Top Ten Tuesday #54 – Debuts & Sophomores

Posted November 3, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 6 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week we had two choices for our topic: “Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel or Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut.” I honestly couldn’t chose one or the other so I’m doing both, five for each. These are in no particular order and covers link to Amazon (affiliate).

My Top 5 Debut Authors I Need More From

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey – This is one of my favorite reads from this year. The author gives a fresh spin on urban fantasy. It is very reminiscent of Daughter of Smoke and Bones. I can’t wait to see what the next book brings!

The Codex: An Angel’s Guide to Seducing a Human by Joe Duck – This book surprised me. I honestly wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. I love epic fantasy and this book is that, but also borders on satire. I found myself laughing out loud at the inappropriate remarks made by the very naive angel to his codex, which happens to be a book that talks. Read it! It’s hilarious 😀

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker – The author hooked me from the very beginning with this one. It was a whirlwind read, one that I rooted for our main character, bit my nails and cried with her. It’s a fantastic spin on an alternative historical fantasy. Very good!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – My number 1 read this year!!! I adored this book and devoured it in one sitting. I liked it so well that I read it twice in one week just to see if I could catch the twists and surprises that I knew were coming. It’s rare an author surprise me, but this one did!

Arcana by Jessica Leake – I have a soft spot for historical fiction and this one falls into that category as well as fantasy. The author focuses on the magic some but the main focus is the society and sweet romance that builds between the characters. I can’t wait for more!!!

My Top 5 Sophomore Novels I Loved

The Thirteenth World by A.N. Willis – This book just came out last month and I absolutely loved it! It was a fantastic conclusion to the duology. It falls into a scifi fantasy epic adventure. Just trust me and read it 😉

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – So I absolutely LOVED Cruel Beauty and didn’t think I would like this one as well because how could I?! I was wrong 😀 This book is fantastic!!! It set in a 17th century France setting (not really, but that’s the feel you get) and spins the classic Red Riding Hood into a gothic fantasy. Honestly the book is creepy and just great!!!

Killing Time by Ingrid Nickelsen – I loved the first book of this author’s debut series and I was surprised to find myself just as in love with this one! It’s a unique spin on the afterlife and follows Eve as she navigates this world and tries to find her loved ones. It’s heart-breaking, romantic, and utterly unique.

The Infinite by Lori M. Lee – Again I loved the first book in this author’s debut series. I liked the first one so much I immediately picked up the second one to read and read it in one sitting! It’s a fantasy, dystopian, set in a world with magic and gods roaming the land. It’s epic!!!!

Distraction by Angela McPherson – I’m cheating a bit with this one. This is the author’s sophomore novel but she’s written more since this one. BUT it is SO good and SO different from her debut. Her debut was a YA urban fantasy. This one is a new adult college romance. I LOVED IT!!!! There’s such angst and drama between the two main characters and I LOVED the dual POV! Read it and make sure you have a box of tissues on hand when you do!

Your Turn!

What debut authors have you waiting for more? Any sophomore novels you’ve read just as good as the debut? Comment below! I need more books on my TBR 😉


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6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #54 – Debuts & Sophomores

  1. This is a great list! I like to wait for the last books to come out before starting a series, if I can that is, so I am excited to see that The Corridor is just a duology and that it’s finished 🙂

  2. While it isn’t a sophomore book, the website I write reviews for is getting me the new Elizabeth Strout novel (Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel Olive Kiteridge) and I’m really thrilled about that!