Hello everyone! Next up in my Catalogue Highlights series – a series of posts showcasing some of those 2014 book releases I’m really excited about and which I’ve added to my ever-growing to-be-read list – is Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury is one of my favourite publisher for Young Adult fiction, so I have really high hopes for the ones below. In no particular order, the top 5 books (published by Bloomsbury early next year) I’m looking forward to the most are…
Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. For Dylan, life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that escapes whenever he gets stressed. And, as a sixteen-year-old virgin and pupil at Drumhill Special School, getting stressed is something of an occupational hazard.
But then a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die next March.
So he grants himself three parting wishes: three ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’.
It isn’t a long list, but it is ambitious, and he doesn’t have much time. But as Dylan sets out to make his wishes come true, he discovers that nothing – and no-one – is quite as he had previously supposed…
Frank has been in a car accident*. The doctor tells him he lost his spleen, but Frank believes he has lost more. He is missing memories – of those around him, of the history they share and of how he came to be in the crash. All he remembers is that he is a lawyer who specialises in small print**.
In the wake of the accident Frank begins to piece together his former life – and his former self. But the picture that emerges, of his marriage, his family and the career he has devoted years to, is not necessarily a pretty one. Could it be that the terms and conditions by which Frank has been living are not entirely in his favour***?
In the process of unravelling the knots into which his life has been tied, he learns that the devil really does live in the detail and that it’s never too late to rewrite your own destiny.
*apparently quite a serious one
**words that no one ever reads
*** and perhaps never have been
They’re young, smart, mostly beautiful – graduate students at an elite university who are naive enough to believe they can make a difference. Little did they know the most important lesson they will learn is how to stay alive.
For Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold the first day of class starts like any other. Then a fellow student, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his jacket. Inside is a blood-stained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered fourteen years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the killing. The only problem is the man convicted of the murder is already dead.
Suddenly, the class has a new assignment: find the real killer.
When Decker drags his best friend Delaney’s lifeless body out of the frozen lake, he makes a deal: Anyone but her. Everyone but her. The lake releases her. It takes another…
All their friends blame Delaney for Carson’s death. But Decker knows the truth: Delaney is drawn to those who are dying, and she would have tried to help Carson.
Or so Decker believes until a body lies in front of him in a pool of water on his kitchen floor. Until he sees in Delaney’s eyes that she knew this would happen too – and she said nothing. Until he realises it isn’t the lake that is looking for revenge – Delaney is part of someone else’s plan.
I absolutely loved Megan Miranda’s previous two books (especially Fracture) so when I heard there was a sequel coming out early next year, I was over the moon. If I had a ‘most anticipated books of 2014’ list, Vengeance would be right at the top. Can’t. WAIT.
On a frozen Cornish moor, a fourteen-year-old girl lives in a trailer with her dad and little brother. Ennor’s mother left years ago, when things started to go wrong – and gradually their world has fallen apart. Now her father’s gravely ill, school has closed, and Ennor knows they’re going to take her brother away if things don’t pick up soon. Days before Christmas, when the wind is cold and her dad’s health takes a turn for the worse, Ennor packs a blanket, a map, a saucepan and a gun into her rucksack, and sets off to find her mum and bring her home.
Ennor thinks she knows where she’s going. But this journey will change her life for ever – it becomes a battle for survival, a heartbreaking story of love and friendship, and a fable about not finding what you were looking for, but finding something more important instead…
This one has already been published in hardback earlier this year but sadly I never got around to buying a copy. I’ve heard so many amazing things about it and I’m sure it will be right up my street, even if it breaks my heart and makes me bawl my eyes out. I already pre-ordered it a few weeks ago so I’m really looking forward to finally reading it next year.
Have you read Winter Damage yet? If you have, what did you think? If not, will you add it – or any of the other books above – to your to-be-read list? 🙂