Here is my wrap up of the Scholastic Blogger event!
Thank you to the Scholastic team for inviting me to such a wonderful event.
This was such a fun afternoon. Before the event, I met up with several amazing bloggers and then we headed to the event.
At this event we got to hear about all their new releases, editor chat, designer chat and author chat! They had a YA quiz afterwards but, sadly I had to leave to get my train.
So, first up are the books they where talking about and let me say, you are all in for a treat with these books.
- Shell by Paula Rawsthorne - 4/1/18
What if you thought you had died, only to wake up to find that your brain and eyes had been transplanted into someone else's body? When Lucy, a teen diagnosed with terminal cancer wakes up cancer-free, it should be a dream come true. But faced with a life she didn't choose and trapped in a new body, Lucy must face the biggest question of all . . . How far would you go to save the one you love?
- The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson - 4/1/18
Nate and his mother are running away, hiding out in a tumbledown cottage in the middle of a forest. When Mum heads off for provisions, and then doesn't return, Nate is left alone and afraid, with the dark closing in all around him. But comfort can come from the most unexpected of places - a mysterious girl trying to solve the clues of a treasure hunt and the reappearance of an old friend from his past. Will Nate find the bravery needed to face the troubles of his present and ultimately illuminate the future?
- An Assasin's Creed Series by Matthew J Kirby - 4/1/18
Owen, Javier and the rest of the Last Descendants teens uncover their destiny in this epic third book in the trilogy based on the hit Ubisoft videogame. The stunning conclusion to the Last Descendants Trilogy! Only one piece of the Trident of Eden remains. Isaiah, a rogue Templar agent, has discovered both the faith prong and the fear prong of this powerful relic. Should he possess the devotion prong, there is little that can stop him. For the time being, Owen and his fellow teens have established an uneasy alliance across Assassin and Templar lines in order to stop Isaiah while they still can. Over a thousand years earlier, Styrbjorn the Strong, a Danish warrior, leads the Jomsvikings against the Danish king, Harald Bluetooth. It is on those Viking battlefields that the secrets of the devotion prong lie. It is there that the fate of the world, the truth behind the teens' collective unconsciousness, and their ancestral links to one another lie. History has already been written. The rest is up to Owen, Javier and the other members of their unlikely alliance. The actions they take will change the world of Assassin's Creed forever.
- State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury - 1/3/18
Sorrow all but rules the Court of Tears, in a land gripped by perpetual grief, forever mourning her brother who died just days before Sorrow was born. By day she governs in place of her father, by night she seeks secret solace in the arms of the boy she's loved since childhood. But when her brother is seemingly found alive, and intent on taking control, Sorrow has to choose whether to step aside for a stranger who might not be who he claims to be, or embark on a power struggle for a position she never really wanted.
- Tender by Eve Ainsworth - 1/3/18
Marty and Daisy spend their lives pretending. Marty pretends his mum's grip on reality isn't slipping by the day. Daisy pretends her parents aren't burning out while they look after her incurably ill brother. They both pretend they're fine. But the thing about pretending is, at some point, it has to stop. And then what?
- Spark by Alice Broadway - 5/4/18
The page-turning, heart-in-mouth sequel to bestselling debut INK. Leora is reeling: questioning everything she has ever known about her family and herself. As half-Marked and half-Blank, can she ever wholly belong in either fractured community? Mayor Longsight wants to use her as a weapon: to infiltrate Featherstone, home of the Blanks, and deliver them to him for obliteration. Leora longs for answers about her mysterious birth mother, and Featherstone may reveal them. But will she find solace and safety there or a viper's nest of suspicion and secrets?
- The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill - 3/5/18
Deep beneath the sea off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of being human... but at what terrible price? Hans Christian Andersen's dark original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, storytelling at its most spellbinding.
- Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias - 1/5/18
After withdrawing from the EU, Britain is governed by a far-right nationalist party. Its flagship policy is the British Born edict, which allows only those born in Britain to live here. Everyone else is an "illegal", subject to immediate arrest and deportation. But an election is coming soon, and all the polls point to a big loss for the ruling party. 18-year-old Londoner Ash is wrestling with grief after the loss of his sister Sophie, who died in a tragic drug-related accident at a party. He meets Zara on a stalled tube train and immediately falls for her. But Zara has secrets: not only is she an "illegal", but she's the only person who knows the truth about Sophie's death. Associating with Zara could jeopardize Ash's future, and if Zara comes forward with what she knows about the night Sophie died, she'll have no future in Britain at all. The election could save them. Or will it only bring disaster?
- Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman - 3/5/18
Every winter, three families gather in an old house in the country to celebrate the New Year. This year, 15-year-old Leah and the other two teens discover that the house has a dark past: a deathbed confession led the police to the buried body of a teenage girl earlier in the year, who had gone missing 50 years before. As the teens investigate the morbid history, terrible things start happening around the house. And if Leah isn't careful, this New Year might be her last.
- Noah Could Never by Simon James Green - 7/6/18
Noah and Harry are now officially boyfriends, but is Noah ready to go all the way? It's no help that a group of cosmopolitan French exchange students have descended on Little Fobbing - including sexy Pierre Victoire, who seems to have his eye on Harry! Meanwhile, Noah's paired up with a girl ... who, most outrageously, is not even French. But that's not all: the police are monitoring Noah, and he can't tell if it's because his dad and secret half-brother, Eric, have made off with his gran's fake diamonds; because his PE teacher is receiving mysterious cash infusions from Russia; or because drag queen Bambi Sugapops is hiding out at Noah's house in the midst of a knock-down, bare-knuckled drag feud. Will Noah ever catch a break?
- Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl - 7/6/18
Five friends - the beautiful elite at their exclusive prep school - reunite a year after graduation. After a night out, they narrowly avoid a collision with a car on a deserted road. Back at the mansion belonging to one of the girls, a storm rages and a mysterious man knocks on the door, announcing something world-shattering. The friends must make a choice: one of them will live, and the rest will die. And the decision must be unanimous. So begins the Neverworld Wake. The nightmare. The nothingness. Time backbends and they are fated to repeat that day, but fears are now physical and memories come alive in horrifying ways. How will they vote? And will they be able to escape the Neverworld?
- A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood - 5/7/18
Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions... and is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family?
- Access All Awkward by Beth Garrod - 7/18
Bella Fisher is stuck in EXAM HELL - with only the promise of a weekend at a cool festival with her mates as a reward afterwards.
- Show Stopper 2 by Hayley Barker - 2018
- A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke - 10/18
- Riverdale Novel
- Riverdale Student Handbook
Next we had the wonderful Simon James Green talk about his upcoming book, Noah Could Never, I love Simon. He is so lovely and his books just make me laugh. He was talking about, even though we have some amazing m/m books out there, he wanted to write one that was full of laughs and awkwardness that, every teenager goes through. Then we where treated to a reading from his new book and I've never laughed so much. He really needs to do the audio books for these.
We where also treated to a talk and read from Laura Wood and her book A Sky Painted Gold which, just left me needing the rest! It just sounded brilliant. Then, before the end we had the lovely Lisa Thompson talk to us about how she got into writing, and served tea to Benedict Cumberbatch!?!?!?! She also read from The Light Jar which, you all need to pick up now since it's out.
Between these we got a really fun talk from some of the editors at Scholastic. It was really interesting to see what they loved about being an editor, how they came to being an editor and just so much more. It has made me think more about a job in editorial. We then had a talk from the designers, and the process they go through making a book cover, all from the beginning on a post it note to the finished piece! It was so interesting to see how it works and I enjoyed listening to them talk about the process.
At the end we had an author talk with Alice Broadway, Paula Rawsthorne, Tracey Mathias, Eve Ainsworth, Sue Wallman, Simon James Green, Lisa Thompson and Laura Wood. It was such a fun panel and thank you Scholastic for spoiling us with this amazing panel of all these wonderful authors.
I was able to pick up some books I've had my eyes on for awhile and, they gifted us with a goody bag! With a proof of Never World Wake which, I am super excited to read! Also, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman which, I've never actually read so, I am super excited to start this!
Thank you to the whole team at Scholastic for a wonderful afternoon! If I could send you a giant cake I would.