Incantation by Alice Hoffman
One of my students bought this book for me from the Scholastic Book Fair, but I didn't read it for years, because the cover and title made me think about witches. I enjoyed Alice Hoffman's books for adults, but still hesitated.
However, I devoured the book in like one day! I was reading at the gym and instead of grading papers. The book is set in Spain during the Inquisition. The main character finds out some intriguing things about her true identity, falls in love, and runs for her life. Action-packed, yet with ruminative, poetic writing.
The book's official site: http://www.alicehoffman.com/hoffman-incantation.htm
Now I think I'll check out Hoffman's The Red Garden next.
Song to Read By: "Full Moon" by The Black Ghosts from the Twilight soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bBVdpeeUBM