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Dark romance

Starcrossed

Seen the final Twilight film and feeling bereft?  Fear not - the books on our list will help you fill the Twilight-shaped hole in your life.

Taking a range of different approaches to the dark romance genre, these are all compelling novels combining love and passion with supernatural mystery.

  • City of Bones

    Author: Cassandra Clare

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • City of Bones

    Author: Cassandra Clare

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

    When Clary visits a nightclub, she discovers that she is one of the Shadowhunters - a group of demon-hunters living in a worl…

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  • Shiver

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Shiver

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    Set in small-town Minnesota, Stiefvater’s moving and poetic novel of human/wolf interaction and relationships is a werewolf …

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  • Fallen

    Author: Lauren Kate

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Fallen

    Author: Lauren Kate

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Luce has been falsely implicated in the mysterious death of a school friend, and much to her despair, has been sent to reform scho…

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  • Angel

    Author: LA Weatherly

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Angel

    Author: LA Weatherly

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    A thriller with a difference, this riveting read explores the conflicting emotions felt by two young people who know that only by …

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  • Barefoot on the Wind

    Author: Zoe Marriott

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Barefoot on the Wind

    Author: Zoe Marriott

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    This stylish reworking of Beauty and the Beast unfolds in mythical Japan. Beautiful visual imagery, viscerally brutal action and d…

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  • Starcrossed

    Author: Josephine Angelini

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Starcrossed

    Author: Josephine Angelini

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 12+

    When the beautiful and mysterious Delos family arrive on Nantucket Island, Helen Hamilton's teenaged life is turned upside down.

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  • Grave Matter

    Author: Juno Dawson Illustrator: Alex T Smith

    Interest level: 13-16

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Grave Matter

    Author: Juno Dawson Illustrator: Alex T Smith

    Interest level: 13-16

    Reading age: 8+

    After Eliza dies, Samuel gets caught up in the sinister rituals of an occult sect, which promises to bring back his one true love.…

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  • The Ghost Bride

    Author: Yangsze Choo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Ghost Bride

    Author: Yangsze Choo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Set in 1890s Malaysia, this is the story of seventeen-year-old Li Lan, whose quiet life with her father is dramatically altered wh…

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  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Author: Ruth Frances Long

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Author: Ruth Frances Long

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Izzy, who is only just getting used to her new powers, must try to stop a war breaking out. Hunted into the hills, she encounters …

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  • Shadow and Bone

    Author: Leigh Bardugo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Shadow and Bone

    Author: Leigh Bardugo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    In this richly-imagined and beautifully-written novel, Leigh Bardugo has created a vivid fantasy world drawing on Russian traditio…

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  • Burn Mark

    Author: Laura Powell

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Burn Mark

    Author: Laura Powell

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    This supernatural thriller is set in an alternate modern day London in which witchcraft exists, but those who have 'the fae' have …

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  • Lady Midnight

    Author: Cassandra Clare

    Interest level: 16+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Lady Midnight

    Author: Cassandra Clare

    Interest level: 16+

    Reading age: 14+

    Shadowhunters Julian and Emma are parabatai. They are allowed to do absolutely everything together except fall in love.

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  • Haunt Me

    Author: Liz Kessler

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Haunt Me

    Author: Liz Kessler

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    Introverted Erin has just moved to a new house and school - and finds her new bedroom is haunted by teenager Joe. With a mature an…

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  • Angel Dust

    Author: Sarah Mussi

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Angel Dust

    Author: Sarah Mussi

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Serafina is one of the brightest and most beloved of all God's angels - until she is sent down to earth to collect the soul of Mar…

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  • The Diviners

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    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Diviners

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    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    In this lively and atmospheric tale of 1920s New York, party girl Evie finds herself investigating a sinister string of occult mur…

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  • Falling to Ash

    Author: Karen Mahoney

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Falling to Ash

    Author: Karen Mahoney

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Moth, a newly-made Vampire, used to be a normal teenage girl called Marie. Now, she is trying to juggle the demands of her living …

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  • The Night Itself

    Author: Zoe Marriot

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Night Itself

    Author: Zoe Marriot

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 13+

    Mio feels a little anxious when she secretly takes her family's katana from her parents' attic, so she can use it as part of a fan…

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  • The Declaration

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    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Declaration

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    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    A chilling story of a future where Longevity drugs have made sections of the population almost immortal. This is a thought-provoki…

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