Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Meeting Cassandra Clare and Holly Black and the Date a Book YA Night!

Hey everyone! I'm back (hopefully) and this past weekend I was super lucky enough to go to the Cassandra Clare and Holly Black Q&A/Signing at Kinokuniya Sydney as well as going to the Hachette blogger night last night which I meet Holly again as well as new Australian author Sophie Hardcastle!

So Saturday my friend and I caught the train down to Sydney for the event and met up with Pavan (@_PavanH) to have lunch and get our seats for the event. We RSVP'd fast enough to be lucky enough to get seats and priority for the signing as well. The Q&A was hilarious and the stories that were told were fantastic. 

Cassandra Clare & Holly Black Q&A!

My signed Clockwork Angel

So I got my 3 infernal devices books signed by Cassandra and I waited for Monday night to get my Holly Black book signed.

So last night was Hachette's Bloggers night, I missed last years night because I had just gone back to university but this year it fell in my holidays so I was able to make it! We got to meet Sophie Hardcastle who has a memoir Running Like China  releasing on the 25th August it is about her struggles with bipolar and finding out that she had the mental illness, really looking forward to reading this one!

We also got an overview of what books are releasing later this year and early next year with some great titles to look out for! I am super excited for Glass Sword which is the sequel to Red Queen, a thriller called The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong and Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin which is a story about what would of happened if the Axis powers won WWII (my love of modern history is making me excited for it!). 
Wildlife & Ophelia!

Since I cleaned out my bookcases recently (and mum is making me get rid of some) I took to twitter to see if people wanted some of the books since I did have complete series to get rid of and well I ended up taking 25 books with me to Sydney so enjoy everyone! I also grabbed a book off the wonderful Jaz (@pixelski) which was Searching for Somebody by Jennifer Probst because it was recently announced that she would be at the Sydney Author Event in 2016 which I plan on going to again! I was in Sydney so I couldn't help but pick up some books while I was at the bookshops, I finally got my own copy of Wildlife by Fiona Wood aka one of my favourite books ever and Ophelia by Jackie French which is also signed because 1) I love Jackie French and 2) I love Shakespeare and Shakespeare retelling's! 

My signed The Darkest Part of the Forest & Holly Black bookmarks from the lovely Gina from @Behindthe_Pages
Book Haul!
Some goodie bag goodies!
Hearing Holly talk for the second time in three days was amazing and this time her talk involved strange pictures (there is a troll under a bridge in Seattle, I wanna go!), fairytales and how her books have changed since she first started writing her first book in the mid 90's. I also happened to be sitting in the lucky chair and I won a Ruin & Rising tote bag, a copy of Lying Out Loud and an ARC of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardvgo (when I won this I felt like everyone was gonna jump me for this book!). In our little gift bag at the end I got All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher, Pompidou Posse by Sarah Lotz and The Raging Light by Estelle Laure as well as a Date A Book mug, makeup and other little bits and bobs. 

My ACOTAR review should be up this week considering I have had 3/4 of it done since May... damn uni getting in the way all the time!
Keely xx

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