Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

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!

Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson

‘The Butterfly Effect ‘: the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.

When a butterfly startles a young rabbit, and the rabbit makes a horse rear, it starts a chain of events, over the course of one day, that will change people’s lives . . . and end people’s lives.

From a climber on Everest to a boy in Malawi . . . from a commercial pilot to an American psycho . . . the chaos knows no bounds.

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