The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Black Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles!

Hello everyone! It is finally time to talk about The Hobbit Part 3: The Battle of Five Armies. I’m pretty sure that’s not the EXACT title but meh, order that’s what I’ll call it. I’ve been so MASSIVELY busy this week and I’m finally ready to share my awesome day at the premiere!

I was so excited to finally go to a Hobbit premiere and I’m sad because it was the very last one. It was a very bittersweet feeling, even though I’d never been before.

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Setting up for the black carpet. They had all these posters and white trees and it looked really awesome.

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I spent the day with my girls Cassandra and Ally. The premiere took place at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood boulevard. Its right next door to the Chinese Theater and home of many movie premieres and the Oscars. Premieres there are always kind of wacky so we lined up across the street. We spent lots of hours there, as per usual.

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They had a MASSIVE jumbotron. They showed the trailer for the movie, and then showed the action on the black carpet once the actual carpet event started.

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We waited awhile to see what the deal was going to be. We talked to our friends from SPEC, who run the security and they told us our  best bet was to go across the street so that’s exactly what we did. By this time, we were tired, dirty from the LA streets haha and just ready for the carpet to start already.

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Before the carpet started, there were all kinds of people handing out things. They had these really cool flags that had the hashtag #OneLastTime. I wanted one SO bad but they completely skipped us and so I didn’t get my hands on one, unfortunately. Then I spotted people giving away wristbands. I had NO idea what they were for, but I knew I wanted one. The people handing them out seemed to be looking for something in particular, while handing them out. I noticed that they seemed to be going for Hobbit stuff. Luckily, I was wearing my Thorin shirt for the premiere and I pointed it out to them. I totally guessed right and they came right up to me, asked how many people were in my party. The wristbands were for the screening immediately after the carpet! Yay!

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Fangirling SO hard. Meeting the great Andy Serkis. In the LoTR and Hobbit sagas, he plays Gollum/Smeagol. He’s just all around BADASS. He was the first person that I met on the carpet and I was STOKED.

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The absolutely GORGEOUS Lee Pace, who plays Thranduil in the film. He was pretty much my #1 goal to meet once we had figured out that Benedict, Martin and Ian weren’t coming to the premiere. Look at that face. Seriously. YUM.

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This is Mark Hadlow, who plays the dwarf, Dori.

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The lovely Stephen Hunter, who plays Bombur!

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MY LIFE. I adore Evangline Lilly. I think she’s one of the first actresses that I had a crush on before I realized I also liked girls. I used to watch the first few seasons of Lost and she plays a seriously badass female elf, Tauriel. I was SO excited to meet her and get her autograph. I liked her in the second movie, but I had some issues, but after seeing the movie, I’m so sold on her character. She was even better in the third one.

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I fangirled SO hard on this. I’ve had a crush on Orlando Bloom since he played Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, when I was like 13 years old. I was a little bummed that he didn’t sign my book. I’ve heard that he doesn’t really do that. Not sure why. But I got a picture with him and that was pretty awesome. He plays Legolas, of course.

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My awkward, blurry selfie with Richard Armitage in the background. He, of course, plays Thorin Oakenshield. He signed for us, but wasn’t taking pictures so I had to do this. I get creative sometimes ;)

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William Kircher, who was a totally sweetheart. I seriously adore him. He plays the elf, Bifur, and I’m just massively in love with him. He was really just SO nice.

Also, mad props to that photo bomber in the background haha.

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Jed Brophy, who plays Nori! He was such a delightful guy!

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Me and Cassie and Graham McTavish, who plays the badass dwarf, Dwalin in the film. Apparently he is also in Outlander as well but I haven’t had a chance to watch that show yet. He was seriously awesome in his kilt!

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Be still, my fangirl heart! Meeting Peter Jackson was INCREDIBLE. He wasn’t doing pictures so hence the super awkward, blurry, funky selfie but I’m stoked beyond belief that I got to meet him and get his autograph. I mean, he’s the brains behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy and he’s just genius. My mind is still BLOWN that I met him.

