Best UKYA Releases of 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 world where the people are ruled by the enigmatic Papa S. Although Pearl loves the life she leads, worshipping both Nature and Papa S, when a new family join the community Pearl begins to realise that the cult society she lives in isn’t idyllic after all.…

REVIEW: Lorali by Laura Dockrill

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 she’s a mermaid. Isn’t she just a tiny bit too weird? With Lorali’s arrival comes freak weather conditions, pirates and even more strange visitors. Maybe Lorali isn’t a normal girl after all… Dockrill writes with such ease and prowess that it’s hard not to instantly connect…

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

[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 her other close friend Luke and dates with Dylan after which she’s left with strange and unexpected feelings. So there’s definitely no time in her busy schedule for reading Wuthering Heights but the new English teacher Miss Murray breathes life into the novel Ash was ready…

REVIEW: Seed by Lisa Heathfield

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 the cracks in her seeminly perfect world. Why doesn’t she know who her mother is? Why aren’t they allowed medical care? Seed is a crazed cult, and Seed will never let her go. Heathfield has created a dangerous but charming community with enigmatic Seed. I could…

UKYA DAY 2015 – THE SCHEDULE | #UKYADAY

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 liveshows, competitions, Twitter chats and EVEN MORE! And here’s what you need to make sure you don’t miss… 9AM – EVENT KICK OFF! * 10AM – Best shelfie competition! * 10:30AM – 11AM – Twitter Q&A with YA Book Prize winner and author of Only Ever…

Lucy Recommends… [6] Keris Stainton

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 perfect introduction to YA for people looking to start reading it. It’s about a girl called Della whose diary goes missing and extracts from it appear on Facebook and are sent to her mobile. I think it’s my favourite of Keris’s books! Jessie Hearts NYC  Set…

ANNOUNCEMENT: March UKYA Project

  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 a remake of the first ever Project UKYA project that ran in October 2013. You may know (or may have contributed to) the campaign video that ran then, and I’ll be putting together an even bigger and better version this month! So here’s how YOU fit in!…

UKYA Extravaganza

  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 lots more UKYA Extravaganza events in the future because I loved today an awful lot! Scattered throughout the event were author panels and the event offered a great chance to catch up with friends – both new and old. I also came away with a lot…

REVIEW: Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow

When you first hold a copy of your most anticipated read of the year in your hands, it fills you with dread. You think to yourself: will I like it? What if I hate it? Sometimes, though, you’ve just got to have a little faith. In McKerrow’s debut novel, the world is split in two. There is the Greenworld – think environmentally friendly and self-sufficient – and the Redworld. The Redworld is your worst nightmare – filled with gangs, it’s made up of the people intent on finding a power source to sell to the world. Crow Moon is absolutely, undoubtedly…

REVIEW: Half Bad by Sally Green

I’ve owned a copy of Half Bad since it was released and have since wanted to read it regularly. I’m not entirely sure what was stopping me – possibly the huge buzz surrounding it – but I wish I had started to read it as soon as I bought it. In a version of modern society, witches live among fains (humans) and there are two types of witch: black and white. The white witches outnumber the black, and the white witches are hugely prejudiced against the black. Nathan, the protagonist, is a Half Code – he’s half black witch, half white…

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.…

REVIEW: The Rain by Virginia Bergin

I’ve heard amazing things about The Rain in the past, but it wasn’t until I attended an event where Bergin spoke that I knew that I had to read it right away. Whilst I often don’t willingly choose to read dystopia and don’t actively seek it out, there was something about The Rain that urged me to start reading as soon as I picked it up. Imagine this: It’s a warm, sunny Bank Holiday (rather unusual for the UK), you’re in a hot tub with the boy of your dreams, and it starts to rain. It’s not, however, normal rain. One…