Hello all Hannah here!!!
There have been several book events lately highlighting upcoming YA titles. With so many books to mention, I’ve picked 3 titles from each event that will at the top of my to-read piles.
Random House Children Publisher’s YA titles
Published 30th January 2014
Twelve year old Jewel never knew her brother, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Then one night, she finds a mysterious boy sitting in her oak tree. His name is John. And he changes everything. Me and Hayley were well and truly blown away with the sound of Bird. I know Hayley has already read this so her review will be up shortly.
Something witchy this way comes... Forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
Published 19th June 2014
Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
Published 3rd September 2014
Matheo hides a secret so terrible it could destroy everything. A deeply moving novel, perfect for fans of Jenny Downham and JodiPicoult.
Random House Children Publisher’s YA Crime Fiction
The RHCP team didn’t hold any punches with crime scene tape, editors handcuffed together, and even a victim’s body outlined on the floorat their YA crime fiction event! Their upcoming titles look to be very exciting, dangerous and just as bold as their parties!
Running Girl by Simon Mason
Published 12th January
The first book in a fantastic new crime series for young adults, starring the elusive, laid back Garvie Smith (who has been liked to a young Sherlock Holmes).
Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What’s the point, anyway? Life sucks. Nothing ever happens. Until Chloe Dow’s body is pulled from a pond
Web of Darkness by Bali Rai
Published 5th June 2014
A dark thriller about online stalking and obsession from the master ostories.
When the incredibly attractive Benedict befriends Lily online, she is thrilled. He is so much more mature than boys her age and he seems to know exactly how she's feeling. She finds herself opening up to him, telling him things she wouldn't tell anybody else.
And she needs someone to confide in more than ever before as a spate of apparent suicides rocks her school - and her group of friends.
But is Benedict the kind, charming person that he seemed to be initially? Lily soon realisesthat now, with half our lives spent online, you can be found - even if you try to hide...
Bet Your Life by Jane Casey
Published 13th February 2014
Second in the Jess Tennant series. Jess has now been living in Port Sentinel for three months, and is just beginning to relax and think of it as home after the murderous events of the summer. But in the small hours of a dark night, a teenage boy is left for dead by the side of the road. Seb Dawson has a serious head injury and may not survive - and Jess decides to find out who beat him up, and why?
With the introduction of a new children’s publisher, Faber is set to publish some very exciting YA titles this spring/summer. These 3 are at the top of my radar:
Published 6th March 2014
Thrilling gothic romance meets horror in thisfreamy YA romance.
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.
Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?
The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale
Published 3rd April 2014
Evie's shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed - the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her to carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength.Soon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real.
The Girl who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll
Published 7th August 2014
Louie, who was abandoned at Chipchase'sTravelling Circus as a baby, dreams of becoming a 'Showstopper', but Mr Chipchasekeeps her hidden, tucked away in the ticket booth. No Death-Defying Stunts for her. But Louie has been secretly practising her act; the tightrope and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air - she just needs to be given the chance to shine.