I read as much as I can, because, duh, I love reading. But between having a family and a fulltime job, finding time to read a LOT, can be hard. And as probably everybody does, I have favorite authors and favorite topics/settings to read about. And I know there are certain authors who are very popular, who most people love. I follow the blogs and marketing, obviously. But as I have to spread my time around as much as possible, there are certain YA authors I have yet to read a book by. Not out of ill intent but out of lack of time, or better books on my TBR pile. So, these are four YA authors I should probably pick up someday.
1. Tahereh Mafi
Mafi is best known for her Juliette Chronicles series. This was a trilogy, but now a new book is coming out this year. I have heard nothing but great things about these books: Shatter Me, Unravel Me & Ignite Me; with Restore me coming out soon. I even have Shatter Me on my bookshelves. I think I even read the first couple of chapters. Her other works Furthermore and Whichwood also got great reviews and I absolutely love these two titels.
But, as these things go, there were better books for me to read at the time of starting Shatter Me. And I never picked it up again. So Tahereh Mafi is one of those very popular and loved YA authors I haven’t read one single book by. Not because I don’t like the settings, the author herself or the covers even. Just because… time man. Time is such an issue.
2. Victoria/V.E. Schwab
I can’t count the times I actually had one of her books in my online shopping cart for my Kindle. Or the times I had one of her books in my hands in a bookstore. Again, her books get nothing but raving reviews, even better than Mafi’s book I reckon. And these are just the books that intrigue me, with a low fantasy or contemporary fantasy setting. Her Shades of Magic series sound very cool. The books I almost bought the most though, are from the Monsters of Verity duology: This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet. A duology is just what I need. Not too long and not too short. Just like the Crows duology from Leigh Bardugo.
And yet again, I still haven’t read anything by the no doubt lovely and talented Ms. Schwab. Maybe I should just buy her duology the next time it pops up somewhere. I mean, how awesome does the blurb for the first book sound?
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
3. Sarah J. Maas
I swear there aren’t only women on this list on purpose… Here is yet another on the list of extremely popular YA authors that can’t be found on my read-list on Goodreads. I don’t think there’s one YA book/popculture blog out there that has no reviews on Sarah J. Maas. Ingrid for instance did read her books like Crown of Midnight, Throne of Glass and A Court of Mist and Fury. See, this proves my point. But as you are reading this list, I don’t have to mention that no, Maas didn’t make it to my bookshelves.
For this one though, I actually have a better reason than with Mafi and Schwab. And that is that I currently just don’t like to read series of more than three books. Maas’ Throne of Glass series consists of (almost) 7 books and her Court of Thorns and Roses series will have 6 books. So no, that’s a huge reason for me not to start either of these series, despite all the amazing reviews.
4. Marissa Meyer
Same as with Maas, the epic proportions of her Lunar Chronicles series just don’t do it for me. There are four huge books in the series and some novella’s to add. So while the setting certainly sounds cool and I usually like retellings, I never had the urge to read these books. I know, all the books have amazing scores on Goodreads and have, I heard, great protagonists.
But, things are about to change as I have Meyer’s latest novel, Renegades, lying beside me as I write this. And while I bought it some months ago and never go around reading it, I swear I will read this. The setting speaks to me, the reviews are once again great and I have to start somewhere with the ladies on this list, right? So I guess I am starting with Marissa Meyer.
What YA authors should I read and who should I skip?
Give it to me straight! Am I right in believing these four are very talented YA authors? Or am I deceived by fangirls and should I skip one of these? I have Renegades and Shatter Me in my possession so I will probably start with those, in that order. Let me know if you have any tips for me concerning these lovely ladies and their books. Also comment what author is still on your list! Maybe we can swap tips.