The setting: New Beijing, sometime in the distant future.
The characters: Lihn Cinder, a gifted cyborg mechanic with a mysterious past, and Prince Kai, handsome son of Earth’s emperor.
The plot: With her father dead, Cinder is despised by her stepmother, blamed for her stepsister’s illness, and forced to work as a mechanic in the marketplace where she meets with great success. It is here that she meets Prince Kai when he brings his favorite robot to Cinder for repair. The Prince is struggling to maintain order on Earth while his father is dying from the plague gripping the population. Earth is also under attack from the Lunar people who want to take over. It isn’t long before the two are attracted to each other. Then it is on to the ball, the glass slipper and other Cinderella story elements. This is the first in The Lunar Chronicles, a fun, fantasy series of four books, each based off of a traditional fairy tale.
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo – Fantasy
Kaz Breckker has been offered the chance of a lifetime – to become very rich if he can rescue a scientist being held prisoner in the most secure prison in the world. In order to do this, he needs to assemble a team and turns to five other outcast teens, all with unique talents. Added to his own criminal mastermind, the thief, spy, Heartrender, wealthy runaway and sharpshooter might just accomplish this task. The author has built an elaborate fantasy world in the busy city of Ketterdam where evil lurks around every corner. Will these six make it to the prison of The Ice Court before it is too late? When you finish Six of Crows, know that the sequel, Crooked Kingdom, awaits you in the library as well.
Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard – Fantasy (FollettShelf)
The world is divided by blood – red and silver. The Silvers are an elite group who rule the world. The Reds are the poor commoners who simply try to survive the harsh servitude to the Silvers. Due to an unexpected encounter with a prince, 17-year-old Mare Barrow suddenly finds herself inside the royal palace where she discovers she possesses a deadly ability that only Silvers should have. Forced to confront this unexpected power, the king and queen make up a story about her being the long-lost Silver princess. They hide her in plain sight – in the royal palace engaged to the younger Silver prince.
As a Red, before entering the palace, Mare had become involved with the Scarlet Guard, a rebel group trying to overthrow the Silvers. Now she is an insider with access to privileged information, which she tries to pass on to her contacts on the outside. She finds unexpected Red sympathizers within the palace, but all of them are not who they first seem to be.
The first book in the Red Queen series, this book is available as an ebook on FollettShelf.