When fate brings fourteen-year-old Leven and thirteen-year-old Winter together, they discover that for mankind to continue dreaming, the gateway between reality and dreams needs to be found and demolished
Book 1 of the Leven Thumps series.
When Nick and Allie are killed in a car crash, they end up in Everlost, or limbo for lost souls, where although Nick is satisfied, Allie will stop at nothing--even skinjacking--to break free.
Shusterman weaves together familiar parts of fairy tales and Greek mythology (Medusa, Little Red Riding Hood and The Ugly Ducking) in this series.
Others in series: Rider’s Hood, Duckling Ugly
The series revolves around the relationship of a goth girl named Raven Madison and her vampire boyfriend Alexander Sterling and the conflicts they must overcome to stay together.
Book 1 of the Vampire Kisses series.
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
Book 1 of the Septimus Heap series.
Cousins Leo and Mimi return to the world of Rondo through their family's enchanted music box to rescue a missing wizard and foil the plans of the evil Blue Queen.
Percy Jackson can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being at school is only getting worse -- Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon, a mystery unfolds and Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Full of Greek mythology humor.
Book 1 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Fifteen-year-old Matt and his new friend Robin search the globe to retrieve an ancient code--rumored to have brought down the ancient civilization of Atlantis--from the hands of a madman who is bent on destroying the modern world. Cool mix of modern technology and ancient mystical magic.
Accompanied by her daemon Pantalaimon (her other half, psychically linked to her and able to change into any animal form), Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Talking armored bears and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. A complex, beautiful, multilayered epic story.
Sequels: The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
Strong female characters who can kick butt, using magic or swords or both. Well-developed universe where gods often appear to mortals.
Book 1 of the Song of the Lioness series.