Really pleased to have a friend on the blog today! Amy McCaw is a fellow book blogger who I’ve known for several years. I’ve been eagerly anticipated her book hitting the shelves for a long time. I can’t wait for April, when Mina And The Undead finally makes it to bookshops!
New Orleans Fang Fest, 1995. Mina’s having a summer to die for.
17-year-old Mina, from England, arrives in New Orleans to visit her estranged sister, Libby. After growing up in the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. She can’t wait to explore the city’s darkest secrets – vampire tours, seedy bars, spooky cemeteries, disturbing local myths…
And it gets even better when Mina lands a part-time job at a horror movie mansion and meets Jared, Libby’s gorgeous housemate, co-worker and fellow horror enthusiast.
But the perfect summer bliss is broken when, while exploring the mansion, Mina stumbles upon the body of a girl with puncture marks on her neck, clutching a lock of hair that suspiciously resembles Libby’s…
There are so many good books coming out this year, and a lot of them are from smaller presses. From black magic to dark dystopias, there’s something for everyone.
This book has just been published by Little Tiger Group. I was lucky to get an early copy of this, and it’s one of the best dystopians I’ve read for a long time! It’s a gorgeously written, thought-provoking read set in a world that’s been described as a gender-flipped The Handmaid’s Tale. The plot is gripping, the world building is immense and the characters are well drawn. A recent favourite!
This is coming from Wallace Publishing in February, is another title I’m excited about. It’s set slightly in the future in a society where the citizens are oppressed. Wyn was brought up in a religious order and is desperate for excitement. She decides to disguise herself and join the army. I love a good hidden-identity story, and I’m intrigued by how this premise will play out in a dystopian setting.
This is due to be published by UCLan this year and it sounds like such a fun read. Ivy and her friends accidentally open a rift that lets dark magic into the world. Ivy tries to battle the dark forces, but there’s only so much a girl with a machete and a possessed cat can do. I’ve heard great things about Bryony Pearce’s books, and I’m getting serious Buffy vibes from this blurb!
This book (what a great title!) is coming in October from Agora Books. When part of the population stops aging, society tears itself apart until few civilisations are left. Sadie finds that her father needs a heart transplant, and the government will only save him if she infiltrates a high-security prison. With high stakes and an inventive world, this is another book that’s high up my tbr list.
Amy McCaw is a YA writer and blogger. She’s the author of Mina and the Undead, a YA murder mystery set in 1995 New Orleans.
Her main interests are books, movies and the macabre, and her debut novel has elements of all of these. If Amy’s not at a book event or reading, she can usually be found scribbling away in her writing room, surrounded by movie memorabilia and an out-of-control signed books collection. Unsurprisingly, she’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and has gone to conventions to meet James Marsters more times than she cares to admit.
Amy also loves travelling and has a particular affinity for America. She’s visited 29 states, 13 Man Vs Food restaurants and many bookish locations, including the cities where Twilight, Interview with a Vampire and Vampire Diaries were set.
If you want to talk with Amy about books or 90s movies, you can find her on Twitter.