Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is new-to-me authors I read in 2012. Another fairly easy topic. Going into this post, I am not sure I will be able to come up with ten, but we’ll see as I go along. I love topics like these because it helps me to learn more about myself as I search my read lists and book reviews looking for authors I read for the first time this year. Let’s see what I came up with. 🙂
I read A Face Like Glass and pretty much fell in love with this author’s writing and creativity. I’ve been trying to read more middle-grade and I think I might need to focus on the rest of her books in 2013. Apparently this one was her most ambitious (I agree), so we can only go up from here. This book was all sorts of fantastical and weird. I still like to compare it to Alice in Wonderland because I think it helps put the scope of this author’s imagination into perspective. It was awesome!
2. Karina Halle
I started the Experiment in Terror series this year and so far I have gotten up to book four. I have yet to read Lying Season due to tome constraints, but so far everything I have read has blown me away. The books just continue to get better as you read on with the series. My favorite so far is book three, Dead Sky Morning. I was so utterly creeped out by that book that I cannot imagine them getting any scarier. But we’ll see. I was also lucky enough to work on The Devil’s Metal, and hope I am able to continue working with this author in the future. She’s awesome!
3. Libba Bray
Yes, that’s right! Libba Bray was new to me in 2012. I read The Diviners as my first Libba Bray book, and I loved it. I love the way she writes because this is one author that excels at storytelling. She’s an all-around great author but she can weave a story like no other. I was completely spellbound by that book and I hope to be able to read more of her work in 2013. The Diviners was creepy, magical, and well-researched. I truly felt like I was in the 20s. Well done. I have Going Bovine on my list to read next, but I also own Beauty Queens, so who knows what it will be?
I was never interested in reading the Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy so I had not gotten a chance to read this author yet. But the blurb on Unspoken really intrigued me and so I requested it for review. Well, I am so glad I did because this book is probably going to end up on my end-of-year favorites list when I finally get that posted. It was everything I was always looking for in a YA paranormal but could never find: strong heroine, fantastic writing, a love triangle that WORKS, and a setting to die for. I can’t wait for book two and I can only hope I am lucky enough to get an arc of that too!
I remember when it seemed like everyone on the internet was pining for This is Not a Test. I didn’t get it, but that’s only because I had never read any of this author’s work before. Now that I have–and loved it–I think I will most surely be pining for her next book when I hear about it. This is Not a Test was a fantastic zombie novel that was more about the relationships than the actual world falling apart around the characters, and it was refreshing. It brought something new to the oversaturated post-apocalyptic genre. I can’s wait to read the rest of her work. Hopefully I can fit some of that in in 2013.
6. Zoë Marriot
This particular author has several books published in the UK, but only one published in the US. While I could spend the bucks to get them shipped over here (and I might), I really wish they would just go ahead and publish them over here because her writing and world-building are fantastic. Shadows on the Moon is probably going to go on my end-of year favorites list, and I am thrilled to put it there. It’s not very often that an author like this comes along for me. And she writes Asian settings brilliantly. I fell in love with her characters and I can’t wait to read her next book.