Libby’s List~Tween and Teen Books

The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert

Ever since she was young, Tess has seen visions and had dreams no one else can understand.  After she freaks out using a Ouija board, her family decides to move to California.  There, Tess has sessions with a psychologist at the Edward Brooks facility.  While her parents are concerned about her mental health, Tess is more worried about how people will see her at school. She keeps the Ouija board incident under wraps and even manages to make her first real friend.  However, Tess struggles to hide her visions and the fact she is seeing a psychiatrist.  At night, dreams that seem to predict the future torment her and seem to wreck her daily life too.  With boy problems being thrown into the mix, how much more can Tess handle while she’s already on the brink of insanity?

 

The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

It’s Spring, 1386 in Hagenheim, Germany, and Rose’s friend, Hildy, has convinced her to watch as the young Lords Rupert and Wilhelm return to their castle from their university,  However, as soon as she can, Rose escapes to the home and workplace of Frau Geruscha, the town healer Rose is apprenticed under.  Although Rose doesn’t have much of a stomach for blood, she pushes through it because this will be her job someday.  When a chance encounter leads Rose to meet Lord Wilhelm, she never imagines a future with him.  She’s a commoner and he’s betrothed.  However, despite being pursued by his brother, Rupert, Rose can’t help falling for Wilhelm.  Little does she know, he feels the same.  Time is running out though and he will be introduced to and wed his betrothed soon.  What can they do?

 

The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

When Annabel’s father, once a wealthy merchant, died, her mother pulled tricks to keep their family from having to work in the fields.  Illegal tricks.  Now, the once pampered rich girl is forced into indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf le Wyse.  Le Wyse is the new lord of Glynval, England, and the rumors surrounding him scare the living daylights out of Annabel and many others in the village. However, Annabel is more afraid of the town bailiff.  When he asked for her hand and was rejected, he didn’t take it well.  His anger and madness become a constant fear for Annabel.  After Lord le Wyse saves her from the bailiff multiple times, Annabel begins to see him for his true self.  Not just the cruel beast he appears to be on the outside.

 

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The duchess Sophie serves is cruel to everyone.  Despite that, she seems to have reserved a special place in her wicked heart for Sophie.  Some believe Duchess Ermengard’s extra cruel treatment of her is because she is seen by most as even more beautiful than their self-obsessed ruler.  All Sophie wants is to escape.  When Gabe appears, seemingly out of nowhere, and tells her she is the duchess’s step daughter and is betrothed to his brother Valten, it almost seems too good to be true.  With the help of the duchess’s huntsman, they escape and flee to the Cottage of Seven.  From then on Gabe and Sophie begin to fall into desperation to get home and at the same time, begin to fall into a forbidden love.