With more and more Young Adult books being publish, do not forget about the older books from years ago. Check out these books (which I found to be enjoyable reads) and Forget Them Not.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Publish Date: 1995
Synopsis: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.
My Two Cents: I really do enjoy fantasy books. Though it’s hard to find one that fits my expectations of fantasy. This one comes very close. The world building is great and the lore – the bells and the gates of death – are all very much fascinating and complex but not smash your head “WTDuck”. This filled my hunger for a fantasy for a bit when I had the cravings for one way back when I read it (I’m still looking for a good one right now) and I encourage you all to pick it up. It is part of a trilogy.