Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (2012)
Alina Starkov was orphaned by the Border Wars, yet was content with her life as a map maker as long as she had her best friend Mal at her side. Once again war began ravaging the great nation of Ravka by surrounding enemies. When Alina’s regiment is attacked and Mal is brutally injured Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life. Her powers catch the attention of the Grisha’s royal court an elite and magical group that whisks her off from all that she knows. The mysterious and sexy Darkling is their leader and he wants to train Alina to harness her powers to destroy the Shadow Fold. But not everything is what it seems in this lavish world of the royal court and Darkling has an ulterior motive to make Alina his own. Will Alina trust her instincts and stay true to herself or will she have to pay the price with her life.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (2010)
At the end of their junior year in high school, 16 year old Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend Nick opened fire in their school cafeteria. Valerie was shot trying to stop him and saved a classmate in the process. Since Valerie helped Nick put together a list of people and things she and Nick hated and Nick used this list to pick his targets, Valerie was implicated in the shootings. Valerie spent her summer break in seclusion but now that senior year was upon her, she had to return to school and face her former friends not knowing whether they saw her as a villain or a hero. More importantly Valerie must come to terms with what happened and the part she played.
Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)
Room is where five year old Jack lives with his Ma. It’s a small room but it’s all Jack knows. She created this eleven by eleven square foot room into a home for Jack but it has been her prison for seven years. His loving Ma puts him in a wardrobe to sleep at night when she is visited by Old Nick. As Jack get older his curiosity grows too. How much longer can the room contain both Ma’s desperation and Jack’s growing curiosity?
Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King (2011)
Lucky Linderman's grandfather was killed as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and his father never got over it. Living in a dysfunctional home and being both physically and verbally abused by the school bully, Lucky acts suicidal. His mother decides to take Lucky to Arizona to live with her brother and sister-in-law but problems seem to follow him as he befriends an older girl with troubles of her own. Lucky has an ability to escape reality through his nightly dreams where he and his long lost grandfather fight in the jungles of Vietnam.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011)
The Night Circus is known to arrive without announcement or warning, just appearing after dark. It's black and white striped tent is filled with magical acts of illusion to delight and entertain all that attend. What the audience doesn't know is the two young magicians Celia and Marco have been trained since they were children by the mercurial instructors to compete in a game of competition. What Celia and Marco don't know is that the game is deadly leaving only one magician standing. As the two young magicians begin to fall in love their powers set off a domino effect of dangerous consequence for everyone.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (2009)
Marcelo Sandoval has been diagnosed somewhere along the autistic spectrum and has been attending a sheltered school. The summer before his senior year his hard driving father decides Marcelo should work in the mail room of his law firm. His father wants him to discover what it's like to "live in the real world". Marcelo soon meets two coworkers Jasmine and Wendell and learns all too quickly about competition, jealousy and desire. While "living in the real world" he also discovers who his father really is.