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My beautiful beautiful beautiful book signed by:

Andy Serkis (Gollum)
Lee Pace (Thranduil)
Richard Armitage (Thorin)
Mark Hadlow (Dori)
Stephen Hunter (Bombur)
William Kircher (Bifur)
Jed Brophy (Nori)
Graham McTavish (Dwalin)
Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel)
Peter Jackson (Director)

I was really bummed because Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Billy Boyd (Pippin) were there. I was fangirling SO hard but they completely skipped our section. It made me incredibly sad. James Cameron was also there and he directed one of my favorite movies ever, Titanic, and he just waved as he passed by. Sad face. It was a bit disappointed that actors like Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan and Luke Evans weren’t there, but it was just the LA premiere, not the world premiere, so it made sense.

After the premiere was over, there was parking drama with my car and I had to run to my car, drive it to a different parking lot and then practically run to the movie theater. Cassie and I grabbed our seats, and our super cool Hobbit 3D glasses and settled in to watch the movie.

I LOVED it. There will be an actual full reviews to come BUT I truly loved it. I think everyone did a fabulous job. After the film was over, no one wanted to leave. No one. They stayed all the way until the very end, once the credits had ended and the screen went blank. Its always very sad when a series ends that way. Saying goodbye and all that. I was a little emotional but not nearly as emotional as I was when I saw Deathly Hallows Part 2.

All in all, it was one of the easier premieres that I went to, and I had a fun time. I’m glad I decided to go and I’m urging you ALL to go see the movie when it releases next week! A review is coming this weekend so watch out for it!

“If I Stay” Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere Recap!

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The moment that I knew there would an If I Stay premiere in Hollywood, purchase I requested the day off. I knew that I had to be there! It had been SO long since the last premiere (Divergent in March) and I was itching for a new one. I didn’t think it would be as big as Divergent so camping was not necessary. Thank god. Haha!

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Instead my friends and I showed up at around noon, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, where the premiere was being held. I had never been to a premiere there so we kind of scoped out the area and asked SPEC, the security guys who always handle premieres, what the dealio was. They told us that the fan section was across the street, so we headed over to get ourselves a good spot.

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We met up with some more friends and met some new ones. Our new friends had done premieres at the Chinese Theater before and said that the guests at premieres often came across the street to sign with fans, and that we were in a good spot, right across from where they drop off the celebs. We were feeling good. We were tired, that’s for sure, but feeling good!

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Getting all set up for the premiere, right at the barricade, as always!

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The stars started to arrive and this is kind of the moment when things went from really exciting to pretty crappy. The stars started coming and we started calling them over. It hadn’t been very long before the publicists turned to us, all the fans against the barricade and told us they were NOT going to come over.

Instead, they would be signing for people on THAT side of the street, in a little space between the Chinese Theater and the Dolby Theater.

We were pretty pissed. One, we were told to go across the street. Two, we were told NOT to go exactly where they were going. Three, the people that WERE on that side were just a bunch of tourists gathering around who had NO idea what on earth was going on, and just wanted to see a real Hollywood premiere and take a picture with a celebrity. I was tired, hungry and pissed off.

At that point, we went sprinting across the street, in the hopes of catching them. Jamie came over for a bit, and took a bunch of pictures with more nonfans. One guy took about seven to eight selfies with him, and then proceeded to say over and over again “Who was that?” Literally, my patience was at its limits. I wanted to punch someone. I started pushing through people, saying really loudly “Actual fan of this movie coming through.” By that time, though, the cast had gone inside to watch the movie.

My friends and I were pissed, frustrated, tired, not sure of what to do. We knew they would eventually make their way out, to head to the after party so we kind of hung around that barricade for a bit, hoping that they would come to us there. The security guy there though told us a little secret and said they’d be setting barricades on the other side of the theater, closer to the Roosevelt Hotel where the after party was going to be.

