Books of the Month 2022

There are so many great books published that it's easy to lose track through the year.

Each month we'll be choosing some of our favourite new YA book releases and highlighting books to look forward to later in the year.

Keep checking back!

July

Her Dark Wings
Melinda Salisbury

Corey and Bree's friendship has always been unbreakable. Or so Corey thought, until Bree betrays her in the worst way possible, and then Bree's sudden death leaves Corey heartbroken and furious. But the Underworld calls to Corey too: enraptured by the passionate Furies, she is taken to the realm of a god who is unyielding, cold and irritatingly arrogant.

It will change her, because the more she learns about herself, the more Corey's own power stirs. But can she resist her darkness within?

A story of hate, love, vengeance ...and flowers.

Black Night Falling
Teri Terry

Captured by The Circle, Tabby is taken to their headquarters, Undersea. She learns about their ancient sisterhood, sworn to protect the planet, and that she is one of "the Chosen."

In London, Hayden finds herself at the centre of a coming together of disparate climate change groups. Denzi is missing, and Hayden's path to finding him is laced with danger.

People all around the world are demanding clean air and blue skies, and on the cusp of humanity making change for the good, Tabby, Hayden, and Denzi's paths draw closer together.

But as old friends arrive to help, old enemies resurface. The Circle's endgame comes into focus and Tabby, Hayden, and Denzi must race to prevent the destruction ahead. Can they learn how to harness Tabby and the Chosen's power in time before the world is changed forever?

The fate of the natural world lies in the hands of three teenagers in this
explosive finale to The Circle trilogy.


Why Is Nobody Laughing?
Yasmin Rahman

Will the real Ibrahim Malik please stand up? Ibrahim and Dexter have been best friends forever. While Dexter is always cool and confident, Ibrahim...well, Ibrahim's dealing with a lot. Hiding his passion for comedy from his family, dealing with the pressure of being the oldest child in an immigrant family, and now he's started having episodes he soon realises are panic attacks. When Ibrahim has a panic attack on stage at a local stand-up competition, he runs off to a deserted room. There he finds Sura. Sura is kind and helps him come to terms with his anxiety. He can open up to her in a way he's never been able to with Dexter. But there's also something strange about her - how much she knows about Ibrahim, and how she seems to disappear in an instant. Will Ibrahim crumble under the pressure, or will Sura's words be enough to help him? And what will happen when he no longer has her help?

A hugely honest and unforgettable insight into teenage mental health in boys.

The King Is Dead
Benjamin Dean

James has been a prince all his life, and since he was born, he’s been thrust into the spotlight as the first Black heir to the throne. But when his father dies unexpectedly, James is crowned king at the tender age of seventeen, and his life irrevocably changes.

When James’ boyfriend suddenly goes missing, threatening envelopes appear in the palace, and gossip and scandals that only he knows are leaked to the public. As the anonymous informant continues to expose every last skeleton in the royal closet, James realises even those in his inner circle can’t be trusted.

Shocking secrets, rollercoaster romances and a twisty mystery!
#LongLiveTheScandal

Tag, You're Dead
Kathryn Foxfield

When teen reality star Anton Frazer unveils his latest stunt - a live-streamed, citywide game of Tag in which the prize is to be one of his live-in acolytes - his fans go wild. The whole world is watching. The contestants are kitted out with body cams, GPS trackers and pressure sensors that, if activated by a competitor, will send them out of the running. They venture into night-time London to hunt each other down.

Four contestants in particular have alternative motives for being there, secret reasons to want to win despite the risk: money, revenge, obsession, and fame. And one of them will stop at nothing to be the victor at the end of this adrenaline-and-fear fuelled night...

The Society for Soulless Girls
Lauren Steven

Ten years ago, four students lost their lives in the infamous North Tower murders at the elite Carvell College of Arts, forcing Carvell to close its doors. Now Carvell is reopening, and fearless student Lottie is determined to find out what really happened. But when her roommate, Alice, stumbles upon a sinister soul-splitting ritual hidden in Carvell's haunted library, the North Tower claims another victim.

Can Lottie uncover the truth before the North Tower strikes again? Can Alice reverse the ritual before her monstrous alter ego consumes her? And can they stop flirting for literally fifteen seconds in order to do this?

A darkly funny thriller with a supernatural twist!

June

Read Between the Lies
Malcolm Duffy

Ryan didn't want a new mum, let alone a new brother! But when his parents split up and his dad moves in with Naomi, she comes with Tommy – one year older, chucked out of his old school and now joining Ryan's class. Great. Suddenly sharing a home and a classroom with a complete stranger is a bit much.

