A Virtual HCC Frenzy Presents Fall 2020 Preview Recap!

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Due to COVID-19, the lovely ladies from Harper Collins Canada decided to run the annual Fall/Winter Frenzy Presents event live on Zoom! Frenzy Presents is an annual event run by the YA division of Harper Collins Canada – “Team Frenzy” – focused on sharing their new Fall/Winter 2020/2021 releases with Canadian bookish influencers! This was the fourth Frenzy Presents event I have attended, and one of the best ones yet – especially considering the circumstances!


Over the course of about 45 mins, Team Frenzy shared their most anticipated YA HCC publications, so here are a few of mine!

*All synopsis taken from Goodreads.com. To find out more about the novel, simply click on the title and it will take you directly to their Goodreads pages.*

49151299Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

The story that I thought
was my life
didn’t start on the day
I was born
Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.
The story that I think
will be my life
starts today
Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?
With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.

49867239Charming As A Verb by Ben Philippe

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.
There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself.
Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for. . . .

40599772._SY475_The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines, powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the Surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.
North’s and Nimh’s lives are entwined—though their hearts can never be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds 45734692._SX318_

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.
He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.
But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.
Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake.
And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots 49867430

Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. Working for a monster lurking beneath the surface of the world isn’t glamorous. But is it really worse than working for an oil conglomerate or an insurance company? In this economy? As a temp, she’s just a cog in the machine. But when she finally gets a promising assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the so-called “hero” leaves her badly injured. And, to her horror, compared to the other bodies strewn about, she’s the lucky one.
So, of course, then she gets laid off.
With no money and no mobility, with only her anger and internet research acumen, she discovers her suffering at the hands of a hero is far from unique. When people start listening to the story that her data tells, she realizes she might not be as powerless as she thinks.
Because the key to everything is data: knowing how to collate it, how to manipulate it, and how to weaponize it. By tallying up the human cost these caped forces of nature wreak upon the world, she discovers that the line between good and evil is mostly marketing. And with social media and viral videos, she can control that appearance.
It’s not too long before she’s employed once more, this time by one of the worst villains on earth. As she becomes an increasingly valuable lieutenant, she might just save the world.

All About Us by Tom Ellen* 50494580

If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?
Ben’s always loved the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And then his old friend Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?
He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.
Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?
All About Us is a captivating novel of heartbreak and loss, friendship and hope – and how the choices we make throughout our lives will shape our destiny. *adult title

Those are the books from HCC Frenzy’s upcoming YA publications that I am very excited to read! Thanks to Ashley, Marisol, Maeve, and the rest of the HCC Frenzy team for inviting me to attend another one of your spectacular Frenzy Presents events!

Good Night Book Owls!

TeensRead Winter & Spring 2020 Preview Recap

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Raincoast Teens Read Winter & Spring 2020 Preview via their wonderful livestream! While I live semi-close to the event space this host this event in Toronto, I love the option to watch this one in my house on my own time. For the past few events I attended virtually, they have been so gracious enough to send me a swag bag, so I will be sharing with you the contents of my bag, as well as the books I am looking forward to the most out of all of their new upcoming releases!

The picture above is a collage featuring the releases the Raincoast crew talked about that I’m the most excited for! If you are intrigued by a title or cover you see here, search the title and author up on Goodreads.


The swag bag itself was encompassed of the beautiful THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert cover!


These were the main “fun” contents! It came with a booklet that shared the synopsis and information of all of the books they featured at the event. It also included a bookmark, fun hogwarts card, two trading cards, tattoos, a button, and a sampler of Rebel by Marie Lu!


The first book I spotted in my swag bag was DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores. This one sounds really interesting, and I was really excited to see this one in my bag! This one is expected to be released on January 28, 2020.


The second book in my swag bag was WICKED AS YOU WISH by Rin Chupeco. This one sounds super intriguing, and sounds like a fantasy book that I will actually enjoy! This one will be coming out on March 3, 2020.


The last book in my swag bag is THE SILVERED SERPENTS by Roshani Chokshi. Truth be told, I don’t have any interest in reading GILDED WOLVES, the first novel in this series, so I plan on giving this one away on my Instagram in February!


