When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.
This is Book 1 of The Legend of Beka Cooper and is a "prequel" story about an ancestor of many of this author's other books' characters.
After the death of her beloved father, headstrong princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm becomes warrior queen of her homeland, Icemark, defending it from a formidable invader. Despite Thirrin's bravery and the support of Oskan, the Witch's son, the task proves more difficult than Thirrin ever dreamed. She must assemble a force to rival her opponent. And, in the chill winter of Icemark, she only has until spring to unite the strange beasts and frightening creatures who live just outside her country. Ultimately, it is Thirrin's vision and determination that will see her through to victory.
See also Book 2: Blade of Fire
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: Ace Detective. Snappy Dresser. Razor-Tongued Wit. Crackerjack Sorcerer. And--walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton. He's also ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, an unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.
See also Book 2: Playing With Fire
Gossip Girl meets Dracula! Certain teenagers from some of New York City's wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn a startling secret about their bloodlines--they are becoming vampires.
See also Book 2: Masquerade
Book I of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. In this series that combines Stone Age anthropology with supernatural mythology, Torak befriends a wolf who becomes his best friend and "packmate," and they go up against supernatural bears and crazy humans alike. Thre are lots of outdoor survival scenes and tense action in these books, plus animal behavior--the way Torak and Wolf "talk" in wolfspeak is really neat. The magical elements are also fascinating, as Torak learns he has the ability to "spirit walk" in the body of animals.