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Shadowplay by Laura Lam is the spectacular sequel to Pantomime. The continued development of Micah’s gender identity and the blossoming romance make this book shine.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson features a magical system based on geometry, set in an alternate USA composed of islands.
I enjoyed Broken Trails by D Jordan Redhawk for its setting in Alaska and a look into the Iditerod race.
I couldn’t decide between Point of Hopes, Point of Knives, and Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott so I’m listing all three as one entry.
The Giant Slayers by Iain Lawrence is a children’s book that everyone should read. It’s a story about polio, set just before the vaccine came out, and really made that time real to me.
Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is a re-telling of Cinderella set in a future world.
Champion of the Rose, by Andrea K Höst, is mostly interesting because it’s set in a “bi-normative” world. The magic system is interesting too.
I haven’t actually read very many other werewolf/vampire books, but according to all reports, Rachel Neumeier puts a fresh spin on the topic in Black Dog. Neumeier is an excellent writer.
Chalice by Robin McKinley is a lovely book with a dreamy and distant writing style, in a world where the main character can work her magic through honey.