That is my recap of Raincoasts’ Winter & Spring 2020 TeensRead Preview event! Thanks to the entire Raincoast crew for inviting me and making it so easy to watch online! To see my previous TeensRead Preview and other event recaps, click here!

Good Night Book Owls!

HCC Frenzy Presents Fall 2019 Recap!

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It has been quite a while since I have written a blog post! To be completely transparent, I always find it quite hard to find time to read and write frequent blog posts in the summer, as I work from 9am-6pm practically everyday. Therefore, I find myself with little to know time to do much of anything. I decided to take a small break from blogging and reading this month, which I think was a very smart decision.

To kick-start the continuation of my reading for the year, I attended HarperCollins Canadas’ semi-annual Frenzy Presents event, in which team at HCC Frenzy (the teen division of Harper Collins in Canada) showcases their new Fall and Winter releases to Canadian bloggers! This is my third time ever going to a Frenzy Presents event, and you can read my recap of the first and second ones here. This time around, I loved getting to meet new bloggers and learning about many new YA books that are coming out within the next few months!


When I first walked into the event room, I noticed these ginormous boards where you could answer some interactive questions! Most had to do with picking your most anticipated book of the season, or choosing your favourite new cover of the season!


After interacting with the boards, I walked around and said hello to a few fellow bloggers! I also ate a few snacks, which I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of!


At around 3pm, I sat down in my seat for the event! The HCC Frenzy crew sat on the stools shown in this picture, and talked about all of their most anticipated upcoming releases! Here are a few that sounded really cool to me:


After hearing about all of the new and exciting fall/winter releases, Jasmin Kaur, author of WHEN YOU ASK ME WHERE I’M GOING came out to speak to us about her story and heritage. Jasmin wrote a book written in both prose and verse, and it will be coming out in October. Fortunately, we got to hear Jasmin read some of the poems from her book aloud, and it was actually her first time ever reading/performing her words in public! After she was finished, we received an ARC of her book and got it signed and personalized! I am currently reading this book and am enjoying it so far!


And that was the Fall 2019 Frenzy Presents event! Now, it’s time to show you what came in my swag bag…


The bag itself was donated by Epic Reads, and was gorgeous! I love the design and vibrant colours!


Inside, it came with quite a few bookmarks and little pins!


It also came with a mini notebook and sketchbook, some DavidsTea samples, and a headband with lines from PRIDE & PREJUDICE!


The first book I received in my swag bag was BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Brian Francis! Most of the HCC Frenzy team shared that this was their favourite book out of all the ones that they were featuring, so I hope it lives up to the hype! This book is essentially about a girl who’s mother has committed suicide, so she goes back to live with her estranged father and soon finds out that he is a drag queen! Talk about an interesting premise!


The next book I received in my swag bag was ANGEL MAGE by Garth Nix. I am not a fantasy reader, so I think I will pass this on to someone who will love it!


The last book I received was THE HOW AND THE WHY by Cynthia Hand! This book is one of my most anticipated books of the Fall, and I cannot wait to read it! I read Cynthia Hands’ previous book THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE last December, and it ended up being my second favourite book of 2018! To say that I am excited to read this one is an understatement!

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Those are all of the goodies I received at the Fall 2019 Frenzy Presents event! I had such a fantastic time, and thanks again to HCC Frenzy for inviting me!

Good Night Book Owls!

TeensRead Fall 2019 Preview Recap

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Yesterday (Saturday, June 8), Raincoast Books held their semi-annual TeensRead Preview event! This was the third Raincoast event I joined in on (click here to see my first Raincoast event recap), but the first time I have ever attended via the online livestream!


I live-streamed the event on my Apple TV, and it was such a great experience watching and participating from the comfort of my own home! Throughout the event, I interacted with everybody by tweeting about Raincoasts’ upcoming releases by using the #TeensReadFeed hashtag. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to keep up to date on exciting bookish events and new releases (@ReadingReadingR)!

The picture above is a collage featuring the releases the Raincoast crew talked about that I’m the most excited for! Truth be told, this event featured some phenomenally sounding books, and I am looking forward to most of them! If you are intrigued by a title you see here, search he title and author up on Goodreads.

Even though I couldn’t attend the event in-person, Raincoast was so incredibly nice to send me a swag-bag!

