The Best Books of 2016

As promised, this week I am talking about the top 10 books I’ve read in 2016. Full disclosure, it took me ages to narrow it down to ten since I a lot of pretty good books came out this year. I also read a bunch of really bad ones (or ones that I personally think are highly overrated) but that’s a whole different matter. So, shall we start?

10. Ruined by Amy Tintera – I bought a copy of this in LA, having heard great things about Amy Tintera’s previous series. It’s about a girl, whose country is ravaged by war. Her family is killed and her sister is missing. She doesn’t have powers unlike her fellow countrymen but she’s hellbent on revenge and finding her sister. I really enjoyed this book. Was it perfect? No. But it was fast-paced, action-filled and overall incredibly enjoyable. I really liked Em and her chemistry with Casimir. It’s perfect for fans of Red Queen. ruined

9. My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton – I got an ARC of this one at YALLWEST without knowing anything about it prior to meeting the authors. I have to admit though I really liked it. This is a comical, light-hearted reimagining of the story of Lady Jane Grey. It’s set during the reign of Edward VI but instead of the divide between Protestants and Catholics, there’s an ongoing war between Verities and Eðians, the latter being a form of shapeshifters. I was absolutely charmed by this book. It mocks sexist attitudes and 16th-century society in general. The plot is really well-developed and if you like your historicals with a dash of silliness definitely pick this one up.

8. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Okay, so I’m a huge fan of TMI and her shadowhunter series in general so naturally, when Lady Midnight came out I delved right in. In this installment, we’re following the life of Emma Carstairs (who we got to meet at the end of City of Heavenly Fire) and the LA institute. This whole book is just a perfect continuation of a beloved series and some of my favorite characters make an appearance so that’s always a plus in my books.

7. And I Darken by Kiersten White – It’s been ages since I read this one and I still cannot fully explain this gem. And I Darken caught me completely off guard. It’s so dark and gritty and unlike anything I’ve read. Lada was such a great if nasty heroine. I simply loved everything about this book. If you enjoy alternate history with a complex tangle of relationships, plus some LGBTQIA this is the book for you. darken

6. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – The Winner’s Kiss is the third and final book in The Winner’s Trilogy and, in my opinion, the best one. The Winner’s Curse was slow-paced, romance heavy book then The Winner’s Crime was virtually no romance, action-packed rollercoaster.This one though balanced intrigue, action, and romance and it was just a PERFECT conclusion to an amazing trilogy. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out!

5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Well, technically I read a proof of this last December but the book came out in 2016 and I did read it again once the finished copies were out so it still counts! I actually didn’t expect to love Amani’s adventures as much as I did but there it is. I admit I was a bit wary because of the ‘western’ in a Middle Eastern setting thing but apart from Amani being an awesome shot there weren’t many westerny bits so I was able to focus and enjoy it more. shadows

4. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab – This is the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic and follows Kell as he comes to terms with the potentially lasting effects of what happened in the last book. Also, there’s more of Lila and let’s be honest. I really freaking love Lila Bard. This book goes deeper into a really well-developed fantasy world and the writing skill is superb. A little side note, the whole trilogy has been picked up by Netflix so there may be a potential TV show at some point in the future.

3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – This book hardly needs any prolonged explanation so really if you loved Six of Crows, well Crooked Kingdom is better! I adore Kaz and fell even more in love with Jesper and Wylan *sigh* dagger

2. The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh – Another conclusion to a series I adore. There’s just something about Ahdieh’s world that keeps me reading until I realize I’ve just finished the whole thing in one sitting. We have a lot more political intrigue and betrayals in this one. We get to see more of Shazi’s sister and some really amazing ‘girls rock’ moments but let’s call it, shall we? We’re all reading it because of Khalid and his way with words…

1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – I know a lot of people haven’t actually read this one yet but as we know I’m a huge Alison Goodman fan and it’s really no surprise I fell completely in love with this world. Set in 19th-century London, The Dark Days Club follows Lady Helen Wrexhall as she tries to navigate high society parties with her newfound supernatural abilities. It sounds pretty amazing, right? My only complaint was the sequel was so far away!

