2) Kody Keplinger. Kody Keplinger published her first novel when she was about eighteen, in the year 2010. Her novels are YA contemporaries about fierce teen girls and the issues they face with relationships and sexuality. It's exactly the sort of book I couldn't handle when I was a teen, but I wish I had been able to. Keplinger depicts sexuality in a positive, feminist way that for me today has been reassuring, and for me then could have brought necessary knowledge. This year, I first read Shut Out, her 2011 release, and adored it. Then I read her debut, The Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and also liked it, which means I've added a bunch more of hers to my to-read list.
4) Cat Winters. Cat Winters, from what I can tell, writes intense female-centric YA historical fiction, often with a touch of fantasy and strong social justice themes. She was first published in 2013, but I read her release from this year, The Steep and Thorny Way, very recently. It's stunning and horrific and definitely high-quality stuff. I look forward to reading more.
5) Rin Chupeco. First published in 2014, Rin Chupeco is a Filipina, YA horror-style fantasy novelist whose books I've been eager to read, and for good reason. This year I read her two published novels, The Girl from the Well and The Suffering, and found them to be captivating. I can't wait for more!
6) William Ritter. William Ritter is a YA novelist whose quirky debut series, of which the first book was published in 2014, has attracted quite a bit of praise. I read Jackaby on a bit of a whim and really enjoyed it. It's like a strange, haphazard mix of four of my favorite things: Sherlock, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and Supernatural. Whee! On to the rest of the series now!
7) Alison Goodman. Alison Goodman, though she's done a few other genres, is best known as a YA fantasy author and was first published in 1998. I read Eon this year, her 2008 release, and found it to be a fantastic feminist epic. I'm eager to read the second in the duology!
8) S.E. Grove. S.E. Grove's lower YA fantasy series The Mapmakers is pretty well-acclaimed. I read the first book, The Glass Sentence, first published in 2014, this year, and found it to be quite good. Waiting for my chance to read the second one now.
9) Sara Raasch. Sara Raasch's YA fantasy trilogy, Snow Like Ashes, is another well-loved one that began in 2014. I started reading it this year, and it is indeed a great read.
10) Alexandra Duncan. Alexandra Duncan writes YA sci-fi. This year, I read her debut from 2014, Salvage, which I thought was great, as well as the sequel Sound. I look forward to her upcoming 2017 and 2018 releases.
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