The bag held a lot of great things, including some cool bookmarks and posters!

I also got some buttons, a Wattpad pop-socket, nail polish (!), a Throne of Glass pencil pouch, and a lovely pin!


The bag also obviously included some fantastic ARCs! The first ARC I received in my bag was THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS by Charlotte Nicole Davis. You can see the real cover in an image above. I am super excited to read this one, as it sounds really cool and different! This book is set to be out to the public on October 1, 2019.


The second ARC I received was THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett. This was publicized as a re-imagining of The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Power, which sounds both intriguing and spooky. I cannot wait to read this one, as it was on my radar even before this event! They have even sold the movie rights to this novel already, and thee is a major motion picture in the works! This book is set to release on October 8, 2019.


The last ARC I received in my swag bag was HEARTS, STRINGS, AND OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS by Jacqueline Firkins (who is a Canadian author!). I believe Jacqueline spoke at the end of the event, but I stopped watching before she began due to prior commitments. Nevertheless, I am really looking forward to a cute fall contemporary! This book is set to be released on December 17, 2019.


I hope you enjoyed my mini recap of the Raincoast TeensRead Fall 2019 Preview! Thanks to Raincoast Books for the invite and the spectacular swag bag!

Good Night Book Owls!

VPL Big Book Sale Haul

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On Saturday June 1, 2019, I went to my local library and picked up quite a few books in their big book sale! My local branch is under the large umbrella of Vaughan Public Libraries, and they collected overstocked and used books from all of their branches and sold them all in the #VPLBigBookSale! You could bring your own bag and fill it up with as many books as possible for $5, or purchase a bag or box from them and fill it up books.


There were rows upon rows of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Kids, and Teen books, that were all neatly spread out onto separate tables. I went into the sale with a few “rules” in mind:

  • I could not buy a random book in a series that I have not already started reading/collecting.
  • I could not buy a book that was really damaged (I know I would never end up read it).
  • I could only by books that I knew I would actually read in the near-ish future!

The selection was fantastic, and I managed to find some fantastic books in perfect/very slightly used condition!


The first book I found was STARS ABOVE by Marissa Meyer! I have been wanting to add this book to my Lunar Chronicles collection for a really long time, and when I found a paperback copy in nearly perfect condition, I literally gasped! This was a diamond in the rough, and I am beyond happy that I found it! I actually have yet to finished the Lunar Chronicles series, but I actually hope to re-read the series in it’s entirety sometime next year.


The next book I found was HOLLOW CITY by Ransom Riggs. This book is in absolutely perfect condition, and I bet that if you walked into your local book store today, the book wouldn’t be in the same pristine condition as my copy! I read the first book in MISS PEREGRINE’S quite a few years ago, but never had a push to purchase the second novel. When I found this one, I knew I needed to buy it!


I then found JAY’S JOURNAL, which is the companion novel to GO ASK ALICE. I read GAA about three years ago, and have been interested to pick this one up for a while. When I found it under the rubbles of the fiction table, I thought it would be a great book to purchase!


Within a YA box, I found A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Grey. I have heard some fantastic things about this series, and hope to read this first one sometime in the future!


The next book I found was ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen. I have been on a contemporary kick lately, and have a small but growing Sarah Dessen collection, so I thought this would be the perfect pick up! The only downfall is that this one is a hardcover, and all of my other books from her are paperback, but I couldn’t resist the bargain!


I then found THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin. I vaguely remember hearing about this book quite a few years ago, but couldn’t resist this beautiful cover (and intriguing synopsis)! I LOVE books set in bookshops, and I plan on reading this one in July!


The next book I purchased was THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey. This is obviously a YA dystopian staple, but I have actually never read the book before! Around four years ago I watched the movie (accidentally!), and really enjoyed it, so I thought it would be nice to pick up the book!


In the Fall, I love to read historical fiction novels, and I thought this would be a great one to add to my TBR! THE GLASS SENTENCE by S.E. Grove was a highly-hyped YA historical fiction novel almost three years ago, but I hope to read it soon and still enjoy it!


