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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tess Sharpe
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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

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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.

TTT: Top Ten (Or More) Auto Buy Authors

cd680-tttThis weekly feature is hosted by the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish

This week we’re talking about the authors that we consider our auto buy authors. This list was pretty easy for me. I don’t think most of you will be surprised by the authors on my list.

Emery Lord
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Brandy Colbert
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Tess Sharpe
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Stephanie Kuehn
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Courtney C. Stevens
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Jessica Verdi
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Kate Karyus Quinn
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Trish Doller
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Suzanne Young
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Corey Ann Haydu
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Rachael Allen
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So do we share any of the same auto buy authors? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Book Title: Far From You
Author: Tess Sharpe
Publish Date: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she’s fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that’ll take years to kick. 

The second time, she’s seventeen, and it’s no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina’s brother won’t speak to her, her parents fear she’ll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina’s murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

Disclaimer: This is a library book.

Review:
I had my eye on this book for months and when I got my new library card, I immediately put a hold on this book. I had heard nothing but amazing things about it and I could not wait to get my hands on it. It was totally amazing, unputdownable, fabulous mystery mixed in with friendship and romance. It was fast paced and it kept me guessing all the way through.

The timeline actually worked for me. I liked how it bounced around from present time to past time. It filled in a lot of the gaps that I would have had without the flashbacks. We got to see the characters in different lights. We got to see how Mina and Sophie fell in love. We got to see Mina’s struggle with wanting to be herself in front of her family, but also fearing the consequences of it. We got to see how Sophie’s addiction started, which was probably my favorite subplot of the story.

When we first meet Sophie, she’s nearing the end of her stay in a rehab facility. It’s been 4 months since her best friend was murdered right in front of her. Sophie has been dealing with addiction since she was fourteen years old, after a terrible car accident that left her in constant pain. But she shouldn’t have been at Seaside. At the time of her best friend’s death, she had been clean and sober for 10 months.

None of that mattered to her parents. Especially when they found a bag full of drugs in her jacket pocket the night of the murder. Her parents, the detectives, even her friends won’t listen to her. That was incredibly hard for me to read. My heart ached for Sophie. She had just lost her best friend and now her parents refused to believe she was clean. Not only that, but they were sending her off to a rehab facility. 

So many things happened in this book. So many difficult things were talked about in it, In true mystery book form, there were twists and turns, none of which I saw coming. And there was a romance, although it was more like a love square. It was complex, but interesting to see how Sophie interacted with Kyle & Trev. It was interesting to see that the secret Sophie and Mina shared was not quite as secret as they thought it was.

Sophie’s relationship with her aunt Macy was awesome to see. We don’t see extended family much in YA novels so I was excited to see Macy make several appearances. Especially since she was the one who helped get Sophie clean. I actually wanted to see more of Macy because I thought she was a great character.

This book was nearly perfect, so I’ll be giving it four and a half stars. I can’t quite figure out why I can’t give it the full 5 stars. I just know that I need to buy my own copy of this book whenever I can afford it. I cannot wait to see what the author writes next.