Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Read in 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2013

There are so many fantastic authors that I “discovered” this year. Here is a list of only ten of them.

Cristin Terrill – I adored All Our Yesterdays. It’s an amazing novel about one of my least favourite concepts: time travel. I loved the characters and the writing and definitely consider this to be one of my favourite new authors of this year.

Ambelin Kwaymillina – Last week I read her first two novels: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf and The Disappearance of Ember Crow. They’re brilliant dystopian novels about people with special powers and a government who is trying to capture them. If you’ve not read either of Ambelin’s novels before – I urge you to try them out. The Tribe is one of my favourite YA dystopian series that I’ve read so far.

Ellie Marney – Earlier this year I read Every Breath. It’s a murder mystery set in Melbourne and I loved it. The first in a series, I can’t wait to read the next instalments and see what Rachel and Mycroft get up to next!

Colleen Hoover – I read Slammed and thought it was lovely. That’s even despite having one of my least favourite types of romance in it (I can’t stand student/teacher relationships in case you were wondering). It lead me to attending my first (and so far only) poetry slam and this is definitely an author I intend to read more of.

Tara EglingtonHow to Keep a Boy From Kissing You was such an adorable read. There are times when you don’t want to read anything too heavy or life threatening and a cute contemporary story about a girl and her first kiss is exactly what you want. That’s what this book was for me. I’m currently reading the second book in the Aurora Skye series and it’s just as enjoyable as the first book.

All Our Yesterdays The Disappearance of Ember Crow (The Tribe #2) Every Breath  

AJ Betts -Her book, Zac and Mia, was a great realistic look at teenagers dealing with cancer. I liked her style and enjoyed the journey she took her characters on and me as a reader.

Tammara Webber – Easy is still one of my favourite New Adult reads. Real and sincere with characters I enjoyed and a NA plot that was more than just sex. I definitely want to read more from her.

Liz Fichera – As someone who is not the most athletic, I never thought I’d like Hooked as much as I did. But it’s such a great book that deals with racism, sexism and has some sweet and amazing characters. I loved Fred and am eagerly awaiting Sam and Riley’s story!

Gayle Forman – I read If I Stay and thought it was beautiful. The writing is really heartbreaking and heartwarming both at the same time. I haven’t quite mustered the courage to read the second book but it’s definitely one on my epic to-read list.

Samantha Shannon – I still can’t believe that the Bone Season was written by a nineteen year old. The writing is sophisticated and this is an incredibly well researched novel. The first in a seven book series, this series promises to be an incredibly journey.

Zac and Mia Easy  If I Stay The Bone Season

 

Here is my list for this week. I’d love to hear from you – what ere you favourite new to you authors this year? Any from my list that you liked as much as I did? Any you think I need to read? Feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

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Book Review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Every Breath

Title: Every Breath 
Author: Ellie Marney
Genre: Contempoary, Mystery, Suspense 
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: September 2013
Pages: 352
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

My Review:

If Sherlock Holmes can have a Watson, then stands to reason that James Mycroft can have a Watts. Right?

Rachel Watts and James Mycroft – neighbours, friends and now amateur sleuths. When the pair stumble upon a crime scene, Mycroft’s inquisitional nature and passion for forensics urge him to investigate further – and drag Watts along with him. In a quest to find justice for their friend Homeless Dave, Watts finds herself falling deeper into the deadly mystery and makes her question her relationship with the secretive boy who lives next door…

As a Sherlock Holmes fan I was excited to read this book. From Arthur Conan Doyle to the BBC show, Sherlock, I love the stories about the famous fictional detective. And whilst I was expecting this to be a modern take on the classic story, I was thrilled by Ellie Marney’s debut novel. This is no retelling but rather it’s an exciting new story about Mycroft and Watts – two teens who both don’t quite fit in. Watts is a recent transplant from the bush and hates every moment she spends in the city. Mycroft is a little eccentric and has problems with mainstream society. But somehow they fit each other perfectly. I loved the references to Sherlock Homes sprinkled throughout the book – like Diogenes and Baker Street.

I liked Watts and Mycroft as characters. They are so different and yet rather similar. They are both a little angry and hurt and are frustrated by their family situations and their ways of coping are vastly contrasting. And the chemistry between the two is great to read. Somehow they are friends and they both go ahead with the other’s schemes and as a result they balance each other out perfectly. Mycroft is slightly insane. And his antics? Crazy. But overall he’s a well-meaning and likeable lead. Secondary characters like Watts’ family, Mai and Gus are interesting enough and help the story along as Watts and Mycroft get deeper and deeper into the mystery.

I love a good whodunit murder mystery and Every Breath delivered an entertaining plot. There’s a lot of action but also a lot of character, humour and even a dash of romance to keep things flowing. I also enjoyed how Melbourne was utilized as the setting. The streets, the trams and the Zoo were all fantastically incorporated to add to the whole Australian vibe of this novel.

This was a great read and I loved Marney’s take on the murder mystery. Every Breath kept me hooked until the last page. I couldn’t wait to find out if my suspicions of who did it were correct! Zany characters, great plot and a fantastic setting in the city of Melbourne. I loved this book and there is no doubt – I will definitely be checking out the two sequels, Every Word and Every Move when they are released in 2014 and 2015.

 

Thanks to Allen & Unwin for the review copy.

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PS. I love Melbourne Zoo. My parents used to take me all the time when we lived down there and I went when I was in Melbourne just after Christmas last year. As I love any chance to show off my awesome photography skills (wink wink) I thought I’d share some of my favourite Melbourne Zoo photos to help get you into the vibe for this book!

Sleeping Lion. I have a copy of this picture on my bedroom wall!

Reptile House! I love the colours in this lizard. And yes – I did try to talk Parseltongue at the snakes…

That’s me in front of some Giraffes and Zebras. 🙂