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I am looking for media like this:

+YA preferred.
+Female hero.
+Set in an otherworld, futuristic or fantastic, or thisworld but so fantastic you can't tell (e.g., Gossip Girl, various spy stories).
+Hero has a quest that is deeply personal to her and drives the action.
+Preferred media: books or Interactive Fiction ETA or podfic

Examples (I am adding to these as people rec things I forgot to mention)

Dark Angel

the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Hunger Games (I do need to read Catching Fire) by Suzanne Collins
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
the first Kushiel's trilogy (not YA, obviously) by Jacqueline Carey
The Giver (if Jonas were a girl, which she totally should be) by Lois Lowry
Tamora Pierce (especially Tortall)
Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt
Garth Nix's Abhorsen series
Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] takumashii.livejournal.com
Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey (!!!!!!!) I'm not sure if urban fantasy comes under your umbrella here, but I just had to recommend it.
Fire, Kristin Cashore
The Lost Conspiracy, Frances Hardinge (published in the UK as Gullstruck Island)

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Date: 2010-06-09 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penmage.livejournal.com
And don't forget Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge!

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kindkit.livejournal.com
I think China Miéville's The Scar basically fits your criteria, although it's not YA and the whole idea of "hero" is problematic in that book. But the main protagonist is female.

And Miéville's Un Lun Dun definitely fits the bill.

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluerosefairy.livejournal.com
Meg Cabot's Mediator series came to mind immediately. YA series about Suze Simon, a girl who can see and speak to the dead, and whose job it is to help ghosts "cross over". She shares her bedroom (in an almost completely tension-free way) with Jesse, a ghost from the 1800s, and the priest at her school is awesomely Deadpan Snarky. The series revolves around her dealing with her abilities, balancing her home life with school (her parents are divorced, her mother just married a man with three sons), and battling her shadow archetype, another mediator named Paul.

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinylegacies.livejournal.com
the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter (this one has a TON of femmeslash potential)
the House of Night series by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinylegacies.livejournal.com
Have you read Heist Society yet by the same author? You'd probably enjoy that too.

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:51 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lunabee34.livejournal.com
Yes, yes, yes, to House of Night!!!

That's everything I wanted Twilight to be and wasn't. Nice ensemble cast that actually acts like teenagers.

This reminds me to go to the library and check out more because I've only read the first one.

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tartanshell.livejournal.com
I highly recommend Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter (titled Knife in the UK) by RJ Anderson, who's on LJ as [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson, and I think you would like her a lot. The sequel, titled Wayfarer in the USA (Rebel in the UK) is already out overseas and will be out in North America in a couple of weeks.

I can also send you .docs of my books, if you'd like! (Or a .doc of the first one and an author copy of the second in the mail.) They're YA fantasy with a female protagonist, and I've been compared to Tamora Pierce in reviews, fwiw. I am nowhere near that good, but hey, they'd be free books? :D?

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Date: 2010-06-05 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tartanshell.livejournal.com
Of course! :) Email me your address? tartanshell@gmail.com

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melwil.livejournal.com
Margaret Peterson Haddix books, particularly Running Out of Time. RJ Anderson's latest book (Rebel in UK/Australia, Wayfarer in US?)

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Date: 2010-06-05 02:01 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lunabee34.livejournal.com
I remember adoring Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, but I haven't read them in years and looking at the Wikipedia summary, I can't tell if they're faily or not.

The very first His Dark Materials by Pullman. Lyra is awesome, but after that first one, Will supplants her as Protagonist of Interest.

A Wrinkle in Time and etc which you've probably already read.

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Date: 2010-06-06 02:45 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lunabee34.livejournal.com
Charles Wallace is composed entirely of yay. Indeed.

Another rec: C.S. Friedman's This Alien Shore pretty much fits all your criteria.

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Date: 2010-06-05 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clarkco.livejournal.com
You'd probably like the Sabriel series by Garth Nix. It's about a female necromancer who must save her father after he disappears.

