As usual, my TBR pile is so huge it's on the brink of collapse. I guess I could stop buying books and borrowing them from the library, but where's the fun in that?! Sometimes it's hard to know what to read next, but recently, I was lucky enough to get an early look at not one but two amazing UKYA books coming out this week, so I thought I'd share them with you .
The first is L.A. Weatherly's BROKEN SKY (The BROKEN trilogy #1), published by Usborne. Here's the blurb:
Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.
Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.
And where your date of birth marks your destiny.
But nothing is perfect.
And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?
Doesn't it sound great?
This is a hard book to sum up without spoilers, so I won't try, but I'm certain readers are going to love it. Just like L.A. Weatherly's bestselling ANGEL series, there's action, danger, a daring heroine, a wonderfully believable and heart-rending romance, and also aeroplanes and a plot as twisty as they come.
But what makes this book really stand out is its setting – BROKEN SKY's 'world' is an alternative version of the USA, with everything wrapped up in a cool 1940s vibe. It's richly imagined, full of satisfying detail – it's one of the most original and brilliant YA novels I have ever read. I can't wait for the next installment in the trilogy!
Also out this week is CRUSH by Eve Ainsworth, which Scholastic very kindly sent me a review copy of just before Christmas.
Love hurts … but should it hurt this much?
Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of.
He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect.
Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control…
I loved Eve's debut novel, 7 DAYS, and I predict that CRUSH will establish her, quite rightly, as one of the UK's top contemporary YA writers. As with 7 DAYS, which dealt with bullying, CRUSH looks at the novel's central issue (this time, a controlling relationship) from both sides, with huge amounts of empathy and understanding. The story is realistically and sensitively told, helping the reader to understand the reasons for Will's behaviour without condoning it. This book takes a realistic and unflinching look at controlling relationships, yet doesn't glamourise or excuse what Will does to Anna.
It's also highly readable, and Eve keeps up a sense of tension and menace which pulls you through the story at a breathless pace.
This is an important and thought-provoking novel, and I hope it finds the wide readership it deserves.