Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone. Y FIC Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy 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 & Rising (2014).
Bray, Libby. A Great and Terrible Beauty. Y FIC Bray (SERIES)
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
Brignull, Irena. The Hawkweed Prophecy. Y FIC Brignull
Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who befriending them both tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember’s friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?
Brown, Teri. Born of Illusion. Y FIC Brown
Set in 1920s New York City, this is the story of budding magician Anna Van Housen, who has spent her whole life playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother–and trying to hide the fact that she actually possesses the very abilities her mother fakes.
Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Y FIC Carson (SERIES)
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. SEQUELS: The Crown of Embers (2012) & The Bitter Kingdom (2013).
Hawkins, Rachel. Hex Hall. Y FIC Hawkins (SERIES)
When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. SEQUELS: Demonglass (2011), Spellbound (2012), School Spirits (2013).
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).
Jobin, Matthew. The Nethergrim. Y FIC Jobin (SERIES)
An evil force has been awakened from years of sleep and it’s up to 14-year-old Edmund, an aspiring sorcerer, and his friends to stop it. SEQUEL: The Skeleth (2016).
Jones, Diana Wynne. Dark Lord of Derkholm. Y FIC Jones
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.
Knox, Elizabeth. Mortal Fire. Y FIC Knox
When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.
Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea. Y FIC Le Guin (Earthsea SERIES)
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard. SEQUELS: The Tomb of Atuan, The Farthest Shore .
Lehrman, Maggie. The Cost of all Things. Y FIC Lehrman
When her boyfriend dies, a grieving Ari uses a spell to erase her memories of him, but this spell triggers a series of events that reveal hidden, and sometimes dangerous, connections between her friends and the boyfriend she no longer remembers.
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).
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.
Moriarty, Chris. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice. Y FIC Moriarty
In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler’s ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department’s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history.
Morris, Gerald. The Squire’s Tale. Y FIC Morris
In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain’s worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity.
Nix, Garth. Newt’s Emerald. Y FIC Nix
After the Newington Emerald is stolen at the height of a conjured storm, eighteen-year-old Lady Truthful Newington goes to London, disguised as a man, to search for the magical heirloom of her house, and is soon caught up in a dangerous adventure where she must risk her life, her reputation, and her heart.
Patterson, James. Witch and Wizard. Y FIC Patterson (SERIES)
Torn from their parents in a society increasingly controlled by the government, 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, are incarcerated in a totalitarian prison where they discover they have incredible supernatural powers. SEQUELS: The Gift (2010), The Fire (2011), The Kiss (2013).
Pierce, Tamora. Briar’s Book. Y PB P
Briar, a young mage-in-training, and his teacher Rosethorn must use their magic to fight a deadly plague that is ravaging Summersea.
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.
Scott, Michael. The Alchemyst. Y FIC Scott (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel SERIES)
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. SEQUELS: The Magician (2008), The Sorceress (2009), The Necromancer (2010), The Warlock (2011), The Enchantress (2012).
Skye, Evelyn. The Crown’s Game. Y FIC Skye
When the tsar of the Ottoman Empire demands the assistance of a wizard to fend off Kazakh invaders, the country’s only two enchanters are forced to compete in a dual to the death in spite of their growing feelings for one another.
Sullivan, Laura L. Delusion. Y FIC Sullivan
Two beautiful teenage sisters, Phil and Fee Albion, descendents of a long line of stage illusionists, are sent from London to the countryside during World War II, only to discover a hidden college of real magicians who just might help them save England from the Nazis.
Tarr, Judith. His Majesty’s Elephant. Y FIC Tarr
Charlemagne’s daughter must call on her own magic and the power of a young Breton and a special elephant to save her father from a deadly Byzantine spell.
Weingarten, Lynn. The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers. Y FIC Weingarten
When her boyfriend ends their relationship, high school sophomore Lucy thinks she will never recover from the heartbreak until she meets three magical girls who say they can heal her, but at a cost.
Wrede, Patricia C. Dealing With Dragons. Y FIC Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.
Yovanoff, Brenna. Fiendish. Y FIC Yovanoff
Clementine DeVore, seventeen, is determined to learn what happened ten years ago that led to her magical imprisonment and problems in her town, but a dangerous attraction to Fisher, the boy who freed her, town politics, and the terrifying Hollow get in the way.
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.