What is your favourite UKYA book? — Asked by catherine-doyle

chronicintrovert:

Can I have a tie!!??

I really really loved More Than This by Patrick Ness. I loved that you can’t really put it in a genre. I loved that it managed to keep a captivating action-driven plot going alongside some serious and realistic character/relationship development and a sort of coming-of-age story. I loved how brilliantly diverse it was, and how it wasn’t a romance when it could have very easily have been made a romance. I loved that it constantly surprised you. I loved that it made me think about some things that I hadn’t ever really thought about.

I also really really loved Half Bad by Sally Green. I thought the writing in this was just stunningly beautiful, because it was simple, but it had style, which is my favourite type of writing (ahem Bret Easton Ellis). I loved that the characters weren’t, as the title might suggest, simply all-good or all-bad. I again loved how diverse it was, and how the female characters were as well-written as the male characters (because I’ve just read too many books lately that are incredible but the female characters aren’t even 10% as complex or well-written or interesting as the male ones… ahem Grasshopper Jungle I’m talking about you).

cheshirelibrary:

Writes of Passage - 50 Books That Will Change Your Life

[via worldbookday.com]

Young people and adults nominated the books that have rocked their worlds, to help us create the ultimate list of 50 BOOKS that will change YOUR life and keep you reading…

fashion-by-the-book:

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Find it here
“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”
THIS IS AMAZING.

fashion-by-the-book:

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Find it here

“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”

THIS IS AMAZING.

YALC and the Beauty of Bloggers - Lucy Coats

Loving Lucy’s write-up on YALC, especially the mention of many of our book blogger friends! 

Exciting trailer discovery…

Sean here! So I was watching TV yesterday, and a trailer for the new Planet of the Apes film came on. After playing a short bit, it asked you to text to watch either the ape story or the human story.

Which gave me all kinds of chills, because we did something like it a year ago for Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti. Ahead of the curve or what?!

So, who will you choose? Rhesus, or Langur…

If you’re watching it on a mobile, you won’t be able to click at the end (it will be amazing when youtube add this for mobile)

So if you can’t, click here for Rhesus, or here for Langur.

Win a copy of Zoe Marriott’s ‘The Name of the Blade: Darkness Hidden’ | World Book Day

Who would you sacrifice to save the world? Don’t miss the second explosive book in the young adult fantasy series, The Name of the Blade.

Win an ARC of The Jewel by Amy Ewing

How would you like to win an extremely early proof copy of The Jewel by Amy Ewing?  

A shocking and compelling new YA dystopian series from debut author, Amy Ewing; The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide.

All you have to do is follow @Lot_197 on Instagram and like this picture to enter our prize draw.

Competition closes 31 July 2014. Good luck!

You can listen to a reading of the moment Violet is being prepped for the Auction on Soundcloud

Just found this picture we took of a package sent to the office for Patrick Ness a while back. Noise drawn all over it. AMAZING!

Just found this picture we took of a package sent to the office for Patrick Ness a while back. Noise drawn all over it. AMAZING!

After we read The Guardian’s article on YA fiction (is YA fiction becoming too dark?) we had a look at a few of our favourite YA titles, all of which deal with difficult subjects such as sex, death and violence. Many believe that teen lit. features content that’s unsuitable for its readers. What do you think?

YA books on death: is young adult fiction becoming too dark?