Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

My So-Called Haunting by Tamsyn Murray

8259362How many times do I have to ask you to knock?’ I yelled at Mary as she drifted through the door of my room and looked me up and down.

‘Thou resemblest a strumpet,’ she said, staring pointedly at my thigh-skimming skirt.

Sometimes I had trouble understanding Mary’s weird babbling, but in this case I was getting her loud and clear. Suddenly, my mood was blacker than a vampire’s soul.

Skye, a fourteen-year-old psychic, is stressed out. Not only is the ghost of a sixteenth-century witch giving her fashion tips, but she’s struggling to settle into life with her aunt, and is developing a crush on the most unattainable boy in the school, Nico.

When her aunt asks for her help with a troubled teen ghost called Dontay, she’s glad of the distraction. But then Nico starts paying her attention, and she’s soon facing a battle to keep her love life and her psychic life separate.

As things get ever more complicated, it looks as though Dontay’s past might cost Skye her future.

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My So-Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray

I knew it was time to move on when a tramp peed on my Uggs…

Meet Lucy Shaw. She’s not your average fifteen year old – for a start, she’s dead. And as if being a ghost wasn’t bad enough, she’s also trapped haunting the men’s toilets on Carnaby Street. So when a lighting engineer called Jeremy walks in and she realises he can see and hear her, she isn’t about to let him walk out of her afterlife. Not least until he’s updated her on what’s happening in her beloved soaps.

With Jeremy’s help, Lucy escapes the toilet and is soon meeting up with other ghosts, including the perpetually enraged Hep and the snogtastic Ryan. But when Jeremy suggests Lucy track down the man who murdered her, things go down hill. Can Lucy face up to the events of that terrible night? And what will it cost her if she does?

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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

My So-Called Phantom Lovelife by Tamsyn Murray

I knew the boy was different when I saw him walk on water…

When fourteen-year-old Skye Thackery meets Owen Wicks, it’s not exactly love at first sight. She’s getting over a broken heart and he’s – well – a ghost. But as Skye gets to know him, she can’t help wondering what it would be like to kiss him. Dating a ghost isn’t easy, and things get worse when Owen declares he’s found a way to stay with Skye forever. His plans make her uneasy – the shadowy organisation which claims to be able to help him is bad news, and it seems Nico, her ex, is involved too.

As Owen prepares to risk everything, Skye begins to wonder if she really has a future with him, or if his desire to be more than just a ghost will cost them everything.

My So-Called Phantom Lovelife is the third thrilling instalment in the Afterlife series.

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