Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade.
retellings, strong female characters,
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Maya was born under a curse. Her fate promises death and destruction, and she’s feared and scorned by her own people. When she’s forced to marry Amar and become Queen of Akaran, she finds things she never wishes to hope for… But Akaran is a land of secrets, and Maya finds herself not knowing who to trust.
✽ THE WRATH & THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh ✽
Shahrzad wants vengeance. After her best friend falls victim to Khalid, the murderous boy King, Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride. She is determined to put an end to his reign of terror. Night after night, Shahrzad weaves magical stories that enchant Khalid, and manages to avoid her end. But not all is at it seems, and Shahrzad must uncover secrets best left buried.
✽ THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury ✽
Zahra is a jinni. After Aladdin finds her lamp, she’s thrust back into a world unknown to her — a world where her very existence is illegal. When she’s offered the opportunity to free herself, Zahra takes it with both hands. There is only one obstacle: saving herself means betraying her master. Zahra must decide if living free is worth the price of a broken heart.
✽ HEARTLESS by Marrisa Meyer ✽
Catherine is a talented baker. She is also one of he most desired girls in Wonderland, favoring the attention of the King. She dreams of opening a shop and creating delicious pastries, but her mother has other plans for her — she wants her daughter to be Queen. But Catherine is determined to choose her own destiny. Even if fate has other plans.