MG Fantasy (sometimes all MG fantasy seems woefully overlooked)
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
Well-plotted and totally atmospheric story that will leave you shivering (no, really, it's very cold-inducing).
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
Deliciously complex with a setting so vivid you'll feel like you dropped into a volcano.
The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel
Beautifully written with complicated characters and enough action to satisfy any.
Dreamdark books by Laini Taylor
Yes, that Laini Taylor - her Dreamdark books are just as well-written with a faerie world so real you'll weep when you return to ours.
Thornspell by Helen Lowe
A gorgeous, complex retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a fabulously real magic system.
Plain Kate by Erin Bow
A dark fairy-tale-like story full of vivid details and atmosphere.
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
One of those stories and characters (Matt) that just stays with you...for years afterward.
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
A fairy tale retelling that made me like the Rumpelstiltskin story and love the miller's daughter.
YA realistic fiction
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
A story that came at just the right time for me - with a message that's stuck with me since.
Precious Bane by Mary Webb
Another book that came at just the right time and has stuck with me for nearly 10 years.
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