Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett - YA F Faw
Kamzin grew up in a village on the edge of her kingdom's habitable land. Beyond are the witches' forest and Raksha, a mountain that is ridiculously tall and ridiculously dangerous to try to climb thanks to its frigid weather. But, Kamzin, an intrepid climber, joins River, the Royal Explorer, on his mission to climb Raksha, where the witches' lost city is rumored to have been. Will Kamzin and River and the rest of the time make it? Or will the biting winds and the biting monsters get them first?
Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen - YA F Van
Wren is bitter. Wren is angry. Wren is pissed. How dare she be shipped off to the Utah wilderness to camp? How dare she be forced to cooperate with her camp-mates in order to survive? This must be child abuse. But, maybe, a tiny voice that sounds like reason whispers, Wren deserves it. I mean, she has been drinking, smoking pot, lying, and stealing. Maybe this is what Wren needs to help turn her life around. I mean, her parents thought it was worth a shot since they are the ones who kindapped her in the middle of the night to send her to wilderness therapy camp.
Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale - YA F Mac
Bobby Pendragon is a normal 14 year-old boy until his Uncle Press whisks him away through time and space to a new world called Denduron. A new world that is in need of a savior, and, luckily for them, Bobby is to be that savior! Bobby will have to battle strange beings, defeat a magical tyrant, and end a dangerous revolution. Will he be up to the challenge?
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken - YA F Bra
Surprise! Etta won't grow up to a professional violinist, but a time traveler! Apparently, this a family position that everyone neglected to share with her. So, instead of walking on stage to perform, she's walking across a ship in the high seas of 1776, on a quest to find a valuable and dangerous item that could threaten time as we know it.
The Reader by Traci Chee - YA F Che
Orphan Sefia's life is full of mysteries: Why were her parents brutally murdered? What is this rectangular thing with strange symbols that they were hiding? Why were they hiding it? Sefia, once her aunt Nin has been kidnapped by the same murderers, sets out for the answers to questions that have plagued her for many years. Along the way, a nameless mute boy joins her after she rescues him from a fighting ring. Together, they stow away on a pirate ship, get some answers, come across even more questions, and discover a magical ability that Sefia has to learn to tame.
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer - YA F Mey
Mary Faber is left an orphan after her family dies of the plague in 18th century England. Instead of moving into an orphanage however, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and join a ship's crew! Yo-ho and all that jazz. After a fierce battle against pirates in which her bravery awards her the nickname "Bloody Jack," she is firmly made herself a member of the shipmates. But that is only the beginning of her adventures at sea!
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton - YA F Ham
If Arabian Nights and the Wild West had a baby, it would be Rebel of the Sands! Amani can't wait to leave her oppressive small town. She knows it'll happen eventually thanks to her sharpshooter skills. When she meets Jin, a lawless adventurer, she knows she's got her ticket. On their travels, Amani and Jin are roped into various dangers, a revolution, and a thrilling romance.
The Project by Brian Falkner - YA F Fal
The Project is a thriller with all the explosions of an action movie! Luke and Tommy, after some small-town pranks, are assigned to read The World's Most Boring Book Ever. Turns out that the book isn't so boring since it contains the secret instructions to a time machine, which are wanted to Neo-Nazis who plan to go back in time and change the fate of the world. Luke and Tommy won't let them succeed though in their evil conspiracy, though, and they travel back to 1944 to stop the Nazis' evil plans.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre - YA F Agu
In post-plague and post-war New York City, Deuce and the other survivors live in underground tunnels called enclaves to protect themselves from the dangers above ground. As a Huntress, it is Deuce's responsibility to protect the tunnel-dwellers from the Freaks --mutant, zombie-like cannibals. However, Deuce and her partner Fade soon learn of a Freak plan to band together to overpower the tunnel-dwellers, causing their banishment to Topside. They have to journey North, where safety is rumored to be, but will they make it to survive in this dystopian world?
A now for some Hobbit