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Top Ten Tuesday (4): New to Me Authors of 2012

 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish with a different theme every week.

Top Ten New to Me

Authors of 2012

10.  Marissa Meyer – I loved this debut author’s clever combination of sci-fi and fairy tales. Cinder was a book I couldn’t put down.

9. Veronica Roth – This was a much buzzed about author who lived up to the hype.  Insurgent was my favorite book of hers.


8. Lish McBride – I don’t usually like horror, but Hold Me Closer, Necromancer was the funniest and wittiest horror book I’ve ever read.  She’s the only author that I’ll make the exception to my rule of “No Horror Books Whatsoever.”

7. Leigh Bardugo – Just when I thought nothing new could come out of the High Fantasy genre, Leigh comes along and blows me away with her creative mythology and world-building in Shadow and Bone. It’s a must-read.

6. Lisa M. Klein – Where was Lisa with her amazing, well-written historical fiction with awesome characters when I was a teenager??  I loved Cate of the Lost Colony and can’t wait to read her other books.

5. Diana Peterfreund – Just when I thought sci-fi combined with fairy tales was creative, Diana comes along and combines sci-fi with Jane Austen and pulls it off.  I will read anything by this woman. For Darkness Shows the Stars was stunning.  And next year she is doing a re-telling of the Scarlet Pimpernell called Across a Star-Swept Sea.

4. S. J. Kincaid – This is a debut sci-fi author to watch. I approve of my sci-fi in YA. Insignia was a fun, plot-twisty read.

3. Brodi Ashton – I love sad stories, and this was one of the best sad stories that I’ve ever read.  On top of that, it was a very cool interpretation of the Persephone and Hades story.  This debut author had me enthralled with Everneath.

2. Robin LaFevers – Robin wrote  Grave Mercy which is full of wonderfully flawed characters, interesting mythology, then sprinkles in a little historical fiction and adds assassin nuns. It’s kick-butt herione adventure at it’s best.

1. Emmy Laybourne –  There are no words to describe the awesomeness that was Monument 14.  She had me laughing my head off even though the world is ending.  She had me glued to the pages in terror because, you guys, the world is ending and there are 14 kids stuck in a Wal-Mart.  The characters were colorful and realistic.  My favorite debut author that I’ve read this year. What were your favorite new to you authors this year? Leave a link and I’ll come look!


  1. Yay for Brodi making your list! I wish I could put her on my list, but I read Everneath last year. So may other authors I need to discover still that are on your list!!!

  2. I love Veronica Roth! Cinder and Grave Mercy on my to-read list.

  3. Ash of Typing Tiara says:

    Love Robin LaFevers, Grave Mercy seriously blew my mind. Brodi Ashton’s Everneath was pretty awesome as well. Great list!

  4. Kathryn Cooper says:

    Cinder and Shadow and Bone would definitely be in my top 10 too! Great list!

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