So we head over there, and secured ourselves a spot at the barricade and waited…another two hours. At this point, we were even more tired, hungry, most of us had to pee, and we were just feeling absolutely dejected. We had been there all day and we hadn’t accomplished anything, and we hadn’t even gotten in to see the actual movie.

About an hour and a half, maybe two hours later, though, people started coming out and things started looking up.

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It was Liana Liberato (Kim)’s birthday and as soon as she came out, we immediately launched into a VERY loud rendition of “Happy Birthday”. She stopped and listened and looked incredibly touched that we did so. She even thanked us on Instagram later. As soon as we finished, she came over and started signing :)

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The beautiful Liana

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Then Jamie Blackley came out. Of course, Jamie plays the main lead, Adam. He started walking away, heading to the after party but after some yells from us, he smiled and came over to sign and take pictures with us, which is awesome. I always have one goal at a premiere and everyone else is just bonus and he was my one goal so I was glad he came over. Plus we took this amazing selfie together, and that was just awesome. His little British accent was too cute to handle and he seemed so overwhelmed by us fangirls, but in a good way.

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We had seen Cameron Monaghan earlier so when we saw him walk out, we all called him over. I love Cameron! I think he did an amazing job as Mason in Vampire Academy and he plays my favorite character in The Giver, Asher. I’ve also heard he rocks on Shameless, but I haven’t watched yet. Either way, I adore him and I was glad he came over to take pics with us!

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Gayle Forman had come out and was kind of watching us with the cast with fondness when I shouted “Hi Gayle!” and she waved at us. I saw that she didn’t seem to think she should come over so I shouted “Gayle, can you come take a picture?” and she laughed, looked to the people who were with her, who all nodded and then she came over and took pictures with her fans.

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Then Chloe came out! We had seen her earlier from afar but I honestly had no hopes of actually getting to meet her. Her publicist had said she would come out and sign and take pictures as long as we stayed calm and…well a lot of people don’t seem to understand that. Well, it went okay haha and I managed to get her signature and a picture with her, which made me very very happy. I am stoked to see her as Mia and I’m massively excited to see her as Cassie in The 5th Wave.

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One of the last people we saw was Ali Milner, who plays Liz in the film. Liz is one of the members of Adam’s band. A small part but she was absolutely gorgeous, totally sweet and her dress was to DIE for.

We also met Joshua Leonard, who played Mia’s dad in the film, and we also met Jakob Davies, who played her brother Teddy. Jakob was TOO cute for life, and you should see his adorable signature in my book.

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Signed by Gayle Forman and the director, RJ Cutler (at an event last week), and signed, at the premiere, by Chloe Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato, Jakob Davies, Joshua Leonard, and Ali Milner. Seriously, Jakob’s signature has GOT to be the best one on there.

So the day started off good, went completely awful and ended really well. I was so glad that we had stayed, even though we were all very tired and dejected. We ended up getting everyone that we wanted and it was a fun time. It wasn’t quite what we expected but I’m actually really happy at the way it turned out. After the actual carpet and the movie, the cast stopped to sign for us fans that had stuck around long enough to try and meet them and that was awesome. Major points for them :)

Now its time to end this post. I’ll be seeing the movie tonight with my boyfriend, finally, and I can’t wait to see it. A review for that is to come!

And don’t forget to enter my If I Stay giveaway! You can win a copy of If I Stay, signed by Gayle Forman and the director, RJ Cutler! Don’t miss out on it, and click the picture on the sidebar of this blog to find out how to enter!

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Los Angeles Premiere!

I am exhausted, view sunburnt, and still covered in sharpie runes all over my arms. But it was worth it more than you know.

Sunday afternoon, Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels and I drove to the Arclight in Hollywood, off of Sunset Blvd, to get in line for the Los Angeles premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. We went in search of tear down posters first, and spotted them pretty quickly.

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Keep an eye out for a giveaway soon :) You could win one of these!

