Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme from The Broke and the Bookish in which they post a book-related top ten every - you guessed it! - Tuesday.

This week the theme is Top Ten New-to-Me Authors that I read in 2014.
In no particular order:

1. Jayne Fresina - I've enjoyed her historical romance Book Club Belles series and the first - Once Upon a Kiss - made me feel like I was reading Jane Austen's secret, naughty manuscript. Delightful!

2. Lia Riley - I've got one book left in the New Adult Off the Map series and I need to read it, but at the same time I've been delaying a bit because I know it's going to be amazing and I don't want it to be over already!

3. Delphine Dryden - I'm a sucker for steampunk, and I just happened to spot the first two books in her Steam & Seduction series in the romance section at my local bookstore. I loved the covers, and quickly discovered I loved her writing! I really need to pick up her Theory of Attraction books....

4. Bec McMaster - I read Forged by Desire - book 4 in the steampunk romance series London Steampunk - earlier in the year and adored it. I grabbed a couple more on Cyber Monday and I'll have to carve out time over the holidays to read them. 

5. Barry Lyga - The I Hunt Killers trilogy isn't in my normal wheelhouse - featuring the teenage son of a serial killer who hunts killers to put his father's unique method of childrearing to good use - it's all very creepy and tortured. I was completely hooked and after reviewing the first book, had to grab a copy of the second immediately so I knew what would happen next. 

6. Laini Taylor - I haven't read Dreams of Gods and Monsters yet, but only because I know it is going to make me cry and cry and cry. The first two books in this series were absolutely in my Top Ten for the year. I *loved* the world Taylor has created, I loved that she makes it absolutely as brutal and heart-wrenching as it should be. So freaking good.

7. Robin York - Deeper is one of those books that catches you off-guard. With revenge porn as the starting point, this New Adult book had a lot of angsty, emotional moments to work through and I loved each and every one of them. I've read 230+ books so far this year, and the fact that I still remember this one so vividly is absolutely a sign of how strikingly good it was.

8. Mary E Pearson - The Kiss of Deception was a book that I had middling hopes for, that I figured would be pretty typical of the YA fantasy genre, about this princess flailing against the expectations people had of her. I was very, very pleasantly surprised. The story was a lot more epic than that, and I was drawn to all three of the main characters. I'm quite looking forward to finding out where Pearson takes us next - check out her blog for a chance to get in on an ARC giveaway for book two!

9. Fiona Wood - Wood's Wildlife is an amazing contemporary YA story that struck me with a great sense of nostalgia for high school. I think it captures the experiences and emotions of that age group rather deftly. 

I'm keeping the tenth spot open because I can't decide between all the other options!  Who is on your top ten list this year?

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