Abbott, Ellen Jensen. Watersmeet. Y FIC Abbott
Fourteen-year-old Absina escapes the escalating violence, prejudice, and religious fervor of her home town, Vranille, and sets out with a dwarf, Haret, to seek the father she has never met in a place called Watersmeet.. SEQUEL: The Centaur’s Daughter (2011).
Anderson, M.T. The Game of Sunken Places. Y FIC Anderson (SERIES)
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure. SEQUELS: The Suburb Beyond the Stars (2010) The Empire of Gut and Bone (2011).
Anderson, Robert L. Dreamland. Y FIC Anderson
Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old, but when Dea breaks the rules, dreams start to become reality.
Armstrong, Kelley. Sea of Shadows. Y FIC Armstrong (Age of Legends SERIES)
Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must embark on a a dangerous journey when the spirits they’re charged with protecting turn vengeful. SEQUELS: Empire of Night (2015) & Forest of Ruin (2016).
Aveyard, Victoria. Red Queen. Y FIC Aveyard (Red Queen Trilogy SERIES)
When her latent supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion. SEQUELS: Glass Sword (2016).
Baldacci, David. The Finisher. Y FIC Baldacci
When Quentin Herms is chased from his village into the Quag, a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and murderous Outliers, Vega uses her skills as a talented decoder to uncover dangerous secrets.
Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone. Y FIC Bardugo (SERIES)
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegâe of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold. SEQUELS: Siege and Storm (2013) & Ruin and Rising (2014).
Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Y FIC Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first.
Barron, T. A. The Ancient One. Y FIC Barron
While helping her Great Aunt Melanie try to protect an Oregon redwood forest from loggers, thirteen-year-old Kate goes back five centuries through a time tunnel and faces the evil creature Gashra, who is bent on destroying the same forest.
Caine, Rachel. Ink and Bone. Y FIC Caine
In a world where the Great Library of Alexandria governs the flow of information to the people, Jess discovers that those who control the Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than human life after his friend inadvertently commits heresy.
Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. Y FIC Cashore (SERIES)
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. Fire (2009, Prequel), Bitterblue (2012, Companion)
Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones. Y FIC Clare (The Mortal Instruments SERIES).
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster. SEQUELS: City of Ashes (2008), City of Glass (2009), & City of Fallen Angels (2011), City of Lost Souls (2012). Prequels: The Infernal Device Series : Clockwork Angel (2010), Clockwork Prince (2011), Clockwork Princess (2013)
Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising. JPB C
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
Cordova, Zoraida. The Vicious Deep. Y FIC Cordova
After being sucked out to sea in a tidal wave, Tristan Hart returns ashore on Coney Island with no memory of what happened to him–yet he can sense the emotions of others and dreams of a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.
Duyvis, Corinne. Otherbound. Y FIC Duyvis
A seventeen-year-old boy finds that every time he closes his eyes, he’s drawn into the body of a mute servant girl from another world–a world that’s growing increasingly more dangerous, and where many things are not as they seem.
Elliott, Kate. Court of Fives. Y FIC Elliott
When a scheming lord tears Jess’s family apart, she must rely on her unlikely friendship with Kal, a high-ranking Patron boy, and her skill at Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory, to protect her Commoner mother and mixed-race sisters and save her father’s reputation.
Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron. Y FIC Fisher (SERIES)
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.
Fisher, Catherine. The Dark City. Y FIC Fisher (SERIES Relic Master)
Sixteen-year-old Raffi, Master Galen, and a mysterious traveler, Carys, enter the ruined city of Tasceron seeking a relic that may save the world, while evading the Watch, a brutal organization opposed to the Order to which Raffi and Galen belong.
Forster, Miriam. City of a Thousand Dolls. Y FIC Forster
Nisha lives in the City of a Thousand Dolls, a remote estate where orphan girls in the Empire become apprentices as musicians, healers, and courtesans, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. When girls begin to die, Nisha begins to uncover the secrets that surround the deathers–jeopardizing not only her own future within the City but her own life.
Green, Sally. Half Bad. Y FIC Green (Half Life Trilogy SERIES)
In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future. SEQUEL: Half Wild (2015).
Grove, S.E. The Glass Sentence. Y FIC Grove
In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods–thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.
Hahn, Rebecca. A Creature of Moonlight. Y FIC Hahn
Marni, a young flower seller who has been living in exile, must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and a life with the father she has never known–a wild dragon.
Hardy, Janice. The Shifter. Y FIC Hardy
Nya, a fifteen-year-old war orphan, becomes a pawn in a bigger political game when her uncanny–and dangerous–ability to draw out people’s pain and then give it to someone else turns out to be the only weapon she has to save her sister.
Harland, Richard. Worldshaker. Y FIC Harland.
Sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine is being groomed as the next Commander of Worldshaker, a juggernaut where elite families live on the upper decks while the Filthies toil below, but when he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run, he discovers how ignorant he is of his home and its residents.
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Y FIC Hartman (SERIES)
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents. SEQUEL: Shadow Scale (2015).
Heilig, Heidi. The Girl From Everywhere. Y FIC Heilig
Growing up on her father’s time-traveling ship, sixteen-year-old Nix struggles to preserve her life when her father pursues a map in the past that threatens her existence.
Hodge, Rosamund. Crimson Bound. Y FIC Hodge
A tale of darkness, love and redemption inspired by the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, traces the efforts of a reckless magical apprentice to save her world from a threat of eternal darkness.
