The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Publisher: Walker Books

Publication date: September 7, 2017

Genre: science fiction

Category: YA

Blurb:

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Continue reading

Release by Patrick Ness

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Release by Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

Publication date: May 4, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ,

Category: YA

Blurb:

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…
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Books to Read in Autumn 2017

Autumn is the perfect season for reading. The autumnal colours, the weather, a Starbucks pumpkin-spiced latte and snuggling up to a great book is bliss. Now that summer has – unfortunately – ended its time to tackle that pile of books that has – somehow – grew in size (if you know what I mean). With shorter evenings quickly approaching, I have compiled a list of September/October new releases to keep you busy this autumn.

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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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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