Today I have my (very late) write-up of last month’s blogger event. February 10 I went along to the annual Scholastic’s annual bloggers’ book feast at Scholastic HQ in Euston. When everyone arrived there was time to chat to other bloggers and get something to eat before sitting down for the presentation of 2018 publications.
The presentation kicked off with Shell by Paula Hawsthorne publication coincided with the 100th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Its about a girl who wakes up in a body that isn’t her own. I read and reviewed it recently and I can’t praise it enough! I was also quoted in this slide of the presentation which was really exciting!
Next up was my most anticipated 2018 read, State of Sorrow by the awesome Melinda Salisbury, first in a duology. I adore The Sin Eater’s Daughter, no one does fantasy like Mel. This TIme we meet Sorrow Ventaxis. Scholastic kindly sent me an early copy, I’m currently reading it and trust me, it is amazing! You can read my review here.
Then Olivia got up to tell us about Eve Ainsworth’s upcoming novel Tender, a story about a young carer. I don’t know much about it though I was lucky enough to snag a copy of this from the pile, which Eve kindly signed for me before I left. I’m looking for to starting this so keep an eye out for my review in the coming weeks.
Tender was followed by Spark, the sequel to Alice Broadway’s Ink. I still need to read this (I know, I know! So many books and not enough time), I can’t wait to start it and Spark sounds just as amazing so I’ll definitely be picking up a copy when it’s out. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? And it’s not even a final cover!
Night of The Party by Tracy Mathias, dystopian fantasy with major brexit vibes. A far-right nationalist party has implemented extreme policies around immigration and trade, which means the main protagonist is an “illegal”. This is definitely one I’m looking forward to reading as soon as I can, I have a feeling it’s going to be an important read.
Next up is Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman. Three families spend new year together in an old house with a dark past. When Leah and friends investigate, terrible things start happening. This sounds right up my street and I can’t wait to get a copy when it’s out. Look at that cover, I love how eerie it looks.
Noah Could Never by Simon James Green, the sequel to Noah Can’t Even. Again, I haven’t read Noah (I will, promise!) They both sound amazing so I’ll definitely be getting a copies asap. Simon also did a reading from it, I couldn’t stop laughing throughout.
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl, this sounds intriguing and right up my street. After a group of friends narrowly avoid a car collision, a man shows up at one of their houses with a terrible announcement. One of then will live while the rest of them must die. Here’s the catch, they must choose who lives and the choice must be unanimous. As you can see, its also been optioned for Netflix. I Can’t wait to read it, luckily there were proofs in our goodie bags.
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood, I’m not the biggest contemporary reader but this one had me captivated. Laura also talked to us about it. It’s set in Cornwall and it honestly sounds so beautiful!
Access All Awkward by Beth Garrod, the third in Awkward series. I haven’t read these yet, they sound hilarious though. This time Bella is in exam hell with the promise of a weekend at a festival with her friends after.
Next up is Show Stealer by Hayley Barker, the sequel to the epic Show Stopper. The deadliest show on earth has been resurrected with a new star attraction. I’m so excited about this as I adored Show Stopper and it’s one of my most anticipated 2018 reads. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. If you haven’t read Show Stopper, I highly recommend it.
A Storm of Ice and Fire by Lisa Lueddecke, a prequel set in the the same world as A Shiver of Snow and Sky. Anyone who follows me on twitter will know just how much I adored A Shiver of Snow and Sky, I can’t wait to read more from Skane. If you haven’t read it, definitely pick it up! It’s such a beautiful book.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill, this one I’m ridiculously excited for! It’s a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid. I’m so there for anything written by Louise.
Next is a double whammy for any Riverdale fans out there, we have a Riverdale novel told from multiple perspectives and a Riverdale Student Handbook coming later this year. Although I haven’t finished season one i’ll definitely be giving these a read when I can.
Lisa Thompson did a reading from her latest book, The Light Jar. This sounds awesome, I’m looking forward to giving it a read.
At the end of the presentation there was a panel with all the authors in attendance. To round of the day there was also a YA book quite at the end, which was so much fun! Eve Ainsworth joined our team.