The last book I found was GOSSIP GIRL by Cecily Von Ziegesar. When I found this on my way to the checkout, I couldn’t help but add it to my bag! I watched a few episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix, but could never get into it. I have heard solid things about the book, so I wonder if my opinion of the story will change by reading it instead.


These are all of the books I picked up at the Vaughan Public Libraries Big Book Sale! I found some AMAZING bargains, and I’m so happy to have added them to my “already-too-large” collection!

Good Night Book Owls!

Penguin Teen Social 2019 Recap!

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On Thursday May 23, 2019, at 5:30pm, I attended the Penguin Teen Social, which is a YA event hosted by the amazing team at Penguin Teen Canada! This was my first time at the Penguin Random House Canada offices, and they were so beautiful (even the sign outside was gorgeous – see below)!

Photo Credit: @readwithmallory (Instagram)

After I stepped off of the elevator, there was a long check-in line, that actually forced me to stand in the other side of the Penguin offices! In there, I believe I saw the real reception desk and shelves.


After I checked-in, I met up with my friend Amy (@readingwithamy – Instagram), and met Dayla (@daylafm – Instagram) and Mallory (@readwithmallory)! We were introduced to the entire Penguin Teen Canada team, as well as the guest authors!

Photo Credit: @PenguinTeenCa (Instagram)

The authors at this years PTS were Jeff Zentner (Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matineeread my full review here), Lesley Livingston (The Triumphant), Heather T. Smith (Chicken Girlread my full review here), Tanaz Bhathena (The Beauty Of The Moment), and Laura Sebastian (Lady Smoke)!


From there, we had about two hours to mingle and chat with other local bloggers and authors! There were author signings every fifteen minutes and I got two books signed!


These are all of the books they were featuring at this years’ Penguin Teen Social!


They had TV screens in different corners of the room, which featured their Summer 2019 Line-Up, which obviously features some fantastic books! THESE WITCHES WON’T BURN and GIRL GONE VIRAL are two of my highly anticipated releases for this season, and I hope to get around to reading them once they release!


One of Penguins new campaigns for the second-half of 2019 is #Penguin10, a list featuring the top-10 books you need to read this fall! My most anticipated releases from this list are AMERICAN ROYALS, FRANKLY IN LOVE, and THE BABYSITTERS COVEN!


Right before the end of the event, I took a picture with Amy and the official Penguin of Penguin Random House Canada!

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These were the four books I received at the Penguin Teen Social Event!

Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada (more specifically Sam Devotta – so lovely to meet you!) for inviting me to this amazing event! I had a fantastic time meeting everyone and chatting about books!

Good Night Book Owls!

HCC Frenzy Presents Spring 2019 Recap!

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my second Frenzy Presents event (read my first recap here), hosted by the lovely team at HCC Frenzy (Harper Collins Canada Teen division)! We chatted about some fantastic new Spring and Summer upcoming releases, and I am so excited to read so many of them!


Right outside the elevator was a big sign welcoming everyone to the Frenzy Presents event. On the poster, they featured their logo and tagline “Let’s Get Literary!”


The first Frenzy Presents event I went to was located at their old office on Bloor St., therefore this was my first time visiting their new office on Adelaide. This one is much larger, and is absolutely gorgeous!


Right before going inside to watch the presentation, there was a sign that you could write your Twitter and/or Instagram handle on! Can you spot my Twitter handle?!


At 11:30 am on the dot, the HCC Frenzy team began their presentation about all of the exciting upcoming Spring and Summer YA books! They started off the presentation by introducing themselves, and sharing a video from Angie Thomas talking about her new novel “On The Come Up”.


You can spot me in this picture, posted by Hailey in Bookland on Instagram!

Here are some of the books that sparked my interest out of all the ones they mentioned in their presentation:

March 2019:

April 2019:

May 2019:

June 2019:

July 2019:

August 2019:


After the event was over, I received a huge swag-bag put together by the HCC Frenzy team!


Inside the bag, there were a variety of cute bookish themed items, including a HCC Frenzy mug accompanied by some loose leaf green tea (provided by Tealish), some candy (provided by Sweet Artisian Candies and Golden Ticket Candy), a bath bomb (provided by Da Bomb! Bath Co) and a really neat pillow case!


