10. Jennifer Doktorski
If you haven't read Jennifer's Famous Last Words or How My Summer Went Up in Flames, you need to do it now.
Jennifer writes fun, smart young female characters who are able to learn from their mistakes, but while also sticking true to their beliefs.
Also, Jennifer is queen of the Unresolved Sexual Tension (UST) in Famous Last Words. I don't think I've shipped a couple that hard since the ending of BBC's North and South.
9. Kate Ormand/Dark Days
I know that it's getting harder and harder for dystopian books and dystopian authors to gain traction - it's a very, very over saturated market.
However, Kate creates her own name with Dark Days, an intriguing look at a future where the clock is literally counting down.
I'm looking forward to whatever she may write in the future - she's got a lifelong fan in me!
8. Brendan Kiely/The Gospel of Winter
7. Trent Reedy/If You're Reading This
Trent writes a lot of politically-influenced fiction - e.g. his last book before this was Divided We Fall.
I know that If You're Reading This just came out, and I'm hoping more people will have the opportunity to discover just the power of this story.
Reedy relays a beautiful father/son tale that I'm sure is very true to the hearts of families who have family members serving overseas.
Read this. You won't regret it.
6. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
5. The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke
The Neptune Project was awesome, so I really hope that more people continue to discover Polly Holyoke and her work.
It's an amazingly well-researched undersea adventure, with beautiful sentences and lovely descriptive imagery to boot.
I think the book suffers from the cover, and I can only hope that with the upcoming sequel, the entire series gets redesigned - it deserves to have an audience.
4. Peggy Eddleman/Sky Jumpers Series
3. Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
Alex's book is beautiful and amazing, and needs all of the love in the world. There is a reason the publicity department had the chutzpah to compare her to George R.R. Martin and Tamora Pierce, and well… read this book. You'll see why.
Also, Alex herself is amazing. Get to know her. You'll love her.
2. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy/Kate Hattemer
1. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
It's been awhile since I've heard anyone mention this book, but I always think of Life As We Knew It as one of the first books to kick-off the post-apocolayptic trend.
Miranda and her family's struggle to survive in a world where they literally cannot escape the one thing that has ruined their lives as a chilling, thought-provokign tale that will literally make you go outside and feel grateful for the normalcy of your day-to-day lives.
It's an underrated gem. Go read it now!