Books by Sarah Beth Durst

THE QUEEN OF BLOOD by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Enough substance to break from the pack; here's hoping that future volumes pull even farther ahead."
In the first of a new fantasy series by Durst (The Girl Who Could Not Dream, 2015, etc.), a woman with apparently weak magical abilities but exceptional smarts and determination competes to rule her land. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Funny, warm, and highly imaginative. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sophie, whose overprotective parents run a bookshop but have a risky, secret side business collecting and selling people's dreams, suddenly faces, on her 12th birthday, all the dangers of the dream trade. Read full book review >
CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A quick but complex read—enjoyable on both counts. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Telekinetic teen Kayla lives a charmed life with her hippie mom until the past catches up with them. Read full book review >
THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: May 27, 2014

"This exuberant fantasy is finely crafted, filled with humor and very moving."
A daughter caring for her terminally ill mother must find her way out of an unusual desert town in Durst's debut novel for adults. Read full book review >
CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Patient readers will respond to this slow thriller about a girl with memory loss and magical powers, and a murderer on the loose. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Someone is killing atypical teens, and Eve is a witness, a target or an accomplice—she just can't remember which. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"From the gripping first line, a fast-paced, thought-provoking and stirring story of sacrifice. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
When a summoning goes awry, Liyana must try to save her people and learn how to live for herself, in this sweeping adventure. Read full book review >
DRINK SLAY LOVE by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Even jaded fans of the supernatural will find fun in this one. (Paranormal. 14 & up)"
A unicorn gives new life to the now-tired teen supernatural romance—kind of literally. Read full book review >
ENCHANTED IVY by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"A refreshing entry in the urban-fantasy field and a solid adventure tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Blithe and flighty at the beginning, the protagonist and plot quickly darken and deepen in this fantasy and magical coming-of-age story set at Princeton. Read full book review >
ICE by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Fans of fairy-tale retellings are the natural audience for this story. (Fantasy. YA)"
This slipstream novel unites tropes of fantasy, science fiction and adventure by including nods to Asbjørnsen/Moe and Perrault tales and scientific research and plunging a courageous but reckless teen heroine into the Arctic wilderness. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: June 19, 2008

"Fairy-tale-savvy readers will enjoy the inside jokes and be impressed by the overall intelligence of the writing. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Having decided that they no longer want to live the same stories over and over again, fairy-tale characters have escaped The Wild (where fairy tales are nurtured) to lead ordinary lives in the real world. Read full book review >
INTO THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst
Released: June 1, 2007

"Deeper than most rewritten fairy tales, this existential story is chunked with big ideas about the fairy-tale genre, yet the story is lightened with touches that will connect with its audience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Imagining something called "The Wild," which might eat your shoes while living under your bed, might be easier for a 12-year-old than an adult. Read full book review >