The Compulsive Reader: BEA '11: Buzz from HarperCollins

Saturday, May 28, 2011

BEA '11: Buzz from HarperCollins

On Monday, I was one of fifteen bloggers that went to the HarperCollins Teen Blogger breakfast where we met with the publicity department and talked about upcoming books this fall that we should have on our radar. It was a really fun time, and we also received a fabulous goody bag with all the talked about titles, so you can definitely expect me to be talking them up as I read them over the next few months!

First up, we have Liesl & Po, the latest from mega-awesome and all around cool author-lady Lauren Oliver. Unlike her previous books, Before I Fall and Delirium, this one is a little younger. Technically a middle grade book, this one was pitched as a timeless read that any age can get into. I just love the look of the cover, and I love Oliver's writing. I think that, know her, Liesl & Po will be engrossing and surprisingly poignant and entertaining.

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey comes out on September 30th, and is about a girl who casts a spell to raise her boyfriend from the dead. It seems like it's less comical and more romantic and drama-filled. I like the cool cover, and while this is a book I might normally shy away from, I'm pretty pumped for it after hearing everyone at Harper gush over it.

Finally, finally, finally another fantasy novel! The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson looks awesome, and check out that cover! I love the dress. This one was pitched as an imaginative book about an "average princess". It doesn't have magic, but it is supposed to be a great fantasy read, and I am excited. Look for this one on September 20th.

Lately it seems to me that many dystopian books have just been so similar. It's a bit depressing, because I really love the genre. However, Eve by Anna Carey has gotten me pumped! The publicists pitched this one as a dystopian road trip, where the female main character has been raised to believe that all men are evil...only to discover the terrible truth on the eve of her graduation. This comes out on October 4th.

I wasn't a huge fan of Claudia Gray's Evernight series (the first one was okay, but the twist was just upsetting to me), but I am interested in starting Fateful, just to see how she deals with the story line...Titanic. With werewolves. Don't tell me you're not curious, because I know you are. Your curiosity can be satisfied on September 13th.

This next one was HUGE at BEA this past week, and the HarperTeen editors were super excited about it! Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi had a signing line that almost bested Richelle Mead and Ally Condie, and they ran out of ARCs. This one comes out on November 15th, and is about a girl whose touch is fatal and the decisions she must make concerning her lifestyle...half of the Casa de Blogger started it immediately and they are in love!

Supernaturally by Kiersten White is the sequel to Paranormalcy, a most hilarious and quirky book. (Read my review here.) It comes out July 26th, and if it's half as funny as the first, I'll be a very happy person. Enough said.

You all know about HarperTeen's site inkbop, right? It's an excellent place where you can post your writing, and get a chance at having it read and reviewed by a Harper editor. The next book that we talked about, The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon, was actually discovered on inkbop. This one comes out on October 4th, and the cover is ah-mazing!

These next two weren't talked about at the breakfast, but were some interesting ones I picked up at BEA on Tuesday and Thursday.

Frost by Marianna Baer is a supernatural/haunting about strange happenings at a tiny house at a boarding school, and the four girls who are living there...and not exactly getting along. I started it on the train home one day, and it was very, very readable. It comes out on September 13th.

The last one I want to talk about is Variant by Robison Wells (another one with a very cool cover)! It's also about a boarding school...with a terrible secret and fences that keep students on. I am very intrigued by this one, and I hope you are too...it comes out on October 18th, so put it on your radar!

That's just a very small sample of what I've received this week and hope to start reading. A HUGE thanks to HarperCollins for having us to their offices, feeding us, and loading us down with goodies. I am so excited to get reading!

What do you think about these books? Which one are you looking forward to the most?


Rebecca Herman said...

I read and loved fateful and have eve shatter me and girl of fire and thorns in reading pile. Like you I am excited about a new epic fantasy. Enjoy your books and it was nice meeting you at bea

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome looking loot!
I can't wait for Supernaturally myself! but some of those others look very good! :D

Will be waiting for your reviews

Charlotte said...

I'm looking forward to Liesl & Po lots!

And it was great to meet you in real life yesterday!

La Coccinelle said...

Wow... Looks like there are some great reads coming up!

Shirley said...

Thank you for taking the time to introduce all of these! They all look incredible...werewolves and the Titanic?....interesting. Most of them look really good!

Paige said...

These all sound so amazing! *Gush* Can't wait to read them!

Liviania said...

I hadn't heard of it before this, but THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS looks amazing. I've been reading a lot of straight-up fantasy lately.

John The Bookworm said...

All of these look awesome. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is one that I'm really excited for.

Also, it's inkpop, not inkbop. was a little confused there when reading that portion of the post!

Midnight Bloom said...

Thank you for the recap and heads-up of what novels are sure to bring some buzz in the coming months! I've been already really looking forward to several of these novels! :)

Mundie Moms said...

WOW! A lot of great books are coming out this summer. Thank you for mentioning them here. There's a few I didn't know about I"m adding to my TBR list.

Lindsay said...

I found it searching for inkpop, not inkbop...I had no idea that site existed! Great find :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm really curious about Fateful and Shatter Me too. The author is super sweet. An ARC for Shatter Me will actually be auctioned off here soon: www.tlcauctions.blogspot.com for anyone that didn't get one at BEA or couldn't go...like me. :(


Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

I'm definitely curious about Liesel and Po! It looks awesome! EVE also sounds great as well. There have been a lot of dystopians lately though, and I do hope it stands out.

Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Association said...

OMGosh there are sooo many good books coming out. And seriously Titanic with Werewolves????