It's been awhile since I've uploaded on my blog. I went away to Orlando for two weeks with my boyfriend and it was the most amazing two weeks of my life. We went to all the Disney Parks and Universal and also, my boyfriend proposed at Hogwarts at Universal so, it's been very exciting but, I am back with a new blog post and this is on the books I am very excited about coming in October! (This list, like always, doesn't include books I have been lucky enough to receive early copies off!)
Let me know in the comments what books you are really excited for!
Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .
John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.
Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.
Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.
They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .
Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice - save the woman he loves, or everyone else? - while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with the thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they've gone - taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back - even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.
On the scale of one to worst idea ever, agreeing to give the toast at her best friend's engagement party when she's been in love with him for three years was not Val's finest decision. Nor was accidentally confessing her love to him in front of all their guests, including his fiancee.
Boarding a plane that will take her literally anywhere to get away from the humiliation, Val is pleasantly surprised to find herself on the dazzlingly beautiful island of Reunion where she hopes she can heal her wounded pride, broken heart and bruised knees.
When a painful face mask experiment leads her to a fellow broken-hearted traveller, Alex, they decide to give each other a helping hand and follow a foolproof ten-step plan to get over their respective exes. And so begins their crazy adventure. What could possibly go wrong?
It's been five years since Mia and Brynn murdered Summer Marks, their best friend, in the woods
Increasingly obsessed with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn and by their fan-fiction imagining of its sequel, the girls were drawn by an undertow of fantasy into the magical world they'd created. But eventually, their delusions turned sick, and the Shadow, Lovelorn's central evil, began to haunt them.
Or so the story goes. The only thing is: they didn't do it
Brynn and Mia have both found different ways to hide from their notoriety, seeking refuge from a world that hates them-a world that will never feel magical, or safe, ever again.
On the anniversary of Summer's death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as past and present, fiction and reality, begin again to intertwine, Brynn and Mia must confront painful truths they tried for so long to bury-and face the long shadow of memory that has, all this time, been waiting.
From the bestselling author of Dear Martin comes an illuminating exploration of old friendships, new crushes and the path to self-discovery. When it comes to love, attraction and relationships, nothing is simple.
Courtney Cooper and Jupiter Sanchez have been best friends and neighbours since they were seven years old. And despite Courtney's best efforts to suppress it, he can't help being hopelessly in love with Jupe. But a relationship with the girl next door isn't in the cards because Jupiter has been out of the closet for almost as long as she's known Courtney.
Then Rae Chin moves to town, and Courtney thinks he's finally found a girl he could fall for who isn't Jupiter. The only problem: Jupiter is falling for Rae, too.
One story. Three sides. No easy answers.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a powerful, heartrending contemporary YA novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice
It’s 2002, a year after 9/11, and Shirin has just started at yet another new high school. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments - even the physical violence she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day.
Shirin drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know her. It terrifies her -they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds - and Shirin has had her guard up against the world for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.
Aelin Galathynius's journey from slave to assassin to queen reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world .
She has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked in an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will to endure the months of torture inflicted upon her. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unravelling with each passing day.
With Aelin imprisoned, Aedion and Lysandra are the last line of defence keeping Terrasen from utter destruction. But even the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save the kingdom. Scattered throughout the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian must forge their own paths to meet their destinies. And across the sea Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen - before she is lost to him.
Some bonds will deepen and others be severed forever, but as the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight if they are to find salvation - and a better world.
FIX ME. DRAW ME WHOLE. COLOUR ME IN.
Nineteen-year-old actor Arlo likes nothing more than howling across the skyline with best friend Luke from the roof of their apartment.
But when something irreparable happens and familiar black weeds start to crawl inside him, Arlo flees to the other side of the world, taking only a sketchbook full of maps.
With its steaming soup and neon lights, this new place is both comforting and isolating.
There, Arlo meets fellow traveller Mizuki. Something about her feels more like home than he's felt in a while. But what is Mizuki searching for?
HOW FAR CAN YOU OUTRUN YOURSELF . . .
BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR WAY BACK?
Guest post from Lydia Ruffles!
Readers often ask authors where we get our ideas from and my answer is always that ideas are everywhere. I collect images, songs, art, things I overhear on buses, basically anything that could help build a book.
Here are some of the things that inspired my new novel Colour Me In, a story about friendship and first love, mental health and masculinity, art and adventure.
