And I Darken by Kiersten White

Twelve-year-old Ladislav (aka Lada) and her 11-year-old brother Radu are taken from their home in Wallachia and moved to Edirne, having been given over to Murad, Sultan of the Ottomon Empire, as collateral for their father Vlad's loyalty to the Empire. Lada is unattractive, fierce, independent, and violent — Radu is beautiful, kind, lonely, and submissive. The two endure cruelty, and the constant possibility of death hangs over their heads. Although the two receive extensive education from a tutor, Lada leaves Radu a victim to beatings from the tutor, so that she doesn’t betray how much Radu means to her. Lada's greatest fear is anyone having power over her. Lada will spend the whole rest of the book OBSESSED with getting back to Wallachia.

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Steffie Can't Come Out to Play by Fran Arrick

Stephanie Rudd is 14-years-old and has run away from Clairton, PA to become a model in New York. She leaves behind her mom and dad, older pregnant sister Anita, and four-year-old brother Danny. Once in Times Square, she meets a flashy man who calls himself Favor. He dresses like an insane person and shows Stephanie his fancy, and probably hideous, Cadillac. But Stephanie's 14, so she has no idea what utter garbage this dude is.

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