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From author Elisa A. Bonnin comes Lovely Dark and Deep, a YA dark academia novel exploring magic, loneliness, and the power of found family.

Hidden off the coast of Washington, veiled in mist, there is an island that does not appear on any map. And on that island is Ellery West.

Ellery West has always been home for Faith. After an international move and a childhood spent adjusting to a new culture and a new language, the acclaimed school for magic feels like the only place she can be herself. That is, until Faith and another student walk into the forest, and only Faith walks out.

Marked with the red stripe across her uniform that designates all students deemed too dangerous to attend regular classes, Faith becomes a social pariah, an exile of Ellery West. But all she has to do is keep her head down for one more year to graduate, and she gets to keep her magic. Because when students fail out of Ellery West, they have their magic taken away. Forever. And Faith can't let that happen.

Except terrifying things are still happening to students, and the dark magic that was unleashed in the forest still seems to be at work. To stop it, Faith and the other Red Stripes will have to work together, risking expulsion from the magical world altogether.

About the Author

Elisa A. Bonnin was born and raised in the Philippines, after which she moved to the United States to study chemistry and later oceanography. After completing her doctorate, she moved to Germany, where she now works as a scientific writer. A lifelong learner, Elisa is always convinced that she should “maybe take a class in something” and as a result, has amassed an eclectic collection of hobbies. But writing will always be her true love. Publishing a book has been her dream since she was eight years old, and she is thrilled to finally be able to share her stories. She is the author of Dauntless and Stolen City.

Praise For…

Stolen City:

Stolen City is a thrilling fantasy full of twists and surprises. A page turner for those who love magic, intrigue and revolution!” —Judy I. Lin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Magic Steeped in Poison

"Bonnin’s sophomore novel is an action-packed fantasy told from the perspectives of multiple well-rounded, realistic characters, each with their own struggles. The author tackles topics of generational trauma and military ­occupation unflinchingly yet sensitively."School Library Journal

"The discussion of the past, occupation, and societal roles bind the characters together and lead to a satisfying climax. Cinematic action and an entertaining caper."Kirkus

"An action-packed and immersive fantasy
that'll have you on the edge of your seat." —Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars and The Kindred

Praise for Dauntless:

A 2023 Rise: Feminist Book List Pick

"An epic fantasy mixed with heart-pounding action and a touch of romance, Dauntless will ensnare readers until the very last page. Elisa A. Bonnin’s rich world building and gorgeous prose will leave you tearing through chapters. The rich magic, thrilling action and jolting twists will leave you craving more!" —Aiden Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of Cemetery Boys and Lost in the Never Woods

"Fast-paced, original and fantastic, Dauntless is a breathtaking joy of a book." —Tasha Suri, award-winning author of Empire of Sand and The Jasmine Throne

"Dauntless captures the best parts of every action-packed fantasy—breathtaking scenes of power and victory that push the limits of human tenacity. This is a triumphant tale of courage and self discovery that will make you believe in your own strength." —Kylie Lee Baker, author of The Keeper of Night

"With a truly inventive setting and so many twists and turns, Dauntless takes you on a journey that's often bloody, sometimes sweet, but that always keeps you guessing until the very end. Likable characters and sweet romances only add to this wonderful mix of ultimately embracing the unknown with courage rather than prejudice." —Diana Pinguicha, author of A Curse of Roses

"An amazing read, full of non-stop action and breathless moments. Spending time with these characters was a delight!" —K.S. Villoso, author of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

"Dauntless offers a compelling, complex narrative following a young teen soldier caught between two worlds and haunted by her past. Along with its slow-burn, sapphic romance and verdant jungle setting inspired by the Philippines, it's sure to capture readers' hearts and imaginations." —Sam Taylor, author of We Are the Fire

"Bonnin uses lushly described scenery and fantastical creatures to craft an action-packed adventure."Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250888570
ISBN-10: 1250888573
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: March 25th, 2025
Pages: 400
Language: English