Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock
I really enjoyed an earlier YA novel by Marchetta and immediately picked this one up when all the YA bloggers started buzzing about it. It's a great fantasy story that is a little hard to describe--it takes place ten years after a kindgdom was overthrown and the royal family assassinated, as the son of the head of the king's guard travels with the former king's advisor trying to keep track of their people in exile. When they encounter a young woman with the mysterious power to walk people's dreams, suddenly the hope arises that their kingdom may be restored. Which maybe doesn't SOUND awesome, but it's really a good read, and definitely buzz-worthy. A.