I read a lot of new-to-me authors in 2018, but here are ten of the best. Have you read any of these authors?
January 15: New-to-Me Female Authors I Read In 2018
I read The Blood of Eden trilogy as a part of the A Series A Month challenge. I really enjoyed the unique take on vampires and the way that Kagawa combined paranormal and dystopian elements. I’m even more excited to finally get my hands on her latest release, Shadow of the Fox. I’m planning to read that this month. See my reviews of The Blood of Eden series here.
I really enjoyed both the current books in the Spellwork Syndicate series. I picked them up based on the comment that they’re comparable to The Good Witch – sort of a cozy paranormal. I read both back-to-back in two days. See my reviews of The Spellwork Syndicate series here.
Between the 12 Days of Cozmas and Cloak and Dagger Christmas readathons, I actually read quite a few Christmas-themed mysteries this year. Frost’s books, 12 Slays of Christmas and T’was the Knife Before Christmas were my favourites! I’ll be on the lookout for this year’s come winter. See my reviews of The Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series here.
I’d had East on my TBR for ages! I saw it around so many “classic retelling” type lists I assumed it was a much older book than it is. When the long-awaited sequel became available on NetGalley, I grabbed it with both hands and read both. They’re beautiful books and I hope Pattou’s next book doesn’t take quite so long. See my reviews of The Blood of Eden series here.
Mermaids were huge in 2018 and I read a few last year. I enjoyed most, but To Kill A Kingdom really stood out for me. I was lucky enough to see Alexandra Christo speak at panel event and hearing about the other books she’s been working on, I’m really looking forward to her new release, Into the Crooked Place, coming out this year. See my review of To Kill A Kingdom here.
I got hooked on the Vampire Knitting Club books in the lead up to Halloween, reading all three that were available at the time. They’re a bit like a cozy, light-weight version of A Discovery of Witches: American witch moves to Oxford and meets a broody British vampire, but in a completely different way. See my reviews of The Vampire Knitting Club series here.
I was already pretty much sold based entirely on the premise, but I also really loved the writing style and the way the characters were written. I loved the representation Mila provided and I absolutely adored the friendship between the girls. I think friendship often gets overshadowed in YA books but Undead Girl Gang has one of my absolute favourites and I really enjoyed the twist at the end of the story. See my review of Undead Girl Gang here.
The cover of A Holiday by Gaslight totally stole my heart and the story made me fall in love. I’m not usually big fan of romance novels (novella in this case) but this one completely sold me. I bought three of Matthews’ previous novels straight away. I’ve already read The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon #1) this month. See my review of A Holiday by Gaslight here or see my review of The Matrimonial Advertisement here.
Another NetGalley find. I saw The Queen’s of Innis Lear available for request: a retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear but with a feminist twist. I admit, I struggled in some places but overall I really enjoyed the book and, six-months later, I still find it very memorable. I’m even more interested in Strange Grace but I haven’t quite got around to buying myself a copy yet. See my review of The Queen’s of Innis Lear here.
I spotted The Corset on the Recent Releases shelf in Waterstones and picked it up because of the cover and the back summary. Since The Silent Companions was also available in store, I decided to pick up both. It was a bit of a gamble, but I’m pleased I did! I ended up reading both in about a week. Personally, I think I preferred The Corset but both books are well worth a read. See my reviews of The Corset and The Silent Companions.