The Hazel Wood is a fairy tale about fairy tales and is arguably the most meta book on our list. It specifically refers to Alice and the long-ago-published fairy tale book that her late grandma penned. Schwab's first book returned to us like a tune that had been all but lost after spending years out of print. The Near Witch is set in the sleepy town of Near, which is bordered by woodlands. In case you haven't heard, Cinder is a narrative about an android technician who lives in New Beijing, a city that has been decimated by a horrific virus.