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(5 in a row! I almost didn’t make it this week. I procrastinated a bit too much. Also, this is my 100th post!)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They come up with top ten lists that people can blog about every week.

Before this year I rarely branched out and tried a new author, so I made it my goal to read only new authors in 2014! (and I’ve succeeded so far.)

I wanted to only include authors that I’d read more than one book by and got at least 8 stars from me. (Which is why there are only eight, but I did cheat on my ‘rules’ once.)

riordan21. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus (ALL)

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” 
― Rick RiordanThe Sea of Monsters

Strengths: Creating great characters, sense of humor, (bad puns rule!) Knowing what children like, making mythology his own.

Weaknesses: Lots of points of view, (He does this fine I just often wish I could hear another character’s thoughts at that moment instead.) Sappy romantic moments. (He really does romance fine too he just doesn’t do as much romance as most YA authors and I needed another weakness.)

2. Cassandra Clare – Infernal Deviclare2ces & Mortal Instruments (Books 1-3) The Iron Trial

“Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you’ll kill me?”
“No” Simon said, “If you hurt Clary she’s quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.” 
― Cassandra ClareCity of Glass

Strengths: Creating likable characters, complex world building, non obnoxious love triangles and decent romances

Weaknesses: Overly descriptive, love triangles, lots of romance

taylor23. Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Books 1 & 3)

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” 
― Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone

Strengths: Atmosphere, unique story and setting.

Weaknesses: Darker story, Not a lot of humor (Mostly centered on the best friend character) I wasn’t  a fan of the second book (Mainly the main character got weak, but I loved the third book too!)

4. Marissa Meyer – Cinder (All)meyer2

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.” 
― Marissa MeyerCinder

Strengths: Her characters are great! (As of Winter there will be 9 main characters and they’re all excellent!) Unique take on retelling fairy tales (Made me like retellings) Plenty of humor

Weaknesses: Predictability (I guessed the ending way ahead of time)

lu25. Marie Lu – Legend (Books 1 & 2) The Young Elites

“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.” 
― Marie LuThe Young Elites

Strengths: Kick butt characters, & interesting worlds

Weaknesses: Her characters in Legend were book very perfect and sounded a lot alike. (I wasn’t bothered by this) One word: Champion. (I didn’t like the end of the Legend trilogy)

6. Leigh Bardugo – Grisha (Books 1 & 2)bardugo2

“Of course not,” said Sturmhond. “Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea.” 
― Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm

Strengths: Dark mysterious characters, unique Russian-like culture, excellent secondary characters, un-guessable plot lines, love quadrangles

WeaknessesMain characters. (I wasn’t a fan of the main character or her main love interest) Plot lines that don’t always make sense (Okay I’m just not happy with the third book, mainly something that happened towards the end. I won’t rant about it again. Hey at least she made me care enough to be so upset, right?)

landy27. Derek Landy – Skulduggery Pleasant (All except book 2)

“What is it?” Stephanie whispered.
“That, my dear Valkyrie, is what we call a monster.”
She looked at Skulduggery. “You don’t know what it is, do you?”
“I told you what it is, it’s a horrible monster. Now shut up before it comes over here and eats us.” 
― Derek LandySkulduggery Pleasant

Strengths: Humor. Witty sarcastic characters. Good world building & action scenes. (I only rated these 7 stars, but they made my list for entertainment value. There’s just some thing so addicting about them.)

Weaknesses: Excessive action, main character doesn’t always think, not a lot of romance.

8. Honorable Mention: Suzanne Collins – The Hcollins2unger Games (Books 1 & 2)

My first dystopian and the YA book that got me started.

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” 
― Suzanne CollinsMockingjay

(One of the best most accurate quotes ever. That’s why I didn’t like Mockingjay it resonated with me too much.)

Strengths: World building, plotting, tense action scenes

Weaknesses: Killing off characters.

What do you think is the most forgivable and unforgivable writer weakness? I think the most forgivable writer weakness is probably lack of romance, I don’t need romance to be happy. Also if descriptions are too long I can skip them.

For me the most unforgivable thing a writer can have is weak characters. If they are  flat or unlikable it ruins the whole book.