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Showcase Sunday / June 2, 2013

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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:

– Rapier
– Iron Filings
– Ghost Hunter Belt
– Torch (flashlight)
– Salt
– 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

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?

16 Responses to Showcase Sunday (11): Random House special edition

  1. Ahhh this sounds SO awesome!! What a brilliant opportunity and loads of great books :DD The only one I've heard of is Acid which is apparently incrediblee.. Enjoy all your books!!

    Also high 5 for London bloggers! 😀

    My SS 🙂

    • Daphne says:

      Hi five back to a fellow London blogger! Thanks I haven't had the chance to read Acid yet but I'm excited to!

  2. SnugglingontheSofa says:

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun! And very cool that Amy came to lunch with you too. I'm looking forward to Acid, Noble Conflict and the Oathbreaker's Shadow. I've never read Jonathan Stroud before but Lockwood sounds really interesting so I'll be keeping an eye out 🙂

  3. Jack says:

    You're so lucky! This sounds like a lot of fun. You got so many great books! I've heard rave reviews for all of them.
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  4. achoquet says:

    Oh wow, sounds like a great time! I love that Jonathan Stroud brought props to talk about his book. So much fun! I'm definitely interested in his book after reading this! Jealous!
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    • Daphne says:

      The props were AWESOME, seriously. I mean, an actual rapier! The book is so great, please do pick it up when it comes out!

  5. Holly U says:

    Love your haul! Silent Saturday and Acid sound amazing! And I'm definitely going to check out the two books by the authors you mentioned above. 🙂

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  6. aimeerobyn says:

    Oh! I loved the Bartimaeus Quartet! That's so cool that you met him!
    I've just finished ACID, it was an incredible read! Hope you enjoy it! x
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    • Daphne says:

      Been hearing so many good things about Acid, I'll bump it up my TBR! Thanks for the rec 🙂

      And yes, Jonathan was amazing to meet!

  7. Great pictures! Doll bones & The oathbreaker's shadoware two books I can't wait to read. Enjoy :D!
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