The list author says: "From magical fantasy, speculative fiction, fairy tale retellings, and frothy humor, Young Adult fantasy has gotten better and better in the past several years. Enjoy some of the most exciting contributions to the genre in recent years."
"It's hard to explain why this book is so good. The protagonist, Gen, is like a breath of fresh air. Something about this story and the writing is like nothing I've ever experienced. The others in the series are also excellent."
"I loved entering the world of this book--and it really is an entire world that the author has created. The characters and plot are intricate and get you invested. Very Tolkein-esque, to its detriment some might say. But I think it's unique enough to stand on its own away from the works that have inspired it."
"Though this is neither YA, modern, or fiction, if you're interested in fairy tale retellings, Anne Sexton's Transformations features some fascinating, freaky-deaky fairy tale poems (Cinderella is a stand-out)."
"Don't get thrown off by the romance novel-looking cover (it's actually a very beautiful painting by the Italian painter, Francesco Hayez, called The Kiss). I'm really glad I gave this book a shot. Regardless of how the publishers have tried to present it, it's unique, colorful and unexpected."
"This was a nice addition to the story. Katniss is one of my favorite heroines in quite some time. I wasn't a huge fan of Mockingjay, mostly because Katniss' voice felt very different to me and she was uncharacteristically complacent through much of the book. Still, I very much recommend the series."
"Not many have given this difficult-to-classify book its due. A funny book about the aftermath of alien occupation featuring a lovable alien named J.Lo and a tough girl who travel across America together. Not to be missed."