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5. The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
Blurb: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
I'd give this to a friend who: Wants a post-apocalypse that isn't about zombies.
4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Blurb: The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.
I'd give this to a friend who: Wants something deeply moving.
3. Ravenor (Ravenor #1)(Warhammer 40,000) by Dan Abnett
Blurb: Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his team investigate corruption within the Imperium and find the taint runs deeper than they could possibly imagine.
I'd give this to a friend who: Wants a sci-fi with in-depth world building.
2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson
Blurb: Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.
I'd give this to a friend who: Wants a standout main character.
1. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Blurb: At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish... everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
I'd give this to a friend who: Wants to try steampunk.
Empire of Ivory (Temeraire #4) by Naomi Novik
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Glamour in Glass (Glamourist Histories #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal
Fragments (Partials Sequence #2) by Dan Wells
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa