Today’s Topic is: : New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021 (And there were so many I had a tough time to decide for just 10. But oh well, those are the ten that made it into the finale! ;-P)
1.) Brigid Kemmerer – „A Curse So Dark And Lonely“
I read this at the beginning of 2021 and I really liked it?! I mean I was no big fan of Rhen, but I liked Harper and I absolutely adored Grey! This was a great retelling and definitely something different. For instance the beast wasn’t the beast right away and our heroine has cerebral palsy. Plus there was a really mean villain that made me so angry! My absolute favourite character was Grey though, so I hope to see more of him in book two! ;-P
2.) Emily Henry – „Beach Read“
I remember going into this and expecting a typical romance but in the end this turned out to be so much more than that. I really enjoyed how those two authors got to know each other and I absolutely loved that they got inspired by each other. =) Add a very complicated background story to both MCs and you have a great read!
3.) Lev. A.C Rosen- „Jack of Hearts (and other Parts)“
I think I’ll never get tired of speaking about „Jack of Hearts“! This book was great! I loved that Jack was openly gay and I absolutely adored his honest and direct approach when it came to his column. I think the world and especially the teens that live in it need more books like this one. Jack was unapologetic, blunt and always straightforward when he answered the anonymous questions that came his way. XD I swear Jack Rothman is amazing!
4.) Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich – „If This Gets Out“
Okay, this was legit one of my favourite books of 2021! I mean this book had everything I love in my books. Band life, the found family trope, strong friendships, a secret and forbidden romance, an adorable m/m ship, lots of angst, self-discovery, a great fandom portrayal and even the dark side of fame. Like seriously, for me this was so perfect! ❤
5.) Kacen Callender – „Felix Ever After“
And here comes another one of my favourites of 2021: „Felix Ever After“! This book! I mean THIS book! XD It made me think so much about myself and how I see others, how they see me and how people perceive others and how people want to be seen. Plus, I loved that Felix still questioned his gender and sexuality. I think it’s great if you know exactly who you are and who you want to be, but at the same time it’s also good if you never stop questioning yourself. I swear, I could write an essay about this book and its message but I think I’ll leave it at that. *lol*
6.) Mason Deaver – „I Wish You All The Best“
Mason Deaver is definitely a new author I discovered last year. I really enjoyed their story and I’m glad there are more and more own voices books out there with non-binary authors that know exactly what they are talking about. =) This book was so soft and I really loved Nathan! Absolutely perfect boyfriend material right there. ;-P He was really one of the most supportive characters I ever saw!
7.) Sylvain Neuvel – „Sleeping Giants“
Now this book totally came as a surprise and when I picked it up I had no idea I’d enjoy it so much. Actually I was pretty sceptical at first, because when I read about the massive giant hand in the earth I was basically like: WTF?! *lol* If you allow yourself to jump into the story you won’t regret it though. I had a lof of fun reading this and I’m very curious where the second book will go.
8.) Philip Reeve – „Railhead“
And here comes another surprise! I mean I shouldn’t have been surprised that I enjoyed this so much because it’s one of my Yoongi’s favourite book series and if I trust anyone with my bookish taste, then it’s the Yoongi to my V. *lol* Still, the idea of sentient locomotives and worm holes that connect different worlds sounded super weird and kinda alien to me. Well, until I started to get into the story and began to love this world! XD Honestly, I can’t wait to pick up book two.
9.) Stephanie Garber – „Caraval“
This book had nothing in common with „The Night Circus“ and this was good the way it was, because I really enjoyed to read „Caraval“! I don’t understand all the reviews that compare it to „The Night Circus“ because quite honestly „Caraval“ isn’t even a circus but rather a show and some sort of interactive game and there is a huge difference between those two. At least if you ask me. XD This said I really liked to explore this world alongside Scarlet, but I’m sure book two with Tella is going to be even more interesting. ;-P
10.) Silvia Moreno-Garcia – „Mexican Gothic“
I so rarely read in the genre of horror but „Mexican Gothic“ was right up my alley! I loved this dark and twisted tale about an old family in an even older house that falls apart at the seams. Add lots of fog, a cemetery next to the house and heavy nightmares with strange happenings and you have the perfect recipe for a horror book. *lol* I’ll definitely pick up Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s next book too. 😉
So what about you? Which new authors did you discover last year and do we have some in common? Did you already read some of the new authors I discovered and if yes, can you recommend me some of their other books? (I’ll take all the recs I can get! XD) Was there a new author that failed to convince you to buy more of their books? *lol*
Talk to me and let me know!
And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!
The Sassy Library Fox