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Raybearer

by Jordan Ifueko

Recommended by Libby Voight, Senior Library Assistant

Intended audience: Teens

Tarisai had an isolated childhood until she is sent to the capital to compete to be one of the crown prince’s council. If she’s chosen she will have a family and will never be lonely again. But The Lady, her mysterious and absent mother, has used magic to command her to kill the prince. Tarisai learns the truth about her family and the council as she tries to forge her own destiny. This book is based on West African mythology with a unique magic system.

I loved all of the characters and definitely recommend it to any fantasy reader.
Raybearer is available through SC Lends, cloudLibrary, and Hoopla.

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Midnight Sun

by Stephenie Meyer

Recommended by Tina Mellen, Information Services Librarian

Intended audience: Teens

A retelling of Twilight through Edward's eyes - The reader can see the dark side of this vampire as he meets Bella and the struggle he feels constantly craving her blood and the desire to drain her of every last drop.

This book is a page turner and hard to put down. This book can be found on SCLENDS and cloudLibrary.

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Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1: Seed Of Destruction

by Mike Mignola, John Byrne

Recommended by Thomas Schotter, Marketing Assistant

Intended audience: Teens

The Hellboy saga begins--with over 300 pages drawn by Mignola! For the first time, Hellboy's complete story is presented in chronological order for the ultimate reading experience.

With an awesome art style and demonic protagonist, you really can't go wrong with this graphic novel. This comic is available in Hoopla and individual issues can be found in SCLENDS.

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Fractured Tide

by Leslie Lutz

Recommended by Darnell Glover, Circulation Manager

Intended audience: Teens

Seventeen-year-old Sia practically grew up in the water scuba diving, and wreck dives are run of the mill. Take the tourists out. Explore the reef. Uncover the secrets locked in the sunken craft. But this time... the dive goes terribly wrong. Attacked by a mysterious creature, Sia's boat is sunk, her customers are killed, and she washed up on a deserted island with no sign of rescue in sigh. Waiting in the water is a seemingly unstoppable monster that is still hungry. In the jungle just off the beach are dangers best left untested. When Sia reunites with a manful of survivors, she sees it as the sign of light. Sia is wrong. Enjoyed this book because once again it held a possibility. Science speaks about time warps and black holes, infinite star systems. Once again could this truly happen? What if? This is a Teen book however I think adults could enjoy it also. This book can be found in SClends.

I enjoyed this book because once again it held a possibility. Science speaks about time warps and black holes, infinite star systems. Once again could this truly happen? What if? This is a Teen book however I think adults could enjoy it also. This book can be found in SCLENDS.

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Vespertine

by Margaret Rogerson

Recommended by Libby Voight, Senior Library Assistant

Intended audience: Teens

Artemisia was possessed by a violent spirit as a child and now all she wants is to become a nun and keep spirits from possessing others. But when her convent is attacked she has to team up with the revenant, an ancient, possibly evil, and definitely sarcastic spirit, to wield its power to protect herself and others. As she learns the truth about relics, magic, and spirits an evil force is growing and Artemisia must decide how much she is willing to risk to save the world.

Margaret Rogerson writes some of the most interesting and unique young adult fantasy books and this is one of my favorites. Vespertine is available through SC Lends and cloudLibrary.

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Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas

Recommended by Alyssa Krob, Reference & Teen Services Librarian

Intended audience: Teens

Yadriel is determined to prove himself a real brujo (witch) but accidentally summons a ghost. Julian, the resident bad guy, doesn't understand how he died or why, but he's determined to find our. Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so he can send this restless spirit to his resting place and prove himself to his family.

I absolutely LOVE this book. It was probably my favorite book of 2020. This story is a beautiful portrayal of love, hope, determination, and being able to live your authentic self. I also love this is an #OwnVoices story and represents a wide range of diversity. This book can be found in SCLENDS and on cloudLibrary as an ebook and audiobook.

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Serpent & Dove

by Shelby Malhurin

Recommended by Denise Rivers, Library Assistant

Intended audience: Teens

It is a wild love & hate story that takes place in France. There is a continuing war between witches and the Church. Reid Diggory is sworn to the Church as a Chasseur to not only protect what he stands for, but live by the principle that no witch shall live. His life was forever changed when he crossed paths with a witch named Louise le Blanc. Their journey began after being forced into a complicated situation: MARRIAGE!!!

I recommend this book because 1) This book is part one of a thriller trilogy so more reason to read 2) This book talks about evil sorcery, witchcrafts, and forbidden love between witches and humans. WHO DOESN'T ENJOY READING ABOUT THAT!?! This book is available on SCLENDS and Hoopla. The audiobook is available on cloudLibrary.