Sara Wolf signs Bring me Their Hearts

First of all, Sara Wolf is hilarious, and very good at reading her book aloud. She was just such a joy to listen to, and you can tell where her characters get their snark. She handing out candle in a little vile that looked like it should contain a blood sample, which is a pretty appropriate pairing for a book called Bring me Their Hearts.

I always enjoy hearing about how much or little authors have a part in their covers, and this cover is just beautiful. On the hardcover the letters are raised and metallic gold, I’m in love! Sara did mention that she originally wrote Zera, the main character, that wasn’t skinny and typical, but unfortunately most of that was edited out of the book, and clearly not portrayed on the cover. I appreciated her sharing this, because I think it is so important that main characters aren’t all the same (i.e. some unrealistic “ideal” that society has).

Sara also spoke about how she wanted her main character to be the monster, not the princess. I really appreciate this as well. Zera doesn’t have a heart and has to eat raw bloody meat to survive, pretty zombiesque. And then the whole undead part is pretty vampy. Sara was hilarious trying to combine to two, which lead to the repeated use of Zampire/Zompire, because it’s obviously much better that Vombies/Vambies.

Overall, it was just a complete pleasure hearing about Sara Wolf’s author process and Bring me Their Hearts. I also ended up purchasing her contemporary series, Lovely Vicious (I’ll link them below).

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Synopsis:

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

 

Goodreads

Order a signed copy here Call to make sure they still have signed copies

Amazon order here.

Other Books:

Goodreads Lovely Vicious Series

Series on Amazon

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Author Signing: Jeff Sweat signs Mayfly

Jeff was really nice, and his wife and children were in the front row supporting him. He’s from Los Angeles, and this is also where his book takes place, but in a more apocalyptic setting. The book sounds very interesting, and I’m interested to see what kind of adventure it is.

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Synopsis:

Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen.

Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world is crumbling around them, and their time is running out. Is this truly the End?

Goodreads

Order a signed copy here Call to make sure they still have signed copies

Amazon order here.

 

Author Signing: Danielle Mages Amato & Robyn Schneider

It was interesting because both of the author’s books deal with a teen girl that has lost her brother, but in very different ways (synopses below). Robyn Schneider is super quirky and full of energy. Danielle works at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and loves Shakespeare. They were both kind and fun, and I’m really looking forward to diving into their books!

Danielle Mages Amato

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Synopsis:

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.

Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.

Goodreads

Order a signed copy here

Amazon order here.

 

 

Robyn Schnider

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Synopsis:

Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.

Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother’s death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends–a group of magnificently silly theater nerds–while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.

Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life–and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn’t telling her the whole truth.

All Rose knows is that it’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose.

Goodreads

Order a signed copy here (call to make sure the still have signed copies in store)

Amazon order here.

 

May Mysterious Galaxy YA Book Club

May 17, 2018

May Book Pick:

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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This was the second official Mysterious YA Book Club Discussion. We usually break up into groups of 4-6 depending on the amount of people that show up (usually over 30). Constance does a wonderful job of providing discussion questions, but the really adorable thing that she does is make 5-6 different little pictures that we pick at random to determine our small discussion group for the night. This time she used pictures of the characters from the book! I really enjoyed discussing this book in our group, especially because I didn’t finish it. It was wonderful to get answers about how the book proceeded, and hear what people liked, and didn’t like, about this story. The general consensus within my small group was that it lacked a depth necessary to be an amazing book, but the ideas and details were appreciated by all of us!

Happy 25th Birthday to Mysterious Galaxy!

May 12, 2018

I’m lucky enough to have the BEST indie bookstore so very close! Mysterious Galaxy has amazing events and such a strong book community. Their 25th anniversary was a day full of awesome authors, giveaways, and a BOOK DRAGON CAKE! Here are a bunch of pictures so you can pretend you lived through this magical day with everyone!

I MEAN SERIOUSLY,

LOOK AT THIS CAKE!

The Young Adult Author Portion

Jason Porath

(Author of Rejected Princesses)

He signed his new book Tough Mothers just in time for Mother’s Day!

!!! BRITTA LUNDIN !!!

Author of SHIP IT

Okay, so I stalked the Disney tent at Yallwest for this book, and just couldn’t get my hands on it. Luckily, Britta came to my local indie for their birthday and I got to buy the BEAUTIFUL hard cover. Plus, I got to meet Britta, and tell her how excited I was for her book!! I’m sure I sounded a bit like a stalker, but the FANGIRLING just couldn’t be contained! There will be a review coming for this book with pictures of the awesome hardcover that is hidden under the dust jacket.

