Harper Collins Canada had their Fall Preview event last night for a small group of bloggers, with the tease that there might be a special guest. With or without the special guest, all of us Bloggettes were excited nonetheless to find out what the new titles coming out later this year would be.
After selecting one of the many themed pies that were laid out for us (ADORABLE touch with the little sign cards), Vikki VanSickle, author and the main voice behind @HCCFrenzy, opened up the preview and introduced us to other members of the HCC family such as Jessica, Hadley, and of course, Shannon. Jessica spoke briefly about working on the Frenzy magazine (which you can check out online, or request a physical copy over on the website). Hadley then talked about her job as a children’s editor and how long it usually takes to go from first draft to the final product. She said that some authors, such as Kenneth Oppel, often have worked on their “first” draft already that when they hand it to her, it’s already quite clean. Others may take longer… from 5 to even 10 drafts. But, as Hadley says, she’s ready to postpone the release of a book to make sure it’s their best work because there’s no point in publishing something that isn’t their best.
Then, it was onto the upcoming titles! So many exciting ones that we all couldn’t wait to devour. Click on the title for more info on Goodreads but here are a few key points I noted about each of the titles.
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
- 3 voices/narrators
- Dystopian, a survival story
- Oxygen/deforestation story makes for a “believable” plot premise.
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
- 2 characters
- Not your regular paranormal story
- You won’t be able to put it down, fast-paced
Starling by Lesley Livingston
- Awesome girl-power heroine (who’s a fencer!)
- Crazy adventure story
- Nordic mythology
- Lead male is uber hot in it (and apparently also in the book trailer)
Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
- The sequel to This Dark Endeavour
- Continues story of Victor Frankenstein
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
- Agatha Christie-esque, parallel to her And Then There Were None
- So creepy and so scary
Debutantes by Cora Harrison
- For those that loved the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, this is a million times better
- 4 sisters named after flowers
- Relationship between sisters are fantastic, no animosity or jealousy
- Story of family drama, and great fashion
My personal picks for ones that I’m most anticipating? Breathe, Ten and Don’t Turn Around. (I love my creepy stories!) I’m sure I’d also pick Such Wicked Intent after I read This Dark Endeavour!
So after the reveal of new titles, we had a mini Insurgent book club. Save for the small handful of people in the room, everyone else had read it (and THANKFULLY I had just finished it on the weekend!) We all were asked to put which faction we would be in, and Vikki tabulated the results later. It seems Erudite took the lead, with Dauntless and Candor tied for second, and Abnegation & Amity tied for third. It lead to some interesting discussion about which faction we see Canada in vs what other countries would see us in. Vikki made a good point that we do value intelligence so we’d see ourselves more Erudite but to the rest of the world, we’re peace-keeping and perhaps “boring”.. so Amity or Abnegation. We also contemplated what we think the third book would be called. Vikki said “Resurgent” (I like that one!), but the best one that everyone was really excited about came from Liz @ Midnight Bloom Reads with “Convergent”. Perfect.
THEN the moment we had all been waiting for… Shannon brings out a mysterious box and she had asked if we had any idea who the special guest was… based on our sleuthy skills (and piecing together various sources of information) we had guessed it might be Tahereh Mafi, and sure enough – it was! The room went NUTS. She walked into the room and spoke briefly about the new cover to Shatter Me, her upcoming cover reveal on Thursday for Unravel Me and the side off-shoot novella story Destroy Me (told in Warner’s POV). We also did a round of introductions where Tahereh kept pointing out how she totally knew who we were, and feels like we already know each other. It was a really surreal moment, not just for myself but for all I’m sure.
She then took time to chat with all of us as she signed our books, took (hilarious) pictures and honestly, I knew Tahereh would be amazing based on how she interacts with everyone online but she is by far one of the most sweetest, genuine and down-to-Earth authors I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. So gracious, so hilarious.