Young Adult Books: Stand-Alone

Fantasy adventures and romances for tweens and teens to devour!

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How many pages: 208

Where to find it:

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What it’s about: “Zale. Gauthier. Varden. For me, these three dynasties have always sounded like something out of an ancient myth or fairy tale from another world. The concept of humans and dragons helping and living in harmony with one another, without fear, is a distant dream only read of, told of secretly, and quietly yearned for. For, you see, I am the new Quelda of the Tynan Dynasty.”

These words echo the mystery, horror, and romance found within Schulze’s young adult fantasy adventure novel. Along with her new husband, Chalom, Crislin must choose to embrace cruel tradition, run from it, or stand against it. The young couple’s only hope is to rally the help of the three peaceful dragon dynasties of Sulaimon—but tradition is not on their side, even outside Tynan. If they are to bring Tynan’s tradition to a permanent end, they must convince the dragon emperors to allow them access to the shrines which house the sacred Aria—protective strands of music which can disperse the evil from Tynan and unite the four dynasties of Sulaimon as a whole once again. Their only aid stems from a sprite whose moods are as changeable as her magic, a young minstrel, and a mysterious fox. Despite the odds, defeating the evil of Tynan is possible—but only if they can escape the Wall first.

What readers think: “Caught in a time period much like Narnia, this one will delight and entertain the reader in a magical way…a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.”

~ Kathleen (Kat) Smith, Goodreads

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How many pages: 169

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What it’s about: Three stories. Four princesses. Yet all are bound by the fate of two crystal rings.

What readers think: “What an amazing book! 3 short stories all intermingling with rings, love and adventure. From learning that love surpasses time to conquering curses to finding the home and family you’ve longed to find and meet. Christine E. Schulze has such a magical way with words that will leave you remembering her stories and longing to read more from her.”

~Alegna, Goodreads

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How many pages: 52

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What it’s about: Captain Jorah is notorious for being one of the youngest explorers to ever sail Zephyrian waters. He’s also notorious for landing his crew in situations they hadn’t counted on-situations involving cannibalistic mermaids and other dangerous misadventures.

When Jorah decides to search for the legendary underwater City of Larimar, he doesn’t account for the adventure that follows. Rescued from shipwreck by a mysterious young lady who walks on water and carries a singing sea shell around her neck, he soon finds himself reunited with an old friend once thought lost to him. Before he knows it, he’s caught up in a race against time to save her yet again-as well as her people-before a dark prophecy can complete itself.

What readers think:

“This story was beautiful, a little dark, and magical. I loved all of the elements that were incorporated into the telling, and I highly recommend reading this. It was completely original and extraordinary.”

~ Jennifer R Ricketts, Goodreads

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timedancerssmallHow many pages: 408

Where to find itAmazon

What it’s about: Escape dark wizards and free cursed gargoyles. Sail with a brave captain and rescue an underwater city. Journey with a mysterious knight and a yet more mysterious star maiden. Seek the cure to a hideous plague in a forest of eternal autumn. Step inside a magic veil into another world, and through a magic mirror into another time. Time Dancers combines Schulze’s most epic short stories and novellas in this collection of magic, mystery, romance, and the most fantastical adventures.

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one_starry_knight_notext8_frontHow many pages: 132

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What it’s about: “My heart was not broken, so do not think to fix it. It was ripped out and cast on the side of the road to beat alone for all eternity. I did rescue you. And I will care for you. But I will never fall in love with you.”

Thus Sir Kaos Jaspar declares to Evren, the young damsel he rescues from the slave market on his journey south. Always south. Evren doesn’t understand why he is so focused on the south, or what made the scars on his arms—or what created the bigger scars on his heart, the ones that keep him from opening his heart to anyone, including her. She doesn’t even really understand why he saved her in the first place. All she understands is that she wants desperately to save him in return. Impossible, it seems, for a man so stalwart in his ways.

But Kaos is not the only one with secrets. There is more than meets the eye with Evren as well. More that has to do with the way she can see in the dark, make wishes on a sunset gemstone, and tell stories about a mysterious people who live in the stars. Sometimes, all it takes is just a little bit of faith and a wish upon a star to bring love and healing to life.

What readers think: “An unexpectedly sentimental book and one that I would read again. It’s simplicity gave it a certain beauty and truthfulness not often found and it’s ending had me more than a little willing to read more of Schulze’s novels. “

~ Savanah Sutton, Goodreads

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How many pages: 106

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What it’s about: “My heart was not broken, so do not think to fix it. It was ripped out and cast on the side of the road to beat alone for all eternity. I did rescue you. And I will care for you. But I will never fall in love with you.”

Thus Sir Kaos Jaspar declares to Evren, the young damsel he rescues from the slave market on his journey south. Always south. Evren doesn’t understand why he is so focused on the south, or what made the scars on his arms—or what created the bigger scars on his heart, the ones that keep him from opening his heart to anyone, including her. She doesn’t even really understand why he saved her in the first place. All she understands is that she wants desperately to save him in return. Impossible, it seems, for a man so stalwart in his ways.

