The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that I didn't do a post for August. August is such a busy month for me that I don't get enough time to blog properly, so apologies for missing it out. And I have some super books to gush over about for October, which I hope you will add to your ever growing TBR list. So let's get on with it.
1) Haunt Me by Liz Kessler
I honestly think this is the best book she ever written. If you love earlier YA, going back to Alyson Noel's Evermore series, then you will love this book too.
Published by Hachette Books
Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they've gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn't the only one living in it. Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide - life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together.
Joe's brother, Olly, never cared much for poetry. He was always too busy being king of the school - but that all changed when Joe died. And when an encounter in the school corridor brings him face to face with Erin, he realises how different things really are - including the kind of girl he falls for.
Two brothers. Two choices. Will Erin's decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she is lost forever?
2) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
By the time you read this, I'm hoping to have got my hands on a copy of this book! I literally cannot wait to read this. It will probably become more obvious as you read down the post, but I LOVED the first book, Six of Crows so much that I can't wait to read the sequel.
Published by Hachette Books
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
3) Barefoot On The Wind by Zoe Marriott
I don't care that this book came out last month and putting it in here. The reason being, is that Zoe is an exceptional writer and this is yet another beautifully written novel to accompany Shadows On The Moon. It's a dark and magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it is awesome.
Published by Walker Books
There is a monster in the forest...
Everyone in Hana's remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana's father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it - or be killed herself.
But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects...
4) I'll Be Home For Christmas by various authors.
This book is filled with some of #UKYA's finest authors. Each author has written a short story based on the theme of home with at least £1 from every copy going towards the charity, Crisis. It's an important book and one that everyone should read.
Published by Stripes
The UK's top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. GBP1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk
5) The Deviants by CJ Skuse
I love everything that CJ writes, so I honestly can't wait to read this one. Every story she writes keeps me entertained and rushing towards the final paragraph.
Published by Mira Ink
Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.
Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.
When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?
So my book of the month is... Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Without a shadow of a doubt, Six of Crows was the best book that I read last month. It was one of those books you can't put down and that you even dream about. Not only did I love this book, I lived through it! I don't think any book will be able to top it this year. It is the most outstanding read so far. Now you can see why I'm desperate to read the sequel!
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.