D.J. MacHale

(The Library Series)

And this wonderful human being was a writer on Are You Afraid of the Dark? I mean, I grew up on that show, so I had to buy his books!

Matt Harry

(author of Sorcery for Beginners)

Matt brought his sons, and I was lovin’ the Floss moves. Haha.

Unfortunately, I had to head to work and missed the amazing events that were later in the afternoon, but if you want to see them click here and it will take you to the event on Mysterious Galaxy’s Website. Also, you can explore the upcoming events here, because there are SO MANY EXCITING EVENTS!

Independent Bookstore Day 2018 Book Crawl!

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The San Diego Independent Bookstore Crawl was an amazing event, and a great excuse to spend money! I loved visiting new indie bookstores in San Diego, and supporting them by buying books. When you reached four stamps, you got a limited edition San Diego Bookstore Day Crawl totes. Stamps 5 through 8 got your raffle tickets for the silver raffle prize of a gift package reflecting the individual stores and their curated collections. And if you got all 9 stamps you were entered into the raffle for the Gold prize–gift certificates totaling more than $200!

I visited the San Diego Public Library Shop, The Book Catapult, La Playa Books, Blue Stocking Books, Mysterious Galaxy, UCSD Bookstore, and ended at Warwick’s. All my book hauls are picture below, except Warwick’s where I pre-ordered All Your Forevers by Colleen Hoover, because she is coming to sign them on July 26th!

I was lucky enough to win the silver raffle prize from Warwick’s! Which included books and TONS of goodies. I mean look at that HUGE bag!

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San Diego Library Ship Haul:

Composition Notebook business card case

“A book lover never goes to bed alone” mug

SD Public Library Mug

Furyborn by Claire Legrand ARC

The Book Catapult Haul:

Scorn by Matthew Parris

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory ARC

Blue Stocking Books Haul:

The Triangle Arithmetics

Alice in Wonderland (Dover Thrift Edition)

“Read a fucking book” sticker

La Playa Books Haul:

Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes

Frankenstein

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ARC

Mysterious Galaxy Haul:

Love me Never by Sara Wolf

Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Brain XP by Christine Marie Frey

Feminism: A Very Short Introduction by Margaret Walters

UCSD Bookstore Haul:

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani (signed)

Sloth reading pin from Boy Girl Party

Learning Good Consent by Cindy Gretchen Ovenrack Crabb

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

This event was so AMAZING!!

I can’t wait to participate next year!

Adrienne Young signs Sky in the Deep, in Conversation with Mary E. Pearson

May 25, 2018

Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego, CA

Adrienne Young was a wonderful surprise! She spoke about her passion for feminism, and how a feminist theme is present throughout the whole book. Also, she talked about the ruthlessness of the main character (breaking our typical female gender role), which is right up my alley. Another goal was to write a ya story that didn’t feature so many of the same tropes, such as a romance as the end all, be all. I’m just overly excited for this book!

Adrienne was also in conversation with Mary E. Pearson, author of The Remnant Chronicles, and upcoming book Dance of Thieves (out August 7, 2018, Signing at Mysterious Galaxy on Release Day). Mary E. Pearson was so sweet and excited about Sky in the Deep. She said she wanted to ask questions that she would want to be asked, and I think she did a wonderful job.

Sky in the Deep Synopsis:

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Author Website: http://adrienneyoungbooks.com/

Fierce Friday (Yallwest Day 1)

This was my first time attending the Fierce Friday event, and I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t too crowded, and there were some amazing authors there! We waited in line to get wristbands, one author per hour, and then we could get into the back of any other line. I managed to get five books signed! Plus I played Trivia twice and hung out with and met some new bookish friends! Honestly, I LOVED the Fierce Friday event!

 

 

I brought three books to get signed (The Hate U Give, The Belles, and The X Files), I bought one at the Mysterious Galaxy table (I Believe in a Thing Called Love), and then I received four ARCs! I won Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over in a trivia game, and Aminah Mae Safi was signing her ARC of Not the Girl’s You’re Looking For. To Be Honest and The Brightsiders (review is up for this amazing LGBTQIA+ read) were included in this awesome Swoon Reads tote bag, that I received for voting on a cover at their table. It was wonderful to meet authors and be able to snag some free books. Truly, book nerd heaven!

Author Signings:

Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give

 

Maurene Goo – I Believe in a Thing Called Love

 

Dhonielle Clayton – The Belles

Kami Garcia – The X-Files: Agents of Chaos

Aminah Mae Safi  – Not The Girls You’re Looking For (ARC)

TRIVIA WIN!

Shani Petroff – Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over