After the presentation finished, the authors were released into the wild and we were all able to mingle and have a good natter over some mini burgers and wine. One lovely surprise was finding out on the evening that Dawn Kurtagich was there and we were able to catch up properly! Below is a look at the proofs I picked up for their May – July titles.
I’m most excited to read:
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
This is one of the two books BWB have coming out on the topic of refugee camps. TBS follows the story of a young boy who’s known nothing other thank the camp he’s lived in since birth. This is such an important message to broach and I’m really enticed to see how the author handles this story and the message beyond it.
Notes on Being Teenage by Rosalind Jana
I had the pleasure of meeting Rosalind that night and I am simply amazed by everything she’s achieved, more poignantly displayed by her immediate return to university to revise for her upcoming finals. I’m fascinated by her dedication and passion for life and really look forward to seeing how this resonates within her writing.
Notable mentions go to Orangeboy and The Lonliness of Distant Beings both for having lovely authors, but also for the most stunning covers of the evening.
Books I can’t wait to get my hands on:
JULY: The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich
Now you if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I am Dawn’s no.1 supporter. I’m truly proud of everything she’s achieved as an author; her first novel The Dead House was incredible. So to see her second novel coming up on the screen (with a kick-ass cover I might add) I was in awe! TCM sounds like a haunting, trilling, psychological novel, and I’ve come to expect nothing less that a good old fashion shiver of the spine from Dawn’s writing and I know this won’t disappoint!
OCTOBER: Haunt Me by Liz Kessler
I first read Liz Kessler last year, when I picked up Read Me Like a Book, which I still maintain is a hugely important book for shedding like on LGBTQ+ exploration. So to discover that Liz is writing another book on a different kind of romantic exploration, one that also incorporates fantasy elements – I was thrilled to hear!
Eliza is an amazing person to meet, she can also pull off a hat very well – a skill I don’t think I’ll ever quite master. Highly rated by my queen Louise O’Neill, Eliza’s novel is chilling to the bone, at least that’s what the description makes me feel! It is a coming of age like no other and I can’t wait to sink into Castley’s universe, where Father wants her and her siblings to hide from the world.
OCTOBER: Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
This book (cover yet to be revealed) looks into the lives of migrants, drug lords and gang warfare written by a critically acclaimed author. I honestly cannot wait to pick up this book and discover more about it.
Sequels coming out this year…
(…that make me want to read the first in the series!):
- Think Twice by Sarah Mlynowski (Sequel to Don’t Even Think About It)
- Summoner 2: The Inquisition by Taran Matharu (Sequel to The Novice)
- King Slayer by Virginia Roecker (Sequel to Witch Hunter)
- Eight Rivers of Shadow By Leo Hunt (Sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight)
Thanks again to Books with Bite for inviting me. I had a blast! It was lovely to finally meet some blogger friends and make new ones too!
Let me know what you’re most exciting to read in the coming months in the comments below or tweet me @HowlingReviews!