I know. I can't believe it either. I can't believe my amazing luck and I especially can't believe how generous the people at Hot Key Books are. You may remember I shared my Valentine's Day competition haul from Hot Key a few months ago and now I've only gone and won another super exciting stack of books from one of their twitter competitions! At this rate I am going to have to try and fit another bookcase into my room...
As you can see there are six books this time and they are all Hot Key's June releases for this year.
First up are these two new releases from Garth Nix. To Hold the Bridge is a collection of short stories and from what I understand the first story in this collection takes place in Nix's Old Kingdom universe but the others are unrelated to it. Clariel is a prequel to the books in the Old Kingdom series, of which I have read precisely none, but this video run down of these books on the Hot Key youtube channel leads me to believe that that shouldn't be too much of a problem in understanding this one because it takes place before the events of the already released books and features different characters. We'll see how true that is. I'll definitely be giving both of these a try! I'm really trying to read more fantasy so these are a welcome addition to my bookcase.
I don't know a great deal about Almost Grace but it sounds like a really interesting summer read. The summary on goodreads makes it sounds like a proper coming-of-age story and I never tire of those! It's about a group of teenagers who rent a house on the coast after their exams are finished, where the protagonist falls in love with an older guy. All the makings of a good YA story tbh. It's set in South Africa too and I've never read anything set there before so I'm really looking forward to it.
How To Be Bad is the real reason that I entered this competition at all. I thoroughly enjoyed E. Lockhart's We Were Liars and I love a road trip story (thank the Britney Spears film Crossroads for that) so I was planning on buying this book anyway. It sounds like the perfect book for summer and I can't wait for there to be some actual sunshine for me to sit under while I read it! I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how the three different authors have worked together on it and overall it just sounds like a really great read.
Okay so Wrestling Trolls: Jack Versus Veto does sound fun but it also sounds like it might be just a little out of my reading zone. I'm pretty sure I know a little boy who will enjoy it a lot more than I would anyway though so don't worry, it definitely won't go to waste.
Being a Girl is also aimed at an audience slightly younger than myself but I absolutely love the look of those illustrations and from what I've seen online this definitely sounds like a fun, feminist book, good for women of all ages. And anyway look at that little drawing of a pug on the front cover! It's gotta be worth it just for that.