Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2013:
Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone)
This year I read the first two books in the Grisha trilogy, as well as the three Grisha novellas, and loved them. I have to admit that I wasn’t crazy about the first book, Shadow and Bone, but I thought that Siege and Storm was amazing.
Leah Raeder (Unteachable)
Ohhh…this book. One of my favorite reads of the year, Leah Raeder’s writing is completely captivating and exciting. I’ve never read anything like this book before, and I’m so excited about her untitled upcoming novel for 2014. She’s also a super awesome person as well. She’s funny, really smart, and writes spot-on, thoughtful Goodreads reviews.
Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me)
This year, I read all of Mafi’s currently published books and novellas in the Shatter Me series and I’m seriously obsessed. I love her lyrical writing and the uniqueness of Warren’s character. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the third and final book!
Lauren Oliver (Delirium)
As much as I hate these covers, I fell in love with the story behind the Delirium series, and read all three books and all four novellas during 2013. I didn’t love the ending of the series, but Oliver still snagged a spot in my Top Ten list because of how much I loved Delirium. I haven’t read Before I Fall yet, but I hope to soon and I have a feeling I’m really going to like it!
S. Walden (Good)
This year, I read S. Walden’s Too Good series and really, really liked both books. She is one of the best New Adult writers out there, and her story lines and characters are so original and well-written. These books will get inside your mind and really make you think.
Lisa Gardner (Catch Me)
Most of what I read is YA fiction, but I love dabbling in other genres as well. One of my other favorites is thrillers, and earlier this year I found a great new-to-me thriller author, Lisa Gardner, and I’ve been devouring her books ever since. Catch Me was the first of her D.D. Warren series that I read and, so far, it’s my favorite of hers.
Libba Bray (The Diviners)
I only read one of Bray’s books this year, but I was really impressed with her writing. While I had multiple problems with the story line of the book (I only rated it 3.5 stars), I was so in love with her language, writing style, and descriptions that I couldn’t not put Bray on this list. I really want to try out more of her work; I own Beauty Queens but haven’t read it yet.
Chloe Neill (Some Girls Bite)
This series is so underrated. I’ve only read the first two books, but so far it’s been amazing. It’s hilarious and witty, ala Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I love the sexual tension between Merit and Ethan. I would highly recommend this series if you’re into urban fantasy/paranormal romance.
John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)
I can’t believe that I’d never read a John Green book until this year! So, yeah, I read TFioS and freaking loved it, so he’s definitely one of my stand-out new-to-me authors for 2013.
Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy)
Nope…I hadn’t read anything by Richelle Mead before this year either! At the time this post is being written (November 22), I’m currently on the third book in the Vampire Academy series, Shadow Kiss, and I’m really liking it! Her books are well-written and very engrossing.
Who are some of your favorite new authors you read this year? Link up below!