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Top 10 2016 books I wish I got around to reading

I have been absent these past few weeks mainly because I was in a weird blogging and reading slump. Also, I have managed to successfully resuscitate my social life, which left me with zero free time. BUT, and there is a but here, the end of 2016 is just around the corner and I have finally mustered the will to get back to blogging, so what better topic than discussing the books I have bought/been given but never got around to reading. Let’s dive in. thousandth-floor

10. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – I was made aware of this book back in April when I got a proof copy at YALLWEST. It was marketed as a futuristic dystopian New York. I was intrigued. I wanted to read the proof but somehow I got sidetracked. Then when the book got released I fell in love with the stunning cover and promised myself I’d read it ASAP. Needless to say I never actually got around to reading it.

9. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – I bought this one back in January after reading a stellar review on Goodreads. The premise sounded interesting enough plus there was supposed to be an LGBTQ+ element so I was sold. Now that I read the synopsis again I keep wondering why I never read it…

8. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Okay, so I don’t actually have this but I read a blurb online and thought it sounded original enough. I wanted to give it a try but I went to LA and well…next year, perhaps?

7. Blame by Simon Mayo –  This book first came to my attention when I heard the author speak at YALC. I didn’t know anything about it and I hadn’t read any of Mr. Mayo’s books before so I bought it and planned to read it on a plane ride to New York. Suffice to say it didn’t quite work out as I’d planned.

6. Flashfall by Jenny Moyer – My friend gave me an ARC of this a few months ago and told me to read it because I’d love it. I didn’t. Then I got the finished copy in this month’s Fairyloot and made a mental note to read it. I wish I did but I didn’t. moon-ours

5. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – This book has been praised by virtually every single blogger friend I have and let’s be honest the synopsis sounds AMAZING. I’m not sure why I still haven’t read it. There is NO EXCUSE, okay? I’m sorry.

4. Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen – This is the final novel in a trilogy. I thought the first one was okay. I loved the second one. No idea why I haven’t finished the series by reading the last one but I hope to do so soon. Very soon.

3. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima – I don’t have a finished copy of this but I do have an ARC that I never read. I loved her Seven Realms series and I remember I got so excited when I got an ARC. This was during an overwhelmingly bstarusy time at my job so I never actually got the time to read it and then I was trying to catch up with my TBR. I do apologize to the publisher, though. This is the only book I’d received a proof that I didn’t manage to review.

2. Stalking Jack the Reaper by Kerri Maniscalco – I actually started this book at the end of August. I just never got past the first few chapters.

1. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu – This hurts me to say since The Young Elites series is a particular favorite of mine. I pre-ordered it, received it, unpacked it and stuck it on my shelf because I was scared for Adelina. I will eventually get around to it, once I’ve reconciled myself with her potential demise.

And that’s it. These are my 2016 books I regret not reading. Tune in next week for my top 10 books of 2016.

November wrap-up

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Can you, guys, believe it’s December already?!? Time truly is flying. But I digress. Since it’s the start of a new month I thought I should talk about all the books I’ve read this past November. I only read 15 books this month mostly due to my weeklong book hangover after I finished The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman. I was also in the mood for some classics afterward so I reread Jane Austin’s Persuasion, which never fails in making me feel good. Other things I did this month is starting a bunch of series that I’d had on my TBR list for a few months. But without further ado, here’s my list for November.

1. Earth’s End by Elise Kova

2. Persuasion by Jane Austin

3. Mercenary Magic by Ella Summers – this is the first book in an indie UF series.

4. Magic Games by Ella Summers

5. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman – it’s coming out in January next year, so not long now!! This book is such an amazing sequel, I just cannot begin to explain how much I love everything Alison writes. You can see my mini review of the Pact here.

6. Arabella by Georgette Heyer

7. Dragonfly by Julia Golding – about 4 weeks later and I still don’t know how I feel about this book. I thought it’d be a fantasy adventure but it felt a bit protracted at places and I’m not sure I liked the resolution at the end.

8. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – I was really looking forward to this book because magical creatures and some LGBTQ romance/friendship!! But this has to be one of the biggest letdowns for me this year. It was slow and boring and I just didn’t care about any of the characters. *sigh* Better diverse books next year, please!!