Horowitz, Anthony. Raven’s Gate. Y FIC Horowitz (Gatekeepers SERIES)
Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle. SEQUELS: Evil Star (2006), Nightrise (2007), Necropolis (2009), Oblivion (2013).
Jones, Diana Wynne. Dark Lord of Derkholm. Y FIC Jones LOOK FOR MORE TITLES BY THIS AUTHOR!
Derk, an unconventional wizard, and his magical family become involved in a plan to put a stop to the devastating tours of their world arranged by the tyrannical Mr. Chesney.
Kirby, Matthew J. Icefall. Y FIC Kirby
Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with her best friend and an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the king’s victory in battle, but as they wait for winter’s end and the all-encompassing ice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.
Le Guin, Ursula K. Gifts. Y FIC LeGuin
When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of “unmaking”–A violent talent shared by members of his family–he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.
L’Engle, Madeleine. Many Waters. YPB L/ Y Fic L’Engle
The fifteen-year-old Murry twins, Sandy and Dennys, are accidentally sent back to a strange Biblical time period, in which mythical beasts roam the desert and a man named Noah is building a boat in preparation for a great flood.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. Y FIC Levine
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. Y FIC Lu (SERIES)
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities. SEQUEL: The Rose Society (2015).
McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. Y FIC McNeal
When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown
Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock. Y FIC Marchetta (The Lumatere Chronicles)
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere. SEQUEL: Frio of the Exiles (2012)
Marillier, Juliet. Shadowfell. Y FIC Marillier (SERIES)
Fifteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured, but when she sets out for Shadowfell, a training ground for a rebel group, she meets a mysterious soldier and the Good Folk, who tell her that she, alone, can save Alban. SEQUEL: Raven Flight (2013).
Mass, Sarah J. Throne of Glass. Y FIC Maas
After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Mead, Richelle. Soundless. Y FIC Mead
A fantasy adventure steeped in Chinese folklore about a teenage girl named Fei. When her village is suddenly in danger, Fei finds herself on a journey from the peak of her jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever.
Meadows, Jodi. The Orphan Queen. Y FIC Meadows
In a world where it is forbidden, refugee Princess Wilhelmina’s ability to do magic might be just the thing to help reclaim her kingdom, or ruin it forever.
Neumeier, Rachel. Keeper of the Mist. Y FIC Neumeier
When Keri is unexpectedly named the next ruler of Nimmera, she must guide the small, magical land through a perilous time.
Nix, Garth. Mister Monday. Y FIC Nix / YPB Nix
Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. Mark of a Thief. Y FIC Nielsen
Forced to enter a sealed cavern that reputedly holds the lost treasures of Caesar, slave boy Nic discovers an amulet imbued with divine power and finds himself at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War.
Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. Y FIC Paolini (SERIES)
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
Pearson, Mary. The Kiss of Deception. Y FIC Pearson
On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive–and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets–even as she finds herself falling in love.
Rowell, Rainbow. Carry On: The Rise of and Fall of Simon Snow. Y FIC Rowell
During his last year at Watford School of Magicks, Simon Snow, the Chosen One, faces a magic-eating monster wearing his face, a break-up, and a missing nemesis.
Roy, Carter. The Blood Guard. Y FIC Roy
When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove’s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she’s a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure–thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive.
Sage, Angie. Magyk. Y FIC Sage (SERIES Septimus Heap)
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
Salerni, Dianne K. The Eighth Day. Y FIC Salerni
Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn’t expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there’s an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it’s clear his life will never be the same.
Sanderson, Brandon. The Rithmatist. Y FIC Sanderson
As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.
Schmidt, Gary. What Came From the Stars. Y FIC Schmidt
In a desperate attempt for survival, a peaceful civilization on a faraway planet besieged by a dark lord sends its most precious gift across the cosmos into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Massachusetts
Scott, Michael. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Y FIC Scott (SERIES The Secrets of the Immortal Flamel)
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. Y FIC Stiefvater
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Tahir, Sabaa. An Ember in the Ashes. Y FIC Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Y FIC Taylor (SERIES)
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.SEQUELS: Days of Blood & Starlight (2012) & Dreams of Gods & Monsters (2014).
Tripp, Ben. The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, A Mysterious Princess, and a Sundry Magical Persons Besides. Y FIC Tripp
Donning his wounded master’s riding cloak to seek help in 18th-century England, young Kit Bristol is mistaken as an outlaw and catapulted into a world of magic, imperiled princesses and dark omens.
White, Kiersten. Paranormalcy. Y FIC White (SERIES)
When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend. SEQUELS: Supernaturally (2011), Endlessly (2012).
Wilks, Mike. Mirrorscape. Y FIC Wilks
In a world where all pleasures are severely restricted, Melkin Womper is apprenticed to a master painter where he discovers the Mirrorscape, a world inside paintings, and becomes entangled in a war between the restrictive Fifth Mystery and the rebels fighting to stop them.
Zimmerman, Virginia. The Rosemary Spell. Y FIC Zimmerman
Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old, magical book that has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. When Adam’s older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.
Zinn, Bridget. Poison. Y FIC Zinn
When sixteen-year-old Kyra, a potions master, tries to save her kingdom by murdering the princess, who is also her best friend, the poisoned dart misses its mark and Kyra becomes a fugitive, pursued by the King’s army and her ex-boyfriend Hal.