Top Ten Debut and New to Me Authors of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Alright, I am awesome at following the rules, so I’ve got 23 authors, which is totally almost ten. I’ve divided them into 2013 debut authors and authors I first read in 2013 who debuted before that.

K.A. Barson: Barson’s debut novel 45 Pounds is a charming story about an overweight heroine that doesn’t fatshame her. It’s funny, light and promotes healthy self-confidence. In case you don’t believe me, I sent my ARC to Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) when I finished and she LOVED IT.
Patricia Bracewell: Beautiful historical fiction. Oh man, I loved Shadow on the Crown. Supposedly there are going to be more books in this series, and I’m worried at the lack of announcement. Either way, I want anything this woman writes.
C. Desir: Fault Line‘s had a mixed reception, but I loved it, partially for the reasons that make it so hit or miss. It’s thought-provoking and dark, which is just how I like my contemporary fiction. Her next book sounds like it will fall into that same mold and I wants it.
Janet Edwards: Earth Girl is fantastic science fiction with a strong heroine, and a swoony love interest who is totally turned on by the fact that she could kick his ass. Soooo good and not nearly well known enough.

Tim Federle: Okay, so I listened to the audio version of Better Nate Than Ever, which Federle also narrated, and it’s totally hilarious and funny. Plus, musical theater!
Corey Ann Haydu: To be honest, when I finished reading OCD Love Story, I was going to rate it anywhere from 2 stars to 5 stars, because that book HURT. It was uncomfortable and painful, and, as time has passed, I recognize what powerful writing that was because WOW.
Katie Sise: Though a lot of people weren’t charmed the way I was, The Boyfriend App remains perhaps the most hilarious book I read all year.
Amy Spalding: Favorite parent character of the year goes to Reese Malcolm from The Reese Malcolm List, who is awesome, if not necessarily an awesome parent. In fact, she’s a lot like me, which just goes to show.
Abigail Tarttelin: Golden Boy is painful and beautiful and British and LGBT and basically perfect. The fact that this doesn’t have much hype makes me super sad.
Kasie West: I’ve already read two Kasie West books, because she knows how to debut like whoa, and I’ll probably finish my third before 2013 ends, if I’m as productive as I hope to be. Both Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us were great character-driven reads, albeit very different.
Cat Winters: Excellent historical fiction with pretty pretty writing. In the Shadow of Blackbirds is a YA novel you can give to a YA skeptic, having hidden a post-it on the last page that reads “SUCK IT” when they realize YA can be incredibly gorgeous.

New to Me Authors
Rachel Bach: This one’s sort of a debut and sort of not as it’s a pseudonym. Whatever. Fortune’s Pawn was the best. Devi’s a fantastic heroine (one of my faves of the year) and this is fast-paced not overly OMG SCIENCEy science fiction.
Jillian Cantor: I picked up Margot on a whim at BEA, and, for whatever reason, wasn’t that excited for it. Cantor proved me wrong. This is also why sometimes you do grab a whim at BEA. You never know.
Cora Carmack: So far I’ve only read Losing It and Faking It, but I really enjoyed both. Really great fun romances, with the sort of internal monologues that call to my brain box.
Susan Ee: Everyone said I needed to read Angelfall and they were right. I bought World After but haven’t read it yet.
Claire LaZebnik: I really hate Mansfield Park, but I’m glad it exists, because LaZebnik retold it inย The Trouble With Flirting and made it something awesome and hilarious and full of squees.
Sarra Manning: Adorkable has an Asian love interest, a snarky as hell heroine, and some of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever seen in YA. YES, PLEASE.
Melina Marchetta: I’m still a total Marchetta newb, but I did read the Lumatere Chronicles this year, and I loved that series, particularly Froi of the Exiles. I’m looking forward to venturing into her contemporaries, which I’ve heard are EVEN BETTER.
Liane Moriarty: Wow, I didn’t put a lot of adult fiction on my list, did I?ย The Husband’s Secret was another book I almost didn’t take from BEA. But I’m glad I did.
Rainbow Rowell: This woman knows how to get to all of my feels. Both Eleanor & Park and Fangirl were masterful.
Marie Rutkoski: If both Kat and Steph of Cuddlebuggery blurb a book, you probably want to pay attention. That’s all I’m saying. Well, that and watch out for The Winner’s Curse in March next year!
Daria Snadowsky: Of all the books on this list, Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl have the lowest ratings. However, I have been recommending them to everyone for their uniquely honest approach to sex in a YA novel.
Catherynne M. Valente: This year, I read the entire Fairyland series, and those books are simply beautiful. The writing is some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever encountered.

So that’s my list! Did you read any of these books/authors?

26 responses to “Top Ten Debut and New to Me Authors of 2013”

  1. Dahlia Adler says:


  2. Wow, I completely fail! I’ve only read books by one author on here (Cat Valente) and I DNF’d In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Of course, lots of these are on my list, but still…
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Wah wah. It’s not like you didn’t know we have a rather spotty history of agreeing on things, though.

  3. Yay for Catherynne Valente! Her stories are so inventive and the scope is just so wonderful…I have her second Fairytale novel on my shelf, waiting to be read ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Lindsay says:

    YAY for Melina Marchetta. Jellicoe Road is AMAZING.