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Date: 2010-06-05 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missambs.livejournal.com
I recently read Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz and absolutely adored it. I believe it fits your criteria, as well.


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Date: 2010-06-05 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mari4212.livejournal.com
You have read all the Madeline L'Engle books, right? That cuts out one of my normal insta-recs.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the Magic and Mischief duology (The first one is Mairelon the Magician, the second Magician's Ward), and the Sorcery and Cecilia books by Patricia C. Wrede. All great YA girls having adventures with magic books.

Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier, fairy-tale rewrites involving a set of sisters that are lovely and support each other and have different personalities, which is sometimes hard to find.

The Tiffany Aching subseries of Discworld, by Terry Pratchett. One, it's Terry Pratchett, and that should be reason enough. Two, she's very authentically a 9, 11, and 13 year-old girl in the books so far. Three, the other characters around her are awesome and definitely fit their situation perfectly.

Erm, not quite YA, but have I squeed about [livejournal.com profile] jo_graham's books to you yet? Black Ships is a re-write of the Aeneid from the perspective of Sybil, and Hand of Isis is Cleopatra from the perspective of one of the handmaids actually mentioned by name in the close-to-contemporaneous historical records. There is reincarnation and interacting with the divine and souls which have importance to each other, and multiple views of how women can be, and heroism and people trying to do their best by everyone.

Also, I just finished squeeing about Stealing Fire, the third one of the series, in my journal here, so you can read a bit more about my flailing happily there. It's just that Stealing Fire has a male viewpoint character, even though it's the same soul which had been the two previous viewpoint characters in the other books.

Erm, yes, I've been squeeing about this author a lot, whenever I get the chance.

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Date: 2010-06-05 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silly-cleo.livejournal.com
I don't think it counts as YA but what about Ellen Kushner's sequel to Swordspoint, Privilege of the Sword?

Also I haven't read it but RJ Anderson's Knife maybe? Which, hee, I see someone upthread has recced also!

Oh, er, ok, def not YA but XENA XENA XENA IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT ALREADY. Also Legend of the Seeker but less so. Both TV but they fit the bill.

*thinks* From what I've heard I second the Un Lun Dun rec. (It was pitched to me as a cross between The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Neverwhere.)

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynn Jones! Also Howl's Moving Castle. Actually, almost anything by DWJ, I'd be happy to narrow it down.

OH! The Dragon quartet by Patricia C. Wrede. There's like Talking to Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Searching for Dragons and one more and I forget the order.

What about movies? Miyazaki? (sp?) Nausicaa, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Mononoke...

Er, I forget the writer but the Alanna books?

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Date: 2010-06-05 09:28 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] beccaelizabeth.livejournal.com
I am currently re-reading the series by Diane Duane that starts with So You Want To Be A Wizard because the newest one is just out. They're awesome. The younger the wizard the more powerful they are, so they get offered the choice as young as 11 if they're really needed. So the characters are young, but they've got these huge choices with huge consequences, and everyone has to take them seriously. But they're still learning, so the mistakes, when they make them, are huge, and make great plot to get out of.
Central characters vary a little, but starts with Nita and adds her sister Dairine, as well as Nita's wizardry partner Kit (and his dog Ponch). Starts as girl point of view up until book 5, then alternates with Kit for a while.

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Date: 2010-06-05 09:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secondsilk.livejournal.com
Isobelle Carmody's Obernewyn series might fit. Not sure on the personally meaningful quest, although her antagonist is a man she knew personally. It's destiny!

Also, Trudi Canavan's Magician's Guild. It's not all from Sonea's point of view, but one of male point of view characters is gay and comes out to himself in the process of the story. That's my favourite bit. The story is about Sonea and her abilities, although the history it comes from and the power structures are male centred.

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Date: 2010-06-07 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
Seconding the Obernewtyn rec!

