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Frenzy Presents: Fall 2019

It’s time for another Frenzy Presents by HarperCollins event recap, this time for Frenzy Presents: Fall 2019! I really really enjoy the Frenzy Presents events, but this one might have been my favourite! The event was split into 2 time slots so that there would be fewer people in the HarperCollins office at one time. I had almost zero social anxiety because of this, which was great! I also had a blast with some of my favourite fellow book bloggers! For those of you who couldn’t make it, I thought that I would put together a summary of the event and the HarperCollins titles coming out before 2020!

I had another awesome trip into Toronto with A Couple Reads and Birt Reads Books! And we were quite surprised to encounter great traffic and no strange occurrences, haha. Once we got to the big city and to the HarperCollins building, we met up with Book Haul HollThe Contented Reader, The Book Order, and Reading Between Reality.

I was also super happy to meet The Enchanted Library and Literary Lizard this time around! Had such a blast with these ladies and I can’t wait for the next Frenzy Presents! I’m not the biggest fan of this photo because I look like a potato. But everyone else looks awesome, so I decided to post it! And finally, here ar the books that were featured:

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (September 3)
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake (September 3)
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai (September 3)
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (September 3)

I’ve had my eye on Kingdom of Souls for some time, and think it sounds really unique and full of adventure, so I hope to pick that one up at some point! I haven’t read the Three Dark Crowns series now, but might binge read it now that the final book, Five Dark Fates, will be out next Tuesday! Butterfly Yellow is a historical fiction novel that takes place during the Viet Nam War. It sounds good but a bit too sad for me right now, haha. And Serpent & Dove is one of my most-antipated releases of the year and I’m 45 pages into it right now and loving it! Also, it was described as filty at the event, hahaha.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite (September 3)
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan (September 10)
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth (September 10)
Break in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis (September 17)

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine sounds amazing! I sadly won’t be able to get to it until later this year or early in 2020 though because my September TBR is pretty packed already. I’ve heard some good things about Unpregnant. The next book, A Treason of Thorns, sounds like a magical read. And Break in Case of Emergency was described as both sad and funny (but again, a bit too sad for me right now)!

Suggested Reading by David Connis (September 17)
Verify by Joelle Charbonneau (September 24)
Angel Mage by Garth Nix (October 1)
Crier’s War by Nina Varela (October 1)

Suggested Reading has a very interesting cover that really portrays what the book is about: a school that decided to ban books and would suspend students that are caught reading books on the list! And Veryfy, on the other hand, is about a fantasy world in which books and paper don’t exist (oh, the horror)! Angel Mage is a must-read for me since it sounds romantic and epic and like it’ll be full of magic. And Crier’s War is an LGBT fantasy!

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy (October 1)
Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia (October 1)
The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth (October 1)
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (October 1)

Dear Sweet Pea is Julie Murphy’s first middle-grade novel and is about a girl dealing with her parents’ divorce and a local advice column. Now Entering Addamsville was pitched as having Serpents from Riverdale vibes, so I’m all over it. The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of novellas from Veronica Roth. And Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All is a historical fiction novel about two young women—one living, one dead.

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy (October 1)
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco (October 15)
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi (October 22)
The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand (November 5)

The Memory Thief is a fantasy about a world in which memories can be used as currency. The Never Tilting World is another fantasy pitched as Frozen meets Mad Max. The next book, I Hope You Get This Message is a contemporary science fiction title about a world in which an alien planet threates to end the world in 7 days and about how 3 young adults spend those days. And The How & the Why is a contemporary about family and adoption.

Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh (November 12)
The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli (November 12)
Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen (December 3)

Crown of Oblivion is about a girl who was told that she doesn’t have magic (but actually has it) and has to take part in a deadly race. The Sky Weaver is the third book in the Iskari series by Kristen Ciccarelli. And Dangerous Alliance sounds awesome because it was pitched as Jane Austen Tinder!

Once all of the books were presented, the special guest, Jasmin Kaur, was introduced! She presented her upcoming book, When You Ask Me Where I’m Going (more info below), and then read some poetry from it for us.

