Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow is a red. Destined to work hard in the Stilts and watch other reds be sent off to war to fight and die. A chance encounter lands her a job among the  Silvers at the royal court. Silvers bleed silver blood and hold great power, from fire wielding to mind control. During a public fight Mare finds herself in the ring and discovers that a Red can have power in their blood as well…

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina (like Mare in Red Queen) discovers a hidden power during a moment of crisis and is taken from her poor war ravaged town to apprentice in the halls of the elite, believed to be the Sun Summoner and their worlds chance of survival.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa was born with the Grace of killing, a horrifying gift that she has struggled with. However, when she discovers another young fighter they might just be what is necessary to battle a corrupt king.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Princess Dennaleia knows what her future holds; she’s been betrothed since birth to another prince. But Denna can wield fire and the kingdom where she will eventually become queen has strong laws in place against magic.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Safiya is a Truthwitch (able to discern truth from lies) and could be a powerful weapon for a kingdom on the brink of war (if they are able to catch her).

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

A take on Sleeping Beauty, but in this version Aurora has a sister, Isabelle, who has no intention of waiting around for Prince Charming to wake Aurora.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Caelena Sardothian is a master assassin, who unfortunately found herself in a harsh work prison. After a year of hard labor she is offered a way out; be Prince Dorian’s champion in a competition to determine who will serve as the king’s royal assassin. Thus begins a series that will lead to a battle among kingdoms for power, magic, and humanity.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Khosa was born to be sacrificed to the sea, but first she must produce an heir. As war looms, the sea is calling for her.

Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History—without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodríguez McRobbie

Mini biographies of princesses doing things their way.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Meira is an orphan, living in the enemy captured kingdom of Winter. Trained to be a warrior her and her childhood friend Mather set out on a dangerous quest to rid their land of tyranny.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Kate wants to be a ruthless, mercenary type, protector of her city (just like her father) where monsters roam free. But when she meets August, kind and good, but one of the monsters, they find themselves running for their lives.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (full review)

Nimona enlists herself as sidekick to the most awesome supervillain of all time, Ballister Blackheart and after a rocky start he sees that she is smart, powerful, and a good weapon to have in a fight. But, Blackheart and his nemesis, Sir Goldenloin, have a more complicated past than straight up enemies (as all good nemesis stories do) and Nimona and her super powers may and her mysterious past may be more than any of them bargained on dealing with.

Black Widow : Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Working for S.H.I.E.L.D Natasha (Black Widow) is on a mission to take out Ivan, the man who trained her to be an assassin, but instead she ends up saving Ava. Years later Ava is living a normal life, but then she meets up with the Black Widow again…

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia’s plan was to rescue her brother, nothing more, but along the way her actions begin to accomplish bigger (and needed) change.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Lada Dragwlya is vicious and determine to take brutal, and well planned, vengeance on those who have wronged her and her brother Radu.

Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is struggling to figure out life as a Muslim teenager living in New Jersey and then she gets super powers…