Top Ten Favourite Contempory YA authors.
1. John Green-
So far I've only read TFiOS and Looking for Alaska, both of which I adored- now I'm waiting eagerly to read Paper Towns, Abundance, Will Grayson ect. they've all got such wonderful storylines and can fairly well be described by saying WOW.
2. James Dashner-
I am absolutely in love with his Maze Runner series, though I am yet to read the prequel or the final book (waiting, waiting) and I'm waiting to finish that before trying his 13th Reality series.
3. Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler-
I absolutely loved Why We Broke Up when I read it earlier in the year and am currently listening to the ASoUE series on audio (funnily, I love them so much more with Tim Curry's dramatisation.) His novels are so unique, so origonal and so addictive.
4. China Mieville-
His novel Un Lun Dun is absolutely timeless; it's a novel with a surprising heroine who is brilliant and wholly inspiring, a novel about hope and fighting for what is right, with all sorts of amazing twists and turns that kept me right on the edge of all sanity as I read. It is, and always will be, one of my top books.
5. Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi-
The creators of my first manga love series! (I'm looking for more to read, trying to find a series to get into, if you've got suggestions) Kitchen Princess was both lighthearted and serious, it delt with heartbreak and death and believing in yourself and in life, and generally it is just a really wonderful series that I both wish didn't have to end and am thrilled at the note it did.
6. Anna Sheehan-
I won a copy of her debut novel A Long Long Sleep earlier in the year and just found it unputdownable- it's so engaging and simple yet unique, based on a very old fairytale it's like a story about a story that is incredibly wonderful and beautiful.
7. John Boyne-
I've read two of his novels and have come to the conclusion that he isn't a class-able author- you know, some authors write specifically for children or for adults or for young adults, but some authors just write and their work can't really be put into one of those genre/age group boxes. He writes in a way that is beautiful and epic and desperately moving, he can transition from writing about happiness to being lost with yourself within a novel in such a beautiful way that make him timeless.
8. Leanne Hall-
She's a fantastic author who writes a wonderous series about two incredible spirits who are absolutely different in so many fundamental ways, but are also alike- they're both a little (?) lost and in order to let themselves be themselves, they have to find each other. I just love her dreamy, thought-provoking writing.
I'm using Nine and Ten as suggestion boxes for you- if you feel like it, please tell me your favourite author+book from that author. I would love to find some more favourites!
(I was wondering if Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling and Diana Wynne Jones count as contempoary YA authors, they're obviously in this list if they do, but I decided I would stick with some other names as those three ladies are basically the top of all my lists!)