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Sorry for the promo, but since my book First Came Forever was released yesterday I just had to let it be the reading tips of the week. So, this is a romantic YA novel (the first book in the planned Angelheart Saga trilogy) following heroine Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It’s a little bit like The Moon and More meets The Selection in a story about finding true love and the costs it comes with.
The weekly reading tips this Friday is the addictively intriguing “The Perfect Girl” by Gilly Macmillan. This is not quite YA novel, more a mystery novel about a teenage girl. But that doesn’t make in any less good, on the contrary. For a long time, when I read it, I had no idea what to expect – is it turning into a murder story, a love story, a suspense novel or what? - which is such a good thing. Don’t you just hate it when you can figure the whole intrigue out just by reading the blurb of a book? Halfway through “The Perfect Girl” I kind of thought I had figured it all out, but then comes a new twist at the end, keeping you in the dark all the way through.
Sometimes a tiny detail, a picture or a word can be all the inspiration you need. For me, writing First Came Forever, it was a road trip and song that made all the difference.
This weekend reading tips is actually three, the darkly, magical Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green – “Half Bad”, “Half Wild” and “Half Lost”. I absolutely loved the books. This trilogy is so unique and original that I almost don’t want to try and explain it; I’m afraid to spoil the magic of the books that way. Sally Green tells an amazing story. The books are gripping, fast-paced and tragically marvellous. I just finished reading the last book in the trilogy and I am so gonna miss Nathan! And Gabriel and…
This week’s tips for a great weekend-read is the Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi. The trilogy starts off with “Under the Never Sky”, followed by “Through the Ever Night” and “Into the Still Blue” as second and third installments.
I love the title of the trilogy, it immediately drew my attention. The ‘never sky’ sounds so beautiful and intriguing, and luckily, the books turned out to live up to the expectations. This series is not overly dystopian, more like YA fantasy in a really good way, I would say. It’s a trilogy that just pulls you in. It’s a quick, fast-paced read, with nuanced characters and a complex, fascinating futuristic world.
My new YA novel First Came Forever will be published on 31st August by Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie Publishers. You can now pre-order it here.
First Came Forever is the first book in the Angelheart Saga trilogy following heroine Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It's a romantic YA novel about overcoming barriers to be with the one you love.
Every Friday from now on, I will share my tips for a good weekend read. Sometimes a new book release, sometimes an oldie but goodie.
Starting off with the Rebel-series by Alwyn Hamilton - "Rebel of the Sands" and "Traitor to the Throne".
The Rebel-series is to be a YA trilogy, but so far only the first and the second instalments have been released.
If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, ”Rebel of the Sands” you’re up for a real treat! This is a story you will be drawn into and won’t want to put down until you’ve reached the end. It’s really a YA master piece – it’s fun, fast paced and with lovable characters.
Amani, an orphan tomboy, has always been “more gunpowder than girl” and know- as the ‘Blue-Eyed Bandit’. Her whole life, she’s been trying to leave Dustwalk, the unforgiving dead-end dessert town she’s grown up in, without success. Until she meets a stranger, Jin, in a sharpshooting competition. Taking her chance, she follows him on a dangerous journey through the deserts.
What’s special in this series is the mythology that Alwyn Hamilton weaves into the tale. The story is spiced with fairytale animals, like the ‘Buraqi’, a sand horse that can be turned into a real steed by a girl, ‘Nightmares’ that remains in the sands, coming out only at night to inject humans with venom that infects the mind and body, ‘Skinwalkers’ that shift their form from one victim to another, ‘Djinns’; men made of out of smokeless fir and others.
During the journey, Amani’s and Jin’s banter grows into love, but after rescuing a wounded Jin to a safe haven he’s pointed out, Amani finds out that Jin is not just an ordinary boy, but the brother of the rebelling Prince fighting to overthrow the Sultan. When Amani gets over the betrayal, she soon also finds out that she is a ‘Demdjii’ with supernatural powers and gets pulled into the uprising.
“Traitor to the Throne” follows the victory in the end of the first book, with the rebels continuing to gain power and hope to eventually defeat the Sultan. As the fight continues, Amani has to face betrayal and rely on her desert-girl’s instincts of cunning and espionage, to infiltrate the Sultan’s palace. This is a great sequel, continuing the adventurous story at a heart-pounding pace. I missed the love story between Amani and Jin somewhat though, as they spend most of the book separated, but that will most likely change in the exciting conclusion of the series. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the third book next year and hoping for a ‘happy ever after’!
Find out more about the books and the author Alwyn Hamilton here: rebelofthesands.co.uk
I have always been a bookworm. Always had my nose in a book, often preferring the world in books to the real world. Reading books is for me a way to escape from the real world for some time. With the help of books I have travelled through space and time, I have cried, laughed, feared, hoped and gained new perspectives. Via books I have lived different lives and tried walking in someone else’s shoes. Some of the books that I have read have stuck with me through life and I still think of the characters in them and still re-read them from time to time.
Here is a list of the top ten favorite books that I keep closest to my heart:
I am so thrilled to share the news that a publication date has been set for my first YA novel FIRST CAME FOREVER!
The provisional publication date is 31ST AUGUST, so the book will be out in less than a month.
I can’t wait for you guys to read it! I’m so excited. And a little nervous about what you will think about the story and if you will get to love Erica, Sasha and Tyler just as much as I do.
But mostly I'm just so excited to finally hold the book in my hands and bring the story about Erica, Sasha and Tyler that has been in my head for so long alive!
Hi! I'm Annie, a Swedish bookworm, YA addict and coffee lover, who writes romantic YA books in English. I'm the author of the Angelheart Saga series (First Came Forever and Forever Disguised).
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