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[recap] HCC Frenzy Fall Preview 2013!

IMAG0115 I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling all of the fall books coming from HarperCollins this year! The wonderful crew at HCC Frenzy invited several bloggers down to the trés adorable shop Vocado in Liberty Village for an evening of books and fashion last Thursday, and I had a marvelous time.

Having caught a quick dinner with Michele, Andrea and Jenn, the three of us headed over to Vocado and met up with blogger friends Christa, Nicole, Liz and Brenna. While events like this are mostly filled with familiar faces that I’m fond of, it’s always wonderful to see and meet other bloggers like Dani, who came all the way from Guelph to chat books with the rest of us.


Jessica is super excited about The Brokenhearted!

We started off at the Contemporary YA section with the lovely Kaiti and her two picks for the fall:

How to Love by Katie Cotugno, which intrigued me because it not only deals with a boy rediscovering the girl he once loved, but also learning about her son.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, which delves into the myriad ways a life can change in a single moment.

Jessica in the Creeptastic Corner told us all about three terrifying new novels:

3:59 from Gretchen McNeil is reminiscent of Coraline, in that at exactly 3:59 a.m., a girl discovers she can see into another world through her mirror, including an identical version of herself.

Madeleine Roux’s Asylum will certainly peak the interest of horror buffs, as it takes familiar insane asylum tropes and adapts it to the YA genre.

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney raised eyebrows when described as the story of a “female Dark Knight.” My curiousity was definitely heightened when Suman handed me a copy later in the evening after a long chat about Fringe and Doctor Who–her recommendation pushed this novel up my list considerably!

Shannon regales us with the complexities of The Chaos of Stars

Shannon regales us with the complexities of The Chaos of Stars

The always sunny Shannon led us into the world of New Mythology next, with her picks being:

Descendant, Lesley Livingston’s follow-up to the fantastic Starling, which I love love loved! Lesley has always come up with some of the most creative and unique twists I’ve found in urban  fantasy.

In The Chaos of Stars, Kiersten White takes Egyptian mythology and modernizes it in the story of a girl who must decide whether to accept the truth of her heritage or live a normal life.


IMAG0105The New Adult corner held a surprise for everyone: author Cora Carmack came up from the States to talk about and sign her book Losing ItCora spent some time in the Philadelphia theatre scene, and I enjoyed getting to talk to her about where she spent her time there, as I grew up in Philly.

Cora also talked to us about the new adult genre, and all the interesting new books coming out of it. While she’d started out as a self-published author, the genre is quickly growing in the publishing business and it’s certainly making a space for itself on my shelf, though I’m still a little wary of contemporary romance.

IMAG0109Suman held court in the New Voices corner, where we learned about three very different, very well-written novels:

Gloss by Marilyn Kaye doesn’t exactly sound like a book I’d pick up on my own, but I will admit to being intrigued by the 60s setting.

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, on the other hand, sounds exactly like my kind of novel. The literary style Farizan employs, along with poignant and sensitive subjects, has placed this book high up on my must-read list.

The comparisons to JJ Abrams’ shows are everywhere for Mindy McGinnis’ Not a Drop to Drink, and readers who enjoy survival stories are sure to enjoy this novel.

Christa, Andrea, Brenna and I taking a quick photo in between stations

Christa, Andrea, Brenna and I taking a quick photo in between stations


The two fall ARCs I received in my gift bag!

All in all, it was a great evening with lovely friends and some truly interesting upcoming novels. Thank you so much to Vikki, Shannon, Kaiti, Suman and Jessica for a fun evening of books, and to Vocado for hosting us! I know I’m excited to read these stories–what are your picks for fall?



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