This past week has been an amazing one with getting to attend YALLWEST, and then having author events hosted by The King’s English Bookshop three consecutive night in a row!
We were lucky enough to get to see Rachel Cohn on Tuesday, Sarah J. Maas on Wednesday, and Jennifer E. Smith on Thursday! Meeting all three of these authors and listening to them discuss their books was such a neat experience, and I’m so glad that we got to share it with some of our YA and Wine book club members!
- Rachel is very intelligent and graduated at the age of just 16, so her books really explore the high school life that she didn’t get to experience.
- Rachel is currently working on her own novel as well as another novel with David Levithan that sounds really interesting.
- If you’ve read Kill All Happies, you know that there is a pretty awful character in this book. Rachel said that she wanted to include a villain in this story that really had no redeeming qualities. Think Miss Trunchbull in Matilda.
About Kill All Happies
This is it. Graduation. And Vic Navarro is throwing the most epic party Rancho Soldado has ever seen. She’s going to pull off the most memorable good-bye ever for her best friends, give Happies—the kitschy restaurant that is her desert town’s claim to fame—a proper send-off into bankruptcy, and oh yes, hook up with her delicious crush, Jake Zavala-Kim. She only needs to keep the whole thing a secret so that her archnemesis, Miss Ann Thrope, Rancho Soldado’s nightmare Town Councilwoman and high school Economics teacher, doesn’t get Vic tossed in jail.
With the music thumping, alcohol flowing, bodies mashing, and Thrope nowhere to be seen, Vic’s party is a raging success. That is, until Happies fans start arriving in droves to say good-bye, and storm the deserted theme park behind the restaurant. Suddenly what was a small graduation bash is more like Coachella on steroids with a side of RASmatazz pie. The night is so not going as planned. And maybe that’s the best plan of all.
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is kind of the reason this blog exists. I discovered The King’s English Bookshop when we attended her signing for Queen of Shadows, which is how I started going to so many book events, and how we then started the YA and Wine book club. After seeing how much fun and how successful the book club was, I knew I had to do a blog about it!
So seeing Sarah is always special to me, and I’m of course a huge fan of her books. At the event she was in conversation with Christina Hobbs, one half of writing duo Christina Lauren. Here’s a few highlights from their conversation.
- As you probably know, ACOWAR wraps up Rhysand and Feyre’s story, but this isn’t the end of the ACOTAR world. We can expect three more installments in this series to be released.
- The next book in the ACOWAR series will be from the perspective of someone who survives ACOWAR.
- The next book in the Throne of Glass series, Tower of Dawn, comes out in September and includes vital information for you to read prior to reading the final book in the ToG series.
- Tower of Dawn was planned to be a novella, but when Sarah wrote 20,000 words in one day and realized she wasn’t even close to finished it was turned into a full novel instead and should now be considered ToG 6.
About A Court of Wings and Ruin
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Rosesseries.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
Jennifer E. Smith
Jennifer is just one of the most lovely and genuine people that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I ADORE her books, so meeting her was so exciting, and I cannot wait to read Windfall later this month.
Jennifer was in conversation with our local author, Sara Zarr, who is an incredible YA contemporary author as well. Here are a few highlights from their conversation:
- Jennifer worked in publishing as an editor before becoming a published author.
- Windfall is her eighth published novel.
- Jennifer is a truly inspirational human being. She is a big believer in random acts of kindness and actively participates with various charities.
- She has another YA contemporary in the works, and I for one cannot WAIT to learn more about it!
Let luck find you.
Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
Have you met any of these three incredible authors? Have you read these books just yet? If so, what did you think?