Lately, I have found two books that I have added to my backlist collection. A favorite fantasy writer of mine, Guy Gavriel Kay, wrote a YA book called Ysabel. It is historical and modern, a young man telling the story, some romance, magic and action.
Another series I am enjoying is Pellinor series by Alison Croggan. I got pulled in despite myself, having some resistance to the bleakness. I did notice that neither of these authors comes out of an american culture. Hmmm.
There is always Stephenie Meyer's quartet, a series that defines the usual genre. Very American.