Tomi Adeyemi & More In the City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 10/1-7)

Happy October 1st book nerds! This month is starting of with a bang with plenty of great bookish events happening this week. 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 events happening around the city.

Tuesday, October 2

Launch Event for Someday by David Levithan at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of David Levithan’s new novel, Someday (a sequel and continuation of Every Day). Free event.

Wednesday, October 3

“Of Muses and Muchness”: Double NYC Launch Event for A Blade So Black and For a Muse of Fire at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join authors L.L. McKinny and Heidi Heilig as they celbrate the release of their new novels, A Blade So Black and For a Muse of Fire. The authors will be in conversation with NYT bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles). Free event.

Fierce Reads Panel Event at Barnes and Noble Union Square (6 p.m.)

Authors Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Ngozi Uzaku (Check, Please!), Alex London (Black Wings Beating), and April Tucholke (Wink Poppy Midnight) will have a panel discussion. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of any of the featured titles beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

The Darkdeep at Barnes and Noble Upper East Side (7 p.m.)

Join authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs as they celebrate the launch of their novel, The Darkdeep. Free event.

Thursday, October 4

Launch Event for Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s new novel, Dry. Free event.

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join five talented authors as they present their newest books. Free event.

Friday, October 5

A Map of Days at The Strand (7:01-8:01 p.m.)

Join Ransom Riggs in the Rare Book Room as he launches his latest book, A Map of Days. Admission and a gift card is $15; admission and a signed copy of the book is $22.99.

Saturday, October 6

Launch Party for Dog Days in the City by Jodi Kendall at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Dogs Days in the City by Jodi Kendall. Kendall will be in conversation with Alyson Gerber (Braced). Free event.

Kiersten White & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 9/24-30)

Happy Monday everyone! This week there are a number of great bookish events happening around the city. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, September 25

Launch Event for The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Kiersten White will be in conversation with Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) discussing her new novel, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. Free event.

Friday, September 28

Nevertheless, We Persisted Event at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Come for an evening filled with stories of resistance and strength from six of the contributors for the new book Nevertheless, We Persisted. Free event.

Sunday, September 30

NYC Super-Duper Triple Launch at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Join authors Jen Calonita (Misfits), Elizabeth Eulberg (The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case), and Sarah Mlynoski and Emily Jenkins (Upside Down Magic) as they share their new books. Free event.

Launch Event for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee at Books of Wonder (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy with author Mackenzi Lee. Free event.

Kerri Maniscalco, Alex London, & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 9/17-9/23)

Monday blues got you down? Well hopefully this list of events will get you excited. This week there are a number of great events happening so mark your calendar and as always 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, September 17

Launch Party for Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Kerri Maniscalco as she celebrates the launch of her new book, Escaping From Houdini. She will be in conversation with Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess). Free event.

Tuesday, September 18

Ibi Zoboi Presents Pride at Greenlight Bookstore (7:30 p.m.)

From National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi comes Pride, a gorgeous retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Zoboi will discuss her new novel with Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X), followed by a reception to celebrate the book’s launch.

Thursday, September 20

Launch Event for Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join authors Dhonielle Clayton, Heidi Heilig, Kody Keplinger, and Karuna Riazi as they present their new anthology, Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. They’ll be in conversation with editor Grace Kendall. Free event.

Friday, September 21

Secrets of Publishing Panel at Barnes & Noble Union Square (6 p.m.)

New School professor Susan Shapiro (The Byline Bible) and author/activist Renée Watson (Piecing Me Together) invite you to a conversation where panelists will discuss the secrets of publishing and will celebrate their new books.

Sunday, September 23

Launch Party for The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glasser at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Karina Yan Glasser’s second Vanderbeekers book with the author. Free event.

Great Middle Grade Reads Event at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Authors Katherine Marsh (Nowhere Boy), Alyssa Hollingsworth (The Eleventh Trade), and Andrea Davis Pickney (The Red Pencil) will share their poignant and timely middle grade stories of immigration and refugees. Free event.

Launch Party for Black Wings Beating by Alex London at Books of Wonder (4-6 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Alex London’s new novel, Black Wings Beating, with the author. London will be in conversation with NY Times best-selling author Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End). Free event.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 9/3-9)

Hey readers! Long time, no see. This week is packed with amazing bookish events so check out the full schedule below and plan accordingly. Don’t forget to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to stay up to date with all the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, September 4

Meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Books of Wonder (5-7 p.m.)

Join U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as she celebrates the release of her three new children’s books: The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, Turning Pages: My Life Story, and Pasando páginas: La historia de mi vida. This is a ticketed book signing; tickets are $17.99 and you will get a book of your choice signed by Sotomayor. You can purchase your ticket through the link.

