Did you know March is a five week month?
When I found out a part of me groaned on account of making this month’s paycheque stretch an extra week further. Aren’t our bank accounts still recovering from Christmas?
But the rest of me was pretty excited because it meant I got to take part in this new Top 5 challenge posed to us bloggers by Shana at Bionic Book Worm! March’s five weeks gives us a chance to do an A-Z challenge, in which we will list our favourite authors with each letter from the alphabet.
This is a really cool idea and I’m loving the chance to give some of my favourite authors a shout-out and dedicate a bit of the internet to just how awesome they are.
So, let’s kick off this challenge with the letters A, B, C, D and E!
A – Anna Applegate
This lady’s name is amazing to say, it’s one of those names that rolls off the tongue beautifully. In other news, she is also a great author and an absolutely lovely person. Anna is the author of two books I’ve reviewed on The Secret Library: Protected and The Time Traveler’s Magic, both of which I thought were awesome.
Anna’s got a talent for character chemistry. The relationships her characters build are intense and make for really emotional reading, plus it adds an added kick to the action and that little bit more heartbreak!
I’m really looking forward to more of Anna’s work and I have no doubt there will be plenty more of her books up here on The Secret Library in the future!
B – Bryan Konietzko
OK, so this author is a little bit different from everyone else on this list because the books he wrote he co-wrote with several others. Also, the books he is responsible for are graphic novels but take my word for it, they are epic!
I’ve so far read three of the graphic novels that Bryan helped write: The Promise, The Search and The Rift. All three carry on the story from the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender and they make for awesome reads.
If you’ve seen the TV show, I couldn’t recommend these books enough, they are beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. I can’t wait to read the next one!
C – Crystal Ash
To date, I’ve only read one of Crystal Ash’s books and this fact pains me, she is such a great writer. Crystal wrote Witch’s Dawn which I read and reviewed over a year ago back in February 2019 and I just loved it.
Reverse harems are a bit of a grey area for me, while they’re pretty hot, I find that most of them are centred more around sex than plot. Crystal, however, made a really plot driven reverse harem which I think was gearing up for a more steamy second book and I just loved it.
I’m annoyed with myself that I haven’t read more of her books yet, especially the sequel to Witch’s Dawn because I really wanted to see how that played out. It’s time to put Crystal’s books back at the top of my TBR pile!
D – Deborah Harkness
I’ve been a fan of Deborah Harkness’ books for a little under a decade and am totally obsessed with her series the All Souls Trilogy which begins with the book A Discovery of Witches. This book was actually turned into a TV series, which in my opinion wasn’t nearly as great as the books, so I think I’ll stick to reading this story.
It’s been a while since I’ve read this series and I should really take some time to re-read it because I really enjoyed it. A begrudging witch, Diana, is torn away from her life in academia to follow the trail of a mysterious, magical manuscript with the help of her vampire love interest. It’s a real late 00s kind of series!
E – Emma Hamm
Emma Hamm is my indie author hero, I want to be like her one day. Epic book covers and even more epic stories, I can’t stop reading her books. She is second only on my list of top authors to Kat Ross and one day, Emma Hamm is going to have a whole shelf in my library dedicated to her books. Hopefully all hardback!
So far I’ve read her books Heart of the Fae, Veins of Magic and Bride of the Sea, all of which got five star reviews from me last year. Emma Hamm has a talent for bringing settings to life through the eyes of her characters and really making the story her own. Her books tend to be fairytale retellings but in many cases, I actually prefer her versions to the originals.
Her books tend to be absolutely heart-breaking but still have happy endings and they are page-turners for sure. I’ll be reading her books for as long as she writes them!
Thanks for reading!