May 3rd is coming! R.I.P. my wallet :)

by Lauren

May 3rd is a bittersweet kind of day :)

Our wallets are going to be dead but sooooo many awesome book are coming out May 3rd. Most of the books are continuations of some of my favorite series or by authors I adore! If I were to buy all of the books on my list the price would come out to about $140 at a normal bookstore. Not even including tax! But you can’t choose between just one or two…

Here’s a list some of the books I can’t wait to buy this coming May 3rd:

The Crown by Kiera Cass: How could you not buy this! Its THE LAST book in the selection series!! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: I love all of Sarah J. Maas’s book and A Court of Thorns and Roses was no exception. I MUST HAVE THE NEXT BOOK!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: I had bought this book when they had early copies of it at the LA Times Festival of Books and finished reading it this past week. I totally recommend you buy this one too hahaaa.

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider: Kaitlin and I had the honor of reading an e-arc of this book and can I tell you, I loved it! (Go check our review)

Ruined by Amy Tintera: I have been waiting for this book to come out. The concept of the book sounds so intriguing! I happen to love new and different takes on fantasy!

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake: This seems like the perfect spring contemporary to read under the stars!

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott: The synopsis just makes me want to take a spontaneous road trip!


Panels we will be attending at the LA Book Festival



10:30 Hancock – Publishing

12:20 Bovard – Cassandra Clare

2:30 SGM123 – Missing Pieces

Robin Benway, Julie Buxbaum, Jason Reynolds, Nicola Yoon


10:30 YA Stage – Love & Other Disasters

Emery Lord, Morgan Matson, Robin Talley, E. Katherine Kottara

1:00 SGM123 – Suspense in Series

Ally Carter, Maggie Hall, Alyson Noel, Tarun Shanker

3:00 Town & Gown – Fantasy/World Building

Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, Sarah Rees Brennan, Ransom Riggs

Penguin Teen On Tour

Yesterday Kaitlin and I had the pleasure of attending the Penguin Teen On Tour at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. There were 5 authors in attendance, Sabaa Tahir (An Ember In the Ashes), Rachel Hawkins (Rebel Belle and Hex Hall), Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands), Alison Goodman (Dark Days Club), April Genevieve Tucholke (Wink Poppy Midnight).

The conversation started off with the authors giving a quick blurb of another book. From there it just got crazy. Topics ranged from crazy Starbucks names to crimes they would commit during the Purge. FYI most of them use fake names at Starbucks. Alwyn Hamilton uses Amy and Sabaa Tahir uses Bonnie. Who knew these authors loved murder so much! Hahaaha, Rachel Hawkins and Alywn Hamilton had lots to say about murder TV shows and murder in general! They were even going to plan a murder as a team bonding activity.

IMG_5187As for their writing technique, Sabaa Tahir is somewhere between a plotter and a pantser. A pantser means she free writes and hopes it works out. She also attempted to be a plotter but that didn’t exactly work out for her. Sabaa ends up doing most of her writing when she edits. Its a very similar technique to what I do. When I’m writing my first draft, my goal is to just get all the points I want to talk about on the paper. In the next draft I go through and elaborate on each point. Alywn Hamilton is a daydreamer. She plans the big scenes in her head and figures out the logistics while writing it. Alison Goodman is a storyboarder. She does a lot of pre-planning before starting her book. Rachel Hawkins spends a lot of time thinking about it. She calls this the “cooking period”. This ends up taking about a year. Rachel also uses the “map draft”. The map draft is a process in which Rachel writes down any scenes that pops into her head without any order or structure. Then Rachel waits til she has enough ideas to beginning the organization process. Rachel’s writing tip is to enjoy the excitement of getting a great idea. Write down scenes when they come to you no matter what point the book it will be in.  Alywn on the other hand prefers putting it off so she can have something to look forward to later on.

When asked what crime they would commit during the Purge all the authors agree they would not survive the Hunger Games or any other dystopian world for that matter. Rachel said that she would raid bookstore and Alywn would take a ton of nice jewelry. Sabaa Tahir’s answer was my favorite. Sabaa said she would raid a weapons store in order to arm her mini militia of children and continue her crime spree. Sabaa claims they will have the element of surprise on their side.

FullSizeRender-5FullSizeRender-2 left: Alwyn Hamilton

right: Sabaa Tahir






While getting our books signed Sabaa said if she was to be any fictional character she would be anybody with magic in Harry Potter so she can attend Hogwarts. We also had an intense conversation with Alywn about The Vampire Diaries and The 100.

IMG_5201I gotta say this was a very exciting book signing. We got our copy of Rebel of the Sands signed as well as getting the tour poster signed by everybody. Kaitlin even got her Penguin Teen Tote signed! We also received an ARC of Night Speed by Chris Howard as well as tons of swag from each author. Success is not always determined by the amount of book swag but that certainly does help!

above: April Genevieve Tucholke

Top Ten Tuesday March 29

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hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Kelly’s List:

Top Ten Tuesday 3/29

1. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
2. Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout
3. Panic by Lauren Oliver
4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
8. Paper Towns by John Green
9. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
10. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

What Are You Reading Wednesday


What Are You Reading Wednesday is hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. #WAYRW

What’s the name of your current read? 

Hey! It’s Kaitlin posting! I am currently reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

“Her chin came down to rest against her chest. Long, tangled masses of hair fell over her shoulders and cheeks, hiding her expression. I felt it then – the way that the hold I had on her had suddenly sprung free. I had the strangest sensation of floating, of drifting farther and farther away with nothing and no one to cling to. I was standing right beside her, but the distance between us had split into the kind of canyon I could’t jump across.”

Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

No, I would not like to live in the world of The Darkest Minds! What with the rehabilitation camp, PSFs, and really, just all the crazy, sadistic people, it does not seem like a pleasant place…