Top [Eight] ALL TIME Favorite Authors

top ten tuesday

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

Holy cow, this week’s topic is a bit crazy, but I shall try my best… These eight authors are my auto-buy authors, write works I cherish or that have blown my mind, or that I’ve had the amazing privilege of meeting in person. These are the authors I just can’t get enough of, and whose books will always have a special place in my heart!

These are in absolutely no particular order! I was actually surprised that I couldn’t pick ten, but that just shows just how much I love these authors for them to make my list!

1. Leigh Bardugo

Author of The Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising), Six of Crows

There’s just something about Leigh Bardugo’s books that are just AMAZING. I can’t quite put my finger on whether it’s her characters, her writing, or her plots, but the books are absolutely fantastic and she’s definitely on my auto-buy list!

2. Jenny Han

Author of the Summer series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You, and more!

Jenny Han is the author that made me fall in love with YA contemporary books. The Summer I Turned Pretty was the start, and I will now forever read whatever she writes! I had the amazing opportunity to meet her three years ago, and I’ll forever remember the experience!

3. Mindy McGinnis

Author of Not A Drop to Drink & In A Handful of Dust, A Madness So Discreet

I fell in love with Mindy McGinnis’ harsh storytelling and sharp writing with Not A Drop to Drink, and my love continued in In A Handful of Dust. Her next upcoming book is in a different genre of her first two, but I am still so excited because I’m convinced I’ll love whatever she writes!

4. Stephanie Perkins

Author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After

I’m sure the lovely Ms. Perkins has made everyone’s list. I simply adore her adorable stories and cute romances. Another contemporary author that has made me fall in love with YA contemporary!

5. J.K. Rowling

Author of the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy, Cormoran Strike series, and more!

Of course J.K. Rowling had to make my list. I don’t think she needs much of an explanation, really. All I think I really need to say is that the only books I’ve ever re-read for fun have been the Harry Potter series. Period.

6. Marie Rutkoski

Author of The Shadow Society, The Winner’s Trilogy (The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime & The Winner’s Kiss), and more!

I blatantly display my love for this amazing woman on my blog, so you already know that I adore her and her books. When I got the chance to meet her last year I was fangirling so hard on the inside oh my goodness! I actually hadn’t realized that when I was in elementary school I had read and loved her book The Cabinet of Wonders. I only realized it was her book when I read The Winner’s Curse for the first time!

7. Michael Scott

Author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series

He’s an author that I started reading a LONG time ago. Many years before I got into blogging, just at the beginning of when I was transitioning to YA from MG books. I flew through his books, and I would eagerly rush out on the pub date of the next book in his series! I really hope he comes out with another YA book or series soon!

8. Jennifer E. Smith

Author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, You Are Here, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me, and more!

Another contemporary author who writes absolutely adorable romances that I just love to pick up when I want something fun and sweet. She writes books that have such unrealistic occurrences, but makes them seem like they could happen to you or me (and wish they did). I had the amazing chance to meet her as well, and I was my fangirly self as usual! Her next book looks amazing and I need it now! *grabby hands*

So that’s it! Those are my eight favorite authors of all time! Who made your list?


End of Series SPOILER Discussion: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

*image taken from Leigh Bardugo’s Website


Instead, you can check out my completely SPOILER-FREE reviews of the SECOND and FINAL book in the trilogy HERE. Continue reading “End of Series SPOILER Discussion: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo”

Double Review: Siege and Storm & Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Hi everyone! Before I get into the reviews and discussion I just wanted to post a warning to those of you wary about spoilers: I have kept both REVIEWS completely SPOILER-FREE, so that those of you who have yet to read the books can still read them. I have created a SEPARATE post that you can read HERE for the End of Series Discussion so you can comment freely on it and others can just comment on the review and not worry about being spoiled!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Pages: 432

Format: Hardcover

Source: Bought

Series: The Grisha, #2

Genre(s): Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

After reading and loving book one, Shadow and Bone, I had extremely high expectations for Siege and Storm. I am very happy to say that my expectations were met and it was just as wonderful as I had hoped!

Having not a bit of the second-in-a-series syndrome, Siege and Storm was beautifully written, filled with the same rich Russian fantasy that I adored in the first book. The story was filled with twists and surprises, leaving me thankful that I waited to read this one while I could read Ruin and Rising, book 3, as soon as I finished.

There were some new characters introduced that I absolutely loved. Most important: Sturmhond. Oh my goodness did I love him! Filled with clever, sassy and somewhat sarcastic remarks, he was a great foil to Mal, who I also adore. I had heard that Alina could find a possible love interest in Sturmhond and what I heard was correct. But, I’m still torn on my feelings. I’m pretty sure I remain loyal to Mal.

The Darkling, although not physically present throughout the bulk of the book, still created a looming presence that was very eerie and creepy, especially as the reader sees the story from Alina’s point of view. Some people find the Darkling sexy, but I just think of him as a really mentally messed up guy who needs to look for an obsession in someone closer to his age. Oh, and stop trying to destroy everything good in the world. But that’s just me.

All in all, if you’ve read Shadow and Bone but aren’t sure if you want to continue on with the series or not (If that’s you: what’s wrong with you?!), I’d definitely recommend you read Siege and Storm. Although fantasy is one of my favorite genres, I have yet to find a series that is addictive. But Leigh Bardugo with her amazing Russian fantasy has got me hooked and begging for more!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 454

Format: Hardcover (Exclusive Collector’s Edition)

Source: Bought

Series: The Grisha, #3

Genre(s): Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Ruin and Rising is one of the best conclusions to a fantasy series that I have EVER read. My expectations were surpassed when it came to this book.

There was not a moment when I wasn’t completely engaged in the story, immersed in the world of the Grisha. I found myself marking quote after quote, and I will never forget this amazing story.

I don’t even know where to begin when talking about this book because I loved every aspect of it. The story was fast-paced, and just got better and better with each page. There was exciting action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A heart-wrenching romance, meshed with mood-lightening humor, all set in the amazing world that Leigh Bardugo has created.

Overall, Ruin and Rising was everything I could have asked for in a conclusion to my favorite young adult fantasy series!

Have you completed the trilogy, and what are your thoughts? Is this trilogy on your TBR? Let’s chat!

Please do keep in mind that not everyone reading this post has completed the trilogy, or even started it yet. I ask that you do not post spoilers for the book series on this post. BUT, if you do wish to talk spoiler-y with me you can read my DISCUSSION here!

Saturday Snapshots (#2) – Grisha Trilogy Design Love ♡

Saturday Snapshots

Welcome to the first post in my new feature, Saturday Snapshots! This will be a feature where I’ll share lots bookish photos and sometimes food-y ones from the past week!

Pretty much everyone has been talking about the release of the third and final book in the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. Myself included! I went to the bookstore yesterday and bought it and…OH MY GOODNESS. The beauty of that book in person is just…I have no words! Pictures don’t do these books justice, but I’ll try my best! Oh, and I don’t own a physical copy of book #1. I must change that. But for now…

I’m planning on posting a double (spoiler-free) review for the last two books this upcoming Friday, accompanied by a (hidden unless clicked) spoiler-y discussion on Ruin and Rising, because let’s face it – I’ll want to talk about it!

Have you read the Grisha Trilogy? Are you planning to? Aren’t the covers beautiful? Let’s chat!

xo, emily