As we're obviously massive YA fans, we couldn't run a YA platform without mentioning the YA Book Prize 2017 Shortlist, hosted by The Bookseller. Some of these books we've read, others we aspire to read - but overall, they all look like incredible choices and we can't wait to see which will win!
The Monstrous Child, written by Francesca Simon, is an incredible fantasy story about a sarcastic teenager, who is half-woman-half-corpse, who rules the underworld. Sounds cool, right?
The Call has been described by Peadar O'Guilin, the author, as "something like Harry Potter, where everybody dies." If that doesn't grip you, I don't know what will.
The Graces is the glamorous, magical novel from Laure Eve about the rumours that surround a family the town is obsessed with. Are they witches? You'll have to read to find out.
Orangeboy is about a 16-year-old boy obsessed with music and sci-fi. Patrice Lawrence covers a wide range of themes in this gripping book with important messages about friendship and loyalty and it is overall an important addition to YA literature.
How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss is an important book about Hattie, who finds out she is pregnant and the story follows her journey (literally) as she goes on an unusual road trip with her great aunt who is in the early stages of dementia. A touching, heartfelt novel, Furniss hit the nail on the head with this one.
Beautiful Broken Things focuses on three best friends and their friendships with each other. Sara Barnard wrote this touching story on emotional healing and you should all read it. Like, now.
Crongton Knights, the interestingly named novel by Alex Wheatle shows a teenage boy dealing with loss, poverty and the struggles of living in a rough council estate. Although a very moving story, Crongton Knights is hilarious at times and is one you should be reading.
Riverkeep (and it's gorgeous cover) is a YA adventure book like no other. Martin Stewart combines fantasy, excellent world building and a strong main character to create an excellent novel.
Paper Butterflies is by Lisa Heathfield and is a touching story about a young girl who has a troubled home life and how she overcomes her childhood abuse. A harrowing and heart-wrenching story that will be one of the year's most important YA books, if not of all time.
Chasing the Stars by YA favourite Malorie Blackman is a story about how Olivia is travelling back to earth following a virus that took out her family meets Nathan when his ship is attacked and they collide into each others lives. A surprising book that will have you gripped and wanting to keep reading until the wee hours of the morning.
The winner will be announced on June 1st so you have plenty of time to read the shortlist - Tweet us your predictions @YALoveMag ! We can't wait to see who will win!