Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

cd680-tttThis feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt was pretty easy for me. I was able to nail down ten authors in less than ten minutes. The hard part was dealing with the fact that several of them don’t have covers yet, because I don’t usually feature a book unless it has a cover.

Anyway, go check out my list!

Amy Zhang
Falling Into Place-Released Fall 2014
This Is Where The World Ends-Releasing Spring 2016

Becky Albertalli
Simon vs the Homo Spaiens Agenda-Released Spring 2015
Untitled (No cover)-Releasing 2016

Brandy Colbert
Pointe-Released Spring 2014
Little Lion (No cover)-Releasing 2017

Katrina Leno
The Half Life of Molly Pierce-Released Summer 2014
The Lost & Found-Releasing Summer 2016

Aaron Hartzler
What We Saw-Released Summer 2015
Twitch (No cover)-Releases 2016

Amanda Panitch
Damage Done-Released Summer 2015
Never Missing, Never Found (No cover)-Summer 2016

Alexandra Sirowy
The Creeping-Released Summer 2015
The Telling-Releasing Summer 2016

Wendy Mills
Positively Beautiful-Released Winter 2015
All We Have-Releasing 2016

Natalie C. Parker
Beware the Wild-Released Fall 2014
Behold the Bones-Releasing Winter 2016

Tess Sharpe
Far From You-Released Spring 2014
Somewhere Between Right and Wrong (No cover)-Releasing 2017

If you did a TTT today, feel free to leave the links to your posts in the comments section.

TTT: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together


This feature is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I wasn’t sure how easy or hard this topic would be, but I wanted to give myself a challenge. Go check out my dream parings.

Emery Lord & Jessi Kirby
-If these two ever wrote a book together, I would need to stockpile a LOT of kleenex to get through their book-

Sarah J. Maas & Marie Lu
-These two write badass ladies and have beautiful writing. Imagine how amazing their collaboration would be –

Mary E. Pearson & Renee Ahdieh
-Okay, someone needs to make this happen. Badass ladies again plus fabulous world building-

Christa Desir & Courtney Summers
-I have a feeling if these two EVER wrote a book together, I’d need a drink to calm the hell down-

Tamara Ireland Stone & Courtney C. Stevens
-These two write characters that are wonderfully & heartbreakingly real. I would lose my crap if they ever wrote a book together-

Brandy Colbert & Tess Sharpe
-Two of my favorite & most underrated authors. Both of these ladies wrote books that broke my heart, and pushed the envelope on those tough topics-

Francesca Zappia & Katrina Leno
-These two wrote about mental illnesses in heartbreakingly real ways and they both exceeded my expectations when I did read their beautiful books-

Becky Albertalli & Amy Zhang
-This is a bit of a wild card pick, but Amy’s writing is stunning and Becky’s first book was quirky and adorable. I’d be thrilled if they wrote a book together-

Trish Doller & Peggy Kern
-These two authors have written some of my favorite books. Books that have been hard to read at times, but awesome books nonetheless. If they wrote a book together, it would probably be raw, realistic and amazing-

Abigail Haas & Amanda Panitch
-These ladies are the QUEENS of mind fuckery. My goodness, if they EVER wrote a book together, I’d probably spontaneously combust-

If you did a TTT post this week, leave me the link in the comment section. If we have any of the same picks, don’t forget to tell me.

Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Book Title: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Oh my god, this book was perfection. It’s been a long time since a book has filled me with such happiness. This book had it all! There was a lot of shippy feels, which made me insanely happy. There was a lot of food talk, which to be honest, made me insanely hungry & most of all, there were a ton of feels.

Did I mention this book was perfect?

I loved Simon’s family. His parents were just so present in his life and in the lives of his older sisters. It was not something I see a lot in YA, so I was thrilled to see it in this book. Usually parents are nonexistent in YA books, and that’s usually one of my issues. Not only were they present in his life, but they were supportive and loving. They may be my new favorite YA parents. His sisters were also totally awesome, supportive and loving. Usually we don’t get to see such a positive relationship between siblings. With this book, we totally got that.

We got some great realistic friendships as well. When you’re a teenager, friendships can be really complicated and most YA books don’t address that. Simon has complicated friendships with Leah, Abby and Nick. He seems closer overall to Abby despite only knowing her for a few months and Leah gets pretty upset about that. Not to mention that when Abby, Nick and Simon go out one night, they intentionally leave Leah out. I felt for Leah because I remembered being left out and no matter what, it’s never a good feeling. Mistakes are made within this friend group.

Simon and Blue may very well be my new favorite YA couple. Oh my god, I fell in love with them as a couple long before we found out Blue’s identity. I did figure out who Blue was about halfway through the book, but I had so much fun reading about them that I didn’t care if I was right about Blue’s identity. The shippy-ness was something I wasn’t totally prepared for. It had been awhile since I had totally shipped anyone this much. The ending was utter perfection and it was awkwardly swoony, which just made it even better.

I am so incredibly in love with this book. Go read it, tell your library about it, tell your friends about it. If you only read one book this year, make sure it’s this one and I’m happily giving this book 5 stars. I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy of this book.