Britain at it's best, bringing you it's own version of IMM! All the books that came through my letterbox thanks to publishers and Royal Mail! This meme is hosted by the amazing Lynsey from Narratively Speaking.
The Sleeping Baobab by Paula Leyden is published by Walker Books this week. I read Paula’s first book The Butterfly Heart last year. It was such a gorgeous read, I was pleased to discover that Paula had written a sequel to it. Set in modern day Zambia, this book is also supported by Amnesty International UK. If you haven’t read The Butterfly Heart I strongly recommend it.
The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale is published by Faber and Faber this month. It has already received a lot of praise. Her writing has been described as showing the same sensitivity as literary greats such as John Boyne and Meg Rosoff. The main character, Evie keeps a bit of her broken rib in a pot, carving it into the shape of a dragon. At night it becomes the dragon of her dreams and helps her to heal. I think I may need tissues for this one.
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole was published in paperback at the end of April by Simon and Schuster. I’ve been desperate for this book for some time and I actually borrowed the hardback version from the library. This is the first book in the Arcana Chronicles series. Kresley Cole is well known for her adult paranormal books, but this is her first venture into YA.
Forbidden Friends by Anne-Marie Conway is published by Usborne in May. This is the second book by this author. The blurb says 'Don't be fooled by the sunny climes and the holiday atmosphere, there’s a dark mystery at the heart of Forbidden Friends.’ A story of new friendship , a terrible tragedy and a long-buried secret.
Transcendence by CJ Omololu is published by Bloomsbury in June.When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. I can’t wait to read this one.
Billy and Me was sent to me by Penguin. It’s being released at the end of May and is written by Giovanna Fletcher, who is married to Tom from McFly. She is also sister to Mario from The Only Way Is Essex. This is a semi autobiographical novel. The writing has been described as a mixture of Jojo Moyles and Jenny Colgan.
Absent by Katie Williams is published by Chronicle Books this month. When I read the synopsis, I instantly thought of A Certain Slant of Light which was one of the first YA books I ever read. The main character, seventeen year old Paige is dead, after an accident at school. Now she is a ghost permanently bound to the school. It’s okay being a bound spirit for a while until she hears rumours that her death wasn’t an accident. I am really excited by this book!
Birthday Wishes by Sara Grant is the third book in Sara’s beautifully children’s series Magic Trix. This book is about a surprise party for her best friend Holly. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in this series, so I’m really looking forward to this one. Published by Orion Children’s Books this month.
Two Mariella Mystery books by Kate Pankhurst. Both published by Orion Children’s Books this month. I do like a good mystery. No mystery is too mysterious, no problem too perplexing. Mariella must find out who is trying to sabotage the Puddleford Baking contest and whether there really is a ghostly guinea pig on the loose! I look forward to finding out the truth.
I have bought quite a few books this week but I’m waiting for them to be delivered by Amazon, so I will probably add them to next week’s post.
Have a brilliant Bank Holiday weekend!