UKYA FORTNIGHT: Guest post by Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa

 I’m very pleased to welcome Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa to the blog today. Debbie runs one of my favourite blogs and so you should definitely go and check it out once you’ve finished reading this fab post.

Top 5 UKYA Authors from my Teenage Years
Robert Muchamore– As you can see I have quite a big collection of his books! I love his books about teenage spies, and can’t wait for new novel Black Friday.
Enid Blyton– Not strictly YA, but Enid’s books are suitable for any age. Her Famous Five and Naughtiest Girl series are one of my favourites.
Tabitha Suzuma– I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have read A Note of Madness. Forbidden was equally as amazing, and I am eager to read Hurt, out later this year.
Malorie Blackman– 2013 children’s laureate for a reason. Her Noughts and Crosses series are one of the most famous, but I also loved her earlier books such as Antidote and Pig Heart Boy.
JK Rowling– Does this need any explanation? Harry Potter defined by entire childhood.
Top 5 New UKYA Authors 

Holly Smale– Funny and lovable, Holly is just an amazing down-to-earth person. I can’t wait for Geek Girl 2 (and 3!). Check out my Geek Girl review here (http://snugglingonthesofa.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/book-review-geek-girl/)
Peter Cocks– One of the best thriller YA books I have read is Long Reach, and I really hope he keeps writing.
Andy Robb– A true Geek, Andy is so witty and his writing makes me giggle. Geekhood: Close Encounters of a Girl Kind is a true gem in the teen world (my review here: http://snugglingonthesofa.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/book-review-geekhood-close-encounters-of-the-girl-kind/)
Sophia Bennett– I absolutely adored You Don’t Know Me and feel like she is definitely an author to watch.
Moira Young– I was encouraged to read Blood Red Road (my review here: http://snugglingonthesofa.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/book-review-blood-red-road/) and I’m so glad I did! I rushed out to read Rebel Heart straight away. Check out my thoughts at http://snugglingonthesofa.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/book-review-rebel-heart/. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series!
UKYA Authors I Have Yet to Read (But Have Heard Great Things About)
Joe Craig– His Jimmy Coates series sounds like something I would LOVE, so I need to start this soon.
Louise Rennison– I think I may have read one of her books as a teenager, but her Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah Casey series sound like great funny contemporaries.
Patrick Ness– His Chaos Walking series has always been a bit daunting to me, but I will read it one day. His new book More Than This sounds really intriguing, and will hopefully inspire me to read his earlier books.
Cressida Cowell– I recently watched the film of How to Train Your Dragon and loved it, so I’d really like to check out the books.
Eoin Colfer– Artemis Fowl is just never a book I picked up, but I’m delving more into fantasy so am intrigued about this series.
Top 5 UKYA Books I Can’t Wait To Read 

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch 

Soulmates by Holly Bourne
After Iris by Natasha Farrant
The Last Minute by Eleanor Updale 

Acid by Emma Pass 

I’ve just realised that all these books are by women! Girlpower all the way. I’ve heard lots of good things about Acid, The Last Minute and The Oathbreaker’s Shadow. They all seem really excellent fantasy/action YA and it’s nice to see such strong material come out of YA titles. Soulmates is one I’ve had my eye on for a while, and sounds like a great contemporary. Some fellow bloggers have read After Iris and commented how emotional it is, and sounds like a really heartwarming read.


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  • Reply
    Rachel (Booktastic Reviews) :D
    26 July, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I’ve only read one book of Malorie Blackman’s and that was Boys Don’t Cry which I really loved! I think J.K. Rowling goes without saying. 😉 I didn’t know Moria Young was British! I loved her Blood Red Road!

    Great guest post! 🙂

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    26 July, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I’ve only read two of Malorie Blackman’s book: Boys Don’t Cry (which was amazing) and Noughts and Crosses (which was good but I didn’t like it quite so much as Boys Don’t Cry). And you have to read Patrick Ness, he’s one of my favourite authors! The Chaos Walking books are incredible and A Monster Calls is just so beautiful. Lovely post!

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    Debbie Turner
    26 July, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I think Moira Young is sort of British but also Canadian, so I kinda cheated 😉
    Patrick Ness’ series is so daunting to read! I am really excited about his new book though 🙂

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      26 July, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      She lives in the UK now, so it does count!

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    Zoe Crook
    26 July, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Brilliant post! JK Rowling defined my childhood too, along with Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy. And I LOVE Malorie Blackman! I need to read the rest of the Noughts & Crosses series. Holly Smale is awesome, I agree 🙂

    I’m currently reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and it’s brilliant. Acid is also high up on my wishlist! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
      29 July, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Yes Jacqueline Wilson! I am ashamed to say that I have never read anything by Cathy Cassidy…. *hides in bushes*
      I’ll look out for your review of A Monster Calls. I got it on ebook once from the library but never read it. I’m shameful!
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    Samantha Stewart
    28 July, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Malorie Blackman & JK Rowling were two of my favourite authors as a child too! And I also read a lot of Cathy Hopkins, Catherine MacPhail & Louise Rennison. Now that I think about it, a lot of the books I read when I was younger were by UK authors, and I have quite a few UK authors on my bookcase too 🙂

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    Sam @ Realm of Fiction
    3 August, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Robert Muchamore! I haven’t read something by him in years, but I had a lot of fun with the CHERUB series. I was also a big fan of Darren Shan and Louise Rennison. I guess I used to read more UKYA when I was younger. I will have to check out some of the authors I haven’t heard of here. Thanks for sharing!
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