A personal first for me, I participated in my first Google Hangout on Saturday for Raincoast Books‘ Spring Preview. Based out of Vancouver, they hosted local bloggers at their office but was also able to set up a way to involve all the other bloggers Canada-wide as well. Amazing. The awesome team consisting of Melissa, Brooke, Megan and Alisha (who bears a striking resemblance in looks & mannerisms as Emma Stone) presented to all of us their Spring lineup of YA reads, and boy are there are some great books coming up in 2015.
Raincoast shared with us over 30 books that will appeal to all different readers: fantasy, contemporary, romance, and more. Below are all the books we got a glimpse of, with some of my brief quickly-jotted down notes! Click on the titles for more info and to add them to your TBR pile!
- Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards (01/06/15) | Like that one Veronica Mars episode…
- The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi (02/15/15) | A heart transplant is making her start to forget who she is.. totally interesting premise.
- One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart (04/07/15) | Beautiful cover! Kephart’s first book also good. A mystery set in Florence.
- The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl (04/14/15) | 4th book in Intrigue & Romance series, all with historical figures
- The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler (04/15/15)
- The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak (04/22/15) | Wattpad author
- Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2) by Amanda Hocking (05/05/15) | Hocking goes back to the troll world with this series
- The Novice (Summoner, Book 1) by Taran Matharu (05/05/15) | Began writing at 9 yrs old, also a Wattpad author. “Harry Potter + Lord of the Rings + Pokemon”.
- Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle (05/05/15) | YA memoir about Elena’s struggle with anorexia, written in conjunction with mother, Clare Dunkle, who tells her mother’s side of the story as well as Elena’s.
- Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman (05/05/15)
- Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein (05/12/15) | Gorgeous cover! Story about genies, first in a trilogy.
- Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone (05/15/15) | Contemporary romance
- Joyride by Anna Banks (06/02/15)
- Sweet by Emmy Laybourne (06/02/15) | Takes place on a luxury cruise line with lots of celebs when people start acting strange.
- Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu (06/02/15) | Protagonist with conservative upbringing; feels like the show 19 Kids and Counting
- Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius (06/09/15) | Obsessed with this cover! From Swoon Reads (where YA stories are published by readers who vote on them)
- Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (06/09/15)
- The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) by Mary E. Pearson (06/07/15) | First book left off at a cliffhanger, and this one picks up right where the first left off.
- Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally (06/15/15) | … and now I have the song stuck in my head.
- The Escape by Hannah Jayne (07/15/15)
- Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre (08/04/15) | Creepy, dark and romantic
- The Suffering by Rin Chupeco (08/15/15) | Companion to The Girl from the Well (ie. the girl from The Ring)
- From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot (05/19/15) | Middle Grade. Main character finds out she’s the long lost sister to Mia, the protagonist from the Princess Diaries.
- Weightless by Sarah Bannan (06/30/15) | Adult fiction about teenage bullying, slut-shaming. Told in first person plural (“we”)
- Bell Weather by Dennis Mahoney (07/07/15) | Fantasy.
- Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2) by Katie Finn (05/05/15)
- What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi (04/22/15)
- Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles, #3) by Amanda Hocking (08/04/15)
- Unspoken (Shadow Falls: After Dark, #3) by C.C. Hunter (07/14/15)
- Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (05/05/15) | The title alone sold me on this. Then when I saw it was Jillian Tamaki, I know I’ll have to read this. Love her other works.
- A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (05/19/15)
- Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy (03/18/15)
- Blood Will Tell (Point Last Seen, #2) by April Henry (06/16/15)
After the preview, there was a bit of chatter – both at the event and online. Then the names were drawn for the three prizes, all of which the winners were the ones watching! Congrats to Emilie (Emilie’s Book World) for winning the $50 Raincoast Books teen titles, Maria (Fantasy’s Ink) who won signed copies of books 1-3 of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, and – my Brunch Book Club partner in crime – Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) for the interview with author Marie Rutkoski!
The biggest of thank yous to Raincoast Books for not only hosting a great preview event but to include all of us across the country as well! A great Saturday afternoon of bookish previews. 🙂
Which of the new releases are you most looking forward to reading?