This month I’ve already written one To Read, consisting of books I’d like to read while on my holidays to Disneyland Paris. However, as I’m attending the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) for the first time at the end of this month, I thought I’d compose a list of books I’d like to read before the event. All these authors will be attending the convention and are holding a signing, so I thought it was best for me to become acquainted with their work beforehand. I’ve already read four books for the event:
- The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
- Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
- Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
- Show Stopper by Hayley Barker
But here’s the others I’d like to get through.
1. Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.
But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.
Until she meets Bram.
Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.
But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?
2. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
For Angel, life is about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything she loves – her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.
But dreams don’t always turn out the way you think, and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together they find out how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.
3. Noah Could Never by Simon James Green
Noah and Harry have gone from friends to boyfriends, but is Noah ready for the difference?
It doesn’t help that a group of french exchange students have descended on Little Fobbing – including sexy Pierre Victoire, who appears to have his eye on Harry. Meanwhile, Noah’s paired up with a girl, whom outrageously, is not even french.
But that’s not all: Noah’s being followed! By mysterious strangers in a black car!
Is it because:
a) Noah’s dad and secret half-brother have stolen Gran’s fake diamonds?
b) His PE teacher is getting suspicious cash infusions from Russia?
c) A drag queen is hiding out at Noah’s house after a bare-knuckled drag feud?
d) Noah’s made some questionable life choices involving protein powder?
e) or all of the above?!
4. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
In the opulent world of Orleans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle’s powers can make them beautiful.
Camellia Beuregard wants to be the favourite Belle – the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family.
But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater – and far darker – than she ever imagined.
When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.
5. The Mermaid by Christina Henry
Once there was a fisherman who lived on a cold and rocky coast and was never able to convince any woman to come away and live in that forbidding place with him. One evening he pulled up his net and found a woman in it. a woman with black hair and eyes as grey as a stormy sea and a gleaming fish’s tail instead of legs.
The storm in her eyes rolled into his heart. She stopped her thrashing and crashing at his voice, though she did not understand his words. But her eyes had seen inside of him, and his loneliness caught her more surely than the net. So she stayed with him, and loved him, though he grew old, and she did not.
Remarks of this strange and unusual woman travelled from village to village and town to town, until they reached the ears of a man whose business was in the selling of the strange and unusual.
His name was P.T. Barnum, and he’d been looking for a mermaid.