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Date: 2010-06-05 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] in-mitn-bli.livejournal.com
Though it's been a long time, I remember loving Monica Furlong's "Wise Child". It was followed by two subsequent installments, "Juniper" and "Colman", which were not as good, although I still liked "Juniper" quite a lot. They are vaguely historical, set in some medieval Scotland and Cornwall, so not outwardly a "fantastic" world, but one with occult undercurrents. There is some action/adventure/suspense in all of them, but they are also in general smaller, quieter stories.

I would also recommend Peter S. Beagle's "Tamsin", but then I love almost everything he's ever written. (Last Unicorn, Innkeeper's Song, and Giant Bones are my favorites, in case you haven't read them before -- they're not technically YA, but they're still wonderful).

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Date: 2010-06-05 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheshire23.livejournal.com
The Renunciate trilogy within Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series: The Shattered Chain, Thendara House, and City of Sorcery.

Not YA, but fits the rest of the criteria.

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raedbard.livejournal.com
They don't exactly fit your criteria (mostly set thisworld, but with supernatural/fantastic elements, strong female characters) plus they're short stories *and* I don't know whether you'll easily be able to get hold of them since book shops here hardly seem to have them anymore, but Robert Westall's short story collections? Particularly Rachel and the Angel (or just the story with that title) and Ghosts and Journeys. They may or may not just creep you out but I love them.

Or Jeanette Winterson's Tanglewreck and Battle of the Sun? I haven't got to Tanglewreck yet but it sounds pretty awesome. And fit your criteria rather better! Plus, Winterson!

Seconding Diana Wynne Jones recs, too. Witch Week may intrigue (but may also trigger, since you can read witchcraft as standing in for queerness -- or really any kind of difference -- in that book, tho it does work out in the end *g*). But really any DWJ. Also Un Lun Dun.

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Date: 2010-06-05 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clarkco.livejournal.com
You might also like Libyrinth by Pearl North. Here is the plot description:

In a distant future where Libyrarians preserve and protect the ancient books that are housed in the fortress-like Libyrinth, Haly is imprisoned by Eradicants, who believe that the written word is evil, and she must try to mend the rift between the two groups before their war for knowledge destroys them all.

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Date: 2010-06-05 03:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lunabee34.livejournal.com
The Ordinary Princess

The Princess and the Goblin series

Both fit your bill to a 'T.

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Date: 2010-06-05 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] georgiaclaire.livejournal.com
Ah, Lynn Flewelling's trilogy starting with The Bone Doll's Twin covers most of those boxes, with bonus trans and gay. Also, Lynn Flewelling is generally just for the win.

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Date: 2010-06-06 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fox1013.livejournal.com
I have definitely been doing the thing where I have so many suggestions that I can't think of what to comment with. :)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes's "The Squad" series is about SPIES WHO ARE CHEERLEADERS. CHEERLEADERS WHO ARE SPIES. It's as great as it sounds.

Have you read Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy? It's Victorian schoolgirls with magic and lesbianism!

Have you read the Mysterious Benedict Society books? It's middle grade, not YA, but it's pretty charming, and is about four children (two boys and two girls) who are exceptionally smart and brave.

Jellicoe Road has some magical realism elements, but probably doesn't fit the rest of your requests. So while I would recommend it ANYWAY, for the purposes of this I would suggest Finnikin of the Rock, which is told from a male POV but (to me at least) is all about the female character, who is AWESOME.

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Date: 2010-06-07 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn. Really cool urban fantasy premise--basically, the cold war happened between humans and dragons. Main character is an adrenaline junkie who meets a dragon while doing some illegal rock climbing.

The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson--Awesome alternate history set in Scotland; main character Sophie starts investigating a mystery, and discovers a bunch of disturbing stuff about her society.

Exodus and Zenith by Julie Bertagna--Set in the future. Mara lives on a small island that is being rapidly overtaken by water. She comes up with a daring plan to lead her people to land, but at first it seems to cause more problems than it solves.

And a bonus cute middle-grade rec: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood. Plucky governess Penelope Lumley of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females discovers that her charges have (quite literally) been raised by wolves, and her employers are hiding something.


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