Now, of course, when we got there, there was NOTHING there. We got there about one in the afternoon and we had no idea if there was a place to go, or a line, or anything so we just kind of hung out in front of the theater for a bit. We tweeted at Cassie to let her know we were there, and she retweeted us :) That started it all!

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Eric Paquette, who is the senior VP of Sony, and is married to Jessica Postigo, who wrote the script, came by to make sure that me and Sylvia, and three others, Cher, Karen and Ally (who had joined us in line and became our new friends) were okay, and that the theater was going to let us camp.

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He made sure they had a space for us, that they wouldn’t kick us out, and that we were taken care of. He called the Los Angeles Police Dept. and made sure they would patrol often in order to keep us all safe, and him and Jessica brought us pizza and cookies for being the first people in line! How sweet is that? They were SO awesome!

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So there we were, me, Sylvia and Magnus as the VERY first people, waiting in line for the premiere. Both Sylvia and I were lucky enough to win tickets for the actual movie part, now we were just camping out to try and get into the fan section of the red (er, black) carpet.

That night, at about midnight, we had a special guest! Harald Zwart, the director of City of Bones, came by the camp to bring everyone waiting out in the cold night soup! He personally unloaded soup from his car, and started passing it out! It was delicious, and SUPER awesome of him :)

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We also were finally able to meet our friends from twitter, from Colombia and Venezuela. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was to meet them. Shout out to Lilo and Ale! You ladies are beautiful and wonderful!

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Now, I don’t know if you’ve camped out for premieres yet, but its uncomfortable haha. I slept a little bit in my car and a little bit in my chair on the sidewalk. NOT comfortable. However, it was totally worth it. A lot of the people who had shown up the night before had left after they got tickets so there were only about 20 of us who stayed to camp. And we got a surprise visit in the morning by Kevin Zegers, who came by to bring the campers his favorite cookies.

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It was HILARIOUS, because we saw on twitter that he was heading over in five minutes, and we went into recon mode, trying to get our hair and stuff into place, since we had JUST woken up, and it wasn’t even 7 am yet. My friend, Jane, passed around some mouthwash, and we all had our mouths full of it when he walked up, SUPER awkward status. As soon as his back was turned, we all spat it out in the bushes. It was so funny!

We waited all day long for the red carpet, patiently, and were so excited when it was time. From what I kept hearing, there wasn’t originally supposed to be a fan section, but they made one, and I thank Sony BIG TIME for that, especially since me, Sylvia and Jane were first in line, we got to be right at the barricade :)

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The premiere was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed it so MUCH. I was able to meet EVERYONE and take pictures with EVERYONE. Check it out below!

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Its hard to tell, but this is Harald Zwart‘s wife, Veslemoy, who also was a co-executive producer, giving me a HUGE hug. She was super sweet at the LA Times Festival of Books, and I was able to chat with her the night before as well. I felt SO lucky to get a hug from her :)

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This is me with Harry Van Gorkum, who played Alaric, the werewolf second in command to Luke, in the movie :)

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myself with Nathan Sykes from The Wanted. I know, so random, but they are SOOO catchy!

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me and Jared Harris, who plays Hodge Starkweather in the movie.

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It is a seriously blurry picture but its one of my absolute favorites. Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Jace Wayland (my number one fictional crush!) has the BEST face in this picture and I look so incredibly happy, because I most definitely was!

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This photo credit goes to the official Mortal Instruments Facebook page. I am pretty much freaking out while Jamie is signing our books. He just was the sweetest, and that accent would make anyone fall in love haha. He was the perfect Jace.

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This was a serious fangirl moment for me. Not only does the absolutely gorgeous Aidan Turner play Luke Garroway in the City of Bones movie, he also plays Mitchell on the UK’s Being Human and Kili in The Hobbit. I DIED.

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Cassie and I for the millionth time. She remembered me, which pretty much made my whole life. I love this lady, and I adore her books. I also got to meet her husband that night as well, who was SO cute.

