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HarperCollins Canada Ltd. Frenzy Presents: Spring 2019 (Influencer Event Recap)

It’s time for another Frenzy Presents recap (this time for Spring 2019)! Again, I was so honoured to be invited to a Frenzy Presents preview. I loved learning about the upcoming YA releases by HarperCollins, and I also loved seeing all of my blogger friends (some even for the first time)! Shout out to A Couple Reads, Birt Reads Books, Book Haul Holl, A Book and a Cup, The Contented Reader, One Page at a Time, Bionic Bookworm, Words of Mystery, Midnight Bloom Reads, and The Book Order. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I thought that I would put together a summary of the event!

As some of you will know, the book events that I attend are in Toronto, and I live 1-3 hours away (depending on traffic, haha). It’s a long drive, but it’s definitely a fun one because I get to share it with A Couple Reads and Birt Reads Books! It also helps that it’s always an adventure driving into Toronto with these ladies. This time around, we struggled through powerful winds (there was actually a wind warning in effect!), pouring rain that made it impossible to see at times, and we also saw a very interesting accident (third picture below). How did that person even get their car up there?!

It will forever remain a mystery to us…

But, back to the books! We made it to the building that the HarperCollins Canada office is located in safe and sound (and quite early). So, we had about an hour to kill. But we had to find a bathroom first (which was a lot harder than you would think and required a security guard running ahead of us so that he could unlock the bathroom door because the bathrooms are locked on Sundays? We still don’t know why he was running, but it was funny nonetheless). Then, after some waiting and meeting with more bloggers in the lobby (there were so many of us that it was sadly impossible to say hi to everyone), we all went upstairs, grabbed some brunch, and the presentation began:

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds (March 5)
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi (April 2)
Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford (April 9)

Oppsite of Always sounds amazing (though a little too sad for me), I also didn’t read the first books in the Shatter Me series, so I tried not to listen to the Defy Me pitch because of spoilers. Love & Other Curses sounds like my cup of tea, and I hope to get a copy form my library so that I can read it (and review it for you guys)!

The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown (April 16)
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala (April 23)
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard (May 7)

Isn’t the cover for The Meaning of Birds amazing? But this is another one that sounds too sad for me, haha. The Tiger at Midnight sounds like an awesome adventure, and I can’t wait to binge-read the Red Queen series once Broken Throne is out!

Last Things by Jacqueline West (May 7)
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7)
Nocturna by Maya Motayne (May 7)

Last Things sounds dark and really unique! And while I haven’t read Elizabeth Acevedo’s other book The Poet X, I have heard nothing but amazing things about it and I therefore really want to read With the Fire on High (plus that fantastic cover of course)! I hadn’t heard about Nocturna until Frenzy Presents, but found myself very intrigued by it once I did hear all about it (and now want to read it of course)!

The Missing Season by Gillian French (May 21)
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson (May 21)
The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos (May 28)

The cover for The Missing Season didn’t really catch my eye at first because I figured it was just another YA thriller about someone who goes missing. Once I heard the pitch for it though (that people go missing on Halloween, and that something supernatural might be going on) I found myself really wanting to read it! The Let Me Hear a Rhyme cover is super cool! And I had requested The Wise and the Wicked some weeks ago and hope I’ll be able to get a copy!

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiuara (June 4)
Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke (June 2)
Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley (June 4)

This Time Will Be Different sounds amazing, and it has a cover to match! The same applies to the Pan’s Labyrinth book version (I say book version because Pan’s Labyrinth is originally a movie which I highly recommend to fans of fantasy + horror). Sorry For Your Loss sounds like an important read, but again another one that sounds too sad for me, haha.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (June 4)
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen (June 4)
The Beholder by Anna Bright (June 4)

I loooove the cover for Like a Love Story, and was even more drawn to the book when I found out that it’s set in the 80s! Sign. Me. Up. Sarah Dessen will also be publishing her first book with HarperCollins (which is super awesome). I also feel as if I’m the only person on the planet who has never read anything by Sarah Dessen. The Beholder (pitched as a historical Bachelorette with ship travel) was my most anticipated release going into Frenzy Presents, and it still remained in my top 3 by the end of the presentation!

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh (June 4)
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (June 11)
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (June 25)

Ordinary Girls was pitched as a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility! The Opposite of Okay sounds like a great (and important) read about compromising situations and slut shaming. And we will be getting another Snow White retelling in the form of The Evil Queen (from the evil queen’s perspective and with some twists).

Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller (July 2)
The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair (July 2)
Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry (August 6)

Destroy All Monsters really intrigues me, and it’s pitched as very unique. Maybe I will pick it up someday? The same goes for The Beckoning Shadow which is about a girl who has the power to make someone’s worst fear come to life and enters a competition. Let’s Call it a Doomsday also really intrigues me because it sounds super different!

Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry (August 6)
A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause (August 6)
Fan the Fame by Anna Anna Priemaza (August 20)

Hello Girls made it into my top 3 most-anticipated from this preview! It’s about 2 girls who meet outside of a police station when they go there to report their respective families. They then team up to get some revenge! It sounds so exciting and important! A Dress for the Wicked was pitched as Project Runway meets The Devil Wears Prada! And finally, Fan the Fame has to do with fandoms and a convention, and is recommended to fans of Eliza and her Monsters and Geekerella!

live for the Frenzy Presents swag bags! Seriously. They’re always amazing, and this time was no different. In my swag bag, I received a Frenzy mug (yas!), a “Forbidden Fruit” DaBomb! Bath Co. bath bomb, a “Slay at any size” pin, a baggie of Tealish tea, some Sweet Artisan Candies, a sneak preview of The Evil Queen, a pillow case with the Six of Crows quote “If you can’t beat the odds, change the game” from OwlCrate, and I also received ARCs of two of my most-anticipated releases!

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Nocturna by Maya Motayne

As you know from the post above, these 2 made it into my top most-anticipated. So, I was very very happy to take copies of them home with me after the event!

THANK YOU FOR READING MY POST, AND I HOPE THAT YOU ENJOYED READING IT AS MUCH AS I ENJOYED WRITING IT! HAVE YOU EVER ATTENDED A BOOK EVENT LIKE THIS? OR ARE YOU ALREADY A VETERAN WHEN IT COMES TO THESE? WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT THEM, OR WHAT IS THE THING YOU WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT AN EVENT LIKE THIS IF YOU WERE TO ATTEND ONE? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

11 thoughts on “HarperCollins Canada Ltd. Frenzy Presents: Spring 2019 (Influencer Event Recap)

  1. It looks like you had so much fun! With the Fire on High is one of my most anticipated releases. I loved The Poet X, and how it is written in verse, it’s one of those books that can easily be read in one sitting.

    1. It was such a blast! And that one sounds so good! I’ve never read The Poet X but heard a lot of good things about it. I’m so glad you liked it too!

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