Ward Against Death by Melanie Card is the 1st novel in her Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series of YA fantasy mystery adventures with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.
The series is set in a fantasy world with strong supernatural elements where necromancy is widely practiced, and stars an eventual couple who go around having problem-solving adventures together. This installment sets them up with their first case as a newbie necromancer raises a noble family’s recently-deceased daughter in order to let her loved ones say goodbye, only to discover that she believes she has been murdered and they need to find out whodunnit.
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The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, a pseudonym for prolific British YA fantasy author Allan Frewin Jones is the 1st novel in his Faerie Path series of young adult hidden heritage urban portal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.
The series is split between the modern world of London and the hidden world of Faerie, as the heroine discovers that she is a princess who has been lost for centuries among the mortals. This installment sets up her return to court and the beginning of her many problem-solving adventures as her former fiancée finally locates her, only to find herself torn between two worlds even as she must relearn her old life and face a threat to Faerie. NB: if you don’t want to know exactly what’s behind the threat to Faerie, avoid reading the blurbs for the next few novels in the series, which contain significant spoilers for important plot twists in this one.
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Wings by Aprilynne Pike is the 1st novel in her Wings series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with f/m romance elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Teen imprint.
The series is set in a stealth-paranormal version of our mundane world, starring a girl who discovers she has a hidden magical heritage. In this installment, the heroine’s family moves to a new town, where, having previously been homeschooled by her eccentric hippie parents, she experiences high school interactions with other teens, some of whom will become friends who help her uncover the cause behind the mysterious growth of her titular wings.
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The Dark Days Club by Australian author Alison Goodman, a recipient of the Aurealis Award and a Tiptree Award honouree, is 1st novel in her Lady Helen trilogy of YA Regency historical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.
This is also known as Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, which was used by its original Australian publisher Angus & Robertson, and is being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd novel The Dark Days Pact, due in January. The series is set in a magical version of the 19th century British Regency. This installment sees the debut of the heroine as she enters not only into London society for her first Season, but also the deeper, darker, and no less dangerous underworld of the supernatural.
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Evernight by Claudia Gray is the 1st novel in her Evernight series of YA paranormal high school fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.
The series is set in a secretly paranormal version of our modern world at the titular spooky Gothic boarding school, where the series heroine is a new student who has come from a small town and has no idea about the supernatural side of the world. This installment has her discovering the destiny which she hopes to escape, with the help of the obligatory love interest.
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The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by bestselling British author Joseph Delaney is the 1st novel in his The Last Apprentice sub-series which is the foundation of his Spook’s Universe setting of tween/YA supernatural dark fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Greenwillow imprint.
This was originally published under the title of The Spook’s Apprentice in the UK, where the series is known as The Wardstone Chronicles. This dark fantasy/light horror series is set in a magical version of Lancashire County, where supernatural beings haunt the English countryside and Spooks are elite magicians who are highly-trained to combat the evils that arise. This sub-series follows the training of the titular last apprentice of one such Spook, whose previous apprentices all had a very high mortality rate, with this installment introducing the one who will eventually survive, if he can overcome various fatal challenges including the titular witch.
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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the 1st novel in her The Body Finder series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.
This is a contemporary urban fantasy series starring a teenaged heroine has an unusual secret ability to sense the dead bodies of people and animals who have been killed. This installment is a suspenseful one which pushes her into trying to actively use her abilities to catch a serial killer, with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her, while trying not to become the killer’s next victim.
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The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel is the 1st novel in her Isobel Key series of New Adult supernatural investigative fantasy with mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Bloomsbury USA’s Spark imprint.
This series slips between the modern day and 17th century as a recent college student and a tour guide historian begin looking into the past history of an accused Scottish witch, in the process uncovering disturbing secrets about her and themselves. Offered free through the weekend in the US at Barnes & Noble.
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