A Celebration of UKYA

Hello everyone!

As you’re probably aware, today is YA Shot and I’ve been trying to think of a good way that I can celebrate. My reviews over the next few weeks may be a little slower than usual because of Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’ve decided to ignore my regularly scheduled reviews and instead bring to you a look at some exciting titles from UK based YA authors instead!

Normal service will resume after the NaNoWriMo is over, but here’s what you can look forward to in the meantime:

The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant

After the Fire by Will Hill

The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison

How I Live Now by Meg Rossoff

Love Song by Sophia Bennett

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

The Beneath by S.C. Ransom

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

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Spotlight – Jinxed

This post is brought to you in association with Xpresso Book Tours. Look out for my full review on 9th April!

Author:  Thommy Hutson

Genre:  Horror

Page Count: 246

Release Date: 13th March 2018

Synopsis:

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions…

But someone at the Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?

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YA Shot 2018 Tour – Featuring Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Hi Everyone! Today, I’m happy to invite a couple of guests to Arkham Reviews in order to tell you a bit about YA Shot.

For those of you who are new to this blog, YA Shot is a one-day even that brings together a whole host of young adult and middle grade authors from the UK. It’s basically a massive celebration of that showcases the best of writing for young readers, promoting the joy of reading and inspiring a passion of writing.

This year’s YA Shot takes place on 14th April 2018 and is venue is the Hillingdon Civic Centre, Uxbridge Library and Uxbridge Waterstones. It features a programme of workshops, panels and book signings. If you’re interested, you should totally check out their website – http://www.yashot.co.uk/ – which has details about the events, the authors involved and where you can buy a ticket.

Two of the writers who are taking part in YA Shot this year are Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, who are the authors of The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy. If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed that I’ve spoken about each of these books – The Witch’s Kiss, The Witch’s Tears and The Witch’s Blood – over the last couple of months, so feel free to head over to those posts if you want to read more. This post is also part of the official book tour for The Witch’s Blood which was released last week. Check out the bottom of this post for more information about the other stops.

Please read on to learn a little more about these authors, and have a chance to win a copy of the The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy for yourself!

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Coming soon to Arkham Reviews

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you’re well. Christmas now feels like a distant memory and I’ve finally gotten through all of the books that I had lined up to read over the festive season. I’d like to say that means its back down to business as usual here on Arkham Reviews, but I think you probably know by now that things never quite work out the way that I have planned.

On top of my regularly scheduled renewals (and a few surprises), there are a couple of blog tours on the horizon – Threadwalkers by Joanna Volavka and Jinxed by Thommy Hutson. I’m also once again taking part in the YA Shot Tour in March. My partners this year are Katherine & Elizabeth Corr, the writing team behind The Witch’s Kiss series, so expect to hear a lot more about these books from me in the run up to the event.

However, in between these, here are some things that you can expect to see very soon on the blog:

The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

The Change #1-3 by Guy Adams

Ruby in the Rough by Steven Ruby

The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

The Book Knights by J.G. McKenny

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

The Runaways and the Everlasting by Monifa Anderson

The Girl Who Dared to Stand by Bella Forrest

Satellite by Nick Lake

Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

Spotlight – Pinnacle

This post is brought to you in association with Rockstar Book Tours. Look out for my full review on 18th February!

Author:  Lynn Veevers

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Series:  The Core (#1)

Page Count: 298

Release Date: 6th February 2018

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Happy New Year!

Hello Everyone!

Now that The Sobeks are over, it’s time to start looking forward to what this year has to bring. I’ve decided to take a break from my scheduled reviews to do something a little more exciting. Over January, I’m going to be looking at a few things that I didn’t have time to get to before Christmas – one final festive submission and the books that I received from LibraryThing‘s secret santa event – but then I’m going to finish up the month with a few brand new releases.

Will it be a positive glimpse of what is yet to come, or will it make me want to return to the safety of 2017. Check back over the next few weeks to find out!

Without further ado, here is what’s coming up in January on Arkham Reviews:

Footprints in the Snow by Maggie Holman

The Scratchling Trinity by Boyd Brent

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Girl Who Dared to Think by Bella Forrest

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

Everless by Sara Holland

Runaways: An Original Novel by Christopher Golden

The Sobeks 2017 – Part 4

Hello everyone.

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic 2017 and are all ready to see what 2018 brings. I, for one, am really excited to discover some new favourite authors and series. My resolution is, as always, to post as many honest reviews as possible. Yet, before I get stuck into this year’s reviews, it’s time for my final look back on the gems of 2017.

In case you missed my previous posts, The Sobeks are my yearly blog awards. Rather than declare any one book as being the best, it is a look back at all of the stand-out novels that I read in 2017. These are the ones that I awarded 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads. As you know, I’m a pretty critical reader so this is high praise indeed!

Read on if you’d like to learn about the best books that I read between October and December.

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The Sobeks 2017 – Part 3

Hello everyone.

Is your Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket? To help you decide how to spend it, I thought I’d spend a few posts telling you about the very best novels that I have read this year. All of these books were worthy of a 4 or 5 star review on Goodreads and, as you know how fussy I can be, this means that I was absolutely blown away by them.

In today’s post, I’m going to be reminiscing about the books I read between July and September. Over this time, there was a decent number of books that made the cut. Read on for a wide variety of recommendations, links to my full reviews and adorable photographs of Sobek.

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The Sobeks 2017 – Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to my run down of the best books that I read in 2017. If you missed my last post, these are the novels that I gave 4+ stars to on Goodreads – the ones that I found utterly engrossing and would recommend to everyone.

Unfortunately, this list is kind of short. Over this time I read fewer books as I took an exam and started a new job, and unfortunately most of those that I did read failed to earn this highly prestigious and sought-after literary award.

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the list of gems that I discovered between April and June:

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The Sobeks 2017 – Part 1

Hello Everyone!

As Christmas has now passed, perhaps you have found yourself in possession of the greatest of gifts – the book token. As I appreciate that you might be struggling to decide which brilliant book to buy, I figured it was time to post up this year’s winners of the coveted Sobek Award. These are the novels that I read over the course of the year that I awarded 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads – the ones that I would definitely recommend that you go out and buy.

As I’m a very picky reader, take it from me that these books are something really special. Let’s take a look at my hot picks from January, February and March:

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