Kick Off your 2022 YA Adventure with these Must Reads


  • Written by Finbar Hawkins
  • Published by Zephyr

I was hooked by page1. This is a powerful story that will hook you in, you will find yourself constantly saying just one more page.

Every and her sister Dill watch their witch mother killed, Every needs to avenge her death,  and she will do anything to  do this.

With twist and turns throughout the book you will be on the edge of your seat as we follow the sisters ups and downs on this dangerous journey, they will betrayed, and find friendships. 

  • Recommended for 14yrs and above

Hexed – Don’t Get Mad Get Powers 

  • Written by Julia Tuffs
  • Published by Orion

One Wednesday morning Jessie is having double maths, when suddenly the boy who has been annoying her comes out in really bad red spots. At the same time Jessie suddenly has this terrible pain. Conquinence or has Jessie done something. 

Turns out this is the start of Jessie problems. 

This is an amazing read, I was hooked from the first chapter, it got better and better. This deals with important issues such as periods so I would recommend this for aged 14 and above.

Dangerous Remedy

  • Written by Kat Dunn
  • Published by Zephyr

Set in 1794 in Paris, during the reign of terror. A group of outcasts form the Battalion of the Dead. The 4 friends latest mission is to break a girl out of prison. But this is no ordinary girl, this girl is wanted by both the Royalists and Revolutionary parties as they believe this girl has magic powers. 

We follow the friends through there ups and downs, through all twists and turns as secrets  are revealed and friendships are put to the test.

I adored this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. 

Monstrous Design

  • Written by Kat Dunn
  • Published by Zephyr

So this is the follow up to Dangerous Remedy,  and in my opinion this is even better than the first. 

The action continues as soon as we leave the first book and this time half of it is set in England,  the 4 friends have split into 2 groups each with there own mission.  There are so many twists and turns and the action doesn’t stop. I really hope for another book to follow as there are so many unanswered questions.

The Boy behind the Wall 

  • Written by Maximillian Jones 
  • Published by Welbeck

1960s Berlin and a massive wall separates one half of Berlin from the other half.  The wall cuts through streets, parks and even houses.

On one side lives American Harry and on the other side Jakob a young lad taken away from his true family.

Harry sees a man from the other side brutally killed by soldiers has he tries to escape,  and this makes Harry desperate to help. Jakob is desperate to leave his side as he wants to find his true family. 

Against all odds they become friends and hatch a plan for Jakob to escape. This is a dangerous plan and working together they must put trust in someone they haven’t met.

This is an amazing book, its told in  dual narrative so we can see what is happening from both points of view. The characters are great and believable and you find yourself rooting for them. You also find yourself not being able to put the book down,  you will be unable to put it down. This is ideal for Alex Rider fans Personally I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

This book is suitable for age 11 and over

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