UKYA Day: Spot the UKYA Books!

If you didn't know about UKYA day - where have you been?! The awesome Lucy from Queen of Contemporary and also Project UKYA has organised an April Extravaganza squished full of all things UKYA: posts, twitter chats and live chats with VIDEOS!

Today is the 19th April and if you haven't heard the 19th April is UKYA day!! A day where bloggers are posting their celebration post onto the internet world to share the love for the UKYA authors and novels!

So, I call mine 'Spot the UKYA Books.' 

One extract, 13 UKYA books - easy, right?

Four clues below if you get stuck, but they aren't all very obvious....



It’s quiet. The sea water ripples back and forth and the stars light the sky with the moon watching over them. He’s sitting close to me. His leg on mine, his arm wrapped round my back and my head on his chest. His heat radiating onto me.

“I’m not ready to say it yet. I feel the same but just give me time.” I say, he gives me the look and sighs.

My name is Mina. I’m the girl who watches Disney fairytale films and reads sappy books packed with romance. Before meeting him I believed in prince charmings and soulmates. I've soon learnt that that's not the case in any relationship but I like to stay optimistic. Hopeful that there will be that someone who I'll be with forever. How we ended up together is beyond me. I’m an utter geek girl.  I’m scared of anything unpredictable. Something abnormal. Something that evokes trouble. And he sits as the complete opposite of me.

 I rest my head back over his heart. His chest rising and falling with every breath, I feel him draw me closer and he plants a kiss on my forehead and asks if I’m cold. I shake my head.

I never believed the difficulties in books.  They all seemed so petty. I never thought something so small could destroy something that felt like an all time high.  But it did. I was caught up in cloud nine that I didn't even notice the obvious rumour that was floating around. So blatantly obvious, but I was being so naive I ignored it. It hit me in full force. I felt robbed. Stolen from. Nothing screams “dead romantic” more than finding out he was with another girl on Valentine’s Day. A day which he said he’d be spending the evening with his sick grandma. My heart ached from sheer pain. I cried until my body was drained from all its water.  People would say her name and the knife would plunge further, twisting in my gut. I hated what he’d done to me. I was so dense that I never stopped to think about our pacing. I agreed with myself that a break from him was best. Sorting myself out before going ahead to salvage the remains. Even after what he’d done, I never gave him a chance to explain. Apparently he got it worse than me, strange since it was his doing.

It’s not hard to guess what happened next. Bit by bit he earned my trust back. Maybe I should have been harder on him. He shattered my world, I should have destroyed his. But where would that leave us? I’m not that heartless and if there’s a way to resolve something, I will.

That summer he took me to the fun fair along the river. Merry go rounds, small roller coasters, haunted mansions, all the thrills and chills of the crazy pop-up fun fairs. We howled out laughs, I felt giddy and full of energy. In that moment, everything felt perfect. I was living someone else’s life that night. The fair made me forget what happened in the past. Everything seemed to click in the split second whilst on top of the ferris wheel and I forgave him.

The tides bring me back to the shore, the water reaching for my feet before unwillingly pulling back. I move under his arm and look up. The moonlight defining his jawline and his eyes seemed to have intensified. His mouth draws up in the corner and All my thoughts become banished. He smells like the ocean. He smells like home.

“I love you.” 


Book titles and the amount of letters per title (random order):

Book titles in order of appearance in text:

Title acronyms (random order): 

The authors (random order):

Answers sit below the stars!!




The Look by Sophia Bennett     
My Name is Mina by David Almond

Soulmates by Holly Bourne

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Trouble by Non Pratt

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Say Her Name by James Dawson

Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse

Salvage by Keren David 

Shattered (Slated #3) by Teri Terry
Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Split Second by Sophie Mckenzie

Banished by Liz de Jager 

Ah, that was fun right? Well, I hope you had a good time 'spotting' the books, it was nice to revisit one of my really old pieces. How many did you get? Leave it in the comments below and compare with others!

Thanks for checking out my post and be sure to use the #UKYA to join in the fun all day today!!

1 comment:

  1. This is such an awesome idea for a post, Sabrina, and I love how the extracts all fit together so nicely. Gah! I love it so much!