Flung together, the two boys clash, but gradually realise that they are more similar than they thought.

A very clever pageturner tackling blended families, hidden secrets and dyslexia, with the most shocking twist...Such a big-hearted book and very funny with it!

Gay Club
Simon James Green

Barney's a shoo-in for his school's LGBTQ+ Society President at the club's next election. But when the vote is opened up to the entire student body, the whole school starts paying attention. How low will the candidates go to win? Buckle up for some serious shade, scandals and sleazy shenanigans. It isn't long before it's National Coming Out Day - for everyone's secrets!

But when the group faces an unexpected threat - and a big opportunity - can the club members put politics aside and stand united?

Hilarious, heart-warming, awkward...just such an important book!



May

Needle
Patrice Lawrence

Charlene is a demon knitter. It’s the only thing she enjoys and the only thing she believes she’s really good at.

So when her foster mum’s son destroys her latest creation, Charlene loses it and stabs him in the hand with her knitting needle. It damages a nerve and she gets sucked into the criminal justice system for assault.

Charlene's not sorry and she’s never apologised to anyone in her life. But people keep telling her that if she says sorry, they’ll go easier on her. Can she bring herself to say it and not mean it when her freedom’s at stake?

Short but perfectly formed, this is a phenomenal story: a powerful and emotionally charged insight into the social care and criminal justice systems. You'll never have cared about a book character more.

Only on the Weekends
Dean Atta

Fifteen-year-old Mack is a hopeless romantic – he blames the films he’s grown up watching. He has liked Karim for as long as he can remember, and is ecstatic when Karim becomes his boyfriend – it feels like love.

But when Mack’s dad gets a job on a film in Scotland, Mack has to move, and soon he discovers how painful love can be. It’s horrible being so far away from Karim, but the worst part is that Karim doesn’t make the effort to visit. Love shouldn’t be only on the weekends.

Then, when Mack meets actor Finlay on a film set, he experiences something powerful, a feeling like love at first sight. How long until he tells Karim – and when will his old life and new life collide?

So you think you liked Heartstopper? Just wait until you read this!

April

From Blood to Poison
Mary Watson

Seventeen-year-old Savannah is cursed. It's a sinister family heirloom; passed down through the bloodline for hundreds of years, with one woman in every generation destined to die young. The family call them Hella's girls, named for their ancestor Hella; the enslaved woman with whom it all began.

Hella's girls are always angry, especially in the months before they die. The anger is bursting from Savannah - at the men who cat-call her in the street, at her mother's disingenuous fiance, even at her own loving family. Each fit of rage is bringing her closer to the edge and now Savannah has to act to save herself. Or die trying. Because the key to survival lies in the underbelly of Cape Town, where the sinister veilwitches are waiting for just such a girl.

A furious and intriguing South African inspired story of witchcraft, family curses, rebellion, love and the darkest of magic.


March

When Our Worlds Collided - Danielle Jawando

When fourteen-year-old Shaq is stabbed outside of a busy shopping centre in Manchester, three teenagers from very different walks of life are unexpectedly brought together. What follows flips their worlds upside down and makes Chantelle, Jackson, and Marc question the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media, and the rest of society.

A powerful, hard-hitting, thought-provoking story about chance encounters, injustice and how the choices we make can completely change our future.

February

The Revelry
Katherine Webber

Two best friends, One night. A curse that will change everything...

The mysterious end-of-year party in the woods known as the Revelry spells trouble for Bitsy and Amy in this thrilling story of best friends, bad luck and the consequences of breaking the rules in a town built on secrets and superstitions.

A superb insight into female friendships with a sinister, supernatural twist to keep the pages turning.

The Cats We Meet Along the Way
Nadia Mikail

Seventeen-year-old Aisha hasn't seen her sister June for two years. And now that a calamity is about to end the world in nine months' time, she and her mother decide that it's time to track her down. Along with Aisha's boyfriend, Walter, his parents and Fleabag the stray cat, the group take a roadtrip through Malaysia in a wildly decorated campervan - to put the past to rest, to come to terms with the present, and to hope for the future.

The most brilliantly bizarre book you'll read this year!

January

Win Lose Kill Die
Cynthia Murphy

The students at Morton Academy are high-achievers, selected based on academic excellence. So when a series of murders target the school's brightest and best, the pressure is on. Someone is determined to stop at nothing to clear their path to the top. But who is it? And can they be stopped?

If you're a fan of twisty, turny thrillers and absolutely unguessable endings you'll LOVE this. A perfect pageturner for winter nights.