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.

The Belles

By: Dhonielle Clayton

YAF Clayton

“In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to challenge the world” — Provided by publisher.


The Bone Witch

By: Rin Chupeco

YAF Chupeco

Tea’s gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become and asha — one who can wield elemental magic — Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.




By: Stephanie Garber

YAF Garber

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dremt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.



Children of Blood and Bone

By: Tomi Adeyemi

YAF Adeyemi

Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night the magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zelie has one chance to bring back magic and strike monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit  and outrun the crown prince, who is hellbent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orisha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.



A Court of Thorns and Roses

By: Sarah J. Maas


“Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a firey passion, the threats against the faerie land grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever” Provided by publisher.


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.




By: Sara Holland

YAF Holland

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocrats like the Gerling family tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember; she and her father were once servants at their estate, Everless, until an accident drove them away. After discovering her father is dying, Jules is desperate to earn more time for him, and returns to Everless amidst preparations for the wedding of Roan Gerling and the Queen’s daughter. Caught in a tangle of violent secrets, Jules must change her fate — and perhaps the fate of time itself.



Fate of Flames

By: Sarah Raughley

YAF Raughley

Before they can save the world from the monstrous phantoms, four girls who have the power to control the classical elements: earth, air, fire,and water must first try to figure out how to work together.


Ink and Bone

By: Rachel Caine

YAPB Caine

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is no a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly – but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.



The Iron Trial

By: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

YAF Black

Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him the the Magesterium only to be draw into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.



Lady Midnight

By: Cassandra Clare

YAF Clare

“Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn race to stop a demonic plot that threatens Los Angeles” — Provided by publisher.



The Last Descendants

By: Matthew J. Kirby

YAF Kirby

Nothing in Owen’s life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn’t commit. Monroe the IT guy at school might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father’s name by letting him use an Animus – a device that lets users explore genetic memories buried within their own DNA. During a simulation, Owen uncovers the existence of a powerful relic long considered a legend – the Trident of Eden. Now two secret organizations will stop at nothing to take possession of this artifact –  The Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. It becomes clear the only way to save himself is to find the Trident first. –Publisher



Moon Chosen

By: P.C. Cast

YAF Cast

When her clan is torn apart by a deadly attack, Mari, an Earth Walker with unique healing powers who has been chosen by a special animal ally, reveals her forbidden dual nature and forges a tumultuous alliance with a rival clan to save her people.



The Novice

By: Taran Matharu

YAPB Maatharu

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy where he must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands.



The Reader

By: Traci Chee

YAF Chee

“Set in a world where reading is unheard-of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered” — Provided by publisher.



Rebel of the Sands

By: Alwyn Hamilton

YAPB Hamilton

Desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, Amani meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan’s army and she unlocks a powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji… and herself.




By: Amy Tintera

YAF Tintera

“Seventeen-year-old Wren rises from the dead as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier until she is given an order she refuses to follow” — Provided by publisher.




By: Marissa Meyer

YAF Meyer

As she nears her goal of avenging the Renegades, who overthrew the villains to establish order from ruin, Nova grows close to justice-seeking Renegade Adrian, but her allegiance to the villains could destroy them



The Rithmatist

By: Brandon Sanderson

YAF Sanderson

As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against against the Wild Chalklings, merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebraska, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.




By: A.G. Howard

YAF Howard

Sent to the Roseblood Conservatory to study voice, Rune German develops a friendship with Thorn, a mysterious masked by, but Thorn is torn between his feelings for Rune and his loyalty to his father, the Phantom, who haunts Roseblood and has sinister plans for Rune.



This Savage Song

By: Victoria Schwab

YAF Schwab

“There’s no such thing as a safe city at war, a city overrun with monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent – but he’s one of the monsters. With the future of their home at stake. Kate and August are the heirs to opposing sides, and should never have met. Now they’re the only two who can do something to save the city.” — (Goodreads)


A Shadow Bright and Burning

By: Jessica Cluess

YAF Cluess

“When her unusual powers mark her as the one destined to lead the war against the seven Ancients, Henrietta trains to become the first female sorcerer in centuries — though the true nature of her ability threatens to be revealed”– Provided by publisher.



Six of Crows

By: Leigh Bardugo

YAPB Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts must learn to work together after they are offered an impossible heist that can save the world from destruction.



The Star-touched Queen

By: Roshani Chokshi

YAF Chokshi

“Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upended when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth. But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld  if she wants to protect the people she loves” — Provided by publisher.



By: A.J. Hartley

YAF Hartley

Repairing roof fixtures in an alternate world resembling Victorian South Africa, Anglet Sutonga investigates the death of an apprentice while caring for her sister’s baby against a backdrop of racial tensions, political secrets and a historical icon.


Strange the Dreamer

By: Laini Taylor

YAF Taylor

In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.



Tempest and Slaughter

By: Tamora Pierce

YAF Pierce

Arram Draper, Varice Kingsford, and Ozorne Tasikhe forge a bond of friendship that sees them through many changes as student mages at Imperial University of Carthak.



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 Traitor’s Game

By: Jennifer A. Nielsen

YAF Nielsen

After three years in exile, Kestra Dallisor has been summoned back to Antora by her father, right-hand man of the seemingly immortal king. Lord Endrick, but she is intercepted and kidnapped by the Coracks who want to use her to get the Olden Blade, which they believe can be used to kill the despot – Simon, one of the rebels with his own grudge against the Dallisors, is assigned to at Kestra has her own plans and she does not intend to let anyone get in her way.




By: Susan Dennard

YAPB Dennard

“On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a ‘witchery,’ a magical skill that sets them apart from others. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. Iselut is a Threadwitch, seeing invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her – but not those that touch her own heart. With the help of Prince Merik, a Windwitch – and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge – the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


The Wrath and the Dawn

By: Renee Ahdieh

YAPB Ahdieh

In this re-imagining of ‘The Arabian Nights,” Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is at it seems within the palace.




By: Scott Westerfield

YAF Westerfield

Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, all born in the year 2000 and living in Cambria California, has superhuman abilities that give them interesting but not heroic lives until they must work as a community to respond to a high stakes crisis.