There’s a host of fab looking books coming out in the UK in the latter half of this year, so I thought I’d give you a list of my most eagerly awaited books that’ll be hitting shelves (and e-readers) in the coming months.
(Please Note: The release dates listed are UK release dates. Releases may vary for your country, and books may already be available for purchase.)
1) SKIN by Ilka Tampke (6th August 2015)
This historical fiction meets fantasy novel is set in Iron Age Britain, where a young “skinless” woman sets out on a journey to find the knowledge that will help her protect her people.
History, romance, fantasy… it has something to appeal to everyone, it seems, and early reviews are largely positive. Not to mention a cover that is perhaps the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life.
The publishers really do need to be commended for what they’ve done to get this book out there. Their publicity on this thing has been phenomenal – some of the most creative and fun publicity I’ve seen for a book this year – and all I can say is that I’m so disappointed I never got my hands on a SKIN themed bottle of mead.
If you’re interested in learning more about SKIN, a free e-reader only extract is available for download from Amazon.
2) THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness (27th August 2015)
An interesting and exciting take on the post-apocalyptic/dystopian trend that seems to have taken the YA world by storm over the last few years. Ness’s take on the genre centre’s on a kid who is… just a kid. Not the Chosen One, not the Saviour of Human-Kind, just a regular teen with regular dreams and wishes (like graduating, getting the girl,not getting killed…).
Typically I’m not a huge lover of YA dystopians, or any dystopian for that matter, but the premise of this one really caught my eye. The more fantastical elements appealed to me too, of course. It also seems to have a really great message, which I find in most highly rated and poignant YA novels is usually too poncy and ridiculous for my liking. The message that sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life, is a really great one, and one I know I would’ve loved to have when I was this novels target demographic. Heck, I still love it now.
With 5 YA novels under his belt already, and a few awards to his name too, Patrick Ness isn’t new to the scene at all. Early reviews are saying very good things, and if the likes of YA superstar John Green highly rate Ness’s work, then that can only be a good sign.
If you haven’t encountered his work before, I highly recommend it, especially if you love authors like Cassie Clare. An extract of THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE is available on Patrick Ness’s website.
3) FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson (22nd September 2015)
Some say laughter is a way of defending ourselves against things that might hurt us, but what those people often forget is that it’s a way of healing our hurts too. The Bloggess hasn’t forgotten this with her newest book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY – a book filled with a funny look on horrible things. Because sometimes, no matter how bad things are, you just have to laugh.
Her first book, a memoir, was a huge hit, and FURIOUSLY HAPPY seems like it will be too. If it’s anything like the first, it’s coming popularity will be entirely justified as there’s no doubt that Lawson has a way with words and, though to some she might seem eclectic with her evident love of bizarre taxidermy, she speaks of mental illness in a way that is refreshing and relatable to so many sufferers.
If you’re unfamiliar with Jenny Lawson, but think this book might be of interest to you, check out her blog, The Bloggess.