The Forever Court (Dave Rudden)
I’ve said before and I’ll say again, KOTBD is the best children’s book I’ve read since Harry Potter, and once you’ve read it, you’ll see the likeness both in style and in quality. Full review here.
La Belle Sauvage (Phillip Pullman)
Classic Pullman draws us through a familiar and well-loved world. As usual he creates a protagonist worth rooting for and balances large world problems with the micro problems of young teenagers and his use of authentic dialect is super, as always.
Morning Star (Pierce Brown)
The finale to the best trilogy I’ve read for a while. Brown is a world-building legend and this epic conclusion further raises the stakes and throws emotion, surprise and betrayal into the blender of his crazy world of Golds, Reds and Obsidians!
Book of Fire (Michelle Kenney)
Dynamic, beautiful and tense to the end. Book of fire is a compulsive and exciting read, the world brought to life by gorgeous lyrical prose and description that will engage all your senses as your read. I’ve never wanted to eat an apricot so much!
The characters are deep, flawed, with mixed intentions and you never know fully who to trust and who not to. An exciting mix of roman mythology, dystopia and genetic engineering, this will be a novel you will not be able to put down.
This is only the start of an exciting new series, but it will below away readers as a stand alone, too, and I dare you to not fall in love with both the world and characters in this novel. Full review here.
The Power (Naomi Alderman)
Electrifying dystopian world, I loved the concept and scale of this novel, the varied points of view giving it a large scale and raising the stakes.
Moonrise (Sarah Crossan)
Another cracker from Sarah Crossan Beautifully written in Sarah’s unique verse narrative and packed with raw emotion. Couldn’t put it down.
A Place Called Perfect (Helena Duggan)
A wonderfully quirky story about a girl called Violet who moves with her parents to a town called Perfect. But nothing in Perfect is what is seems . . . Had to wrestle this one away form my ten year old daughter to read it and she bought a second copy for her friend for Christmas!
The Explorer (Katherine Rundell)
Loved this one! Real flashes of Enid Blyton. A true adventure story. My ten year old, having read it, has decided she wants to be an explorer!
We Were Liars (E Lockhart)
Beautifully written, tragic and unexpected. A tale of loss, sibling rivalry, racism and one girl’s acceptance of what she’s done.
I finished the Pierce Brown Red Rising trilogy and absolutely loved them. The man can certainly write epic, revolutionary, sci-fi marathons of adrenaline, mind blowing action. Darrow, against all odds, fights against the tyranny of the Golds. He’s risked everything to save a future, galactic society.
I’ll give you the Sun (Jandy Nelson)
A fantastic dual narrative between twins driven apart by tragedy. Beautifully written and cleverly woven together, spanning the tender teen years. The energy and voice of the characters are heart wrenching and you can’t help but fall in love with Jude and Noah over and over again.
Stand out titles in 2017 for me include Chloe Seager’s Editing Emma – a very funny novel with a serious and, thought-provoking undertone about the way we all present ourselves on social media; also Amanda Foody’s Daughter of the Burning City, for captivating and utterly original world-building.
They Both Die at the End (Adam Silvera)
In an alternate reality where people are given a 24hr warning before they die, strangers, Mateo and Rufus, find out that their time is up and choose to spend their End Day together. Great concept, great characterization. This one may leave you sniffling with a bit of a lump in your throat but ultimately it’s not about death; it’s about finding the courage to live. Definitely one of my 2017 favourites.
We are the Ants (Shaun David Hutchinson)
Alien abductee, Henry Denton has a decision to make. In 144 days, Earth will be obliterated…unless, that is, he chooses to save it. All he needs to do to avoid the apocalypse, is press a big red button. Simple enough— but is humanity worth saving? Henry’s not sure about that one. After all, ‘Life is bullshit.’ Poignant, full of angst, funny at times, great cast of characters. Don’t expect the sci-fi angle to dominate – it’s more of a contemporary quest for the meaning of life. Explores big issues; suicide, grief, bullying, family dynamics, mental illness. Will Henry press the button? Loved it!
Good me bad me (Ali Land – bit late to the party) nothing I love more than an unreliable narrator although I did find some of it very hard to take, Wonder and Auggie and Me (R J Palacio) for fantastic mum and son reading, The Devil and his Boy (Anthony Horowitz) and I enjoyed It Only Happens in the Movies – certainly partial to a bit of Holly Bourne.
Six: the real life James bonds by Michael Smith. Amazing insight into the history of spycraft.
I’ve just read Moxie (Jennifer Mathieu) in one sitting today and it’s brilliant! Makes me wish I had a feminist Moxie club when I was at high school!
Book of Fire (Michelle Kenney
The November Girl (Lydia Kang)
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)