Graceling. Kristin Cashore. Y Cashore.
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. Also try the prequel, Fire.
Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo. D. M. Cornish. Y Cornish.
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. Also try the sequel Lamplighter.
Dreamhunter (Book One). Elizabeth Knox. Y Knox.
Laura and her sister, Rose, are the daughters of Dreamhunters. In the midst of a fascinating landscape, Laura’s dreamy childhood is ending and a nightmare beginning. This rich novel, filled with beauty, danger, politics, and intrigue, comes to a powerful crescendo.Also try the sequel Dreamquake.
Snow-Walker. Catherine Fisher. YPB Fisher.
The snow-walker Gudrun came from the swirling mists and icy depths beyond the edge of the world to rule the Jarl’s people with fear and sorcery, but a small band of outlaws will fight to the death to restore the land to its rightful leader.
Wicked Lovely. Melissa Marr. Y Marr.
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance. Also try the others in this series: Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, and soon Radiant Shadows.
Chalice. Robin McKinley. Y McKinley.
A beekeeper by trade, Mirasol’s life changes completely when she is named the new Chalice, the most important advisor to the new Master, a former priest of fire.
Airborn. Kenneth Oppel. Y Oppel.
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. Also try the sequels Skybreaker and Starclimber.
The Wee Free Man. Terry Pratchett. Y Pratchett.
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. Also try the sequels A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith.
The Last of the High Kings. Kate Thompson. Y Thompson.
When eleven-year-old Jenny Liddy, in turmoil over learning that she is a changeling, makes a deal with a devil creature, she endangers the human race but her own cleverness, her human and fairy fathers, and the last of Ireland’s High Kings help to make things right.
The Thief. Megan Whalen Turner. Y Turner; YPB Turner.
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone. Readers who like snide, quick-tempered, softhearted heroes will love Gen. Also try the sequels The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and soon A Conspiracy of Kings.
Impossible. Nancy Werlin. Y Werlin.
When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.