April California Young Adult and Middle Grade Book Events!

Some of you may have noticed that I no longer do Book Events Listings for the entire country. I used to but it just honestly got to be way too much work for me. I know it was really cool for you guys but it really was a ton of work. If any of you need help on finding book events in your area, visit web I will be more than happy to help, erectile but for now, physician I will be sticking with California (mostly Southern) events!

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April 8th: 

Elizabeth Wein

Kepler’s Bookstore

Menlo Park, CA

7 pm

We are ridiculously excited to be hosting Elizabeth Wein for her new book, Black Dove, White Raven.

As poignant as her award-winning and bestselling CODE NAME VERITY, and as complex as ROSE UNDER FIRE, Elizabeth Wein’s new novel BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN presents a captivating and deeply affecting story that explores race, family, the bonds of friendship, the resilience of young pilots, and the strength of the human spirit. to persevere through adversity

April 11th-12th: 

YALL West

Santa Monica, CA

Saturday: 9 am to 8 pm at Santa Monica H.S.

Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm at Santa Monica Main Library

Please check the official YALL West website for list of authors attending, panels and signing schedule. And if you see me, make sure you say hello! The fest is free however there ARE a few events that are ticketed, at 5 dollars a ticket!

April 16th-19th: 

Star Wars Celebration Convention

Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim, CA

Click here for tickets!

Head over to the official website in order to find out what sort of things are going on that weekend! I will be there in attendance so if you spot me, make sure to say hello!

April 18th-19th: 

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Please see the official FoB website for a complete list of authors attending. You may also head to the FanGirlFeeels blog to check out a list of all YA authors attending and their panels! 

Most panels are FREE but ticketed! Check out the FoB website for more information

April 21st:

Jessi Kirby

Barnes and Noble, Fashion Island

Newport Beach, CA

6:00 pm

Not Wristbanded

Meet Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know by Heart, an unforgettable teen romance that fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti will devour!

April 28th: 

Sabaa Tahir, Launch Party!

Kepler’s Bookstore

Menlo Park, CA

7 pm

Please join us as we host a very special launch party for local author, Sabaa Tahir.

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. When their paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Sabaa will be in conversation with Evelyn Skye.

April 29th: 

Sabaa Tahir

Barnes and Noble, The Grove

Los Angeles, CA

7 pm

Sabaa Tahir is joined in conversation with Marie Lu celebrating the launch of An Ember in the Ashes, a tale brimming with political intrigue and haunted by supernatural forces. Join us for an amazing discussion followed by both authors signing.

Book Review: “Everything Leads to You” by Nina LaCour

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Young Adult, sick  Romance

Pages: 

307

Part of a Series?:

Standalone Novel

Release Date: 

May 14th, rx 2014

You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Book Depository

Author’s Website

GoodReads Summary: 

A wunderkind young set designer, see Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

My Review:

So I won a giveaway that Victoria Scott was holding a couple months back, which earned me a signed ARC of Salt and Stone (!!!) and a few other books as well. This was one of the books in there. I needed something contemporary and decided I would read it.

First off, can I just please meet Nina so I can kiss her for writing this story? Seriously. It is absolutely beautiful. Its so refreshing to read a lesbian romance and one that just feels so incredibly genuine. It didn’t read like it was a LGBT book, like its purpose was to highlight a LGBT relationship. It read like a normal contemporary romance and that’s what made it beautiful. It wasn’t forced or fake. The growing friendship and romance between Emi and Ava is slow, steady, and real, and I loved every minute of it. It was refreshing to read, and it just felt so effortless on the page, as if I could easily read a relationship between two girls and have it feel so real.

But I also loved the background of it as well, the mystery of the letter and the bigger mysteries that it leads to. I love how it brings all these people together, besides just Emi and Ava. Its such a great character novel. Every character breathes life into the book, into the story, no matter how small they are. Even just the character of the movie industry/business and the character or Southern California just felt so real and deep. I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life and I really enjoyed to see so much life in it.

Honestly, plain and simple, I was really impressed with this book. I had never heard of it, to be completely honest and I hadn’t heard of Nina either. I’m really glad this book was in that box I won though because I sincerely enjoyed. It was a beautiful story of incredible characters in my own backyard, and it was incredible to read such a real and genuine relationship between two girls. Thank you, Nina, so much for writing this book.

Rating: 

4 out of 5 Stars

December YA and Middle Grade Book Events!

