Some highlights from tonight’s #iconstour for @msothl’s ICONS release in @bnsantamonica.
Authors Marie Lu, Tahereh Mafi, Alyson Noel, Kami Garcia and Ransom Riggs joined Margaret Stohl as they shared laughs over bad story ideas, the inability and dislike to pitch one’s own book, and funny life occurrences that shaped their books.
Fans were treated to a Q&A by the authors and everyone got their books signed as they chatted with everyone. There are still some signed copies of all the books from all of the authors present and you can call Santa Monica B&N at (310) 260-9110 to reserve or order your copy.
Wondering what the song is from the new Beautiful Creatures TV Spot? It’s a cover of Marilyn Manson’s The Beautiful People done by a choir group called Scala and Kolancy Brothers.
Can you say brilliant? The original song was creepy but this… totally fitting of the southern gothic setting of BC.
Okay, I lied, It’s more then 12 but I couldn’t help myself! I loved so many books this year!
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.
But Adelice is forced to into this powerful group, and she must learn to navigate the dangerous politics at play. Caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it—or destroy it.
It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society … or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen’s persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your class, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. The only reprieve from oppression is within the drug-filled underground club scene. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. As the violent clashes between the totalitarian monarchy and the rebel forces escalate, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible grip of a deadly regime.
A few series that are over that were some of my fave reads:
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, all by the slightest touch of their hands. Since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider—the straight kid in a crooked family—as long as you ignore one small detail: He killed his best friend, Lila. Now he is sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat. He also notices that his brothers are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of one huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell. For as long as Han can remember, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai camp – riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn’t looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.
Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.
A Few Honorable Mentions:
Sarah Rees Brennan: http://sarahreesbrennan.tumblr.com
Cassandra Clare: http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/
Holly Black: http://hollyblack.tumblr.com/
John Green: http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/
Melissa de la Cruz: http://authormelissadelacruz.tumblr.com/
Scott Tracey: http://scottryantracey.tumblr.com/
Alexandra Bracken: http://alexbracken.tumblr.com/
Anna Jarzab: http://annajarzab.tumblr.com/
Maureen Johnson: http://maureenjohnsonbooks.tumblr.com/
Michelle Hodkin: http://michellehodkin.tumblr.com/
Beth Revis: http://bethrevis.tumblr.com/
Kimberly Derting: http://kimberlyderting.tumblr.com/
Melissa Marr: http://melissamarr.tumblr.com/
Carrie Ryan: http://carrieryan.tumblr.com/
Robin Wasserman: http://robinwasserman.tumblr.com/
Nova Ren Suma: http://novaren.tumblr.com
Myra McEntire: http://myramcentire.tumblr.com/
Stephanie Perkins: http://naturallysteph.tumblr.com/
Carol Tanzman: http://caroltanzman.tumblr.com/
Jackson Pearce: http://jacksonpearce.tumblr.com/
Karen Healey: http://karenhealey.tumblr.com/
Lauren Morrill: http://laurenmorrill.tumblr.com/
Veronica Roth: http://theartofnotwriting.tumblr.com/
Courtney Allison Moulton: http://piaceri.tumblr.com/
Rachel Hawkins: http://hexybellerachel.tumblr.com/
Kim Harrington: http://kimharrington.tumblr.com/
Tahereh Mafi: http://taherehmafi.tumblr.com/
Gabrielle Zevin: http://gabriellezevin.tumblr.com/
Jenny Han: http://jennyhan.tumblr.com/
Trish Doller: http://trishisthinkingagain.tumblr.com/
John Corey Whaley: http://johncoreywhaley.tumblr.com/
Heidi Kling: http://heidirkling.tumblr.com/
Elana Johnson: http://elanajohnson.tumblr.com/
Lindsey Leavitt: http://lindseyleavitt.tumblr.com/
Leah Clifford: http://leahclifford.tumblr.com/
Robin Schneider: http://robynisrarelyfunny.tumblr.com/
Kaleb Nation: kalebnation.tumblr.com
Victoria Schwab: veschwab.tumblr.com
Lisa Schroeder: http://lisaschroeder.tumblr.com/
Shelli Johannes: http://srjohannes.tumblr.com/
Am I missing anyone??? If so, leave a comment with a name and link. THANKS!