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1. WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand

The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

(September 30, 2014, from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

 

Cat's illustrated map for WINTERSPELL that appears in the book

Cat’s illustrated map for WINTERSPELL that appears in the book

WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand

WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand

 

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2. FAIRLY TWISTED TALES FOR A HORRIBLY EVER AFTER (Anthology)

When it comes to fairy tales, there are plenty of things that go bump in the night. Things so morbid and grotesque, so sinister and diabolical, they haunt your imagination; warnings from generations past that still manage to terrify.

In 2013, authors came together for the annual Project REUTSway writing competition, penning their own interpretive twists on stories we’re all familiar with. Seventeen were chosen, bringing twenty-five new versions to life. From The Brother’s Grimm, to Hans Christian Andersen and beyond, these tales are not the ones you grew up with. They are, however, Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After. Dare to find out what happens when “once upon a time” ends in the stuff of nightmares?

(Published by REUTS Publications, LLC)

 

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COURTNEY ALAMEDA

1. SHUTTER

“If it’s dead and mobile, it’s our problem.”  Seventeen-year-old Micheline Helsing sees dead people . . . in Technicolor. To her eyes, staggering corpses ooze crimson light, vampire veins glow cobalt blue, and ghosts rage in heart-stopping ultraviolet. Only a tetrachromat like Micheline can see the bright auras of the undead, and nobody exorcises ghosts on film quite like she does.

But when a malicious entity ravages a local hospital—the first ghost Micheline fails to trap with a camera’s lens—Micheline and the boys on her reaping crew wind up soulchained to the demon. As the tattoo-like, ghostly chains spread through her body, Micheline learns that if she can’t exorcise her captor in seven days or less, she and her friends are going to die.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week. 

(Coming 2015 from Macmillan: Feiwel and Friends! Available now for pre-order!)

 

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DAWN KURTAGICH

THE DEAD HOUSE

Carly gets the day, Kaitlyn the night…

Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Five people were killed . . . and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin.

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue. Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit voodoo rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

What

                is

                             the

                                           truth?

(Coming August 6, 2015 (UK) and September 15, 2015, (US) from Indigo/Orion UK and Little Brown Books for Young Readers!)

The Dead House's US cover

The Dead House’s US cover

The Dead House's UK cover

The Dead House’s UK cover

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HILLARY MONAHAN

1. MARY: THE SUMMONING

Shauna O’Brien is a seventeen-year-old girl who’s talked into summoning Bloody Mary by her best friend, Jess McAllister. With the help of two of their friends and classmates – Anna Sasaki and Kitty Almeida – the girls bring the impossible to life. In the impenetrable darkness of Anna’s basement, they conjure the legend herself.

The summons are under control until Jess begins to experiment with the nightmare creature. After a particularly harrowing ritual, Shauna finds herself stalked by the murderous, blood-thirsty ghost who can find her in any glass, in any mirror, anywhere. The girls must unravel fact from fiction before Bloody Mary comes to collect her ultimate prize: Shauna’s life.

(Now available from Disney-Hyperion!)

 

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2. MARY: UNLEASHED

Jess McAllister’s summoning obsession has turned into a deadly haunting. The ghost of Mary Worth has a taste for Jess’s blood-and Mary won’t rest until Jess has come undone.

In a dangerous attempt to appease Mary-and relinquish herself from Mary’s mark-Jess frees the ghost from her glass prison. Mary, unleashed, quickly picks up her pursuit. This time, no one is safe from the hunt. It’s up to Jess and her reluctant friends, Shauna and Kitty, to stop Mary for good.

But . . . how?

The search for clues leads them back to the beginning, to Solomon’s Folly. Here they uncover a mystery that spans down generations and across family lines. As chilling truths come to light, Mary inches ever closer to her prey. Time is running out. Will Jess’s desperate final plea be enough to save them all? “I believe in you Mary Worth.”

(Coming September 8, 2015, from Disney-Hyperion!)

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3. THE AWESOME

(Written as Eva Darrows.)

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She’s also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie’s concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie’s mother informs Maggie that she can’t get her journeyman’s license for hunting until she loses her virginity.

Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that.

Maggie’s battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy – fitting in with her peers – proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don’t stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like “matching” and “footwear.” Of course, they also can’t clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they’re lame and Maggie’s not. Because Maggie’s awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She’d be more than happy to tell you.

After she finds herself a date.

(Coming May 26, 2015, from Ravenstone, preorders now available!)

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JENN (J.R.) JOHANSSON

1.  INSOMNIA (Night Walkers #1)

Her eyes saved his life.
Her dreams released his darkness.

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can’t take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he’s made eye contact with. If he doesn’t sleep soon, Parker will die.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker’s furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he’d go. And when someone begins to terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

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(Available Now from Flux Books!)

