Saturday, June 23, 2012

It was a FRENZY!!!

I attended a blogger event at the HarperCollins offices downtown, earlier this week, in celebration of Harper's very own FRENZY magazine, a fabulous magazine if I do say so myself!
I had a blast meeting so many amazing Canadian bloggers (including those from Ontario Blog Squad- was so excited haha)

We also got to meet the amazing FRENZY and HarperTeen team, and discuss they're favourite fall picks. Which included...

Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Release Date: October 2nd/12.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .

The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.

should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Release Date: August 28th/12
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.

Filled with action, suspense, and romance, this first book in a new trilogy offers readers nonstop thrills.

Starling by Lesley Livingston
Release Date: August 28th/12
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
"Love is just the beginning... of the end."

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Readers who fell in love with Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy and those who love Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will be captivated by the sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action of Starling.

(Sorry for the lack of personal photo, I guess I got a little to caught up on what was being said haha)
Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
Release Date: August 21st/12
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again ? just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting. When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor's twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 18th/12
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off the from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

The Debutantes by Cora Harrison
Release Date: August 2nd/12
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away.

Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country.

But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans—ruin everything—forever.

AND.... then we discussed this sequel you may have heard of :)

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Now Available!!!
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

We discussed possible options for the Third title and love triangles- yay or nay, I personally LOVE love triangles and I was one of the only  ones which I thought was funny.

But that wasn't all, there was a surprise guest that showed up...

I GOT TO MEET TAHEREH MAFI!!! She's amazing! So down-to-earth :)
And then she signed a copy of Shatter Me, supplied by HarperCollins (now I have an extra copy- guess I'm going to have to do a giveaway huh?)
Tahereh thought I was asking her to sign this one, instead of Adam, awkward haha
Thanks Tahereh, I will be extraordinary! 

I didn't just receive a SIGNED finished copy of Shatter Me though, here's a pic of the sweet swag the HarperCollins team gave each attendee

Thanks so much to Shannon and the entire HarperCollins/Frenzy team, for an amazing night, great swag and delicious pie! Haha I can't wait for the next one!


  1. It looks like you had such a good time, Hayley! Tahereh is a doll, isn't she? I swear I laughed almost the entire time I was at her event :0)

    I'm seriously envious of the pie...haha!

  2. Great recap and fantastic to meet you! :)

    LOL I love that Adam-signed copy!!!!