I don't like to single books out, but things are a changing! I've decided to look at the books being published each month and give you a list of the five books that I'm looking forward to reading the most. It isn't easy to pick out books from all the wondrous titles being published, but I think it's time I started giving my seal of approval. As you can see, I've made a snazzy seal above, which will be awarded to the winning books.
So the following five books in no particular order are the ones I'm most excited to read this February.
Electrigirl by Jo Cotterill and illustrated by Cathy Brett
Published by OUP
OMG! The idea behind this book blows my mind! Imagine being struck by lighting and being left with a superpower. It's almost worth standing outside in a storm just to see whether it really happens. I actually can't wait to get my hands on this book. Not only is Jo Cotterill a first class author, but combining her writing with the amazing illustration talents of Cathy Brett just catapults this book into the must have status.
More of Me by Kathryn Evans
Published by Usborne
Many of you know that Kathy is a friend of mine, but that doesn't influence my decision in picking her as part of my five. I read this book before it was published. I nagged Kathy to keep editing and believing in it because I knew for a fact that there wasn't anything else out on the market like this story. I've since read it during edits and I'm now on my final read. This book has just improved with every edit and I can't rave about it enough.
Imagine twelve girls all from the same mould. Once a year, Teva separates from her own body, creating a brand new older Teva, and leaving the younger one trapped at home. The concept behind this story is unique and I can assure you that you will love it.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Published by Faber and Faber
I've been so eager to read this book ever since I got the first chapter sample at YALC. I was sucked into this story straightaway.
Set in the desert, Amani, is a gun welding butt kicking heroine and I can't wait to find out more. When I read the first chapter, I instantly thought of Maria V. Snyder. I can't wait to read the rest.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Published by Macmillan Children's Books
This is being hailed as a bit of a heartbreaker. Dealing with realistic teenagers and taking UKYA to new heights. I can't wait to follow Caddie, Rosie and Suzanne on their journey.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Published by Puffin
From the author of Between Shades of Grey, comes another classic. Heading back to World War II, the author draws light on one of the most devastating yet relatively little known tragedies. I think I'd better get the tissues ready now.
So those are my five most anticipated novels for February. Which ones would you like to read? Or have you picked something else out that you desperately want to read?
At the end of every month, I will award one book this.
The Star of Excellence - this will go to the book that I loved the most that month. There can be only one winner! Make sure you keep an eye out at the end of the month for the winner.