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Mythology Reads for Teens!

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July 31, 2020

Much like fairy tales, myths have been retold over many years. Sometimes there are different variations of a story, making it interesting to read and compare across the versions. Mythology is ripe for retellings, whether realistic, like Seven Deadly Shadows, fantastic, like The Never Tilting World, or with elements of science fiction, like The Dragon Pearl. Sometimes in order to get the full impact of a retelling, you need to know the original story, so consulting Edith Hamilton’s “Mythology” can be very helpful, as can Neil Gaiman’s recent retelling of Norse Myths. Enjoy the rich diversity of mythology that has influenced writers and authors for thousands of years.


Book Cover: EVERNEATH

"EVERNEATH" by BRODI ASHTON

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Nikki Beckett vanished.  She was taken into the underworld known as Everneath. Here immortals feed on the despair of humans. Now she’s back and she has six months to reconnect with her friends and family. Six months before the Everneath will take her away. This time for good. First in a series.

 

Book Cover: SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS

"SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS" by COURTNEY ALAMEDA AND VALYNN E. MAETANI

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Life for Kira Fujikawa hasn’t been easy. She’s bulled by the popular girls in her school; her parents ignore her and she is keeping a secret.  She can see the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Kyoto. Luckily, she has her grandfather to lean on.  When their temple is attacked by demons, Kira must find seven Shinigami, death gods, to help her defend the temple against the attacks by Shuten-doji the demon king and find the way to defeat him. Spinning off from Kurosawa’s classic film “Seven Samurai,” the author has created a story filled with Japanese folklore and myths and the spirit to defend your family against evil.

Book Cover: BULL

"BULL" by DAVID ELLIOTT

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The story of the Minotaur, a monster with the head of bull and the body of a man who hides in the Labyrinth and eats people, gets an update in this novel in verse.  The Minotaur is a prisoner and the result of a sin that he never committed; his mother seduced a bull. Yet she gets away with it and the Minotaur is left to suffer.  This novel brings the story of Theseus and the Minotaur to a new readership and sees the myth in a whole different light.   

Book Cover: PROPHECY

"PROPHECY " by ELLEN OH

As the only female in the king’s army and the prince’s personal bodyguard, Kira is an outcast. But now she’s the only hope for her home city of Hansong. Mysterious murders of kings and hidden traitors indicate a demon invasion. Now Kira’s on the run with the prince to find a legendary ruby. Kira must fight demon soldiers, evil shaman and finally the Demon Lord himself to find the missing ruby and teach the prince to be a king. First in a series.

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"SILVER PHOENIX " by CINDY PON

No one wanted to marry Ai Ling. And she’s relieved in spite of the dishonor it brings to her family. She’s free and unwed and she likes it that way. But something is happening to her. As she tries to fit the pieces together, she begins to understand that she must journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams to find her father.  But her quest has stakes even bigger than she imagined. When Chen Yong finds her at the edge of a deep lake, he offers his help, even though he’s on a quest of his own. First in a series.

Book Cover: STARCROSSED

"STARCROSSED" by JOSEPHIN ANGELINI

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Helen is having nightmares of journeying across the desert only to awaken with her sheets full of sand. She’s having visions of three women weeping tears of blood. When Lucas Delos arrives in town, Helen is gripped with a nearly unstoppable urge to kill him. But she has no way of knowing that the two of them are destined to play roles in a tragedy that the Fates insist on repeating over and over again. First in a series. 

Book Cover: THE GODDESS TEST

"THE GODDESS TEST" by AIMEE CARTER

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Kate and her mom are an inseparable duo, but now her mom is dying. Her last wish it to return to her childhood home. Now Kate is starting a new year at a new school where she meets Henry. He’s dark and tortured and claims to be the god Hades, ruler of the Underworld. If she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mom alive while Kate attempts to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he’s crazy, until she sees him bring the dead back to life. Saving her mom is now within her reach. If she succeeds, she will become Henry’s bride and a goddess. First in a series.

Book Cover: TOUCH OF FROST

"TOUCH OF FROST" by JENNIFER ESTEP

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Gwen attends the Mythos Academy. It’s a school of myths, magic and warriors. Lately things have been strange even at Mythos Academy. Jasmine Ashton is murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then someone steals the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact. Is someone out to start the second Chaos War.  Strange and weird things happen all the time at the Academy, but Gwen is determined find out who killed Jasmine, especially because Gwen was the original target. First in a series.

Book Cover: SWEET VENOM

"SWEET VENOM" by TERA LYNN CHILDS

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Grace has just moved to San Francisco and is thrilled to start over at a new school. Everything seems fine until a minotaur walks in. Then a girl who looks just like her arrives to kill the monster. Gretchen is tired of monster hunting. Sending the minotaur back is just another night. She never expected to run into someone who is her double. Geer has her life pretty well together, but that all changes when two girls who look just like her appear on her doorstep claiming to be her sisters and all three are descendants of one of the scariest monster in Greek myths. First in a series.