9. Shadows by Paula Weston – okay, so here’s the deal. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the Rephaim series. In fact, I was so hooked I binge read them all from Friday evening to Sunday. And then I was empty and sad because I wanted more. Then came the hangover, which is another reason why I read only 15 books this year. After that, I started plotting and planning for a whole week focused on the Rephaim series (which will be next week hopefully!) and I’m now officially dubbing it “Weston Week”.

10. Haze by Paula Weston

11. Shimmer by Paula Weston

12. Burn by Paula Weston

13. Written in Red by Anne Bishop – The Others is another series apart from The Rephaim that I’ve had in my TBR for months and finally got around to reading. I am so glad I did because I really liked it, well minus the third book Vision in Silver. I found Meg a bit OOC and frankly, everything I loved about her from books one and two was basically non-existent. You can read my review of Written in Red here.

14. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

15. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop – I have not read the fourth one yet but I’m hoping HOPING it will be back to the awesomeness of the first two books from there because I really didn’t enjoy Vision in Silver as much as them.

* I also read The Moth and the Flame by Renée Ahdiehm which is a short story centered around Jalal and Despina that I really enjoyed.

So this it, my November wrap up. I’ve read some pretty amazing books these past four weeks and I really hope I get to do it again in December. Nothing gets to me more than a series of bad books and I mean NOTHING! So December TBR, please be kind!

Wednesday Wish List -23rd Nov + GIVEAWAY

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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . . king-pirate

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

I haven’t been as active this month as I would have liked but for Wednesday Wish List this week I thought I’d introduce you guys to one of my most anticipated books of 2017. I am really excited for this because PIRATES! I also think Alosa has the potential to be pretty badass so that’s a huge plus in my books. I have to admit I don’t usually like cover changes unless the cover is exceptionally bad. When I heard the publishers had decided to redesign the cover, naturally I was skeptic about it. I needn’t have worried. This version is so much better and I love the darker background. I cannot wait to pick this beauty up once it’s out. Also thanks to the amazing Tricia I have a spare set of signed bookmarks that are up for grabs. They are pretty awesome and if you want to be in with a chance to win them, enter bellow.

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Kindle Unlimited: Top 5

I have been meaning to write a post about books I love that are available on KU for some time now and since I’ll be posting mostly reviews next week I thought today’s as good time as any. These are books that I absolutely love, written by ladies that I adore and cannot wait to read more of their works. So without further ado, here’s my top 5 KU books.

 

5. The Fray Theory: Resonance by Nelou Keramati 

Neve Knightly lives in an ordinary world. Where déjà vu is nothing more than a mind-trick. Where premonitions are dismissed as mere coincidence. Where no one thinks twice about the glitches in their reality.

Neve Knightly is living a lie. TheFrayTheory-Resonance-ARC-Cover

But when her nightmare of a tragedy comes true the very next day, she can no longer seek solace in self-deception. The glossy enamel has been shattered, and she has caught a glimpse of what slithers just beneath the surface.

She now has the opportunity to decipher the enigma that’s been haunting her since childhood. But her quest soon becomes deeply entangled with the last two people she could have ever imagined: the love of her life, Dylan, who mysteriously vanished three years ago, and his estranged best friend, Romer, who seems to be guarding a secret of his own.

Romance, rancor, and redemption plummet as priorities, as their lives become riddled with peculiar happenings lying just outside the realm of science. And in search for salvation, they emerge at the brink of unveiling the best-kept secret in human history.

The Fray Theory is the first book in a series and if you love urban fantasy/sci-fi this book is a must. It’s action packed, complex and just overall amazing. You can read my review of it here or if you want to learn more about how The Fray Theory came to be you can read my interview with Nelou Keramati here.

 

4. Chosen by K.F. Breene

It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen. Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. chosenCarrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders. It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey. But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

This is the first book in a series of six novels, five of which are available on KU. The last book comes out on Nov 10th. This is perfect for fans of fast paced, action packed high fantasies.

 

3. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war. air-awakens

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

The first in a series of five, this book has been a favourite of mine since it came out last year. The series has been on the USA Bestsellers list and is now, for the first time available on KU. So go check it out ASAP if you haven’t already.

 

2. Fantasy of Frost by Kelly St. Clare 

I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I want to become. But there is one thing I will never know. frost-fantasy

Being the Tatuma of our world, the next to rule, should have given me a privileged life. One full of friends, love and happiness. If my mother did not hate me, I probably would have had all of that. Instead, she has kept me veiled from birth, turning the possibility of this distant dream into a living nightmare.

