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?

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The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin (ARC)

the year we fell apartTitle: The Year We Fell Apart
Author: Emily Martin
Publication Date: January 26th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

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.

Okay, first off. Let’s take a short while to stare at that beautiful cover! I absolutely love it!!!

If I could say one statement to describe this book, it will be: “angsty, emotional but heartfelt”. This was my first read for 2016 and it made me cry. No regrets though! Besides, I sort  of saw it coming since the first chapter. Upon reading it, I knew it’s going to be a rollercoaster of emotions.

I WAS RIGHT. This book got me clutching my chest while reading. I actually wanted to rip my heart off my chest so that maybe I won’t feel any pain. No kidding guys, I swear.

The Year We Fell Apart is a powerful poignant debut. It’s about Harper and Declan who used to be best friends and now have fallen apart since Declan left town for reasons. After almost a year, Declan came home and from there, they tried to patch up their relationship gradually.

“People change. And sometimes that means drifting apart. But other times it just means working harder to find some common ground.”

It was very easy to get into the book quickly. The first chapter already got me hooked! The characters were definitely relatable, so was the story in general. It definitely hit me in the right spot since I experienced something similar so this book has definitely earned a special place in my heart.

Amidst the stubbornness, Harper and Declan were pretty easy to follow. Both characters were dimensional and the emotions they portrayed were raw. This was actually why I love the book to pieces. It’s raw, honest, and realistic. Harper and Declan’s flaws contributed to the dimensionality of their characters. It made them feel very realistic and relatable.

“If you give someone the power to break your heart, you sure as hell won’t see it coming when they do.”

The other characters were really enjoyable as well! Cory was my favorite! He’s Harper and Declan’s other best friend. I love the whole idea of his character. Gwen and Mackenzie were lovely too! They’re easy to love and very supportive.

The book also touched issues like illnesses, sexual harassment and slut-shaming but Emily Martin managed to present it in a way that added depth to the story.

I think that the book ended they way it should be and I really appreciated that. I’m so glad that my first book for the year turned out to be so great! I definitely recommend this book!

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I seriously love the color scheme used for the cover!

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