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I was finally able to meet the gorgeous and talented, Robbie Sheehan, who plays Simon Lewis in the movie, but also plays Nathan Young in Misfits! I know he’s a huge flirt, but I couldn’t help but sigh a little when he said “Of course, love” and had his arm around me. My goal was to meet him, and I did :)

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There is SO much win about this photo. I kept yelling at Godfrey Gao, who plays Magnus Bane, to come over because I had the doll and his publicist noticed, and guided him straight to me. He signed the doll, saying that it was SO cool, and the grabbed my cell phone and took this picture. It was SUCH a happy moment for me. Later, I noticed Jane had photobombed in the best way possible!

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After the movie, Sylvia and I ran into Leigh Bardugo, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi and Margaret Stohl, which was SO cool. You all know how I am about my authors!

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My movie tie-in edition that I took to the red carpet. On the front, its signed by Aidan Turner. The first page (on top) is signed by Jamie Campbell Bower, Jessica Postigo, Kevin Zegers, Harald Zwart, and Jared Harris. The second page (on bottom) is signed by Cassandra Clare, Harry Van Gorkum, Lily Collins and Robbie Sheehan.

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Then, of course, I was able to go inside and watch the WORLD PREMIERE of the movie. I have to do a HUGE shoutout and thanks to Natalie at TMI Examiner for hooking me up with these tickets :) You rock so much. I will be doing an actual movie review of this VERY soon, but I can tell you that this movie was truly truly amazing! Of course there were changes, but they were done very well and I was highly impressed with this movie. I ran up to Harald after the movie (I may have scared him a bit…) and was like, “Harald, you rocked it! This movie was beautiful!”

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So I know that I’ve written a ton and posted a ton of pictures, and there are even more pictures on my facebook page, at this link here.

I had such an amazing time, and will post a movie review of the movie (spoiler free, of course) soon, as well as a post all about the TMI mall tour stop that was the next day too, so look for those! Love you all!

Shout outs to:

Natalie at TMI Examiner for getting me the tickets!

Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels for being my fangirl bestie. She is such a HUGE reason this was so awesome. This was my first real premiere and she was my premiere tour guide. I don’t know what I would’ve done without you there! Love you!

Every single person that I met! I wish I could name you all  but that would take too long and you know who you are! You are my TMI Family, and we get together and bond over a love of this fandom, and I can’t wait to see you all next time, at the City of Ashes premiere!

Thanks to Harald Zwart for being SO amazing to the fans, and bringing us soup! That was so wonderful and such a thoughtful thing to do!

Thanks to Kevin Zegers who stopped by in the early morning for the few of us who were tough and camped all night and brought us his favorite cookies. Again, what a wonderful, thoughtful thing to do.

Lastly, to Eric Paquette and Jessica Postigo Paquette. You two are AMAZING! Without you, we couldn’t have camped out. You found us a spot to camp, you made the police kept us safe, brought us food and even came by in the morning to check up on us. You two are such angels, and the fact that you kept coming by us, over and over, through the premiere and mall tour stop, was wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm Release Party!

So I feel like its been forever since I went to an author event. Its probably only been a couple weeks, sickness but it feels like SO much longer haha. I think the last one I went to was the Mission Viejo stop on the Summer Lovin’ Tour with Suzanne Young, ambulance Sarah Ockler, try Shannon Messenger, Morgan Matson, Jessi Kirby and Kimberly Derting.

You can read all about that here :)

So I was starving for some author interaction!

And luckily enough, my dear friend Perla told me all about Leigh Bardugo (who I met about a month ago at the Ontario Teen Book Fest, which you can read about here) and how she was having a super cool release party for Siege and Storm, the second book in her Grisha Trilogy, preceded by Shadow and Bone and followed by Rune and Rising (coming sooooon).

I was SO excited about this.

