Waiting on Wednesday: BEA/BookCon ARCs & Galleys

For my last Top 10 Tuesday, I shared with you my most anticipated author signings for the upcoming BEA/BookCon events in Chicago, so I thought I’d share the ARCs and galleys I’m hoping to pick up from the event for today’s post.

So far, Publisher’s Weekly is the only publication I’ve found that has listed what various publishers are promoting as well as the possible galleys that will be available throughout the convention.  Both Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal will probably release their guides a week or two before the actual event in May.  Publishers are starting to post about their plans, but as of today, Macmillan is the only one I’ve found.

And the Trees Crept In

Last year, I read The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich and fell in love with the story.  So when I saw that she had another book coming out later this year, I did a little happy dance.

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

This title and author is completely new to me, but after reading the description in the PW guide about magic based on cold and hot, I immediately put this on my watch list.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

Here’s a story about a girl who discovers she has magical powers and is whisked away to train as one of Her Majesty’s sorcerers.  How awesome does that sound?!?

Caraval (Untitled, #1)

Anything that talks about a carnival or circus has my attention usually, and this author will be at BEA, so I’ll get to talk to her about her new book (hopefully).

Rebel Genius

I honestly don’t know what to think about this one yet, but one of the creators of Avatar: the Last Airbender wrote it, so it has to be good. Right?

Elite (Hunter, #2)

Even though I haven’t read the first Hunter novel, Mercedes Lackey is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I was excited to see this galley on the list.

Bonus:  I’m hoping there will be copies of the following either as finished copies for purchase or as galleys.  Either way, they are high on my TBR wishlist!

Every Heart a DoorwayPaper and Fire (The Great Library, #2)WintersongHeroine ComplexThe Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #2)Monstress #1

One last thought, just in case you thought I was crazy, I did leave off all the big authors I mentioned in my last BEA post.  This was done deliberately to showcase my other interests and because there just isn’t enough space for everything in one post.  So, I am hoping to pick up signed copies of their newest works, but we’ll see what’s actually available.  🙂

March Reads-New Releases I’m Excited to Read

Here’s another post where I tell you about the books I want to read that just came out.  This month’s list is rather long because there were so many awesome books being released.  I hope you find a few that intrigue you as well 😉

The Keeper of the Mist

I’ve actually met Rachel Neumeier at ARCHON and follow her blog via GoodReads.  But, I haven’t had a chance to read any of her books.  She is part of my 2016 goals though, so I will accomplish at least one book this year.

Shades of Darkness (Ravenborn #1)

I love the cover of this book!  I’m not even really sure what it’s about (I think it’s a mystery about ritual sacrifices in Michigan), but the draw of this cover and the series title of Ravenborn sounded like a good read.

Into the Dim (Into The Dim, #1)

Time traveling is really picking up right now as Outlander grows more popular, and this book about secret societies and Scotland promises to be a teen-friendly version.

Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled, #1)

I read Wicked Lovely when it first came out and enjoyed Melissa Marr’s mixing of faerie and modern world.  This book is not set in that same universe, but sets the stage for a clash between the world of faerie and the mob.

Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)

The magic of emotional empathy piqued my interest with this one, and I think the mystery and political intrigue of the emperor and his son should make a powerful background for a coming-of-age story.


Hopefully, I get some of these read and reviewed this year, but only if I get back on track with my monthly challenge and backlog.  Which of these are you most excited about?

Top 10 Tuesday: BEA/BookCon 2016 Authors

So, next month BookExpo America & BookCon gust into the Windy City, which means it’s close enough that I can attend!  While work could not afford to send me, they were willing to let me take Thursday and Friday off.  So, I’m going to BEA & BookCon!!

Although BookCon has been announcing guests for several months, BEA just released its initial schedule and app this past weekend, and I’ve been playing with schedule stuff all day!  While I definitely don’t have ANYTHING finalized yet, I have squeed like the excited fan girl I am over how many authors I really want to meet.

And, I’ve decided to share the 10 I’m most excited about with all of you.

Brandon Mull

10. Brandon Mull-Fablehaven continues to be one of my favorite series, and I’m waiting rather impatiently for the follow up series, which should be coming soonish.  I met Mull at ALA 2013 and collected his signature in book 5, but I would love to have him sign book 1 and to ask about the follow up 🙂

Kendare Blake

9. Kendare Blake-While I haven’t finished any books by Blake, I started Antigoddess and was intrigued by the whole concept.  I’m also looking forward to her newest book, Three Dark Crowns, which might be available at the conference.

Susan Dennard

8. Susan Dennard-Another author that I haven’t read, but Truthwitch sounds like my kind of fun, so it’s high of my TBR list right now.

