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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anna Blankman
I've read plenty of retellings, but this was not only refreshing because of its historical spin, but THOSE ANTAGONISTS. They're even creepier because one of them (Hitler) was real.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Most girls talk about their love interest's eyes, body, or how lush his hair is. In this, she talks about her obsession with his chin, and his hair is far from perfect. Also, it includes fan fiction and realistic college experiences.
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
A girl with a disability and a boy with OCD. Hello, love.
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
My favorite part of the whole book: the transcripts of present-day Macallan and Levi at the end of each chapter.
Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
There might be other books out there with a diary format, but for me, Princess Diaries is the only one I've read. It can be tiring, but really fun.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Can we all give Rae Carson and her character Elisa a round of applause? From the start of the book, Elisa is described as fat and weak. But when she starts getting stronger and more exercise, there's no fat shaming and from what I gathered, she still wasn't considered "slim." But she loved her body and rocked it.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (ghost-ish)
A girl decides if she should stay with the living or go and be with her parents after death. All the while, she's basically a ghost. I consider that unique.
Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
The writing style
can be annoying has so many crossed-off words like this
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Many authors either want their characters to be rough, tough, and kicking some booty or somewhat girly and non-athletic. With my dear Celaena, she's a GIRLY assassin. She kills, but she loves her parties and dresses.
Bonus: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - SUPER close to finishing so I can't list it officially, but that twist halfway deserves recognition.
What are some books that were unique to you?