Thursday, 7 February 2013

Hot Key Books & Templar Blogger Event: Part 1

On Saturday 2nd February I travelled to London to attend a blogger event hosted by Hot Key Books and Templar.  The week leading up to this event I was very nervous, the tube scares me a lot, and I had visions of getting lost in the middle of nowhere.  The lovely Faye from A Daydreamers Thoughts offered to be my guide, and she got me from the station, to the event, and all the way back again.  A HUGE thank you to Faye for making sure I didn't get lost.

At the event we learnt more about what books were being released, from Templar books for the first half of the year, and from Hot Key Books we got to see titles up to August.  We got to meet the people involved with the publishing companies, some of the authors, and had lots of tea, coffee, biscuits, sandwiches and lots of other delicious food.
There were a few bloggers that attended, some I have previously met in person, some I had not met before in person, and some who I had not met at all.  At the end of the event we were all given an amazing goody bag with proofs and some finished copies of upcoming releases, sweets, and USB pen drive with some more book on, and a lovely tote bag to carry it all home in.  My shoulder was still sore the day after.

I have previously posted a picture of the books we got on Sunday, so today will be more details about the books themselves.  I am really excited to read ALL of these book and I can't wait to make a start on them all.  Below is more information on upcoming books released by Hot Key Books


Red Ink by Julie Mayhew
When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a 'living, breathing' father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to East Finchley anytime soon. But at least Melon has 'The Story'. 'The Story' is the Fourakis family fairytale. A story is something. RED INK is a powerful coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth.

UK Publication Date: 6th June 2013


Death and Co. by D.J. McCune
Adam is a Luman, and it runs in the family. Escorting the dead from life into light, Adam must act as guide to those taken before their time. As his older brothers fall into their fate however, Adam clings to his life as a normal kid - one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through by Monday morning. When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny.

UK Publication Date: 2nd May 2013


The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson has gone missing...

UK Publication Date: 2nd May 2013


Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter
It's the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn't be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo's jealous ex-best friend and Renée's growing infatuation with Flo's brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

UK Publication Date: 2nd May 2013


The Quietness by Alison Rattle
When fifteen-year-old Queenie escapes from the squalid slums of nineteenth-century London, she has no idea about the dangers of the dark world she is about to become embroiled in. Initially thrilled at being taken on as a maid for the seemingly respectable Waters sisters, Queenie comes to realise that something is very wrong with the dozens of strangely silent babies being 'adopted' into the household.
Meanwhile, lonely and unloved sixteen-year-old Ellen is delighted when her handsome and charming young cousin Jacob is sent to live with her family. She thinks she has finally found a man to fall in love with and rely on, but when Jacob cruelly betrays her she finds herself once again at the mercy of her cold-hearted father. Soon the girls' lives become irrevocably entwined in this tension-filled drama.

UK Publication Date: 7th March 2013


Stray by Monica Hesse
Lona Sixteen Always is not herself - quite literally. She lives her life virtually through the experiences of Julian, a boy who was chosen as a role model for the Pathers of Quadrant 1 - troubled children who have been 'rescued' by the government and put 'on-Path'. But one day Lona finds she can think for herself. And on top of that, the face of a familiar boy appears on her screen - Fenn, who she thought had moved on to a different stage of the Path last year. But he didn't. Fenn and other rebels like him have strayed from the Path, and now Lona must stray too. But life off-Path is strange and difficult, and Lona uncovers a secret that will threaten all their lives. Can there really be life after the Path?

UK Publication Date: 6th June 2013


The Savages by Matt Whyman
They'd love to have you for dinner . . .
Sasha Savage is in love with Jack - a handsome, charming ... vegetarian. Which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that Sasha's family are very much 'carnivorous'. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha's father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother's culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel - as does their sinister taste in human beings . . .

UK Publication Date: 6th June 2013

Transparent by Natalie Whipple
High school is hard when you're invisible.

Fiona McClean hates her family, has had to move to a new school and seems to be completely invisible to the boy she likes. So far so normal, right? But Fiona really is invisible. She doesn't even know what colour her own hair is.

Born into a world where Cold War anti-radiation pills have caused genetic mutations, Fiona is forced to work for her mind-controlling mobster father as the world's most effective thief. When her father announces she must become a murdering assassin, Fiona and her telekinetic mother make a break for freedom. Running to a small Arizonian town, Fiona finds that playing at 'normal life' with a mother on the edge, a brother she can't trust, and a boy who drives her crazy is as impossible as escaping her father.

UK Publication Date: 16th May 2013


Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.
Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

UK Publication Date:???


Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
‘I am Friday Brown. I buried my mother. My grandfather buried a swimming pool. A boy who can’t speak has adopted me. A girl kissed me. I broke and entered. Now I’m fantasising about a guy who’s a victim of crime and I am the criminal. I’m going nowhere and every minute I’m not moving, I’m being tail-gated by a curse that may or may not be real. They call me Friday. It has been foretold that on a Saturday I will drown…’
Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is on the run—running to escape memories of her mother and of the family curse. And of a grandfather who’d like her to stay. She’s lost, alone and afraid.

UK Publication Date: ????


The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Li Lan, a young Chinese woman in lush, 1890s colonial Malaya, hopes for a favorable marriage. But the proposal she receives from the wealthy Lim family is for their dead son, who begins to shadow her mirror and her dreams. Set in the elaborate world of the Chinese afterlife, with its parallel ghost cities, paper servants, and monstrous bureaucracy, THE GHOST BRIDE is based on a peculiar historic custom amongst the Chinese in Malaysia called a spirit marriage.

UK Publication Date:????

I am not organised enough to have put these into date order, but I am sure you were too distracted with the pretty covers to notice.  Hot Key Books has some great sounding books being released this year and I am looking forward to getting to read each one.  However I think I am most excited for Vortex as I can't wait to see what happens next with Tom.  Stay tuned for a post with all the books from Templar, as well as seeing what fabulous bloggers attended.

What do you think of this selection of books?

2 comments:

  1. It was fab to see you Michelle & thanks again for the books :o) Hot Key & Templar both have some Amazing books coming out this year & I still don't know where to start with all the books we got in the goodie bag LOL

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  2. That's it! I'm moving closer to London! haha!! These all sound fab Michelle! Hope you enjoy them all.

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