Top Ten Tuesdays: Deserving Authors


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish 🙂

To quote my own brother, let me just say it.

Confession bear! I don’t usually read books by little-known authors. I’m not biased or distrusting, nope, not anything of the sort, though in principle, I require some retrospection in terms of their earlier works. Consequently, I don’t come across many books by debut authors, and do have a disheartening and iniquitous tendency to pick up hyped books made even more reputable by the names printed saliently in big font on the covers. In the rare occasion, however, that I try out something eye-catching based on premise, by an author gone completely incognito, I find their works even more memorable than my usual picks.

In conclusion, I had lots of fun putting this list together. And in the unadulterated hope that you try some of their works out, here’s my TTT! I’ll reestablish my old synopsis format, just in case you guys want to add to your own TBR piles 😀

Happy reading, and happy Tuesday to everyone 🙂


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1. Samantha Sotto (Author of Before Ever After)

Samantha Sotto

Three years after her husband Max’s death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings. Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max; same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose; he could be Max’s long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.

As outrageous as Paolo’s claims seem; how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn’t he looked her up? Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down; if it is really Max and along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met. As she relives Max’s stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her “happily ever after.” And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to.

2. Morgan Matson (Author of Second Chance Summer)

Morgan Matson

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

3. Jodi Meadows (Author of Incarnate)

Jodi Meadows

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

4. Stacey Jay (Author of Juliet Immortal)

Stacey Jay

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

5. Anna Banks (Author of Of Poseidon)

Anna Banks

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

6. Imogen Howson (Author of Linked)

Imogen Howson

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

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7. Kasie West (Author of Pivot Point)

Kasie West

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

8. Elana Arnold (Author of Burning)

Elana Arnold

Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It’s good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he’s headed to San Diego, where he’s got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don’t have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.

Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash–especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala’s been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben’s cards is the day that everything changes for her… and for him.

9. Meagan Spooner (Author of Skylark)

Meagan Spooner

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children’s innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.

Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret—but can she stay alive long enough to find them?

10. J.J. Howard (Author of That Time I Joined The Circus)

JJ Howard

Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.

A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

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So what do you think? If you have any opinions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment and tell me!



34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: Deserving Authors

  1. Great list! I’ve only read one book you’ve listed (Incarnate), but I have so many of these authors on my to-read list. I’m especially looking forward to reading some of Meagan Spooner and Stacey Jay’s books.

    • I loved Incarnate! I thought Juliet Immortal was a pretty unique and interesting spin to the Shakespeare classic (especially since Romeo was a bad boy who *spoiler alert* redeemed himself in, well, Romeo Redeemed. Haha!) Skylark was a pretty new concept, and I love Meagan’s writing style too 😀 Definitely try them out!

  2. I love this list! 🙂 I read Burning last week, and it was AMAZING. I’ve also read Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer and some others. Haven’t gotten to Incarnate or Linked yet, but they look really good and I’m excited to pick them up.

    • Aww thanks Renae! Second Chance Summer made me cry, and I loved it! Epic Detour as well 😀 I didn’t think Burning would be as good as it was, really. The premise was pretty average but the content was amazing, yes! 😀 I loved both Linked and Incarnate. I’d love to hear what you have to say about them too 🙂

  3. Before Ever After seems like a really good book! I love Morgan Matson! She is one of my favorite authors! Okay, I read Juliet Immortal and I couldn’t even finish it. I didn’t like it at all. I would like your opinion since you seem to have liked it. 🙂

    • Oh yes! I’m so proud of Before Ever After, since Samantha’s Filipina. Her prose was really elegant, and the entire book was just such an an amazing read 🙂 Try it out sometime! Morgan Matson is a favorite of mine too, what with Epic Detour and SCS. I thought Juliet Immortal was cool, though I preferred Romeo Redeemed 😀 Stacey’s new novel though, of Beast and Beauty, sounds so much better than both (even the reviews). It’s out soon! And thanks for the visit!

    • I guess I was initially drawn to that book because of the cover. It’s beautiful! I’m glad the content did it justice 😀 I’d wanna know what you think when you get to read it too 🙂

  4. Oooh I haven’t read any books by any of these authors! I’ve heard about a lot of them throughout the blogosphere, but have never personally picked up and read any of these books. Looks like I’m missing out!

    • Oh, then you should! I don’t think you’re missing out, because really, overflowing TBR piles are everywhere, and time isn’t as forgiving. Haha! Though I’d really want to hear what you have to say about these books! Thanks for stopping by Asti 😀

  5. The only author on your list that I’ve read is Stacey Jay. Great list! SO many fantastic sounding books that I Really want to read now! Starting with Morgan Matson!

    • Oh I love Stacey Jay! I’m really looking forward to Of Beast And Beauty as well 😀 Morgan Matson’s an eloquent writer, and I do think her books allow some form of emotional connection between you and the characters. They’re pretty touching really! I love the feeling I get when reading her works. Thanks for stopping by! 😀

      • Aww 😦 I personally liked Before Ever After better. But I thought Juliet Immortal was pretty worth it! (And if you have the time and patience for it, check out Romeo Redeemed. I thought that was better too!) After you’re done, I really hope to check out the review 😀

      • I saw that it had a companion when I checked out Juliet Immortal. I have to really really dislike a series to not continue on with it, so I definitely be following up with Romeo Redeemed. I’ll let you know when my reviews are up!

  6. I ordered Incarnate a few days ago and I’m so excited to start it! And yes, Kasie West really has potential. I haven’t read That Time I Joined the Circus yet, but I haven’t heard many good things about it… I think I might skip. Dunno.

    • Whee! Incarnate was pretty good. Not a favorite, but still quite worth it 😀 I loved Pivot Point! I’m really excited to read The Distance Between Us as well 🙂 That Time I Joined The Circus was good, though it tended to drag on. However, I do believe that that was pretty solid for a debut 🙂

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