Tamora Pierce Is In Town This Week (YA Book Events 2/19-2/25)

There are a number of great events happening this week, including two opportunities to meet the great Tamora Pierce. Check out the full schedule of events below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, Feb. 19

David Levithan + Angourie Rice: Every Day at Strand Books (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

In honor of the New York Times bestseller being adapted into a major motion picture author David Levithan and film star Angourie Rice are having an exclusive Q&A and meet-and-greet! Event admission plus a gift card is $5; event admission and a signed copy of Every Day is $10.99.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Rhoda Belleza in Conversation with Zoraida Cordova at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet Rhoda Belleza for the launch of her new novel Blood of a Thousand Stars. Belleza will be in conversation with Zoraida Cordova, author of Labryinth Lost. Free event.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce at Barnes and Noble Union Square (6 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of Tamora Pierce’s new book, Tempests and Slaughter. Wristbands for event access will be distributed with a purchase of the book from the store.

Friday, Feb. 23

NYC Launch for Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of the first book in Tamora Pierce’s new series, The Numair Chronicles. Free event.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Fave Authors (YA Book Events 2/12 – 2/18)

Love (for books) is in the air! Valentine’s Day is this week and what better way to celebrate than to spend the week with your first love: books. There’s a number of great events happening this week and plenty of authors to meet so check out the schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to stay up to date with all the bookish events happening in the city.

Monday, Feb. 12

Meet Cute Event at Books Are Magic (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Writers Ibi Zoboi, Jocelyn Davies, Mallory Kass, Katie Cotugno, Huntley Fitzpatrick, and Dhonielle Clayton share their work from the Meet Cute anthology. Free Event.

Meet Rowan Blanchard at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (6 p.m.)

Actress Rowan Blanchard will be celebrating the release of her book, Still Here. Moderating will be Elain Welteroth. Blanchard will personalize books and take photos with fans. You must purchase a copy of the book at the store to get a wristband for the event. Seating will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Meet Victoria Stevens at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Victoria Stevens debut novel, Don’t Forget Me. She’ll be joined by Bonnie Pipkin (Aftercare Instructions) and Leah Konen (Love and Other Train Wrecks).

Thursday, Feb. 15

The Hazel Wood Event at Books Are Magic (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Join debut author Melissa Albert as she discusses her novel, The Hazel Wood, with Rhoda Belleza (Empress of a Thousand Skies). Free event.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Seven Asian American Authors You Should Be Reading at Chatham Square Library (1-3 p.m.)

Join authors Stacey Lee, Rhoda Belleza, Sona Charaipotra, Jenny Han, Heidi Heilig, Emily X.R. Pan, and Karuna Riazi as they share their thoughts on the intersection of culture and fiction. Panel will be moderated by Yin Chang. Free event.

Dhonielle Clayton, Arvin Ahmadi, & So Many More Authors Are Here This Week (YA Book Events 2/5 – 2/11)

There are a lot of great events happening this week, including two chances to meet NYT bestselling author Adam Silvera before he moves to the West Coast. So get out there and meet some authors this week and don’t forget to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter.

Monday, Feb. 5

Meet Ismée Williams at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Williams (Water in May) will be in conversation with the founders of Collin’s Kids in honor of Pediatric Heart Disease Awareness month. Free event.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Meet Charlotte Jones Voiklis & Léna Roy at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Voiklis and Roy as they discuss their book, Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time. Free event.

Launching Arvin Ahmadi’s Down and Across at McNally Jackson Books (7 p.m.)

Join Ahmadi and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) as they discuss Ahmadi’s debut novel, Down and Across. Free event.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Teen Author Panel at Jefferson Market Library (6-7:30 p.m.)

Join NYT bestselling author David Levithan as he’s joined with other YA authors discussing their latest books. Free event.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Meet Dhonielle Clayton at Books of Wonder Uptown (4-6 p.m.)

Join Clayton and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) as they discuss her new novel, The Belles. Free event.

Meet Melissa Albert, Liara Tamani, & So Many More This Week (YA Book Events 1/29-2/4)

There are so many great events happening this week! Check out the full list of events below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to stay up to date with all the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, Jan. 29

Meet Marieke Nijkamp at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join Nijkamp as she discusses her new novel, Before I Let Go, answers questions from the audience, and signs copies of her books. Free event.

Launch Party for The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet debut author Benko and fellow author Jodi Kendall (The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City) as they celebrate the release of Benko’s first novel, The Unicorn Quest. Free event.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Event at B&N Tribeca (7 p.m.)

Join Albert and Holly Black (The Cruel Prince) for a talk and signing. Priority seating with purchase of The Hazel Wood or The Cruel Prince from the store.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Launch Event with for Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Gaughen, who will be in conversation with Zoraida Corodova (Labyrinth Lost) as they celebrate the release of Gaughen’s new book. Free event.

Thursday, Feb. 1

A Reading and Q&A with Liara Tamani at Langston Hughes House (7 p.m.)

