Favourite YA authors

Hello! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means, guest post Wednesday (I really need to think of a new name for this, that’s better! But hey ho, we’ll go with guest post wednesday for now!) 

Without further ado, I welcome my lovely friend Amy (links at the bottom of the post) who is here to talk about her favourite YA books! You can check out my post on Amy’s blog too in the next few days! I would love to see what you all think about our choices!


Thanks for having me Steph to discuss my favourite YA books! When we decided to do this, I didn’t realise how difficult it would be. I eventually narrowed my list down and realised the books that have really stayed with me are set in vivid fantasy worlds, with characters that made me care about what happened to them.


Northern Lights by Philip Pullman was the book that got me into fantasy. I’ve seen the play, travelled across the country to meet Philip Pullman and read it more times than I can count. There aren’t many books that I was able to read as a child and still get so much out of as an adult. I’m not sure it’s technically a YA book but I’m including it because it has something for everybody.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is my ultimate YA book. I can still remember the first time I read it, how I had no idea what was coming and really loved those characters. Karou and Akiva are my ultimate OTP and Laini Taylor’s writing is beautiful.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore is one of those books that engages all of the senses. The descriptions are lyrical and gorgeous, and this is my favourite example of magical realism.

The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith was my favourite book as a teenager. I read it so many times that I almost knew it by heart and I think Julian was my first book crush. I reread it recently and it has definitely stood the test of time.

These are my other favourites: a mixture of high concept fantasy; believable, thought-provoking contemporary and even a little horror.

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine
  • Am I normal yet? by Holly Bourne
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
  • Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

If you want to read more of my YA recommendations or chat about books, you can find me on Twitter (@yaundermyskin) and on my blog (www.yaundermyskin.co.uk).


As you can see a lot of my personal favourites are on Amy’s long list, but to see my list of favourite YA I would love you to go over to my post at YA Under My Skin to find out my choices!

Thanks Amy for your guest post, I loved it! 

S x


Christmas Cora-ling!

IT’S GUEST BLOGGER TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. This time round we have one of my newest blogger pals and she is amazing. We’ve been friends on Twitter for a while but (like I’ve been mentioning in lots of posts recently) we met at YAShot in London in October. We bonded more over our love of books and wine! (If you were following me on Instagram at the time you would’ve seen my pictures of wine… they were ALL CORA’S FAULT). You should all go and check out Cora, she’s incredible and her blog is lush! She’s a northern book loving gal like me… what’s not to love!! (links at the bottom of this post!!) 
What are your favourite things to do in Winter/Christmas time?
Every December, I drop whatever I was reading before and I throw myself into festive reading. If it has even the merest hint of Christmas or winter, I’m all over it. It’s something I only started when I started blogging, but it is so much fun. Then when Christmas passes, it’s a made rush to finish those books I unceremoniously dumped in those few days before New Year – I love a fresh start with new books.
Perhaps my favourite thing, when it’s cold and wet outside, is to curl up with a blanket draped around me, a scented candle burning away, a hot cup of tea on the table, a book in my hand… And escape into a book.
What were some presents you loved as a child?
I probably loved books second best at Christmas, because when I was a wee yin I loved Polly Pockets. I could sit for hours playing with those tiny figures, playing out any and every story in my head. I had all of the book shaped ones and those were my favourites – I used to set them side-by-side and imagine transporting through worlds like the Pevensie children stepping through the wardrobe.
If you could have Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I love Christmas with my family, and I wouldn’t change it. I love the mad scramble mid-December to tidy the living room for the tree – we’re a very messy bunch – and then never putting on The Big Light for the rest of the year, lighting our way with fairy lights. I love waking early, sitting on the floor and arguing over who will make the tea, and then drinking bucks fizz anyway. I love the six hour family Man vs Food event that is Christmas Dinner, and the dogs circling the table like hopeful, land-bound buzzards. I love the board games and charades as we laze around the table picking at left-overs and ignoring the dishes, cackling again at the bad Christmas cracker jokes…

I wouldn’t change a single thing, but it could be anywhere so long as it’s with my family.

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Cora’s Blog – Tea Party Princess
Cora’s Goodreads
Cora’s twitter

Now go my friends and follow Cora, you won’t regret it!! 

Thank you so much to Cora for agreeing to write this blog for me for my first blogmas! It means the world! 

S xx

UKYACX blog tour!!

Super excited to tell you all that I’ve been asked to be involved with the UKYACX author blog tour!

I have the absolute pleasure to be blogging for MG author Gabrielle Kent, author of the wonderful Alfie Bloom series! Check out her website here!

Also featuring the wonderful UK YA authour Sarah Grant too, author of exciting new book Chasing Danger! Check our her website here!


For more details about the event, visit @UKYACX on twitter, or you can buy tickets from Seven Stories or via their website!

Can’t wait to share the event and the featured authors posts with you all! What a pleasure!

S x