BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu, illustrations by Erin McGuire. This book is in my TOP 5 ALL TIME FAVORITES. A retelling of THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen, this book is so much more than it's inspiration. A MUST READ for all fans of fantasy. The protagonist, Hazel, is a fantasy lover as well and mentions many great books in her narrative.
This list is a far from complete list of some of my favorites - they are warriors, scholars, mothers, daughters; they can be wildly in love and impressively practical; they are a little too perfect and incredibly flawed. Most of them have happy endings, some of them don't. In an nutshell - these are girls who act like girls should and must.