Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I was really jealous of the main girl's art capabilities and endless wealth because I was having a HORRIBLE time with my art stuff and felt particularly broke at the time.
I'm glad it didn't have a love triangle, because I'm tired of those.
CONCLUSION: I told mom she probably shouldn't bother with this one.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Another one I told mom she might not like, because she's not hugely into fantasy. I'm really wondering who published first, because The Hunger Games came out on '08 and so did this. And the main lady's name in this is KATSA. Which is suspiciously close to KANISS, is it not? Especially when there is archery involved.
There were a lot of interesting elements in this book. It's not something that's going to blow your mind, but it's interesting.
CONCLUSION: I was probably distracted by the Katsa/Katniss question.
ALSO! I re-read A Wrinkle in Time the other day, which was WAY better than either of these. So.