Some of you may have noticed that I no longer do Book Events Listings for the entire country. I used to but it just honestly got to be way too much work for me. I know it was really cool for you guys but it really was a ton of work. If any of you need help on finding book events in your area, sickness I will be more than happy to help, but for now, I will be sticking with California (mostly Southern) events!

If there are any events missing, please inform me so I can keep this list as updated as possible!

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December 4th

Robin LaFevers

Vroman’s Bookstore

Pasadena, CA

7 pm

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

December 5th

Marie Lu

Mysterious Galaxy

San Diego, CA

7:30 pm

Marie Lu, a staff and reader favorite for her Legend series, introduces readers to a new world with The Young Elites. Teen Adelina Amou­teru is among the persecuted malfettos of this world, about to be burned at the stake for the murder of her father, when she is rescued by the Dagger Society, a group of her super-powered peers. In her New York Timesreview, fellow author Maureen Johnson writes: “Lu is presenting a large-world fantasy that will involve multiple kingdoms. She hints that we will learn about the background of the Young Elites. There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.” Adult and young adult readers are invited to visit Adelina’s world with us and Marie.

December 11th

Alexandra Monir

Barnes and Noble

Santa Monica, CA

7 pm

Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride. Join us for the launch of this fantastic adventure! Remember that signed and personalized books make wonderful gifts!

December 12th

Shannon Messenger

Barnes and Noble

Oceanside, CA

6 pm

Call Store for More Details 

 

The 2nd Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night!

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For those of you who do not know (which is probably good chunk of you!), mind I am part of one of the BEST groups EVER in the history of all groups: The Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. We are a 21-and over Los Angeles/Southern California based Harry Potter group. I joined in October of 2011 and have had some of the BEST times with them. So many people associate Harry Potter with children but what they fail to realize is that the kids that read Harry Potter when it first came out (like me), are adults now! And there isn’t much out there geared toward us adults…so voila, the LADA! The group has existed for five years now and has put on some seriously cool events, like Avengers de Mayo (a HUGE party where we went and saw the Avengers and ate superhero themed food and superhero games) and a Hunger Games Capitol party to celebrate the release of Hunger Games last month. We’ve had Quidditch picnics, HP birthday teas, game nights, pub night and pub crawls, Triwizard tournaments, beach days and so much.

But a HUGE event for us is the Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. We held out first one last April, in 2012, and over 650 people showed up! It was fantastic! So, of course, we had to do it again this year, and yesterday, we partied hard at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale.

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And it was a blast once again! I got my Ravenclaw tie out, put my Ravenclaw bow in, tied on my super awesome Ravenclaw tutu and prepared myself for a seriously awesome night of Harry Potter fun.

There were raffle prizes, and every person who paid to come, whether they were a spectator or a skater, was automatically entered in the raffle. Prizes included all kinds of handmade Harry Potter merch, like bows, cat toys, earrings, Harry Potter candy, and more.

There was a ton of music to skate and dance to, from music familar to us Potterheads from the movies to some Wizard Wrock favorites to top 40 Muggle hits as well. Even though I chose to skip out on the skating this year (last year, I could barely move for days…wasn’t really anxious to do that again haha), I had fun, hanging out with all my friends, and dancing around in my tutu, which got a TON of compliments. Here’s a picture of me, in my tutu.

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If you’re interested in purchasing a super awesome tutu like this (in ANY colors, though I do have a ton of Ravenclaw colors left), please leave a comment below or email me at whatanerdgirlsays@gmail.com!

There was also a TON of other super cool stuff to buy as well, like BUTTERBEER!

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If you’ve never tried Butterbeer, you are TOTALLY missing out! Its delicious stuff. You can buy it in the bottle by Flying Cauldron here on Amazon.

You could also buy a TON of handmade Harry Potter stuff as well!

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This is Miss Tanya, who runs Heroine Habit on Etsy, where she makes all kinds of nerdy themed bows (or any bows, really, she’ll make custom orders!). Here is an example of some of the bows she was selling last night. Also, in the picture above, I’m wearing a Ravenclaw bow she made!

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She also just custom made me an Angels bow for me to rock at the baseball games!

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Definitely check out her store, she has some of the CUTEST bows and headbands :)

Also rocking the vendor tables at Harry Potter Roller Skate Night was SuzAnne and her super AWESOME Sugar Dukes Magical Sweets candy.

