Last Week, I found out that there’s an ongoing British Books Challenge available for all bloggers and booktubers who review books on their blogs and YouTube channels.
The main goal of this challenge is to read and review a book by British authors, each month for the entire year.
Michelle of Tales of Yesterday is hosting this year’s challenge. So, if you want to challenge yourself more, meet new friends and win monthly prizes, you still have time to sign up and read all these fantastic book releases today which are included on the UKYA spreadsheet that you can found on her blog.
Title: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black
Author: Emily Barr
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .
Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.
And realises her life has been a lie.
Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.
But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .
Title: Secrets of a Teenage Heiress (Hotel Royale)
Author: Katy Birchall
Flick’s family have owned The Royale – one of London’s most prestigious hotels – for generations. But Flick isn’t that interested. She is interested in the newest guest – superstar celebrity Skylar Chase, and Sky’s mega-famous group of friends, including dreamy YouTube star, Ethan Duke. But just as Flick gets the chance to join their glittering squad, she gets grounded following an unfortunate incident involving a prince, a wardrobe and a selfie stick (it could have happened to anyone!). With only her Instagram star pet dachshund, Fritz, for company, will Flick find a way to escape The Royale and join the fame game?
A hilariously funny and fabulously glamorous series from the author of The It-Girl.
Title: Weirdest Show on Earth (Beaky Malone)
Author: Barry Hutchison
Illustrator: Katie Abey
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Beaky still can’t tell a lie and life isn’t getting any easier. When he somehow manages to land a lead part in the school play, Romeo and Juliet … but with Aliens, Beaky is put in the spotlight. Playing Romeo to Evie’s Juliet makes his crush on her even harder to disguise. And now Beaky’s old lying ways are coming back to haunt him – his dog Destructo has been chosen to appear on TV’s Most Talented Pets because he can ride a bike. Only problem is … he can’t. As everything starts to unravel and Madame Shirley, the culprit for Beaky’s truth-telling condition, is nowhere to be found, Beaky is faced with some difficult decisions. Maybe just telling the truth about a few things wouldn’t be so bad.
Cue chaos, calamity and dogs that can’t ride bikes in this hilarious series for fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.
Title: Movie Night
Author: Lucy Courtenay
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Two best friends. One crush.
Sol and Hanna were best friends at primary school and after reuniting at college, they spend approximately seventy per cent of daylight hours together.
When disaster strikes at a New Year’s Eve party and Hannah sees new boyfriend Danny Dukas kissing Lizzie Banks, a New Year’s Resolution is formed. Sol and Hanna will watch one film a month for twelve months until the next New Year. After all, films hold answers to life’s hardest questions. Maybe they’ll figure out why they are both members of the dumpee club.
Only Sol Adams has a new year’s resolution of his own: to kiss Hanna Bergdahl before the year is over.
Will Sol ever defeat the Friend Zone?
Title: The Sacrifice Box
Author: Martin Stewart
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Sep, Arkle, Hadley, Lamb, and Mack–become instant friends. On the last day of summer, they find a stone box buried in the forest, and each places an object inside to seal their friendship. And they make rules:
Never come to the box alone.
Never open it after dark.
Never take back your sacrifice.
Four years later, a series of strange and terrifying events take place. Someone broke the rules, and now everyone has to pay.
But how much are they willing to sacrifice?
A horror story about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Stephen King and Stranger Things.
Title: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Publisher: Electric Monkey
No one is good enough for Xavier. Not according to Sasha, his best friend. There’s nothing Sasha wouldn’t do to protect Xavier from getting hurt, especially by his cheating ex Ivy, who’s suddenly slithered back into the picture. Worried that Xavier is ready to forgive and forget, Sasha decides to do a little catfishing. She poses as a hot guy online, to prove cheaters never change.
But Sasha’s plan goes wrong fast, and soon the lies lead down a path from which there’s no return . . .
Stunning new psychological thriller from the author of the New York Times Bestseller Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls.
Title: Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel
Author: Sarah Vaughan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.
Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.
Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.
Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?
An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.
When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship—or start a war that will devour worlds.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance.
Note that Anatomy of A Scandal by Sarah Vaughan will be release in the US on 23rd of January and The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart on 28th of August 2018. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Limdsay Cummings will also be release early next week (US), while Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten was originally released on 31st of October 2017 by Simon Pulse.