Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
This is really tough since I had only read a few YA authors before this year (like Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Lauren Oliver, Veronica Roth, and Ally Condie). But here are some of my favorite authors that I never read before 2013:
1. Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love both her Lux series and Covenant series. Daemon. Katy. Aiden. Alex. Great stories and characters, she's an auto-buy author for me now.
2. Cassandra Clare. I had seen City of Bones on the bookshelves for a long time, but for some reason I never read it until January of 2013 and I was hooked. And then I read Infernal Devices and absolutely fell in love.
3. Richelle Mead. I read Vampire Academy in January of 2013 and, to be honest, I was a little disappointed and I was wondering what the fuss was all about. But then I read Frostbite and I was hooked and every book got better and better. And then Bloodlines...what a fantastic series. And Gameboard of the Gods, also great. Georgina Kincaid, highly entertaining. I will read anything she writes now.
4. Jessica Shirvington. Her Embrace series is one of my all time favorite series (and it's complete!) Fast-paced plots, amazing MCs, swoony guys, and great secondary characters, I can't express how much I love these books.
5. Marissa Meyer. I kept seeing Cinder everywhere and for some reason, I just didn't want to read it. I have no idea why. But finally I picked it up and fell in love. And then had to read Scarlet immediately. And now I'm dying to read Cress. What a wonderful world (and characters) that she has created.
These are in no particular order and to be frank I would have included several of Pam's Picks but I wanted to add some new names to our list.
6. Clare LaZebnik. I always love Jane Austen spin-offs and Epic Fail and Trouble with Flirting are great examples of YA Jane Austen spins.
7. Stephanie Perkins. She was my first contemporary YA author and I loved her books Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.
8. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I know the Caster Chronicles have been out for awhile but I had never read them. I loved the first one and am currently listening to the second one.
9. Diana Peterfreund. I was originally drawn to her books because For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling of Persuasion but the stories themselves and the world she has created is so compelling I will read them regardless of what classic book they mimic.
10. Sarah J. Maas. Female assassin with two great love interests, what more can I say.