#6Degrees continues today, and who better to celebrate Louise O'Neill's stunning book than another fabulous Irish author, Cat Doyle? Thrilled to welcome Cat, whose books Vendetta and Inferno (both published by Chicken House) have launched her onto the YA scene as a major talent. She is also brilliant on Twitter - follow her at @doyle_cat!
Only Ever Yours is a powerful and moving debut written by a fantastic Irish author. Another wonderful debut by an Irish author is The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.
The Accident Season is a haunting, lyrical tale with underpinnings of magical realism and some big family secrets. This eerie sense of all not quite being what it seems also underpins We Were Liars by E.Lockhart.
We Were Liars delivers a hard, swift punch to the heart. It made me cry, which, while unsettling, is always a good thing. It touched me; it swept me up inside it. Another book that recently swept me up, made me forget my surroundings and then made me cry like a baby was The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
The Girl of Ink and Stars follows a brave young girl who goes on a dangerous adventure to protect those she loves. This keen sense of bravery and determination is typical of Shahrzad, the female protagonist in The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh. She infiltrates the palace of the callous prince in order to neutralize his hold on the women of the city. I read this only recently, and it has quickly become one of my favourite books of all time.
The Wrath and the Dawn is also a beautiful, exciting love story. Another compelling love story can be found in The Next Together by Lauren James, which provides not one, but several, romantic arcs with the same (but slightly different) funny, endearing characters. Like Only Ever Yours, this is another one of my favourite debuts of all time.
Thanks for a fantastic guest post, Cat!
Have you done a #6Degrees post this month? Remember to link it up to my post from May 7th!