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Random House Bloggers Brunch

On saturday I was lucky enough to go the the RHCB Bloggers Brunch. As always it was a fantastic morning because of all the exciting future releases they teased us with and because it was another chance to see all my lovely blogging friends.

Now I was going to do a whole break down of all the exciting books they teased us with but in my truly chaotic I lost the piece of paper somewhere between London and Cromer with all the titles and details on. So instead I am going to give you a heads up on the titles they spoke about which I am most excited about

Wonder by RJ Palacio

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? 

I actually read this one back over Christmas and it is fantastic. I would recommend it to everyone.

Starters by Lissa Price


Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined.
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I finished this one this week and I loved it. I can't wait for Enders, the sequel, to see what happens next.

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

I can't wait for this one as it looks excellent

Witch Struck by Victoria Lamb

Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.

Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.

Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series

The Historian in me is very very excited about this one!


Jane said…
Sorry you lost your notes, but glad you got back to windy Cromer okay!

I had a fantastic time on Saturday. Did you see the bloggers' photo over on my blog and the Random House CB blog? I knew my eyes were closed!!

It was great to meet you, and I'm still feeling virtuous about not scoffing all those delicious cakes. Though having tapas for lunch afterwards probably cancelled that out ...

Hope you love Witchstruck when it arrives!

Cait said…
Omg Witchstruck sounds fantastic!! I'd heard of the others but that one's new to me. excited for it
iffath said…
Some great books here, Struck sounds especially interesting! "Mia Price is a lightening addict" - sounds so cool! And I agree with you on Wonder, and it's such a beautiful read.
Some fabulous books from Random House this year, Witchstruck looks especially interesting :D
I loved wonder and I cant wait to get reading my copy of Starters! I havent even heard of Witchstruck though and it sounds amazing, I must get that added to my wishlist!
Im glad you had a good time, even if you lost your piece of paper, it sounds like you heard about some awesome books :)