Shunned by the court, abused from childhood, I am trapped within this material barrier and will never know my own face. Only two friends and a determination to become Tatum keep me sane.

I am unaware everything in my life is about to change when the peace delegate arrives from the savage world of Glacium. Hidden agendas, past secrets and my struggle to stay alive–while still becoming the person I want to be–careen wildly out of control.

Another favourite of mine. This entire series is completely amazing and so unique. I actually binge read them in a matter of days with little to no sleep in between. For more of my thoughts on the awesomeness that is this series click here.

 

1. Chase the Dark by Annette Marie 

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way. SS3

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons … See problems one and two.

Oh, man!! The top spot simply HAD to go to one of my all time fave series, Steel & Stone by Annette Marie*. This book, this series in general, is so addictive that read all five books and one novella in TWO DAYS! It has everything. Alternate worlds – check. Kickass female character – check. Demons – check. Action – check and CHECK. If you only download one book on KU let it be this one. Or Fantasy of Frost. Or you know, any on this list, really.

*For you lovely peeps, who have already discovered the awesomeness of Steel & Stone, Annette has released a new book called Red Winter, inspired by Japanese history and culture. Oh, and it has supernatural creatures. What more can you ask for, really? Red Winter is also available for download with you KU subscription.

Teaser Tuesday – 1st Nov.

For those of you who don’t know Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Here are the rules: Teaser Tuesday

  • Grab the book you’re currently reading
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
  • DO NOT include spoilers. You don’t want to ruin the book for others by including too much.
  • Share the title and the author so other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like the teasers.

“The sharpshooter was covered in soot and smelled like a forest fire, but he had that wonderful glimmer-eyed look he always seemed to get when he’d been in a fight. All Wylan wanted to do was stand as close as he possibly could to him and know that he was safe.” ~p. 323 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 

New York Comic Con 2016: Recap

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Hey, guys, it has been a while since my last post and I do apologize for being AWOL but it has been a crazy two weeks to say the least. Apart from being crazy busy at work I also had a various bookish/nerd events that I shall be posting about in the coming days. As you can probably guess from the title of this post I went to NYCC this year and it was an interesting experience. I also quickly stopped by Leigh Bardugo’s launch of Crooked Kingdom that happened at The Strand bookstore, met Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs, went to the first ever Wattcon in NYC and saw Marissa Meyer, Anna Banks and Caleb Roehrig. For now though I want to focus on NYCC since it offered tons of bookish (and not so bookish) events alone.

Thursday:

