questionswhat are your young/easy adult reading…

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I will plug this every time - Jim Butcher: Dresden Files/Codex Alera. Both series are a blast!

Sounds like you might enjoy the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini as well.

Also, try The Warded Man by Peter Brett. It's a post apocalyptic/fantasy/horror mix. It's interesting but fairly light.

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I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier. It's more of a psychological thriller, but it's pretty enthralling. I just read it recently to see if it would be a good read for my 12-year-old son, but I think it would be too confusing for him. I enjoyed it though.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
http://www.amazon.com/Graveyard-Book-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0060530944/

I also enjoyed Piers Anthony a lot when I was a YA. In the more sci-fi/urban fantasy angle I would recommend these series by him: Incarnations of Immortality, Apprentice Adept, and Bio of a Space Tyrant.