Sunday, 21 January 2018

Walker YA Blogger Evening - 2018 releases

Photo taken by the lovely Olivia Gacka. You can check out her blog here.

On Tuesday, I attended the Walker blogger event to find out about all the wonderful titles that are coming this year. At events like this, I always feel so grateful to be part of the blogging community. I met so many new people and caught up with friends, as well as finding out about the exciting books to come! 

This is the fantastic selection of books that we received on arrival: 

How to Hang a Witch comes out this month (January 2018) and I can already verify that it's just as good as it sounds. Written by a descendent of a witch hunter at the Salem Witch Trials, it tells the story of a girl called Sam who finds herself at the centre of a centuries old curse. If you love modern day witch tales (like The Graces by Laure Eve), or mysteries with historical elements, then this is a perfect read for you!

This premise really captured my imagination and we only have to wait until February until the book comes out. Scythe is a darkly comedic thriller set in a world where disease, war and crime no longer exist. Citra and Rowan have been reluctantly enlisted to be professional 'scythes', the only people who have the power to kill others. This is a chilling idea and I'm intrigued by the potential for humour and darkness.

Also out in February is this wonderfully dark and quirky title! Landscape with Invisible Hand is a novella about the downsides of accepting help from extraterrestrials. M.T. Anderson is the author of the critically acclaimed dystopian Feed and this sounds like an equally entertaining but thought-provoking read.

This is another much-anticipated title: a collectable gift edition of the popular Magnus Bane short story. This is also out in February. 

In April, Ghosts of the Shadow Market will be released, the first in a new series by Cassandra Clare. This is a story about the young Jace going to live with the Lightwood family. 

In February, gorgeous 10th anniversary editions of the Chaos Walking series will be released.

I can't believe it's ten years since this series came out. Shameful confession time - it might finally be time for me to read them. I've been a huge fan of Patrick Ness' recent books, so I'm excited to finally read these!

This book sounds just as gorgeous as the cover! It's described as 'a sweet and kooky romcom for fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder, Sarah Crossan and Susin Nielsen's We Are All Made of Molecules'. It's a story about a family circus school, friends, family and first love. Flying Tips for Flightless Birds is Kelly McCaughrain's debut and will be released in March.

The Wonder of Us will be out in May, just in time for summer, and it sounds like the perfect holiday book. It's a story about friendship and an epic road trip around Europe. 

This is a Patrick Ness book that I have read and it's absolutely wonderful. The paperback comes out in May, and if you haven't checked it out yet this is the perfect opportunity. Taking place over just 24 hours, Release is a story about a boy struggling with his family's religious beliefs and learning to let himself love, despite the ex-boyfriend he can't quite let go of. Another gorgeously dark storyline runs alongside this one and it's an incredibly gripping, moving book.   

I'm not able to share the cover for Lou Out of Luck, which comes out in June. I can share that the followup to Girl Out of Water sounds fun and hilarious, with a realistic portrayal of what it's like to be a teen. 

I can't put into words how excited I am about this book. We got to watch a video of Angie Thomas talking about On the Come Up. Not only does she seem absolutely lovely, but her next book sounds just as amazing as The Hate U Give. Also set in the world of Garden Heights, it's about an aspiring teen rapper 'and what happens when you get everything you thought you wanted'. This book comes out in June and I'm already counting down.

This comes out in June and it sounds like a unique, compelling thriller that also explores mental health. Tom Pollock was at the Walker event to discuss the plot of the book and read an extract. He very openly talked about his own struggles with mental health and I'm really excited to read a genre novel that also delves into this subject.

What an amazing year for Walker Books! Thank you for a wonderful evening to all involved. I can't wait to read all of the books!

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