I love to read fantasy, scifi, YA, and MG. I also write books and have a YouTube channel (TheREDBooks) on which I discuss what I'm writing and what I'm reading :)
I think Kristin Cashore might be one of my new favorite authors. Well, I read Graceling awhile ago, so I suppose she's not entirely new, but I loved Graceling and now I love Fire. I love both Katsa and Fire. They are so different and yet so similar in their strength and compassion, and at the same time have their flaws, as all good characters should. They are heroines I love to read about and can easily admire and relate to. The plot of Fire was vastly interesting, and I loved how it connected to Graceling on the very thinnest of threads so that it sometimes felt like it took place in an entirely different world. I hope Cashore writes more books in the universe, because I really want to read more about the Dells and how they might eventually interact with the Seven Kingdoms.
Basically, Fire was everything I love about high fantasy: a fascinating world, an intriguing plot, lovable characters, and a heart-breakingly sweet love story that doesn't overtake everything else.