Elves, it is interesting.

Deerskin: by Robin McKinley
A beautify story of healing.  This is a book for mature readers.  There is an incident of incest, it is handled well, but nevertheless, it's in there. Adult

The Sea of Trolls:  by Nancy Farmer
Jack and his little sister are taken by bezerkers (Vikings).  This begins the story of Jack, the bard-in-training.  It is followed by The Land of the Silver Apples and The Islands of the Blessed.  Young Adult

The Ear, The Eye and the Arm: by Nancy Farmer
Set in Zimbabwe in the future.  The chief of security's children have snuck away from their secure home to explore. Young Adult

Howls Moving Castle: by Diana Wynne Jones
There are two books that follow that also have Howl and Sophie as characters.  Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways.  young adult

Dial-A-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson
A displaced family of ghosts trying to find a new home to live in.  A very bad guardian, trying to scare to death his ward.  Young Adult

Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson
Set in ancient China. An orphan helps a dragon and becomes a dragon keeper.  Young Adult

Romeo & Juliet & Vampires adapted from William Shakespeare by Claudia    Gabel  This is an adaptation, taking a classic and making it paranormal, that works.  A cute and fun read.  This is a guilty pleasure book.

She Smells The Dead (Spirit Guide #1) by E J Stevens
Yuki smells the dead.  It is her job to help them resolve issues to pass over into the light. Young Adult

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Nathaniel is a magician who uses the power of the djinn Barimaeus to fight evil.
    "The Amulet of Samarkand", "Ptolemy's Gate" and "The Golem's Eye." Young Adult

The Unfinished Song:Initiate by Tara Maya
The magic in the land is through dance.  Only some are allowed to dance as adults.  Rich in tribal community and intrigue.  Lots of fairies- good and bad.


The Goddess Test: by Aimee Carter
Kate undergoes a series of tests to earn immortality.  A modern day Greek mythology book relating to the tale of Persephone. Young Adult.

Laney: by Joann I. Martin Sowles
Laney falls in love with a gorgeous vampire and finds herself in the middle of someone seeking revenge against him.  Lots of kissing and sexual innuendo. Recommended to older lovers of YA.


Dreams Unleashed: by Linda Hawley
Using her brain to fight for freedom in a near future Dystopian novel.


Michael Vay The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael is able to use electricity generated from his body.  Evil men are trying to get to him to use his power for their own gain.


Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
A story of overcoming long held prejudice and two young men working together to save the world from evil witches. Clean and both girls and boys will be pulled in by this story


The Willows:Haven by Hope Collier
Ash must marry to stop a war between two mythological tribes.  Can she follow her head or will she follow her heart. (YA)


Fated by Cheri Schmidt
Danielle stays with family in England to go to school.  She meets Ethan, a vampire, and falls in love.  Not all is well, she becomes the target for some evil vampires. (YA)


Fractured by Cheri Schmidt
This book comes after Fated and Danielle and Ethan find themselves the center of a vampire civil war.  This is for a little older YA reader.  They get married and the kissing is more intense and the relationship doesn't go into a lot of description, but enough that you know what is going on.  Violence also.  Good book, just giving a heads up.


Emerald City by Alicia K Leppert
This story deals with a young woman who suffers from severe depression. Everyone in her life has abandoned her.  She tries to commit suicide, but is saved by a young man who is supposedly her neighbor, but she has never met him before.  His words don't add up and she knows there is something different, but falls in love with him anyway.


The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Lexi is sixteen and must solve the mystery of why children are disappearing in the middle of the night from their beds without a trace.  She knows that it is not the stranger who has suddenly appeared in the village, even though everyone else blames him. This is a  witch/ghost story with kissing.

Daughters of the Sea books by Kathryn Lasky
Three mermaid babies are separated.  They find their way to shore and lead lives away from each other.  The sea calls to them and they feel parts of themselves are missing.  A fun series about finding their heritage and each other. (Middle Grade to YA)