Join Tamani, author of Calling My Name, as she does a reading on the anniversary of Langston Hughes’ birthday. Free event.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Teen Panel Event with Kim Purcell at Books of Wonder (4-6 p.m.)

Purcell (This is Not a Love Letter) and Jennifer Castle (Together at Midnight) will discuss their novels, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of their books. Free event.

Binged It: The Shatter Me Trilogy

I love series, but I hate waiting for the next book in a series to be released. That’s why I love discovering series that are already finished so I can just binge read the whole series from beginning to end. With that concept in mind I decided to do a new series of blog posts called “Binged It” in which I tell you all about a series of books I’ve recently binged and why I loved or hated it. So here we go.

Number of books: 3 (4 including the novellas bind-up; there will be three more books in the series)

Overall rating: 4/5 stars

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

First of all, the Shatter Me trilogy isn’t actually a trilogy anymore, it’s a series. There will be three more books released, beginning with Restore Me which is coming out on March 6. But I still wanted to binge these books since they’ve been sitting on my shelves for over a year and I wanted to see what the hype was all about.

Thankfully, the hype was well deserved. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it follows Juliette Ferrars who’s been locked up because her touch can literally kill people. However, she’s freed by Warner, who wants to turn her ability into a weapon to help the Establishment, the new government that’s taken over the world. In this dystopian world, the environment has been decimated and the Establishment was supposed to help the world recover and rebuild, but of course that wasn’t what happened at all. Instead, most people are still poor and struggling to survive, while the Establishment does more harm than good.

So, you have Juliette, the heroine, Warner, the villain, and then there’s Adam, a guy from Juliette’s past, who’s obviously the love interest. Except, is anything ever really that simple? No, of course not. This trilogy was filled with twists and even though I was prepared for one because of spoilers, I was still shocked by a few others.

What I loved most about this book was how the author Tahereh Mafi, effectively used the crossing out of some sentences and words in the text for the plot. Juliette keeps a journal in which she wrote down her thoughts while she was locked away and in it she often crossed out her thoughts just like they were crossed out in the books, and I found that so interesting. I’m also really interested to see how that works in an audiobook, because for me I did read everything that was crossed out. It was just a really interesting writing style and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also loved the characters. Juliette did annoy me at some points, but overall I really liked her. I don’t want to spoil anything by going into my feelings about the other characters, but I will say that I really liked Kenji, a character who becomes Juliette’s good friend. He was a great source of comic relief and I just want him to find his own happiness in these next three books. Also, the romance was great in this book. It gave me all the feels, and there was a good amount of angst and steamy scenes, but not so much that I was irritated.

Honestly, this trilogy really surprised me. I haven’t read a dystopian novel in a long time and I wasn’t sure I would enjoy these but I really loved them. I’m excited to see what the next three books have in store.

Pierce Brown & Eliot Schrefer Are In Town This Week (YA Book Events 1/22-1/28)

Unfortunately, my allergies/sinuses took me out this past weekend, thus this week’s schedule of events is almost a day late. My apologies to anyone who missed an event, but there are great events still happening this week. Check them out below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter!

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Pierce Brown Author Event at B&N Union Square (7 p.m.)

Following a discussion with editor Tricia Narwani, Brown will sign and personalize copies of his new novel, Iron Gold, as well as any backlist titles or memorabilia. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of Iron Gold from the store, beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

Friday, Jan. 26

Launch Party for The Lost Rainforest by Eliot Schrefer at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join Schrefer as he launches his newest novel, The Lost Rainforest. Free event.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Meet the Author: Book Talk and Signing at Raw Space (2-4 p.m.)

Betty Before X authors Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson will be in conversation with Sunny Hostin. Free event; books will be available for purchase.

Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner, & So Many More Authors Are In Town This Week (YA Book Events 1/15-1/21)

There is so much happening this week! Make sure to plan accordingly because you won’t want to miss any of the incredible launch events happening in the upcoming days. Check out the full schedule of events below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, Jan. 15

NYC Launch Event for Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner at Books of Wonder (6–8 p.m.)

Join Kaufman and Spooner as they share details about their new book, Unearthed, answer questions from the audience, and sign books. Free event.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

NYC Launch Event for Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed at Books of Wonder (6–8 p.m.)

Debut author Ahmed will be in conversation with NY Times bestselling author Adam Silvera as they discuss her debut novel, Love, Hate, & Other Filters. Free event.

Thursday, Jan. 18

NYC Launch Event for Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely at Books of Wonder (6–8 p.m.)

Join Ely as she introduces her debut novel, answer questions from the audience, and signs copies of her book. Free event.

An Evening with Erika Sánchez at Solas Bar NYC (6-8 p.m.)

Meet Sánchez, the author of the National Book Award Finalist, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Free event; cash bar.

Friday, Jan. 19

Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cumming at Artists & Fleas in SoHo (6:30–9 p.m.) 

Hosted by The Strand, join Alsberg and Cumming as they talk about their novel, Zenith, with Emma Giordano. Conversation begins at 8 p.m. but arrive early for a “space makeover.” Following the conversation there will be a book signing. Admission is $10; admission and a signed copy is $19.99.