• REVIEW: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

    4 February, 2016

    Beautiful Broken Things is the extraordinary début novel from Sara Barnard that showcases what everyone loves most about UKYA fiction. Caddy and Rosie have been best friends forever, despite them going to different schools. Then Rosie introduces Caddy to a new girl at her school, Suzanne. Suzanne is everything Caddy is not – adventurous, daring…

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  • REVIEW: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

    1 February, 2016

    If you’ve been reading Queen of Contemporary for a while, you’ll know how much I loved The Sin Eater’s Daughter and so I was incredibly excited to read the sequel, The Sleeping Prince. It’s always nerve-wracking to start a sequel, but especially so when you have such high expectations. Luckily, The Sleeping Prince didn’t disappoint!…

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  • Best UKYA Releases of 2015

    31 December, 2015

    2015 was such an amazing year for UKYA releases and I feel very lucky to have been able to read lots and lots of them. If 2015 was such a brilliant year, I can’t wait to see what 2016 will be like! Seed by Lisa Heathfield In Seed, Lisa Heathfield creates a beautiful but dangerous…

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  • REVIEW: Lorali by Laura Dockrill

    3 July, 2015

    Let me tell you a story… I’ve always loved mermaids. Ever since I was tiny, I’ve devoured stories, TV programmes, and secretly wished that I could grow a tail. Lorali brought all of my fantasies back. On the day of his sixteenth birthday, Rory finds a girl washed up on the beach. Naked, confused and convinced that…

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  • REVIEW BY RHIAN IVORY: Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

    13 May, 2015

    [book-inf0] Ash has a lot on her plate – warring parents, changeable feelings towards her new boyfriend Dylan, college work piling up, verbal warnings issued and to top it all a new English teacher to get used to. Her life is dominated by the very strong presence of her best friend Cat; house parties with…

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  • REVIEW: Seed by Lisa Heathfield

    29 April, 2015

    I haven’t read a book in a long time that has completely blown me away and given me an “OMG!” moment. Seed completely changed that, however. It was AMAZING! Pearl has always lived in Seed, a community that worships Nature. When a new boy and his family are welcomed into Seed, Pearl starts to notice…

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    8 April, 2015

    After months of planning and putting in the work of a whole publicity team, I am so pleased to finally be able to announce the schedule for UKYA Day on Sunday 12th April. Some of the best UKYA authors are joining in to deliver the biggest event I have EVER organised. There are going to be…

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  • Lucy Recommends… [6] Keris Stainton

    25 March, 2015

    I’m so excited for this edition of Lucy Recommends… because I’m going to be recommending one of my favourite UKYA authors! Keris Stainton writes amazing contemporary books that one can devour in less than a day. Here are some of her books: Della says: OMG!  Della has such a realistic teenage voice and is the…

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  • ANNOUNCEMENT: March UKYA Project

    1 March, 2015

      I’m very excited to reveal a brand new UKYA project that I’ll be running in March! In the past I’ve been running projects from Project UKYA, but I’ll be running them from here and my YouTube channel for the next few months. This project is very special to me because it’s going to be…

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  • UKYA Extravaganza

    28 February, 2015

      Today I attended the first ever UKYA Extravaganza event, put together by Emma Pass and Kerry Drewery and hosted by Waterstones Birmingham Hight Street. As you may know, I’ve been a huge advocate for UKYA in the past few years so I love to attend events whenever I can. I really hope there are…

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