I stayed up until 3:15 last night reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I haven't stayed up that late, or read a book in one sitting, in a long time but this book was definitely worth it. This is the perfect transition book for people coming off the high of Stephanie Meyer. I was very, very disappointed with Meyer's portrayal of females in her last book and I don't feel I can recommend it anymore.
I'm on a bit of a high after reading Graceling (and exhausted) but let me give you an idea of the book. Katsa lives in a world where people with Graces, or special skills are used and feared. Katsa's uncle, king of the Middluns uses Katsa's Grace, killing, to control and exploit her. When Katsa meets Prince Po, who is Graced with fighting skills she does not realize she will become friends with someone who will change her perspective of herself and her Grace. As Katsa begins to unravel a dark secret a rival kingdom is hiding she begins to wonder if there is more to her than her Grace.
In Graceling, Cashore handles the struggle to decide between self and lover marvelously. Plus she handles the intimacy between the two main characters very well, which can be difficult for young adult novels.
If you've read Stephanie Meyer's books, and even if you haven't, you should pick up Graceling by Kristin Cashore. And please recommend it to the teenage girl closest to you. This is a book young women will treasure and it has a very positive message about the importance of independence and self!