Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea, and gives us an opportunity to talk about all the books we’ve
begged, borrowed or stolen recently acquired!
Today’s one is a Hot Key Books palooza. About a month ago, I was lucky enough to attend a blogger brunch hosted by both Hot Key Books and Templar Publishing (both part of the Bonnier Group) to showcase their January – June releases. I had such a blast, and they made me really happy by showing us two lovely presentations, letting us meet some of their authors, piling us with loads of food and lots of books!
They were so generous and I walked away with 14 hard copy books in total, a memory stick with loads more and an amazing tote bag with a great slogan I have now decided to live by:
Because I wanted to make sure every book got the attention it deserved, I decided to focus this week on Hot Key Books and next week on Templar’s releases.
Books for Review
- The Quietness by Alison Rattle
- The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, Book 1) by Page Morgan
- Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
- Death & Co. by D.J. McCune
- Stray by Monica Hesse
- The Savages by Matt Whyman
- Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
- The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
- Red Ink by Julie Mayhew
It’s been so tough to pick favourites out of this lot, but the ones that stuck with me during the presentation were:
The Savages by Matt Whyman – a black comedy about a family of ‘carnivores’ in the most extreme way. Daughter Sasha dates a vegetarian and is afraid to bring him home to the family. I feel like it’s going to be The Addams’ Family, but 100 times more clever.
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo – in Malaya culture, where young pretty girls get married to the dead sons of rich families. Li Lan finds herself in one of these marriages and gets sucked into the afterlife. Touted a sinister Memoirs of a Geisha. And you know that anything that gets mentioned in the same breath as Memoirs will immediately appeal to me.
Transparent by Natalie Whipple – sexy, sci-fi, an X-Men-esque world where everyone has a super power. The main character is invisible and she gets used by her gangster father. They had me at ‘super powers’.
Out of all of those amazing books, which ones stand out to you? What do you think I should read next? 🙂