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She makes Harry Potter themed candy, and trust me, its delicious stuff. She gave me a Dill Pickle Barrel, basically a root beer barrel but in the flavor of a pickle. Okay, I know that sounds crazy, right? But it was actually SUPER delicious. Here is some of the stuff she was selling last night:

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DELICIOUS stuff, check out her Facebook page here to find out when or where or how you can get your hands on some :)

Also, the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army was selling some stuff of our own. Last Saturday, we had a massive craft day and made ALL kinds of Harry Potter wares for the event.

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Yup, thats a Harry Potter pillow :) I helped to make these, and by helped, I mean I ironed and helped pin and stuffed! But hey, I helped!

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We also had a ton of handmade stuff as well, like crocheted little bags in house colors, crocheted hair bows and hair ties. We had house themed earrings and nerdy doggie collars and cat bandanas. We even had SERIOUSLY awesome Harry Potter cat toys (which were tested and approved by my friend Kendall’s cat, Lucius). If you guys are interested in any of these, send a message my way, comment below, and I’ll let you know how to get your hands on them!

Also my mom was there as well, showing off her new dolls as well.

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She’s also made Ginny, Neville, Fred and George, and more. She’s also working on making some Doctor Who ones, Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, etc. and she’s willing to take CUSTOM orders as well, so check out her facebook page, Ellie’s Quirky CreationsHERE.

Oh yeah! There was also SKATING TOO!

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It was SO hard to get a clear picture because there were SO many many many people and ya’ll were skating SO fast! But there were a TON of people there, and everyone looked like they were having a great time. There were great costumes: a seriously intimidating Death Eater, a couple cute Hedwigs going around, an entire posse of A Very Potter Musical kids, Sirius Black and tons of people rocking the good ‘ol Hogwarts ties.

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A Very Potter Musical people completely with Ron Weasley, Voldemort, Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger and supermegafoxyawesaomehot Harry Potter :)

Lastly, we had a *secret* special guest, miss Ellie Darcy-Alden, who plays young Lily Evans in Deathly Hallows Part 2. She also had a part in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen. She was a super lovely and sweet girl, and looked like she had a great time as well :)

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All in all, it was a GREAT night and I’m sure everyone who attended had a great time, because it looked like they all had a fun time :) I can’t wait til next year ;)

Much thanks goes out to Miss Adrienne, the leader of our group, and to everyone who helped to put this together (hey, that includes me too!). It was a great event and I can’t wait to do it all again next year :)

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WonderCon Day One Highlights

   I had an awesome awesome awesome day today at WonderCon.

Today was my working day, malady and by working, I mean hanging out with my friends, Adrienne and Little Wolf (yes, that’s her name) and my brother Robby while hanging out at the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army table, recruiting members and encouraging all you Southern California Harry Potters to come out to Harry Potter Skate Night. Here is the flyer for that:

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It was a SUPER fun day. I met a ton of really awesome people, and hopefully we were able to recruit more members and hopefully people will come to Skate Night. This year is our second annual Skate Night, and I am SO insanely excited about it. There’s Harry Potter soundtrack, Wizard Wrock, and top 40 music playing, free raffles going on, handmade Harry Potter merchandise, butterbeer and just so much more. If you live in the Southern California area, you should definitely check it out!

Moving on though, it was a good day.

The lines to get in and all that: really good. The line/wait time to get badges was SUPER short, and moved really quickly, I was amazed. At Comic Con, Anime Expo, Comikaze, its always such an ordeal to pick up your badges but this was easy cheesy. Even the line to actually get into the convention? It was super long, and yeah it was warm, but we were constantly moving and it didn’t take that long to get in. It was pretty awesome. I always like fast moving lines.

There seem to be a lot of cool people, great artists and vendors there. I didn’t get much time to check it out yet, because I spent most of my day at the LADA table, but I have tomorrow and Sunday to check it all out.

I did, however, get SUPER great news. I got this tweet sent to my phone from Ms. Cassandra Clare herself. And I freaked!

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All I could think was, thank GOD I get Cassie’s tweets sent directly to my phone in text messages. I got that and as soon as I read it, I replied as FAST as I could. I sent my email so fast, I’m surprised I didn’t misspell.

A few minutes later, Cassie said she had the emails she needed and that you’d get an email if you got it. I didn’t get anything right away; man, I didn’t get anything for HOURS. But I eventually did get an email…

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Yay! I don’t know how I keep getting SO lucky but I was really so so so very excited and I can’t WAIT until tomorrow. I will have lots and lots of fun stuff for you tomorrow, including some panel reviews, what it was like to meet Cassandra Clare (again) and Lily, Jamie and Kevin AND what I think of the NEW trailer!

Can’t wait!

Happy WonderCon everyone!

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