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

see all my Saga reviews here!


Erin Hahn

★★★★☆

my review will be posted closer to publication!


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!

Book review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Source: Purchased

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Continuing on with my marathon of the Throne of Glass series, I’m happy to say that I liked Queen of Shadows a lot more than I liked Heir of Fire. It might have taken me eight days to read this book (I had ambitiously hoped for four days), but I really enjoyed it! I’m (again) going to try to avoid spoiling anything for the series that hasn’t already been spoiled by the synopsis, so my review will (again) be pretty vague.

Here are my bullet points for Queen of Shadows:

  • There were some real plot twists in this book and I gasped and yelled and felt a lot of emotions and that was a big change from how I felt during Heir of Fire.
  • I’m really starting to like Manon more! I feel like she’s had really great character development and I can’t wait to see what happens next with her.
  • The Valg thing… it was a lot. I get it, it was a good source of conflict for the book, but the forced impregnations especially were just a lot.
  • I still like Rowan a lot and I’m just about dying from the sexual tension.
  • Lysandra! She’s so great!
  • I hope everything is going to turn out okay for Elide.

I’m taking a tiny little break from this series to catch up on some other books, but hopefully I’ll be jumping right into Empire of Storms by this time next week.


Have you read Queen of Shadows? Is it on your TBR?
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Book review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Source: Purchased

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

I jumped into Heir of Fire immediately after finishing Crown of Midnight, and (despite my rating of three stars) I’m glad that I did. Much like with Crown of Midnight, I think it’s going to be difficult to review this book without a lot of spoilers, so I’m going to be pretty vague.

One thing that I want to say is that the main reason for my lower rating is the pacing. There were sections of the book that moved so fast and then there were sections where it felt like nothing happened. It was kind of all over the place and it made it hard to both get into the story and stay in the story. I’m not sure if it’s 100% the book’s fault (it could also be me) but I got distracted a lot more than normal when I was reading it.

But, going along with the kind of review I did for Crown of Midnight, here are my bullet points for Heir of Fire:

  • Of the new characters, I think Rowan is my favorite. He did some questionable things, but I think that I liked him overall.
  • I did not like Manon at the beginning of this book, but she started to grow on me toward the end. (Abraxos is my favorite and I will protect him with my life.)
  • Celaena has so many names and she went by all of them in this book so I never knew what to call her. (I have made my decision as of the end of the book, but I’m not going to say just in case someone hasn’t read this book.)
  • We didn’t get to see a lot of Chaol in this book, but I guess I still like him?
  • I love Dorian and his messy tower of books.

I’m already reading Queen of Shadows, so look out for that review soon.


Have you read Heir of Fire? Is this series on your TBR?
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Book review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
Source: Purchased

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

So, funny story, one night a few months ago, I had some Fireball and went to Barnes and Noble and bought a ton of books. Like, so many that the guy who checked me out made a face. This book was one of them. I’ve actually been carrying it around with me for about two months meaning to read it and I only just finally got around to it. The release of Kingdom of Ash (along with Daniel‘s recommendation) finally got me to pick it up.

I’m not really sure why I waited so long to read it because this book was great. I read a few pages after work on Thursday, maybe 100 pages on Friday… and then read the rest in two sittings on Saturday. The break between sittings was to go to Barnes and Noble for Heir of Fire.

It’s going to be so hard to keep this review spoiler-free if I talk about literally anything that I liked or disliked plot-wise, so I think I’m just going to say a couple things about the characters:

  • I didn’t mind Celaena in the first book, but I loved her in Crown of Midnight.
  • I know that a lot of people hate Chaol, but I still like him. (Although we’ll see how I feel after the next five books.)
  • I feel like we don’t know Dorian that well yet, but I like him a lot.
  • Nehemia is the greatest.
  • If anything happens to Fleetfoot, I am going to be inconsolable.

Now all I can say is that I can’t wait to jump into Heir of Fire.


Have you read Crown of Midnight? Do you think I can take a week off work to marathon this series? Let’s talk in the comments!


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