UKYA Egg Hunt !!


Welcome to this portion of the UKYA Easter Egg Hunt, brought to you by Lucy Christopher and Sarah Benwell! One very lucky winner will win a huge grand prize of signed books by over thirty YA authors who write and live in the UK. Up for grabs from us, are signed copies of THE KILLING WOODS and THE LAST LEAVES FALLING.

All you have to do is read this blog, count up how many UKYA branded Easter eggs you see in the blog, and follow the link at the end to the next blog. Keep going until you get bac to the blog where you started, and add up how many eggs you’ve seen along the way. Email your answer to: A winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries, and contacted by email. This closes at noon (UK time) on Sunday, 5th April, and is open internationally. So get finding those eggs! And some awesome UKYA authors and books along the way. Good luck!

Sooooo, since this is an Eastery extravaganza, we were thinking about chocolate. And books. And this led to the obvious question… If you could exchange chocolate for one UKYA title this Easter, what would it be, and why?

LUCY: Well, this is hard to choose! There are so many amazing titles. However, if I was going to pick JUST ONE to turn to instead of chocolate …. Well, it would have to be a title that would fulfil some of the elements that chocolate fills – it should be comforting, deep, exciting and addictive. Hmmmm. OK, I’m going to be totally old school here and pick Jenny Downham’s extraordinary debut title Before I Die. I’ve read this book several times already and I would still turn to it now instead of picking up that bumper bar of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut. It has a big emotional story that makes me cry and smile, it has memorable characters that I easily fall in love with, and it stays in my mind long after the last page is turned ….. actually, can I please eat chocolate WHILE I read this? I may need it after the emotional rollercoaster this book will put me through when I reread it …. Please? I-READ-UKYA-75

SARAH: Hahaha, yeah, sure. Can I cheat? I’m going to cheat. I want MORE. I want to hold the Easter bunny hostage until he agrees to let me have SEVERAL books, if I’m giving up chocolate for it. I want Zoe Marriott’s SHADOWS ON THE MOON I-READ-UKYA-75for it’s world building and language and characterisation and just…everything is exquisite, like the best of chocolates. But I also want Tabitha Suzuma’s FORBIDDEN, for those moments when you need to gorge in the name of catharsis. And to that end, I sort of want to pick Patrick Ness’s A MONSTER CALLS, although to be honest that’d have me reaching for the chocolate!


LUCY: Hey, yeah … those are some great titles! FORBIDDEN, yes! I loved that book! OK, so this also got me thinking about the question of – if a book were a kind of chocolate, what would it be? Immediately, my mind drifted to your amazing debut title, The Last Leaves Falling. I can instantly see the kind of chocolate this book would be. It would obviously have to be a chocolate with a tie to Japan, where this book is set. It would need to be a chocolate that was quite daring, too, and extraordinary. Something both rich and delicate. Something bittersweet. Something complicated and sharp. OK. I’ve got it! Your debut novel HAS to be an expensively exquisite piece of Wasabi Dark Chocolate. It looks gorgeous (have I told you how much I love your cover?), and then, when you bite into it, you are hit with something powerful and strange and yet hugely, addictively, compelling. I love this book, Sarah… can you tell?

SARAH: Excuse me while I read that over and over. And maybe frame it… Huh. So I think THE KILLING WOODS would be…salted caramel. It’s got that luxurious richness of your descriptive settings, that familiarity and comfort, but also something unexpected and exciting, a saltiness that wakes you up andleaves you thirsty for more, desperately turning the pages/ taking another piece. (Um. I may have a little bit of a love affair with both this particular chocolate and this book. When’s the next one out, Lucy? Give me moooooore.) And now I’m hungry. Damn it.

Also! I’d LOVE to hear reader’s thoughts. What could you sub out for chocolate? And what sort of chocolate do you think your favourite books would be

Tell us in the comments!I-READ-UKYA-100PX

Count your eggs, and follow the trail…how many more can you find?

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  1. by Mia Hayson

    On March 19, 2015

    This is FABULOUS! What a fun thing to do!

    I think INFINITE WAVE would be dark chocolate with lime & chilli. The kind of chocolate that if somebody tried to sell it to you on a market you’d be all like “well idk i dont think i am a lime kind of person you feel me” but then you taste a bit and you fall in love with in and within the month your cupboards are full of the stuff.

    A MONSTER CALLS is also just the best!


  2. by Khayzelle Cayabyab

    On April 4, 2015

    If your books are chocolate, I’ll probably eat them. C’mon! the way you describe it, I wanna go to your house and beg for you to give me one, or maybe I wouldn’t. I will knock until your doors will give up. :D kidding! One of my fave books is the Angel Series by Miss LA Weatherly (she’s the only one I know here in the #UKYAegghunt!) and I think it would be a dark chocolate, but when melted it will taste so sweet.. can that stuff happen? :D

    Lovely to know new authors! Hoping your books will be available here in Ph soon. :)

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