The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood

When the news of his cousin’s death reaches him, Albie Mirralls sets out to Halfoak of Yorkshire, determined to not only settle the matters of her funeral, but to unravel the unknowns of her death. Now an outsider of a foreign land far from the bustling streets of London, he can’t help but question the rumours that surround Lizzie Higgs – surely nothing more than superstitious nonsense – yet stories of faeries and changelings begin to creep into his mind as things take an unusual turn.

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Weeping Season by Seán O’Connor

Waking up in the woods with no recollection of events, Richard is soon surrounded by strangers that share his struggle to survive in the empty wilderness with only limited supplies. As unwilling participants of a sadistic game, they’re at the mercy of a host that only wishes to provide sick entertainment to his viewers. Escape seems impossible, but the risk may be worth it if it means freedom and safety – the other option is to engage in the sport where failure means death.

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Parasite Positive by Scott Westerfeld

Cal Thompson’s life as a college freshman is left behind when he becomes the host of a parasite after a one-night fling, yet rather than transforming into a ravenous monster as is the usual outcome, he gains much of the benefits without the drawbacks – yet now considered a carrier, it’s his job to regulate the vampire population. On the hunt for ex-girlfriends he unwittingly infected in the past, the chase eventually leads him to unexpected places.

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