I just recently read Shadow and Bone, probably about two weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I am a big fan of YA fantasy writers like Tamora Pierce and Cinda Williams Chima, and this felt similar but also unique to these two, and she just created a great story. You can see me review for it here.

(Side Note: Follow my friend, Perla, on Tumblr! She goes to author events ALL the time. In the last week, she’s met SO many. She’s meeting Richelle Mead tonight! She’s bombtastic :) You thought I met a lot of authors!)

I have never been to a book release party before. I’ve been to events where the book is released for the first time, but it was never termed a “party”, and I was never told to dress up!

And I totally didn’t dress up by the way, because I’m uberly lame and impossible when it comes to costumes and such. My version of a costume is making a tutu in a specific color, pairing it with a tshirt of that fandom and calling it a day :) I did wear a dress and some nifty high heeled boots so I felt pretty awesome.

So me, Tatiana, Sylvia, and my awesome friend Erin headed down to the Hemingways Lounge in Hollywood, California to go to this book release party.

Can I just say it was SO weird having my little beat up Honda valeted? The guy took my keys and looked at my car, completely with personalized Harry Potter license plate (and frame!), Harry Potter stickers, Star wars stickers, Hunger Games stickers,…and he just kind of sighed haha.

But anyway! What an awesome, awesome, awesome event! They went above and beyond for all of this! First off, there was a raffle for every single person who attended and the prizes were SO cool. There was this awesome grab bag of all sorts of cool Grisha swag, that my friend Sylvia won!

They also had a prize that was like 15-20 brand new books of various authors in Los Angeles. I wanted that one so bad. I didn’t win though :( Which was okay!

I was one of the first twenty five people to arrive, so I was able to get a tote bag, which I LOVE. I love me some tote bags!

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I was also able to grab a TON of swag, like buttons and all kinds of stuff. I’m hoping to have a Leigh Bardugo contest by the end of the month, so check back to see if you can grab yourself some of this swag, and who knows, maybe a signed copy of Shadow and Bone ;)

Book Swaaaaaaaag

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They also had a really cool photo booth set up as soon as you walk in where you could pile in with your friends, get some props and make some awesome faces.

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It was a seriously awesome time though. I had never been to a book release party so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it, but if book release parties are all like this, I want to go to more! There was all the free swag and the photo booth to begin with. There was an open bar that was serving this sparkling sweet wine and waiters and waitresses were going around, passing out little hors d’oeuvres, like mini burgers and mac n cheese and all sorts of yummy.

Leigh was mingling with the crowd, hanging out, looking like she was having a seriously fun time :) I ran into her once, and she totally remembered who I was, and knew who I was, which was pretty cool, I’m not going to lie. She is so funny, and she’s so down to earth too. I honestly really love that she is so available to her fans through social media. I’m friends with her on facebook and she nearly always replies to my tweets. She is SO available to her fans.

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And she’s so hilarious! For her presentation, she read some writing she did when she younger about the kind of abilities that she wished she could have. There were the usual, like flight and invisibility and being able to read people’s minds (though with an on/off switch haha, but the best one was the ability to write and publish a novel.

I’m not going to lie, I kind of teared up at that. Because the fact that when she was younger, she paired writing and publishing a novel with something impossible like being able to fly. But she did it, and she’s a fantastic writer, and so popular, and her book, Shadow and Bone, has been optioned to be a film. It really gives aspiring writers, like myself, a lot of hope. Writing and publishing a novel seems as impossible as becoming a Major League baseball pitcher, or a Grammy award winning musician. But its possible :)

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Sorry for the blurry pictures. It was all dark and funky lighting so it was SO hard to take good pictures.

Moving on though, Leigh also did a Q and A, which was fun because most of the questions, and all of the answers, were making people laugh. She also read a little excerpt from Siege and Storm, a scene between Alina and the Darkling, which was awesome, and which you see above. (And yes, that is Margaret Stohl holding her flashlight for Leigh to read).

