Now into its third year, Harper Collins hosted their annual HCC Frenzy event where they highlight and preview some of the exciting books that will be coming out this Fall. A fun group of familiar faces filled the rooms at the HCC Toronto office on a lovely Sunday afternoon as we listened to the team present some fantastic upcoming reads while snacking on some yummy treats.
While there were many great reads coming out this Fall/Winter, the 12 that were introduced to us were as follows with my quick notes, in release-date order: (click on the link to add the books to your Goodreads TBR pile!)
Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl (8/15)
- Paige is born HIV positive. Her memoir is about the going thru high school and enduring the bullying.
The Jewel by Amy Ewing (9/2)
- Violet is auctioned off to be a surrogate in a dystopian world.
- YA but has a darker theme of human trafficking. The Selection meets Handmaids Tale
- I like the pretty cover but definitely would not have initially thought it was that dark of a story. Very intrigued but can possibly be a difficult subject to read.
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (9/9)
- 18 yr old author
- She drives car into tree. Told in non-linear flashbacks on her interactions and relationships with the people around her bedside at the hospital.
- Sounds a bit like If I Stay possibly…
- Harper US launched The Infinite You tumblr where people can anonymously submit something about who they are that nobody else knows.
Endgame: The Calling by James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton (10/7)
- It’s a game in the book, and a game that translates into real life.
- Interactive real life element to find url, find key and fly to Vegas for $500k prize. Prize money increases with subsequent books. Augmented reality game too
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (10/7)
- Author has given more diversity into YA novels with her first book, and now this one
- Leila is in high school and has kept her sexuality a secret until she can’t help but fall in love with a new girl in school.
- Reminiscent of all the feelings of our first major high school crushes
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard (10/7)
- Great for fans of Pretty Little Liar, this new series about 5 girls (not 4 – lol!), not friends and thrown together for a school project.
- They all hate the same guy and plot his death. Guy dies weeks later in the same way but it wasn’t any of them.
- SO intrigued.
Transcendent by Lesley Livingston (12/23)
- Third and final book in series
- Fan-favourite Fennrys is back albeit (jokingly plugged by Shannon) as not naked like in the first book.
My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (2/10)
- Physics nerd is obsessed with plotting her own death. Doesn’t have a good relationship with most.
- Finds a suicide partner website. They connect and he wants to still go through with it while she doesn’t anymore.
- Not a light read. Author is not preachy either.. just tells the story.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (2/10)
- Red bloods (“regular humans”) vs silver bloods (“superpower royalty”)
- Reminiscent of Game of Thrones. Lots of scheming and betrayal
- I am IN LOVE with this cover.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (2/10)
- This got a big excited reaction from the majority of the room.
- Lex is trying to cope with the suicide of her brother. Everyone and everything is different now. But she’s keeping a text that her brother sent her before he died secret, a text that could have changed everything.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (3/3)
- Like “No One Else Can Have You” but more sophisticated and poetic.
- Mom takes off on two brothers. One brother saw it happen but nobody believes him.
- Magical realism. Based on Greek myth Persephone.
- Very intrigued and excited about this one!
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (3/3)
- Two sisters, one popular one not, who get into a car accident and it affects their lives. Girls in town also start going missing.
- Wow – that’s a lot of stuff going on in this book. A story about sisters who are greatly affected by an accident that changes their way of life and a town mystery? Interesting!
After the book presentation, we had a fun trivia where the attendees were split into 5 groups and special guest, author of Rush, Eve Silver was introduced to emcee the game! Our team, which consisted of myself, Jenn (Lost in a Great Book), Kimmy (Pingwing’s Bookshelf), Jessica (Read My Breath Away) and Shelly (Read Sleep Repeat) clearly couldn’t write fast enough or process the questions quick enough as Team #3 who pretty much swept everyone away!
We were then able to get our books signed by Eve, and play around with the photo booth while catching up with old friends. It was so nice to see everyone after what feels like forever!
With the last few years, there’s been a lot of dystopian and supernatural themes to the books but this year looks like it’s a lot more contemporary darkness. There’s a lot of tough subjects in these upcoming books like surrogates, bullying, accidents, death and suicide. I must say, it’s a refreshing change that I hope will last for a while!
A big thank you to Suman, Kaitlin, Shannon, Melissa, Jessica and Kate – the amazing team at Harper Collins – for an always delightful eventand the generous bookish goodies! We had such a great time!