Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea, and gives me the opportunity to talk about all the books that have I’ve recently acquired!
A LONG belated post, but I’m thrilled to be writing about the wonderful Random House Children’s Publishers blogger brunch event! Due to the crappy snow earlier in the year, this was rescheduled for March instead. We got lots of yummy baked goods and a presentation of their upcoming books for the year.
The BEST part about the event was meeting the Amy McCulloch, debut author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow and Jonathan Stroud, of the Bartimaeus Quartet and upcoming Lockwood and Co.
Jonathan Stroud, I want you to be my best friend. Seriously, he was a delight to watch and listen to. I loved his dry humour (which really comes through in his books as well), his general geekiness and his obvious enthusiasm for his work. He was there to introduce his new series Lockwood and Co, which takes place in an alternative London where ghosts are everywhere, but only young people have the ability to see and fight them. It will follow the adventures of the titular character, Anthony Lockwood, who runs his own detection agency with Lucy and George, as they try to investigate the spooky going-ons. To help us visualise the day-to-day life of these cool kids, Jonathan brought some props to show everyone including:
– Iron Filings
– Ghost Hunter Belt
– Torch (flashlight)
– Magnesium Flare
– Teapot (because a good brew is essential, AMIRITE?)
Because obviously iron and salt stops ghosts! I have to say that after having the privilege of reading this book, it’s wonderfully creepy and so, so good.
Amy McCulloch was also fantastic to meet. It was great asking Amy about her life both as a new author and as a commissioning editor for Harper Voyager (she’s doubly cool in book terms). Her book sounded (and was) terrific, with a really original fantasy setting that is based on Mongolia. It’s a duology (such a rare beast in the YA world) about a society where making and breaking oaths is serious business. When young Raim pledges his life to protect his best friend and future ruler Khareh, he unknowingly broke an oath that banished him from his land. Amy even braved the swarm of bloggers and had lunch with us afterwards and making us jealous by telling us she went to the theatre with Neil Gaiman recently.
We were also given ARCs and review copies all of which came in an RHCP tote bag. I’ve included received I got from RHCP after the event but were mentioned in it and got me really excited!
Books for Review
- Doll Bones by Holly Black
- Acid by Emma Pass
- The Oathbreaker’s Shadow (The Knots Sequence, Book 1) by Amy McCulloch
- Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
- The Last Minute by Eleanor Updale
- Silent Saturday (Forbidden Spaces Trilogy, Book 1) by Helen Grant
- The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co, Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud
Other notable books were Teardrop by Lauren Kate and Witchfall by Victoria Lamb. We also got a gorgeous 50th anniversary edition of the wonderful children’s picture book, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
I’m so excited about so many of these releases! Which ones pique your interests the most?