Josepha Sherman -- Best of 2009
I like Tammy Pierce's fantasy police procedurals, such as the earlier Terrier (2006) and Bloodhound (2009). I haven't read the third one yet.
Also liked Dianna Wynne Jones' House of Many Ways, sequel to Howl's Moving Castle.
Pearl North's Librynth was predictable but still a good read.
Ryan Brown's Play Dead was a weird horror book for Y.A. readers.
Aavtar is the wrong year, but WOW!