With all the years I’ve been blogging, you start to notice trends and themes that pop up all around the same time. It’s usually things like lots of dystopian novels all popping up all around the same time or, lately for example, there has been a real theme of strong female lead stories that revolve around female relationships/friendships. It’s great to see a variety books so you can get lots of viewpoints on the same topics. However, in the last month or so, I’ve had three books offered to me for review that all seem to have a VERY specific theme about them that even I found spooky: FISH.
I said a big yes to all of them because, even though they all have a fishy link, they are all quite different in tone. Let’s have a gander, shall we?
First off is The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson (published by Scholastic UK):
Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbors from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their habits as they bustle about the cul-de-sac.
When a toddler staying next door goes missing, it becomes apparent that Matthew was the last person to see him alive. Suddenly, Matthew finds himself at the center of a high-stakes mystery, and every one of his neighbors is a suspect. Matthew is the key to figuring out what happened and potentially saving a child’s life… but is he able to do so if it means exposing his own secrets, and stepping out from the safety of his home?
Sounds fab! Love the angle and it’s already being pitched as a perfect for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. What more could you want for 2017?!
Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (published by Bloomsbury UK)
Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.
Gone is her mom’s attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister’s trust ever since she’s been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family’s dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.
This one totally grabbed me after I read the blurb. It’s that right mixture of darkness and gritty drama that I like in my books. I can’t wait to start it and if you check out my twitter feed, you could to because I’ve got an extra copy to giveaway (thanks to Bloomsbury UK)
Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin (published by Faber Children’s Books)
Billy’s got a lot on his mind – that he’d rather not think or talk about. So he watches David Attenborough, because Sir David’s asked all the questions and got all the answers, and swims in the sea, just letting his mind drift . . .
So when new boy and nature fan Patrick Green starts at school with ‘fingers like steel, strength of a bear’ and a mackerel swims up to Billy’s face, blows bubbles into his Vista Clear mask goggles and says: ‘Fish Boy’, Billy knows he can’t keep it secret, because . . . a crazy talking mackerel changes EVERYTHING.
Shimmering with almost-magic and adventure, this is an exceptional read.
Accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Richard Jones.
This one basically had me at Attenborough. It’s only just being sent out by the publishers for reviewing so I’ll have to wait a little to get my grubby mitts on it but I’m so looking forward to it. Plus; you can’t turn down a good book with some gorgeous artwork.
Keep a look out for all these goodies over the next couple of months as I’m sure they’ll be swimming straight out of the shops before you know it!