Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here. This week's topic is top ten authors who deserve more recognition.
Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition (in no particular order):
-author of Devil's Kiss (My Review & Amazon) & Dark Goddess (Amazon)
If you want to read about a kickass and believable girl protagonist in a really well-developed fantasy world (the Knights Templar, plenty of religious elements & hardcore fighting, Russian mythology, and fierce Amazon wolves), check out his work. Plus, his next work is on Indian mythology, which is not nearly as known as it should be. Can you say more please???
2. Rachel Hawkins
-author of Hex Hall (Amazon) & Demonglass (My Review & Amazon)
Only recently did she make the NYT bestseller's list for Demonglass but I've been a fan of hers since the beginning. Though she throws in some of the typical fantasy elements -- demons, witches, werewolves, fairies, etc. -- she has her own spin on their purpose (and origin) and has also created a HILARIOUS and unique POV in the form of Sophie Mercer, her protagonist. Sophie is one of those characters that is truly refreshing in the YA world.
-author of Prophecy of the Sisters (Amazon) & Guardian of the Gate (Amazon)
Twin sisters who are enemies in a Gothic Victorian tale spanning the otherworlds? Um, yes, please! Can't wait until Circle of Fire, the end to this trilogy, comes out this summer! Michelle Zink also has other works coming up and a short story in Kiss Me Deadly that's well worth your attention.
4. Caragh O'Brien
-author of Birthmarked (My Review & Amazon)
Relatable sci-fi dystopia with a strong female protagonist caught in a game of morals and haunting secrets... O'Brien is thorough in developing this dystopian world. Watch out for the sequel (Prized) in November 2011.
-author of Timeless (Amazon)
Her debut was a well-researched historical fiction piece telling the story of star-crossed lovers now and in New York in 1910... Plus, she wrote and recorded her own songs for this book. They fit really well in the book, and she's definitely a talented singer (and writer :D).
6. Saundra Mitchell
-author of Shadowed Summer (Amazon) & The Vespertine (My Review & Amazon)
I've only read The Vespertine, but it's easy to see that Mitchell should be more recognized. Though it's another Victorian tale of a girl wanting to define herself, The Vespertine also has a slight fantastical edge that adds an extra shade of mystery to the romance element and character development. I'm looking forward to Mitchell's companion to The Vespertine -- The Springsweet, out in 2012.
-author of The Iron King (Amazon), The Iron Daughter (Amazon), & The Iron Queen (Amazon)
I believe Kagawa made the NYT Bestseller list with The Iron Queen, but she and her series still deserve more recognition. Strong female protagonist Meghan Chase fights her way through a faery world filled with conniving creatures, enemy love interests, and spins on characters from A Midsumer Night's Dream. The best of all is the original outlook on how science can destroy this fantasy world. Looking forward to reading The Iron Knight, the fourth book told from Ash's (instead of Meghan's) POV.
8. Julia Hoban
-author of Willow (Amazon) + some picture books
Willow stayed with me for a while. Want a story about survivor's guilt, pain (& a way to cope w/ it), and how a second chance at life can change one orphan's outlook on life? Hoban skillfully handles these issues.
-author of Bleeding Violet (Amazon) & Slice of Cherry (Amazon)
Whacked out stories about the haunted town of Portero and the skeletons that hide in the people's closets. Not for the faint-hearted -- you've got some seriously troubled protagonists struggling in this interesting fantasy world. Dia Reeves crosses the traditional boundaries of YA novels.
10. Justina Chen
-author of North of Beautiful (Amazon), Girl Overboard (Amazon), Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) (Amazon), & The Patch (Amazon)
Admittedly, I've only read North of Beautiful, but that book made me cry. You want a realistic story about a girl who's trying to discover who she is? Want a girl whose family is so broken that you just want to hug her? Want some romance (with an emo boy) thrown in? Want a trip to China? Yeah. It's all that and so much more made possible through the talented Chen.