Chicken House tease – Books from January to June 2014

Hello! Today I thought I would tease you like Chicken House have done to me and share with you some of their upcoming titles for 2014.
So a few weeks ago I got a bright blue envelope through to post and in it was a stack of posters… like this: 
Just look at the pretty! Anyway… I was at first mesmerised by some of the beautiful, and sometimes intriguing covers; like Fire and Flood and Valentine Joe and Lobsters then I read the blurbs and I got emotional… the emotion I felt the most was pure joy but also tinged with sadness that the books can’t be read yet! So I thought I’d share these feelings with you guys and talk about a few of the books from Chicken House that I am looking forward to the most! The post will be done in publication date order, not order of preference, don’t make me choose which I want the most! 

January: 
The Extraordinary Education to Nichola Benedict – Trenton Lee Stewart
Published: 2nd Jan 2014 

Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. 

Now he’s being sent to a new orphanage, where he will encounter vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances – and a mystery that could change his life forever. Luckily, he does have one thing in his favor: He’s a a genius.

On his quest to solve the mystery, Nicholas finds enemies around every corner, but also friends in unexpected places – and discovers along the way that the greatest puzzle of all is himself.

This sounds cool but it is the sequel of sorts to the first book in the series, The Mysterious Benedict Society, which I haven’t read. Apparently this is 0.5 though rather than the second book and just from the blurb they have sent through I will be checking out this series at some point! 

March:

Fire & Flood – Victoria Scott 
Published: 5th June 
A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own. 

Tella’s brother is dying. He’s got cancer, and Tella is helpless to save him. Or so she thought. When an invitation arrives for Tella to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a deadly competition that will lead her through treacherous jungle and scorching desert, she doesn’t think twice. Because the prize is a cure to any illness. But Tella will be facing more than just the elements.

This is almost like The Hunger Games but without the dystopia I think… it sounds incredible and I really want to read how our world comes to be this one. This will have a joint US/UK release. 

April: 

Breaking Butterflies – M. Anjelais 
Published: 3rd April
Two teens are drawn together, promised to each other since childhood by their dreaming mothers.
The girl is sweet, empathetic and ordinary. The boy: brilliant, charismatic – and ill.
No one knows it yet, but he is incapable of feeling. Their relationship twists and turns to a terrifying climax about making the ultimate sacrifice …

Although I can’t stand the cover for this (sorry, I can see its merits for some but when you are terrified of butterflies its not for you!) I really want to read this book! The poster I have has it as Killing Butterflies but I think the new title does work better and I can’t believe the author was just 17 hen she wrote this, amazing! 
May: 
Valentine Joe – Rebecca Stevens 
Published: 1st May 

When fifteen-year-old Rose visits Belgium, she can feel the deep scars left there by the Great War. But when she hears the sound of marching late at night, she does not expect to see the ghosts of the past from her window …
Rose’s granddad takes her on a trip to Ypres, Belgium to visit the graves of those who died in the Great War. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, but Rose can sense the shattered old city beneath the chocolate-box new. And it seems that it can sense her too. When she goes up to her room that night, she hears the sound of marching feet and glimpses from her window a young soldier on his way to the front line …

I have a thing for war literature and this sounds amazing. I went to Ypres at 18 and it has stayed with me ever since so I am really looking forward to this! 
The Glass Bird Girl – Esme Kerr 
Published: 1st May 


The first in the exciting new Knight’s Haddon series …
Orphan Edie is sent by her artdealer uncle to Knight’s Haddon School, to investigate the disappearance of a precious glass bird belonging to his secretive client’s daughter, Anastasia, an unhappy Russian princess. But what Edie uncovers instead is a dangerous mystery that only the girls themselves can solve.

How can I not want this book with a cover like that?! It also sounds great, full of mystery and kidnapping – which I love – so I want it badly. I also have a soft spot for boarding school series’ too so I really hope Knight’s Haddon is a boarding school! 
June: 
Lobsters – Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Published 5th June 
Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find The One. Their ‘lobster’.
But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

Since watching that episode with Phoebe informing Ross that Rachel is his Lobster I love the idea of having a Lobster… and this book seems to capture that too! Its a contemporary romance from British authors and I think that it will probably resonate deeply with anyone who’s experienced a summer they believe to be magical, as I have done! I also love this one because its characters are older even though it’s a YA contemporary love story and usually the MC’s in those are a bit younger than this.

So thats all… I hope you are also looking forward to this and if there are any posters you spy in the image above that I haven’t mentioned head on over to the Chicken House website to find out more! 
  • I do love getting the Chicken House posters – they’re always so pretty! I’m particularly looking forward to reading Lobsters, Taken and Breaking Butterflies but they all sound fantastic.