I was so lucky to be invited to “Bloggers’ Book Feast” at the Scholastic UK offices today! The event was so much fun. We were surrounded by bloggers, authors, publicists, books, and food! That’s basically reader heaven.
The mini ham and cheese baguettes were delicious. I had two.
The folks from Scholastic introduced us to some of their hot, upcoming YA titles in 2015. They talked about the anniversary edition of His Dark Materials, the new limited edition Hunger Games copies, a new book by Maria Farrer, and so much more!
Here were two of my favourites:
An Island of Our Own
From one of the brightest talents in children’s fiction and the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship. Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and are determined to avoid being taken into care. When the family’s wealthy but eccentric Great-Aunt Irene has a stroke, they go to visit her. Unable to speak or write, she gives Holly some photographs that might lead them to an inheritance that could solve all their problems. But they’re not the only ones after the treasure…
The Game of Love and Death
Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now… Henry and Flora.
For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.
Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?
Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured—a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.
The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.
Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.
This book is one I’m SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED FOR!!! I was disappointed that this ARC wasn’t in our goodie bags (I believe because they weren’t ready yet). First of all, I love how different this cover is. But then, the whole idea of the book also blows me away. The way the publicists talked about the book hooked me IMMEDIATELY. This is definitely one I’m getting my hands on ASAP.
The two featured authors
Afterwards, the authors were kind enough to sign books, and we spent some time mingling and eating.
I’m particularly interested in Seven Days. It’s a book about bullying but told from the perspective of both the bullied and the bully. I think that’s such an interesting twist! Plus, Eve described the book as being short, snappy, and fast-paced. I like that!
The final loot!
Scholastic was so kind to give us each a goodie bag containing some of these titles!! Squeee!
My Scholastic goodie bag contained:
- Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth
- A Scholastic journal (the red book that’s a bit hidden)
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
- An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls
- A collection of post cards showing the covers of upcoming titles.
The kind folks from Scholastic were kind enough to give me their copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This was just one of the books sitting on the windowsill. 🙂
Thanks so much for the invite, Scholastic! It was a lot of fun to just relax and hang out with fellow book lovers… and those ham and cheese baguettes that I’m STILL thinking about.