This December, we got around to reading some of the incredible books we have been sent over the last while which didn’t appear as one of Maximum Pop!’s Book Clubs. If you’re looking for 2016 TBRs, make every effort to include at least a couple of these.
Never Evers, by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
This is the funniest book I have read in so long, I was literally giggling on almost every page. Mouse feels like everything is over when she gets kicked out of ballet school and has to return to her old school to try and make friends again after all these years. Jack needs to get over his stage fright, both literally and when he might have the chance to kiss someone. Three boys in a band without a name, three girls smuggling hamsters – throw in a French pop star and it’s going to be one hell of a ski trip.
Beautiful Broken Things, by Sarah Barnard
If you loved Jennifer Niven’s ‘All the Bright Places’ this is a book you need to get your hands on. Caddy and Rosie have been best friends forever, and then Suzanne comes along. Caddy is terrified Suzanne will steal Rosie away from her, she seems so perfect, like she would be a much better and more interesting friend, yet as Caddy gets to know her she starts to realise what’s actually beneath the surface. This is a book where you just love the characters, you ache at the complexities of their feelings, you read with baited breath, just wanting what might be impossible, for everything to be ok.
Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
Feel like you recognise the art style here? It’s because you do! Noelle Stevenson, this book’s author and illustrator, also drew the cover art for Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’. ‘Nimona’ is her first full length graphic novel and it’s now become one of my favourites. Nimona is herself a fangirl, a fan of the (supposedly) evil Lord Blackheart. One day she breaks into his secret layer and demands that he make her his sidekick, and when he sees her kick-ass shape-shifting skills he has to agree. Here be dragons! Along with adorable relationships, much to laugh over, and full colour art I am just in love with. If you have never read a graphic novel before this would be a great place to start. You can even try it out, with the first three chapters of the story available on the author’s website for free here (http://gingerhaze.com/nimona/comic/page-1).
How Not To Disappear, by Clare Furniss
If you loved ‘Year of the Rat’, then don’t spare a moment in picking up Clare Furniss’s newest novel. It’s funny, heartbreaking, and woven with so many beautiful words you’ll want to write them all down. For those new to Furniss, you will quickly realise her immense talent.
Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard
Of course, ‘Glass Sword’ makes the list. How could it not?
‘Red Queen’ was one of the most talked about YA debuts of 2015, and ‘Glass Sword’ very quickly shot to the top of the Most Anticipated Release list for 2016.
Grittier than ‘Red Queen’, but with the same disorientating twists that made the first book such a hit, ‘Glass Sword’ does not disappoint. Kilorn is given a lot more air-time, we get the chance to fall in love with Shade, and we can honestly say that we met some of our favourite characters in this book.
Biggest problem? The last page. In dire need of book 3.