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Showcase Sunday / March 3, 2013

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:

Showcase Sunday: Tote Bag


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

So many fantastic titles, plus a few more notables Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter and Transparent by Natalie Whipple.

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? 🙂

13 Responses to Showcase Sunday (7): Hot Key Books special edition

  1. I only know The beautiful and the cursed, but the other books are new to me. I definitely can't wait for this one. I first didn't recognize it, because I only knew the red/pink cover.

    Happy reading! 🙂
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    • Daphne says:

      Yes I think the US one has a much different cover, but I loved the sound of it. Gothic with gargoyles? Again, so original! Thanks 🙂

  2. So many good books! The Ghost Bride stands out most to me – you had me at 'dead sons' – what on earth? Intrigued by the synopsis, looking forward to reading your review 🙂

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  3. Zoe @ Bookhi says:

    Wow! The Hot Key Books event sounds amazing, I am so jealous. I love that publisher. I have The Quietness for review and it sounds really interesting. I also like the sound of Red Ink. Maggot Moon is a fantastic story too 🙂 Happy reading!

    • Daphne says:

      I\’m so excited about Maggot Moon as I\’ve only heard great things about it. I love Hot Key Books too, all the books they publish are so interesting! Do let me know what you think of The Quietness.

  4. daydreamingstar says:

    Ghost Bride! I cannot wait to read this one, it sounds like the PERFECT read for me! 😀

    Also excited for Savages and Transparent… and well, ALL of them! Haha.
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    • Daphne says:

      I\’m so excited for that one, but I\’m putting off reading it for a bit because it doesn\’t come out until later in the year.

      It will have to be a buddy read, yes?

  5. Shy @ Doctor's Notes says:

    Oh The Transparent sounds so cool. I love books with super powers involved. Check out my haul

  6. Ange F. says:

    Wow, those Hot Key books certainly have interesting titles! I’ve read one of their books recently and it was definitely different!

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