I love Maggie Stiefvater. I have been a fan since Shiver, the first volume of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I have developed a literary crush on at least one character in each of her books, but none has entranced me like Ronan Lynch from the Raven Boys quartet. In Call Down the Hawk, the first book in a spinoff trilogy, Ronan is struggling to control his abilities as a Dreamer, someone who can dream things (and people) into existence. If that weren't difficult enough, he must do this while being pursued by a government agent bent on destroying all Dreamers, whom she believes will bring the end of the world. The SyFy Channel is currently developing a TV adaptation of the Raven Boys series, so you'll want to get to know Ronan and his world ASAP. Because you know the book is ALWAYS better.
If you like the "dreamer" aspect of Call Down the Hawk, try Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. In addition to being a Michael L. Printz honor book, an NPR Best Book AND a Goodreads Best YA Fantasy book, the main character is a librarian, which is an automatic win in my opinion! Laszlo Strange is an orphan, with no clue about his heritage. He is singularly obsessed with his dreams of the mythical city of Weep, which was all but destroyed two hundred years prior in a war. When he is recruited for an expedition to Weep, he hopes to understand the reasons behind his obsession, but instead finds Sarai, a godlike being who visits him in dreams. If you liked Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, you will LOVE Strange the Dreamer.
If secrets are your jam, check out A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole. Octavia's family was evacuated from the Origin Planet (Earth) before she was born, settling on the planet of Floiv, in the colony of N'Terra. Octavia dreams of becoming a whitecoat, one of the brilliant N’Terra scientists who study the Faloiv's environment. The whitecoats are notoriously secretive, so when they offer Octavia a chance to study with them, she is thrilled. However, she quickly discovers that the experiments the whitecoats have been doing threaten the humans’ fragile peace with Faloiv’s indigenous people. As more and more secrets are exposed, Octavia finds herself clashing with the leader of N’Terra’s ruling council, and that everything she knows about her life just might be a lie. If you liked Carve the Mark or These Broken Stars, give this one a try.
As compelling as Call Down the Hawk, Victoria Schwab's This Savage Song is a dark, urban fantasy about two very different characters, heirs to warring factions of their city, which is overrun by monsters. Kate wants to be just like her father, ruthless and mercenary, allowing the monsters to terrorize humans and extorting protection money from them. August is kind and gentle, wanting more than anything to be human. But he's one of the monsters. Kate and August are unexpectedly thrown together after an unforseen event that threatens their world's very existence.