A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
As a series of companion novels, I couldn’t choose one over the other. I enjoyed each equally for its own reasons. All three had me smiling with every turn of the page. They’re adorable, wonderful books that I *try* not to read too fast but always end up racing through. I’m looking forward to West’s next novel, P.S. I Like You!
Catherine Doyle’s Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather YA series of secrets, lies, loyalty, feuding families, and forbidden love. Think modern day Boardwalk Empire with lots of kissing. With great pacing, masses of energy in the writing, this is a series not to be missed.
With a unique take on magic and folklore, Amanda Hocking is my favourite author. The Watersong series is perfect for summer, set at Anthemusa Bay where a swimmer is sucked into the world of a mysterious group of sirens. I wrote a post on 10 Reasons Why I Love Amanda Hocking a while back on the My Kinda Book blog. You can see that here: 10 Reasons To Love Amanda Hocking
From this list, I’ve read The Duff and Lying Out Loud so far, both featuring characters from Hamilton High. The Duff is one of my all-time favourite books, and Bianca and Wes are my number one OTP. I chose this book over sleep, which says it all.
Leo inherits a remote castle and invites Kate and friends to join him there for the summer. With music, bonfires, and a private beach, it seems like the perfect getaway for the gang. But as Kate and the others explore the old haunted castle, they begin to uncover its dark secrets—a suicide, a curse, and a string of deaths and disappearances. The castle suddenly seems like a sinister place and their deadly destination may include a few uninvited guests . . . An expertly crafted story with a breath-taking conclusion – genius!
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Kate Ormand is YA author of DARK DAYS and shape-shifter circus series, THE WANDERERS and THE PACK. THE WANDERERS was honored as “Winner” in the “Fiction: Young Adult” category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. Kate lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She graduated from university with a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. She also writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise.
A quick farewell!
Emma Pass and I created this site just over 3 years ago, recruited wonderful authors and illustrators to join us and post here, sent out schedules every few months, and watched it grow into something we’re both immensely proud of. I’ve had the best time running Author Allsorts alongside Emma, but due to various circumstances it’s time for me to step down. I’ll be leaving the blog as admin and as a member, too–this is my last post. Lauren James and Kerry Drewery have already taken over and joined Emma in keeping Author Allsorts going, and I’m excited to see where they take things. I can only imagine the site will continue to grow and get better each year. Thanks to every reader of this blog–whether you visit every week or every now and again, your support made this work. And a huge thank-you to all the Allsorts–past and present–for insightful blog posts and great teamwork!