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.
Ernie is a troubled thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent. Abandoned on the doorstep of an orphange when he was three years old, his only proof that he once belonged to somebody is a vintage Ernie Banks baseball card, a crystal acorn he wears on a string around his neck, and a strange spiral birthmark on the bottom of his foot. As a last reprieve before being sent to a juvenile detention facility, Ernie is allowed to spend three weeks on a working farm. When Ernie learns that the farmer's baby was kidnapped years before, he is determined to solve the case. Teaming up with Joey, a local tomboy, they investigate clues that lead them on a dangerous journey into a forbidden world of dark secrets, magic puddles, and the cavernous undergroun kingdom of the Puddlejumpers--eleven-inch-tall water creatures with whom Ernie has a mysterious connection.
In alternate chapters, Sadima travels from her farm home to the city and becomes assistant to a heartless man who is trying to restore knowledge of magic to the world, and a group of boys fights to survive in the academy that has resulted from his efforts.
Book I of A Resurrection of Magic series.
Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle. Matt discovers he is one of the Five, children who hold the power to save the world from a terrible ancient evil that is coming back. Fast-paced action and suspense along with lots of magic.
Book I of the Gatekeepers series.
When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.
See also: Book 2: Voices and Book 3: Powers