But Kaos is not the only one with secrets. There is more than meets the eye with Evren as well. More that has to do with the way she can see in the dark, make wishes on a sunset gemstone, and tell stories about a mysterious people who live in the stars. Sometimes, all it takes is just a little bit of faith and a wish upon a star to bring love and healing to life.

*This special illustrated edition features beautiful artwork from 13 different brilliant artists!*

What readers think: “Absolutely stunning, there are little words which can describe the sort of emotion that this story invokes. Miss Schulze has been known to write fantastical stories that have the feel of adventure and always ends with the soul of redemption, this goes a little deeper than that especially being a story that is so personal to the author….This is more than a love story or a tale of forgiveness, this is the heart of a talented and beautiful person laid bare for others to see, and I think that is a very brave thing for someone to do.”

~ Aly, Barnes and Noble

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How many pages: 114

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What it’s about: A forest of eternal autumn. Two sisters, one with a temper as fiery as summer’s hottest day, another with a temperament calm and sweet as the first day of fall, and the magic song that would change their lives forever. A girl with a wild spirit and a wonderful gift of song. A special horse that can fly without wings. An intriguing romance between a mysterious healer with a notorious reputation for wooing young, unsuspecting girls and then breaking their hearts, and the young lady who loved him enough to discover the dark curse he was under-a curse of revenge forbidding him to love anyone ever again-and to break it.

The Chronicles of the Mira tells of the adventures of three girls, Autumn, Amanda, and Lily, and how they helped to restore peace between their two peoples, the mysterious Mira and their closest cousins, the Scintillates. Two noble peoples who never grow old, and, thanks to these three, whose loyalty and friendship to each other, once restored, will never grow old again.

What readers think: “This collection of stories is timeless. Christine Schulze has done an incredible job piecing together a work that emphasizes the importance of love, friendship, and equality.”

~ Kayci Webster, Readers Favorite

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How many pages: 32

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What it’s about: Michaela Hania was born blind. However, one night, a mysterious young man comes to her in dreams, to show her colors and share worlds with her she would have never imagined being able to see.

But his identity remains a mystery; in the dreams, he appears to her only as a white figure, like a hidden angel. Who is this strange new lover who paints fairy worlds and composes lullabies for her?

What readers think: “I was so impressed with this story–I devoured it in one sitting! The idea behind the story is so cool and one I’ve wondered about before–could people who are blind “see” in their dreams? The fact that the author took this idea and turned it into this amazing story was so creative, and I loved every minute of reading it! I only wished there was more….”

~donniedarkogirl, Amazon

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How many pages: 126

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What it’s about: “True peace is not the absence of conflict, but of inner conflict…”

In this Christian fantasy swashbuckling tale, Elia is fascinated by the charming, adventurous stranger, Captain Jack Rocket. But he is, at once, both more and less of a stranger than she realizes. His name isn’t really Jack Rocket. It’s James Roquette. He’s not really a captain on one of her father’s ships but of the magical Sun Catcher, the most notorious pirate ship in the waters surrounding the Meleeon Archipelago. James longs for the quiet, respectable life of a gentleman as much as Elia longs for a life of adventure outside the castle walls. Oh, and he just happens to be her long-lost brother as well. Together, can they recapture the Moon Vessel and rescue Elia’s fiancé, Nicolai, while unraveling the many dark secrets of their past? And can Elia show James that it’s not through material wealth and stability that true peace can be found, but through the love and salvation of Christ?

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How many pages: 506

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What it’s about: Four tales of Elemental beings weave together to craft this magical anthology.  Elementals, sprites, fairies, Gargoyles, Druids, and dragon fairies weave these stories of love, forgiveness, self-acceptance, and perseverance.

What readers think: “This book is a wonderful read for anyone looking for that momentary tear-jerker or heart-wrencher, and puts Christine’s prowess as a YA writer on display in a wonderfully illuminating light.”

~Kayla, Amazon

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How many pages: 185

Where to find itBook By You

What it’s about: Our young hero is a gifted Shadow Ward, responsible for tracking lost souls and leading them to their eternal rest—a peace denied them during life. His instincts fail when he’s drawn into the home of a lovely but lethal young woman who immediately binds him to her with an unbreakable web of black lace.

Believing her to be a sorceress, he vows to escape before this evil creature leads him to his doom—but when his daring race for freedom nearly turns tragic, he realizes his captor’s true nature. She is a vampire of souls, destined to feed on a human’s life force. As much a victim as he, our heroine will die without him.

As our hero and heroine accept their mutual dependence, they also slowly accept one another—and soon deeper feelings link them even more powerfully than the black lace itself. Despite their friends’ doubts, the couple fall in love—until their dark pasts emerge. What terrifying secret connects them? And will it lead to their salvation…or their destruction?

What readers think: “What an amazing read. I loved that I got to be the ‘dangerous’ heroine instead of some damsel in distress like in other vampire tales. It was beautifully told and really atmospheric. Thanks for a wonderful novel.. ”
– Juliana B., CT, USA