Today on Tales we are visiting The Island, a brilliantly atmospheric and tense YA novel from bestselling author, C L Taylor.
C. L. Taylor
Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.
But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.
Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.
Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.
Who will make it off the island alive?
I am so envious of our YA community today. Working as a Senior School Librarian I get to see first hand the excitement books can have over them – if of course they find the time to read amongst endless schoolwork or scrolling on their phones. They have such amazing books to read and The Island is a perfect example of this. When you are fighting against social media, gaming and all the other distractions that come with modern life, well the stories have to be gripping. Oh my goodness, The Island certainly is that. And please don’t think you have to be a young adult to enjoy it. I am 40-something and absolutely loved it. I literally could not put it down and stayed up reading way into the night.
Jessie is one of six teenage friends who meet up every year for an annual holiday – something of a tradition for their parents since they met through their antenatal group over seventeen years ago. This year they are in Thailand and as a special birthday treat for Jefferson, the camping and outdoor nut of the group, the teenagers are off to spend a week on an Island with only a guide for company. No luxury hotel, no internet and no mobile phone signal. It should be the adventure of a lifetime but not all is as it should be and tensions are running high within the group.
The first night passes with stories around the campfire and talk soon turns to their greatest fears. The next days things take a turn for the worse when their guide is taken suddenly ill and dies. Strange events begin happening and the adventure soon becomes something of a nightmare as they are no longer sure if they are alone on the Island. Someone seems to be messing with them, making their worst fears a reality and paradise soon becomes hell. It’s not long before the friends begin to become suspicious about each other.
Reading this I can see why Cally has sold so many books. Characters are brilliantly built as the story moves along, the tension is palpable and you really can’t stop reading. It was incredibly engrossing from start to finish with a seamlessly executed plot. With books that are targeted towards our younger readers it’s incredibly important to be able to feel a connection with the difficulties the characters are facing and I think the various emotions and underlying issues within the group can be identified with by pretty much anyone. Also when thinking about the premise of this story, imagine your worst fear coming true and that happening when you are far away from all you know and love. Imagine not knowing who you can trust or which way to turn. The atmosphere created from the situation is absolutely brilliant and makes for a very exciting read indeed.
I will be most definitely adding this to my Library book shelves at school as well as recommending to my own family and friends! It will be perfect for the many lovers of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson. Thank you so much to the team at HQ for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and supplying me with a copy via Netgalley. I shall definitely be reaching for Cally’s backlist of novels now. Absolutely brilliant!
C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019.
She has also written standalone two Young Adult thrillers: THE TREATMENT and THE ISLAND.
C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into 25 languages and optioned for TV.
SLEEP won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. THE ESCAPE won a Dead Good Books award. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol in the UK with her partner and son.
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