Frenzy Five | Spring/Summer 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been 7 years since the very first, Frenzy Presents. Frenzy Presents has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings especially as this event had over 110 attendees and that’s not including the waitlist! This particular event was definitely shorter than the ones in the past due to the Angie Thomas event that was taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario later that afternoon. Still there was no shortage of great titles, so without further ado here are my top five picks from all of the titles presented.

1. The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos (Release Date: May 28, 2019)

A contemporary-fantasy hybrid novel, The Wise and the Wicked is about a family with an unusual power. Every woman in Ruby’s family when they come of age, has the ability to see when exactly they will die. And without fail, every member of the Chernyavsky family has died in the same manner that they saw that is until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away. This twist leads to Ruby having hope that things are not completely set in stone, but can she really change her fate? An own voices magical realism story, this one awesome some awesome LGBTQ characters and representation which I’m all here for!

2. Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh (Release Date: June 4, 2019)

This one was one of the titles on my wish list and I was fortunate enough to snag an ARC in my swag bag. A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, this one’s for those who love stories about complicated and dysfunctional family dynamics particularly among sisters. 

3. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (Release Date: June 4, 2019)

Another contemporary YA novel that I’m eagerly anticipating, this one is about a Japanese American girl whose family owns a flower shop. Interestingly enough this one looks at the effect that the Japanese internment camps still has, since CJ’s family ends up selling their shop to the family that swindled her grandparents during WWII. This causes CJ to stand up and fight for her family, causing conflict within their entire Northern California community. Perfect for fans of Samira Ahmed’s Love, Hate & Other Filters, Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi as well Jenny Han.

4. The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (Release Date: June 25, 2019)

Everyone that attended the event received a chapter sampler of this Evil Queen retelling. For fans of twisted fairy-tale retellings like the Lunar Chronicles series, this one takes place in a world where your fate is already written in the fairy tales. Everly Morrow is a loner and outsider who has the ability to commune with mirrors. Unbeknownst to her, she is destined to be the “Evil Queen” in Snow White’s story. Will she succumb to becoming the evil queen and a villain or give up her crown to become a hero? After reading this one, I’m even more intrigued to read the rest of Everly’s story.

5. Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin (Release Date: September 3, 2019)

Okay so technically this one doesn’t come out until the fall, however those who attended the Spring 2019 Frenzy Presents event were given a tiny glimpse of some upcoming fall titles. This one is the first in a fantasy duology, and is the authour’s debut novel. Although, fantasy isn’t my typical cup of tea I’m excited for this one because it has a runaway witch, a marriage of convenience cleverly orchestrated by the protagonist and of course some forbidden romance between a huntsman and a witch! Also how awesome is this cover?

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TeensRead Winter + Spring 2019 Preview Picks

Two months ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Raincoast BooksTeensRead Winter and Spring 2019 Preview event in Toronto. As always there were some of the best donuts I’ve ever had, awesome swag bags, and of course tons of amazing books that were presented to us. Below are my top three picks from the preview and for 2019.

1. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Evans Hicks (on sale February 12th, 2019)

Faith Evan Hicks is a Canadian cartoonist and animator known for her graphic novel. Comics Will Break Your Heart is her first young adult novel. The plot of this book inspired by the real life stories of comic creators of companies like DC and Marvel who lost the rights to their creations, and thus were never fairly compensated for their work, comics will break your heart is about Miriam the granddaughter of one of the creators of a well-known superhero who was betrayed by my co-creator as a result her family is now penniless. While Miriam is trying to out if she truly wants more than what her small town can offer, she meets a cute boy who of course ends up being the grandson of the man who betrayed her grandfather. I got an ARC of this one at the preview event and am intrigued by it. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading this one. Fun fact, Comics Will Break Your Heart is apparently the first book in a series, though I hope the book is a standalone and the next book is about other characters.

2. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (on sale May 7th, 2019)

At the time of the preview, we didn’t have a cover for this book. However, now that we do can I just say how adorable it is? Of all the titles mentioned during the preview, this one is without a doubt my most anticipated title! Another romantic comedy from Maurene Goo, Somewhere Only We Know is a modern take on the classic Audrey Hepburn film  Roman Holiday only with Hong Kong setting and a potential romance with Kpop singer and the son of a paparazzi who is trying to impress his dad. I cannot wait to read this one, and *fingers crossed* I’ll be able to snag an advance of it!

3.We Hunt the Flame (We Hunt the Flame #1) by Hafsah Faizal (on sale May 14th, 2019)

We Hunt the Flame is getting ALOT of buzz on social media and a lot of people at the preview were excited for it. I love the tagline for this book which is, “people lived because she killed, people died because he lived”. Doesn’t that speak your curiosity? The author herself is Muslim and she wanted to write a diverse fantasy novel with an Arabica setting with no genies or even supernatural elements. The first in a duology, We Hunt the Flame promises to be a thrilling novel that is all about discovering who you are and conquering your fear.

RHC Spring/Summer Blogger Preview | Five Titles I Can’t Wait For!

Last Wednesday I got to check off another thing off my book blogger checklist, which was to attend a blogger preview at the offices of Random House of Canada. It was an entertaining night, and I got to meet a few of my fellow book bloggers for the first time as well as catch up with those who I’ve already met in person. Overall it was an entertaining and well organized event, and if they were to hold an Fall Preview I wouldn’t object to getting an invite to attend it so once again, thank you Aliya for the invite!! Anyways, I thought I’d feature a few of the titles that I am super excited for that are coming out in the next few months or so. I’m pretty sure there will be lots of overlap between my choices and the choices of the other bloggers that attended this event so without further delay here are my top five pick plus one bonus pick in no particular order:

1.finding-audrey-sophie-kinsella-book-cover Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

When I first heard that Sophie Kinsella was coming out with a YA novel, I’ll admit I wasn’t as excited as everyone else was. I mean I’ve only read one book by her, Wedding Night which I enjoyed but I wasn’t like a super fan of her work or anything. However, after learning more about what the book is about I’m very intrigued. The protagonist in this book suffers from an anxiety disorder which as someone who struggles with anxiety often, I can definitely relate to. Also its apparently supposed to be a cute contemporary with romance which is one of my sweet spots. Thus I will definitely be anticipating the release of this book. This book releases on June 9th 2015.

 

2. godruinsA God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

I absolutely loved, Life after Life by Kate Atkinson so when I heard that she was coming out with a sort of sequel I knew I had to get a copy of it. In A God in Ruins we get the story of Ursula’s younger brother, Teddy. This should be interesting since I really liked Teddy in Life after Life and I’m excited to learn more about him. Fortunately I got an ARC of this book, so I’ll be able to dive into it soon. This book releases on May 5th 2015.

 

3. we-are-all-made-of-molecules-susin-nielsen-book-coverWe are all made of molecules by Susin Nielsen

I adore Susin Nielsen’s writing, and her book The Reluectant Journal of Henry Larsen was one of my favourite reads in 2013. Initially I wasn’t sure about this book, but after hearing about it more at the preview, I really want to check it out when it comes out. Also I loved the fact that one of the descriptions for this book is “Nerd Power Defeats Bully”, cause that is just awesome! Don’t you guys think so too? This book releases on May 12th 2015.

 

4. a-robot-in-the-garden-by-deborah-install-book-coverA Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

This book some really adorable and I’m just loving the Canadian cover for it. The premise of this book also sounds utterly charming as it is about a man in his thirties who come across a robot in his garden (hence the title), the story then follows all their misadventures as they try to find the robot, Tang’s home. I was sad that I was able to get an ARC of this one but luckily I know a couple of good blogger friends who did get their hands on an early copy and would be willing to share it with me. This book releases on August 4th 2015.

 

5. chinarichChina Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

This is probably my most anticipated book of 2015. Luckily, I got an ARC of it early on and having just finished reading it, I can say that my excitement was warranted. If you loved Crazy Rich Asians, then you will love China Rich Girlfriend. And if you haven’t read either book, but want a fun and entertaining story filled with ton of gossip and drama and featuring Asian characters then you should definitely check this series out! I know I will be definitely preChina Rich Girlfriend releases on June 16th 2015.

 

**Bonus Pick: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald**

This last pick is a bonus pick as it doesn’t release until the fall but it is already up there on my fall reading wishlist. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend follows 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden who decides to visit her pen pal Amy in Broken Wheel, Iowa. This don’t go as Sara expects once she gets to Broken Wheel, but it does leave room for a great story that is perfect for book lovers. Hearing this book being compared to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry has made this book a definite must read for me!