    Rainbow Rowell made my list too (and pretty much *every* other list I’ve seen as well).
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  5. I really really love Kasie West. I’ll pretty much buy anything and everything she publishes. I didn’t realize until you pointed it out that at the end of the year she will have published 3 books. Oh my god. That’s so freaking amazing. I also love Claire LaZebnik’s books. I loved her take on Mansfield Park, I think the update and changes makes perfect sense in today’s society.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      She won’t have published three by the end of the year, but Split Second comes out at the very beginning of next year and I’m lucky to have an ARC.

      The update to Mansfield Park is the best. Particularly the romance.

  6. I have heard things about Cat Winters ever since the book was first released, and its getting ridiculous that I haven’t picked it up yet! I want to be able to tell YA skeptics to suck it!
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  7. Awesome list! I read ANGELFALL very recently, and fortunately the hype did not hurt it. I just got WORLD AFTER and have to finish a book before I can devour it. I love Rainbow Rowell, and I need to read PIVOT POINT! Gosh, so many authors I need to read on here!
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  8. I am so proud for having given you IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS to read.
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  9. I recently won a copy from Earthgirl and I can’t wait to read it! I hope to find In the shadows of blackbirds under the Christmas tree, it sounds like a perfect book for me. Oh men, I wish I could do that post-it thing with someone, but they won’t even touch books. Angelfall is haunting me! I see it everywhere, so that will be part of my next purchases (or perhaps also under the tree) I have Adorkable waiting for me and I want to buy the Fairyland series. Those books sound adorable ๐Ÿ˜€
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  10. Jasprit says:

    Wow Christina you have certainly been one lucky reader this year, I adore Manning’s work and really need to read more of her books soon, so I’m glad that she made it to your list. I have been seeing Kasie West on nearly everyone’s list today, luckily I have two of her books already, so can’t wait to get started on them!
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  11. Kayla Beck says:

    As you know, I loved Earth Girl, too, but I also lurved Shadow on the Crown so much that I had no words. I’m going to hit you with a Sadie Hawkins later today since Marie Rutkoski is on here – her MG series is fantastic!
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  12. Sarra Manning made my list too, and Cora Carmack, Susa Ee and Claire LeZebnik–those are great picks and should have made my list too! I really need to try some Amy Spalding and Christa Desir this year. Marlene, my co blogger was a Rainbow Rowell/ Melina Marchetta newbie like you too:)
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  13. Emily says:

    Cat Winters made my list too! Her book was so amazing. I’ve seen Kasie West on a couple of lists so I obviously really need to read her books. I also really want to read Rainbow Rowell’s books.

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  14. Allison L says:

    I like seeing Katie Sise on here. I found The Boyfriend App to be very quirky and fun and for the most part I enjoyed it.
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  15. Jessica says:

    Oh, I enjoyed K. A. Barsons book this year too! I haven’t seen her on very many lists today, and that’s sad. 45 Pounds was really good. Kasie West! The Distance Between Us was one I enjoyed a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Bonnie says:

    Patricia Bracewell’s debut was amazing. I’ve been stalking her blog in hopes of an announcement too. ๐Ÿ™
    Cat Winters made it onto my list too, In the Shadow of Blackbirds was fantastically written. And I pretty much still need to read everything else on your list. Lol
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  17. Lili says:

    HOW DID I NOT PUT CORA CARMACK ON MY LIST?! This is killing me.

    Sometimes I forget Kasie West was a 2013 debut what with her success and all.

    Anyway, you cheated with the double list, but I love you for it.

  18. Re: Shadow on the Crown. Yes, I heard it’s supposed to be a trilogy. And there’s a title for the second book on Bracewell’s website, The Price of Blood. So excited!
    And yes I loved Cat Winters’ In the Shadow of Blackbirds too. I read a few other great hf titles published this year as well – I think 2013 was a good year for hf. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I fully anticipate loving Catherynne Valente, Marie Rutkoski, and Sarra Manning when I finally have the opportunity to read some of their books. Just reading your list here made me realize just how huge my TBR pile really is haha.
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  19. Hannah says:

    Haha, 23 is very close to 10, and this is such a good list that I’m sure everyone will let you off! I literally just added 45 pounds to my TBR, K.A. Barson is one I will definately be checking out over the next few weeks. As will Kasie West, she has been on so many lists this week it would be stupid it ignore it! Rainbow Rowell is another one that has stuck out on this weeks TTT. Her books look brill! More books on the TBR list! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. Nicole really likes Melina Marchetta’s books, I tried to listen to one of the audiobooks but I just could not get into it. I do plan to eventually try again. Susan Ee and Rainbow Rowell were both new to me this year too. E&P and Fangirl along with Angefall are all on my favorites shelf now!

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  21. Nicole really likes Melina Marchetta’s books, I tried to listen to one of the audiobooks but I just could not get into it. I do plan to eventually try again. Susan Ee and Rainbow Rowell were both new to me this year too. E&P and Fangirl along with Angefall are all on my favorites shelf now!
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  22. Hi Christina,
    I just bumped into this, and noted a couple of hopeful comments regarding a sequel to Shadow on the Crown. It’s coming! Viking bought the rights, and the next book is about to enter the publishing pipeline. Look for it in early 2015. (Golly, it takes a long time to make a book!) Thank you so much for sharing your love of books and the books you love with the world.
    Happy Holidays!

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