There were also some nice paper goodies, including business cards from the companies who provided us with the candy and bath bomb, some HCC Frenzy bookmarks, and a sampler of an upcoming release titled “The Evil Queen” written by Gena Showalter.


HCC Frenzy was so kind to gift us three ARCs that they spoke about during their presentation!


The first ARC I received was “Let Me Hear a Rhyme” by Tiffany D. Jackson. Tiffany wrote “Monday’s Not Coming“, which I have yet to read but have been wanting to for a long time. This book includes a downloadable sound track link that feature songs that are meant to be listened to while you read the book. This book comes out on May 21, 2019. I am very excited to read this novel!


The next ARC I received was “This Time Will Be Different” by Misa Sugiura. While the cover is not shown on my ARC, it has already been released and you can find it on Goodreads! It is SO beautiful and the story sounds amazing! It is set to be released on June 4, 2019.


The final ARC I received was “Nocturna” by Maya Motayne. I have been really wanting to read some fantasy books lately, since I cannot even remember the last time I read a book with magical elements! This book is going to be Harper Collins’ big fantasy release of the summer, and I am super excited to read it. This book comes out on May 7, 2019.

Thank you again to Ashely and the entire HCC Frenzy team for inviting me to your fantastic event. You guys are the BEST!

Good Night Book Owls!

November Book Fair!

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going to share with you a fun bookish event going on at my school!

Also, quick shout out to my Mom, who’s birthday is today (Nov. 23) as I right this, although you will all probably see this on Tuesday. She is a huge fan of my blog, and I love and appreciate her so much!

On Nov. 24 – Nov. 26, my school is holding a Scholastic book fair! As always, I will be doing a Book Haul at the end of the event!

This is very bitter sweet for me, as it’ll be my last book fair as a student at the school. Although, one of my very best friends Jordyn (who should be reading this, so hiiii) has 2 younger sisters so this shouldn’t be my last book fair at the school!

I’m so excited for the event! I was helping my librarian set it up, and it looks awesome! I love how Schloastic is producing a lot more Young Adult books, plus the ones they publish are always so good!

I will try to get a few pictures of it, and I will hopefully have a “Scholastic Book Fair November 2015 Setup” post for you tomorrow.

Lastly, don’t forget to vote for Reading, Reading, Reading for Best Book Blog of 2015: Young Adult! Voting ends on December 31, so vote NOW: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uKrnRIt0X7x489A3N60BC4InisHZRR8TVVFQBiCF12E/viewform?pli=1&edit_r

See you then… Happy reading.

Good Night Book Owls!

Author Event: The Secrets!

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m coming at you with a super exciting post! A few weeks ago, I found out that my school was selected by an author from The Secrets to come to my school and share her brand new book, as well as more info about the series!

Basically, The Secrets includes 7 books about 7 different girls. The girls are all connected to one another, as they all came from the same Orphanage in 1964. After the orphanage had a horrible fire, the girls were given something related to there personal past, which was some sort of clue. The clue would lead them to learn more about there backgrounds and birth family, something that was very illegal to do in 1964. As the girls discover more about themselves they find out about who they truly are.

Doesn’t that sound amazing?!

The event was a whole day thing. For an hour during the school day, we got to meet and discuss with Vicki Grant (the author), which was a lot of fun. During the night, we got to head over to a different school to meet all of the authors in the series! These authors are… KELLEY ARMSTRONG, VICKI GRANT, MARTHE JOCELYN, KATHY KACER, NORAH MCCLINTOCK, TERESA TOTEN and ERIC WALTERS.

Let’s start off with a recap of the event at my school with Vicki Grant!


Vicki Grant was an amazing speaker to have at our school! She discussed a lot about her book, Small Bones, as well as her beloved character Dot. Dot is short for Dorothy, and she was nick named Dot because she is/was very tiny! She discussed the cover of her book, which she surprisingly loves! Most authors hate the finished cover of their books, but she was very thankful that she loved her cover!


After explaining to us a little bit about her book, she read a very funny sample chapter of the book. Everyone was very intrigued by it, and it definitely made me want to pick up a copy!

We then had a “Question and Answer” time period, where we could ask any questions relating to the book or writing. Here were a few of the wonderful questions!

