2018 was the year I really discovered some authors! I’ve only included ones that I enjoyed reading, plus links to the books I read by them that will take you to the reviews.
- K. Ancrum
This year, I decided to finally read these two books. I really enjoyed The Wicker King (although, I can’t see myself reading it again) and I thought The Legend of the Golden Raven was just okay. Either way, I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy of The Weight of Stars so I can read it and branch out into sci-fi some more!
- Sarah Glenn Marsh
This year, I delved into this fantastic series! I enjoyed both books. Song of the Dead is coming out later this month, but I was blessed enough to receive an ARC of it. (Also, Sarah is such a sweetheart. I’m serious. If she ever comes to Kansas for a book event, I’ll die.) But, this series was fun and diverse and I can’t wait to reread it.
- Taylor Jenkins Reid
While I sincerely think that this might be a one-off author for me, I adored this book and it gave me a huge appreciation for the author. I know this is going to be on many lists because it was just that good.
- Seanan McGuire
Despite this author being all over my dash and very popular, I’ve never read her. I didn’t until Chantel told me to with this series. I binged it all this year, needless to say. I was extremely lucky to get an ARC of In an Absent Dream. While that wasn’t my favorite in the series, I’m very excited for the fifth book!
- Fonda Lee
This was an amazing Asian fantasy. I really enjoyed it and I’m so glad that I read it. I didn’t think I would like it, but I did. And, I’m even more excited for the sequel coming out this year, Jade War.
- Claire Legrand
I discovered Legrand this year, but I found she was hit-or-miss with me. I DNFed Furyborn (although, I intend to go back and try it again later this year) and I really enjoyed Sawkill Girls. Either way, I can’t wait to see where this author goes with her work!
- Jay Kristoff/Amie Kaufman
After years of ignoring the hype around these books, I finally decided to read them. Because, why not? But, I read them and generally enjoyed them. Either way, I’m going to keep my eye out for the new series they’ll be writing!
- Courtney Summers
When the hype hit for this book, I was nervous about it. But, finally, I decided to give it a try and I’m really glad that I did. It was excellent. Definitely a favorite from last year. While I don’t know if I’ll read all of the author’s work (All the Rage looks good, but too much for me to handle), I’ll be keeping an eye out for her.
- R.F. Kuang
This book destroyed me and built me back up. I love adult fantasy and it reminded me why. Especially Asian inspired. 2018 was a great year for Asian authors, tbh. And, I’m going to be over here dying for the sequel.
- Tessa Gratton
This is another author I’m fifty-fifty on. I really enjoyed Strange Grace but DNFed The Queens of Innis Lear. But, as with Legrand, I’m going to come back to the one I DNFed to give it a second chance.
Did you read any of these authors in 2018?
Are you going to in 2019?