The Prison Healer (The Prison Healer #1) by Lynette Noni (2021)
YA Fiction | Fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.
When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.
Hidden Legacy #1-3 (Nevada Baylor Trilogy) by Ilona Andrews (2014 – 2017)
Fiction | Urban Fantasy
Note: These are not romance novels despite the covers LOL
BURN FOR ME (Book One)
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.
The Human Zoo by Kasey Rocazella (2021)
NA Fiction | Dystopia
Jax Cooper lives a comfortable life, maybe too comfortable. Born into a powerful family, Jax is the son of the largest mogul in the world. As a journalist for The Globe, he takes on a unique, self-assigned piece: to investigate his father’s empire, The Human Zoo. Disguised as one of the animals and stripped of his identity, wealth, and eugenic luxuries, Jax is challenged by what it means to be human when he meets Priya.
These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden (2021)
Fiction | Dystopia | Paranormal Fantasy
Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.
War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman (2018)
YA Fiction | Sci-Fi | Dystopia
Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
Poison Study Trilogy (Chronicles of Ixia #1-3) by Maria V. Snyder (2005 – 2008)
Fiction | Dystopian Fantasy
POISON STUDY (Book One)
Choose: A quick death… or slow poison…
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (2020)
YA Fiction | Fantasy Romance
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (2020)
YA Fiction | Mystery? Horror? Supernatural? Sci-Fi?
Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva (2021)
Fiction | Sci-Fi | Thriller
She was born for all the wrong reasons. But her search for the truth reveals answers she wishes she could forget in this suspenseful and deeply moving novel from the author of The Last One.
What if your past wasn’t what you thought?
A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik (2020)
Fiction | Dark Fantasy | Magic School
Lesson One of the Scholomance: Learning has never been this deadly.
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.