Yesterday was a very exciting day for me, I got to meet one of my favourite authors of all time.
I just love this photo.
My day started at 5am in the morning...yes 5am. Since the only closest place Cassandra Clare was signing to me was Birmingham I had to wake up early to get the coach from Liverpool to Birmingham with my friend Ren and we got there about 10pm. We where worried at first as our coach back was at 7pm and the signing was at 5pm so that only gave us an hour and a half so we wanted to make sure we where near the front of the queue.
Queuing wasn't 'allowed' till 3pm, but people where waiting around in front of the Waterstones so we decided to just relax outside as we didn't want to go away and come back to a big queue!
So whilst we where waiting we made a few friends (who are very awesome people) and just fangirled over Cassie's books and also Malec! Plus we get Runed!
So after a good 7 hours it was finally time to meet the wonderful Cassandra Clare! The queue went fast as I heard there was about 800 people queuing to meet her so I can see why they kind of had us going really fast. Plus it was only 1 book she was signing as the other books we bought got stamped (with a pretty awesome stamp if I do say so myself)
And when it came to my time I was nervous, I'm literally the worst when it comes to talking to people I've adored for years so I was just so shy and thought I wasn't going to get anything out and smile like a crazy person.
But we talked for a few seconds and do you know what we talked about? Star Wars. Because I was wearing my Star Wars top she asked me who my favourite character was, so now I can say I've had a conversation about Star Wars with Cassandra Clare.
Coolest moment ever.
It was so worth getting up at 5am and queuing for over 7 hours to meet the author whose series really got me back into reading and remembering what I loved so much about reading. Plus - not only did I get to meet Cassandra Clare but I made some pretty good friends which is what I love about book signings! Finding people who have the same interest as you and it's just wonderful!
So if you haven't read any of Cassandra Clare books then you defiantly need to go and order them as they are perfect! And if you haven't read Lady Midnight yet, do it! IT IS FANTASTIC!
Thank you to Waterstones Birmingham for hosting a great book event :)
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I've decided to do something new on my blog :)
Each week I get a few books in the post so I thought I would do a wrap up at the end of each week to go into more detail about each book I have gotten!
I am in no way bragging as majority of the books are mostly sent to me for review, just telling you guys about these wonderful books and if any of them take your fancy you should defiantly pick them up!
From Hot Key Books they kindly sent me The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig and V For Violet by Alison Rattle.
Battersea, 1961. London is just beginning to enter the swinging sixties. The world is changing - but not for sixteen-year-old Violet. She was born at the exact moment Winston Churchill announced Victory in Europe - an auspicious start, but now she's just stuck in her family's fish and chip shop dreaming of greatness. And it doesn't look like fame and fortune are going to come calling anytime soon. Then she meets Beau. Beau's a Rocker - a motorcycle boy who arrives in an explosion of passion and rebellion. He blows up Violet's grey little life, and she can't believe her luck. But things don't go her way for long. Joseph, her long-lost brother, comes home. Then young girls start going missing, and turning up murdered. And then Violet's best friend disappears too. Suddenly life is horrifyingly much more interesting. Violet can't believe its coincidence that Joseph turns up just as girls start getting murdered. He's weird, and she feels sure he's hiding something. He's got a secret, and Violet's got a dreadful feeling it might be the worst kind of secret of all
It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer. Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question ...Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand.
From Simon&Schuster they sent me Nightwanderers by C.J. Flood - it also came with really cute best friends necklaces which I thought was an adorable touch!
A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood. It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different, but equally difficult, families. But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions - making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself. Whenever I heard the word kindred, I thought of me and Ti.
From the lovely Hodder they sent me a finished copy of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt which I am really excited to read!
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. So accustomed to her have the townsfolk become that they often forget she's there. Or what a threat she poses. Because if the stitches are ever cut open, the story goes, the whole town will die. The curse must not be allowed to spread. The elders of Black Spring have used high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break the strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into a dark nightmare.
From Harriet at Random House I requested And I Darken by Kiersten White and I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK!
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan's courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets. Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan's son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point. The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.
From Elaine at Orion, she kindly sent me Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard - which if you didn't know was one of my anticipated reads of April so I might have squealed when this came to my house!
In a world divided by blood - Red or Silver - two women tell the stories no one else knows. For Coriane of House Jacos, love comes at a terrible cost. In a secret diary, she recounts her heady courtship with the heir to the Silver throne, Prince Tiberias, and the dangers that lurk at the heart of the royal court. Captain Farley is at the forefront of the Red rebellion. As she plans an attack on the Silver capital, she discovers a secret that could sway the balance of power for ever. Two gripping stories. One fight for justice. Red vs Silver. Contains an extract from GLASS SWORD, the second novel in the Red Queen series.
From Egmont I got this awesome book - Mystery & Mayhem by The Crime Club! It also came with a little magnifying glass which I thought was a cool little touch.
Twelve mysteries. Twelve authors. One challenge: can YOU solve the crimes before the heroes of the stories? These are twelve brand-new short stories from twelve of the best children's crime writers writing today. These creepy, hilarious, brain-boggling, heart-pounding mysteries feature daring, brilliant young detectives, and this anthology is a must for fans of crime fiction and detection, especially the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, The Roman Mysteries and The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow. The Crime Club are twelve UK-based authors who are mad about crime fiction. Clementine Beauvais, Elen Caldecott, Susie Day, Julia Golding, Frances Hardinge, Caroline Lawrence, Helen Moss, Sally Nicholls, Kate Pankhurst, Robin Stevens, Harriet Whitehorn and Katherine Woodfine can be found anywhere there is a mystery to be solved, a puzzle to be cracked or a bun to be eaten, and they are always ready for the next puzzling case.
So those are the wonderful books I received in the past week and I'm so grateful to all the publishers who kindly sent me these books and I cannot wait to get stuck in.
Let me know if any of these books take your fancy or if you've read any of them!
This will be a weekly thing so keep eye out next Saturday for another post on what I get next week, since I'm going book shopping tomorrow there might be quite a few in next weeks post...
(Also, I'm a Wordery Affiliate so if you use my buy links to buy the books it helps me out a little :))
So, if you had seen YALC tweet this morning, they teased us by letting us know they where announcing 20 more authors at 4pm....20 AUTHORS.
If you don't know what YALC is, it is held at LFCC and basically a BIG book convention. Filled with publisher stalls, author signings, loads of talks and it is really fun. I went last year and I loved every second of it and I am hoping to go again this year.
So far at YALC there is -
This was announced not long ago and then we got 20 more authors and here is the list -
Dr Christian Jessen
V E Schwab
As you can tell, I'm the tiniest bit excited....
And also YALC have announced that -
Michael Grant will be on Friday 29th July
David Levithan & Nina LaCour on Saturday 30th July
Maggie Stiefvater on Sunday 31st July
The rest will be announced before the event with the programme so stay tuned for that!
Buy your tickets here!
So if you're thinking of going you are going to have AN AMAZING TIME!