Yesterday I attended Random House Children’s Publishers summer blogger brunch at Random House’s lovely offices in Pimlico alongside many other wonderful bloggers. This is the first time I’ve met up with fellow bloggers and I have to say, they were all absolutely lovely. It’s nice to be around so many like-minded people that don’t judge you for your bookish habits/obsessions!
The first thing we did was to help film Lauren Kate’s UK book trailer. Her book Teardrop is coming out in November. We had to write down the last thing that made us cry on a card. Luckily (for me) we were able to hide our faces as we were photographed. I can’t wait to see the result of this video. I’m also looking forward to reading Teardrop. I haven’t read any Lauren Kate books before so I’m intrigued…
Unfortunately Beth Reekles was unwell, so couldn’t attend as guest speaker. We did have her lovely editor Lauren Buckland to answer some questions and discuss Wattpad and Movellas. It was incredibly interesting.
The RHCP team told us about a few upcoming releases. All of which sound fabulous! I’ve highlighted the top five that I’m particularly looking forward to. (Click on the book image to take you to the Goodreads page, an easy way to add it to your TBR pile 😉 )
Far Far Away Tom McNeal
Published 4th July 2013
In a small town where nothing ever happens, everything is about to change..
Jeremy can hear voices. But when he admits this, the townspeople of Never Better treat him like an outsider. Life has been tough after his mother left and his father became a reculuse, but one voice in particular proves his salvation: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next.
But when a provocative local girl Ginger takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a heartbreaking chain of events is put into motion. As anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings..
Hurt- Tabitha Suzuma
Published 5th September 2013
A new thrilling, emotional novel for teenagers from award-winning author, Tabitha Suzuma.
At seventeen, Matheo Walsh is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is wealthy, popular- and there’s Lola, the girlfriend of his dreams.
But then there was that weekend. A weekend he cannot bring himself to remember. All he knows is that what happened has changed him.
Matheo is faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever.
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave- John Boyne
Published 26th September 2013
From the bestselling author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS comes a moving and uplifting story of an ordinary boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight- but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission.
Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name-on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by- a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place..
Blackberry Blue- Jamila Gavin
Published 7th November 2013
Step into a magical world of enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches….A breathtaking collection of six brand-new fairytales by award-winning author Jamila Gavin.
Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to sava a lost king: join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.
These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.
The Ransom of Dond- Siobhan Dowd
Published 7th November 2013
A previously unseen story by acclaimed, multi-award winning author Siobhan Dowd, with exquisite artwork by Pam Smy.
She’d known from the day she learned to walk what destiny awaited her.
Wonderfully atmospheric, this is the haunting story of Darra-who, as the thirteenth child to be born to her mither, is destined to be sacrificed to Dond, the dark god of the underworld. On the day she turns thirteen she’ll be rowed out to sea, where she will leap overboard with a rock tied to her ankle. She can’t think of a worse birthday present.
As ever, Siobhan Dowd’s compelling prose swells with emotion from the first page.
I’m so excited about these new releases and I can’t wait to get my hands upon a copy! Every blogger at the event was also given a goody bag with Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid, Rolling Dice by Beth Reekles and Teardrop by Lauren Kate amongst other goodies. I can’t wait to get stuck into these books.
The summer blogger’s brunch was a pleasure to attend. I loved meeting the RHCP team who are delightful and other lovely book bloggers.