Brek Shea Signing

 
Okay, I know this isn’t really book related but I got to meet Brek Shea today! Ugh it was such an awesome experience. My friends and I got in line right on time and got the last wrist bands that guaranteed us that we’d get our stuff signed. I had him sign my copy of Lion’s Roar which is Orlando City Soccer’s game day magazine, so you could say this is kind of book related ;P. I honestly just really wanted to share this moment. 

I was drawing while we were in line since the wait was a while and finished my drawing before we got up to him, so I decided to give him the drawing. He likes to paint and what-not so I thought that it would be something he’d appreciate. He actually did seem like he genuinely thought it was cool and his manager person with him thought it was cool too. A-plus for me right? I was ready to pass out from happiness. A-plus-plus for me keeping my cool. I was super awkward though, like I always am. By the way, he smelled great. Weird, I know, but I’m super into smells. I could probably be considered a dog. 

  That white rectangle piece of paper on the table to the right is my drawing. 

Thanks Brek for being rad hope to see you on field soon! 

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Lib Con 2015 Pt. 1

 The Rick Yancey Experience 

Yesterday, I attended Lib Con 2015 at the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando. Overall it was a pretty amazing experience. 

We shuffled in late to Rick Yancey’s Keynote speech due to me hitting a curb last night and having to go get a new tire put in at 8 a.m. (Which , by the way, took two excruciating hours plus I live about 30 minutes away from downtown and I had to pick up my bestfriend after my tire change). That wasn’t planned in the schedule, but mini adventures are always fun. 

Getting back to us coming in late to the speech, was an amazing speaker. We got their late, but we still made it in time to listen to most of it. I had my wolf journal out and took notes while he spoke. I think he noticed because he kept looking my way, but who knows. He wore sunglasses most of the time so I wouldn’t know. I’m not too sure if I was allowed to take notes, but I saw a woman taking a video the whole time so I thought that it would justify me taking notes (I like taking note since I have a terrible memory and I would like to remember these moments).

  
I really loved that he had a lot of humor when he spoke and seemed extremely down to earth. Here are a few notable things that I wrote down from the speech:

  • The third book for The 5th Wave is finished and is going through editing.
  • Authors do see most of the posts that you make about their work.
  • Sony Pictures wanted to buy The 5th Wave before it was written.
  • If someone ever asks to use your house for a movie, say no. 
  • Ringer is supposed to be amer-asian.
  • We may or may not see Yancey in the movie. 
  • “No it was supposed to be a Buick” – Rick Yancey
  • The third book will be released after the movie
  • There will be special editions
  • The movie comes out sometime next year (I don’t think I’m allowed to tell y’all the exact date, so I’ll keep my mouth shut). 
  • The first trailer will be coming out sometimes soon.
  • If you have writer’s block, great way to get motivation is looking at your mortgage
  • Why aliens? -> “because they scare the crap out of me.”

   
 Right after the speech, Yancey had his book signing.  The line wasn’t bad at all. The staff was nice and we even chatted with one about Disney and selfie sticks while we waited for our turn to go up. I’m pretty awkward when it comes to book signings and I kind of just slid my book on the table for him to sign. 

You know when you have so much to say and ask before hand and then it all leaves you when you actually meet the person and you stand there awkwardly? That’s me. 

After we got our books signed we were given 5th Wave bracelets. Black or yellow. Rick Yancey said black would go well with my outfit, so you can pretty much guess which one I picked up…yellow. Just kidding. Of course I’d get the black one. 

    
Here are some pictures of the program:  

  

      

Check out part 2 of my Lib Con experience here

Lib Con 2015 Pt.2

The Author Fair

  

The author fair was great. I hauled over with me four books to get signed. I only found out about the event about three days prior, so I didnt have enough time to find all the books (let alone the money I needed to get them). Minus The 5th Wave, I brought:

At the book signing I purchased:

A local store called Bookmark It was there to sell the books. 

 

I also picked up tons of bookmarks for my books and was given a couple of posters. 

