Sunday, 8 September 2013

Month of Guests 2013: Queen of Contemporary

We have the wonderful Lucy from Queen of Contemporary here today! Yay!! :D

My name is Lucy Powrie and I'm the blogger behind Queen of Contemporary, a review site which I started in April 2012. You may know me from Twitter (@LucyTheReader), where I organise monthly UKYA chats, or if you've stopped by my blog before. Blogging and reading are my main hobbies and you can normally find me curled up in a chair with a good book, or typing away at a computer.

I love UKYA. I’m not ashamed to admit it; in fact I declare it as much as I possibly can. Today, I’m going to write about the best UKYA novels from a range of genres. Over the past few months I’ve been trying to do more to promote UKYA: hosting monthly Twitter chats, a fortnight of UKYA-themed posts on my blog and I’m currently planning a month long blog tour in November. Very exciting things ahead! 

There are so many amazing books I could have added to this list, but I’ve chosen to include five that show what UKYA is all about. I’d love to know your favourite UKYA novels so do let me know!

ACID by Emma Pass

ACID may be one of the most gripping dystopias I’ve ever read. Set in a scarily realistic future Britain, it follows the life of Jenna Strong, who has been convicted for killing her parents. Everything was perfect about this novel and it’s my go-to when I want to read something totally unique. If you’re getting a bit fed up of the typical dystopian, give this a go!

The Elites by Natasha Ngan

Something that came out of the last UKYA Twitter chat was that people want to read novels with cultural diversity and, after reading this, I knew that I would be recommending it an awful lot. It’s another futuristic dystopia novel with an interesting array of characters that live in Neo-Babel. The Elites are a race of people with superior DNA which means that they’re trained to protect the city. But Neo-Babel is holding a lot more secrets under the surface…

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

UKYA does contemporary amazing and Geek Girl is humorous, fun and a real page turner. I cannot stop talking about it. It’s about a girl called Harriet Manners who is spotted by a modelling agency and goes on a whirlwind adventure full of catwalks, craziness and crushes. Harriet is a massive geek and readers will learn that sometimes it’s not a bad thing to, as I always say, wear your geekery like a badge.

Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

Rockoholic is a book that all fangirls will be able to relate to. About a girl called Jody who is obsessed with the lead singer of a band, Rockoholic will be able to make even the sternest of people laugh. Humour is one of the things I love most about UKYA and so this was an obvious choice to add to this list.

When I was Joe by Keren David

Gritty novels are what UKYA authors do best, and When I was Joe is no exception to this. It’s about a boy who is taken into the witness protection programme after he is the onlooker of a crime and it’s fast paced and full of action.

If you’re looking for more UKYA titles, visit the UKYA blog ( or check out the #UKYA hashtag on Twitter.

Thank you for having me, Megan!


Thank you for the awesome post, Lucy!! I'll definitely be checking out the #UKYA trend and blog!! :D
My fave UKYAs are probably Before I Die by Jenny Downham, the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore and Alex Ride by Anthony Horowitz, anything by Sarwat Chadda and the Benedict series by Joss Stirling.  On top of all of  the ones you listed, of course!! :D
I hope you all enjoyed Lucy's post! And don't forget to follow Lucy's Blog: Queen of Contemporary - and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads too! :D
And keep up to date with MonthOfGuests on Twitter using #MonthOfGuests2013! And stop by tomorrow for a brilliant post by the awesome Little M from We Sat Down!!


Lucy Powrie said...

Thanks for having me, Megan!

Hollie said...

Awesome post Lucy! I've only actually read ACID, but I have The Elites and Geek Girl on my tbr, so I'll have to get round to reading them soon!