This week’s top ten will be sooo easy for me, since most of the authors I have read this year I had not heard of before. The benefit of the first year of book blogging, I guess! Let’s do this alphabetically, yo.
- Libba Bray. I have read two of her books: Beauty Queens and The Diviners. I have also seen her in person, with a light saber and giving the best speech ever at the 2012 Austin Teen Book Festival. Not only is she a fab writer, but she is funny and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is (or should be). I guess being in a horrific car crash will do that to you. (Links to speech: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of her appearance at #ATBF12 uploaded by KindleObsessed)
- Ally Carter. Another awesome person, my family and I got to meet her, again, at #ATBF212. She’s down to earth (she lives in Oklahoma, for corn’s sake!). I’ve read three from her Gallagher Girls Series (I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; and Out of Sight, Out of Time), a smart, clever and funny spy series that isn’t afraid to assault the reader with equal parts drama and heart.
- Trish Doller. I’ve interviewed Trish for INKlings. She writes contemporary young adult fiction that punches you in the gut while hugging you fiercely. Which can be a lot like life, no? Her first book, Something Like Normal, is an honest and unflinching look at being an a*hole, growing up and coming to terms with how you live your life – all while suffering from PTSD.
- Gina Damico. Her series about a town full of grim reapers is both hilariously snarky and tugs at the ol’ heart. Both Croak and its follow up, Scorch are well-worth reading.
- Neil Gaiman. My husband has read some of his stuff and kept haranguing me to read The Graveyard Book. I have now read it twice this year, the only book that has that distinction. I have yet to write a review since my words couldn’t do it justice.
- Darynda Jones. I am a huge fan of her Charley Davidson series (First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet) which is a great adult paranormal series that has mystery, lots of snark and Reyes Alexander Farrow. (If you have to ask…)
- Angel Lawson. I discovered Ms. Lawson when I took part in an Author Requested Review earlier in the year. Since then, I have read all four of her books that have been published this year. Yeah, that’s what I said. This year. Coincidentally, I just posted my INKlings interview with her this past Monday, along with a giveaway of her latest book (click on the INKlings link for details). I have also reviewed them all: Wraith; FanGirl; Serial Summer and her latest that comes out today Shadow Bound (Wraith #2).
- Lauren Oliver. Probably most widely known for her Delirium series (Delirium, Pandemonium), I absolutely loved her book called Before I Fall. I don’t know why I didn’t review this fabulous book, but it is so very good.
- Stephanie Perkins. Probably one of the best Young Adult Contemporary Romance writers working today. I am eagerly awaiting her next book. You should just go ahead and read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Though they are completely their own stories, they are companion books and are better if you read them in published order.
- Veronica Roth. She will probably top many Best Young Adult Books of 2012 lists, but there’s a reason. Her Divergent trilogy is hard core, man. Yes, there’s a romance, but it slips in the spaces between the punching, betrayal, extreme jumping, spying, and death. Who says girls don’t like a little action with their, uh, action?
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