Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fierce Reads Recap + Giveaway

I was lucky enough to attend the Fierce Reads event in Pensacola last Saturday. When I first heard that there was going to be a signing in Pensacola, I was super excited because there are never events this big, this close to me!

The Pensacola event included Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14), Anna Banks (Of Poseidon), Jennifer Bosworth (Struck), and Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone). The event started off by each author explaining a little bit about their book.  (Covers and Goodreads descriptions are below)

Monument 14

Goodreads Description: Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.


Goodreads Description: Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)

Goodreads Description: Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been  looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1)

Goodreads Description: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

After introducing themselves and their books, they answered questions. They were all very nice and funny. They all joked around with each other. It was obvious they had all gotten to know each other during the tour.

Then we got to the best part the signing.  I got to talk to all of the authors while they were signing my books. A lot of our conservations revolved around Target. Emmy had admitted that she spent a lot of time in Target doing research.  She said she would take pictures there and then the workers told that she couldn’t do. She said it was really fun research and also expensive. So when Leigh and Jennifer told me that they liked my dress and I told them it was from Target, it opened the conversation up for a lot of fun.

After getting my books signed, I hung around until everyone was done signing books and asked for a picture with them. We took a serious one and then some not so serious ones.

From left to right: Leigh Bardugo, Anna Banks, me, Emmy Laybourne, & Jennifer Bosworth

Gazing into the distance.

Emmy was cracking us all up!!

Now, on to the part you have all been waiting for, the giveaway! Since Monument 14 was the only one I had read at the signing and I enjoyed it I picked up a signed copy for one lucky reader! You can see my review here. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below! Good Luck! This giveaway is US only!

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  1. So far my favorite book would be.. It's such a hard question but right now it's So Close To You by Rachel Carter. It was so so good!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  2. My favorite book that I've read so far this year is The Taker by Alma Katsu. I loved it!

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  4. my favorite book that I have read so far this year is the fault in our stars by john green it really was amazing :)

  5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins is a close second :)

  6. Probably Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

  7. Blackout by Mira Grant because I've been waiting for the conclusion to that trilogy for a year!

  8. Favorite so far. Hm...that is tough. Demons at Deadnight by A & E Kirk.

  9. ooh that's tough... i guess my favorite so far was the fault in our stars by john green : )

  10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. :D

  11. So tough to say. I guess I'll go with Insurgent, with an honorable mention to Cinder and My Life Next Door.

  12. I have to go with Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick. I read it in January and I still can't get it out of my head. If you haven't read it, give it a go. It's AMAZING!

  13. Off the top of my head, From What I Remember is definetly at the top of the list. :)

  14. Hmm, I think it would be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, it was amazing. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver is a close second:)

  15. I love of Poseidon although my friend said shadow and bone was amazing I am looking forward to reading that one

  16. That's a hard one...my favorite so far is Shatter Me. Thanks for the giveaway!


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