There were so many authors there as well :) I saw Morgan Matson and Jessica Brody, both of who were SUPER excited to see us, and remembered us (Morgan told us we needed our own reality show, and Jessica said we were loud, but in a good way). Jennifer Bosworth was also there, as well as Melissa de la Cruz, Lissa Price, and Marie Lu. I’m sure there were more, but it was hard to tell. Its always fun to hang out with authors, especially when you look up to them so MUCH. Such a fun time :)

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Meeting Leigh again was REALLY cool, and she’s seriously a fun lady. Her remembering me was a nice little cherry on top to a super fun night, and I loved that she really took the time to talk to each and every person who came and take pictures with them, and sign their books and all of that. She really reached out to all of her fans, and it was awesome. She makes me laugh, and she wrote “I’m hilarious” in her books, when I had a word vomit moment and asked her to write something funny in my book, because I’m awkward like that.

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I’m having SUCH a blast lately, with all these author events, and making author friends, and getting to meet the people whose books are so amazing, and inspire me so much. Its been SUCH a blast.

I just started Siege and Storm today (I had to read The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen first, and I finished that in less than a day), and I’m already loving it, and I’m only 50 pages in. I hope, hope, hope, and should be done with it by tomorrow and I’ll have an AWESOME review for you guys!

I’m going to see her again (and Marie Lu, and a couple other cool people) on June 26th at the Grove in Los Angeles so I hope to get a pretty copy of Shadow and Bone signed for you guys! You guys love giveaways, don’t ya? I know you do! And then I can throw some of those buttons in there too!

Hope you enjoyed my recap of Leigh’s party!

And come back tomorrow for the Book of the Week, and keep an eye out for Sara’s Quick PicksEpisode Three, and an interview with the AMAZING Cinda Williams Chima!

Happy Reading!

Star Trek Into Darkness-Red Carpet Premiere and Review!

Yay, shop I can finally post my review and experiences for Star Trek Into Darkness. I wanted to post it right away but, well, I went to the red carpet premiere on Tuesday and the movie didn’t release til Thursday night so…I didn’t want to ruin anything. Or get in trouble. I mean, I didn’t need people tracking me down, and tackling me to the ground because I wrote about the movie before it premiered. 

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Not that I think that would actually happen. 

And I try to keep my reviews of ANYTHING as spoiler free as I possibly can. 

But I was lucky enough to be able to have a really cool experience this week. On Tuesday, i was able to head down to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to attend the gray carpet (not red, gray!) premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness

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We headed down to Hollywood and Highland fairly early before the premiere, though my dear friends Sylvia and Marla had arrived at 9 am to gain us a good spot in line :) Myself, Tatiana, Megan, Gabriella and my sister, Jessica, joined them later in the day, prepared for a good time. 

When they started to let us in for the gray carpet premiere, we actually got to walk on the gray carpet which was pretty cool. I wish I had gotten some pictures of that part but I had turned my phone off in order to conserve battery so I could take pictures of all the cool celebs, but it was pretty rocking. Fans that were standing along the barricades on the sidewalks of Hollywood Blvd were waving and blowing kisses our way. It was pretty awesome :) 

We were able to get a free Star Trek shirt, which was super badass. I love free nerd swag!

Once we were all settled and waited for a bit, the celebrities arrived :) 

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Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock, and his wife

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Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk

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Zachary Quinto who plays Spock. I LOVE the look that his publicist (?) is giving. 

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A blurry picture of Karl Urban. He plays Bones in the movie, but it was also cool to see him because he plays Eomer in Lord of the Rings

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John Cho who plays Sulu.

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Zoe Saldana who plays Uhura in the movie. So pretty :) 

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Bruce Greenwood, who plays Christopher Pike

 

 

 

 

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The very beautiful Alice Eve, who plays Carol Marcus in the movie. 

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J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Trek, and soon to be the director of the new Star Wars movie. 

