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My YA Book Prize reading challenge

Yesterday was an exciting day for YA fiction. The ten books on the shortlist for the very first YA Book Prize were announced – and by golly, there are some gooduns on there!

We already knew that YA fiction was awesome, but you have to admit that having a super shiny new book award that officially recognizes that fact is pretty cool – and, even better, that it celebrates UK and Irish YA authors. Yay!

Feeling inspired, I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of reading and reviewing each of the books between now and when the winner is announced in March 2015. Let’s just take a moment to admire all the covers…

To get things started, here’s my review of Say Her Name by Queen of Teen James Dawson. It’s a spine-tingling, finger-curling, gripping thriller of a retelling of the Bloody Mary ghost story, with a bloody good twist at the end. I couldn’t put it down when I read it back in summer.

That’s just one book out of ten – I can’t wait to read the rest of the books on the list and decide whether I’m #TeamSayHerName or #TeamHalfBad or #TeamGhostsofHeaven or… gah! I have a feeling it will be hard to pick a winner!!

Have you read any of the books on the shortlist?

Which book would be your winner?

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