Top Ten Tuesday || New-To-Me Authors for 2016

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It has been forever since I last participated in Top Ten Tuesday!!!! I’m really excited for this topic because I always enjoy sharing author love! So here goes my list!

Emily Martin. Emily’s debut novel, The Year We Fell Apart, was my first read for 2016 and I gave it 5-stars! What a way to start the year right? I got hooked from the first chapter. It was just absolutely filled with emotions and I really love Emily’s writing style! I’m really looking forward to more of her works.

emery-lordEmery Lord. Okay, okay. I know! Most of you have read her books, especially if you love contemporaries. I don’t know why I never picked up her books until this year. I had both Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You in my Kindle app, plus everyone was saying great things about her books so I caved in and binge-read the books. AND NO REGRETS MY FRIEND. Matt Finch? SWOON! Sadly, I haven’t read her recent release but I’m planning to remedy that soon! <3

rosh-chokshiRoshani Chokshi. Okay so let me tell you a quick story about how Jem and I almost met Rosh one time. So Jem and I went out around Christmas time last year to hang out and visit bookstores. Apparently, Rosh was in the country to visit relatives and she went to the same book store Jem and I were in. We only found out after we left the place when she posted a pic of the bookstore on Instagram. We were there! Same time, same place, missed opportunity! Aaaaaaaanyway, I really enjoyed The Star-Touched Queen! It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year and I loved being immersed in Indian culture, one that I’m not really familiar with. I’m really excited for A Crown of Wishes!!

julie-buxbaumJulie Buxbaum. Ethan is Ethan is Ethan. Oh my goodness I really enjoyed Tell Me Three Things so much that I read it after listening to the audiobook. The last chapter was so intense that my heart was beating so fast! I’m really in love with Julie’s writing style and I cannot wait to read more from her!

leah-konenLeah Konen. The Romantics might just be one of my most favorite books ever. It’s so witty, funny, and well, cynical and romantic all at the same time! I really enjoyed Leah’s on-point writing style! I’m sure I’ll be on the lookout for more of her works!

olivia-riversOlivia Rivers. If you haven’t read Tone Deaf yet, I suggest that you do!!! It’s a really good book with A+ representation about disabled characters. It’s okay if you stop reading at this point and just go and check out her book. I even linked it. Nike the hell out! JUST DO IT! (Okay, but maybe come back because I got more authors to share haha)

heidi-heiligHeidi Heilig. I’m sure you’ve heard of Heidi’s debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere a.k.a. the book with the time traveling pirates! It’s so good and the diverse rep is awesomesauce! I can’t wait to read the sequel!!! Heidi’s also one of my favorite people ever because she always stands up for the book community!

caleb-roehrigCaleb Roehrig. Caleb is one of the sweetest and most approachable authors in the book community. He’s also the author of Last Seen Leaving, a thriller I enjoyed reading because not only am I a thriller junkie, I also enjoy books with diverse rep! Plus, his book left me speechless so I’m totally looking forward to reading more from him!

sarah-everettSarah Everett.  I don’t know if you’ve heard about her debut Everyone We’ve Been, but if you have read it then yay! Because honestly, I need more people to read this book! My love for this book is endless, I even hosted a local blog tour for the book! I really recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a diverse read!

kara-thomasKara Thomas. H-O-L-Y-C-H-E-E-S-E-B-A-L-L-S.  I was fortunately offered to be a part of Penguin Random House’s Thriller Thursday so I was able to read The Darkest Corners earlier this year. AND GOD DAMN I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH. It left me speechless and so I did sort of sold my soul to Kara Thomas and her thrillers. And since I did, I got lucky again and read her upcoming book Little Monsters. If you have read The Darkest Corners, you’re in for a great ride with Little Monsters! Kara knows how to craft amazing thrillers! Honestly, they’re soooooooooooooo good! I’ve yet to read her Prep School Confidential series but I’m sure as hell that I’m going to enjoy it.

So there goes ten authors from my list! Did any from my list make it to yours? Have you read books from these authors?

inah

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (ARC)

last seen leavingLast Seen Leaving  by Caleb Roehrig
Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I think that the synopsis of this book is one of the main reasons why I felt so drawn into reading it. I’m still on this phase of reading tons of YA Thrillers and I’m really loving the ride.

From the first sentence of the book, I already felt like I really was going to enjoy it. And I really did. The book is set in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I think that this is the first book I’ve read that’s set in Ann Arbor, and the only connection I have with the place is a friend who lives there so I’m obviously not entirely familiar with the place and it’s nice to read about a new place from time to time.

The main character, Flynn Doherty, is a high school student, a typical one if I may say so. One day, his girlfriend, January, disappeared. Obviously, eyes turn to him, which led him to investigate on his own.

“Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no such thing as coincidence. They happen all the time.”

Most characters are well-rounded and dimensional. I enjoyed Flynn’s voice and his personality. It’s also nice to see that he has a high respect towards January. I can’t really say much about him because it might spoil the story but I really do like Flynn, especially his relationship with his parents.

The story was told in a way that will keep readers on edge and I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It’s a mixture of flashbacks and present narrations which adds depth to the story. The pacing of the story is consistent, with kicks of thrills here and there. Although I have to say that this book really left me speechless. The ending is unpredictable which I enjoyed. I really can’t wait to read more from Caleb Roehrig, because this is such a strong debut.

inah