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Urban Fantasy Books for Teens

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Teens love urban fantasy books. Supernatural creatures roaming about busy cities and mingling with humans is a popular storyline that appeals to teens. Check out some of these great urban fantasy books for teens.  

1. The Demon Trapper's Daughter

Cover art of The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
St. Martin's Press

Eighteen year old Riley is her father’s daughter. From him she has learned the skills to trap demons, but one night her father is killed by a level five demon, and Riley officially joins the rank of demon trappers. Can Riley live up to her father’s reputation and keep her city from falling into chaos? Fans of the Mortal Instruments series will want to keep an eye on this brand new heroine.  The author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter is Jana Oliver.  Recommended for ages 12-16. (Griffin, 2011. ISBN: 9780312614782)

 

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2. White Cat

Cover Art for White Cat by Holly Black
Margaret K. McElderry

Cassel belongs to a family of curse workers- people who can control thoughts and emotions and place death curses on others, but he was born without this ability. While members of his family are practicing illegal curse work, Cassel is trying to live a normal life by attending private school. When strange events begin to occur at school, Cassel is forced to put together some missing pieces of his past. This dark coming of age story is the first book in the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. (Margaret K. McElderry, 2011. ISBN: 9781416963974)

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3. The Secret Hour

Cover Art of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
HarperCollins

For children born at midnight there is a secret hour, the 25th hour, where time freezes. This secret hour can only be found in Bixby, Oklahoma, which is where fifteen year old Jessica Day’s family recently relocated. During her first night in Bixby Jessica awakes at midnight and discovers another world where she meets other teens who have supernatural abilities. Now she must discover her ability and help fight the ancient creatures who hide in the secret hour. This is the first book in the Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld. (HarperTeen, 2004. ISBN: 9780060519513)

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4. The Summoning

Cover Art of The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong
HarperCollins

As a child Chloe Saunders was not allowed to go down to the basement. Chloe is haunted by the dead and they know she can see them. One day at school, a ghost confronts her leading to an emberassing breakdown and confinement into a psychiatric hospital for troubled teens. While at the hospital Chloe makes friends with other teens who possess paranormal abilities. The teens soon realize that the hospital staff is hiding secrets from them and they plot to make their escape. This is the first book in the Darkest Powers series by Kelly Armstrong. (HarperCollins, 2008. ISBN: 9780061662690)

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5. The Demon's Lexicon

Cover Art of The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Margaret K. McElderry

Sixteen year old Nick and his older brother Alan are demon slayers. Dealing with demons forces the brothers and their mom to continually move, but when Alan finds himself marked by a demon the family must go into hiding. Family secrets begin to unravel as Nick and Alan learn more about the mysterious disappearance of their father and their mother’s connection to magicians. Full of angst, action and romance, this urban fantasy is the first in The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan. (Margaret K. McElderry, 2009. ISBN: 9781416963790)

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6. Evermore

Cover Art of Evermore by Alyson Noel
St. Martin's Press

When a horrible car crash kills her family Ever is devastated and alone, but soon discovers that she has a supernatural ability read people’s emotions and know their thoughts. Afraid of this newfound power, Ever shies away from human contact and quickly becomes labeled a freak in her school. Enter the mysterious Damen who has his own secrets and who understands Ever’s need to be alone. Neither can avoid their supernatural world, and by denying her powers, Ever may have put both her and Damen’s lives in danger. This is the first book in the popular Immortals series by Alyson Noel. (Griffin, 2009. ISBN: 9780312532758)

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7. Die For Me

Cover Art of Die For Me by Amy Plum
HarperCollins

When Kate’s parents die in a horrific accident, she and her sister fly to Paris to stay with their aunt and uncle. Lifting herself out a paralyzing depression, Kate decides to live life again by exploring the beautiful City of Lights and meets Vincent. Vincent is a Revenant- an undead. He is not a typical zombie, but sacrifices himself to save other people. Kate sees the impossibility of their romance, but is unwilling to lose her friendship and love for Vincent. This tale of forbidden love set against the backdrop of Paris and the mysterious revenants who stroll its streets is a must read for Twilight fans.  The author of Die For Me is Amy Plum.  Recommended for ages 14-18. (HarperTeen, 2011. ISBN: 9780062004017)

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8. Wicked Lovely

Cover Art of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
HarperCollins

Keenan, the fairy summer king, has been looking for his queen for nine centuries. In his quest for the queen he discovers Aislinn.  Aislin knows she has the ability to see fairies, but she want to be a normal girl.  Making it a rule to avoid the fey, Aislinn is frightened to find Keenan following her and turns to her best friend Seth for help. This is the first book in a five book series by Melissa Marr. Recommended for ages 14-18. (HarperCollins, 2007. ISBN: 9780061214653)

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9. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Cover Art of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
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Flipping burgers is about as exciting as life gets for college dropout Sam LaCroix. After an accidental mishap, Sam meets Doug, an evil necromancer who senses that Sam shares the same powerful ability to raise the dead. Life has gone from mundane to exciting for Sam who is now a threat to Doug and his lucrative necromancer business. Author Lish McBride writes a comical and dark story in this paranormal parody involving a bodiless talking head, a werewolf girl, and a formerly unmotivated teen.  Recommended for ages 14-18.  (Henry Holt, 2010. ISBN: 9780805090987)

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10. Wondrous Strange

Cover Art of Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
HarperCollins

Relishing her lucky break as Titania in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” aspiring actress Kelly Winslow is startled when she discovers a real fairy world exists.  After rescuing a horse at Central Park, Kelly meets a young man named Sonny, a human changeling who guards the fairy portal at Central Park. The more time Sonny spends with Kelly, the more certain he becomes she is the lost princess of King Auberon. A major fey battle begins to keep Sonny and Kelly apart, and to keep her from learning about her past. A must read for fans of Shakespearean romance and theater. Lesley Livingston is the author of Wondrous Strange.  Recommended for ages 12-16. (HarperTeen, 2009. ISBN: 9780061575396)

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