Summer Reading

I’ve decided to post a summer reading list in the middle of July, because I hope to motivate readers who may have gotten off track with their TBR list. At the beginning of May I had a huge list of books I wanted to read and as the summer went on, I slowly started to read less and less. So, I’ve compiled a short list that will (hopefully) provide something for everyone!

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Q&A with author Iain Reading

KH New CoverKitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publication Date: November 30, 2012

Genre: adventure

Category: YA

Blurb: 

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

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Reading Slump. . .

Lately, I’ve been in a reading slump! I’m so tired, busy – basically I’m moping – that I’ve decided to write a blog post about the reason I fell in love with stories and why I’m in a reading slump. My hope is to motivate myself to get back into the swing – or page turning – of things.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication date: March 28, 2017

Genre: myth, fantasy, romance, adventure

Category: YA

Blurb:

A brand new, heart-stopping novel and the first in a thrilling duology from the much-loved author of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy, Laini Taylor.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Continue reading

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s

Publication date: May 30, 2017

Genre: mystery, contemporary, fiction

Category: YA

Blurb:

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication date: January 31, 2017

Genre: mystery, romance, fantasy

Category: YA

Blurb:

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: February 11, 2016

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy

Categories: YA

Blurb:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Continue reading

Why you should read YA

As someone who works in publishing and reads most of the time, I get asked why I read young adult books quite a lot. Now I won’t lie, I do read other age groups and genres too, such as nineteenth-century classics (particularly Austen). Although, its young adult literature (YAL) that I most appreciate and enjoy.

It may surprise you to know that around half of young adult readers are adults! YA has appealed to so many people beyond its target audience and the previous ‘shame’ factor attributed to reading this age group has fizzled out for many reasons. Continue reading

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: February 10, 2015

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy

Category: YA

Blurb:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

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