Uninvited

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Simon and Schuster / Pulse Gr 9 and up


When rejection comes back to bite you...


Jordan's life sucks. Her boyfriend, Michael, dumped her, slept his way through half the student body, and then killed himself. But now, somehow, he appears at her window every night, begging her to let him in.

Jordan can't understand why he wants her, but she feels her resistance wearing down. After all, her life -- once a broken record of boring parties, meaningless hookups, and friends she couldn't relate to -- now consists of her drinking alone in her room as she waits for the sun to go down.

Michael needs to be invited in before he can enter. All Jordan has to do is say the words.... 


School Library Journal Review:

“Vampire novels have timeless appeal for teens, and without being heavy-handed or didactic, Marrone raises the bar by creating a protagonist who has an effective self-realization of moral issues. Uninvited is a fast-paced vampire novel with soul.”


Teens Read Too Review:

“Readers who enjoy books a little out of the ordinary, especially the dark and suspenseful, should run out and grab this one as soon as possible. It takes one of the most familiar creatures of the supernatural genre and manages to tell a story unlike any you've read before.”


Winner of the 2003 Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children’s Literature

American Library Association Popular Paperback for Young Adults Nominated for an American Library Association 2009 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

Revealers

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 Simon and Schuster / Pulse Gr 9 and up


Witchin' ain't easy…


Jules has a rebellious streak, a massive crush on Connor, and the abilities of a Revealer witch. By day, she and her coven friends seem like typical high school seniors. By night, they have the power to make werewolves, vampires, and ghosts reveal themselves, so they can destroy them. It's not exactly cheerleading, but at least the girls know they're doing the world some good.

One by one, Jules's friends turn eighteen and are initiated into the coven's inner circle. And one by one, they are getting completely freaked out. Jules is the youngest, and though her friends are too scared tell her what's going on, something's clearly not right. As her birthday approaches, Jules realizes she's got to find out what's behind the shadows of her coven before it's too late to save her friends...and herself. But what she discovers may be too powerful for even the toughest witches to defeat.


School Library Journal Review:

“This story grabs readers and carries them along to the entertainingly surreal and totally unexpected climax. A secondary plot of forbidden romance between Jules and the coven leader's son adds to the mood. Throughout, the characters become more clearly defined with quirks and unique traits, and how each girl deals with what she learns during her induction remains true to her personality. This supernatural thriller will keep genre fans happy and waiting for more from this author.”


Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) Review:

“Told with a smooth, light tone that presents unassuming great action and teen drama, this is one for the vampire, werewolf, ghost, demon and witch lover all in one. A little bit of everything, I found this book to be a delicious mix that I would love to read again.”


Teens Read Too Review:

“REVEALERS is a spooky, suspenseful read, with a unique paranormal world. Readers will enjoy Jules's no-nonsense attitude and applaud her courage in trying to protect her friends and do what's right…the many plot surprises will keep them guessing until the very end, and the conclusion is hopeful without being pat.”


Books A Million Teen Book Club Selection 2009

Devoured

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Simon and Schuster / Pulse Gr 9 and up


There's always one bad apple...


Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed.

Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger...the only question is who?


Publishers Weekly Review:

"Marrone crafts a creepy and thoroughly captivating story of love and jealousy…takes the typically complicated geometry of young love and follows the threads through an eerie mystery that readers should gobble up even while it gives them shivers."


From School Library Journal:

"Devoured is a murder mystery and a ghost story with a modern-day "Snow White" twist. The plot is fast-paced and full of suspense, gripping readers right from the start—the book will be devoured by fans of the supernatural."

Slayed

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Simon and Schuster / Pulse

It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it...


The Van Helsing

  

Simon and Schuster / Pulse Gr 9 and up


It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it...


The Van Helsing family has been hunting vampires for over one hundred years, but sixteen-year-old Daphne wishes her parents would take up an occupation that doesn't involve decapitating vamps for cash. All Daphne wants is to settle down in one place, attend an actual school, and finally find a BFF to go to the mall with. Instead, Daphne has resigned herself to a life of fast food, cheap motels and buying garlic in bulk.

But when the Van Helsings are called to a coastal town in Maine, Daphne's world is turned upside down. Not only do the Van Helsings find themselves hunting a terrifying new kind of vampire (one without fangs but with a taste for kindergarten cuisine), Daphne meets her first potential BF! The hitch? Her new crush is none other than Tyler Harker, AKA, the son of the rival slayer family.

What's a teen vampire slayer to do?

 

From School Library Journal

"Daphne Van Helsing has been raised, educated, and given extensive training in the family business–vampire hunting. Some might think staking and decapitating vamps for cash is the ultimate job but not for this 16-year-old. All she wants is to settle down, attend high school, have friends, meet guys, and go to prom. Instead she is forced to travel from job to job in a beat-up van, living in cheap motels, eating fast food, and spending all her time with her parents. Now the Van Helsings and their arch rivals, the Harkers, are sent to Maine. Not only is Bristol overrun with vamps that are stronger and more difficult to kill but a terrifying evil is also preying on children and wreaking havoc on the inhabitants of the town. It is up to Daphne; her new BFF, Kiki Crusher; and handsome, crush-worthy Tyler Harker to discover the dark forces' source of power and destroy it. Marrone delivers an action-packed thriller that is full of suspense, intrigue, drama, and romance. Daphne's witty first-person narrative makes this story come alive. As her character grows, readers will identify with her personal struggles as she is torn between family obligations and her own needs and desires."