   

Amy Christine Parker was super nice and kind of quirky! I liked her outfit that she wore too. She hooked me up with a few posters and bookmarks. One of the posters was signed by her, Christina Farley, and Vivi Barnes (she wrote Olivia Twisted). Freaking awesome! 

   

 Holla at my girl J.A. Spiders for giving her book out for FREE at the event! I’ve been looking for this book everywhere before the event and couldn’t find it! Turns out it was being sold at the Books-A-Million near my house. Guess what? She lives near me too! It was great speaking with her and learning that an author lives so close to me. 

   

I had to awkwardly sit and stalk and wait for Lynn Waddell to get back from one of the panels she was speaking at to get my book signed.  She was cool and even gave me a temporary tattoo! She was wearing hers on her forearm which made her look like a bad ass. 

   
  


H.D. Smith was also at the panel so we waited for her too. I thought that the stamp in the book was pretty awesome. I didn’t realize that the book was already a signed copy when I bought it but she was nice and offered to personalize it. 

   

 Lynne Matson was kind and very friendly. She wore a cute dress that I forgot to compliment her on. I’m very excited to finish up this book. 

   

 Lori Goldstein was another of the authors that we had to wait for to come back from the panels. She had a bracelet on her table that looked exactly like the one that’s on the cover of the book and she was also giving out silver colored rubber bracelets. I forgot to pick up one because I was too busy being awkward while I got my book signed. 

   
 

Christina Farley was extremely friendly! I loved talking to her even f it was for a short moment. She told me that all her characters were based off her students that she taught in Korea. How cool is that?! Freaking Awesome! I would be so honored if I was one of her students.  

In all, the event was great. All of the authors were nice and had their own quirkiness to them. I’m definitely going to come to this event again if there will be one next year. Next time, I hope that I’ll find out about the event on an earlier date so that I can grab at least one book from each other and read them beforehand. These books have definitely made their way to the top of my TBR pile (sorry An Ember In The Ashes and Afterworlds). 

I’m definitely going to try to go to Indie Bookfest! Book events are just way too great of experiences to pass up. I also hope to be able to attend the panels next year too! 

I can’t wait for next year! 

If you missed part 1 check it out here

    Linger By Maggie Stiefvater

      

    I literally just finished Linger. I finished it and I got up so that I could write this review. So here I am, wrapped in my wolf blanket, writing my review.

    Before I start here is some information on the book: 

    • Title: Linger 
    • Author: Maggie Stiefvater
    • Publisher: Scholastic Press
    • Published: July 13, 2010
    • Synopsis from Amazon:

    “The astonishing #1 New York Times bestselling novel! 

    the longing. 

    Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain. 

    the loss. 

    Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of a human. 

    the linger. 

    For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?”

    My thoughts: 

    After reading Shiver, I was ready to hop in my car and go purchase Linger. However, it was dark, I had no gas, and no money, so I opted to wait to purchase it. Come about three weeks later, I purchase the book. 

    Linger, for me, was a bit slow. I felt like I was slowly trudging through snow, beautiful and a bit uncomfortable. Beautiful in the sense that, like the beauty of a landscape covered with a sheet of soft white snow, we get to see Sam and Grace enjoy a somewhat normal life for a while without the worry that Sam will change. It became uncomfortable, like the uncomfortableness of wintery chill seeping down into your bones, when it just kept going on and on. It was like there wasn’t much movement in the novel until towards the end. 

    It took me a few days to finish this book. I never was really pulled in to the book. It was good enough to keep me reading but not good enough to give me that feeling of being ripped apart when I would lift my eyes from the pages. 

    The outcome at the end was pretty obvious and one that I kind of hoped for, but I also kind of didn’t. I was hoping for their to be some kind of twist. Well, there was one that Cole shed some light on, but there is that part in me hoping that the twist was even larger. Not as obvious. Maybe in the next book it will be better? 

