Did you mostly stick with books by your favorite authors last year? We ventured out quite a bit and discovered quite a few authors who we want to read more from in the future.
Tanya – What a year! I was introduced to quite a few new authors, but the ones below are 3 of my faves.
Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes
I’m not one to read series until all the books are published. But towards the end of 2015, the audiobook was available at my library, so on a whim I listened to it and was blown away. And then in 2016, I listened to the audiobook of the 2nd book in the series, A Torch Against the Night, and wow – beautifully done! So yes, I’ll be continuing with the series, and anything else that Tahir writes.
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath & The Dawn (#1)
While this book wasn’t perfect, Ahdieh managed me to immerse me into this Arabian setting and made me visualize the times and feel the characters … mostly annoyance with them – but I liked that! And I liked the book. If an author can make me not like the characters but still like the book – that’s an author that I’ll be reading more books from.
M.R. Carey, The Girl With All the Gifts
Both Kim and I read this book and loved it! It was a surprising take on the zombie book and even left us with an ending that we’re still wondering if we like or not.
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Kim – Wow. I really checked out a ton of new authors last year. Here are my top three favorites.
Lynne Matson, Nil
I picked up Nil on a whim from the library one day and then ended up blowing through the entire series in a few days. I wouldn’t say these are brilliant books but I was sucked in and I’m anxious to see what else Matson has to offer.
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.
Sally Green, Half Bad
This is another series that somehow found it’s way into my hands last year and wouldn’t let go until I finished them all. These are Green’s first publications and she doesn’t have anything else out yet but I’m keeping an eye on her Goodreads page.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus.
V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic
I love this vivid world of magic where three different versions of modern day London exist. The books in this series are great fun with plenty of action and drama sprinkled throughout. I also read Vicious by Schwab and really enjoyed it.
Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
Have you read any books by the authors mentioned?