It’s been a busy summer and I somehow ended up with an unplanned hiatus from the blog (sorry for the absence!)… but what better way to get me back into the swing of things than a fun preview event from Harper Collins!
I know I seem to say this every year, but this upcoming Fall/Winter season for Harper Collins Canada is jam packed with some fantastic titles – and I’m only talking about some of the young adult ones out in the coming months! This past Sunday, a select group of book bloggers were invited to HCC Frenzy’s 4th annual preview event at their offices and, like previous years, the excitement was in the air with both the Frenzy Team and the bloggers.
Suman first introduced a special guest before getting to the book previews. Author Lena Coakley spoke a bit about her January 2016 book Worlds of Ink and Shadow, which tells a tale where the Brontes are front and centre. Lena teased us with the question: what if your fantasy characters came to life? More on this book later…
It was then time for the preview where Jess, Kate and Suman took turns hyping us up for some awesome books coming out this Fall/Winter season. While there are many being published, the team narrowed it down to 11. Almost all of them made it onto my TBR pile… lots of creepy reads (which I love). Without further ado… here is a sneak peek at what we can expect from Harper Collins this upcoming season! (Click on the titles to add them to your Goodreads!)
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (9/15)
- From the author of Side Effects May Vary
- A video of author, Julie Murphy, was played where she spoke about her novel and how the main character is confident and happy with her body until she starts dating someone and things start becoming physical. The book talks about body issues and the love of Dolly Parton – whose concert Murphy was able to attend “for work”.
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett (9/22)
- Canadian debut author!
- For fans of Never Let Me Go, Fringe & Orphan Black
- “Two Earths. Only one can survive.” – there are two Earths where parallel lives exist. One is trained to kill the other.
- Probably the most highly sought after novel that most bloggers in attendance seemed to be excited about.
October Books (Almost all Oct 6!)
This May Sound Crazy by Abigail Breslin (10/6)
- Star of Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland and upcoming series Scream Queens
- A book of essays about “love, loss and Tumblr” with a very genuine voice and fun formatting
A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern (10/6)
- From the author of Say What You Will
- A contemporary about what happens when you witness something horrible and the worst thing you can do is nothing at all.
- Fun fact: one of the characters loves watching Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth. Author’s sister is on Downton Abbey and had thrown her a party for the release of her previous book – where she invited Mr. Firth as a guest.
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (10/6)
- From the author of The Knife of Letting Go/Chaos Walking series
- Like Sunnydale from Buffy, from the point of view of all the “regular” people.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (10/6)
- From the author of Not a Drop to Drink
- Main character is a young, unwed, soon-to-be mother. She gets sent off to a creepy asylum and ends up catching the interest of a doctor who recruits her to help him solve crimes.
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (10/13)
- Sequel to Snow Like Ashes
- Picks up where the first novel left off, with more traveling through the seasons
Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley (1/5)
- From the author of Witchlanders
- Don’t need to have read Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre to enjoy this book
- Great for fans of historical fiction, fantasy, world-building, feminism, writing, ghost stories, & classic lit! Something for everyone!
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (2/9)
- Sequel to Red Queen
- Picks up where the first book left off, with Mare having to deal with a betrayal
- First book’s cover was gorgeous. This one is even more dynamic – with a great tagline: Kneel or Bleed.
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks (3/1)
- “Mean Girls meets Life of Pi“
- This non-realistic, satire novel is full of sassy writing.
- Similar to Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang (3/22)
- From the author of Falling Into Place
- Zhang wrote her first book in high school, and now completed this second book while in college
- Explores friendship dynamics. Two friends, inseparable until something happens to test their relationship made worse when one of them goes missing.
After the preview, we were given time to meet and mingle with the other bloggers (so many new faces!), enjoy some refreshments and grab a gift bag filled with some of the new titles we had just heard about. Needless to say, I want to read all of those books at this moment! Really, the only two I didn’t add to my list were the two sequels – and that’s only because I haven’t read the first books yet. So many great ones coming out, and something for everyone whether you like contemporary, historical fiction or a good ol’ creepy story.
A big thank you to the HCC Frenzy Team for a wonderful preview event!
— Frenzy (@HCCFrenzy) August 9, 2015