Book Cover: ABANDON

"ABANDON" by MEG CABOT

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Pierce knows someone is watching her. Now that she’s returned to the land of the living after escaping from the realm of the dead. Now, she’s trying to move on. Moving to a new town and starting in a new school should help, but Pierce knows that ruler of Underworld want her back forever and she knows that she won’t be able to stay away. First in a series. 

Book Cover: OF POSEIDON

"OF POSEIDON" by ANNA BANKS

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Galen is a Syrena prince. He is searching the land for the girl who can talk to fish. Emma is on vacation and meets Galen, and their connection is immediate, but Galen’s not convinced that Emma is the girl he’s looking for. When a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her gift may be able to save his kingdom. He needs her help, no matter how risky. First in a series.

 

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"PERSEPHONE" by LOÏC LOCATELLI-KOURNWSKY

An adaptation of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone.  Persephone is an ordinary girl, which really bothers her—She may be adopted by the great magician Demeter, but Persephone struggles to fit in. Driven by nightmares and her own curiosity, Persephone decides to research the secrets of her birth, something everyone seems to want to keep a secret. With or without help, Persephone will embark on an adventure deep into the Underworld, where she discovers far more than she bargained for.

Book Cover: ORPHEUS GIRL

"ORPHEUS GIRL" by BRYNNE REBELE - HENRY

Raya is obsessed with ancient myths.  Living with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. Raya has hidden her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When they are both outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors, a reeducation camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Raya vows to become Orpheus, to return to the world of living with her love, and after Sarah and other teens are forced to participate in abusive and brutal “treatments” and Raya is determined to escape.  

Book Cover: THE VICIOUS DEEP

"THE VICIOUS DEEP" by ZORAIDA CORDOVA

Tristan Hart was sucked out to sea by a tidal wave and gone for three days. He has no memory of what happened, but his dreams are filled with a terrifying mermaid with shark teeth. Layla, his best friend, is convinced that something is wrong. Tristan can’t explain how he can sense emotions, or that he’s the heir to a kingdom he never knew about or that he’s suddenly a pawn in an ancient battle? First in a series.

Book Cover: ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS

"ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS" by SARAH MCCARRY

Two best friends who grew up like sisters have their unbreakable bond challenged by a gifted musician named Jack. Now each of the girls must decide which matters most: their friendship or romantic love. What they don’t know is that there is more at stake than either one of them could know. Jack’s music has awakened an ancient evil.

Book Cover: MYTHOLOGY

"MYTHOLOGY" by EDITH HAMILTON

Published in 1942, Edith Hamilton’s “Mythology” has remained a staple in the study of Greek and Norse mythology. Learn the stories of Greek gods that have inspired everyone from Ovid to Rick Riordin and discover the important stories that have influenced much of Western culture, including plays, art work and poetry.

Book Cover: THE ILIAD

"THE ILIAD" by GARETH HINDS

One of the most well-known war, the Trojan War was the scene of ten years of battles. In “The Illiad,” the poet Homer recounts the pivotal last year of the war. Considered one of the great stories of all time and a seminal work of Western Culture, this retelling in graphic novel format, makes this great story accessible to everyone.

Book Cover: THE ODYSSEY

"THE ODYSSEY" by GARETH HINDS

The story of Odysseus is a great adventure story. Featuring giants, witches and the wrath of a wronged god, this retelling follows Odysseus and his crew as they attempt to return home.  This retelling introduces the reader to Odysseus and his quest to make it home; one of the greatest stories of Western Culture.

Book Cover: NORSE MYTHS: TALES OF ODIN, THOR, AND LOKI

"NORSE MYTHS: TALES OF ODIN, THOR, AND LOKI " by KEVIN CROSSLEY-HOLLAND AND JEFFERY ALAN LOVE

This gorgeously illustrated volume is the perfect way to spark interest in Norse Mythology. Retelling the exploits of Odin, the All Father, the mighty hammer wielding Thor, and the infamous trickster Loki. Highlighting the power struggle between gods, dwarves and giants this edition will have readers returning again and again.

Book Cover: BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER: THE STORY OF HERMIONE AND HELEN OF TROY

"BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER: THE STORY OF HERMIONE AND HELEN OF TROY " by CAROLYN MEYER

Hermione’s mother is the beautiful Helen of Troy, the beauty whose face launched a thousand ships and sparked the Trojan War. Beautiful and impulsive, Helen leaves her husband to run away with the charming Paris of Troy, abandoning her daughter. When the ships sail for Troy to bring back the runaway Helen, Hermione stows away. While her mother enjoys the delights and luxuries of Troy, Hermione struggles to survive in the Greek camp outside the walls of Troy. Hermione wishes that the Gods will intervene to end the war and bring her love. Will she ever find true love?  Will she be able to forgive her mother for brining such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

Book Cover: THE ODYSSEY

"THE ODYSSEY " by HOMER

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For ten years, Odysseus wanders, battling giants, raising the dead and resisting witches, before arriving home and reclaiming his wife and his crown. Written in ancient Greek poetry, this story continues to be translated and read throughout the world.   

