Sarah Rees Brennan
I noted this as a paranormal/fantasy, but Unspoken is tough to categorize. It's set in modern day in a quaint English village shrouded in mystery. An infamous family returns to town after a generation, stirring up trouble and gossip. School newspaper reporter Kami is on it, and immediately sets off to uncover the truth about this family and their rumored powers.
Beyond this premise, Kami also hears a voice in her head--she has since birth, which is not something she is afraid of, but she has grown completely accustomed to it. This voice is a part of her, which naturally means she sticks out like a freak if anyone notices her talking to herself (to the voice no one can see). I loved how well her internal voice meshed with the story, and I will leave it at that so I won't ruin it!
The writing here is charming and witty, and wonderfully shows off lively and spunky characters. So many smaller factors take this story from something that could have been generic, making it special and unique. It has a gothic aspect to it, but it's not super dark, so I could see younger teens really liking this.