Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s Top Ten list is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. I could think of LOADS of authors that deserve more recognition, so for me, I’ve picked 10 out of the authors I’ve read this year. Some of them are fairly well known authors but I’ve picked them because I want them to have even more recognition!

This week I’ve included my reviews of the author’s book!

In no particular order:

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Tamara Blake- I’ve recently finished Slumber. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was gripped throughout. I do hope there will be a sequel!

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Amy MartinIn Your Dreams and As You Wake are the first two books in the series. I think they are quick, brilliant, imaginative reads. I really like Amy Martin’s writing style.

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Adrienne Kress- I’ve mentioned Outcast on a few Top Ten Tuesday lists now, but I just can’t help it. I love this book!

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Alexia Casale– Yes, I’ve mentioned this book before as well, but I really love Alexia Casale’s unique and fresh story.

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Paula Daly– Another great author. I can’t wait to read more from this author. Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? has been compared to Gone Girl, but I think it’s special in its own right.

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Alison Rattle- The Quietness is one of my favourite reads this year. Check out Alison Rattle.. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Kevin Maher- The Fields has had recognition as a promising debut novel, but I want more people to read it. I wasn’t impressed with the ending, but I was impressed that Kevin made me feel so passionately about the ending.

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Holly Smale- Geek Girl has been raved about amongst bloggers, but I think Holly Smale is one of my favourite authors this year. I think she deserves much more success. She’s a lovely person too.

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Jaclyn Dolamore- Magic Under Glass is another of my favourites this year. I can’t wait to continue with the series.

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Graham JoyceSome Kind Of Fairy Tale is a brilliant read. I loved Graham Joyce’s writing style.

Please feel free to leave your link to your list this week so I can come and check out the author’s you think deserve more recognition. I think I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my TBR list…

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As You Wake

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How did I get it?:
Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Zara “Zip” McKee and Kieran Lanier thought they had put the threats from Kieran’s past behind them in the first installment of the In Your Dreams series. But when danger comes for them once again, Zip, Kieran, and their families find themselves on separate summer road trips that none of them had anticipated. When all paths converge in North Carolina, the two families are forced to deal with each other and the secrets they’ve kept out of love and fear.

But Kieran is keeping the biggest secret of all from everyone but Zip. He hasn’t had a dream—about the future, about anything—for months. And while Zip and Kieran are grappling with what the new twist in Kieran’s sleeping disorder might mean, a mysterious stranger reveals information that could change Kieran’s life–or end it.

Thoughts:

I’ve recently read the first book in this series, In Your Dreams, please see my review HERE. I was completely enthralled by it, so I just had to read the sequel As You Wake as soon as I can. I’m happy to say that As You Wake is just as gripping and I’m interested to see where this series goes.

The plot continues to be exciting and original. Sometimes with a series, if you’ve loved the first one, it is hard to match the initial book. This is not the case with As You Wake. It’s as well-paced and easy to read as its predecessor.

As You Wake develops the characters beautifully. I began to know more about them and care for what happened to them. I loved the introduction of some new characters as well. It was incredibly intriguing. I loved Zip just as much as the first book. She’s a fun character. Kieran is still a cute character, but he seems a lot more serious in this instalment. Not surprising with the issues he has to deal with. Kayla, Kieran’s sister is a lot more developed in this story, which was great as I find her sarcasm incredibly funny and I like knowing more about her.

As You Wake is a different Young Adult read. Its characters are relatable and lovable with real issues. I look forward to reading the third book in the series when it is released!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading Next:
Dare You To- Katie McGarry

WWW Wednesday #23

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

It’s that time of the week again! WWW Wednesday!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

13561164I have been waiting to read this book for so long! It was just finding time to fit it in to my reading schedule. I participate in a few book clubs and review with my sister Bibliobeth and my friend over at Luna’s Library as well as review advanced reading copies, so it’s nice to occasionally squeeze in a book I really want to read.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I was lucky enough to receive the sequel to In Your Dreams at the same time as receiving the first in the series. I loved In Your Dreams and As You Wake is brilliant too. My review should be up on Friday!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m reading Their Eyes Were Watching God as part of my Back To The Classics Challenge. I don’t know a lot about it. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it.

Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts and I’ll come and check them out.

In Your Dreams

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How did I get it?:
Sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Zara “Zip” McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone’s known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip’s life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip’s heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret–he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran’s parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm’s way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she’s afraid of what might happen.

Thoughts:

I was sent a copy of this book and As You Wake by the author. I didn’t really know a lot about it, but the plot left me intrigued so I was happy to get my hands on a copy. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I found myself racing through the book. It was just so easy to read. I’m going to have to read As You Wake sooner than I had anticipated I enjoyed it that much.

I think what made me love this book was being hooked automatically. I immediately loved the writing style and the characters. I thought Zip was a great character. She was funny, strong and clever. Amy Martin has done a brilliant job at creating a likeable protagonist. Kieran was a brilliant male character as well. All too often in Young Adult reads the male characters can start off as complete idiots and then they suddenly change. He was loveable and his relationship with Zip was believable.

I thought the use of narcolepsy in this book was really interesting. I expected it to turn into a paranormal read, but it didn’t. It made the book even more realistic. I loved learning about Kieran’s background and how the mystery surrounding his secret unfolded. It was action-packed and intriguing to read. I can’t wait to read As You Wake!

Would you recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Finding Cherokee Brown- Siobhan Curham