Fantasy is always a reader’s best escape; a welcome relief from an otherwise mundane routine. Whether it’s witches, curses, or clairvoyants, magic is easy to find if you just look close enough.
Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins
When Sophie Mercer’s spell goes horribly wrong in the middle of her high school Prom, she is exiled to Hex Hall, a reform school for Prodigium: witches, vampires, shape-shifters, and fey. Due to her isolation from the magical world by her human mother, she is confronted with a world she’s never experienced: powerful (angry) witches, a gorgeous warlock, a vampire roommate, and an ancient secret society that seems bent on destroying all Prodigium for good.
Clarity (Clarity #1) by Kim Harrington
Clarity Ferns has always been able to see things; her ability to see visions through objects a useful tool for her mother’s fortune-telling business. When a murder occurs in their small tourist town and her brother is placed as the prime suspect, Clarity is forced to use her powers to find the killer, along with the help of her ex-boyfriend and new kid in town, the detective’s son.
Magic Under Glass (Magic Under #1) by Jaclyn Dolamore
Nimira is a performer forced to dance for spare change to leering drunks to survive. However wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry arrives one day to offer her a precious deal: be the singing accompaniment to a piano-playing automaton and live in his amazing house. Nimira takes the chance but in Parry’s world, she’ll find that ghosts, madness, and danger lurk in every corner. And worse, the automaton seems to be the source of it all.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
Sixteen year old Gemma Doyle was raised in the bustling streets of India, far away from the social conventions of the Victorian era. However, the death of her mother forces her to England and to a girls academy shrouded in mystery. Once there, she is plagued by clairvoyant visions as she looks into the magical secrets of the school along with three of her classmates, uncovering a dark past, a different world, and a terrifying future.
Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
Everyone knows the Cahills sisters are strange; educated, pretty, and isolated. The truth is there witches, forced into seclusion by the shared fear of discovery which could lead to an early grave. After their mother’s death, Cate is chosen to protect her sisters, all while balancing marriage proposal, forbidden affairs, and terrifying magic. But the deeper she delves in her family’s past, the more difficult protecting them proves.
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue has never been able to see the soon-to-be dead; unlike her mother, who attends St.Marks eve every year to find out who will be dying in the upcoming months. However, this year the ghost of a boy walked straight much to her and spoke, rattling her to the core. In Blue’s world, there are only two reasons a non-seer would be able to see the dead: either he’s her true love…or she killed him.
Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie had always lead a boring life and was perfectly content with it. As the eldest, she was happy to watch her sisters live out their dreams, leaving her to take care of her father’s hat shop by herself in Ingary. However, when she is transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste, she sets off on a journey to recover her old body. This forces her to strike a bargain with lecherous, infamous Wizard Howl, known for eating girls hearts and being heartless himself. This also means entering a moving castle, taming a fire demon, cleaning an always bustling house, and maybe even meeting the Witch of the Waste head-on.
Tyger, Tyger (Goblin Wars #1) by Kersten Hamilton
Teagan Wylltson’s life is going great: she has a great job, a great family, a college with an amazing scholarship, and no problems. That is until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. When both he and her best friend Abby start spouting about goblins coming to hunt Teagen, she’s not worried. However, she quickly learns that Abby’s usually right and it’s a good thing Finn knows a thing or two about fighting, because they’re going to need it: goblins are coming.
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Lexi has spent her entire life hearing three truths: The Near Witch is a fairy tale. Don’t follow the wind. There are no strangers in the town of Near. But when all three get broken: a boy who fades like smoke appears outside her house at night and children start disappearing from their beds. As the hunt for the children intensifies, Lexi starts to think the Near Witch might be more than a bed-time story.
The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Sixteen-year-old Jack lives an unremarkable life. However, that all changes when he nearly kills a fellow classmate during soccer tryouts. Soon, Jack learns a lot more about himself than he bargained for: he’s a Weirlind, part of an underground magic society currently operating around the world. There he meets the Roses, two houses who sponsor The Game — a magical tournament where warriors are sent to fight to the death for glory, power, and the right to rule the Weir. And as it turns out, they’re missing one more player.