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Megan, myself, Tatiana, Sylvia and Gabriella, the girls of iFandoms Collide. You can watch our video below! 

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We made it onto the KTLA 5 news! Probably because we were flirting with the reporter, Doug Kolk, the ENTIRE time haha. 

Then we got to watch the movie, in 3D, no less. I also went and saw the movie again yesterday with the boyfriend so I am adequately capable of writing a review ;)

The movie sort of picks up where the last one left off: Captain Kirk and his crew are out in the galaxy aboard the Enterprise, exploring new planets and recording information on new species, doing exactly what Starfleet is meant to do. When Captain Kirk gets caught breaking a rule, he is demoted to first officer and Captain Pike takes over…that is until John Harrison, commander in Starfleet, attacks the Archives and then proceeds to attack a meeting of Starfleet commanders and first officers. Kirk is reinstated to the Enterprise and sent across the galaxy, after Harrison, to kill him. However, when he finds him, Harrison tells his own side of the story and suddenly, Kirk isn’t too sure what’s right and wrong, and who is really telling the truth. 

The Bad:

There isn’t a whole lot of bad to this movie, in my personal opinion. Some of the reviews I read had issues with Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain but I loved him. I do think that the movie had a bit of a cheese factor going on. I do think some of the moments that were meant to be emotional just ended up being cheesy. I also do think the ending was a bit cheesy. I’m trying to explain that without ruining the movie for anyone who has not seen it yet haha. I think it was a great movie but there were moments that were a *bit* over the top. 

The Good:

This movie was SO good. It had the right mix of action and emotion and laughter and drama and all of that. I get bored with most action movies because its all just action and I want to fall asleep. I love when there are jokes, and emotional depths to an action movie. I love seeing the relationship between Uhura and Spock, especially their little couple spat while on the way to track down Harrison. I loved seeing the friendship between Spock and Kirk grow, especially since Spock is so funny, with his logical ways. And Zachary Quinto just makes a damn good Spock. The actors all get into their character perfectly.

And they really create a story full of relatable and likable characters that makes a Star Wars fan like myself want to watch the old Star Trek shows. The characters are all ones that you end up liking. Even the smaller characters like Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) were easy to like and easy to root for. 

I also disagree with the reviews I read. I thought Benedict Cumberbatch made a good villain, especially since the story of him as a villain is a bit more twisted than you would first believe. I think its his voice. He has that deep, sexy, rumbling voice. As soon as I heard that voice on screen, I was like, “agh, that’s my Sherlock!” He makes a formidable character, if not exactly the perfect villain, because of his ability to spout of monologues that show deep intelligence, especially with that deep voice. He does the same sort of thing in Sherlock but in Sherlock he’s the good guy. 

I also liked the story. As I said before, I love action movies. I do like action. This is what draws me to movies and books that are science fiction and fantasy and dystopian because of the action and the badass fights we get to see. But I also like action with a complexity, with a story that’s full of emotions and drama and politics and things like that and Star Trek Into Darkness definitely accomplishes that. You get enough of action, romance, humor, drama, mystery and all of that in just one movie. It leaves you wanting more and more as the movie goes along. According to Wikipedia (I know, not the most reputable of sources but still), there is a plan for this series to be a trilogy and I am definitely all for that. The movie ended on a note that makes you want more. Hopefully we will not have to wait very long :)

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars. Nearly perfect. 

Recommended or Not?

Definitely. Go see it. Even if you’re anti-Star Trek, I really do think you’ll enjoy it. I am a Star Wars fan not a Star Trek fan and I absolutely enjoyed the movie. 

And it was an absolutely fantastic time at the premiere. It was my second premiere ever and now I’m dying to go to all kinds of premieres. I am definitely going to make my way into the City of Bones, Catching Fire, and Divergent premieres. 

Don’t forget to check out the iFandoms Collide’s vlog, highlighting our time at the premiere!

Have you seen Star Trek Into Darkness yet? What did you think? As always, let me know in the comments!