Reading Corner | Episode One

I decided that I’d start a new feature on my YouTube channel where I can sit down and chat about books – whatever bookish thing that comes to mind! I’m going to be doing mini reviews, hauls and TBRs within…

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…

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…

PERIODS in YA

Lately I’ve noticed a horrifying trend in YA books – a lack of menstruating characters. Can you honestly tell me that Bella or Katniss never got their period? I find it hard to believe. As part of my new feminism…

A Celebration! 1 Million Views + New Design!

I am incredibly excited, and feel very proud, to be writing this post today. Over three years ago, I created Queen of Contemporary and when I started I never thought I’d reach a point where I’d be able to say, “I’ve…

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…

Top Tips for Participating in a Twitter Chat

  Since July 2013, I’ve been running #ukyachat on Twitter. A weekly Twitter chat, it aims to promote UKYA fiction, and to allow people to share their passion for books whilst having a good time. At first, the chats can…

5 Essential Books to Catch Up On This Summer

In my opinion, summer is the best time to get lots of reading done. I look forward to summer each year, when I can catch up on all the reading I’ve missed out on since the summer before. Here are…

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…

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…

Top 5 Feminist YA by Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?

      Am I Normal Yet? is the first book in a trilogy about a group of girls who set up their own feminist campaign group called ‘The Spinster Club’. I think YA gets a bad rep when it…

Queen of Contemporary Survey – Summer 2015

 Hello everyone! To add with my summer revamp of both my blog and YouTube channel, I’ve put together a survey so that I know exactly what YOU are wanting when you read my blog. You’re under no obligation to answer…