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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our new favourite authors we’ve read for the first time this year. Unfortunately, Aimee is swamped with work this time around (why haven’t people yet understood that book lovers should get an exemption slip from real life??) so I’ll be taking over for her this week.
In no particular order…
*Links will lead to the authors GR page and the photos to that respective book’s page.
#1. Rae Carson
I picked up The Girl of Fire and Thorns and really enjoyed it. Consequently, I read the next two books in the trilogy soon after (The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom) and by the end I was completely enthralled in the story. The character development Elisa goes through in these books is perfection and she has now become one of my all-time favourite female characters. I love Rae Carson because of her ability to create such real and relatable characters and incorporates important themes into her stories without knocking you over the head with them. I just finished Walk on Earth a Stranger and did not enjoy it as much unfortunately, but Rae Carson’s strength in characters and themes still hold true and I will pick up anything she publishes in the future.
#2. Patrick Rothfuss
I’ve had The Name of the Wind on my shelf for literally years and despite all the praise I didn’t pick it up until early 2015. Because, well, have you seen the size? It’s intimidating! I love fantasy but when they are that huge I’m always a bit hesitant. I thought it would be slow and difficult to read because of all the worldbuilding. Turns out I was completely wrong. The writing is beautiful and the worldbuilding fantastic, but especially the story itself is so engaging and fun that I couldn’t put the book down. One of my favourites of the year for sure!
#3. Jandy Nelson
I’ve had The Sky is Everywhere on my shelf for forever but never felt inclined to read it. Then I’ll Give You the Sun was published and suddenly everyone was talking about Jandy Nelson. I didn’t read either book though, because I didn’t think it would be a story that appealed to me. Then, one day, I felt like reading a contemporary and picked it up I’ll Give You the Sun on a whim. I devoured it in a few days. I’m usually not the biggest fan of this genre (or this kind of writing style for that matter) but there was something about the book that just worked for me. Jandy Nelson created such relatable and flawed characters that I couldn’t help but root for. Definitely one of my all-time favourite contemporaries.
I’d never even heard of Jodi Lynn Anderson until I saw Emily’s review of Tiger Lily. She made me want to pick it up immediately and so I did. Needless to say I loved it. Jody Lynn Anderson’s writing style was beautiful and evoked a wonderful atmosphere that was perfectly suited to the book. I can’t wait to read more by her.
#5. Melina Marchetta
I had heard so many good things about Melina Marchetta throughout the last two years, both because of her contemporaries (On the Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca) and her fantasy trilogy (The Lumatere Chronicles). After the success that was I’ll Give You the Sun, I was searching for other great contemporaries and so decided to pick up On the Jellicoe Road. What started out as a bit of a confusing novel, quickly grew into something I loved. Melina Marchetta’s writing was fantastic and I’m excited to dive into all of her other published works.
#6. Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2015, but I was also ready to be disappointed. It’s a debut novel so I didn’t know what to expect from the writing style. But when I started reading I was in awe immediately. I loved Renée Ahdieh’s writing style; it’s quite flowery and she uses a lot of metaphors and similes, but it never felt over the top and managed to really spark my imagination. I felt like I was right there in the fantasy world the author created, smelling the spices and walking in the souk. Amazing, I can’t wait for what she will release next.
#7. Naomi Novik
I’d never heard of Naomi Novik before Uprooted came out this year, but now I want to go back and read all her other fantasy books. I loved the originality of Uprooted and the author’s writing style. I feel like she is one of those authors that know the fantasy genre very well and are aware of tropes and clichés and how to turn them around to create something unique.
#8. Nova Ren Suma
Do you know that feeling when you start reading a book by a new author and you just know you’re going to love it because of the way it’s written? That’s what happened to me when I first picked up The Walls Around Us. I just loved Nova Ren Suma’s writing style so much! I loved the story too, but her unique way of evoking an atmosphere was what really hooked to me to the novel. Then I read Slasher Girls & Monster Boys which also contains a story by her and again I was awed by her talent. Hopefully, I will get to 17 & Gone ASAP!
#9. Joe Abercrombie
I knew Joe Abercrombie was a well-known fantasy author but I didn’t know what book to start with. Then I picked up Half a King after I saw one of my trusted GR friends rave about it. And of course, I loved it. Joe Abercrombie’s stories are very dark and quite violent and gruesome but it lends authenticity and realism to his work. I need to pick up the First Law trilogy like yesterday.
Not only is Brom’s writing style phenomenal, but he also illustrates his novels himself! Double threat! I read The Child Thief a few months ago and it is now one of my favourite books of all time, I literally wouldn’t change a thing about it. If you love books that are a little bit more on the dark and gruesome side, definitely pick up one of Brom’s novels!
Now it’s your turn. What are some of your favourite new authors of 2015? Do you agree with me on any authors on this list? Do you disagree? Tell me in the comments below!