Here are some other fantasy stories with strong (mostly female) characters (some with a little romance) that I think you will like:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
The story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. He has fallen in love with beautiful Victoria Forester and in order to win her hand, he must retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to her.
Since you enjoyed Bloomability by Sharon Creech, and also books by Libba Bray, I have sent along a list of books that I hope you will enjoy just as much. Thank you for letting us know why you liked particular books as this helps us to make selections for you.
Did you know that A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is the first in a series? The second book is Rebel Angels and the third is The Sweet Far Thing. You might want to check those books out as well.
Here are some more titles with action and adventure that I think you may like.
Bearstone by Will Hobbs.
Fourteen-year-old Ute Indian Cloyd Atcitty has grown up without parents or schooling. Later taken into the Colorado mountains to live with an old rancher, Cloyd secretly renames himself Lone Bear and calls upon the strength of his ancestors--first to battle his own hostilities and finally to discover the magical power of friendship.
The Princess and the Hound By Mette Ivie Harrison.
George has always felt burdened by his princely duties, and even more by the need to hide the magic through which he speaks with animals, but when he is betrothed to the strange princess of a neighboring kingdom, his secret, and the persecution of people like himself, must come to an end.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Sisters Weird By Vivian Vande Velde.
Various people recall aspects of the life of Raquel Falcone, an unpopular, overweight freshman at Quail Run High School, including classmates, her parents, and the driver who struck and killed her as she was walking home from an animated film festival.
Because you liked Forever in Blue: the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood, you may also enjoy these books:
TTYL - by Lauren Myracle.
Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade. This book also has a sequel, TTFN.
I'm not sure if you only like books set during the U.S.
Civil War or books set against the backdrop of any war. So, I have come
up with the following suggestions based on my assumptions:
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
summary from the Publisher: "When the starving French masses rise in
hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and
innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in
the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause-La
In response to your book match request for a title similar to The
Earth's Children's Series by Jean Auel, I can offer the following
Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age by Bjorn Kurten, set 35,000
years ago in Ice Age Europe, tells the story of Tiger, son of the
chieftain of a peaceful village of Homo Sapiens, who sets out in search
of the warrior who killed his father. Rescued by a Neanderthal clan,
Tiger falls in love with Veyde, their beautiful leader.