Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City, to nineteenth-century Hawaii, to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
Alina and Mal in the GRISHA trilogy: Best friends since childhood, when they lived in the same orphanage together, these two have a special relationship that overcomes the most unimaginable of obstacles. The line between best friend and true love isn’t easy to cross, though. It’ snot exactly advisable to start a relationship when war is at hand and one of you seems destined to be a martyr for her people.
Ron and Hermione in HARRY POTTER series: These two seem to barely tolerate each other when hey first meet on the way to Hogwarts, but they eventually become Harry’s two best friends. They bicker and tease each other as much as Ron’s own beloved parents, but they fiercely defend and protect each other — not to mention Harry — as well. After 7 years of push and pull, they finally, finally admit their feelings for each other — in front of Harry, of course.
Percy and Annabeth in PERCY JACKSON series: Like with Ron and Hermione, there are books and books of unresolved sexual tension between our two favorite demigods, although Rick Riordan only makes his fans wait through four books, not seven, for their “finally!” moment to arrive. She might call him Seaweed Brain, but Annabeth loves her best friend Percy. As for him, he was a goner from almost the first moment he met her.
Violet and Jay in BODY FINDER series: In Kimberly Derting’s paranormal thrillers, there is really only one person for Violet and that’s her best friend of many years, Jay. At first it’s confusing for Violet to get butterflies when they’re alone together and wonder what it would be like if they took the next step, but they eventually stop tip-toeing around each other and admit how they feel.
Charlie and Braden in ON THE FENCE: Kasie West’s adorable contemporary romance follows athletic Charlie who was brought up a tomboy with three blood brothers and her brother’s best friend Braden, who lives next door, and might as well be a fourth brother. But of course, he isn’t her brother, and throughout the story, the two of them start having very un-sibling-like feelings for each other.