Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me authors of 2018

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is new-to-me authors of 2018 and I have to say, I think it’s going to be a little difficult to narrow this down to ten.

Shaun David Hutchinson

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Alice Clayton


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Jenn Bennett

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Sarah J. Maas

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Emma Hart

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Jay Kristoff

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Tara Sivec

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Maggie Stiefvater

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Brian K. Vaughan

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Erin Hahn


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Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? Who’s the best author that you read for the first time in 2018? Let’s talk in the comments!

Novella review: Opal by Maggie Stiefvater

Opal by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #4.5
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: March 1, 2018
Source: Borrowed

An enchanting story from Maggie Stiefvater featuring Opal, Ronan, and Adam from her bestselling Raven Cycle, taking place after the events of The Raven King.

I loved The Raven Cycle. I’m not entirely sure of the last time I devoured a series so quickly (it was probably some Tamora Pierce when I was in middle school), but I felt legitimately heartbroken when I finished The Raven King and the series had come to a close. Little did I know, there was a novella about Opal, Ronan’s dream girl! Opal features a few short glimpses into the lives of Ronan Lynch and Adam Parrish after the events of The Raven King.

During the actual Raven Cycle, I didn’t care that much about Opal. I was too focused on Blue and all her Raven Boys and all of the terrible and wonderful things that happened to them. But here, in her novella, Opal was perfect. She’s so strange in such an endearing way. She’ll eat anything. She likes to spy on Ronan and Adam. She loves Adam so much and let me tell you, I can relate.

I just really love this world and I was so happy to spend a few more minutes in it.

Have you read Opal? Who’s your favorite Raven boy?
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Book review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Source: Borrowed from my library

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

As usual, my thoughts about a Raven Cycle book are all over the place. My totally spoiler-filled thoughts (which are, also as usual, filled with lots of exclamation points and caps) are under the jump.

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Book review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Source: Borrowed from my library

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Do you maybe remember how I said I couldn’t review The Dream Thieves without spoilers? Well, that’s even more true for Blue Lily, Lily Blue. THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. There are tons of spoilers ahead in semi-chronological order. TONS.

Also tons of caps. Sorry not sorry.

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Book review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Source: I checked this book out from my library!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

I don’t know how to review this book without spoilers, so here is my spoiler-free review: I loved it. I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down.

I go into more detail below, but it’s totally filled with spoilers. Beware!

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Book review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

⭐ Goodreads ⭐ Amazon ⭐

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 I’m not really sure what to say about this book, so here is a semi-chronological list of my thoughts while reading with all of the spoilers removed.

  • I’m pretty sure everybody in the world has read this except for me.
  • It’s sure descriptive, huh. So many adjectives.
  • Okay, it started pretty slowly but it’s starting to pick up.
  • I am so confused. I love all of these characters already but I am so confused.
  • Why is this so good? I’m going to have to read the whole series now.
  • Adam! Let me adopt you! Let me save you!
  • Oh no, Adam is so nice and then there’s Gansey, who is just something else.
  • Oh my god, Noah. I didn’t see that coming.
  • OH MY GOD. ADAM. Let me love you. Let me protect you. Let me save you. Let me do something even though you’re fictional but please.
  • I love Persephone! (Actually, I love all of the psychics.)
  • There is so much happening at the end of this book!!!
  • I have no idea what happened in at least half this book but I loved it.
  • Next up: The Dream Thieves.

Final rating: ★★★★☆