Sabriel  - Garth Nix
It was an overwhelmingly fresh breath of air to read a YA novel that does not take its audience for a pack of retards. The namesake of the novel is strong, feminine but not annoyingly so, believable, and noble as a hero. I would not only recommend this book for teenagers, but also for anyone who is aching for their next "Potter" fix. Although DEFINITELY not the same, the feel that it was no explicitly written for young people, but instead for anybody who was interested in fantasy permeates this work, as does Harry Potter. The pacing is great, the surprises in the work dom indeed, surprise, and hell YES you won't be able to put it down.