Event Recap-Fierce Reads Tour

I’m so excited that I was able to attend the Fierce Reads tour stop at Blue Willow Bookshop. I got to see Leigh Bardugo and Jessica Brody again (saw them at Houston Teen Book Con a few weeks back) and meet Ann Aguirre and Gennifer Albin. I’ve not read the Crewel series yet but am excited to start it hopefully soon.

You can tell these ladies have been touring and have a great repertoire with one another. There were many laughs and a few tears and overall just a really great time had by all. I got so caught up in the panel that I actually didn’t take a lot of pictures (oops) but I tried to jot down some of the questions and answers to share with you.

When asked about their favorite scary stories Ann Aguirre shared that she found the world we live in to be the most terrifying thing. She went on to explain the Jewel Wasp which I’ll leave for you to read about. So creepy!

How do you celebrate after finishing a book?
Jessica said she cleans her house since it’s a wreck after she’s been ignoring it while writing. Ann said she takes a celebratory shower and Gennifer steps out into the sun and then buys a pie. Leigh tends to ignore people when in the writing bunker so she tries to socialize.

If you knew you were dying at midnight what would you do for the rest of the day?
Gennifer had a running joke about eating pie (and was really excited about trying Houston’s House of Pies) so she wasted no time in saying, “eat pie!” Jessica said she would finish the second season of Scandal. And then there were questions about the details of this imminent death. Was it world wide? Just them? How long in advance did they know they were dying at midnight- Would they have time to fly home to see their families? Ann said she would either fly out or be on the phone with her family. After the seriousness of this answer Leigh said she’d pass on answering.

What superpower would they want?
Ann knew the answer to this immediately, teleportation. She had really thought out all the details and questions related to teleporting. Jessica said she would want an immunity to calories so she could eat all the sweets and gain no weight. Leigh talked about how she had read somewhere that those that picked flight were hero types and those that chose invisibility were villain types. She’d choose invisibility.

Everyone went on to explain that Leigh was house Slytherin so of course she’d be a villain. Then they announced which house they would belong to.
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Ann- Hufflepuff, Jessica-Ravenclaw and Gennifer is Gryffindor. So of course I had to take the quiz myself


Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Many more questions were asked and answered it was one of the best panels I’ve seen.

 

Houston Teen Book Con


Next Saturday, April 20th, I will be attending the Houston Teen Book Con. I am so excited because one of my all time favorite authors will be there, Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone, Seige and Storm). The list of authors is expansive and I’m seriously feeling fan-girlish! Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, A.G. Howard, Sharon Messenger, Morgan Rhodes and Maureen Johnson–seriously amazing!


 
 

 Check the website the additional 29 authors that will be attending. Trust me I will be coming back with a couple of books signed and ready to giveaway. Which book would you like to see as a signed giveaway?

Unremembered by Jessica Brody Review

UnrememberedUnremembered
By: Jessica Brody
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Books for Young Readers

My Rating:
star

Summary (via jacket copy):
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year old girl discovered floating among the wreckage-alive-is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the cash. She has no memories period.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But every clue leads to more questions.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who made her forget?

The Story:
Unremembered was an entertaining, well crafted book that I thoroughly enjoyed. We follow the story and piece together the puzzle just as our main character Sera/Violet does; this adds for a hint of mystery and questions at each turn. I really liked where Brody took the main story arc, and to be honest, I didn’t see it coming in a lot of ways. The beauty of this book to me, was following along with Sera and learning things as she did. I went into the book excited to read about a plane crash survivor and ended up reading about so much more. Its true that this type of sci-fi story has been told before but its a fun book that kept me intrigued and entertained throughout—what more could you want?

The Characters:
Though Sera is vastly naïve in the beginning of the novel it did not strike me as annoying or contrived. Her confusion was well done and realistic for her situation. I rolled my eyes a couple of times as her beauty and perfection was being harped on, but it is relevant to the story. I enjoyed Sera’s foster family, Cody being the most developed. He’s a great side character and his growing relationship with Sera was done well. Heather seems realistic in her attempts at welcoming Sera (Violet) and also her emerging questions and concerns.  I appreciated the kind nurse, Kiyana, having had a incredibly sweet nurse that made the experience of being in the hospital that tiny bit better myself.

As for the cast of characters from Sera’s past, Zen is the one we get to know the best–though we don’t get much. I wasn’t blown away with him for the majority of the book but as the story unfolded I found myself liking him as well as getting behind the romantic aspect. It did feel a bit insta-love but in this context it didn’t bother me or negatively affect my reading experience.

Final Thoughts:
I went into this knowing nothing about it beyond the summary and found it to be a surprising, entertaining and highly enjoyable sci-fi read.

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Unremembered Monday

Unremembered Monday - BadgeJessica Brody the author of Unremembered (releases March 5, 2013) is hosting a new meme: Unremembered Monday. She asks: which book would you like to Unremember so that you can read it again for the first time?

My answer to this would be Clockwork Angel by Cassie Clare. I would love to “unremember” it because the last book (SOBS) in the series, Clockwork Princess, is releasing March 19, 2013 and I would love to reread both Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince for the first time before I dive into Clockwork Princess.

I originally picked up Cassie Clare’s Immortal Instruments series and decided then and there that I would read anything she published. When Clockwork Angel came out I didn’t even bother to read the summary, I just grabbed it up. I ended up loving it and the Infernal Devices series the most.

What book would you like to Unremember so you could read it again for the first time?