9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray is expecting fun when she goes to the Pandemonium Club not murder perpetrated by teenagers covered in tattoos and wielding weapons. In fact, she doesn’t expect for no one else to notice the body vanished or see these strange individuals and yet she’s the only one who seems to have seen anything.
What she witnessed puts Clary on the radar of the Shadowhunters, demon slayers who typically don’t pay mundanes like Clary any mind. But when her mother goes missing and it becomes clear Clary has the Sight, she’s not the only one with questions. She’s just not rude about it like Jace, a Shadowhunter whose world she didn’t ask to be pulled into or even knew existed.
City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. The book is available in print, audio, and e-book format. In 2013, the book was adapted into a film starring Lily Collins (Emily in Paris) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight Saga). Freeform later developed a television adaptation based on the book series starring Katherine McNamara (Arrow) and Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Academy).
10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes has powers unlike anything anyone has seen let alone in the small town of Gatlin. She’s also dealing with a generational curse and desperately trying to hide her abilities which is made difficult when Ethan Wate enters her life.
Ethan wants nothing more than to leave Gatlin, but he can’t help his connection to Lena. He’s dreamt of her though he’s never met her, and when she moves into the oldest and most infamous plantation in town, Ethan makes a point of getting to the bottom of why he’s drawn to Lena.
Beautiful Creatures is the first book in the Caster Chronicles series. The book is available in print, audio, and e-book format. Beautiful Creatures has also been adapted into a film starring Alice Englert (Ratched) and Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo).
11. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
Twinkle Mehra is a filmmaker or rather she aspires to be one. She’s also a wallflower which complicates things, but Twinkle has a world of stories inside of her just waiting to get out, if she’s just given a chance. Twinkle’s opportunity comes when Sahil Roy, a fellow movie geek, asks her to direct a movie for the Summer Festival.
Her directing debut also puts Twinkle in close proximity to her crush, Neil, Sahil’s twin brother. But the heart can be a very fickle thing and though Neil is who Twinkle thought she wanted–complete with a flirty anonymous email chain she believes she has going with him–she’s starting to fall for Sahil in all of his charming adorkable glory. What’s a young director to do when love presents her with an unexpected twist?
From Twinkle, With Love is available in print, audio, and e-book format.
12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hazel has terminal cancer. It’s been some time since cancer didn’t sit at the heart of her story. Her tumor-shrinking miraculously hasn’t changed that fact for her. All its done is given her a few more years before death completes the cycle of her life and puts a period on the story of her life.
Then Hazel meets Augustus at her Cancer Kid Support Group and suddenly cancer isn’t at the center of her life anymore. Sure, it’s there. Her constant unwelcome companion whose scythe gleams so bright, she can barely picture her life without it. But, so is August. Her plot twist. The male lead in their shared love story.
The Fault in Our Stars is available in print, audio, and e-book format. The book has also been adapted into a film starring Shailene Woodley (Divergent) and Ansel Elgort (Divergent).