Cameron, Sharon. The Dark Unwinding. Y FIC Cameron
In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family’s estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurences soon have her doubting her own sanity.
Carriger, Gail. Etiqueete & Espionage. Y FIC Carriger (Finishing School SERIES)
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. SEQUELS: Curtsies & Conspiracies (2013) & Waistcoats & Weaponry (2014).
Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones. Y FIC Cassandra (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 bizzare 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)
Clare, Cassandra. Clockwork Angel. Y FIC Clare (Infernal Devices SERIES)
When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. SEQUELS: Clockwork Prince (2011), Clockwork Princess (2013).
Cremer, Andrea R. The Inventor’s Secret. Y FIC Cremer
In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain’s industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees’ struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memory, bearing secrets about a terrible future.
Cross, Kady. The Girl With the Steel Corset. Y FIC Cross. (Steampunk Chronicles SERIES)
Sixteen-year-old Finley, a lady’s maid in 1897 England, is forced to leave yet another job when the dark “thing” inside her knocks out the brutal son of her employer, and she is taken in by Griffin King, the orphaned Duke of Greythorne, who sees the magical darkness inside Finley and enlists her to join his little group of misfits in a quest to bring down the mastermind behind a rash of crimes committed by automatons. SEQUELS: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (2012), The Girl with the Iron Touch (2013) & The Girl with the Windup Heart (2014).
Doyle, Marissa. Courtship & Curses. Y FIC Doyle
In 1815, Lady Sophie Rosier’s first London season is marred not only by her physical and emotional scars, but also by magical attacks on her father and other members of the British War Cabinet, and while Sophie’s magical powers are unreliable, she and her new best friend Parthenope decide to investigate–despite the distraction of Parthenope’s handsome cousin.
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. SEQUEL: Sapphique (2011)
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.
Kittredge, Caitlin. The Iron Thorn. Y FIC Kittredge
In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.
Lee, Mackenzi. This Monstrous Thing. Y FIC Lee
When Alasdair Finch, a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva, brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, Oliver returns more monster than man. The citizens of Geneva think the pair were the inspiration for the recently published Frankenstein.
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.
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn. Y FIC Oppel (SERIES)
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface. SEQUEL: Skybreaker (2006)
Reeve, Philip. Fever Crumb. Y FIC Reeve
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.
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.
Slade, Arthur. The Hunchback Assignments. Y FIC Slade
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild
Smith, Andrew. The Marbury Lens Y FIC Smith (SERIES)
After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all. SEQUEL: Passengers (2012)
Steampunk!: An anthology of fantastically rich and strange stories. Y SS Steampunk
A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.
Swendson, Shanna. Rebel Mechanics. Y FIC Swendson
In 1888 New York City, sixteen-year-old governess Verity Newton agrees to become a spy, whatever the risk, after learning that the man for whom she has feelings sympathizes with rebels developing non-magical sources of power, via steam engines, in hopes of gaining freedom from British rule.
Trent, Tiffany. The Unnaturalists. Y FIC Trent
Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large over her. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured for refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s–and with the Unnaturals. As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London–and the world
Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan. Y FIC Westerfeld (SERIES)
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts. SEQUEL: Behemoth (2010), Goliath (2011)