Gilt, by Katherine Longshore:
Happily, while it’s true that Libby’s vision of Catherine Howard is much more sympathetic—The King’s Rose is written from Catherine’s perspective, which allows for a more immediate intimacy—Katherine Longshore’s depiction of Catherine Howard is quite well-rounded. She’s manipulative, tempestuous (behind closed doors), power-hungry, selfish and short-sighted, but it’s always worth remembering that she’s also 16 years old. She’s married to an ailing, sad old man, and she longs for romance. That she would chafe at her lack of freedom is easily understandable, that her power would occasionally go to her head is easily believable, and the rare glimpses we get of her sadness and her fear are affecting. It’s a darker, more nuanced portrait than the Sexy Nose Hair cover art implies.
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth E. Wein:
Trust me? Add this to your list. Don’t trust me? Add it to your list anyway. Fan of historical fiction? Espionage? World War II stories? Add it, add it, add it. Even if your tastes don’t usually tend in that direction, you need to pick it up anyway. It will make you dissolve into a puddle, and then, once you’ve recovered, you’ll immediately read it all over again. That’s what I did.
A Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix
The Forgetting Curve (Memento Nora), by Angie Smibert
From What I Remember..., by Valerie Thomas and Stacy Kramer
Bad Girls Don't Die: As Dead as it Gets, by Katie Alender
Talisman Of El, by Alecia Stone and Jason Russell
Kiss the Morning Star, by Elissa Janine Hoole
Brothers to the Death (The Saga of Larten Crepsley), by Darren Shan
The Call of Eirian (The Faelin Chronicles), by C. Aubrey Hall
Railsea, by China Miéville
Torn, by Stephanie Guerra
Vampire Kisses 9: Immortal Hearts, by Ellen Schreiber
The Weepers: The Other Life, by Susanne Winnacker