Benni Amato

Benni was born in a theater playing Star Wars, and has loved science fiction and fantasy ever since. She did go through a non-fiction phase, but now that her 50-70-hour/week job keeps her plenty occupied with non-fiction, she escapes when she can into the world of fantasy. Though clinically cleared of ADHD, Benni requires constant engagement, whether through good pacing, character development, or world-building. And while she would like to believe that she has more discerning taste than a child, she considers herself otherwise a good measure of whether a book will hold a child’s attention and do well if the movie rights are sold.

The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint

The Painted Boy is a standalone novel by Charles de Lint, following a young Chinese-American teenager, Jay Li. When he was 11 years old, a painted dragon appeared on his back, signaling that in the future he may wield the power …

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Zoo City is a standalone novel set in a fictional Johannesburg, South Africa. In Zoo City, if you commit a felonious sin, the Undertow comes for you and marks you with first an animal companion that serves as a manifestation of …

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The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King is the first book in Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series. The Iron King follows Meghan Chase, a perfectly ordinary high school teenager, who just wants some attention from the cutest guy in school, Scott Waldron. Unfortunately for Meghan, she’s just a …

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The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

The latest book by the prolific Mike Resnick is The Buntline Special, a standalone novel that gifts the events leading up to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral with a steampunk treatment. In this fantasy world—depictions of which are supplied …

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Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

Delirium is the first book in the Delirium trilogy, set in a dystopic Portland, Maine. Citizens of the United States receive a partial lobotomy at age eighteen to prevent amor deliria nervosa, the disease of love. The book begins when the …

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Toothless by J.P. Moore

Toothless is a standalone novel set in a fictional France in 1180 A.D. The Black Yew leads an army of the unstoppable undead, indiscriminately killing all in its wake. A few select warriors who are cut down are brought back …

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