Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I picked this up in a hurry for one reason only: there was a quote from Veronica Roth, the author of Divergent. This was amazing! A very different and unique storyline that I fell into instantly. Alina and Mal are the best of friends, growing up in an orphanage together. They come to the age where they are required to go into service for the king. When Alina and Mal's lives are threatened, a special talent comes out of Alina. One that she never knew existed. She can produce a light so bright that it blinds the enemy. Can this hidden skill save the land from the Fold, a land where darkness rules?