⭐️ Hi guys! I hope you’re having the best day & especially that you’re enjoying your current reading.❤️ Today I return with my December post series where I wrap up a little my year in posts and talk with you about it, this time it’s the turn to talk about those new to me authors who have been favorites this year, this means that this time I highlight those authors that I read for the first time in 2019 and whose works I’ve loved or enjoyed a lot for reasons that I’ll specify later. 🥰 Each of these authors is incredible and I’ve chosen them precisely because each of them stands out in a particular aspect that I’ve enjoyed a lot in my reading experience, such as the writing style, of course, or the talent to create atmosphere, tell stories and/or create characters.
I’m super excited, I know that some of these authors are very well known to you and very well-loved but it’s my first time trying with them this year, so for me, it’s all very new and I’m ready to read more of their works in the following year! Some of them, on the other hand, personally think they don’t have the recognition they deserve, so I think it’s the perfect occasion to recommend their work! 👏🏻
I hope you enjoy the post a lot, and hopefully find a new author you want to try in 2020.. so, Let’s Start.⭐️
I know you’re thinking “Sofi, how have you never read Brandon Sanderson before?” well, I’m sorry to say that I don’t have an answer for that, but now I know that I’ll definitely be reading more in the future. I had always heard the best things about this author and I know he has several high-fantasy books super well-loved, that I’m dying to read, but this time I’ll talk a little about the book that made the author on this list and that’s Skyward: If you know me you know I’m not the biggest fan of Sci-Fi, so having read one so focused on Sci-Fi as the main genre and having enjoyed it so much, is something incredible for me and I highlight a lot the plot structure that the author manages to give us with this super captivating stories, full of twists and with a unique main character who must go through a lot of hard things, due to her family past, to follow her dreams and challenge a corrupt system. I love this book and highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet, I’m super excited for the sequel!
OMG, I really feel a great blessing for having had the chance to read the author this year, very grateful to Talem Press because if they hadn’t contacted me maybe I’d never have discovered the author, so super happy to have this kind of possibilities, I feel such a joy to be able to read works that although they’re not so well known, are of great quality, you know?. I met this wonderful writer thanks to the trilogy The Oremere Chronicles: I read all three books this year, Heart of Mist, Reign of Mist & War of Mist. This trilogy is high-fantasy where we follow Blake, a girl with a great power that she still can’t understand has a lot of political intrigues, a wonderful world-building & above all, and the most remarkable thing for me, super easy and fast to read, which It’s refreshing when it comes to fantasy. It’s a story, you guys, that once you start, you can’t stop reading, the author also adds real-life problems such as alcoholism within a highly fantastic plot that involves powers and the search for a magical, dangerous and unknown place. You can’t miss these books if you are, like me, a fantasy lover.
I only read a book by this author and it’s enough for me to know that I want to read hundreds more. I met about the author because I was participating in The Book Junkie Trials Read-A-Thon and there was a promp that was about reading a book that was about or contains dragons, which I loved instantly because I do realize that I hadn’t read many stories about Dragons, so it was my opportunity, the incredible book: The Last Namsara was the first one that came to my mind because it really sounded like the full package, it just blows me away and I ended up loving it, one of my favorite books of this year, no doubt. We follow Asha and, in this fantastic world, she’s one of the fiercest dragon hunters and she’s well-known for being the next Iskari, when she’s engaged to a cruel commander she embarks herself on a journey to hunt the most fearsome and big Dragon of history to save himself from a destiny she doesn’t want. This is a fascinating story that has everything you could ask for from a great fantasy, from complex heroines and female power to a royal family and dragons. The writing style is beautiful, but the originality of the story captivated me and is what I highlight the most about the author in this book. If you haven’t read it yet and you love dragons and strong female main characters, then you need this book in your life.
Oh, what a blessing to have read Rory Power and also to have read her first book, of which I can only say wonders. When an author comes out with a book as incredible as a debut, you know that it will only come with more and more incredible things in the future, I can’t wait to read her next work! Of course, the book I read by the author was: Wilder Girls, one of the most original plots I’ve read in a while and although I didn’t like the ending, deserves all the recognition for being so unique and also has a brilliant writing style. In this story we are located at Raxter School for Girls that has been placed under quarantine due to a highly contagious disease, “The Tox” began to spread killing both teachers and students one by one, leaving only a small group that has manifested deformations in their bodies after suffering the first attacks of this disease. We follow a group of friends who will try to survive this series of terrifying events of extreme survival, while many secrets are revealed. It’s a very hard and raw plot so I recommend discretion, but beyond that, I think that if you like terror and suspense, and also enjoy survival plots, you’ll enjoy this book, SO SO original.
I’d never heard of this author until I saw the ARC of her new book on NetGalley and I knew only to see it, that I had to read it. And OMG, luckily I did. The book that brought me to this author was The Grace Year, one of the most shocking and breathtaking books I’ve read this year, probably go to my favorites list as well, because it simply has one of those plots and one of those messages that leave you speechless. It’s about this dystopian world that takes place in a place called Garner County, where people think that young women segregate very powerful and demonic kind of magic that leads men to go crazy and bring misfortunes to town, because of this the girls are forced to pass a year in the forest to return purified to continue with their destinies already planned, be good wives or working in the most precarious and dangerous places. This story is SO hard to read because it puts woman in an absolutely cruel and unfair situation where they’re completely powerless, but at the same time and as you advance into the plot you begin to feel strong along with the characters, cry with them, laugh with them, is just such a powerful experience and I’m fascinated by the ending, which although open is brilliant. I really can’t recommend this book enough, I think it’s SO incredible, it deserves great recognition for the message of hope, union, and empowerment behind it.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been told to read this author, it’s crazy how much love there’s towards her work which made me want to read it immediately, besides her love for mythology is something we share and I enjoy a lot. I read The Song of Achilles by her and it was a great experience, I think I’d never read a writing style like hers, and that’s why I added it to my list, there’s something very poetic in the way she tells stories, although they’re already known, it has a unique twist that captivates you from the first pages. Is a representation of the epic Trojan War, so well known for all of us, but this time the author has given it a twist and gives us a story about a heart-breaking love, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart. The characters are so well created, and it’s one of the few authors that I’ve read that has been able to move me with the romance, I just loved it, it felt passionate and real from the first pages, besides everything lasts so naturally that it’s really a pleasure to read it. Another ending that shattered my heart but that felt good after all, is a reading that I can’t help but remember if you haven’t read it yet, I can’t wait to read more from the author, Circe will surely be the next thing I read by her.