Book Cover: SPHINX’S PRINCESS

"SPHINX’S PRINCESS " by ESTHER FRIESNER

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Nefertiti’s quick mind gets her into situations that are far from the ordinary. Although she is a daughter of a commoner, her beauty gets attention; attention she would like to avoid. Her aunt, Queen Tiye, wants to use Nefertiti as a pawn in her quest to gain power. Nefertiti leaves her family and enter a life of intrigue and danger. But she will not rest as she challenges herself and the boundaries of ancient Egyptian society. Nefertiti must make a choice and stand for her beliefs in ways she could never imagine. First in a series.

Book Cover: OH. MY. GODS.

"OH. MY. GODS. " by TARA LYNN CHILDS

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Phoebe’s whole life is about to change. Drastically. Her mom returns from Greece with a new husband and a plan to move to an island in the Aegean Sea. Now Phoebe’s well plotted senior year dissolves and she’s trying to keep up with the other students at her new school. As if it wasn’t hard enough to be the new kid, her classmates are all descendants of the Greek gods. Drama is about to take on mythic proportions. First in a series.

Book Cover: THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN

"THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN" by ROSHANI CHOKSHI

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What does it take to rule a kingdom when you are only a teenager? Maya is cursed with a horoscope that promises death and destruction, which earns her the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Happy to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is changed when her father arranges a marriage of political convenience to quiet the rebellion. Soon she becomes the queen and wife. Neither are roles she ever expected to have to fulfill.

Book Cover: FALLING UNDER

"FALLING UNDER" by GWEN HAYES

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Growing up in a small California town, Theia Alderson’s life was sheltered. When a handsome new boy appears in school, Theia knows she’s seen him before, in her dreams. Hayden draws her in and then pushes her away. The only thing that Theia knows is the incredible pull she feels towards him is getting to be stronger than her fear. When she at last discovers who Haden really is, Theia’s not sure if she should resist him, even though it will cost her her soul.

Book Cover: THE SIREN

"THE SIREN" by KIERA CASS

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Kahlen is a siren, bound to serve the Ocean, by luring humans into watery graves. Akinli is human and a kind, handsome boy who is everything Kahlen could hope and wish for. Falling in love will put them both in danger. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

Book Cover: REAWAKENED

"REAWAKENED" by COLLEEN HOUK

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Lilliana is visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during her spring break, when she discovers a live Egyptian prince reawakened after many long years. Lilliana can’t imagine that she is chosen to aid him in an epic quest that leads them across the globe. Now she and the sun prince, Amon, travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers and stop an evil shape shifting god from taking over the world.

Book Cover: THE NEVER TILTING WORLD

"THE NEVER TILTING WORLD" by RIN CHUPECO

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For generations, Aeon was ruled by twin goddesses. Until one sister betrayed the other and split their world in two. Now the Great Abyss divides the two realms: one in eternal light, the other in cloaked in darkness. Each sister rules her part of the kingdom with their daughters by their side. Now those young goddesses set out on separate, dangerous journeys in the hope of healing their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands. First in a series.

Book Cover: WICKED SAINTS

"WICKED SAINTS" by EMILY DUNCAN

In a centuries long war, a girl who can speak to the gods, a prince in danger, and a boy with a monstrous secret must kill the king and end the war. Their three paths entwine in a shadowy world, where forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between light and dark.

Book Cover: THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

"THE COLD IS IN HER BONES" by PETERNELLE VAN ARSDALE

There are two true things in Milla’s world: Demons are real and her fear will keep her safe. Her whole world is her family farm. She’s never allowed to travel to the village. When Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes that they can be friends. But Iris has a secret. The village is cursed by a demon who randomly possess girls and the townspeople are afraid of who it will come for next. Iris is captured and imprisoned with the other possessed girls and Milla leaves home to rescue her and to try to end the curse forever. But Milla has a terrible secret of her own. She is changing and may soon become a demon herself.

Book Cover: A SONG FOR ELLA GREY

"A SONG FOR ELLA GREY" by DAVID ALMOND

Claire and Ella and their group of friends are bound together by ties so strong they seem unbreakable. When Orpheus strolls onto the beach, he sings them into a new understanding of themselves. Ella is so caught up in Orpheus’s song that she turns away from Claire. Now Claire is on the outside looking in and in pain. This novel takes the ordinary and spins it into a land of mythology and first love.