Gene Luen Yang

7. Gene Luen Yang-Yang would be higher on this list if I hadn’t already met him once and collected his autograph on the first 9 Avatar: the Last Airbender graphic novels.  He’s pretty awesome, and AtLA is one of my favorite cartoons/worlds ever.  Also, another series came out, and I need more Appa!

Victoria Aveyard

6. Victoria Aveyard-Red Queen was one of my favorite debut reads from last year, and Glass Sword was interesting as well.

Shannon Hale

5. Shannon Hale-I was really excited to see Hale on the list for author signings at BEA because I had almost given up acquiring her signature.  You might think that I want her signature for Princess Academy or The Goose Girl, but I actually loved her take on Ever After High the most.

Danielle  Paige

4. Danielle Paige-I got my boss hooked on Dorothy Must Die, and the dark take on Oz turned me on to her writing style.  Which means, I’m super excited to read her take on one of my favorite fairy tales, The Snow Queen, in the form of Stealing Snow later this year.  When I met her at ALA Midwinter 2015, she was adorable.

These last three are all tied up, so I’ll just label them all as #1.

Marissa Meyer

  1. Marissa Meyer-The Lunar Chronicles were a fantastic sci-fi take on several fairy tales that were seamlessly blended together.  Although I already had her sign that series, I’m hoping to meet her in person and learn more about Heartless, which comes out later this year.

Sarah J. Maas

1. Sarah J. Maas-I’ve been kicking myself since I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight and A Court of Thorns and Roses, all within the last year and a half.  I’ve become obsessed and can’t wait to meet her in person.  (I hear she’s a little crazy 🙂

Laini Taylor

  1. Laini Taylor-I can’t bring myself to read Dreams of Gods & Monsters because I loved the writing that Taylor brought to her amazing world and characters, and I’m not ready to say good-bye yet.  However, Strange the Dreamer sounds AWESOME, so I guess I’m going to have to say bye pretty soon.


Are any of you going to BEA or BookCon?  Who are you excited to meet?  Are there any ARCs you hope to see?  I plan to blog about my time there either during or just after, and I’m sure to host a giveaway from my book stash and/or swag the week following the event.


All photos taken from GoodReads.com.

Book Review: Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang

Cats in Paris: A Coloring Book of the Felines of Paris

Published by Watson-Guptill
Jan 26, 2016 | 80 Pages | 9-13/16 x 9-13/16 | ISBN 9780399578274
 I was underwhelmed by this coloring book, probably because the first third led me to believe there was some kind of story.  Unfortunately, once the story bits left, the book contained more abstract images and patterns, which only kinda had a cat theme, than what I would consider as whole pictures.  My preferences shy away from abstract as I find it frustrating to find the meaning of the piece.  I like my art more literal or surreal.
My other issue was with the art style itself.  It looked like sloppy sketches that I could have made myself.  It would have taken the use of a straight-edge to make them look more finished, but my guess is that the author was trying to be less formal.  To be perfectly honest, I would not purchase this for myself; however, I have many friends who really liked the art and the book, and their only complaint was that is was printed double-sided.
While this coloring book wasn’t as relaxing for me, I can definitely see the appeal for other people, which is why I’m logging it away for possible Christmas presents 🙂

Manic Monday: Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

Shadow Magic

Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

I couldn’t wait until Wednesday to share this book with you!  And not just because this review was originally planned for March 🙂  No, this book was amazing, and you really need to check it out.

Joshua Khan has created a wonderfully unique world filled with amazing characters the participate in a story that is equal parts fantasy, adventure, mystery ,and finding self.  There are two main characters, both younger since this was written for middle school readers, Lily and Thorn.  Both of them face challenges and overcome those challenges with cleverness and consideration instead of violence.  The depth of each character matches the cleverness of the plot, and there are plenty of twists and turns in the story to keep the reader reading.

The cleverness extends to the naming conventions of both places and people.  I don’t want to spoil any “Aha” moments, but I wanted you to be aware of how the author chose names to portray certain characteristics just through the naming.

Most of the story is set in the country of Gehenna, which as the land of Darkness is basically horror world with mentions of classic gothic horror memes throughout the description.  It reminds me of Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon, which was also a spin of gothic horror tropes written for middle grade readers.

And the best part is the author is already working on a sequel, Dream Magic, which should come out in 2017.  Oh, and did I mention the giant bat?

From the publisher:

Thorn, an outlaw’s son, wasn’t supposed to be a slave. He’s been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they’re headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.

Lilith Shadow wasn’t supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?

Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.