Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan: Apple's mother crashes back into her life after an absence of eleven years, bringing disorder and more than mere emotional baggage for Apple to contend with. Poetry is her escape; inspired by Emily Dickinson and Rupert Brooke amongst others Apple finds the courage to tell her own slanted truth. This will prepare you for Crossan's next emotional rollercoaster, published later this summer.
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen: In this clever family comedy, step-siblings Ashley and Stewart are unwillingly thrown together and must learn to get along. There will be some painfully funny but endearing life lessons along the way. Full review here.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness: The ever-original and impassioned Patrick Ness brings us a poignant story about family, friendship and just trying to graduate before the indie kids blow up the school. Released 28th August, available to pre-order now. Full review here.
Foulsham by Edward Carey: The second book in the Iremonger trilogy continues to surprise and delight. If you have an appreciation of the eccentric, the Victorian, the slightly grimy, you will love these books. They are fast entering into Mark and Tony's favourites and they are dying to get others hooked!
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury: A medieval landscape where Gods still hold sway over the lives of men is the backdrop for this strange and bitter feast. This is a heady mix, but a refreshing alternative to other tales of dystopia and witches. It is to be relished like a banquet - dishes of raw flesh and luscious fruit masking the stench of corruption. Full review here.
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough: Henry and Flora are two young lovers who have no idea that they are players in a game between Love and Death, frantically competing for their souls. This brings to mind the grand themes of the great greek myths and is bound to pack a powerful emotional punch.