Book Cover: EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS

"EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS " by EMIKO JEAN

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In each generation a competition is held to discover the next Empress of Honoku. The rules are very simple. Survive each of the palace’s enchanted rooms. All are eligible to compete. Only yokai, supernatural monsters that the empress is determined to enslave and destroy, may not participate. Mari has spent her whole life training to become the Empress, so winning should be easy. Only Mari has a secret—she is actually a yokai, with the ability to become a terrifying monster. If she is discovered, her life will be over. Mari’s fate is tied to Taro, a prince who has no desire to inherit the throne and Akira, a half human outcast. Torn between love and duty, loyalty and betrayal the choices they will make will decide the fate of Honoku.

Book Cover: GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE

"GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE " by NATASHA NGAN

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Lei and her family belong the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people. Living in a remote village with her family, where the trauma of watching her mother snatched away by the royal guard, taken away to an unknown fate haunts Lei. The guards are back and this time it’s Lei they want—a girl with golden eyes whose beauty as piqued the interest of the king. Over the weeks of training in a gorgeous palace, Lei and the other girls learn the skills and charms a king’s consort will need. Lei does the most unthinkable thing; she falls in love and her forbidden romance leads to a plot that threatens her world. Now Lei must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice. First in a series.

Book Cover: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS

"FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS " by JULIE C. DAO

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Xifeng is beautiful. The stars suggest that she is destined for greatness.  She is meant to be an Empress, but only if she embraces the darkness inside herself. Xifeng longs to fulfill this destiny, the destiny promised her by her aunt, a fortune teller and witch. But will the price of the destiny be too high? In order to achieve this greatness, she must turn away the man she loves and use the magic that flows through her veins—a sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. The god who sent her on the journey will not be satisfied until his power is complete and absolute.

Book Cover: SHADOW OF THE FOX

"SHADOW OF THE FOX " by JULIE KAGAWA

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When demons kill Yumeko’s adoptive family, she flees with one part of an ancient scroll. This scroll has the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and grant one wish, every thousand years. Yumeko meets Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai with orders to retrieve all the pieces of the scroll for his employer. Now, Kage is Yumeko’s best hope to stay alive, but she must begin a deception of a lifetime, knowing her secrets are the key to the fate of the world. First in a series.  

Book Cover: FLAME IN THE MIST

"FLAME IN THE MIST" by RENEE AHDIEH

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Mariko has always known her place in the world. Although she is a cunning alchemist, she is girl, and her future remains out of her hands. She’s been promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort. This political marriage will elevate her family’s standing. But in route to the imperial city, there is an ambush set by the Black Clan, hired to kill her. Now hiding as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan. Within their ranks she is appreciated for her skills and intellect. She also finds love that will force her to question all she ever thought she knew about her deepest desires and her family. First in a series.

Book Cover: THE BONE WITCH

"THE BONE WITCH" by RIN CHUPECO

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When you raise the dead, that resurrection comes at price. Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead and learns that she is different from all the other witches in her family. She is a bone witch, which makes her feared and ostracized by her community. Tea is able to find solace and guidance with an older bone witch. In her new home, Tea focusses all her energy into becoming an asha, one who can wield elemental magic. Dark forces are approaching and in the face of that danger, Tea will have to overcome obstacles and make an important choice. First in a series.

Book Cover: THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT

"THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT" by SWATI TEERDHALA

Esha lost everything to a royal coup. As the legendary rebel, Viper, she’s made those guilty pay for their deeds. Now she’s asked to take on her most important mission: taking down the cruel General Hotha. Kunai has been a soldier in his uncle’s army since childhood. His uncle makes sure that Kunai never strays from this path, even though he longs to join the outside world. When their paths cross, an impossible chain of events starts to unfold. Both think they are calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving pieces around the board. Both must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve ended or with their love that allows them to dream of something more.

Book Cover: A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

"A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS " by ELLEN OH AND ELSIE CHAPMAN

This anthology brings together some of the best authors of teen books to explore the themes and mythology of East and South Asia. From science fiction to fantasy to contemporary, these stories blend romance and tales of revenge to  inspire readers from start to finish.

Book Cover: THE SHADOW BEHIND THE STARS

"THE SHADOW BEHIND THE STARS " by REBECCA HAHN

The three Fates weave the lives of mortal men and women into their tapestry, cutting the thread at the end of life. Chloe is the youngest; she spins the wool of life starting with each mortal’s birth. She has lived forever and will live forever on an island near Greece. It is dangerous for them to become involved in any of the lives they spin. When Aglaia shows up on their doorstep, Chloe tries to keep her sisters from becoming too attached to the mortal. But in attempting to protect her sisters she discovers the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. The three fates find themselves pulled along on Aglaia’s path as her destiny unfolds, showing them mortal pain and love, and a fate that could end the world.


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