Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess (“Moroi”) Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose (a “dhampir”) are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.
Sequels: Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound
At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she battled an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is Winter itself—snow, gales, icicles—all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses out of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to Spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. It’s going to be a long winter, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until Spring—Spring won't come. (prequels: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky)
Book I of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. In this series that combines Stone Age anthropology with supernatural mythology, Torak befriends a wolf who becomes his best friend and "packmate," and they go up against supernatural bears and crazy humans alike. Thre are lots of outdoor survival scenes and tense action in these books, plus animal behavior--the way Torak and Wolf "talk" in wolfspeak is really neat. The magical elements are also fascinating, as Torak learns he has the ability to "spirit walk" in the body of animals.