ATBF 2012

Austin Teen Book Festival 2012!!

Have you ever anticipated an event so much that you build it up and up and then it doesn’t meet your expectations, a total let down? That so did NOT happen with the Austin Teen Book Festival this weekend. IT WAS AMAZING!!! MY DREAMS CAME TRUE!!! How could any book lover not LOVE being surrounded by amazing authors?! The panels were wonderful! I loved every minute. I didn’t even mind waiting in a LONG line for Ally Condie to sign my book. The people around me in line were so fun to chat with. 🙂

Friday Night bloggers, librarians, and some authors got together at a restaurant. It was really fun to see bloggers I knew and meet new blogger friends and librarians. I met authors Rae Carson, Tamara Ireland Stone, Jessica Khoury, and Eliot Schrefer that night. You guys, it is so cool to meet authors. I felt like I was meeting movie stars. 
Saturday started off with Libba Bray as the Keynote speaker. Here’s a picture of her with a light saber and cape (wish I had a better pic). It was awesome! Too funny! The low part for me was when she had the audience repeat loudly a phrase with the s*** word. There was a kid that looked to be 8 years old in front of me. For me her language was inappropriate, but besides the cussing throughout she had some great advice. My favorite advice she gave was, “Writing is revision.” Great stuff.
Panels! I enjoyed the panels so much! There were 6 to choose from, and we could pick 4 to attend. Here are some notes I took at the panels I attended with my hubbie. (Did I mention my wonderful supportive husband came with me? He did! Love him.)
  • “Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads” with Greg Leitich Smith, Marissa Meyer, Rachel Cohn, Jeff Hirsch, and Dan Krokos
    • I loved hearing the writing process! So inspiring.
    • All these books sound so good! I need to read them.
  • “What Would You Do For Love?” with Tracy Deebs, Ally Condie, Kresley Cole, Jessica Shirvington, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Jessica Khoury
    • Talked about the strong heroines and cute boys in their books.
    • I am such an Ally Condie fan! My respect for her as an amazing author grew even more. 
  • “We’re Not In Kansas Anymore” with Sarah Rees Brennan, Libba Bray, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Leigh Bardugo, and Rae Carson
    • Talked about researching for their books. The fact that Garcia and Stohl researched southern food like pies made me want to read their Beautiful Creatures series. 🙂 Yum.
    • Listed some authors who inspired them: CS Lewis, JR Tolkin, Robin McKinnley, Steven King 
  • “The Thrill of the Chase” with Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Will Richter, Lex Thomas (2 guys), Eliot Schrefer, and Ally Carter
    • These books sound intense and exciting!
    • Some of the authors write screen plays of their books instead of an outline. I love that idea!
This is “The Thrill of the Chase” panel. The only one where I sat close enough for a good picture. The pic was taken before the panel started.

 Me and Katie from MundieMoms I was so happy to finally meet her!
 Me and Ally Condie! AAAHHHH!!!!
 Marissa Meyer and Me!
 Ally Carter and Me!
 Me and Jennifer Lynn Barnes! She was so fun in the panel. Now I really want to read her books!
 Me and Rae Carson! I started The Girl of Fire and Thorns this weekend. So great!!
Here’s the beautiful state capital building.
This weekend was a dream come true. I loved it! I can’t wait to go to another author event. I’ll definitely be back to this one next year. Thank you to all those who worked tirelessly to make this festival a tremendous success. 
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ATBF 2012

Austin Teen Book Festival 2012 TBR list

There’s less than 2 months until the Austin Teen Book Festival!! I am so excited. My husband and I are going to head down there this year. There will be a ton of great YA authors and bloggers attending. There have been 32 authors announced so far! This will be epic. Are any of you planning to go?

Austin Teen Book Festival 2012- FREE
Saturday, September 29
Palmer Events Center
Austin, TX

Austin Teen Book Festival links:
author list on website
facebook page

At first I thought I’d read a book by each author, but now I know that will be impossible. So here’s the list of authors I do plan to read from before I go or have already read from and can’t wait to meet!

Anna Banks

Leigh Bardugo

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Rae Carson

Ally Carter

Rachel Cohn

Kresley Cole

Ally Condie

Gina Damico

Tracy Deebs

Kami Garcia

Jeff Hirsch

Tara Hudson

Sophie Jordan

Jessica Khoury

Dan Krokos

Marissa Meyer

Tamara Ireland Stone

Wow now that I see the list I’m thinking there’s no way I’ll read all these, BUT I’ll try. I’ll give myself another week or 2 to finish up some books for review then I’ll get started. Look forward to some of these books being reviewed.

Have any of you read these? Any book you think I HAVE to read first? The only ones I’ve read from this list are Ally Carter and Ally Condie’s series, Cinder, and Hereafter.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 2012
Pages: 387
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Source: library
5 Stars: I LOVED IT!!!

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Thoughts:
I’ve wanted to read this book for months! The cover rocks. I finally got the chance, and it was amazing. I loved this book!! 5 Stars! Warning: I almost gave it 4 stars because I was so mad that the ending left me hanging so badly, but once I calmed down I realized I loved the read so much it deserved 5 stars. I’m dying to read the next book! I haven’t been this into a series in awhile.

I don’t read sci-fi so I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t expecting it to be a new favorite that’s for sure.

I loved the world of New Beijing. It was intense and heart breaking. The plague was terrifying and hopeless. Cinder was a cyborg which meant she was human but had machine parts added by scientists after an accident of some kind. The human citizens looked down on the cyborgs. Some felt they should have died in whatever accident made them need cyborg parts. They felt it was unnatural and basically were scared of them. Cinder lived in fear that people would discover she was cyborg. Her “family” hated her for it.

Cinder’s best friend was her droid Iko, a robot. Iko was unique with her personality. I loved it! She had a crush on the Prince. My favorite quote by Iko was after meeting the Prince. “Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.” (pg. 14) Prince Kai was great! I think I’ll stop here so I don’t give away any of the amazing twists and turns throughout the book.

Cinder took me on an amazing ride. I laughed. I cried. I screamed. I sighed. It was wonderful.

Marissa Meyer will be at the Austin Teen Book Festival on September 29th. I can’t wait!

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: very mild ( kissing )
Language: very mild ( d***-3, h***-1 )
Violence: mild ( face slap, plague, death, blood )

Buy it!

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

This is book #1 in my preparation for the Austin Teen Book Festival!

This is book #4 of my 2012 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by The Story Siren.