Teens' Top Ten 2015 Nominees

Let's Get Lost by Adi AlsaidLet's Get Lost
Adi Alsaid

During her cross-country adventures following the tragic death of her family, Leila touches the lives of four strangers—Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia. While forever changing the lives of these four, Leila also discovers an important truth about herself. A love-seeking mechanic, a dramatic petty thief, a disappointed planner, and a broken-hearted teen all find their lives transformed as each shares whirlwind adventures with a girl in an insanely red car.

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. ArmentroutDon't Look Back
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Now that she’s back, Sam has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. Cassie is still missing, and what if not remembering that night is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Midnight Thief by Livia BlackburneMidnight Thief
Livia Blackburne

Kyra is a talented, independent thief who isn’t sure she wants to take orders when the leader of the Assassin's Guild offers her a job. Tristam of Brancel is a Palace knight who has sworn vengeance on the Demon Riders, a clan of fierce wildcat-riding warriors who murdered his best friend. When Kyra and Tristam are thrown together on a raid, they realize their best chance at vengeance—and survival—is to work together. As their loyalties are tested, they learn a secret about Kyra’s past that will change everything.

Mortal Gods by Kendare BlakeMortal Gods
Kendare Blake

The escalating war between the gods takes Athena and Cassandra across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and the great warrior, Achilles, and although their alliance is fragile, they must find a way to work together or all is lost.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra ClareThe Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of New York, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit enliven The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series.

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea CremerThe Inventor's Secret
Andrea Cremer

In a steampunk version of a nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of the British Empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memory. To discover his secrets, the rebels travel to the heart of the Empire: New York.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava DellairaLove Letters to the Dead
Ava Dellaira

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill secrets about her sister's mysterious death, her mother's departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince by Bree DespainInto the Dark: The Shadow Prince
Bree Despain

Haden, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. When Daphne Raines’ rock-star dad reappears and offers her the chance to attend Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she seizes the opportunity. But when she starts school, Daphne realizes she’s not the only student at Olympus who doesn’t quite belong. Haden and Daphne’s lives collide as a war brews between the gods.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before
Jenny Han

Lara Jean has a teal hatbox under her bed filled with all her precious things, old feelings, and memories
that should be buried forever. In that box, there are letters Lara has written to all the boys she has ever
loved with no intention of ever sending them. One day, the hatbox goes missing, marking the beginning of a series of confrontations she never thought she’d have to face.

Unhinged by A.G. HowardUnhinged
A.G. Howard

Alyssa is back from Wonderland and trying to enjoy a normal life with Jeb, but Wonderland won’t leave her alone, as she discovers when Morpheus appears one day at school with another dangerous quest for her. If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

The Young Elites by Marie LuThe Young Elites
Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Now an outcast, a Malfetto, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire
Sarah J. Maas

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend; as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan MatsonSince You've Been Gone
Morgan Matson

Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared, leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete. With unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Shadow Throne
Jennifer A. Nielsen

Young King Jaron has had nothing but trouble with his advisors and regents since he ascended the throne of Carthya, and now King Vargan of Avenia has invaded the land and captured Imogen, his best friend and love. Now Jaron must find some way to rescue her and save his kingdom. But along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?

My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali NovakMy Life with the Walter Boys
Ali Novak

Jackie Howard is prim, proper, and always perfect, because it’s the best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her. But when they’re killed in a car accident and she’s sent to live with the Walters and their twelve sons on a ranch, how can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents' memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect?

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception
Mary E. Pearson

On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village and settles into a new life. She’s intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive, but is unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

The Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse
Marie Rutkoski

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys Arin, and before long she has to hide her growing love for him. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Fire & Flood by Victoria ScottFire & Flood
Victoria Scott

Tella's brother Cody is sick and getting worse, so when she finds instructions on how to become a contender in the dangerous Brimstone Bleed race where she can win a cure for him, she jumps at the chance—but there is no guarantee that she will win, or even survive.

I Become Shadow by Joe ShineI Become Shadow
Joe Shine

Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen and chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: the fearless and unstoppable guardian of a future leader. Ren survives four years of training, torture, and misery thanks to Junie, a fellow F.A.T.E. abductee who started out as lost and confused as she did. At eighteen they part ways when Ren is assigned to college science student Gareth Young, but when Gareth is attacked, Ren tracks down Junie, the only person she can trust.  Together they discover that the F.A.T.E. itself might be behind the attacks. Even certain knowledge of the future may not be enough to save their kidnappers from the killing machines they created.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew SmithGrasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba tells the story of how he and his best friend accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs into a small town in Iowa and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but he’s also attracted to his best friend, Robby. Can Austin save the world while dealing with his own sexual confusion?

The Geography of  You and Me by Jennifer E. SmithThe Geography of  You and Me
Jennifer E. Smith

Lucy and Owen meet between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator stopped by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend the night watching the stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. Over the year they spend apart, they keep in touch with postcards and e-mails as they realize that sometimes the center of the world isn’t a place. Sometimes it’s a person. 

Boys Like You by Juliana StoneBoys Like You
Juliana Stone

Monroe and Nathan have each made mistakes that will change their lives forever. They meet when Monroe spends the summer at her grandmother's Louisiana bed-and-breakfast, where Nathan has a court-appointed job. Maybe together they can learn to deal with their grief and forgive themselves for the pain they’ve caused to the ones they love.

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarassingly, a True Story
Josh Sundquist 

When Josh Sundquist was 25, he realized he’d only ever had one girlfriend. For twenty-three hours.

In eighth grade. Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong? We Should Hang Out Sometime is the true story of Josh's semi-scientific, wholly hilarious investigation into looking for love—or at least a girlfriend—in all the wrong places.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin TalleyLies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights are forced to work together on a school project. Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal." Caught in the middle of a fight about race and power, can they find the truth among the lies and decide how they really feel about each other?

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