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Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true.
Here are some other YA Fiction books about not-quite-human beings, also with an element of romance:
Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith
Three alienated teenagers are drawn to a strange outdoor concert in the woods outside of Seattle, where they discover that they possess magical powers and that their destinies are intertwined.
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle
After a mysterious young wood carver with a horrifying secret arrives in her small Scottish town, Maddie gains his trust--and his heart--and seeks a way to save both him and her townspeople from an ancient evil.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. If you like this one, it's the first in a trilogy: #2 is Rebel Angels and #3 is The Sweet Far Thing.
Because you enjoyed the action and adventure in Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud, I have some other books you may enjoy.
If you haven't read Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy, you may want to give it a try. In the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand, a magician's apprentice summons the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet from a powerful magician.
Nick of Time by Ted Bell.
Nick McIver is no ordinary boy. He travels through time, fighting pirates and beating Nazis at their own game.
If you enjoy romance, here are some titles you may like:
Confessions of a NOT IT Girl by Melissa Kantor.
High school senior Jan Miller is convinced she's destined for the world's least fabulous life because she doesn't have IT. But, maybe, just maybe, being a Not It Girl will turn out to have some major rewards.
Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw.
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.
If you are looking for a book like The Tale of Despereaux, you may like
Redwall by Brian Jacques.
The peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of an evil rat and his villainous hordes. Matthias, a young mouse, seeks the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which he thinks will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy. This is the first of many books in the Redwall series.
Here is a possible match for City of Ember:
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.
Sure fire by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards.
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the
death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find
they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and
their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international
plot to control the world's oil.
Cross my heart and hope to spy by Ally Carter.
Did you know that Until Angels Close My Eyes in the last book of a trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel? In case you missed them, here are the first two books:
Angels Watching Over Me
Sixteen-year-old Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture.
Because you liked Forever in Blue: the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood, you may also enjoy these books:
TTYL - by Lauren Myracle.
Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade. This book also has a sequel, TTFN.
If you like the Nancy Drew mysteries, here are some other mysteries you may enjoy.
The secret of the mansion / by Julie Campbell.
Thirteen-year-old Trixie Belden and her friends search for hidden
treasure in a mysterious mansion owned by an old miser. This is the
first book in the Trixie Belden mystery series.
Danger at the zoo : a Kit mystery / by Kathleen Ernst.
Because you enjoyed The Talented Clementine, I want to be sure you know
that the library has other "Clementine" books by Sara Pennypacker:
Clementine, the first book in that series, and Clementine's Letter, the newest book about Clementine.
Here are some other books you may enjoy:
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary.
If you like, "Have You Seen My Duckling?" you may like these other books with simple pictures and not too many words.
Have You Seen my Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri.
A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.
The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton.
The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the bread she makes from it.
Splash! by Flora McDonnell.