I found that Jasmin Kaur’s poetry evoked a lot of emotion, and so when I was given the opportunity of taking home an ARC, I accepted!

TitleWhen You Ask Me
Where I’m Going

Author: Jasmin Kaur
Type: Poetry, Prose
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: October 1, 2019

so that one day
a hundred years from now
another sister will not have to
dry her tears wondering
where in history
she lost her voice

The six sections of the book explore what it means to be a young woman living in a world that doesn’t always hear her and tell the story of Kiran as she flees a history of trauma and raises her daughter, Sahaara, while living undocumented in North America.

Delving into current cultural conversations including sexual assault, mental health, feminism, and immigration, this narrative of resilience, healing, empowerment, and love will galvanize readers to fight for what is right in their world.

As I’ve said multiple times before, Frenzy Presents swag bags are amazinggg! This time around, my swag bag contained a wood bookmark from Ink & Wonder saying “summer was a book of hope,” a The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy themed fan, a metal bookmark saying “a book is a dream that you hold in your hand,” a little notebook by I’ll Know It When I See It with a cool eye design, some What if it’s Us themed pins, a small packet of tea from David’s Tea, and a Jane Austen themed headband!

When You Ask Me Where I’m Going  by Jasmin Kaur
I Hope You Get This Message  by Farah Naz Rishi
Now Entering Addamsville  by Francesca Zappia
A Treason of Thorns  by Laura E. Weymouth

I was lucky enough to take home these 4 titles after Frenzy Presents!
And I’m very excited to read them all!


17 thoughts on “Frenzy Presents: Fall 2019

  1. Oh my gosh this sounds like so much fun. Personally I wasn’t a huge fan of Serpent and Dove, but I’m not big on romance. I am hype for Kingdom of Souls, Unpregnant, The Never Tilting World, A Treason of Thorns, Suggested Reading, Verify and The Memory Thief. I have ARCs of them ALL and didn’t even realize they were all Harper Collins titles. I would have loved to attend this event! So jealous. I didn’t even know it was going on. Toronto is a little far for me though. I’m on the street team for Crown of Oblivion and could not be more excited.

    1. It was! And I’m sorry you didn’t love
      It! But that’s good news for me because I love romance hahaha. Also oh my gosh! So many Harper titles! We had a blogger trek over from Montreal once hehe but I dunno how far you are. And that’s amazing! Congrats

      1. I live in Rochester NY (Upstate NY), so it’s not terrible, but too far for me right now. Plus I don’t have a passport or enhanced license. You will probably love Serpent and Dove if you like romance. It was one of my most anticipated titles too, but I was disappointed that it focused more on the romance. I am so excited for all of these titles. I went crazy with the fall ARCs, so I have been reading all summer to be on top of them, but still have so many more to get to.

        1. Ohhhh so would you be closer to Toronto or NYC? Sorry I don’t know much about US geography, haha. Just thinking that there would definitely be some blogger events happening in NYC! And hahaha I hear ya about the ARCs! I feel like I’m never caught up

          1. Definitely Toronto! I just checked and Toronto is only 3 hours and 45 minutes away and NYC is more like 8 hours… I would love to go to a book event, but in NY they are all in NYC. Even just author signings, when authors visit NY they only go to NYC. It kinda sucks because Rochester is a decent sized city!!

            1. Aweee I’m sorry to hear that! And I hope that you’ll be able to make it up to Toronto sometime 🙂 I live 1.5 hours away (2-3 hours in bad traffic) and would definitely drive 3+ hours for some of these events as well. I hope you’ll be able to make it someday OR that your city gets some books events ASAP 😉

              1. I have to try and get a passport or an enhanced license that way I could travel to Canada! I don’t think people would come here even though it is a pretty large city because people always just go to NYC when visiting NYS.

                1. Crossing my fingers for you! And gah that sucks 🙁 totally get it though! It’s the same where I live sigh…I’m just lucky enough to live so close to Toronto

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