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Blogger Kate Ormand’s UKYA Top 10

Blogger Kate Ormand chooses her Top 10 favourite UKYA books. (I didn’t pay her, honest.)

photo-1Slated by Teri Terry – a brilliantly sinister, gripping mystery packed with danger and suspense.

Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton – a feel-good romance that had me smiling throughout.

Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton – a fabulously sweet, romantic story.

Della Says: OMG by Keris Stainton – a fun, humorous read with lots of drama!

The Glimpse by Claire Merle – a thrilling mystery packed with terrifying twists.

Dark Parties by Sara Grant – an unpredictable dystopian that had me guessing and gasping throughout!

Hollow Pike by James Dawson – great humour and a good scare!

The Disappeared by C.J. Harper – a fantastic new dystopian about an innocent boy adapting to a brutal new life.

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards – a wonderfully rich and unique story set in a very well-realised world.

Dead Romantic by C.J. Skuse – I cheated a little with this because I’m still reading it, but I just had to include it! It’s so funny and such a brilliant premise!

This list could be endless, really. I have a lot of UKYA books on my shelves still unread and lots of upcoming UKYA titles to look forward to! Thank you for having me, Keris!

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Raimy of Readaraptor’s UKYA Books of the Year

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!

FrostfireFrostfire – 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!

AdorkableAdorkable – Sarra Manning

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!


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Blogger Kate Ormand’s UKYA Books of the Year

imagesEarth Girl by Janet Edwards:

Earth Girl is a unique story with a strong female lead. The writing style is quirky and refreshing and I connected with Jarra’s voice straight away. Highly interesting and enjoyable read.

Slated by Teri Terry:

Slated is gripping, packed with mystery and suspense. The story is sinister and scary and the pacing is genius – kept me on edge throughout. Fantastic debut.

Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton:
Emma Hearts LA is a feel-good book that had me smiling throughout. I was swept away by the story and the wonderful characters. This book is faultless, I completely adored it.


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Serendipity Viv’s UKYA Books of the Year

When Keris asked me to pick my favourite UKYA books for 2012, I thought it would be a complete doddle…until I realised how many blooming excellent books I had read in this category. So I’ve written and rewritten my list, lost sleep over it, scribbled out names only to replace them five minutes later and finally I think I can name my top ten. In fact, I might even do a Ross Geller from Friends and laminate it, just so I can flash it around at author events. If you’re on my list, I can talk to you, right?

Anyway my list is in no particular order but I do have one book shining like a star at the top of the list.

images-2My number one UKYA book of the year is Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne. Seriously I loved this book so much. Full of emotion that grated my feelings to the bone. Judging by the awards that this book has been nominated for I guess I ‘m not the only one feeling this way about this book.

Now here is the rest of my list which is in no particular order.

15 Days Without A Head by Dave Cousins is an amazing gritty debut, which makes you laugh in some places and cry in others.

WhatsUpWithJodyBartonWhat’s Up with Jody Barton? by Hayley Long should get an award for the biggest best kept secret ever. Half way through the book I was completely blown away.

Saving Daisy by Phil Earle – another book to rip me to shreds.  Phil writes from the heart and you can tell as you weep buckets, always desperate for a brighter outcome for his main characters.

Arabesque by Colin Mulhern– If Martina Cole wrote YA then this would be the type of book she would write. Compelling and shocking at times to read but one hell of a thriller.

Skin Deep by Laura Jarrett – a beautiful love story where a young couple defy everyone that goes against their relationship. Just simply gorgeous.

unknown-1Unrest by Michelle Harrison – this lovely lady seems to be able to turn her hand to any subject matter. She has swiftly moved from fairies to ghosts and scared the beejeesus out of me in the process.

FrostFire by Zoe Marriott – I just adore the way Zoe writes. Her imagination amazes me; her creative mind just wows me.

Emma Hearts LA  by Keris Stainton – I loved being swept away to California! Keris has a way of writing that makes me feel like I really am the main character.

12367267The Glimpse by Claire Merle – I had to check this one was valid because Clare no longer lives in the UK, but thank fully it does. Raise your glasses to a UK based dystopian novel. We can do it too my lovely American friends!

I was just about to write three more that need to go on my list when I realised I’d run out of room on my laminated card. So I’m going to stick a bright pink post it note on the side mentioning that Hollow Pike by James Dawson, Torn by Cat Clarke and Night School by C.J Daugherty also rocked my socks off, but mean Keris Stainton told me I could only choose ten!* Harrumph!

* I actually asked her to pick just one – Mean Keris Stainton 🙂


Beth Kemp’s UKYA Books of the Year

unknown-1-1Hollow Pike by James Dawson

I love this book! A creepy and tense thriller with a heady mix of witchcraft and the high school hierarchy.

A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton

Besides being in a contemporary high school context and having witches, this isn’t at all like Hollow Pike. A problematic romance combined with a quest, I’m really enjoying this series. (Do read A Witch in Winter first, where a love spell is accidentally cast to kick things off)

images-215 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins

I’m so impressed by this debut novel! How Dave Cousins managed to create a hilarious and yet touching tale about a family in chaos is beyond me.

Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton

This has been my favourite romance read of the year (well, several years, actually). Brilliant UK voice set in glam LA – a fab bit of escapism!

Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson

This clever novel featuring an array of loosely-connected characters is intelligent and experimental, whilst also being accessible and pacey. Genius!