My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

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Author: Rachael Lucas

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Holly has a passion for swimming because in the water everyone is the same. No one sticks out for being weird or being poor. Holly lives on a council estate with her mum who also happens to be a hoarder. It doesn’t make her home life ideal. Holly meets Ed at the swimming pool who swims to escape from his home. He used to have money, he was on the swim team, he had known who he was and what he wanted. Now, he lives in a house assigned by the women’s refuge with an uncertain future. An unlikely romance starts between the two and they find a window into each other’s lives. Continue reading “My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas”

Waiting on Wednesday (16/05/2018)

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Floored by Various Authors

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The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.


Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books | Release Date: July 12th, 2018  | Pre-order at Book Depository

A contemporary novel written by some of UKYA’s best authors? Yes, please!

Ecosystem by Joshua David Bellin

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Title: Ecosystem

Author: Joshua David Bellin

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Last year I read Freefall (you can read my review here) and was blown away by the excellent world-building and the on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrills, and I am happy to announce that ECOSYSTEM delivers just as well. Continue reading “Ecosystem by Joshua David Bellin”

Waiting on Wednesday (09/05/2018)

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My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton

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Gemma, Lou, Issey, Liane and Paige are determined to make the most of this second year at uni. They want to have fun, but they want to focus on work. There’s no time for relationships. Except with each other. And even that’s not guaranteed. Gemma and Lou have always been close, but there’s tension between Issey and Liane, and none of them even knows Paige all that well.

But when Gemma finds a magazine article with a list of men they should date before they’re 21 (someone who’s been on telly? Check; someone who’s got tatoos? Check;) they vow to complete the list before finishing university and set about it with a lot more enthusiasm than they do their studies … but will any of them end up with a full house? And when a secret from their first year comes out, it looks as if some of them might not be completing university, never mind the list …

MY HEART GOES BANG is about lectures, essays, hangovers, and flatmates; it’s about found families, finding yourself, and falling in love with people you never expected to fall in love with.


Publisher: Hot Key Books | Release Date: June 18th, 2018  | Pre-order at Book Depository

Well, this sounds amazing. It looks like such a great summer read. Can’t wait to have this on my shelf!

Skylarks by Karen Gregory

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Author: Karen Gregory

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Rating: ★★★★★

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Joni and her family have been living paycheck to paycheck for as long as she can remember. With a Dad who can’t work due to a back injury, Joni and her family have to pull together and support each other to keep afloat. Then Joni meets Annabel, rich and privileged – everything Joni isn’t. But, there is something undeniable between them. A spark. The closer they become, the more Joni thinks she might be falling in love. However, when Annabel’s parents find out about them, there are some differences that can’t be overcome. The odds are stacked against them.  Continue reading “Skylarks by Karen Gregory”

We Are Young by Cat Clarke

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Author: Cat Clarke

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

Rating: ★★★★★

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Evan’s mother marries the local radio DJ, ‘Breakfast Tim’, and on the same day, they get a call that her brand new step-brother is the sole survivor of a horrific car crash. A media frenzy starts and blame is placed on her step-brother Lewis – a stoner with no friends. Everyone thinks the crash was drugs-related, except Evan. Things don’t quite add up. So with the help of her journalist and recovering alcoholic father, she sets out to find out what really happened that night.  Continue reading “We Are Young by Cat Clarke”

Waiting on Wednesday (02/05/2018)

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My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

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Holly’s mum is a hoarder, and she is fed up with being picked on at school for being weird . . . and having the wrong clothes . . . and sticking out. All she wants is to be invisible. She loves swimming, because in the water everyone is the same.

Ed goes to the swimming pool to escape the horrible house he and his mum have been assigned by the women’s refuge. In his old life he had money; was on the swim team; knew who he was and what he wanted. In his old life his dad hit his mum.

Holly is swimming in one direction and Ed’s swimming in the other. As their worlds collide they find a window into each other’s lives – and learn how to meet in the middle.


Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books | Release Date: May 17th, 2018  | Pre-order at Book Depository

I’ve had Rachael Lucas’ State of Grace on my shelf for about a year now, but have heard nothing but good things of her as a writer, so her new YA book is definitely on my radar.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Eelyn has been raised to be a warrior. She fights alongside her Aska clansmen in a war with the Riki clan that has been going on for generations because of an ancient rivalry. Her life is simple, she fights and she survives to fight in the next battle. One day on the battlefield, she sees something she thinks is impossible. She sees her brother. Except her brother died on the same battlefield five years ago and now he is fighting with the enemy. Now she’s been captured by the Riki clan and is forced into servitude, she is now faced with her brother betrayal of his clan and she must survive the harsh winter in an enemy village. Continue reading “Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young”

Waiting on Wednesday (25/04/2018)

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.

Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.


Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books | Release Date: October 2nd 2018  | Pre-order at Book Depository

OMG I’m so excited for this books like really really really excited