I had no idea how to follow up such an amazing book. But in the end, I chose Infinite Sky by CJ Flood, mostly because I'd been hearing wonderful things about it already. And oh, it is a beautiful book. It's got a lovely cover, and I really fell in love with the story and the characters. I found myself crying my eyes out, and I do so love such an emotional story that it written incredibly well. Again, this book is not out until February, but I really want more people to read it, so I shall be passing along my proof copy to one of you, lucky readers. See the end of this post for more info!
And then, going along with a bit of magic, but this time with psychics and ley lines and true loves dying with a kiss, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I'd been slightly worried when reading mixed reviews of the books on blogs recently, but I don't know why I worry. I love Maggie's stories. I wasn't too sure at the start about the distant third person and the numerous narrators. I thought that perhaps I might not really connect to any of the characters, but again, I was wrong. I'm now dying to know where and how this story will continue. I'm really quite excited about this story. There is a bit of a love triangle going on here with Blue and two of the 'Raven boys' Adam and Gansey. As with most love triangles, I have a favourite but with this story, the romantic relationship is only one aspect of a fascinating story.
It isn't too long before I'll think to myself 'I should read something by a British author now' and in the past few weeks, I've read two UK YA books. I have a review for Another Life by Keren David coming up later in the week, so please look out for that. But I was quite excited to also read Forget Me Never by Gina Blaxill. I had really enjoyed her previous book, Pretty Twisted, so jumped at the chance of reading Forget Me Never. Especially with it's concern around the mental health issues of the main character's cousin. I found right from the start that I was drawn into this story of a girl grieving the loss of her cousin and also trying to work around this broken friendship with her male friend. I really liked how they investigated the death of the cousin together and went to places dangerous. I really liked the two main characters and their relationship together.
In the last few weeks, I've also gone a bit crazy reading books that I've downloaded onto my Kindle via NetGalley. I find it incredibly easy to forget or overlook books gotten from NetGalley, but lately I've found the books there to be incredibly exciting and not to be passed over. Speechless by Hannah Harrington, The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson, Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Schmidt, and Hysteria by Megan Miranda. Aside from Uses For Boys which I found to be lacking in any real emotion, I've loved all of my Netgalley reads of late.
I found Speechless to be incredibly thought-provoking. It made me really think about what I say and also the things that should be said. The Madness Underneath is the second book in the Shades of London series and it is wonderful. Loved it! The only negative that I would say is that the ending is maddening and the wait for the third book in the series is going to be long and hard. But Hysteria was my favourite! After reading two incredible books by Megan Miranda (Fracture and now Hysteria) she has launched herself into my list of favourite all-time authors. I really found this story to be wonderful - with a girl dealing with a huge trauma and being haunted by the ghost of the boyfriend she killed. I loved unravelling the memories of the night of that event and especially her relationship with her best friend.
So here's the part that (maybe?) you've all been waiting for, the giveaway...
I'm giving away any of the books pictured above (Pantomime (ARC), Infinite Sky (ARC), Such a Rush, The Truth About Forever, Mystic City, The Raven Boys (ARC) or Forget Me Never) to one lucky winner.
UK only, I'm afraid.
You don't have to be a follower to enter, though that is always appreciated.
One entry per household.
Just leave a 'PICK ME' comment on this blog with some means of contacting you (email address or Twitter address)
I'll pick a winner one week from today and good luck.
What have you been reading lately?