Wednesday, December 26

Top 10 of 2018: New or New-To-Me Authors

~ Top 10 New-To-Me Authors That I Now Love ~

10. Alexandra Bracken

Now I know this is an author who has been massively popular for years and she has been on my radar for years but I'd just never read any of her stuff before. With The Darkest Minds movie coming out this year I finally picked up her books. This year I read the first three books in The Darkest Minds series and really enjoyed them.

I will definitely be checking out her other books.

9. Myra McEntire

Myra McEntire is an author that I had heard of a lot and I bought her book Hourglass years ago after having it recommended to me but it just sat there unread on my shelf. Until this year.

This year I devoured Hourglass in one sitting and then discovered that the series is no longer available. I was luckily able to get a hold of the other two books in the trilogy which I cannot wait to read. I really hope someone picks these books back up because they are seriously amazing and I will most definitely be keeping an eye out for other books from Myra in the future.

8. Victoria Aveyard

I know what you're thinking... where the heck have I been to have not read Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series before now. I know, I'm late to the party, but this year I read Red Queen for the first time and I adored it. I haven't read past the first book yet but they are sat waiting for me and I absolutely cannot wait!

7. Jodi Meadows

Now Jodi Meadows has been an author that I've been aware of for a while and had a few of her series on my TBR but I just hadn't read any of them. This year I read her Orphan Queen series and fell in love with it. It was absolutely brilliant. I'm adding her onto this list as I loved it so much but also because I feel like her Orphan Queen series is pretty underrated and I really want more people to pick this up.

6. Kristina Perez

I'd never heard of Kristina Perez before this year. She was one of the authors attending YALC and as I always do before the event I research the attending authors and discovered her wonderful fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde, Sweet Black Waves. I read it before YALC and fell in love with it. It was such an amazing read and I can't wait to check out her other books.

5. Gayle Forman

I know what you're thinking... how have I, as a YA reader, have gotten to this point and not read a Gayle Forman book? I know, you're right and I'm very ashamed of it but it's true. Honestly, If I Stay has been sat unread on my shelf for around 6/7 years and I just never got around to it. Well Gayle was one of the authors attending YALC so I thought it was about time to read it... and I finished it in one sitting. Now contemporary is not my typical genre but when I fancy a good contemporary read Gayle will be my go-to.
4. Dhionelle Clayton

Dhionelle Clayton is another author I'd never heard of before this year. I'd seen the cover of her book The Belles floating about online but didn't really know anything about it. In preperation for YALC I picked up The Belles and adored it. It's such a dark and horrifying storyline disguised as a beautiful rose. It was amazing and I can't wait for book 2 next year. Plus, she's such a sweetie in person.

3. Scott Reingten

Scott Reingten is yet another incredible author that I had never heard of. I received his novel, Nyxia, as an ARC in one of my Illumicrate boxes and honestly it's not my usual type of read so had it not been in Illumicrate it's not something I would have bought... I freaking adored it. It was incredible and I cannot wait to read the second and third books in this incredible series. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for his future work.

2. Vic James

Vic James is yet another author that I read in preperation for YALC. I bought her book Gilded Cage at YALC last year but never read it until this year and I loved it. It's much darker than I expected but what an incredible story. It's like a mixture of dystopia and fantasy and I loved it. It turned out to be one of my favourite trilogies that I have ever read and I'll definitely be checking out her future books.

1. Tomi Adeyemi

Honestly Tomi Adeyemi is the author of the year for me. I read her debut novel Children of Blood and Bone and was completely blown away. I adore fantasy books and stories based off mythology and this one was based off some African mythology that I'd never heard of and I found it absolutely fascinating. I adored it and add to that the fact that in person she is the sweetest person who seems to excited and surprised that people loved her book. I adore her!

Is there a new-to-you author that you adore now?

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