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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crown of Midnight Launch Party

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On Tuesday I went to the launch party for the amazing sequel to Throne of Glass - Crown of Midnight - and had such a fantastic time!  I met up with Paola from A Novel Idea and also Stacie from Fairy Book Mommies and it was so fun to talk books with them while waiting for the event to start.  And I may have gotten some chocolate cake (okay I did, but only a little bit.  Really!)  Sarah J. Maas came and gave her very informal and personable talk about how she came to write the Throne of Glass series (very inspiring actually - since she's been writing it since high school!), Paola and I squee-ed that she's such a Disney fan, and I found it so touching and cool that she has a first edition of Throne of Glass that she has people at her book signing stops sign for her.  Such a lovely idea.  Oh and I discovered that day that the series is going to be more than 3 books, to which I was both elated and dismayed.  Elated because YAY MOAR! And dismayed because that's just more emotional distress to go through.  I just want need a happy ending for everyone!

Sarah also talked about her new, upcoming NA series - A Court of Thorns and Roses which has a blend of the fairy tales "Beauty and the Beast", "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" and "Tam Lin" which sounds A Mazing!  And she promises a little bit of sexy times and a very hot "Beast". :D  It comes out in 2015 though which makes me sad; it's so depressing to hear about these awesome books and then have to wait for them.

Sarah's trying out a new slogan in the first pic - works?
There was also a Q&A of course, and when there was a question about what books Sarah has been reading lately she mentioned Melina Marchetta!  What, she writes amazing stories and has fantastic taste? Well, that's it, Sarah's now one of my favorite people EVER.  An audible reaction came from Paola and I (actually we high-fived), and Paola told her we even had our copies of Finnikin of the Rock with us! (for reasons)  And Sarah told us her story of meeting Melina at Comic Con and not being able to control her feels while meeting her and it happened more than once (and totally sounds like something that will happen to me!).  So fun to fangirl over Melina with Sarah, and Sarah said Paola and I were her spirit animals and then I woke up, and then I died.  But seriously because she's such a fan and such a wonderful author I wanted her to sign my copy of Finnikin of the Rock, and she wrote a little note to Melina.  So yay, I have something to talk to Melina about if I ever get to meet her and not just babble senselessly!  And I hope I didn't do too much of that while talking to Sarah.  But she's so cool, she understands fangirl attacks!  I mean, Sarah hasn't started reading Quintana of Charyn yet because she's not sure if she's ready for it! Just like us!! (By the way if you are looking to read,  re-read or just post about Finnikin of the Rock, Paola and I are planning a Finnikin event for October!)

Paola and I waited until we were the last ones at the book signing - maybe to monopolize her, I'm not saying yes, I'm not saying no - but personally I was glad that there weren't as many people to hear us squee!  We talked to Sarah about Crown of Midnight things (I couldn't get spoilery though - I had trouble repressing all the things I wanted to say about the emotional overload of this book!), Finnikin feels, how the chocolate cake was yummy at the launch party, and how Paola is a warrior for driving for three hours just to see her! (EDIT: 3 hours and 48 min!)  There was probably more things, and please visit Paola's blog for her recap of the awesomeness of this event, cause I don't even know what I was doing half the time!  Seriously this was the most fun I've ever had at a book signing - partly because of meeting the awesome Paola (who totally complements my fangirly side!), and also because Sarah was so cool, funny and lovely to talk to!  And now she totally looks like Celaena Sardothien in my head!  I wonder if she has secret assassin skills....

Good times!
Um, so if you haven't read this series, I shouldn't have to tell you that I highly recommend it, right?  Check out my reviews of - Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight

Thank you Paola for "forcing" me to read it! :D

And Stacie is giving away a signed copy of Crown of Midnight! Check out the giveaway and event recap here!

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18 comments:

  1. She sounds super cool. Also, it's awesome that you can fangirl with an author about another author! Sounds like you had lots of fun- and I'm looking forward to the Finnikin of the Rock event in October! ;)

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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    1. She was super cool! Totally love her in a not weird way (I hope) And I'm definitely hoping you would like to participate in the Finnikin event! It's going to be so fun! Probably a lot of incoherent fangirling, but that is the definition of fun!

