The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
I worship the ground Ms. Bray walks on because of these books. (Even though I love Going Bovine and Beauty Queens, too, of course). They're set in Victorian England as Gemma Doyle starts at a boarding school and attempts to make sense of her life, especially the strange powers she seems to possess.
These books are enchanting, deep, amusing, touching, and PERFECT.
Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner
This is the story of Helen of Sparta told in an entirely new way. It's a smart, refreshing tale and Helen is an admirable protagonist. If you love the tales of Ancient Greece or even if you don't, this story will enrapture you. Friesner has also written the historical accounts of a few other strong historical females, but I have yet to read those. If you have, tell me what you think!
Set in the 1920s, any girl who has ever dreamed of being a flapper will love this book. It has scandal, romance, jazz, and gorgeous dresses. Larkin really transports her readers to the Roaring 20s in Chicago and it's quite a place to be! There are two other books in the series, as well, which I have yet to read, but if they're as good as the first, definitely check out Ingenue and Diva.
What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels?