HarperCollins Canada: Frenzy Presents
(Spring 2017 Edition)
On February 26, 2017, I attended Frenzy Presents, a book preview event hosted by HarperCollins Canada. I was incredibly excited to be invited to this shindig as I’ve previously only bore witness to this event on Twitter when many of my bookish friends attended in past seasons. So it’s nice to be on the inside instead of being on the outside looking in.
But before I proceed to word vomit on all the books, I must first extend thanks to the Suman and the team at HCC Frenzy for arranging an afternoon of frolicking over Goodreads and shelving all the books, spending time new/old friends in the community, and chat about all things bookish!
For more details and other thoughts from this event, peruse the Twitter hashtag #FrenzyPresents!
The Beginning: Old and New Friends
So if you’re anything like me, you try to find the ish on friends attending any event. When it came to light that Indigo, of Adventures in YA Fiction (see: the first Toronto blogger I met in person at a bookish event in 2015 whereby we awkwardly introduced ourselves in the corner of the room), was also making a pit stop to this event — whom I had not seen since she went back to school out east, I was ecstatic!
Another person whom I’ve only chatted with on the Twitter-verse but have never met formally in person is Nova (Out of Time) — and it was great to catch up with her as she has been less active due to school and moving.
Family portrait, starting from the left: Jesse, Alexa, Patty, A Troll, Ri, and Indigo!
There was also food. Thank you for feeding me, HCC Frenzy. You know the perfect way to my heart.
But onward to the books!
A Preview of Spring 2017 Books
As always, I’ll showcase a list of all the books for you to cover lust over and gain interest in before I vomit my thoughts on which books I’m excited for!
Books I’m Excited For in Spring 2017
I’d normally go through each title and talk a bit about it but instead I will feature some books that are now on my radar (and perhaps will be on yours too). So get your Goodreads out and get hyped!
Angie Thomas’ “The Hate You Give” (02/28/17)
Reasons: Just read it.
Laurie Forest’s “The Black Witch“ (05/02/17)
Reasons: this book was pitched to me by Tina from IndigoTeen at a dinner I attended a while back. Though this is a gargantuan high fantasy, I’m curious as to what has close buds so excited for this book!
Gillian French’s “Grit“ (05/16/17)
Reasons: sold as “…like Female of the Species”. As I had not read the former, I thought this could slightly-if-not-really remedy that.
Evelyn Skye’s “The Crown’s Fate” (05/16/17)
Reasons: Readers of this blog know The Crown’s Game was not my favourite. But. BUT. I. Just. Want. Answers.
Francesca Zappia’s “Eliza and her Monsters” (05/30/17)
Reasons: With a premise following an Internet-heavy fandom lifestyle, this book sounds like my troll-y reddit-thriving life.
Nadine Jolie Courtney’s “Romancing the Throne” (05/30/17)
Reasons: Look. I’ll cut to the chase — this sounds like a perfect page turner with potentially good-trashy regal drama. Like putting The Royals television show into a book form…with Middletons as influence.
Kayla Olson’s “The Sandcastle Empire” (06/06/17)
Reasons: For someone who claims to read a lot of SF-F Dystopia, I’ve been running dry in that genre recently. This one sounds a lot like Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale (?). …which I guess is just me saying Hunger Games BUT NOT.
Joelle Charbonneau’s “Dividing Eden” (06/06/17)
Reasons: First off, I gotta thank Shelly for passing me her copy. Secondly, look at the fucking cover. I know it gives Red Queen plus Hunger Games vibes but fuuuuuck this cover lust.
Victoria Schwab’s “Our Dark Duet” (06/16/17)
Reasons: I haven’t read This Savage Song but when has that stopped me from hauling all of her books?
Mackenzi Lee’s “Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” (06/27/17)
because Shelly said so. Nah, this just sounds like a great travel-ish romp through Europe and I was so lucky to have obtained a copy by request!
Event Haul + Swag
At the end of the event, they provided swag bags to attendees and your boy was able to get the following in his:
Today I had the lovely opportunity to attend #FrenzyPresents — an event put together by @HCCFrenzy and spent an afternoon with the book community and experienced a really [really] great presentation featuring forthcoming Spring/Summer 2017 titles! They were also gracious enough to provide swag bags full of great titles — many of which I am excited for. (Not pictured is #GentlemansGuidetoViceandVirtue which I had received in the mail the other week back). Thank you so kindly for the invitation and for meeting new and old friends! / / Are you excited for any of these HCC titles? / / #TheSandcastleEmpire by Kayla Olsen #RamonaBlue by Julie Murphy #Grit by Gillian French #RomancingTheThrone by Nadine Jolie Courtney #DividingEden by Joelle Charbonneau (Thanks @shellyzev for passing me your copy! It will be loved and cherished.) #TheBlackWitch by Laurie Forest / / / /
Post Event Shenanigans
After we left, a few of us went to get some drinks + pub grub — to which I had to get a poutine because cravings. Definitely a great way to end the afternoon of bookish fun.
Thank you again to HCC Frenzy for allowing me to attend! I had a pretty clear idea as to which books I was reading for the next few months but this event has obviously thrown that schedule out the window!
Which Spring 2017 releases are you excited for?