What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, February 27, 2012

Breathless Reads recap and a GIVEAWAY!

I was so excited to find out that Jessica Spotswood, Marie Lu, Andrea Cremer (FANGIRL!!) and Beth Revis were coming to Dallas and I was not the only one excited to see these ladies - there was standing room only at the Barnes and Noble in Frisco last Thursday night. I think everyone there had a lot of fun, there was so much going on. Here's a recap of my night at Breathless Reads, as well as some author info, incase you're unfamiliar with any of these ladies!

Beth Revis is the author of the Across the Universe series, which right now consists of Across the Universe and A Million Suns. Beth describes the series as a "murder mystery set in space." I haven't had the chance to read these books yet, but if Beth's sense of humor is anywhere in them, they're sure to be funny! Check them out here on Goodreads! The first thing that came to mind about Beth Revis after leaving Breathless Reads is that I so would NOT want to meet her in a dark alley. She was getting waaaaaaay too much pleasure out of killing people in her book! No, I'm kidding. The deaths though (I mean, her book is a murder mystery, right? I don't know, I haven't read it) all seem to be completely unique and wicked gory! She did confess that one time (as a teacher) she was having some issues with one student, so she wrote him into her book for the sheer purpose of killing him off. When it turned out that the book was to be published, she admitted what she'd done to him, and he thought it was the coolest thing ever! Ever since, she's had lots of students come up and ask her to be killed in her book. She can kill me off in a book if she likes. It just has to be in a totally strange way!


Andrea Cremer is the author of the Nightshade series, the third and final book of which just came out in January. I seriously fangirl of Andrea Cremer, and have ever since I had the chance to meet and chat with her for a few minutes at Austin Teen Book Festival. The Nightshade series (Nightshade, Wolfsbane, and Bloodrose) is one of my favorite series, about a girl who is not only a girl, but also an Alpha female of a wolf pack (but Andrea is adament that they are NOT werewolves). I've reviewed both Nightshade and Bloodrose here on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books, and you can check them out on Goodreads! I was ecstatic to learn that Andrea Cremer has penned two prequels to the Nightshade series, called Rift and Rise, the first of which we can expect in August 2012. In addition to these two books, she's currently working on a steampunk novel with David Levithan called The Invisibility Curse. More fangirling happens now. Anything these two working together come up with is bound to be MADE OF AWESOME!


Marie Lu is a new author whose debut, Legend came out at the end of November 2011. Legend is a dystopian story where the United States has collapsed and the remaining world is ruled by a totalitarian regime. The main characters, Day and June could not be more different and their relationship develops into quite an interesting story. I just finished reading Legend over the weekend, and am excited to let you guys know what I thought! In the mean time, feel free to check it out on Goodreads! It was a lot of fun listening to these ladies talk about their books, what they were thinking when they wrote them, and where they're going next. For example, I learned that Marie Lu's characters are so developed in her head, that she knows them down to their blood type! That was so interesting, because blood type is never something I would have thought necessary to character development! She also told us that the relationship between her two MCs was inspired by Les Miserables, and the relationship between Jean Valjean and Javert. I was about halfway through the book when I went to hear her speak, and knowing that opened up new ideas for me as a reader!


Jessica Spotswood is the newest author on the scene, her debut, Born Wicked, was just released on February 7th, 2012. It is a historical, paranormal story of three sister witches who are trying to hide their secret in a Victorian time period ruled by strict religious codes. I got a chance to experience this book as an audiobook, and thought it was very fun. I'll have a review to post later next week. Don't forget to check this one out on Goodreads! Jessica Spotswood is quite possibly the most adorable person I've ever met. I know a lot of you may not have had the opportunity to check out her new book yet, because it is SO NEW, but the garden and gardening is one of the most important ideas and settings in the book. So I asked Jessica if she was a big gardener, if that's how she knew about different plants and flowers, and when they were in bloom. She assured me that no, she is most definitely NOT a gardener like Cate, and got most of her gardening tips either from research or her Mom. I'm not a gardener either, you've heard of a green thumb? I think I have a black thumb. I can look at a plant sideways and it will keel over.


As you can tell, there was lots of fun things going on at Breathless Reads, I got to meet lots of fun book bloggers in addition to meeting these wonderful authors. I'm sorry if you had to miss it! But if you did, I have a little gift!

I'm giving away to one lucky follower a signed copy of both Marie Lu's Legend, and Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked, along with a fun Breathless Reads tour lanyard! See below to enter!



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I apologize that this giveaway is US and Canada only, I'll come up with something awesome for the international contingent soon, I promise!

18 comments:

  1. these are definitely on my TBR pile! thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Great Blog Post! Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I would love to have those books.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! These sound like fantastic books.

    allisonmoyer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. This was such a fun tour to go to! All of these ladies were so nice and FUNNY.

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  5. I wish I got to go to the Breathless tour. Jealous! Thank you for the giveaway though!

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  6. Wow. Your giving away a signed copy of Legend and Born Wicked!! *cyber hug*

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  7. Definitely can't wait to read Legend. I got a gifted ARC of Born Wicked as a gift, but it certainly be awesome to read it again and signed!!

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  8. Wow, those are a couple of hot tickets for a giveaway. Thanks for doing this.

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  9. Legend is a fantastic book! I recommend it to everyone! Born Wicked sounds awesome!

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  10. Awesome giveaway! I can't wait to read Legend & Born Wicked!

    Paige @ Comfort Books
    http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/

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  11. Those are great books. Thanks for doing a giveaway.

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  12. born wicked looks amazing! so excited about it! thanks for the epic giveaway chick :)

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  13. Awesome giveaway -- I've heard such great things about both books...and my library has neither of them =(

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  14. ....I want that lanyard so bad.

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