The list author says: "As a 20-something adult, I've recently been pleasantly suprised by the quality of YA books I've discovered. I seem to especially like paranormal and dystopian books. Here are some of my favorites."
"Gracelings have special abilities (mind reading, fighting skills, ability to predict weather, etc.) Graceling Katsa (who has a 'killing' grace) teams up with Po (a graced fighter) to find his lost grandfather. Lots of adventure, a beliveable romance. Sequel is 'Bitterblue' release date May 2012."
"In the same world as 'Graceling' but many years before those events. I didn't like this as much as 'Graceling' but it's worth a read. Read Graceling first, though, or this book will spoil parts of it."
"Seriously, one of the best books I've ever read. It's full of adventure, has a great, slight romantic element and is gripping. This world is amazing. The sequel is 'Catching Fire' and the final part of the series is 'Mockingjay'. A must-read and soon to be a movie!"
"This book blew me away. Dystopian society where you chose which 'faction' you want to belong to. Factions focus on things like honesty, bravery, peace, selflessness. Lots of action, a little mystery and a great romance. Four may be the best YA character out there. Sequel is 'Insurgent'."
"I wasn't expecting much from this series, but it surprised me. Yelena is spared the death penalty (her life, which lead to the crime of murder, is startling) in order to become the king's food taster. She discovers her inner, and supernatural, strength and eventually falls in love with one of the best male characters in a YA series. Sequel is 'Magic Study' third is 'Fire Study'"
"I know, I know. There's a ton of backlash against this series and I don't understand why. It's not a literary masterpiece but it's an engrossing series that's a fast read. It's perfect for a rainy weekend when you want to remember what it was like to be a teenager. Give it a try!"
"A trilogy concerning the Trylle (trolls). Wendy, whose mother tried to kill her as a child, discovers she was switched at birth and is actually a Trylle princess with strong supernatural powers. This is an Indie writer, so the editing isn't quite up to par, but it's a fun little story. Sequel is 'Torn' and the third book is 'Ascend'."
"Morganville is a college town run by vampires. Main character is a 16-year-old girl who has no idea what she's gotten herself into. Very believeable characters (Michael is one of my favorites) and a new look at vampire lore. There are many books in this series and it gets better as it goes along."
"Set in the future where everyone is 'cured' of the disease of love at age 18. The cure is essentially a partial lobotomy from what I can tell. Dystopian world is gripping and the characters are great. The ending is a little disappointing, but I'm willing to get the sequel 'Pandemonium', due out in March 2012"
"A dystopian novel set in the future where a genetically 'perfect' generation gives birth to a new generation that doesn't live past the age of 25. Girls are nabbed off the street and sold to wealthy men as brides/baby makers. A very interesting world. Sequel 'Fever' is out in March 2012."
"AMAZING dystopian book where children are protected until age 13, when parents (or the government in some cases) can chose to have a child 'unwound' (basically being used for parts). Chilling and a good conversation starter. Sequel is UnWholly out August 2012."