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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Hodder & Stoughton 2014 Wishlist

Every time I read Hodder and Stoughton now, all I can ever think of is Hodor. Hodor, Hodor, Hodor. If that's not a sign that I need to step away from books for awhile I don't know what is! Anyway, this post is all about the books that are coming this year from Hodder & Stoughton. I picked up a catalogue at London Book Fair and man, I'm so excited about so many of these books!

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Release Date: 25th September, 2014
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Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.
But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.
Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Those Above by Daniel Polansky
Daniel Polansky

Release date: 9th October, 2014

The first of Daniel Polansky's explosive new epic fantasy series.
Aeleria: a land where humans have been ruled by a race of extraordinary beings, the Others, for three thousand years. The last uprising was brutally crushed when the Others swept down from their mountain holdfast, bringing death in their wake. All hope seemed lost.But a single man Bas Alyates walked away from the battle with his back unbent and his will unbroken. For twenty-five years, Bas has lived as a reluctant hero. But when the humans of neighbouring Salucia begin to stir after three thousand years of slavery, Bas knows that the time for revolution is ripe - and the age of the Others could finally be at  an end. 

Remember Me This Way - Sabine Durrant

Release Date: 17th July, 2014
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The new, brilliantly tense psychological thriller by Sabine Durrant, author of the hugely praised UNDER YOUR SKIN.
Everyone keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way.
A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place.
As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again.
At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her.
Lizzie loved Zach. She really did.
But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him.
Or what he was capable of . . .

Confessions - Kanae Minato

Release Date: 14th August, 2014

The Japanese phenomenon - the story of a grief-stricken schoolteacher who comes face to face with absolute evil.
When Yuko Moriguchi's four-year-old daughter died in the middle school where she teaches, everyone thought it was a tragic accident.
It's the last day of term, and Yuko's last day at work. She tells her students that she has resigned because of what happened - but not for the reasons they think.
Her daughter didn't die in an accident. Her daughter was killed by two people in the class. And before she leaves, she has a lesson to teach...
But revenge has a way of spinning out of control, and Yuko's last lecture is only the start of the story. In this bestselling Japanese thriller of love, despair and murder, everyone has a confession to make, and no one will escape unharmed. 

 Paper Swans - Jessica Thompson

Release Date: 31st July, 2014
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Ben Lawrence seems to have it all - the hot job, the flashy car, the luxurious apartment. But one tragic day in his past mars his future.
Since the events of that day he hasn't truly got close to anyone.
He made a promise that love was the price he would pay for his mistakes.
When Effy Jones - a bright, ambitious charity founder - walks into the PR firm where Ben works, neither realise that their lives are about to be turned upside down.
Paper Swans tells of how love can conquer all, and how when everything is broken one person can help to put the pieces together...

The Three - Sarah Lotz
The Three

Release Date: May 22nd, 2014

They're here ... The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there's so many ... They're coming for me now. We're all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he's not to­­--
The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 - 2012)
Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.
There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged.
And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone.
A message that will change the world.
The message is a warning.

Beatrice and Benedick - Marina Fiorato
Beatrice and Benedick

Release Date: 8th May, 2014
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Hidden in the language of Shakespeare's best-loved comedy Much Ado About Nothing, are several clues to an intriguing tale. It seems that the witty lovers Beatrice and Benedick had a previous youthful love affair which ended bitterly. But how did they meet, why did they part, and what brought them together again?
Messina, Sicily, 1588. Beatrice of Mantua comes to the court of her uncle Leonato, to be companion to his daughter, Hero. That fateful summer, Spanish lordling Don Pedro visits for a month-long sojourn on the island with his regiment. In his company is the young soldier Benedick of Padua.
Benedick and Beatrice begin to wage their merry war of wit, which masks the reality that they dance a more serious measure, and the two are soon deeply in love. But the pair are cruelly parted by natural disaster and man-made misunderstanding. Oceans apart, divided by war and slander, Beatrice and Benedick begin their ten-year odyssey back to Messina and each other.
In a journey that takes us from sunlit Sicily to the crippled Armada fleet and from ancient superstition to the glorious Renaissance cities of the north, Marina Fiorato tells a story of intrigue, treachery and betrayal that will shed a new light on Shakespeare's most appealing lovers.


  1. The Three sound CRAZY! When reading the blurb, i felt like I was seeing a movie trailer for some summer thriller, being played out in my mind. SCARY!!!! and Paper Swans sound like Perfect end of the summer kind of read! Great books to look forward too. I especially can't wait for Lauren Oliver's adult fiction debut. YAY!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Michelle @ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

  2. I'd love to get my hands on Oliver's new novel, and The Three looks and sounds amazing, I hope to get it as well, despite not being a horror fan!
    Great picks!

  3. Paper Swans sounds adorable! Im intrigued about the Lauren Oliver, and The Three and Remember Me This Way sound like awesome thrillers. Thanks for highlighting these!


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