As you may know, I am a passionate fan of UKYA – young adult fiction written by authors born or currently residing in the UK. In the past I’ve run projects through a website I set up, Project UKYA, but this year I’m going to be bringing UKYA a little closer to home and running Project UKYA through Queen of Contemporary.
In July, I will have been running #ukyachat for two years and they will be a lot more regular in 2015. The chats are super fun; all you need is a Twitter account and by using the hashtag it’s a chance to meet lots of new people and talk about amazing books too.
2nd January at 8 PM – We’ll be setting ourselves UKYA reading goals for 2015 and getting excited about all the new January releases!
12th January at 8 PM – With special guest Anna McKerrow, author of Crow Moon, we’ll be discussing cli-fi and the representation of witches in YA.
19th January at 7 PM – Our focus will be on The Art of Being Normal with special guest Lisa Williamson.
30th January at 8 PM – An end of the month UKYA wrap up!
There are some amazing UKYA books out this year! Here are a few I’m most excited about:
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow – Danny is a fun-loving 16-year-old looking for a father figure and falling in love with a different girl every day. He certainly doesn’t want to follow in his mum’s witchy footsteps. Just as his community is being threatened by gangs intent on finding a lucrative power source to sell to the world, Danny discovers he is stunningly powerful. And when he falls for Saba, a gorgeous but capricious girl sorceress, he thinks maybe the witch thing might not be such a bad idea…But what cost will Danny pay as, with his community on the brink of war, he finds that love and sorcery are more dangerous than he ever imagined? Wickedness and passion combine in this coming-of-age adventure.
Seed by Lisa Heathfield – All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.
At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S’s companion. She feels excitement… and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community — particularly the teenage son, Ellis — only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant.
Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.