After having the forethought to pick up my 4-day pass on Wednesday, I went straight to the line for the Green Entrance on Thursday morning, which was spanning for a few blocks and went all the way around Javits Center!! Now, I don’t know how familiar you guys are with the New York City layout but for those of you who don’t know NYC has a grid system, which is incredibly easy to navigate. The actual Green Entrance was around 37th st. and 11th ave but the line snaked all the way around 12th and 34th st. In other words, it’s incredibly long! There are also NYCC volunteers at the subway station (which is essentially on 34th st. between 11th and 10th ave) who make you circle around 10th ave, then go up 37th st. and make your way to the end of the line which as I already mentioned is at 34th st. Why couldn’t have we just gone west on 34th st. instead I hear you ask? Well, dear readers, I cannot for the life of me answer that. It seems logical and yet somehow it’s not the practice. Anyway, you get in line and then you go through a security check and then you end up in purgatory, I mean Queue Hall, where you can choose to line up for panels on the main stage (I didn’t have any panels I wanted to see on Thursday) or the show floor. I made a bee line for the show floor chutes and then the real wait began. It’s worth mentioning that the show floor opens at 10am and they let you enter Queue Hall between 8:00-8:30am, so the wait is pretty substantial. Once I got to the floor I went straight to Random House’s booth to pick up an advance copy of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves, which is one of the books I was most excited about. They were also giving away ARCs of Salla Simukka’s As Red as Blood so I grabbed a copy of that as well. I checked what other books Penguin would be giving away throughout the weekend and left to see what the rest of the publishers had in store for us. The best part about NYCC is how close the publishing booths are to each other. Unlike literary festivals where everything is spread out, New York Comic Con had them all clustered together so it’s easy when you have signings at different booths at the same time, for example. I had a floor map with me but really didn’t need it for the most part since I only needed to turn left and practically walked into Epic Reads and HarperCollins. If you follow them on Twitter you already know they released their scheduled giveaways a few days before NYCC but I went to check what books fell into which theme and to get my Red Queen bandana. Epic Reads used to have a wheel you spin to get a book but this year they had decided to change the way they were handling their giveaways and I have to admit I much prefer the way they did it at NYCC. Basically they announced themes and there was a schedule that tells you which theme was each day. Once you go to the booth on that particular day, they had a list with three books you get to CHOOSE from. That’s right, no more spinning the wheel and ending up with a book you do not want, no more people trying to exchange them for different books and no more people crowding the booth trading between each other. It was a miracle! It was faster, more organized and people were actually happy with their books since it was their choice to begin with. I glanced quickly at the books they were offering on Thursday, made a mental not to come back at the appointed hour and went exploring. And by that I mean I practically bumped into Abrams Books’ table. They had ARCs of Roseblood and A Face Like Glass so I gracefully (not!) turned my hitting their table into me reaching for the books. I was fooling no one so unsurprisingly they laughed; and then proceeded in telling me they were giving free copies of Iron Cast by Destiny Soria if you signed up for their newsletter. Books in hand, I then went in search of the Funko booth since I had won a ticket for their line at 10:30am. They were so many people who either didn’t managed to get a ticket or weren’t even aware they needed one to get in line. I only wanted to get a few of the NYCC exclusives they had so when I saw a bunch of guys begging people in line to get them various Pops I offered to help them out. Huge mistake!!!!! A lot of the other people in line were actually charging them for ‘their services’. I didn’t. I didn’t care to make money off other attendees so I only wanted them to give me the exact cash for their purchases, which is what led to me being swarmed by twenty guys waving money in my face and pointing at their phones. I don’t exactly regret helping them out since we were only allowed one of each exclusive so it’s not like I was depriving other people in line from their share but I definitely wished the guys I was helping out were a bit less enthusiastic about the whole thing. There was talking over each other, arguing who asked me first for a specific figure and general noise that gave me a headache. After that it got pretty busy on the show floor and people were just shoving books in my hands even if I had stopped at their booth for a completely different reason. Not a bad problem to have but it explains how I ended up with over twenty books that day. It also explains why I cannot tell you what other books I got that day because I simply have no idea when I got what. I do know I got a proof copy of Nemesis by Brendan Reichs that day though. I left 10 minutes before the show floor closed for the day at 7pm and barely managed to drag all the books I got. Revelation: books are incredibly heavy!

Friday:

I somehow managed to sleep through three alarms on Friday so I had to take a cab to the convention center if I had any hope of making it in as soon as they opened. I am still convinced my driver was not human because he somehow managed to get me there in 12 minutes during rush hour, dropping me off just before a hundred or so people were about to get in line. Needless to say I got even a better spot in line than the previous day. Score! I walked around the floor for a bit before getting in line at Epic Reads’ booth for an ARC giveaway. The theme was Fantasy Retellings and they were offering The Wish Granter, Hunted and something else that I cannot remember. After picking up my book I went to Quirk Books to pick up an advance copy of Geekerella by Ashley Poston and then got in line for a V. E. Schwab signing at Tor. They were giving away free copies of Vicious and wrap for the Shades of Magic trilogy that will go around all three books and it looks stunning. The line was pretty long and the guys at the booth actually worried they might not have books for everyone. I met a girl who was there with her boyfriend (who was only there to carry her books by the way lol) and we talked about other giveaways happening that day. She held my spot while I ran quickly to Penguin to grab us copies of The Valiant and then she went to get us both copies of Wolf by Wolf. Once Victoria got there the line started moving pretty fast. When I got to the table we chatted for a while and reminisced about her incredibly long line in London, I grabbed some A Conjuring of Light buttons and ran to get in line for Naomi Novik. She was signing along with Katherine Arden, whose book I already had an ARC of but the guys at Del Rey asked me take one anyway. So there might be a giveaway of The Bear and the Nightingale coming your way soon. I also got a free copy of His Majesty’s Dragon and a signed copy of Uprooted. Feeling pretty good about my loot so far, I decided to head over to Disney-Hyperion for a pin and as luck would have it, they were giving away proofs of Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts at that time. By then I was starving and since I had nothing else for the moment I decided to head to the food court to grab something to eat. A lot of people actually bring their own food to NYCC, however, I like my lunch hot and relatively fresh so I was buying food at Javits throughout the weekend. I might be a minority but I actually think the prices were not that bad for NYC. Obviously it was slightly more expensive inside the convention center and you should totally disregard the $18 dollar sandwich but there were tables with seats, it was not as crowded as the show floor and the food was hot so you feel like a human again. My last event for the day was an Evangeline Lily signing at Titan Books, where everyone was from the UK and complaining how the weather back in London was warm and sunny and they were not there to enjoy it. This was actually the only book that I bought during NYCC and I got to meet Evangeline Lily and discuss Australia with her (completely random and I have no idea how we got into that conversation!) of all things. I left straight after that.