Launching Nova Ren Suma’s A Room Away From the Wolves at McNally Jackson (7 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of Nova Ren Suma’s new novel, A Room Away From the Wolves. She will be in conversation with Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood). Free event.

Wednesday, September 5

Launching Sadie by Courtney Summers at McNally Jackson (7 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of Courtney Summers’ new thriller, Sadie. Free event.

Thursday, September 6

WORD Presents Courtney Summers for Sadie with Cristina Arreola, Kara Thomas, & Tiffany D. Jackson at WORD Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

Join authors Courtney Summers, Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming), and Kara Thomas (The Cheerleaders) to celebrate the release of Summer’s new book, Sadie. The conversation will be moderated by Cristina Arreola. You will need to purchase either a book or $5 voucher to attend the event.

Friday, September 7

Meet Jessica Spotswood, Robin Talley, and Shveta Thakrar at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join editor/author Jessica Spotswood and authors Robin Talley and Shveta Thakrar as they introduce their new short story anthology, Toil & Trouble. Free event.

Saturday, September 8

NYC Launch Event for Mirage with Somaiya Daud at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Mirage by Somaiya Daud. Daud will be in conversation with Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Against the Night). Free event.

Sunday, September 9

Book Launch for The Darkness in Lee’s Closet and the Others Waiting There by Roy Schwartz at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Roy Schwartz’s new book, The Darkness in Lee’s Closet and the Others Waiting There. Free event.

My Definitive Ranking Of Kasie West’s Romance Novels

I am a big fan of Kasie West and while I still haven’t read the Pivot Point duology I have read all of her romance novels. With that in mind I decided to rank them all from my least favorite to my absolute favorite. As always this is simply my opinion so feel free to disagree with me in the comments. Beware, I will be giving away spoilers in this post so if you haven’t read one of these books yet, feel free to skip my little blurb about it. Without further ado, here is my definitive ranking of Kasie West’s romance novels!

Love, Life and the List

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I was so incredibly disappointed by this book. The friendship turned relationship between Abby and Cooper just did not sit with right from me. This wasn’t one of those unrequited love situations. Abby told Cooper how she felt about him and he just brushed it off. I was so happy when Abby finally told Cooper off and I was hoping she would end up with Elliot. Unfortunately, Abby was much more forgiving than I.

The Fill-In Boyfriend

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Typically I’m all for the fake boyfriend trope (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, anyone?), but this one did not work for me. Gia and her fake boyfriend were cute, but it was her friends who actually ruined this book for me. I just found them infuriating and I honestly didn’t understand why Gia was going to great lengths to impress them in the first place. But the romance itself was fine so this was just a meh read for me.

Lucky in Love

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This book came out around a strange time where they were a lot of YA novels about teens winning the lottery, however this one particularly caught by attention because it was by Kasie West, but also because it was the first book by her that had a POC main character. The novel was about Maddie who won the lottery and her life was turned totally upside, in both a fun and also mind boggling way. Her one place of calm was working at the zoo with Seth, a cute Vietnamese American who didn’t know she was a millionaire. Or, at least, Maddie thought he didn’t know. Anyway, romance ensued and it was incredibly cute.

The Distance Between Us

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I really liked this novel. It gave me hard core Gilmore Girls vibes with the single mom and daughter and the rich grandparents. I also really enjoyed the romance between the main character, Caymen, and Xander. Caymen was really funny and sarcastic and I loved how Xander played off that. Overall, this was a really cute read and definitely one of my favorite Kasie West books.

By Your Side

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The main character, Autumn, got trapped in the library with bad boy, Dax, and that premise alone was enough to make me swoon. This was a dream come true for me, honestly. But I also loved this book because of the way West expertly handled Autumn’s anxiety as well as Dax’s life in a group home. Everything about this novel made me feel all the things and if I remember correctly I read through this book in a day. I just couldn’t put it down.

P.S. I Like You

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This book has it all. Love letters? Check. Hate to love story? Check. Some room at the end of the story to see how the romance plays out? Also check. Honestly, it was really hard for me to put this book third because I loved the main character, Lily, and her love interest. Just thinking about this book has made me want to reread. It was so good! I’d say my top three are all tied. This was so hard!

Listen to Your Heart

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I absolutely loved this book. First of all, it was the first YA novel I’d read that included a podcast in such a cute way. I loved how the podcast aspect really tied into the plot of this book. Second, Kate was such a great character. She was complicated but not annoying and I loved how she came out of her shell over the course of the novel. Third, the love interest, Diego, was a POC which I’m always here for, but also he was just so swoon worthy. I was Team Diego pretty early on. Lastly, even though both Kate and Alana ended up liking the same guy I loved how they handled it and were totally respectful of each other feelings. Hoes over bros, amirite?