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  2. Oh wow! There is going to be more then 3 books in the series. I might need to wait until they are all out until I start the series. (But we'll see).

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    1. I know, it's so painful to wait! It's up to you, but they are reaallllyyy good! ;D

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  3. I love how both you and Paola highlighted the chocolate cake at the event. Yuuuuummmm...

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    1. LOL, the main character in the book is always eating chocolate cake, so I felt justified in getting right to it! :D

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  4. EEEEEEKKKKKKKK

    Ugh, I'm sending you like 10 billion hugs from 4 hours away. I miss you already! Wait, maybe that's creepy ><

    I remember cracking up at the catchphrase Sarah was writing in your book!! I think you were getting your little autograph book ready at the time and didn't notice but I was totally watching her and just loling to death. Murder people in a loving way, Charlene!!

    Definitely the best day ever, it was so awesome to meet you in person AND we discovered that one of our favorite authors belongs to our Finnikin fangirling club. COULD LIFE GET ANY BETTER?? Answer = NO. Well, there could be more cake. There could ALWAYS be more cake...

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    1. Haha, I just sent you an email where I said something I thought might be creepy! That was totally not creepy though! I'm sending 100 billion hugs back! :D

      I don't think I knew what Sarah was writing while she was writing it - everything was going too fast. :D It was fun to open up the books later and really read what she wrote though! And I'm assuming the whole murdering with love is like killing with kindness? I can do that. :)

      Definitely more cake = bliss, but the day was FANTASTIC as it was, and my waistline is relatively the same! Win win! LOL

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  5. Ooh you two are lucky! I haven't even read her books yet but I have them both and can't WAIT to read them! Damn you, review deadlines. Sarah seems really friendly, I love that she wrote properly personalised messages and really took the time to chat to you =)

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    1. I'm so going to cherish this experience for a long time to come. :) I really wish you could squeeze in the first book soon so I can know what you think, but review deadlines can't be ignored! (I hope you'll find time soon though!)

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  6. It was great meeting you gals!!! I had so much fun even if I couldn't really express it. I wrote my recap too and mentioned you guys. Hopefully we can become book event buddies cause personally, the hubs is getting tired of going to these lol!!! Talk to you later!

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad, it was really great to meet you- hope we didn't scare you with the fangirling. :D I just linked your recap to my post - it's so nice of you to have a giveaway of the book! And I definitely need a book event buddy, sometimes I go to them by myself and it's just not as fun. Looking forward to the Kendare and Gretchen signing next month!

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  7. Your excitement is contagious, I should give this a try :)
    she has a first edition of Throne of Glass that she has people at her book signing stops sign for her.
    That's super cute! Also, her new series sounds really good. I've been absolutely dying to read more fiarytale retellings recently and A Court of Thorns and Roses sounds right up my alley.

    I LOVE it that Sarah wrote a note for Melina in your copy of Finnikin so now you're their official go-between (on top of being Sarah's spiriti animal, a lot to live up to!) :D

    Off to read your review of Throne of Glass now then :) Thanks for sharing! You look awesome on the pic, by the way, I love your knitted wrap too :)

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    1. Oh yes please! There's so much to love in these books!

      I know, it's so nice to have an author want our autograph! I wish I could have written something more meaningful though!

      Hee, "go-between" I didn't think of that - it would be so cool if I could meet Melina before I see Sarah again and have a message from Melina to Sarah written in the book!

      And thanks, I totally stressed about what to wear to the signing! I hope you enjoy Throne of Glass!

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  8. I met Sarah J. Mas at last years DBF and I never for some reason got around to reading her book. I am going to make sure to read it soon now! Sounds like fun!

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    1. You must read it soon! It's so good! And it would be great to hear your audio discussion on it!

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  9. NOW you MUST (!!!) meet Melina! It would be doubly awesome if you could meet her with Paola again. I can imagine all the chaos that might happen! LOL!

    Love Sarah's message for you in Throne of Glass! Murder people! In a loving way~ hahaha, how adorable is that. (Wait, I sound creepy.. er... XD)

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    1. Ooh I hope so! And it would be perfect if Paola was with me, cause we can help each other through our emotional breakdown! Maybe BEA next year *crosses fingers*

      LOL, the inscription is adorable! We will leave the actual killing to Celaena. :)

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