Posted by Sari
As confessed above, this is just a plug to get you to do yourself a huge favour and go to buy yourself a copy of Francis Hardinge's Fly by Night (Kärpästyttö), which has just come out in Finnish. It is by far the best YA fantasy I have read in a long, long time. Hell, it is one of the better books I have read for a long time. It has a highly original theme, great characters, complex and believable world-building, important things to say about words and reading, and gorgeous, gorgeous language.
I am biased, because the period Fly by Night riffs from is 17th-century England, my period, but even without special knowledge this is just a funny, exciting and beautiful book which needs to be read.