Q: “Have you ever had writers block?”
A: She did. She explained that she worked alone and was very nervous about writing this book. After all, there are wonderful authors that she was working with, and not only did she have to live up to their skills, she also did not want to disappoint!

Q: “How long does it take to write a book?”
A: Her first novel was Puppet Wrangler, and she started off with this novel because she used to work in Children’s Television, so writing a book for children about puppets was something she was familiar with. It took her 5 months to write the book, and once edited she sent it to 5 different publishers. The first response she heard from was a YES, but the 2 was a no. She didn’t even hear from the other 3 publishers! After setting up a deal with a publisher, it took about 1 year to come out.

Q: “In the book, does it talk about fire?”
A: Yes and no. In each of the books it talked about the fire. When she visited a school, a teacher mentioned to her that they would all start from the same scene. Vicki thought about this, and decided to have Dot remember little about the fire, and have flash backs of memories from it scattered throughout the novel.

Q: “Is the book from Dots perspective?”
A: Yes. All of the books are from first or third perspective.

Q: “Who was the first to finish book?”
A: Eric Walters.

Q: “Is there a specific order to follow when reading the book series?”
A: There is no specific order, and you don’t have to read all of the books. Each author added there own touch to the story to make it different from each others.

Q: “When you met up, did you read from eachothers books?”
A: They shared outlines and drafts together to make sure that no book was similar. She didn’t read much from hers, but knew what was going on in everyone elses. They had a very good author at Orca (their publishing house), so they didn’t have to worry much on eachothers books.

Q: “Have you read all of the books?”
A: Yes, but only the final drafts.

Q: “Have you ever deleted a book?”
A: No, but she has a book that she doesn’t really like, and has yet to do something with.

Q: “Are all of the books the same genre?”
A: They are all mysteries, but have there own touches to them.

Q: “Does Dot ever find her parents?”
A: You’ll have to read the book to find out!

After a long and fun time with Vicki, we headed back to our classrooms to finish off the day.

At 7:00pm, they held an event with all of the authors who wrote a book for the series! And of course, I had to go!

I went with a few of my best friends, as most of the people I’m friends with LOVE to read!


Each author discussed a little bit about their book, which was super fun to hear about!








They then held a fun “game” where you had to guess the secret about several of the authors!


At the end of the presentation, you had a chance to buy the books, and get the authors to sign them for you! Who would I be if I didn’t support the authors and there amazing books! Plus, a book signing oppurtunity!

I ended up picking up Vicki Grant’s book “Small Bones”, as well as Kathy Kacer’s book “Stones on a Grave”!

They signed them, too!

Overall, the event was a complete success, and I had so much fun attending it! Thank you to the amazing authors for coming to the event, as well as the 12 School’s participating for putting on an amazing event!

I hope you enjoyed my recap of this fabulous event!

Good Night Book Owls!

Raincoast Teen Preview Recap 2015!

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going to be recapping the Raincoast Teen Preview I went to yesterday! It was so much fun to see the same people that I saw at Frenzy, as well as meet new bloggers!

The event took place in the Toronto Refferance Library! It was my first time there, and it was HUGE! I think it’s about 5 floors. I’ll have to go back soon! At 1:40, we were asked to meet at the elevators, and then at around 2:00 we were taken to the meeting room.

The main event was hosted in Vancouver, and it was live streamed to all of us here in Toronto!

We talked about several exciting books, as well as received a wonderful swag bag!

Here are a few of the books we chatted about:

  1. The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  2. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
  3. No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
  4. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamo
  5. Flawed by Cecilia Ahern

They also had some amazing snacks, such as my favourite Jolly Ranchers!

We then took a big group picture!

In every swag bag (which was HUGE and looked like this):

We received some bookish swag as well as 2 amazing ARE’s!

 The first book I received was Flawed by Cecelia Ahern! This book sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to read it! It comes out in April 2016.

The second book I got was This is Where it Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp. This sounds AMAZING and I plan on reading it once I’m finished the book I’m currently reading! This book comes out in January 2016.

That’s it for the recap! I’d like to give a huge thank you to Melissa, Vanessa, Jenn and the rest of the team for hosting an awesome event! Also, thanks to my Mom for coming with me!

I hope that you guys enjoyed this recap!

Good Night Book Owls!