Nominated by author Keris Stainton:
Funny, feminist, insightful, moving, ace.
This is my top list of books from 2013. I tried to keep the list short, I failed. There were too many awesome books out this year!
Frostfire – Zoe Marriott
This latest offering from Zoe Marriott is quite possibly my favourite of hers so far. I was in awe the entire way through and I loved how Zoe gets across the complexity of the main character without making the whole book hard to read.
The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket – John Boyne
Any fan of Roald Dahl should be reading this book. It is quite simply awesome! I couldn’t put it down, I laughed and I cried but most of all I loved every bit of it!
Heart Shaped Bruise – Tanya Byrne
I am a sucker for psychological thrillers so I was grabbed by this the minute I started reading. Following the story of an 18 year old girl who was awaiting trail in the mental health ward of a young persons unit this is a must for people who like stories that get into your head.
Emma Hearts LA – Keris Stainton
This book holds a special place in my own heart and it is a fantastic and brilliant example of British Contemporary fiction!
I can’t put into words my love for this book but I enjoyed it so much I wrote a letter to the book instead of a review of it!
Boys Don’t Cry – Malorie Blackman
Following the story of a guy who gets a baby he didn’t even know existed left on his doorstep this one is well worth a read!
Undone – Cat Clarke
I’ve read two Cat Clarke books this year and let me tell you, it was hard to chose which to put on this list. I decided on Undone purely for the emotions that overcame me whilst reading the book. Its a gut wrenching story which leaves you in shock and makes you want to return to the start and read all over again.
The City’s Son – Tom Pollock
I’m not good with fantasy books, especially high fantasy that looks like its so far beyond what we are used to in everyday life that it will make my head hurt. However The City’s Son goes on this list for making me see that I shouldn’t be scared of this type of book, it was fantastic and once I got used to the world (which didn’t take long!) my head didn’t even start to ache!
Sooooo many good reads published in 2012 and so these are in no order because that’s like saying which one of your kids are your favourite. (I hear that’s frowned upon)
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Goblins by Philip Reeve
Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
Fire City by Bali Rai
Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja
Frostfire by Zoe Marriott
Adorkable by Sarra Manning
The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison
The Look by Sophia Bennett
Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
Hollow Pike by James Dawson
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan
Oh and there was this other book called Geekhood by Andy Robb which was pretty frigging awesome. Don’t tell him that though because it’ll go to his head!
Roll on 2013!
When I read lovely Michelle’s fabulous Top 10 post today, I just had to ask if we could pinch it and post it here too. So many fab-sounding books! Over to Michelle…
Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse
I adore CJ Skuse! And the cover for this one makes me happy. Look out for it in February!
Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete’s body and a poet’s brain. But when she’s mocked at a college party, she kows there isn’t a boy alive who’ll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille’s dream boy, Frankenstein-stylee. But can she make him love her?
Cruel Summer by James Dawson
It was only recently that I read and loved Hollow Pike! And in August, we’ll be sure to have another delight from James Dawson:
Undone by Cat Clarke
Published by Quercus in January! Cat Clarke is definitely one of my favourites and is definitely an ‘auto-buy’ author –
Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it. Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online … and he kills himself. Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down. A searing story of love, revenge and betrayal from a bestselling author.
The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning
No cover for this one yet, but due to be published by Atom in May – about two best friends fighting over the same boy. I do love Sarra Manning!
The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott
No cover for this one either, but I do so love Zoe’s other books. They’ve frequently been on my favourite books of the year lists. This one isn’t expected until July –
When Mio steals the family’s katana – a priceless ancestral sword – from her parents’ attic, she just wants to spice up a fancy-dress costume. But the katana is much more than some dusty antique and her actions unleash a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. Soon Shinobu, a fearless warrior boy, appears to protect Mio – and threatens to steal her heart. With the gods and monsters of Japanese myth stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe, and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life … but the love of a lifetime.
Heroic by Phil Earle
I’ve loved the previous two books I’ve read by Phil Earle, so I’m eagerly awaiting this book, published by Penguin in April –
‘For the past five weeks I’d prayed that I’d never see my brother’s name spelt out in poppies. In the months that followed I often wished I had.’
Jammy and Sonny McGann are brothers, but that’s where the similarities end. One is calm when the other is angry; one has a plan while the other lives purely in the moment.
When Jammy returns from Afghanistan a very different man to the one who left, it’s Sonny who is left to hold things together. But just how far will he go to save the brother who always put him first?
Inspired by S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and by the battles facing young soldiers all over the world, this is a devastating novel about brotherhood and sacrifice, from the award-winning author of Being Billy and Saving Daisy.
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Look for the new Meg Rosoff from Penguin in March!
From author’s blog: “it’s a heartrending future classic, soon to be a major motion picture, not to mention a thoughtful, insanely sophisticated exploration of the relationship between adults and children. It contains a gigantic easter egg, lots of French toast and a weed whacker.”
Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
I’ve been trying desperately to get my hands on all of the books by Tabitha, especially after that emotional rollercoaster of Forbidden. I think I will always look forward to her books. Hurt has no cover just yet, but will be published (hopefully!) in August.
This book is due out in April by Random House! I’m really looking forward to it:
2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.
Night School: Legacy by CJ DaughertyHaving loved the first book in this series, I was always going to be excited to read its sequel. Set in this creepy boarding school, I can’t wait to get back into this series and catch up with the characters. Luckily, I don’t have long to wait as it will be published by Atom in January!
In the last year, Allie’s survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It’s the one place she’s felt she belongs. And the fact that it’s brought the dreamy Carter West into her life hasn’t hurt. . .
But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could’ve imagined. The students, and faculty, are under threat and Allie’s family – from her mysterious grandma to her runaway brother – are at the centre of the storm.
Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart. . .
Thanks so much for letting us cross-post this, Michelle.
Which UKYA book are you keenest to read in 2013? Tell us in the comments.
When Edie and Dylan first see each other in photography class, an instant attraction draws them together. But true love never does run smoothly—the two spar as much as they can’t keep their hands off each other.
Then comes the college trip to Paris: Edie’s willpower will be tested to the limit! In between furious arguments and trips to the Louvre, the two share some passionate moments—but will it last?
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Diary of a Crush is on our UKYA Top 100 list.