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

From your local bibliophile, until next time!

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The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book will definitely be in my top books of the year! A mind blowing fantasy novel that is easy to dive into. You will not see the plot twists coming and it will leave you speechless!

Holly Black has created a fantasy masterpiece that you never want to put down. I love how she did something that most fantasy authors won’t dare touch, which is incorporating humans into their story. I mean we all have seen halflings, but it is truly rare to see full humans in the faerie world. She puts a wonderfully delicious twist on how fantasy worlds can be constructed.

Something I hate is when authors have a boring beginning. Luckily this author dives right in! Right off the bat it has action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I honestly had the hardest time putting the book down because you just want to know how she is going to keep this story going and where she is going to take it.

The character development was like nothing I have ever witnessed before. I would definitely say she is up there with the Queen Sarah J Maas on this one. She will make you like a character, then BAM you think the opposite. Jude was a wonderful main character and reminded me a bit of Aelin from Throne of Glass.

The Cruel Prince was mind blowing and I would suggest everyone read it! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, faeries, action, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down.

From your local bibliophile, until next time!

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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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