Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fiction BAR)
The nation of Ravka is slowly being destroyed by The Shadow Fold. The Fold is gradually enveloping Ravka in impenetrable darkness filled with monsters that feast on humans. Alina, an orphan, discovers that she has a unique power, a power that may be able to destroy the Fold forever. However, to fulfill her destiny, Alina must join the elite forces of the Grisha and their leader, The Darkling. Can Alina leave her orphan past behind, including her best friend Mal, in order to save Ravka? This is the first book in The Grisha trilogy.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (YA Fiction TAY)
Karou is balancing two separate lives; the first as a seventeen year old, blue haired, artist who lives in Prague; the second as a surrogate daughter of chimera, monsters from a different world. When the chimera world unexpectedly closes off to her, Karou knows she must save her chimera family. In the process, she falls in love with an angel and discovers the truth about her past. This book is the first in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (YA Fiction MUL)
When Kendra and Seth are sent to live with their grandparents for a few weeks, they have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven, a refuge for mystical creatures. Fablehaven is home to trolls, satyrs, witches, imps, and fairies among other things. When an arcane evil is unleashed at Fablehaven, Seth and Kendra must work together to save their family, Fablehaven, and the world. This is the first of five books in the Fablehaven series.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (YA Fiction RIO)
After learning that the father Percy never knew is actually the Greek God Poseidon, Percy joins Camp Half-blood, a summer camp for demigods. Soon after joining the camp, Percy is sent on a quest to return Zeus’ master lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Gods. On this quest, Percy must prove himself by battling mythological creatures and overcoming obstacles set by the Gods. This is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane (YA Fiction DUA)
Thirteen-year-old Nita seeks refuge in the library from a gang of bullies. While there, she finds a book called “So You Want to Be a Wizard.” Nita can’t believe that the book is real, but after trying a few spells in the book, she discovers that they work! Soon Nita, along with another young wizard Kit, is off on a wizarding adventure that takes her to another dimension. This is the first book in the Young Wizards series.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (YA Fiction CLA)
Clary first meets the Shadowhunters when she unintentionally witnesses a murder at a club in New York City. Nobody else can see the murderers, and the body disappears into thin air. Shadowhunters are warriors dedicated to rid the Earth of demons. Soon Clary is pulled into the world of Shadowhunters and is attacked by a demon herself. But what Clary can’t understand is why demons would be interested in an ordinary person like herself. This is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (YA Fiction FIS)
Incarceron, a living prison so vast in contains forests, cities, and seas, a prison that has been sealed for centuries, a prison where descendants of the original prisoners are locked up forever. Finn, a young prisoner has visions of an earlier life, a life outside the walls of the prison. Claudia is trapped outside of the prison in a society that has been frozen in the seventeenth century. At one moment, Finn and Claudia simultaneously find a crystal key which allows them to communicate with each other and plan Finns escape. This is the first book in the Incarceron series.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YA Fiction CAS)
Set in a world where people are born with an extreme skill, known as a Grace, Katsa is born with a Grace she despises, the Grace of killing. Katsa’s uncle Randa exploits Katsa’s Grace by forcing her to execute or torture anyone who displeases him. But when Katsa meets Prince Po, everything changes. Katsa and Po discover a secret that could destroy the seven Kingdoms and it is up to them to save their land. This is the first book in the Graceling Realm series.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (YA Fiction CAR)
Elisa, the younger of two princesses, has never done anything remarkable and can’t see that she ever will. However, Elisa is also the chosen one, selected to become the bearer of the godstone. On her sixteenth birthday, Elisa is married to a king who needs her power as the chosen one. Perused by enemies, Elisa must trust that she was chosen for a reason and learn to control her power to help save those she loves. This is the first book in The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (YA Fiction HAR)
Tensions are high as the anniversary of four decades of peace between humans and dragons draws near. Seraphina Dombegh joins the court, just as a member of the royal family is murdered in what looks like a dragon attack. Seraphina partners with the captain of the Queen’s Guard to uncover the murderer and unearth a plot to destroy the peace. Meanwhile, Seraphina must protect her own secret, a secret so terrible that if known, it could take her life. This is the first in the Seraphina series.
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (YA Fiction FLA)
The Rangers have always intimidated Will, nobody in the village really knows how their magic works. However, at 15, Will is chosen to become a Ranger’s Apprentice. He learns that Rangers are the protectors of the Kingdom, highly trained in battle and surveillance. As Will is thrust into Ranger life, he discovers that a huge battle is brewing and it is up to the Rangers to stop it. This is the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.