5 Reasons to Read… The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

To celebrate the release of The Raven King, the final book in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, I was asked to be a part of the blog tour, run by Scholastic. Of course, I jumped at the chance because I’m a MASSIVE fan of the books, so here are my five reasons to read the series! 1. The Characters Will Feel Like Your Best Friends The whole series is driven by the characters and the roles they play in the plot. In fact, you could take the whole plot of the series away and still have amazing characters left…

Our Favourite UKYA Books by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Zeroes is the latest book from Scott Westerfeld, best-selling author of the Uglies trilogy, in collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. To celebrate the release of the book, I thought it would be fun to ask the three authors their favourite UKYA books. Scott’s books: Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses is more than a decade old now but I only read it recently. It’s such a convincing dystopia because it’s not that far off our world and makes explicit how the personal is political and vice versa. Sacrifices have to be made for revolution! Add to that the compelling Romeo…

Why We Need Realistic Heroines in YA

I worked hard as a teenager. We didn’t have money; I was the only person in my immediate family to go to university. I was utterly focussed on creating a life for myself that wasn’t like the one I’d grown up in. I studied a lot. I didn’t go out much. Didn’t drink, didn’t take chances. Looking back, I think I was a typical teenager. Some of my friends worked hard, like me. Others didn’t have that drive. Some were naturally clever, and sailed through school to university. One of my friends dropped out of school at sixteen and went to…

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Hi! I'm Lucy Powrie, a book blogger and YouTuber from the UK. I have a wild obsession with the Brontë sisters, love reading YA books, and have lots and lots of guinea pigs. My favourite books include Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Magus of Stonewylde by Kit Berry.

I'm the creator and host of #UKYAChat, a weekly Twitter chat hosted every Friday at 8pm UK Time, and am represented by Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton.

RAINBOW WARS! Fangirl Edition

Everyone reading this knows that Fangirl is, of course, Rainbow Rowell’s best book. It’s a well-known fact. Here are four reasons why we all love it so much: 1. It’s like revisiting Harry Potter all over again. The Simon Snow parts are HEAVEN to all of us Potter lovers. I can’t wait to read Carry On when it comes out later this year! 2. Everyone will fall in love with Levi Levi is one of my favourite characters in YA fiction and just thinking about him makes me want to re-read the book again! 3. Cath is SO relatable! When I was…

The Lost and The Found Q&A with Cat Clarke

Can you describe The Lost and the Found in three words? Disturbing, challenging, honest. What’s the best thing about writing UKYA? There are so many good things! When I was growing up, most of the books I read were set in the US. I loved reading about proms and cheerleaders and football players, which all seemed very glamorous and fascinating. But I would have liked to be able to read about something a bit closer to my own experiences. So now I feel extra lucky to be able to write about growing up in the UK. It may not be particularly glamorous,…

Ella’s Tips to Being a Good Friend | Perfectly Ella Blog Tour

Ella’s Tips to Being a Good Friend Always be supportive My best friend, Kayleigh, loves horses. When a horse pulls back his lips and shows you his teeth, Kayleigh thinks he’s giving you a horsey smile. I think it looks like he’s about to make a horsey snack of your head. But I still support Kayleigh’s riding. I listen to her chatting about mucking out, and sometimes I go and watch her do jumping. Kayleigh is important to me so I’m interested in the things that are important to her – even if they’re not my favourite things. BUT if someone…

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Keren David on UKYA Extravaganza | Guest Post

First it was a conversation on Twitter about why American YA books were higher profile than British ones. A hashtag was born – #UKYA. A website followed, and then the magnificent bloggers got on board.  #UKYAchat (thank you Lucy!) trended on Twitter. There were new blogs, count downs, special projects. Last year there was YALC, which wasn’t strictly UKYA, but featured many British authors. The Bookseller has set up a new prize to celebrate UK (and Irish) YA and I am completely over-excited to be on the shortlist.  There’s a YA event for schools in Scotland, organised by author Kirkland Ciccone.…

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle – An Infographic

  At the end of 2014, I read Vendetta and I loved it. I thought, as part of the blog tour running at the moment, that I’d create this review infographic because it really is amazing. Read it, read it, read it! You can read my full review here. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle out now in paperback (£7.99, Chicken House). Find out more about the author at http://catherine-doyle.tumblr.com and http://www.catherinedoylebooks.com.

Life Lessons from Suzy P | Suzy P Blog Tour

Hi everyone! I’m Suzy Puttock, and I’m back in the third book in the Suzy P series, Suzy P, Forever Me. And, guess what, I’ve put my foot in it yet again… because I’ve made a promise I can’t keep. Kind of a big promise. To my entire school! Why, oh why, did I say The Drifting would be performing at the Collinsbrooke fundraiser? As if trying to sort out that mess wasn’t enough, I also need to make sure Dad’s birthday bash isn’t a total disaster – especially as he’s already showing signs of a mid-life crisis… Even with my…

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REVIEW: Fashion Assassin by Sarah Sky

I was a HUGE fan of Sky’s debut novel, Code Red Lipstick, and so I was delighted to read the second instalment, Fashion Assassin. In Fashion Assassin, the stakes are even higher as Jessica Cole works to discover Vectra with the setting of Monaco as a backdrop. With bratty models to guard and a deadly mission, Jessica truly is back with even more action. Kickass Protagonist I love Jessica so much! She’s so much fun to read about, and she’s such a refreshing protagonist. Gripping Action Sky’s books are SO awesome. I was gripped for two days and found it incredibly…

Life in the 1950’s – Helpful Tips and Tricks by Robin Talley, Author …

My first book, Lies We Tell Ourselves, is set in 1959 Virginia. Since the book focuses on the school integration movement, I had to do a LOT of research to write it. I read memoirs and watched recordings of oral histories. I dug up old newspaper articles and magazine coverage. I spent every Saturday for many weeks in the Virginia history room of a nearby library. But in addition to learning the details of school integration, I also needed to know general background information on what life was like for teenagers in the late 1950s. So I read teen novels from…

10 DAYS TO GO: 5 Reasons to Read The Maze Runner

With the looming release date of the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of The Maze Runner, here are five reasons you should read the book: One The Maze Runner is action packed and will keep you up reading until the early hours. With a unique premise, it’s easy to slip into the world created by Dashner. Two Reading the book before you watch the film will give you a major advantage over everyone else! Three The world is so original – it even has its own dialect! This book is no pile of klunk.  Four There are so many dystopia novels out there at the moment,…