Nicky Singer: The Girl with the Gun

Nicky Singer, author of The Survival Game, coming July 2018, tells us about why she decided to write the book and why it's more important now than ever before... Many moons ago, I asked my friend Tom Burke (then Director of Friends of the...

Dashka Slater: The Problem with Simple Messages

Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus, tells us about her inspiration for the book and the difficulty of simplifying complex and life-changing decisions. The day before I was to turn in the final draft of the book that would become The 57 Bus, I got a call...

The Darkest Legacy Cover Reveal

Here is the lovely Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds series, to tell us about the new book in the series - The Darkest Legacy! This is Zu's story...   Pre-order The Darkest Legacy here. Watch the trailer for The Darkest Minds film...

BKMRK’d – July

It's July. YALC month HOORAY and we have lots of great titles coming... JULY The Survival Game by Nicky Singer (26th July 2018) The Survival Game is the story of Mhairi who travels from the Sudan to Scotland to escape the increasing heat of the world. It's such a...

BKMRK’d – June

It's June (WHAT?!) and we have SO MANY great books coming out this month. Get ready. Get set. FOR SUMMER!   JUNE Everless by Sara Holland (28th June 2018) A Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, perfect for fans of the Red Queen trilogy - now in paperback. In...

Kate Ling: Where I Write

We asked Kate Ling, author of The Truth of Different Skies, to tell us about where she writes her books... I write everywhere and anywhere (doctors’ waiting rooms, beaches, in the bleachers at gymnastics competitions, windy Portuguese campsites).  When...

Summoner: Demonology trading card flash giveaway

Calling Summoner fans! For one weekend only we are giving you the chance to claim a demonology trading card of your choice. Simply complete the form below by the end of Sunday 13th May and we will get your card in the post to you! [gravityform id="3" title="false"...

Quickfire Q&A… with Taran Matharu

Summoner author Taran Matharu answers all 22 of our quickfire Q&A questions! 1) When I was 5 years old I wanted to be… A Palaeontologist - which would mean studying dinosaurs and their fossils! Of course, I also wanted to be a writer. And if you check...

WE ARE YOUNG – a Q&A with Cat Clarke

1) What made you decide on the title WE ARE YOUNG for your new book? Titles are SO hard. But sometimes you stumble on the right one and you just know. In this case, the song of the same name was playing on the radio one day, and I started singing along...

Kate Ling: Why a prequel

Kate Ling, author of The Glow of Fallen Stars and The Loneliness of Distant Beings tells us about her new book coming May 2018, The Truth of Different Skies, and why she decided to write this as a prequel. ALL ROADS LEAD TO VENTURA So here’s a...

Cath Crowley: Grief, hope and books

Cath Crowley, author of Words In Deep Blue, has written this beautiful piece about why she wrote the book... I’ve received a lot of emails from readers since I wrote Words in Deep Blue, many of them about grief, hope and second-hand bookshops....

Quickfire Q&A with… Cath Crowley

When I was 5 years old I wanted to be… A hermit, strangely. If I were to be stranded on a desert island, my one luxury item would be… Coffee. The book I’ve read the most times… Jane Eyre My favourite chocolate bar…M&Ms The item I have more of than...

Everless – Miss Selfridge prize draw

As part of our activity with Miss Selfridge, we are giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes! One grand prize winner will receive £100 of Miss Selfridge vouchers PLUS a signed copy of Everless Nine runners up will receive a signed copy of the book...

Where I Write | Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan, author of The Astonishing Colour of After, tells us about her writing spaces... I do most of my writing at home, at a desk in the living room. I like to have Scrivener maximized on my external monitor with the screen split between two different parts...

BKMRK’d – May

It's 1st of May HOORAY and here are our five gorgeous May titles. MAY Summoner: The Outcast (3rd May 2018) The brand new Summoner novel from Taran Matharu is a prequel to Summoner: The Novice (chosen as a World Book Day title of 2018) and it is mind-blowing. The...

The Judgement of Women: 7 Things to Read and Watch

When I wrote The Truth About Alice, a story about a young girl in a small Texas town who is ostracized because of her alleged sexual behavior, it was my hope that the story would spark a conversation among readers about why society often judges women and...

Top 10 Oscar Winners Based on Books

Lucy Courtenay, author of Movie Night, tells us her top 10 Oscar winners that were based on books ahead of the Academy Awards this weekend. Ah, Oscars night. The smell of hot lights, the fear of wardrobe malfunction. The red carpet, the cameras, the...

BKMRK’d – April

We have two BEAUTIFUL books coming this April. They are both very different but equally as compelling and heartbreaking ... APRIL Clean by Juno Dawson (5th April 2018) A razor-sharp, adrenaline rush of a novel from award-winning author Juno Dawson, Clean is Gossip...

#SummonerBookClub – with prizes to be won!

To celebrate SUMMONER: THE NOVICE being featured as a World Book Day YA read, we're running a Summoner Book Club on Twitter! We'll be re-reading all the books in the trilogy and posting discussion questions, and we'd love you to tweet along with us. It's the perfect...

The making of Mary’s Monster

Watch the video below to find out how Lita Judge, author and illustrator of Mary's Monster, created her beautiful book. Publishing to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, Mary's Monster is the compelling, and beautifully illustrated, story of...

The books to LOVE this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is for the lovers. Of people. Of family and friends. And of course books. And so it is only appropriate that we would be sharing out top list of most romantic novels to read and fall in love with this Valentine's! Miss Match by Crystal Cestari Fans of...

What is your BOOK MATCH?

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Summer 2018

Summer is nearly here! Hooray. Because of that, we thought it was only fair to give you a look ahead at some of our brilliant summer reads... MAY Summoner: The Outcast (3rd May 2018) The brand new Summoner novel from Taran Matharu is a prequel to Summoner: The Novice...

Crystal Cestari: My #Shelfie

We asked Crystal Cestari, author of Miss Match, to tell us about her #shelfie and it sounds AMAZING! We are definitely inspired to colour coordinate our shelves. I have two main bookshelves, both of which are rainbow colored. As a baby, my crib sheets were...

Inside Lux’s head | The Taste Of Blue Light

I never considered writing The Taste of Blue Light from any other point of view than Lux Langley’s, a 17 year-old whose life unravels after she suffers a blackout while interning at an art gallery. We’re inside her head from the first line – ‘I will find the old Lux...

BKMRK’d – March

How is it March already?! February seems to have FLOWN by (although it does NOT feel like March in the UK because it's like -10°C here). Here are our teen/YA March titles. Don't they look great?!   The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (8th March 2017) A striking...

BKMRK’d – February

The Beatles REALLY should have changed their song lyrics to 'BOOKS ARE ALL YOU NEED' because books are all we're thinking about in the run-up to Valentine's. And luckily for you, we have some great books to cuddle up with this February... FEBRUARY The Taste of Blue...

Previously on The Darkest Minds…

You may have seen on social, but last week we published The Rising Dark – a brilliant eBook collection which takes us into the minds of Liam, Vida and Clancy with three new stories. And with The Darkest Minds movie coming out in September (squee! Look at...

Taran Matharu’s demon-spiration

With The Battlemage, the third novel in his Summoner series, publishing in paperback today, author Taran Matharu shows us some of the creatures that inspired his demons. My debut novel, The Novice, the first in the Summoner Series, features...