I read her Hunger Games trilogy about 7 months back and I couldn’t put them down, they are so originally written, and I think that Suzanne Collins in an absolute genius, these books are definitely aimed at both genders, as I know a lot of boys and girls who have read it and the age range is probably 12+.
You might have heard of Rick Riordan because of his hit book series Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus. There are also several other books that he has also written like The Kane Chronicles and the new Magnus Chase series. The reason he is my favourite author is because his style of writing is just genius and it is something quite different to what I usually read, he does have a website that you make an account for, here is the link http://www.rickriordan.com
I love the Harry Potter series and i’m sure you do as well. I think of her as a brilliant author, and you might not know this, but when her first book was published the publisher forced her to put her initials on the front instead of her name, so readers wouldn’t know if she was a man or woman. Eventually we found out, but i think that’s a horrible thing to do to an author.