How about a Frenzy Presents recap for the middle of your week?
I’m sure at least some of you have seen similar recaps go up in the past or maybe you were following the hashtag on the day but I wanted to share some of my most anticipated releases from the preview.
Unfortunately my day didn’t get off to a great start. I’d had a week of early mornings and so I ended up sleeping in very late, only waking up an hour before the event. I also decided to walk the 40 minutes there in 30º weather — not a great idea. So I was a bit off my game from the onset but luckily there were lots of friendly book people there and I was able to chat with some new and familiar faces before we got started. I also apparently forgot my mistakes from earlier in the day and decided to walk home too, another 40 minutes. Made even better by the fact that I forgot I was wearing a name tag until halfway home.
Next time I’m taking the subway. And maybe getting a good night’s rest.
But on to the books!
This was my second time at HCC Frenzy’s headquarters so I had a better idea of how the event would go. The Frenzy team went through their favourites from the line-up and there were several that seemed to be a hit across the board! There are definitely some stellar-sounding ones coming out this season — here were the ones that stood out for me (which I wrote about in this cute notebook):
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
Pub Date: October 2, 2018
Lots of love from the Frenzy team for this one! It’s billed as a dark fairy tale and sounds like a suspenseful read as well, turning typical fairy tale tropes on their head. The MC has been saved from a dragon by a prince but she only knows what he tells her – she has no memory of her capture or imprisonment. She soon starts to have doubts about what really happened though, and wonders where the real danger lies.
A lot is left up to your imagination with where this story may go so I think it will be a really exciting thriller!
Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
Pub Date: October 2, 2018
This book was compared to A Long Way Down, one I haven’t read but that’s been really well received. Both are poetry narratives, which really caught my attention, and this one is in part about baseball, my favourite sport! The story follows two best friends, Noah and Walt, as they try to become ‘cool’ in their final year of high school, make it on the baseball team, and win over Noah’s long-time crush.
There are a lot of other parts to the story that I think may be better left unknown until reading it and I’m interested in seeing how this poetic narrative works over the course of the book.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Pub Date: October 16, 2018
Another author I haven’t read but I’ve heard a lot about her books. This book is set a year after 9/11 and the MC is a Muslim teenager facing constant discrimination and explicit racism from everyone around her.
I think it’s really important to get these stories of the aftermath of the attacks for Muslim people and even with current sentiments. I’ve read some from adult perspectives but I can’t wait to see how Mafi presents this experience through the eyes of a teenager.
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Pub Date: October 23, 2018
I was very excited to get this one in my swag bag! It was pitched as something like a Narnia sequel, though I suppose a sequel to the first book in the series. Two sisters in war-torn England stumble upon a mysterious world and begin to build a life there. After returning home, one of the sisters is desperate to go back while the other wants to figure out life in the real world.
I’m not sure yet how this book differs from Narnia in creating an original story, though there is a major focus on PTSD and mental illness. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my favourite series so I’m looking forward to seeing how the author has reinvented it.
Pulp by Robin Talley
Pub Date: November 13, 2018
One of most anticipated reads, it sounds like perhaps a simple set-up but a really interesting story! This book is told from two perspectives, one teenager in 1955 and one in the present day. Abby, present-day teenager, is looking at lesbian pulp fiction for her senior project when she discovers an author who wrote under a pen name to protect her identity as she was still closeted. Enter the second POV.
Multiple perspectives is always a great way to learn more about the characters and I think this will really pair well with the story in seeing the parallels between their experiences.
Thanks to the HCC Frenzy team for the invite! It’s always fun learning about upcoming books and hearing what everyone is excited for!
Which ones are you most excited for? Any 2019 releases on your radar?