Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor: Karou has secrets. Secrets she cannot tell her fellow art students in Prague. Secrets so marvelous that even she will not believe the truth behind them. This enchanting novel explores identity and love.
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King: When a teenager prefers to spend his time inside his grandfather's nightmarish dreams of the POW camps in Vietnam rather than face the reality of his life, you know he has it rough. It's only when Lucky Linderman realizes that nobody's life is perfect that he can (maybe) find the strength to, well, live.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride: Sam knows magic exists, but he never thought HE had powers. Imagine Sam's surprise when he discovers he can raise the dead. To add to Sam's problems, a very evil and dangerous man wants Sam to work with him, or else. Horror has never been so humorous.
Kings of Colorado by David E. Hilton: Everyone has to grow up. William's time comes when he stabs his abusive father with a penknife. He is sent to a boys' reformatory in Montana where boys break wild horses and the reformatory breaks wild boys.
Legend by Marie Lu: In a futuristic war-torn western United States, an elite military prodigy and al alleged war criminal from the slums meet and learn the truth about their government. This is nonstop action at its best with a hero and heroine to admire.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Two young magicians, two horrendous father figures, two clever twins, one supernatural circus, hundreds of passionate circus fans, and one deadly contest.
Paper Towns by John Green: As human beings we often create perceptions of each other based on what we want to see, not on what is actually there. Both poignantly meaningful and hilariously original, Paper Towns points out the mistakes we often make in relationships and our own lives.
Shine by Lauren Myracle: A terrible hate crime rocks a rural southern community. With her best friend in a coma as a result, Cat is determined to solve the mystery. In doing so, Cat uncovers some unbelievable truths about her own family, friends, the small town she lives in, and, most surprisingly, herself.
The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf: In poems reflecting the voices of over twenty distinct characters based on real people (including the ship's rat and the infamous iceberg), readers experience the first, and final, voyage of the "unsinkable" Titanic.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: Lia struggles with anorexia, her parents, and the death of her bulimic ex-friend Casie. This novel offers a riveting view into the often mysterious world of eating disorders.