Top 10 New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015. Actually, it's a rather short list. This year was spent reading new releases of authors I already knew! Unless we count manga authors, and I'm not going to.
- Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief): I loved this book the moment I heard about it, and fell even more in love when I finally read it. Such a good beginning to a new fantasy series that I can't wait to keep on reading.
- Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen): Another brilliant beginning to a new brilliant fantasy series that kept me engaged from beginning to end.
- Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die): Everyone on here should know by now how much I hate the Oz series. And how much I appreciate the dark, twisted version that appears in this series. Love it so much!
- Cassandra Rose Clarke (The Assassin's Curse): This was a series I had been meaning to start for a long time, and then finally just buckled down and did it. And oh my gosh, am I glad I did. I wish Cassandra Rose Clarke had written more!!
- Lou Anders (Frostborn): A debut Middle Grade author with a fantasy series that was one of the best MG fantasy series I've read in a long time. Can't wait to see what he brings next.
- Sarah Dessen (Saint Anything): I read my very first Sarah Dessen novel this year, and while I don't think I'm going to love any of her other books as much as I did Saint Anything, that book alone puts her on my top 10 new-to-me authors list. That book spoke so thoroughly to my soul, and it came during a time when I needed it the most.
- Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes): There's a reoccurring theme! Fantasy authors! I read a LOT of fantasy this year. While it had flaws, I overall loved Sara Raasch's writing and world building and characters.
- Heather Brewer (The Cemetery Boys): Can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this short creepy thriller.
- Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes): Yeah, I had some issues with Sabaa Tahir's debut fantasy novel. But I greatly appreciated the honest, realistic brutality of the world she created, and the plot was immensely interesting. I'll always read what she writes.
- Laura Ruby (Bone Gap): A loose retelling of the Persephone legend - magic realism. Loved it so much!
And just for the fun of it, here are some of my top favorite manga-ists! Since I got into it this year, it seems only right to list them.
- Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan): Definitely at the top. I've loved all of the manga I've read so far, but Attack on Titan is still at the top.
- Yana Toboso (Black Butler): The era, the artwork, the story, the characters, the historical detail - love it all.
- Shinobu Ohtaka (Magi): I've been on a real kick for Arabian Nights retellings, and for some reason this series takes me back to feeling like a kid. Must be all of the treasure and adventure.
- Natsuki Takaya (Fruits Basket): This series just makes me feel happy.