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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is all about the authors we love and feel don’t get enough recognition. This is both an easy post to write and a difficult one.

1. Cindy Pon, author of the Kingdom of Xia series – Silver Phoenix (my review) and Fury of the Phoenix (my review).

Fantasy series set in a world that is based on ancient China. The heroine is smart and kick ass and cute Asian boys abound. Also, Pon does the impossible and makes me like and sympathize with the very evil bad guy! This is such a rich, well written world and I wish there were more books set inside it.

2. Sarwat Chadda, author of the Billie SanGreal series – The Devil’s Kiss (my review) and Dark Goddess (my review)

Speaking of kick ass heroines you can’t get much more kick ass than Billie SanGreal who is a girl Templar. Yes, THOSE Templars. She’s snarky and makes mistakes and deals with the consequences. There are cute boys (both good and evil) and a little romance but its Billie and the battles she fights that really make these books.

3. Chantel Acevedo, author of Song of the Red Cloak (my review)

This is one of the first self-published books that I ever read and boy was I super glad that I did. Set in ancient Greece and deals with Spartans, mistaken identity, and some magic. I read this book in its entirety on the train from  Boston to NYC and felt such loss when it came to an end and I had to leave the world.

4. Susan Ee, author of Angelfall (my review) and World After (ETA: 19 Nov 2013)

Another book that I almost skipped because it was self-published. Its because of Ee and Acevedo that I am willing to read Indie publishers because their books were so good. Ee’s post-apocalyptic world is scarily real and I love her take on Angels. These Angels are terrifying and I loved every minute of the book. I’m eagerly awaiting November when I can finally see what happens next!

5. Kim Harrington, author of Clarity (my review), Perception (my review), and The Dead and Buried (my review)

I have a love of mysteries and so rarely am I stumped but Kim managed to do so in Clarity, at least partially. Her heroines and filled with snark and smarts and I really want more books featuring Clare Fern! These books help fill the gap that is missing since Veronica Mars was cancelled.

6. Chelsea Campbell, author of The Rise of Renegade X (my review)

Superheroes and Villains? Seriously, what is not to love? This book is well written and so fresh and unique that I don’t understand why it fell below the radar. Its filled with snark and mystery and the hero (or is he a villain?) is so filled with internal conflict that makes it so easy to connect with him.

7. Cath Crowley, author of A Little Wanting Song (my review) and Graffiti Moon (my review)

One of those amazing Aussie writers that has made its way to the world of US publishing. The stories that Crowley creates are absolutely amazing. So well written and such real characters and these are stories which stuck with me long after I finished reading them.

8. Swati Avasthi, author of Split (my review) and Chasing Shadows (ETA: 06 Aug 2013)

Split was such a heart-wrenching well written story that will just blow you away. Its such strong writing and defies the stereotype that abusive homes are only for the poor and uneducated. Its a book with poor choices and conflict as well as hope and consequences. I am so glad that soon there will be another Avasthi book in the world and I can’t wait to read it!

9. Rhiannon Hart, author of Blood Song (my review) and Blood Storm (need to read)

I fell so hard for Hart’s writing in Blood Song and begged and pleaded with a friend in Australia to send me book 2 the moment it was released. He did and I have been afraid to read it ever since. Not because I fear it will be bad, because I know it won’t, because the 3rd book isn’t available and I am not ready for that long torturous wait.

10. Kristy Eager, author of Raw Blue (my review)

Such an amazingly well-written character driven story! I read this book in a single sitting and even after it was over it stayed with me. This is new adult before new adult was a thing and totally how new adult should be. Its about a girl who is 19 and who elected to not go to college to deal (or avoid dealing as the case may be) with her demons and to indulge in her love of surfing. I’ve read this book several times over since my first read and it never gets less heart-wrenching.

There are so many other authors that I could feature here and I hate that I can’t list them all. But these are very near and dear to my heart and I think that everyone should read them. So if you haven’t done so yet then what are you waiting for?!? You are missing out on some seriously amazing reads.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult3 Comments

Review: A Little Wanting Song by Cath CrowleyA Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on 08 June 2010
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Music & Musicians, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Place(s) Traveled to: Australia

First Line: Dad and I leave town in the early dark.

Dear Readers…If you don’t have a book bully in your life then you need to get one….or two…because without them you might miss out on some really great and amazing reads. I have two main book bullies and so far I have fallen head over heels in love with 99% of the books that they have forced me to read. One of these books that I was bullied to read was A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley. Book Bully #2 was raving and raving about it on twitter with another girl in my twitter stream and my interest was peaked. Then when I’d mentioned I hadn’t read it (or heard of the book at that point) she and the girl who she was chatting with in essence forced me to buy the ebook that very night for Alis the nook.

Only I never quite got around to reading this one on my nook. Instead I made the mistake of looking at the start of A Little Wanting Song via the nook app on my itouch and then didn’t stop reading until I was done. That’s right, I read this entire book on the wee screen of my itouch because I didn’t even want to stop for the 2 minutes it would have taken to cross the room and grab my nook. That is how good and absorbing this story is.

A Little Wanting Song is told from two points of view, Charlie and Rose, two girls who have known each other their entire lives but have never really connected until the summer after Charlie’s Gran dies. Charlie is a holiday visitor to the town where Rose considers herself to be stuck. Its not until Rose gets a scholarship to a school in the city where Charlie is from that Rose thinks that Charlie might not be so bad after all. Rose is also just the sort of outgoing girl that Charlie needs to help bring her out of her shell and to help her move on from her grief.

This book was fast paced and so engrossing. I loved all of the characters – especially Dave and yes even Luke who could be a bit of an ass at times. I loved all the musical references and the beautiful way common everyday words were used to tell this story. I blitzed through this in a single sitting and am eagerly looking forward to reading more books by Cath Crowley. With just one book she’s made it onto my must read list and if you haven’t read something by her yet then you are definitely going to want to change that.