Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

Blood Tracks by Paula Rawsthorne

17296392Gina is a runner. With her feet pounding the ground and her dad watching, she feels as though she can fly. But when her dad dies in dramatic circumstances, Gina refuses to accept the explanations she is given.

Struggling to find the truth, Gina finds herself plunged into a world far removed from the one she has known; a world of lies, crime and betrayal. A world that will make her question everyone and everything around her. And a world she can’t run from.

Top 10 UKYA favourites by Jesse of Books 4 Teens

Jesse of Books 4 Teens shares his UKYA Top 10.

I knew when I agreed to write this I’d find it tricky but I didn’t think I’d find it this tricky.  It’s surprising just how much US YA there is and some authors who I originally thought were based in the UK, well – weren’t.

So a couple of amendments later, a bit of tinkering here and a bit of tinkering there and I have a list.  Even now though there are more books springing to mind, which are equally as good, but I’m going to stop tinkering now.  This is in no particular order – except the order I thought of them 🙂

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

I read this series when I was still in school and it’s a story that has never, ever left me.

Kiss, Date, Love Hate by Luisa Plaja

A computer game that lets you take control of certain aspects of your friends (and not so friends) life. Enough said I think!  A seriously fun read with such an authentic teenage voice I’m convinced Luisa is a teenager really!

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb

A call out to geeks everywhere and a sweet romance told from a male perspective!

A Witch In Winter by Ruth Warburton

Witches, a mystery, good versus evil. Need I say more!

Hollow Pike by James Dawson

I love a good mystery and that’s exactly what you find in Hollow Pike with a little bit of magic sprinkled in for good measure.  I loved the way it switched from the deeply serious to the more light-hearted side without undermining the story.

Rockoholic by CJ Skuse

A shout out to an author (reasonably) local 🙂 I adored Rockaholic – such an original idea – kidnapping a pop star and the ensuing drama is hilarious! Well worth a read.

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriot

This was one of my favourite books last year – a modern fantasy fairy tale with tones of Cinderella sprinkled throughout.

The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne

I thoroughly enjoyed this one – such an original story with a truly thrilling aspect to it.

The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish

If scary and creepy is your thing you HAVE to read The Hunting Ground, I’m saying no more.

Department 19 by Will Hill

Oh dear – I’m finishing with a series (well I couldn’t go and forget Department 19 could I?) Yes, it’s vampires but it’s how they were meant to be. Full of blood, nods of the head to Dracula and oh yes and a secret government department to take care of it 🙂

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Emma of Book Angel Booktopia picks her Top 10 UKYA books

Emma of Book Angel Booktopia picks “Ten Terrific Books by British Authors I have actually read.”

In no particular order…

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling: Seven hot brothers with paranormal abilities. Each book in the series told from a different perspective, lots of lovely twists and turns and heart warming romance. Awesome.

Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton: Fate, destiny and soul mates. Need I say more *swoon*

Hollow Pike by James Dawson: Atmospheric tension, witches and the main character is welsh ;D A blend important teen issues, teen angst, witchcraft and murder/mystery.

The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne: Loved the way this one unfolded, honestly couln’t predict the plot direction until it happened. Action packed with unbelievable twists that take you completely by surprise.

Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja: A game that can control reality – personalities, looks and interactions. The insight Luisa gives to the inner workings of a teens mind is both frightening and encouraging in equal measure.

When I was Joe by Keren David: A powerful and compelling story which highlights the effects and consequences of bullying from both sides.

A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton: A tumultuous mix of action and emotion blending a battle of good and evil with romance.

Soul Beach by Kate Harrison: Murder, mystery, supernatural thriller. Fascinating and unique.

Department 19 by Will Hill: This book opens up the classic Dracula tale to a whole new generation. If you like vampires your going to like this book, if you like conspiracy theories then this book is an absolute must.

My So Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray: Such a strange premise for a book but Tamsyn’s sense of humour really makes it work.

While choosing my ten books it occured to me that the one consistant thing I seem to like is the inclusion of strong female characters. You learn something new every day ;D


The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne

Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of safety. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie… A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?

A page-turning thriller that s impossible to put down.