On the Fence

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In my review of this book I actually said that I liked P.S. I Like You more than this novel, so hindsight is an interesting thing. On the Fence is my all-time favorite Kasie West book (for now) for a lot of reasons. First, the main character, Charlie, was literally running from the pain her mom’s death caused her. She often ran to try to tire herself out so she wouldn’t have nightmares about her mother’s death keeping her up at night. I absolutely loved how West handled this whole storyline with Charlie’s mom and the PTSD Charlie suffered from her death. And then there was of course the romance. This was a best friend to lover story and Braden was literally the boy next door. Charlie and Braden’s conversations at the fence were so touching and I loved how their relationship unfolded. It was so incredibly cute, and it was amazing seeing Charlie step out of her comfort zone during the book as well. Highly recommend picking this book up if you haven’t yet.

So, how did I do? Did I get it all wrong or perfectly right? Let me know in the comments below!

Jenny Han & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 8/13-19)

Happy Monday book nerds! There are only a few events happening this week but they’re all great. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the events happening around the city.

Monday, August 13

Lana Condor at BUILD Series (3 p.m.)

Join actress Lana Condor as she discusses her role as Lara Jean Covey in the film adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. This is a free event but you will need to reserve your ticket.

Tuesday, August 14

BUILD Brunch with Jenny Han at BUILD Studio (11 a.m.)

Attend a live taping of BUILD Brunch with guest Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before). This is a free event but you will need to reserve your ticket beforehand.

Thursday, August 16

Launch Party for Mystery in the Mansion by Lauren Magaziner at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of the first novel in a new mystery series by Lauren Magaziner, Mystery in the Mansion. Free event.

Saturday, August 18

Great Middle Grade Reads Event at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Join authors Stacy DeKeyser, Corey Ann Haydu, and Kristin Mahoney as they share their latest novels with readers. Free event.

Binged It: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy

The first year I went to BookCon in 2016 I met Jenny Han for the first time and she personally signed a copy of To All the Boys I’ve Before for me, which I bought onsite. And then I went home, put the book on my book case, and never read it. Well now that the film has been adapted into a Netflix movie, I decided maybe it was time I finally gave the book a read. In addition, over the years I’ve also acquired the entire trilogy so I figured why not just binge the whole trilogy. And binge it I did.

According to my handy planner, I went through this entire trilogy from July 27 to 31. In sum, I binged it in a weekend. What can I say, I was pretty hooked on Lara Jean’s story from the start, and I just couldn’t put these books down, not even for sleep. I crashed after I finished the last one, in case you were wondering.

If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it follows Lara Jean, who writes a letter every time she’s done with a crush. She pretty much pours her heart out, saying what she loved about the guy, and then puts it in an envelope and even addresses it, but never sends it. Honestly, this was my one major issue with this whole concept. If Lara Jean never planned on sending the letters, why even write their address? But I get that it was for the plot, since the person who ends up sending them out, most likely wouldn’t have put in the effort to track down all these guys’ addresses.

Moving right along, Lara Jean’s letters do get sent out, which is a shock to her, especially when one of her crushes, now popular guy Peter K, confronts her about it. At the same time, Lara Jean’s most recent crush, Josh Sanderson, also got his letter. Only problem is Josh, until very recently, was dating Lara Jean’s older sister, Margot. Awkward. In order to cover up the fact that she has serious feelings for Josh, Lara Jean kisses Peter in a most dramatic fashion, and they begin a fake relationship to trick Josh and Peter’s ex/Lara Jean’s ex-best friend, Genevieve, into believing they’ve moved on.

I love a good fake relationship story and that’s exactly what book one gave me. Book two gave me a great love triangle where I would’ve been happy if Lara Jean ended up with either guy (though I thoroughly approve of her final choice). And then finally, the last book just gave me all the feels because it was all about graduating from high school and not being sure about how your relationships in high school would transcend to your new life in college. While I graduated high school almost a decade ago (wait what?), those feelings still felt very real to me.

Overall, I obviously loved all these books. They were romantic and heartwarming, and I love the relationships Lara Jean had with her sisters, Margot and Kitty. Plus, as I said, I just couldn’t put them down. I highly recommend reading this book before the movie comes out and then checking out the film, which drops on Netflix on August 17. I plan on baking cookies, just like Lara Jean would, for the occasion. I can’t wait!

Number of Books: 3

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Overall Rating: 

5 stars

P.S. I made a BuzzFeed quiz for you to find out which Song girl (Lara Jean and her sisters) you are if you’re into that kind of thing.

P.P.S. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t watched it 100 times like I have.