Celaena Sardothien, the most notorious assassin in Adarlan, has been summoned to the castle. If she can defeat the other twenty-three thieves, warriors, and assassins competing for the role of the King's Champion, she will be released from prison to take the position. But there is an evil in the castle, and when it begins killing the other competitors, Celaena's fight becomes a fight for survival, and she rushes to find the evil before it destroys her world. This is just the first book in a long and amazing series. The characters are well-written and developed, and the romance is beautifully woven into the story in a way that enhances instead of overwhelms the story.
Diabolics have a single task: protect the person they were built to protect at all costs. Nemesis would do anything, kill anyone, to protect Sidonia, the daughter of a galactic senator. When the power-hungry Emperor summons Sidonia to court, Nemesis knows there is only one way to protect her. She must become Sidonia. As rebellion stirs in the Empire, Nemesis realizes there may be something to her which she'd been told she didn't have: humanity. That humanity might be the only thing that could save her, Sidonia, and the Empire. I absolutely loved this book. The bond between Nemesis and Sidonia was sweet and went beyond the master-servant relationship they were supposed to have, which I loved. The plot was full of twists and turns that kept me constantly guessing.
Every act of evil committed has a price in the city of Verity. There's the Corsai, beasts made of shadow who feed on bone and flesh and the Malchai, sly vampire-like creatures. Then there are the Sunai, rare creatures who steal souls and can pass as humans. Kate's father is the ruthless leader of the city, who makes people pay for his protection from the monsters, and she wants to be just like him. The only thing August wants is to be as good as his father, desperate to save the city from the monsters. But how can he, when he's able to steal a soul with just a bit of music? When August gets the chance to keep an eye on Kate, he accepts the mission. But Kate figures out August's secret, and an assassination attempt forces them to team up to stop the threat to the city. The first of two books, this book perfectly lays the scene for a wonderful and terrifying world full of danger and adventures.
London has been ravaged by bombs and a terrible plague. The only people who survived the disease are children, Gwen and her younger siblings Joanna and Mikey among them. They must try to scavenge enough to survive while avoiding the Marauders, the deadly German army hunting for a cure they believe lies with one of the survivors in London. When Joanna is taken by the Marauders, Gwen will do whatever it takes to get her back. She crosses paths with Pete, who offers the help of fierce Bella and his underground city of Lost Boys. Will their combined might be enough to outsmart Captain Hook, ruthless leader of the Marauders? This steampunk retelling of Peter Pan was wonderfully written.
Scarlett has always dreamed of seeing Caraval, the magical, annual performance where the audience participates in the show. But now, with her marriage to a man she's never met looming on the horizon, she thinks her dreams are over. But when she receives three invitations from Legend, the Master of Caraval himself, she is swept off to the show by her sister, Tella, and a mysterious sailor. This year, the game is staged around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been warned that everything about Caraval is just a performance. Nevertheless, she gets pulled into a game of magic and heartbreak, as do the other players. Whether it's real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of Caraval are over, or risk loosing her forever. Scarlett's determination to find Tella is a major shining point of this book. The descriptions of the setting and clothing are so incredibly gorgeous and detailed you'll feel as if you're standing there beside the characters.
Since their mother died, Carter and Sadie Kane have practically become strangers. Sadie went to live with her grandparents in London, while Carter traveled the world with his Egyptologist father. One night, their father brings them together in an attempt to set things right. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him and forces the children to run. Sadie and Carter discover the Egyptian gods are awaking, and Set has set his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, they must go on a dangerous journey across the world. Their quest brings them closer to the truth about their family, and a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. If you loved Rick Riordan's other books you'll definitely love this one. For some reason, it doesn't get as much love as his other series do, although it deserves it.
Dunvegan School has been closed for many years, and has since been converted into a family home. Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins, and finds that the students left something behind. A glass case sits in her dead cousin's room, full of old dolls left by the school girls. Sophie thinks she hears them at night, moving and whispering. But that can't be possible. They're just dolls, right? This book was spooky, well-written, and kept me engaged.
Betrothed since childhood, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between her homeland and Mynaria, establishing peace. But Denna hides a secret: she has an Affinity for fire, dangerous for the girl who will one day be queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden. Now, she's struggling to learn the kingdom's customs, including riding their warhorses. To make things worse, her teacher is the standoffish Princess Amaranthine, the sister of her future husband. When an assassination shakes the kingdom, Denna and Mare join forces to catch the culprit. As the two become closer, their friendship threatens to become something more. But the brewing conflict makes the alliance more necessary than ever, and they must find a way to save their kingdoms and each other. This was such a fun read. The way Mare and Denna's friendship and eventual romance blossoms slowly is beautifully done.
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets are born. Three queens, each with a special set of skills. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to summon storms with the wave of her hand. Katherine is a poisoner, able to ingest deadly poisons without feeling a thing. Arsinoe is a naturalist, able to grow plants and control animals. But becoming queen isn't as easy as just being born. The sisters must fight for it, and they must fight to the death, starting on the night they turn sixteen. But Katherine can't tolerate the weakest of poisons, and Arsinoe has yet to make even a weed grow, no matter how hard she tries. They've been hiding their lack of powers, careful to be sure no one knows the truth. As alliances form and betrayals take place, it becomes clear that the queen who wins may not be the strongest. But she will be the darkest. There were so many twists and turns, this book kept me turning pages late into the night on more than one occasion.