Colour Me In is about a nineteen-year-old actor called Arlo Thomas who flees to the other side of the world after a tragedy. I went to Japan for research. On my first (very jetlagged) night there, I took this photo of a wet zebra crossing with Tokyo’s neon reflected in it and it inspired a key scene where Arlo is a stranger lost in the city.
Troye Sivan lyrics
Arlo has achieved what he thought he wanted by becoming an actor but it’s left him feeling exhausted and empty. I’m a big Troye Sivan fan and played his song, EASE feat. Broods, while I was trying to capture Arlo’s frame of mind. I especially love these lyrics:
“But the truth is the stars are falling, ma
And the wolves are out c-calling, ma
And my home has never felt this far.”
Globes and maps
The only thing that Arlo takes with him on his travels is a sketchbook full of maps. He meets a young woman called Mizuki Gray and, although they’re both trying to get as lost as possible, maps and globes play an important part in their story.
For research, I watched this beautiful video about Bellerby & Co – one of only two handmade globemaking manufacturers in the world.
Ruins and abandoned places
I lived in Spain a few years ago and there was a huge derelict building on the outskirts of town, which always make me wonder what it used to be and whether anyone ever went inside. These snaps that I took of a seaside theme park out-of-season started me thinking about abandoned places again and it all filtered into Arlo and Mizuki’s adventures.
Sometimes I take myself away to a hotel for writing and thinking sessions. I was daydreaming and watching the tide creep towards this boat during one such week when the idea for another key scene came to me. No spoilers so I won’t elaborate but there’s more Colour Me In aesthetic and inspiration on this Pinterest board.
Lydia Ruffles’ second book, Colour Me In, will be published by Hodder on 9 August 2018. Her debut novel, The Taste of Blue Light, was called ‘a gripping Bell Jar-type narrative’ by the FT and ‘dark and affecting … truly unforgettable’ by Heat magazine. A reformed corporate PR, Lydia also writes and talks about creativity and mental health for media ranging from Buzzfeed to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She tweets @lydiaruffles
The year is 1350. Boy, a hunchbacked, sweet-natured goatherd, is content in his quiet country life. But when a shadowy pilgrim with a dangerous past arrives on the farm, his world is turned upside down. Secundus is a man on a mission, and upon first sight of Boy, enlists him as his servant, ripping him away from tranquillity and plunging them both into a perilous medieval treasure hunt ... but there is more to the pilgrim's quest than meets the eye.
The Real-Life Background of a Made-Up Story
The Book of Boy grew from my lifelong fascination with the Middle Ages, and stories such as The Sword in the Stone, The Maude Reed Tale, and David Macauley’s marvelous Castle. Give me men in hose, women in wimples, and dinner baked in a pie.
About a decade ago, I learned of an ancient pilgrimage route in Rome, and spent years researching it, hoping to write a book. I got to visit Rome several times, bliss, and spend my days reading about Rome, also bliss. Most importantly, I learned a great deal about medieval relics. Patrick Geary, a professor at Princeton University, wrote a superb history, Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Middle Ages, describing how common it was for people to steal – and brag about! and sell! – the bones of saints. So when the pilgrimage-in-Rome book fell through, I started pondering relic theft, which is patently enthralling, and how to turn this thieving into a story.
Because I am a ghoul, I’ve also always been fascinated by the plague. And thanks to my pilgrimage research, I knew about “Holy Years” when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims journeyed to Rome for extra blessings. Thus my selection of the date 1350, a Holy Year just after the Black Death. The city of Rome had recently been leveled by a major earthquake plus a civil war, and France and England were locked in the Hundred Years’ War. All in all a pretty grim moment. But Boy, the wonderful wide-eyed hero of The Book of Boy, doesn’t see the grimness; he’s just thrilled with the adventure. As was I! As is, I hope, every reader.
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is out now, priced £6.99. Find out more and read the first chapter here.
Catherine Gilbert Murdock grew up in Connecticut, USA. She spent several years working as a screenwriter and has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several children’s novels in the USA and The Book of Boy is her first to be published in the UK.
Nina's mother always told her that love there's no such thing as unconditional love. Now Nina will do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she's worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she, if not a girlfriend? Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are, and what she's really made of.
A powerful and unflinching novel that explores what young women really think and feel about relationships, What Girls Are Made Of is for anyone who has ever had to pick up the pieces of their heart and rebuild it.