Saturday:

Saturday was the worst crowd wise. It was so packed it took me 10 minutes to walk 15 feet! I had a bunch of panels I wanted to go to so after I managed to grab a spot for those I went to the show floor and there was a girl who told me they were giving Heartless ARCs at Macmillan so I made my way there. I was pretty close, hence the 15 feet comment above. 10 minutes later I had my boxed ARC and t-shirt and I left Javits to head out for the Shadowhunters panel at Hammerstein Ballroom. I had to fight my way through some fangirling teenagers to get a seat but a seat I got and it was practically next to the stage. Score: me -1, screaming teenagers – 0. After the panel they were giving away totes, t-shirts (I actually got a MALEC one so I’m pretty happy about it), and Lord of Shadows chapter samplers. I grabbed some and went out running back to Javits. While I was waiting for the Shadowhunters panel to start I was browsing Twitter and saw there was a surprise proof giveaway of Frogkisser! by Garth Nix happening right then so I was pretty bummed out on the way to Javits Center for missing it. I got myself some pizza to drown my sorrows and took my sweet time getting back to the convention center. My next signing wasn’t happening for another 45 minutes so I decided on a whim to go and check if Scholastic had some Garth Nix galleys left. Imagine my surprise when I went and there was a bunch of them left. It might had something to do with the location of the room there were in or people not checking Twitter but there were at least twenty galleys left and I even managed to snag a signed one! Frogkisser! secured, I made my way to Random House to get a signed copy of Shadow Run after which I just walked around the floor for a bit and grabbed a Häagen-Dazs. I decided to sit down for a bit but before I could do so some guy told me they were giving away galleys of the new Anne Rice book at one of the Penguin booths and on my way there I saw Garth Nix singing copies of Goldenhand. The last thing I did on Saturday was a Netflix and Iron Fist panel, which was ridiculously crowded but also incredibly fun.

Sunday:

I woke up pretty early on Sunday and got ready only to find out it was pouring outside! By the time it eased a bit it was almost noon and I got to the convention center pretty late and had already missed the only panel I wanted to see that day. I browsed the floor for a bit and bought a stuffed toy of some mythical animal from an upcoming anime. Don’t ask me why. I just thought I should buy something. We’ve all been there…I hope. I then grabbed a bunch of free books from booths that were really persistent. And yes, okay, I wasn’t exactly resisting free books. I also went to one of the Penguin booths to spin a prize wheel while waiting for the last Epic Reads giveaway. I won an audiobook of Fangirl, which was actually the second audiobook I had won. The first being Harry Potter, which I won on Thursday. Overall, I think Sunday was way more relaxed than Saturday. Also a lot of vendors were trying to get rid of their stock so the price slashes were insane. Publishers were offering a buy one get one free deal on books the entire day and some of the toy vendors had up to 35% off and it felt like every single person on the floor was trying to buy something whether they needed it or not. I ended up with 67 books, only one of which I’d bought. Of those, 55 are advanced copies so I’m pretty happy with my book haul and my NYCC experience in general. I met so many awesome new people, and finally put faces to people I’d known only as screen names on social media platforms. I talked to authors and actors. But most importantly, I’ve met so many like-minded people and ultimately they were the ones that made my comic con experience so enjoyable.