These books often have to do with magical, mythical or supernatural places and characters as well as frequently having a medieval universe as the setting.

Across the Great Barrier

By: Patricia C. Wrede

YAF Wrede

In an alternate frontier America, Eff must travel beyond the Great Barrier and come to terms with her magic abilities — and those of her twin brother — to stop the newest threat encroaching on the settlers.


Alanna : The First Adventure

By: Tamora Pierce

YAPB Pierce

Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.


Artemis Fowl

By: Eoin Colfer

YAPB Colfer

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a most ingenious criminal mastermind, and heir to the Fowl family empire, a centuries-old clan of underworld figures and famous con artists. When Artemis kidnaps Holly Short, one of the Fairy People, to help him on his quest for gold, he takes on a Fairy world determined to rescue Holly.


City of Bones

By: Cassandra Clare

YAPB Clare #1

Suddenly able to see demons and the Shadowhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By: Laini Taylor

YAPB Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monters– the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.


An Ember in the Ashes

By: Sabaa Tahir

YAF Tahir

“Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When  her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claimthat they will help to save her brother from execution.” — Provided by publisher.


Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

By: Alison Goodman

YAPB Goodman

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.



By: Alyson Noel


Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people’s thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.



By: Ursula K. Le Guin

YAPB Le Guin

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of “unmaking”– a violent talent shared by members of his family– he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.


The Golden Compass

By: Phillip Pullman

YAF Pullman

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.



By: Marissa Meyer

YAF Meyer

In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.


Howl’s Moving Castle

By: Dianne Wynne Jones

YAF Jones

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.


The Lightning Thief

By: Rick Riordan

YAPB Riordan

After Learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a war between the gods.


The Raven Boys

By: Maggie Stiefvater

YAF Stiefvater

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own– and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.



By: Rachel Hartman

YAF Hartman

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.


Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

By: Jessica Day George

YAF George

A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.



By: Tamora Pierce

YA FIC Pierce

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.


Throne of Glass

By: Sarah J. Mass

YAF Mass

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.


The Winner’s Curse

By: Marie Rutkoski

YAPB Rutkoski

An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.


Witch and Wizard

By: James Patterson

YAF Patterson

A sister and brother, along with thousands of young people, have been kidnapped and either thrown in prison or turned up missing after accusations of witchcraft were made against them, and the ruling regime will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books.