    Out of all the characters, I think the one I enjoyed the most in Linger was Cole. He is a new character introduced in the book and I am glad that he came in. He brings a new feel to the book. He has a cockiness that I’m kind of digging over Sam’s super emotions. Sam can be a bit over emotional and sometimes I get a bit annoyed, but that’s Sam. I’m just glad that Cole is there to shake up the dynamics a bit. 

    The book, in all was okay. I’m hoping that Forever will be a bit better. 

    On another note, I am going to try to read some of The 5th Wave before Saturday since Rick Yancey will be the Keynote speaker at Lib Con and I plan to get my hardback copy signed.  

     

    On a Book Hunt For Lib Con 2015

      

    On Saturday, June 27th, Lib Con will be taking place and will have some amazing authors attending. Since so many great authors are going, I’m trying to go and buy some of the books so that I can get some signatures. This will be my first bookish convention and I’m super stoked to go. 

    Today was my first day of hunting. I stopped by the Barnes and Noble near my house first.  

     The main book I was looking for was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. They had the book but I wasn’t too happy that the dust jacket was a bit dingy. Next to The 5th Wave, there were also signed copies of Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. SIGNED FREAKING COPIES BY SCOTT WESTERFELD. I was so excited. Sucky thing was that the dust jackets were a bit dingy also, so I opted to check the B&N a bit farther away since it was bigger and probably has those books. 

    So I hoped into my Dodge and drove 20 minutes to the other B&N and guess what? They had what I was looking for! A hardback version of The 5th Wave and a signed version of Afterworlds.  


    I just want to take a moment to thank the sales representative who helped me track down these books. I didn’t catch your name, but you are a wonderful person. She helped me find The 5th Wave and she managed to track me down later on when I was in line to pay to hand me a signed copy of Afterworlds. Bless her heart. 

    You would think I was done with books for a day since my total for those two books alone was about $41 and some change, right? Nope. Later, I was supposed to go throw some lacrosse balls around with my best friend at my work but it was raining and they had to close up due to weather. We waited a bit in the parking lot to see if it would let up. It didn’t, so I drove us all the way to the B&N near my work. I found a good amount of the books of the authors that will be present on Saturday. 

     
    I was so pumped to buy all of the finds, but this girl is a college student and college students do not have a banking bank account. Instead, I opted to buy only two books: Becoming Jinn by  Lori Goldstein and Gated by Amy Christine Parker.  


    I can’t remember my total for this purchase but I do know that Becoming Jinn was $17.99 and Gated was $9.99.

    I pretty much laid down some pretty big bucks today for only four books. But, hey, it is definitely worth it especially since I’m going to get them signed. This also means my TBR pile is just going to keep growing and growing.

    I wish I learned about Lib Con a bit farther in advance since I would have been able to prepare more and have been able to at least read one or two of the books in their entirety. 

    I’m definitely super pumped for this Saturday’s signing. No question about it. 

    Mail Time 6.22.15

      

    After surviving the sweltering heat, I was welcomed home by a package from Bookoutlet.com. I was extremely surprised at how fast my order had come in. I was expecting it to come in July. Thank you Book Outlet for the speedy delivery. 

    The books that I ordered were:

    • Stargazer (Evernight, Bk. 2) by Claudia Gray – I’m in real need of finishing this series. I’ve put it off for years
    • Betrayed (House of Night, Bk.2) by P.C. and Kristin Cast – Finished the first book this past May
    • Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy, Bk.2) by Anna Banks – Finished the first book in May
    • Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, Bk.3) by Anna Banks – Thought it would be good to get the whole series
    • Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz – I’m trying to recollect the books and finish the series
    • Reckoning (Bloodline, Bk.2) by Kate Cary – One of the many books I lost while moving

    Make sure to click on the titles to check the books out on Goodreads!

    My total, in all, was $33.93. The subtotal was $27.94 and the shipping came out to be $5.99. The prices on Book Outlet are practically steals. Make sure to check them out also! 

    Many of the books I’m trying to buy recently are to fill in the gaps of some of the series that I have where I lost the books due to moving. I am also trying to get all the books in all the series that I’m starting to read. 

