Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite New-to-Me Authors of 2012

No Random Tuesday today due to my computer sounding like it's on the verge of exploding and me not wanting to push my luck by opening various browsers. Good think the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish host Top 10 Tuesday and this week's topic is a really fun one for me.

No Random Tuesday today. With all the shopping and family stuff, I haven't been surfing online much to find Random Things. Luckily the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish host Top 10 Tuesday and this week it's about those books we're all coveting that come out in 2013.

I kind of hate doing these end of year lists when it’s still not the end of the year. I have a mountain of books to read and plan to get at least a few more in between now and December 31. Maybe one of those will be by an author who rocks my socks and would have ended up on this list. I mean, two of the authors on this list are on here because of books I read in the last four days!

If I were ranking these authors, there would be a four way tie for first place, so I’m not ranking them. So in no particular order, here are my favorite new-to-me authors thus far in 2012.

Daniel H Wilson – This man gave me nightmares and chills and a million other feelings, including a moment where I literally cheered out loud in the middle of the night when the good guys had a solid win. Robopocalypse blew my robot-loving mind and I cannot wait to see it as a film, though I know it will be absolutely destroyed in translation. Whatevs. Amped also freaked me out and left my heart pounding. This guy knows his stuff and that makes him awesome.

Lia Habel – I can’t believe it’s only been nine months since I was introduced to Zombie Bram and his cohort of gentlemen (and lady) soldiers. I feel like I’ve been carrying this really creepy torch for Bram far longer. Habel made me feel all the feelings that contemporary romance tries to make me feel except without me feeling emotionally manipulated and filling the story full of zombies. Who knew I would shed tears over the potential death of zombie? Apparently Ms. Habel did.

Mira Grant – Another zombie book, but on the complete opposite spectrum from the Dearly series. I went in thinking I would enjoy this book, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did and I really didn’t expect it to leave me in a sobbing mess, feeling empty and alone inside. My favorite authors are the ones who can catch me off guard and make me feel strong emotion. I felt with Feed as though each of Shaun and Georgia’s victories were my own and when they failed, I was punched in the gut along with them. By the end, Grant might as well have stabbed me in the stomach and left me to bleed out on the floor. I was depressed for days and thinking about Feed still makes me a little teary eyed.

Marissa Meyer – This one is kind of a cheat. Technically I read Cinder on December 31, 2011, but I participated in the blog tour, talked with Ms. Meyer via social media and even had the chance to meet her during Comic Con all in 2012. So I’m cheating. Her robot twist on a classic faerie tale made me feel like a kid again without also feeling like she was dumbing things down for me. Twists I thought were obvious turned out to be wrong and that ending made me want to flip back to the first page and start all over again.

Dan Wells – This is another one that left me depressed for days after I finished. Partials was a very exciting post-apocalyptic, genetic manipulation tale full of scientific discussion and a hot super soldier. It was up until 4am finishing this one and I need more Samm! Even though some of the territory felt overly tread, Wells made things feel new, made things exciting and left me feeling as though I’d read something unlike what I’d experienced before. Plus I think Samm is a very close runner up to my new favorite YA guy behind Mr. Zombie Bram.

Veronica Roth – Oh, Veronica Roth… I found you kind of overrated with Divergent, but then again, I did read it right after my initial introduction to Zombie Bram. And yet I still felt compelled to pick up Insurgent and you won me over. By the last few pages, I hated you so much that I threw the book across the room and had a small tantrum that my 3-year-old nephew would have been proud of. You are evil, Ms. Roth, for ending that book the way you did and I am counting down the days when the next one comes out.

Jennifer Rush – I don’t even think Altered has come out yet, but I had a hard time putting this one down too. It was the perfect blend of mystery, super soldier nonsense and romance. Twists surprised me and, best of all, Rush left the first volume with a satisfactory conclusion while still leaving a window open for the impending sequels.

RJ Anderson – I just finished Ultraviolet last night. I haven’t even written my review for it yet. I currently think I need to sue Ms. Anderson for whiplash. Somewhere around the 2/3rds mark, this book went from being an incredibly insightful and fascinating look at synesthesia and mental illness in teenagers to batshit insane with just one sentence. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish and she, of course, left me broken hearted by the end. But seriously, literary whiplash in the absolute best way. Go into this book with no expectations and no spoilers and it might just rock your world.

Brodi Ashton – I just finished up Everneath on Saturday. It also doesn’t have a review written just yet and I’m a little surprised I felt compelled to include Ashton on this list. There’s something about that book that quickly got under my skin and has stuck with me a few days later. Perhaps it was yet another devastating ending or the fact that I have little idea of where this story will go. It was a world with a lot more to tell and the secrets fascinated me without becoming annoying. Plus a love triangle with an asshat boy where the girl recognizes his asshattery? Double points, Ms. Ashton.

CJ Hill – I love when I find YA scifi that doesn’t read like the author thinks her audience is composed of people who can’t follow basic logic and science principles. The added bonus of Erasing Time was how Hill blended the science of time travel with all the grammar talk. I’m an English geek and that made me love this book. She created a world recognizable, but just unfamiliar enough to create a fish-out-of-water story.

 

Tell me what New-to-You authors rocked your world in 2012. Who should I try out in 2013? So many books!