The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A tug of war between two magicians over the fate of a mysterious circus. The imagery and the descriptions make this an unforgettable read. The fantasy elements take a back seat to the overall story.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Harry Potter for grown-ups. A deep and dark look at the world of witches, wizards, and monsters, as seen through the eyes of a flawed individual and his associates. If you are looking for a new obsession, start here.
The Passage by Justin Crotin
If you are looking for a sweeping epic, with intricate and connected stories, as well as twists and turns you will not see coming… you’re welcome. This is not light reading, and it is certainly not a story for everyone. This is the first in a trilogy that requires an open mind, attention to detail, and a lot of patience. The journey is worth time.
The Ocean at the End of the Land by Neil Gaiman
A dark and twisted lullaby for adults. This book is seductive and disarming. For those of us who remember that the original fairy tales were dark and scary, this is a must read.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A who-dunnit, a romance, and a psychological thriller, all rolled into one book. Nothing more can be said about this book. You just have to experience it for yourself.