BookExpo and BookCon Haul

BookExpo and BookCon Haul

I am a bit late on the bandwagon, but I wanted to share some of the books that I got when I attended BookExpo and BookCon. I got to BookExpo and was absolutely overwhelmed with all of the books that were being given out. Though I am proud to say that I was able to obtain the top five books that I really wanted.

  1. Wildcard by Marie Lu

This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and I was dying to get my hands on it. On the first day I had seen a short line of people by penguin and asked what they were lined up for and was told it was for Wildcard! This amazed me because I had not seen anywhere that it was going to be dropped. So I hopped in the line, which we were told wasn’t a line because we weren’t supposed to line up until 15 minutes before, but I got it! Then I ended up getting a second copy because I also went to her signing. So, if you are wondering, I am giving away my second copy!

2. Wicked King by Holly Black

I read Cruel Prince back in March and absolutely fell in love with Holly Black. Her storytelling is amazing and I was hoping to get a copy of the second book in the series. There was a lot of speculation if it was actually going to be there or not because there was a saws drop, but no official galley drop had been announced. So, the group I was with and I decided to ask someone about it and he told us a password was dropping at 10 (I don’t think he was supposed to have told us). We waited around until 10 and the second it dropped we ran up and I got the second copy! I was so thrilled!

*** shoutout to Haley for staying with me at Wildcard and Wicked King!

3. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I would say that this was one of the most sought out books of this years BookExpo and BookCon. I had attempted to get it at the first drop and signing, but the lines were too long. Then on the last one I decided to swing by and the line wasn’t too long, so I got in. I get close to the front and there is only a very small stack left. I am so worried and then . . . I get the LAST copy! I was so happy I didn’t stand in a line for nothing!

4. Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen

I read this book in March and loved the world that A.C. had created because it reminded me of my favorite childhood show, Avatar the Last Airbender! I was in line for the Wildcard signing when I was looking at instagram stories and noticed that she said you could go to the booth and request a copy, so I had someone hold my spot and I ran to get one. Then I was walking back and ran into A.C.! She is literally the sweetest author ever! I also ended up getting a second copy of this because I went to her signing because there was nothing else going on.

5. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

I made sure to get in line early for this one because I knew that I really wanted it. I have recently read the first two books and love Kerri’s storytelling! I was about the 20th person in line. I got to the front and she was really nice and it ended up that the first 100 people in line got a signed moonlight carnival ticket as well, which was awesome!

6. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

8. Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

9. Check, Please: #HOCKEY by Ngozi Ukazu

10. 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordon

11. A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

12. Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

13. Furyborn by Claire Legrand 

14. When Elephants Fly by Nancy Fischer

15. The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

16. The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

17. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Briggid Kemmerer

18. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

19. The Girl King by Mimi Yu

20. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

21. Seafire by Natalie Parker

22. Rule by Ellen Godlett

23. Sadie by Courtney Summer

24. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

25. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

26. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

27. Emipire of Sand by Tasha Suri

28. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout 

29. Not So Normal Norbert by James Patterson

30. Odd & True by Cat Winters

31. Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

32. Sea Witch Sarah Henning 

33. To be Honest by Maggie Martin

34. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

35. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

I think that is everything I got! I had such an amazing first time at both conventions and hope to attend again in the future!

P.S. this list includes books I got when trading

 

You can see my original haul here: https://youtu.be/68lqA3I9erA

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Mystery, Historical, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book has been on my TBR pile for a super long time. I kept putting it off because I don’t typically read historical books. I decided to finally read it since I want to meet Kerri Maniscalco at BEA and BookCon and oh my gosh I loved it!!

Kerri Maniscalco has recreated an amazing world loosely centered around true events. I think it is amazing that the author was able to put true parts of the Jack Ripper history into the book. I have never really learned a lot about Jack the Ripper, so it was such a fun read to experience. This book was nothing like I have ever read in the past.

This author keeps you on your toes the whole time guessing who around the main character could be Jack the Ripper and why they are doing it. You will not want to put this down until you have read the very last sentence.

The character development was outstanding. Kerri Maniscalco makes you thinking a certain opinion about a character and show the growth of them to becoming such an outstanding character. I absolutely loved the development of Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell.

I cannot wait to read Hunting Prince Dracula and fall more in love with Kerri Maniscalco’s characters and beautiful writing. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history, mystery, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down. Please, please go read this now!

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The Thought Readers

The Thought Readers

Author: Dima Zalen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Everyone thinks I’m a genius.

Everyone is wrong.

Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that’s not because I’m unusually smart or hard-working.

It’s because I cheat.

You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality—the place I call “the Quiet”—where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.

I thought I was the only one who could do this—until I met her.

My name is Darren, and this is how I became entangled with all the Russians and learned that I’m a Reader.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book was free on the kindle and out had an interesting sounding plot, so I decided to download it to read while on vacation. It sounded similar to the typical free book plot of someone being a mind reader and then finding someone else who could also do this. Though it turned about to be a very interesting plot that was extremely different to the other books that I have read in the past.

The book started out with the author explaining how the power that the main character has works. I was super into the authors take on mind reads. I kept waiting for it to get better and then it just seemed to get really repetitive and going in circles. I mean I liked the overarching theme and plot that the author laid out, but it just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.The character development was rushed. I felt like I couldn’t really understand these characters with the short backstory provided.

I mean this wasnt a bad book, it just wasnt a super good one either. Though this is to be expected from a free book on the kindle. It was a good book for being free, but I wouldn’t read it again.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I will honestly come out an say this, I read this book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I did not want to feel guilty for seeing the movie, so I decided that it was finally time to read the book. It was such a different pace compared to the books that I usually read and I actually genuinely enjoyed it!

Becky Albertalli really trances you into being emerged into the world that she has created. I feel that the idea of anonymously emailing someone is a subject that is so present into todays society. I mean people are constantly talking to people from different places with todays social media and anyone could get into a situation like Simon with someone close or far away.

The character development was so unique to me because I have never read a book that deals with something such as coming out. It really hits close to home because one of my best friends came out to a couple years ago. It is so surreal to see how he was probably experiencing high school around all of us friends who were in a totally different world. Simon was a stupendous main character and reminded me SOOOOOO much of friend, honestly it was crazy. There were literally so many parts of the book where I was like oh my gosh this was my friend in high school.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was such an eye opening read! I would highly recommend everyone to read this book!

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Book Expo America and BookCon 2018

Book Expo America and BookCon

As many of you know I am pretty recent in the blog and youtube community. I have been following book people since high school, but did not start actively posting until about August or September 2017. Since I have been following everyone since I was about 16 I have constantly heard of Book Expo and BookCon and have always been super jealous of everyone going. Every year I have told myself “one year I will go to this.” I am happy to say the day has come!

In February I bought my older sister and I tickets to BookCon. Then I decided to apply as a blogger to Book Expo, but I was fully aware that I have very little followers and views. I totally expected to get rejected, I was mainly applying to know the process and know what I should try to fix on my bogs to get accepted the next year. I had up to 21 business days to get a reply on my status. Once I hit the 21st day I was a bit down that I hadn’t heard ANYTHING, not even a rejection.

Then it happened.

I was on my home from dropping someone off at the bar at night and saw an email ding on my phone. I just figured it was for my work, then I saw it said Book Expo. I did a mini freakout and was so nervous to look. Then I decided to finally brave it and went into the email. Then I saw the best words ever “Your request for a badge has been approved.” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, against everything I thought I was actually approved!

So, I am so happy to say I will be on my way to New York for the best 5 days of my life at the end of May!

Is anyone else going? Please let me know because I will be at Book Expo by myself and need people to brave the crowds with me!

p.s. If you have been and have been and have any advice please comment it 🙂

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

Spoiler free Summary:

Everyone I did it again, I fell down the contemporary hole! I have heard everyone on Instagram and booktube talking about this series forever, but as usual I put off reading it forever. I am going to BookCon this year and the author will be there, so I decided it was time to finally read the book. It was my second book during readathonbyzoe and I couldn’t put it down!

The book is centered around Lara Jean Covey, the main character, who has written a letter to each of the boys that she has loved and kept them in her hat box, never intending for them to ever go out. Then the inevitable happens and somehow the letters were mailed out. Suddenly she needs a reason to escape from what she wrote on the letter to her sisters recent ex-boyfriend. It is then that her and another boy who got a letter got an idea to fake date to make the respective people jealous. This story has love, heart break, and embarrassment. The perfect concoction for the average teenage life.

I think the author had such good character development, it really shows you how fast your feelings about  one person can change or develop. Another thing I really enjoyed is that she included things from the characters Korean background, especially considering there aren’t may books out there that feature Korean characters. I was pretty proud that I recognized a lot of things that were mentioned because one of my good friends is actually from South Korea. Jenny Han is a master of words and I am dying to meet her in person! I cannot wait to continue on in the story and see watch Lara Jean develop more.

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