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Julia's Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read in 2012
- Kristen Callihan
- George R.R. Martin
- Courtney Milan
- Julie Anne Long
- Emma Lang
- Marissa Meyer
- Brodi Asthon
- Meljean Brook
- Jillian Stone
- Jessica Spotswood
I was in need of a good romance, especially a good paranormal romance. Then Ms. Callihan came and made it all better with her Firelight and Moonglow books. (review of Firelight) Original and well written, she is right at the top of my list!
Seriously, how could I have a list without Mr. Martin? A Song of Ice and Fire has been a real joy to read (though where I am right now seems to be dragging cough), and my favorite part about it is that it gives me great things to talk about with people. Most people I know either watched the show or read the books or both. It's a great fantasy series without a main character (I will fight you if you try to tell me X is the main character, because you are wrong :) ).
You know, I had to go back through my Goodreads shelf to make sure that I started reading Ms. Milan this year. It's true. It was a while back, but I discovered her this year. She is a very talented author, and though her characters have been hit or miss for me, I still regard her as one of the best in the genre. In fact I am ecstatic to hear that her next book came out two days ago starting her new series! If I hadn't spent a ton of money on books already thus far, I would so be all over her book... I still may.
Oh Ms. Long. The Pennyroyal Green series about two families has also been hit and miss. But the last one I read was so enchanting, it almost makes me forgive I Kissed An Earl (review). Regardless, her Regency historicals I have been steadily reading throughout the year. If they were truly bad I would have stopped a while ago. Oh, who am I kidding! I need to find out what will happen between Olivia and Lyon!
This is the guilty one on this list. I fully admit that Ms. Lang is not the best author. In fact, I find myself skimming sometimes, but something about the way she has told the story of this family (and that there are cowboys) makes me want to keep reading. (review of Matthew)
Now we move on to the people who I have only read book of but really have high hopes for book two. Like Ms. Meyer. Cinder (review) was probably my favorite YA novel that I read last year. It was so darn creative! I await anxiously book two in this fantastic series! Which hopefully is coming soon next year?
Oh Ms. Ashton. Author of a pretty unique take on Greek mythos, Everneath (review). I am extremely curious to see where she takes this story. I am pretty sure I gave this one four stars, but part of me is giving it the side eye depending on how book two goes. I have high hopes!
It's a crime that I have only read one of the books in Ms. Brook's series, The Iron Duke (review). The third one came out this year, but alas I am behind in this series because I was so busy stumbling into other series!
The same "Woe! Why isn't there enough time?!" goes for Ms. Stone. I read the first book in her dreadfully unique Victorian romance series and was skeptical of all the historical details so much that I stopped reading to look them up and find out that she was indeed correct. I have been wanting to read book two ever since I saw Hysteria and have yet to get to it.
The last coveted spot on my list I am going to give to Ms. Spotswood. I read Born Wicked (review) back in the beginning of the year and liked it well enough. It was another unique premise for me to read and another one that hinges on what happens next. Only 2013 will tell!
Link up your lists people, so we all can get new authors to try in 2013!