"This is one of the best-written series I've ever read. The ending of the final book of the trilogy blew my mind. The struggles of the characters are relatistic and relatable - and the magic and action make it a fun read as well."
"Although the final book in Lois Lowry's trilogy isn't as good as the first two, this is an unforgettable series - often a young reader's first introduction to a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future. I also highly recommend Lowry's other fiction, especially Number the Stars."
"Protector of the Small is the story of Tortall's second-ever female knight, the first girl to be formally trained as a female rather than in disguise as a male. All of Tamora Pierce's YA series are amazing."
"Although the last two books in the quartet are nowhere near as good as the first two, the series is expertly written by Madeleine L'Engle, who has the gift of making her magical scifi perfectly plausible in a way that does not patronize young readers."
"Crown Duel is the story of a young woman thrust into a rebellion against a tyrannical ruler and later thrown into court, where deception reigns. It's like a more concise, more appealing version of Eragon, without dragons."
"Abarat is Clive Barker's saga about a girl who is swept into a world where there is an island for each hour of the day (and one extra) and an evil madman hunting her down. The illustrations alone would make this series worth buying; Barker is a master of dark fiction."
"I've only read the first book so far, but I'm already amazed by Suzanne Collins's abilities. Katniss, a young woman living on the edge of poverty, volunteers to take her sister's place in a government-mandated competition to the death. It's a brutal, raw, and enthralling book."
"Garth Nix's trilogy is epic in the best sense. The country is divided between magic and modern regions, and Sabriel must take up the necromancer's bells, which allow her to travel between life and death and control the dead, in order to fight an ancient evil. The language is gorgeous, the imagery lush, and the emotion powerful. A must-read series."
"A raw, gritty teen fantasy about a girl who stumbled onto the faerie world and must find a way to survive the danger there. A beautifully crafted work where Courtney Love meets the Brothers Grimm. Also read the Curse Workers series and the Poison Eaters, her short stories."
"Two young girls discover a world of magic at their grandparents' house and join the fight against an unknown enemy determined on freeing the world's magic. Funny and lighthearted but also serious and compelling at times."