1. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Told in Kvothe’s own
voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to
be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate
narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years
spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen
yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life
as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age
story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a
poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
2. Hex Hall – Rachel Hawkins
Three years ago, Sophie
Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few
scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible,
consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only
when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a
prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her
punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward
Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end
of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard:
three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a
gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who
happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus.
Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking
students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares
for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to
destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
3. The Darkangel – Meredith Ann Pierce
A young woman’s unlikely
love saves the soul of an evil vampyre in Meredith Ann Pierce’s classic
fantasy. “Easily the year’s best fantasy.”–The New York Times “Seductive . . . bewitching . . . unique. A brilliant fantasy.”–Boston Globe
4. The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes – Diane Chamberlain
A lifetime of deception.
1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her
remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But
there is no sign of the unborn child.
CeeCee Wilkes knows how
Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what
happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the
devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is
facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the
truth, and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to
protect a lifetime of lies.
5. Vampire Kisses –
The mansion on top of
Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family
has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are
these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive
Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip
actually be true? Are they vampires?
Raven, who secretly covets a
vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s
loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
6. Intertwined – Gena Showalter
Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.
thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled
between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change,
however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a
girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him
or destroy him.
Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.
7. Shadowspell – Jenna Black
On top of spending most
of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a
formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some
more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as
the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite
and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae
A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a
mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked
in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together.
Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the
Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The
smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only
seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?
8. Once A Witch – Carolyn MacCullough
Tamsin Greene comes from a
long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most
Talented among them. But Tamsin’s magic never showed up. Now seventeen,
Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But
when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented
sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The
search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first
appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that
will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her
family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all.
This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate,
enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.
9. Providence – Jamie McGuire
Struggling with her
father’s death, Nina meets Jared Ryel, presumably by chance. However it
soon becomes clear that he knows more about her than even close friends.
When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark,
Nina learns that her father was not the man she thought he was, but a
thief who stole from demons. In searching for the truth behind her
father’s death, she stumbles upon something she never expected, and
something Hell wants, that only she holds the key for. Jarel risks
everything to keep the women he was born to save, by sharing the secret
he was sworn to protect.
10. Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground
gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby
Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In
Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had
her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.