2.  PARANOIA (Night Walkers #2)

Creepy things are happening in Oakville. People are more than just sleepwalking–they’re emptying their savings accounts with no memory of doing so, wandering into strange parts of town, they’re even killing other people…all in their sleep. And now they’ve started disappearing. When Parker wakes up in jail with a hangover and 12 hours of missing time. There is only one thing he’s certain of: Darkness has taken control and Parker doesn’t have a clue how to stop him.  

(Available Now from Flux Books!)

 

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3. MANIA (Night Walkers #3)

Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.

Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.

(Coming July 8, 2015, from Flux Books! Preorder now available!)

 

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4. CUT ME FREE

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn’t as lucky. Now she’s trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she’d have to experience alone. She’s hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment–without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.

(Coming January 27, 2015 from Macmillan: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux! Available now for pre-order!)

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LAUREN ROY

1. NIGHT OWLS

Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that life, and the price she paid was far too high to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural werewolf-like beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safe keeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors.

(Available now from Ace Books!)

 

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2. GRAVE MATTERS (Night Owls #2)

Night Owls bookstore always keeps a light on and evil creatures out. But, as Lauren M. Roy’s thrilling sequel continues, even its supernatural staff isn’t prepared for the dead to come back to life…

Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge—especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual…

Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices—until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army…

(Coming February 24, 2015 from Ace Books! Pre-orders now available!)

 

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3. THE FIRE CHILDREN

Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground.

Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It’s death to even look upon them, the stories say.

Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women — who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun — capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn’t the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help.

Trapped up above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens’ plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself.

(Coming June 30, 2015, from Ravenstone, preorders now available!)

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LINDSAY CURRIE

CREED

(Co-Authored with Trisha Leaver)

Dee Langley is seventeen and mere months away from total freedom and a life where state social workers, counselors, and foster parents don’t dictate her every move. She has spent years trying to eke out a normal existence, hiding from her past and walking the tenuous line between denial and self-preservation. A weekend away with her boyfriend, Luke, and his brother, Mike, seems like the perfect opportunity to forget and start over. Little does Dee know that she’s just trading one hell for another.

When an unexpected storm and a lack of gas force their car off the road, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves with no other choice but to wander into the nearby town of Purity Springs for help. But it’s not good Samaritans they find, but rather complete and utter silence, every store and every house abandoned. It’s not until the next morning, however, that they discover the alarming truth – the town isn’t abandoned; it is populated by a deadly cult, and the leader, Elijah Hawkins, has plans for the three of them. The group’s only hope for survival lies in the hands of Elijah’s son, Joseph. But is Joseph really their ticket to freedom or is his game just as deadly as his father’s?

Three went in, and three will come out, but not a single one will ever be a shadow of who they once were.

 

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(Coming November 2014 from Flux Books!)

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SARAH JUDE

1. THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS

Sixteen-year-old Ivy Templeton’s cousin Heather is murdered by a legendary madman in the woods, and Ivy uncovers truths she never knew about her family, the Missouri Ozarks commune where she lives, and herself all while trying not to become another victim.

(Coming Spring 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s)

 

 

TRISHA LEAVER

1. CREED

(Co-Authored with Lindsay Currie)

Dee Langley is seventeen and mere months away from total freedom and a life where state social workers, counselors, and foster parents don’t dictate her every move. She has spent years trying to eke out a normal existence, hiding from her past and walking the tenuous line between denial and self-preservation. A weekend away with her boyfriend, Luke, and his brother, Mike, seems like the perfect opportunity to forget and start over. Little does Dee know that she’s just trading one hell for another.

When an unexpected storm and a lack of gas force their car off the road, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves with no other choice but to wander into the nearby town of Purity Springs for help. But it’s not good Samaritans they find, but rather complete and utter silence, every store and every house abandoned. It’s not until the next morning, however, that they discover the alarming truth – the town isn’t abandoned; it is populated by a deadly cult, and the leader, Elijah Hawkins, has plans for the three of them. The group’s only hope for survival lies in the hands of Elijah’s son, Joseph. But is Joseph really their ticket to freedom or is his game just as deadly as his father’s?

Three went in, and three will come out, but not a single one will ever be a shadow of who they once were.

(Coming November 2014 from Flux Books!)

 

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2.  THE SECRETS WE KEEP

Ella Lawton spent her entire life living in the shadows of her identical twin sister’s popularity. She always dreamed of having her life, but never once did she actually think it was possible.

When a freak accident leaves her sister, Maddy, dead, Ella assumes her life. But her sister’s life is full of secrets . . . lies that have kept her popularity intact while slowly destroying her from the inside. With no escape in sight, Ella is faced with two options – confess her ruse and risk the hatred and betrayal of those around her, or continue down the destructive path her sister’s life has mapped out for her.

(OUT NOW! from Macmillan: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux!)

 

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