I’d nominate Laini Taylor for one of the spots, particularly in the YA fantasy STRANGE THE DREAMER, for her ability to draw us, heart and soul, into true tenderness and joy.
“He searched her eyes for acquiescence and found it. Freely she gave it. It was like a thread of light passing from one to the other, and it was more than acquiescence. It was complicity, and desire. Her breathing shallowed. She stepped in, closing that little space. There was a limit to their melting, and they found it, and defied it.”
Can’t wait for the sequel, MUSE OF NIGHTMARES.