The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
About: Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.
Why I Recommend It: Super creepy and chilling. Chupeco tells the story from the ghost girl’s point of view and it is intense. She does not hold back on the horrific details. A fantastic scary story that is hard to put down.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
About: Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.
Why I Recommend It: Willowdean is a really down-to-earth main character that struggles with things all teen girls deal with. I thought Murphy’s storytelling was honest and included some very unique entertaining elements that went along with the beauty pageant and the Dolly Parton fandom.
Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine
About: Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden … When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life–and soon both heretics and books will burn.
Why I Recommend It: I loved being in this futuristic dystopian world where the library was a supremely powerful evil entity. Complicated and action packed, Caine blends several genres expertly in this novel and her pacing is right on. I also loved the characters—they are the type of people that stick with you long after you finish the book. This was hands down my favorite book of 2015!