- Rhonda Belyea
Here are several titles I hope you might enjoy.
Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. (Sequel to Crown Duel)
Brought to court by a mysterious letter, teenage Countess Meliara finds
herself the subject of all sorts of courtly intrigues and attentions,
including those of the deposed king's sister and an ardent, secret
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli.
In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old
stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her
stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone
might marry well.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma
returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing
school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see
into the spirit world.
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman. (1st in trilogy)
In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan,
becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.
Sabriel by Garth Nix. (1st in trilogy)
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the
mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which
takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal
a precious stone. (If you enjoy this title, there is are two sequels:
The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.)