Sunday, 11 February 2018

Scholastic Bloggers' Book Feast and 2018 list

This was my first ever Scholastic Bloggers' event and I had a fantastic time. It was really fun to visit the Scholastic office and to meet so many lovely bloggers, publishers and authors. I thought the day was really well-organised and I got a lot out of it as a reader, a blogger and a writer.

Scholastic have a wonderful list of books coming out in 2018 and the day started with a summary of their list. All of them sounded great but here are some that I'm the most excited about!

I managed to pick up a copy of Shell by Paula Rawsthorne, which came out in January and it sounds incredible. It's the story of a girl who was terminally ill until her parents find a new body for her, and I'm obsessed with the idea of a modern take on Frankenstein.

We got chance to see the cover for Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill, out in May, and it's absolutely gorgeous! There'll be a public cover reveal soon. This story of The Little Mermaid told through a feminist lens appealed to me from the moment I heard about it and I can't wait to get a copy!

I was already very excited about State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury, and the more I hear, the more I'm not sure how I'm going to wait until March.

I'm a huge Sue Wallman fan and I can't wait to read Your Turn to Die in May, another fantastically twisty YA thriller.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, out in June, is about five friends who are given a devastating choice: they must decide which one of them will live, and then the rest will die. We received a copy in our goody bags and I can't wait to see how this book turns out!

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood is described as 'a gorgeously dreamy coming-of-age romance set against a stunning Gatsby-esque backdrop'. Out of the all the books we heard about, this was one of the most exciting and I can't wait to get a copy. Laura read the prologue to us and I was immediately gripped. The writing is beautiful, and very evocative of the time period and setting.

Here's a rundown of the other gorgeous books coming out and their release dates:

The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson - January

Last Descendents: Fate of the Gods by Matthew J Kirkby - January

Tender by Eve Ainsworth - March

Spark by Alice Broadway - April

Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias - May

Noah Could Never by Simon James Smith - June

Show Stealer by Hayley Barker - June

Access All Awkward by Beth Garrod - July

Riverdale - two novels coming out this summer

A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke - October

It was amazing to hear from authors about their books and writing processes, and I really enjoyed the conversation between editors about what their role entails. The presentation by designers was also really interesting, as I've never seen how a book cover goes from a sketch to the glorious finished product.

There was also a fantastic author panel with Alice Broadway, Paula Rawthorne, Tracey Mathias, Sue Wallman, Eve Ainsworth, Laura Wood, Simon James Green and Lisa Thompson. I really enjoyed hearing them talk about their books and the amazing range of stories.

I had a great day and I'm really excited to read my new books. Thank you to everyone at Scholastic!

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