    Let Me Die In His Footsteps Book Signing

    The book:

    • Title: Let Me Die In His Footsteps
    • Author: Lori Roy
    • Publisher: Dutton
    • Published: June 2nd 2015
    • Synopsis from Amazon:

    “In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Edgar Award–winner Lori Roy wrests from a Southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations.

    On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for. It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie’s aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna’s eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she?

    As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago”

    My thoughts:

    The cover is what initially caught me, like most of the books that I read. The striking purple color and the girl laying in white seemed quite interesting and to top it off it was a hardcover.

    The book took me about two and a half days to read due to having work and other commitments.

    The beginning, for me, was a bit slow but it quickly picked up. The deeper you get the deeper you are pulled into the lives of the characters. As I read more and more, it was getting harder to pull away from the book. The thing about Lori Roy’s writing is that you feel as if you were walking through the book with the characters. It is as if you are there feeling the dark dampness of the home of Sarah and Juna. You can feel the light touches of the lavender plants brushing across your skin as Annie makes her way to the Baine’s. The book definitely transports you to this Kentucky county and grips onto you until the novel is finished. I’m pretty sure that when I would put down the book to go do something I came out with a slight country twang in my voice.

    On June 11th, I went with my one of best friends and my mom to Mount Dora to celebrate my 19th birthday. We stopped by a german bakery in Yalaha on the way there. With full bellies, we took to walking the streets of the beautiful town. I have been to Mount Dora a few times before hand so I was showing them around. One stop that was a must was Barrel of Books and Games.

    Barrel of Books and Games is a small used bookstore that has pretty good prices. Their books are usually in really good condition and they even sell new books and board games. Maybe I will do a review of them soon.

    Fast foreward to June 20th. I had picked up Lori Roy’s new book Let Me Die In His Footsteps in hopes of coming back for the book signing. I have never been to a book signing before and thought that this would be a wonderful experience (technically I did go to one in Elementary school but I don’t remember it so I’m not counting it).

    My friend and I were pretty nervous. We didn’t know what to expect and we had gotten there a bit early. We roamed a bit before we headed to the bookstore. We still got to the store early so I decided to grab some more books to add to my hoard at home.

    There were only a few of us at the book signing. By a few, I mean two other people, the store owner, my friend and I. I did like how the group was small since it did not make it so intimidating.

    Lori Roy started off by showing us documentations of one of her first big writing awards for a non-fiction piece right there in Mount Dora a few years back. Which is pretty dang awesome. She also spoke about her recent trip at a convention/expo (I can’t quite remember which) in which she was in a panel with other authors. From there, she went on about some of the questions that she receives quite frequently about the book.

    One thing that I totally loved her for was when she spoke about how sometimes an author does not have a deeper meaning to their work and how many readers (teachers) try to pull the writing apart to come up with some kind of deeper nonsense. But really though…can Lori Roy get and amen? AMEN!

    After we she discussed her book we ended up talking about her next book and how she is planning to have it set somewhere in Florida. Somehow, we got into the talk of Cassadaga. I’m pretty sure it was the store owner bringing it up, but my memory is a bit unreliable.

    Cassadaga is known to be a spiritualist camp site here in Florida and seems to have the adjectives dark, eerie, and creepy attached to it. Because my friend and I have been there and I took a few trips there myself for fun with some other people, we told her about the place. She seemed to be very interested in the town and was hoping to visit the place soon. I’m crossing my fingers that she will add Cassadaga to her setting in a future book. One…because it’s a pretty interesting place. Two…because it would be cool to have known we helped spark that idea.

    Lori Roy was friendly and it was nice getting to meet an author of such a great book. After meeting her, I am definitely pumped up to read her other two books. I hope that Lori Roy will grow to be a well known author soon. Her book was wonderful with rich setting and a twisting plot.

    I wish all the best to you Lori Roy and I hope you don’t forget the five ladies in the little Mount Dora book shop!

    Make sure to check her out here: http://www.loriroy.com/